When it comes to planning breakfast catering for the office, it can be a bit exhausting. Expectations can climb and your inbox jams up with menu requests, but don’t worry! We have put together some tips tips on how to order breakfast catering for work so that it’s easy, delicious, and even impresses the bosses.
1. Who’s having breakfast?
It all starts with the budget and the size of the guest list. Knowing these figures can help you be clear-eyed about what you can afford, as each company has individual needs. For instance the same breakfast items simply won’t work for small budgets, a huge company or a sales event. To keep costs down, stick with breakfast buffets and catering platters. You can also save money by ordering no more than two proteins and two sides because if you put out a smorgasbord of sizzling meats, the crowd may want to try everything.
What’s the event for?
Catering leaves an impression! Think about the tone you want to set and use your best judgment to figure out the best way to go. Ask yourself: Are you trying to wow clients? Is this a working meeting and certain foods could get in the way? Or is the point for people to have a good time? Here are some tips to keep in mind:
Formal, high-stakes meetings
Think twice about delicious but sloppy foods. It’s hard to have a meeting when people are worried about making a mess. For formal meetings, steer clear of messy, complicated foods like scrambled eggs. Instead, go for options like baked goods and coffee.
Find the “sweet spot” between too much and too little food. Stressful meetings can cause people to lose their appetites, but on the flip side you never want to run out of food during high-stakes meetings. Make sure you order enough food but be prepared for leftovers.
Choose dishes that won’t spoil and taste great at room temperature. Some foods don’t look appetizing after sitting out for hours—like breakfast tacos or smoothies. If your office isn’t having breakfast on the dot, it’s better to go for something like savory ham and cheese croissants and jammy pastries.
Surprise them with lunch. If a morning meeting will run through lunch, it’s nice to get a satisfying meal for the group. If you suspect people prefer going solo after being locked in a meeting, order portable box lunches to give them that pleasure.
Use food to lift the mood. If the goal is to get social or boost morale at your office, create a menu around casual catering formats like breakfast bars, it’s easier to be chatty with strangers when everyone is making waffle creations together. No matter what, order bigger portions for social events. When people are having fun, food tends to vanish so order extra food to make sure people get their fill!
Go for portable bites. If your staff will be balancing paper plates on their laps, we recommend handheld foods. Try bagels, wraps, or breakfast boxes.
3. How to order breakfast catering for dietary needs
Don’t worry when those dietary requests start coming. You know the ones: paleo, keto, and gluten free. Here’s how to pull off a breakfast catering order for special diets:
Don’t fake it at the last minute. Ask guests about their food allergies and special diets in advance.
Get a few dishes that everyone can eat. Always order at least one gluten-free and one vegetarian dish, just in case. Customizable grain bowls and breakfast tacos check both those boxes (and more) but be sure to build out your menu from there.
Order extra portions of gluten-free and vegetarian dishes. This will come in handy in case meat eaters get in there first.
- Communicate (and we can’t stress this enough). Always give the caterer a heads-up about food allergies and dietary requests.
4. What are they craving?
If someone else is hosting the meeting, give them a chance to grab the wheel and pick the cuisine. If you have free rein, think about what will best represent your company’s event. If your office is free-spirited doughnut breakfast sandwiches might call out to you, but that might not be the best idea if you’re trying to impress a multinational corporation. Go for pretty, globally inspired breakfast instead.
5. Don’t forget drinks
People do get thirsty, so remember to order breakfast drinks like coffee, tea, and fresh juice. At the very least, put out pitchers of water for guests.
6. Create fail-safes around your catering orderAlways think about the little things when you order breakfast catering:
Set an earlier delivery time to be safe, though do be prepared to receive an early delivery.
Anticipate problems—like street parking, building security, or a slow freight elevator—and let the caterer know about potential issues.
For more information on breakfast catering for the office, contact Simple Fare Catering.