Catering After COVID

Catering After COVID

There’s nothing quite like sitting down at an event, watching as the caterers fill the chafing dishes, waiting for your table to be called so you can fill your plate. Delicious scents waft through the air – you can almost taste your second and third helpings. 

Unfortunately, the on-going pandemic has put a halt to buffets in most places – the shared use of serving utensils can pose a risk. Large events that require catering are few and far between these days, but there will come a time when we will have moved past this and catering will resume as normal! However, it is likely that many will remain apprehensive of serve-yourself style buffets for some time. Check out these alternative methods of catering, and the pros and cons to each! 

Plated

Plated serving style ensures each guest receives the same amount of food – there is plenty to go around for everyone. 

PROS:

  • Less food waste, chefs know exactly how much to prepare.
  • Guests can choose their meals ahead of time.

CONS:

  • Unless there is a large staff, it can take some time to serve everyone.
  • Multi-course meals create additional clean-up. 

Family 

Family-style catering is when large plates of food are brought to tables. Guests are then able to serve themselves from their seats! 

PROS: 

  • Even large rooms can be served quickly.
  • Guests are free to choose what they like and what they don’t.

CONS: 

  • It can be hard to design table layouts to fit all dishes.
  • Servers must repeatedly return to tables. 

It won’t be long until events move back from the virtual space to the physical, and with that, the return of catering. With the vaccine out, it’s a good time to start thinking about exploring other catering styles!