Planning your next office gathering seems simple until you realize you’re in charge of the food, too. In addition to your already hectic schedule, you have to scout the proper location, coordinate the event, and create a mouthwatering menu that will please everyone — within budget no less! Crafting and committing to a menu is likely your biggest expense. It’s also what everyone will remember most after the event. Needless to say, messing up the catering portions by ordering too much or too little is not an option. It’s why you were given the honor of tackling this task.
Even though you need to stay within budget and order enough food, the catering menu you put together doesn’t have to be boring. For previous events, you may have fallen back on safe recurring lunch orders you’ve had a thousand times to avoid designing a menu that breaks the hearts and wallets of your guests. However, there are many ways you can incorporate fun food items into your spread and still stay within budget. But how much food is enough food? Are there places where you can stretch your budget a little further? Ensuring everyone gets enough to eat is stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Consider the type of event, the number of people attending, and the foods your guests will prefer to build the right sized meal through portion sizing.
Simply follow these catering portion guidelines to build a menu everyone will savor. Then, implement a few of the quick tips below to help you order more while spending less — for all types of events lurking on the schedule.