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Event Catering

Information about menu planning, food & beverage, and appealing to your guests' sense of taste.

Catering
What is catering?

Buffet vs. Plated Meals: What You Need to Know
Here are the key points to consider before choosing a buffet over a traditional served meal.

Choosing a Catering Company for Your Events
What you need to know about hiring a catering company or caterer. Tips to build the catering menu, taste catering, review catering pictures, check references and more.

Catering Portion Tips to Control Spending and Waste
Use this guide to adjust your catering portion sizes and save money on catering costs.

Incorporate the Community into Events by Working with Local Food Banks
Not sure what to do with leftover food from a future conference or event? Incorporating a food donation program with a local food bank is sustainable and possible. Learn how.

The Importance of Catering Numbers
Guest counts and catering numbers are planned together to insure quality food service at special events.

24 Chicken Alternatives for Your Next Banquet
Chicken entrees is typically the default choice for many events, but there are several alternatives for planners who want to spice up their banquet menu.

Catering Menu Ideas That Sell Your Service
Use these ideas to turn your catering menu into a productive sales tool.

Have You Considered Starting an Event Catering Business?
What holiday party planning ideas and tips would you suggest others for the company holiday party?

Breaking Down Dinner by the Bite
What you need to know before planning a Dinner by the Bite event.

Analyzing Catering Service Standards
Understanding how service standards affect catering pricing will help you compare provider more accurately.

Splendid Snacks for Afternoon Work Sessions
Add some excitement to your afternoon meeting sessions with these snack ideas.

What You Should Know for Starting a Catering Business
Anytime is a great time to start a catering business. Greg Casella, 2010 president for the National Association of Catering Executives and owner of Catered Too! in San Jose, CA, started his business during a recession. Learn 10 tips you should know to start a successful catering business.

10 Ways to Incorporate Recycling and Sustainability for Food and Beverage
Not sure how to incorporate sustainability into your event’s food and beverage or what to ask? You can be covered with these 10 ideas and 4 questions. Learn more.

Dessert Ideas that Create a Unique and Intimate Party Menu
Looking to create an intimate experience, but not wanting the complexity of hosting a longer evening affair? Perhaps the best idea is to host a dessert reception. That's what organizers at Encore in Las Vegas chose when launching the new hotel to industry travel writers. Consider hosting a dessert reception based on ideas from their pastry chefs. Learn more.

Signature Cocktails May Be Just the Drink Recipe for Your Next Event
Event planners should be familiar with a variety of cocktail drinks and cocktail drink recipes so that they may incorporate popular and trendy cocktails for their events. These cocktails and their recipes are certain to be a hit.

Food and Beverage Trends and Tips for Your Next Event Menu Selections
Although it seems that many restaurants and hotels have preset food and beverage menus, it's important to incorporate popular catering trends into your selections. The National Restaurant Association's 2008 chef survey highlights top items and tips that you may want to incorporate into your next event menu.

How to Hire a Private Caterer
For those events that aren't based at a hotel or restaurant, corporate event planners often hire caterers for internal events and privately hosted events. Follow these steps to make the caterer really work for you.

Three Course Menu for Italian Theme Event
Event planners who are interested in creating an Italian theme or atmosphere for an event may look to this menu for inspiration.

Choose Catering Services for Your Event
Event planners must consider several items before selecting catering services for their events, including menu selection, buffet vs. plated arrangements, special needs considerations, and budget items.

Three Course Menu for English Theme Event
Event planners who are interested in creating a British theme or atmosphere for an event may look to this menu for inspiration.

Building the Menu: Breakfast Options
A closer look at the various breakfast menu options for your meeting or event, when it makes more sense to select a continental breakfast vs. a plated breakfast, and what unique touches will make your meal memorable.

The Essential Guide to Safe and Satisfying Outdoor Food Service
Outdoor events require additional planning for how the food will be prepared and served. Quality and safety are the primary goals, and this guide will help you achieve them.

Signage Strategies to Manage Conference Flow
Proper use of event signage will make insure all your attendees end up in the right place.

Creative Ideas for Table Settings and Decorations at Special Events
Looking for inspiration to create table settings and decorations for your gala or special event? Check out the "Feast in a Forest" concept used at one fund raising dinner. This design concept received the 2009 Best Guest Table Presentation of the Year from the National Association of Catering Executives.

Three Course Menu for German Theme Event
Event planners who are interested in creating a German theme or atmosphere for an event may look to this menu for inspiration.

Planning Considerations for Event Catering
Menu selection involves more than simply selecting from a list of items that your catering manager offers or just calculating which items fit in your budget. Keep these suggestions in mind to plan a great event.

Food and Beverages for a Spanish Theme Reception
For anyone interested in hosting a cocktail reception with a Spanish food theme, perhaps they should consider some of these traditional Spanish menu items.

Catering Trends: Chef Survey
A national survey of chefs by the Restaurant Association identifies the hottest trends in catering and menus. Bite-size desserts tops the list.

Three Course Menu for Canada Theme Event
Event planners who are interested in creating an Canadian theme or atmosphere for an event may look to this menu for inspiration.

Building the Menu: Lunch Options
A closer look at the various lunch menu options for your meeting or event, and what unique touches will make your meal memorable.

Three Course Menu for Caribbean Theme Event
Event planners who are interested in creating an Caribbean or Bahamas theme or atmosphere for an event may look to this menu for inspiration.

Healthy Breakfast Buffet Menu for Business Meetings
Sometimes you just want to go off the menu and create your own healthy breakfast buffet for your morning business meeting or event. Check out this menu which was designed for a 100 attendee breakfast meeting with an agenda that was focused on health and wellness.

Three Course Menu for Eastern European Theme Event
Event planners who are interested in creating an Eastern Europe theme or atmosphere for an event may look to this menu for inspiration.

Catering Services for Your Event
Event planners must consider several items before selecting catering services for their events, including menu selection, buffet vs. plated arrangements, special needs considerations, and budget.

9 Ways to Reduce Event Catering Costs
Reducing Event Catering Costs Without Reducing Client Satisfaction: Smart ways to Stretch Your Catering Budget

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