Here are three corporate catering menu trends we practice that we know will impress attendees:
1) Menus with locally-sourced ingredients
Menus made from fresh and locally grown and produced ingredients are welcomed at nearly all events. It can be easily incorporated into your corporate catering menu planning as well. Due to the growing awareness of how providing locally sourced foods helps make a positive impact on the environment, the demand for a locally sourced menu at corporate events is increasing. Locally-sourced menus allow your corporate meeting attendees the opportunity to enjoy recipes with local flair, and you can feel good in knowing your business is helping the local economy and the environment. It’s a win-win situation all the way.
2) Menus with healthier and nutritional options
The Global Wellness Index has rated Canada as the healthiest country in the world, naturally Canadians are becoming more health-conscious in general, and corporate catering menus are happily supporting this trend. Businesses, which once didn't give much of a thought about food menus served at their offices, are now starting to take note of calories, nutrition, portion sizes, meal ingredients and food preparations to promote a better eating culture amongst professionals — an effort to keep employees healthy, disease-free, and full of energy. Corporate catering menus can easily combine this trend and the locally-sourced trend. For example, one popular healthy menu item we prepare is the Provencal Style Quinoa Salad which contains Edamame, Corn, Bell Pepper, Grilled Fennel, Zucchini, Onion, Basil, Parsley and Lemon-White Wine Vinaigrette and it is vegan as well as gluten free.
3) Menus offering small, bite-sized food portions
For meetings where activities such as team-building and networking is encouraged, a corporate catering menu providing bite-sized menu items make a great choice. This way, attendees can eat easily and comfortably while standing or walking around. Another advantage of serving bite-sized portions is a reduction in food waste. Attendees can pick and choose the items they like – and avoid the ones they might not.
If you are planning a corporate event in the Toronto area, please contact us online or give us a call. We’d love to help you plan the best corporate catering menu for your meeting.