To celebrate National Make Lunch Count Day, we'll certainly be enjoying something a little more exciting that the usual desk-based sandwich. Which got us thinking, if you're planning a business meeting or event, which lunch options would really impress your guests?
When you have a large number of hungry delegates, you’ll want to serve something that looks good, tastes great and leaves your guests feeling content.
We've put together a few options on culinary delights that will fit perfectly dependant on the type of event you're planning…
Small Business Meeting
After a highly focussed morning sat around a boardroom table, your guests will be keen to stretch their legs and welcome a change of scenery. Opt for a light lunch in the venue’s restaurant or private dining area. Warm salads, flavourful soups and fresh fish dishes will ensures your guests are satisfied, but don’t feel the afternoon slump!
Large Business Event
If you’re holding a larger scale business event, there are numerous options.
A sit-down three course meal works well for formal events such as business awards ceremonies, charity events or large conferences. Consider the tastes of the majority of your guests, rather than what you would like. Chicken, lamb or sea bass work well, served with roasted vegetables or crisp salads. Remember to include a vegetarian option.
Buffet-style works great for large events, as you can better cater for a variety of guests’ tastes and preferences. Choose a range of meats, plenty of colourful side dishes and a selection of light, refreshing desserts.
When networking, guests will need to ensure their hands aren’t too occupied. Think small and easily manageable. Canapes are a great option, as are hot and cold finger foods or small plates such as our watermelon and feta salad, crispy fried fish fritters or tiger prawn cocktail.
A quick 20 minute coffee break will refuel your guests, ready for the next stage of your event. Serve a selection of sweet and savoury snacks such as muesli bars, muffins, savoury croissants or garnished bagels.
If you’re short on time, you’ll still need to ensure your guests are well fed. For small working lunches, sandwich platters work well, allowing guests to graze at their leisure. Add a touch of luxury with garnished bread rolls, fresh bagel halves or baguette slices. Easy to handle, and packed with flavour to ensure your guests are delighted.
If you’re hoping to impress your guests with a culinary experience, consider live cooking stations for your event. Guests can be served freshly prepared salads, pasta dishes or hot meats with an array of salads and sides. Interactive dining makes for a great conversation starter!
Out and About
If you plan to take your guests outdoors or travel with them, surprise them with a packed lunch for a quick grab and go option. Think freshly prepared sandwiches on artisan breads, seasonal fruits, luxury yoghurt and muesli bars to keep your guests going.
Whatever edible delights you plan for your guests, ensure your food fits in with your format, so that guests have the time and atmosphere to truly enjoy it.
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