Whether you run a small catering business company or manage multiple operations, you’re always looking for new strategies. We’re always impressed by the endless array of imaginative dining ideas that come from all corners of the food industry.
From crop growers and produce vendors to corporate chefs and industry bloggers, we’re all in this together. If you’ve ever attended Cater source’s annual conference and trade show, you understand. If you haven’t, put it on your must-attend special events list and enjoy our latest take on catering inspiration from visionary sources from around the industry.
8 CREATIVE IDEAS FOR CATERING THAT MUST NOT BE MISSED
The best catering ideas can be easily incorporated into any type of event. From focusing on healthy meals to creating memorable desserts, we offer eight unique catering strategies that work in all settings.
IMAGINE TRADITIONAL FOOD
Put a few simple twists on traditional dishes and prepare unforgettable catered appetizers. Elevate baked chicken dishes with jelly toppings, orange sauces and coconut curry. Slice seasoned skirt steak into fiery fajitas or pair pan-seared salmon with a creamy pasta sauce.
EXPLANATORY SENSATIONAL SITES
Any entree is better received when served with a sensational side. Impress your guests with delicious and healthy dishes, from buffets to dinners. Premium products are available all year round, so you always have nutritious options for culinary inspiration.
BE CREATIVE WITH MEAL REQUIREMENTS
When a client asks how you plan to accommodate special dietary requirements for a catered event, be prepared with creative answers. Keep your recipe box full of ideas like gluten-free baby iceberg lettuce tacos, dairy-free Mediterranean falafel, and vegan-friendly shepherd’s pie.
BUILD BEAUTIFUL DESSERTS
Show off your catering talent by creating beautiful desserts that are meant to be photographed, posted and shared on social media. Create visually stunning miniature pavlovas, build towers of frosted pancakes and assemble irresistible layers of chocolate truffle cake.
FOCUS ON YOUNG GUESTS
So many catering events involve families with children, so why not give the kids their own station? Delight your little guests with appetizers, pastas and pizzas designed just for them. Make parents happy by ensuring that every kid-friendly selection is also a healthy option.
MARKING OF THE MAIN TABLE
Smart labelling of tables will decorate your presentations and provide valuable information. Guests can visually graze several stations and easily choose the ones that suit their appetite and their dietary needs. Imaginative signage and clever item descriptions also add splashes of colour and interactive fun to buffet tables.
PARTNER WITH PREMIUM RESOURCES
Fresh fruits and vegetables are important ingredients in many of your typical catering recipes, so always get the best. Work with growers and suppliers who consistently deliver fresh produce. Create reliable connections that give you year-round access to premium production.
FOCUSED ON LOCAL CHEFS
This is another working partnership that works for everyone involved. Consult chefs in your area and include them in your catering events. The presence of a local chef adds another level of professionalism to your catering. It also expands your outreach marketing.
ALSO SHARE INSPIRATION FROM CATERING
It is always exciting to exchange new ideas and make new connections. We hope our posts will serve as a resource for your catering inspiration and we hope to see you at industry conferences around the country. Caterers large and small contribute greatly to any B2B event, which is why your participation is important.
We look forward to seeing you soon at the next catering conference or industry fair. We’ll be ready to hear your unique catering strategies and share more of ours. We’re all in this together, and that’s what keeps our industry fresh, creative and exciting.
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