Because of my occupation, I’m often invited to various types of conferences. Many times, these meetings begin in the early morning hours. Thankfully, most of the organizations that sponsor these conferences provide the invitees with a continental breakfast. However, at many events, the selection of foods only includes an assortment of donuts and bagels. Because I like to eat healthy, I wish more people would offer fruit for breakfast at these conferences. If you plan the breakfast menu for corporate conferences, consider adding different types of fruit to your standard bread and pastry offerings. On this blog, you will discover the best types of fruit to offer for breakfast at corporate conferences.
The meal you serve your wedding guests — whether it's brunch, lunch, or dinner — will be a big part of how they remember the experience. And how that meal is served makes a difference in that experience. To help you find the right catering service style, here's what you need to know about the three most common choices.
1. Plated Dinners
The sit-down plated dinner is the wedding tradition. It is the most formal of all styles, providing a restaurant-like experience. Guests are seated, often at assigned tables, and servers carefully prepare plates of food for them. Servers generally also spend time ensuring everyone has what they need, addressing any concerns of guests, and eventually clearing the tables.
Catering for a plated dinner is often the most complicated and expensive wedding meal. But it elevates the dining experience. It also helps keep things clean and tidy, since servers do most of the work, so it's ideal for an elegant wedding where people have dressed up and you've made the space beautiful.
2. Buffet Spread
On the other end of the spectrum of meal options is the buffet. A buffet meal is a much more casual affair, allowing each guest to choose from a variety of food options and decide how much of each they want. Buffets are also often a good way to save money on food service since guests help themselves and fewer servers are needed — but food choices are still fun and tasty.
If you opt for a buffet, though, keep in mind that guests may not enjoy standing in line for their food. Many couples solve this problem by having multiple buffet stations around the reception. Buffets can also be messier than plated dinners, although you can have servers on hand to help keep things tidy at the buffet table.
3. Family Style Service
Finally, there is a compromise serving method gaining traction in recent years. Family-style catering provides larger platters of food options placed on each table (or provided by servers) for guests to choose from themselves. The platters are passed around as you would at Sunday dinner with the family, and they may be refilled if they run low (depending on how much you purchased).
The advantage of family-style is that no one stands in a line for a buffet, but it's less formal than a full plated meal. It also encourages interaction among diners at the table — although it can also get messy as food is passed around.
How to Choose
Which style of meal service is right for your wedding? Start by learning more about them in consultation with a catering venue in your area today. No matter which you choose, the result will be a great time for all your guests and good memories for you.
Reach out to a company like Toaste to learn more about your catering options.Share