Event Planning Tips: Simple Ways to Upgrade Your Event Menu
For many corporate events, catering eats up a huge chunk of the budget. A great way to get the most out of this line item is in finding ways to upgrade your event menu through food stations at your event. Not only do they provide a unique and fun experience for you guests at your event, interactive stations can also help promote conversation amongst your guests and add a marketable moment shared with their own audiences. Here are some of our easy ways to make simple changes to your menu that will go along way and guarantee and return on your investment!
Live Action Stations
There are so many options when it comes to food stations, but one of the most memorable and engaging are Live Action Stations. These are stations with an attendant cooking the food live for your guests, incorporating them in the creative production process. Your guests get to choose how they want it prepared, but also get to watch and participate in it being made! Doesn't get fresher than that!
Especially if you are hosting an event with guests from all over the world, international stations are a great way for your attendees to connect through flavors from all over the world. The variety in cuisine and presentation can foster connections between your guests and find common ground no matter where in the world they are from. What better way to bring the world together than through food? The options are limitless!
Showcase Local Specialties
Are you hosting a destination meeting in a location that has a specialty food option? If so, create a station to highlight it! This is a great chance for your attendees coming from out of town to get a taste of the local flavor.
Everyone loves a dessert! Add some to-go boxes and you've found the way to their hearts. Truth - most people will say no to desserts at first offer. If you give them the opportunity wrap it up and take with them for later, they'll be appreciating you even longer when they get home, back to their hotel room, etc. This is also a great opportunity to share your logo or branding!
Rather than having everyone eat in the event space, why not let them get a change in scenery by having a food truck cater your event! It’s a fun way to get everyone outside and can help break up a long day of meetings or trainings while being another great opportunity for your guests to mingle. There are so many food truck options from tacos to ice cream sandwiches - and often are a great budget saver!