Whether you need corporate catering for a working lunch, conference, breakfast meeting, cocktail party, or the office Christmas lunch, there are many things you need to consider: what should you order? What’s the right temperature? How much food per head should I budget for... The list goes on! As an experienced catering company in London, we've put together an easy guide with all of our tips to help make this process less stressful - check it out below!


Things to consider ahead before ordering catering service

Of course, before ordering office catering in London there are a few things you need to consider first. The most important question to ask yourself is what type of event it will be. Once you have determined that, the next step in planning your order becomes clear:

1) How many people are attending? Whether it’s a small working lunch of 5 attendees to a large corporate function for 100, the size of your group will determine the type of food ordered

2) Do I need a full meal catering for my lunchtime meeting or do we only want snacks available during break times?

3) When will the event take place? What time does everyone arrive at work so they can grab something on their way back from eating (or if there isn't an arrival/departure schedule)?

4) How long will the function or event last?

5) Your budget

6)Who will be attending your corporate event or meeting – will VIP clients be attending or is it just a casual affair with office staff?

Now that you’ve determined these things, follow these 4 easy steps that will ensure that your office lunch or event is successful and tasty!

Set a schedule

The perfect meeting starts with a strong foundation. That means setting aside time for breaks and great food to keep everyone’s energy level up so they can continue being productive throughout the day! Make sure you provide all the guests plenty of tea, coffee (including ice water), fresh fruit, juice boxes or other healthy snacks in order not only satisfy taste buds but also stay powered through those long meetings.

Choose the perfect food for your delicious catering

To ensure your meeting or corporate events are a success:

  • Pick food items that are easy to eat and freshly prepared
  • Choose simple and delicious food that won’t leave a mess on their clothes. Spaghetti bolognaise is probably not the best option for a corporate function or event!
  • Avoid food items that could potentially get stuck in people’s teeth or make their breath stink
  • Don’t forget to cater for special diets and allergies. Provide plenty of gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian options.
  • Have the gluten free and vegetarian food options plated separately and label it so it’s clear
  • Go for lighter selections for your menu. You don’t want your guests to fall asleep during the meeting due to a heavy lunch!

Preparation and clean-up

Food should be set up and ready when the break begins. It can look unprofessional if you’re still setting up platters, plates, cutlery and drinks when guests come out of the room for their break. Having the food ready when the break begins also means guests can maximise their time to network, stretch their legs or get a bite to eat without waiting around.

Consider providing corporate catering outside the meeting room. This will make it easier for you to set up and clear away the food platters and crockery without disrupting the meeting.

Corporate catering style

Whether you are hosting an office party or a large conference, there's something for everyone on our delicious menu tailored for office catering:

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The extras

Make your next business meeting or corporate function and event special.

Event planning services

  • Staff hire
  • Equipment hire, plates, cutlery, marquees, tents, tables, chairs, glasses
  • Entertainment and music
  • Decorations and flowers
  • Theming
  • Liquor licenses or council permits

If you need assistance with your corporate function or event, speak to our experienced event planning team. We’ll take care of everything from start to end and ensure your event runs smoothly and is memorable for all the right reasons.

Catering London menu flexibility

Looking for something different this lunch time? We have everything from Mexican catering to pizza, sushi and even Greek food. If you're feeling adventurous or just need some inspiration in your next working munchies get touch with us at Eatfirst who will be happy help guide through our extensive range of delicious cuisines based on quality ingredients and every taste bud imaginable. With our corporate caterers you're sure everyone's catering needs will be satisfied!

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Stay hydrated

Don’t forget to provide plenty of beverages!

  • Soft drinks
  • Alcohol
  • Water
  • Juice
  • Tea and coffee

If you’re holding a cocktail party or networking event after your meeting, we can also assist with:

  • Mobile bar hire
  • Bartenders and wait staff

So, whether you’re new to ordering office catering or an old hand, use our handy guide to organise a memorable office event that everyone will love.

So what are you waiting for? Let Eatfirst take care of your next business event. With over 18 years’ experience and a wide variety to choose from, we will help make it easy and we promise to provide you an excellent service!

Mentioning some important features like great service, convenience, as well as quality food served hot on time…You can't go wrong when choosing us as your next caterer in London - order online today by email [email protected] or visit our website www.eatfirst.com/en-gb.

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