Tips for Choosing a Catering Menu

While it’s true that finding the best halal-certified catering services is one of the most difficult challenges on just about any event planner’s to-do list, there’s no time for planners to rest on their laurels even after choosing a caterer. Now, it’s time to choose a menu. Read on to find out what to consider when choosing a catering menu.

Size of Meal

It is impossible to make any widely-applicable generalizations about how many courses to offer, since the appropriate length of time to expect guests to sit down for a catered meal will vary based on the purpose of the event. As a general rule, major celebrations like wedding receptions and particularly important birthday parties typically feature full meals with multiple courses, including dessert. For a shorter or less formal event, a cocktail reception or even high tea catering might be appropriate.

Plated vs Buffet-Style Meals

There are pros and cons to both of these catering styles. While plated meals confer a kind of elegance that is difficult to match with even the classiest buffet, they require more structure and that can be a problem for some event planners. Buffets, on the other hand, offer guests their choice of a la carte options, which is great for those with dietary restrictions but aren’t ideal for formal occasions.

A third option that has been growing in popularity in recent years is live station catering. This option allows guests to have their food prepared for them on-site according to their tastes but doesn’t require the kind of formal structure of a full, plated meal. Ultimately, choosing which of these three types of catering is best is largely a matter of understanding context and picking one that will be a good fit for both the event and its guests.

Additional Restrictions

When serving a halal meal, it’s important to keep in mind that some guests may also have additional dietary restrictions. When choosing a menu, it’s best to have plenty of options so that everyone at the event will be able to find something that suits their unique tastes. After all, the event planner’s food tastes may not be shared by everyone who will be in attendance.