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Food is one of the single most important as-
pects of any function. Great food can make
or break an event and you don't have to be
a gourmand to appreciate the simple fact that -- no
matter the function -- it is something everyone at
any event can enjoy.
While alcohol can be a bit touch and go de-
pending on who the designated drivers are and
how many of your guests are non-drinkers (who
invited them anyway?), food is something that every
guest will definitely need.
But catering for groups whether large or small
can also be a total headache.
Apart from preparing, heating and serving
great food, these days when every second person
seems to be gluten intolerant or vegetarian, there
are always dietary needs to be taken into account.
Now, as far as I'm concerned, vegan is synonymous
with "yawn", but that doesn't #necessarily# mean I
can starve them or subject them to dry crackers and
So, do yourself, your sanity and your vegan
friend a favour, and look into catering. Whether
you're serving up dinner for a few close mates,
Leave it to the experts -- caterers are the
easiest way to ensure you'll get the most
from your next event.
holding a board meeting, or having the biggest
bash of the year, there are caterers to be hired for
One of the most common misconceptions
about catering is that it is expensive. On the
contrary, it can be quite cost-effective -- especially
once you factor in quality ingredients and pre-
made elements like pastry casings. Then there are
the creative and impressive menu idea that caterers
can provide -- worth every cent to a person who has
eaten too many party sausage rolls in her life -- and
the savings in the most important thing of all: your
time (and sanity).
Obviously, you need to pick the caterer for the
job. You do not want to ask a very small operation
to handle an enormous event and, by the same to-
ken, it will not necessarily be cost effective for you
to have a big caterer, with huge overheads to send
20 staff over to deal with your party of 100.
Ask around -- and flick through these pages
-- and you will find a host of caterers with a great
variety of services and styles of food, one of whom
will no doubt suit you perfectly.
Many caterers also offer party planning services
and will also have connections with party hire com-
panies to streamline the whole planning procedure.
The best thing about employing professional ca-
terers is that it frees you up to focus your energy on
other aspects of your impending gathering in the
weeks leading up to it, rather than rolling dough 'til
midnight or taking precious annual leave from your
job to make hundreds of mini quiches.
And of course, on the night, the best caterers
will ensure that you can relax and enjoy your func-
tion without having to worry about the food.
Times of plenty
While you're selecting your menu from all the
tempting food on offer, make sure you err on the
side of generosity and have enough to keep every-
one satisfied. People generally turn up to corporate
functions, especially post-work events, without
eating first. Often they've come straight from work
or only left enough time to make themselves look
beautiful so it's very important to make sure no-
body goes hungry. Nothing kills conversation faster
than rumbling bellies or keeping a constant lookout
for the next platter.
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