Menu options and helpful tips for smaller events
The convenience of ordering food to our doorsteps reached an all new high the day delivery apps came into our lives. But for special occasions you can’t go past the superiority of epicure culinary temptations from a reputable catering company.
A considered catering provision resembles class and care in the execution of your intimate gathering or professional occasion. Providing catering to small group meetings is essential for busy people who are on the go and likely to arrive hungry.
Devour It Catering’s small group catering packages are made fresh upon order by our qualified chefs. You can make your company’s meeting or special event one guests will remember fondly when they were able to interact over wholesome, good-tasting food.
Our catering packages are designed to make menu planning simple for you (and tastebud tempting for attendees). We can always tailor your small group catering package to suit your venue, budget and event type.
We can cater for your:
- Team luncheon or dinner
- Religious observance and celebration
- Birthday or engagement party
- Small group meeting
- Spring racing event
- Funerals and wakes
To help you get started, here are some considerations for catering for small groups.
Know your guests
Think about your guest’s demographics and style. Do you know if they are open to trying new things or more conservative? Is it a casual affair where they will be content munching on popular choices like wraps and mini quiches? Considering your aims also, if you are out to impress then perhaps premium canapes will be the order of the day.
You will understand your guests best however our team are available to answer any queries and make recommendations based on our extensive experience.
Understand your venue space and its facilities. In a smaller venue space you still need to consider:
- Is there a fridge for the food to be stored when it arrives?
- Does the kitchen have bench space to arrange the food?
- Will the space allow guests to flow smoothly around food and drink stations where you want them placed?
- Is there enough seating for everyone?
How much food should I order?
Too little food and guests may leave displeased. Order too much and you’ve overspent unnecessarily. How much food you should provide needn’t be a challenge, even when arranging catering for small groups.
This simple calculator tool makes it easy. The number of people (times by) what you want to achieve, (divided by) how many bites to order, (equals) the number of platters you will need.
A way to keep expenditure down but guest satisfaction high when you are on a budget is to supply small plates or napkins to eat from, rather than larger plates to be overfilled. Offer variety over quantity of the same. This makes sure everyone gets something they like and helps avoid wasting the food you have paid for.
Are you ready to book your small group catering package? Contact the professional team at Devour It Catering.
Vegan. Gluten-free. Religious Observances. Vegetarian. Lactose intolerant. Nut allergies. Or the fastidious fussy eater. Accommodating dietary, religious and allergy requirements is a must for event catering of any size to make sure no one is left out because there isn’t anything they can eat. We also suggest choosing a mix of healthy alternatives along with savoury and sweet treats for those who wish to indulge.
How food is presented is of equal importance as its freshness and flavour. Along with your classic nibbles and beverage station layout, there are ways to mix things up and offer your meeting or event guests that something extra.
A grazing table is a statement way to present petite dishes. You can go for the balanced, mandala-style approach or a more staggered rustic look. Both layouts allow guests to luxuriously choose their morsels from a table that is decorative and functional.
Grazing tables offer sufficient tastings of cured meats, artisan bread, nuts, dried fruit and cheese and crackers as easy eating options for guests to bite, mingle and converse. Dessert treats should be a feature for your grazing table too, such as a decadent chocolate number and a healthy alternative.
A high tea is an elegant way to celebrate your special occasion or spoil your team. Your guests will love our ribbon sandwiches, cupcakes and macaroons, complemented with tea, coffee or champagne if you please.
One final step
When arranging catering for your event, however large or small, you want to ensure you receive quality food, reliable service and immaculate presentation. Devour It Catering are the professionals to procure your catering meal options in budget suitable packages – anywhere in the Melbourne metro area.