Nowadays, power breakfasts are all the rage. But does our entire day’s success hinge on our mid-afternoon buffet? If so, deciphering between Danish pastries and dauphinoise potatoes can prove crucial for a catering business. Here, with Flogas, suppliers of gas for BBQs, we run you through our top seven quirky catering ideas for corporate events.
While the likes of cheese and ham, or egg and cress sandwiches are good comfort food options, chances are they aren’t going to be enough to blow the minds of your guests. However, that doesn’t mean the traditional lunch choice of sandwiches is somehow defunct. In fact, there exist a number of fillings that will get heads turning and bellies rumbling, although plain white bread probably won’t make the slice.
Why not try spicy roasted shrimp with chipotle avocado mayonnaise? Or how about fiery Mexican BLT on a freshly baked sourdough? These are just two of our favourites that will ensure you get empty plates all round. Or, if you want to take your sandwich expression to the next level, call upon Philadelphian eatery, Elsie’s, for some inspiration. Have you ever found yourself wishing you got a bit more bite (of pickle) for your buck? Well, using Elsie’s method that won’t be a concern, as this deli substitutes bread for the brine-soaked vegetable!
We don’t expect people to throw in a traditional English breakfast tea with their creative sandwiches, so why not include a lemon drizzle or Turkish apple-infused hot drink instead? And to finish — well, we don’t think anyone would begrudge a well-baked slice of Victoria sponge.
This was a concept which Prince Harry and Meghan Markle included in their wedding day. Much like Ronseal, bowl food does exactly what it says on the tin. Featuring somewhere between the unfulfilling canopy and the food-baby delivering main course, bowl food can feature any cuisine and is served in a hand-sized dish with a small fork. As a serving method, this is perhaps the most ideal for a corporate event as it allows people to continue mingling, rather than be restricted to one table.
The trad-fry-up has somewhat lacked appeal in recent times, but this is exactly where bowl food comes into its own. Layer the base of your bowl with pan fried spinach, and top it with tomatoes, avocadoes, and poached eggs — add sliced chipolatas and lardons to cater for the meat eaters among us. After this, the multiple minds will be fueled for the rest of the day, and the creative juices more than flowing.
If it’s winter, don’t shy away from something a bit more homely. A small portion of steak pieces, carrot, parsnip, onion, and root mash will trump most competition. However, a Christmas time vegan favourite is curried chickpeas with roasted brussels sprouts. Mix the dish up with radish, avocado, sweet potato and tahini, and serve over a base of quinoa.
How about taking inspiration from our friends Down Under and take the catering outdoors? Okay, admittedly, this one might take a little longer, but we can guarantee it will reap rewards. Full of omega 3 and scientifically proven to be good for the brain, the humble fish is a popular choice among young professionals. Jamie Oliver has coined a fantastic recipe of barbequed trout wrapped in newspaper — incredibly high in protein, it will prove to be a hit with any of the health conscious too. Alternatively, if you want to take things ‘truly Down Under’, you can’t do much better than shrimp on a stick, on the barbie! Of course, you aren’t limited to a seafood barbeque. Breakfast has proved to be successful cooked on the grill at events in recent years, as has the popular vegetarian dish, halloumi and tzatziki.
What is arguably Britain’s most favourite dish, the origin of chicken tikka masala was actually the UK. Spice up your event with some traditional Asian culture and draw upon the combination of intense flavours. The Curry Squad, a company based just outside of London, has been bringing its street food sensations to the people of the capital for the past six years. Drawing upon their vast knowledge of flavours from cities such as Bombay and Lahore, the chefs offer an authentic Indian experience. Some of their specialties include ‘bhaji bites’, ‘popping candy gol gappas’, and ‘amritsari rajme chole’.
Fire it in the Pan
The beauty of paella, particularly at the likes of a major event, is the fact it requires minimal effort, can produce a taste explosion, and can be incredibly cheap to make. Grab some frozen seafood mix, risotto rice, chorizo sausage, lemon and lime, and herbs and spices — it really is up to you. Fortunately, with paella, you can get creative as it really depends on the taste preferences of the guests. White or red wine can be added, but bear in mind the rest of a creative afternoon before dashing half a bottle in.
Have you never heard of this concept? We wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the case. A clover in the foam of a pint of Guinness always appeared to be somewhat of a sneaky marketing ploy as you indulged in the first sip. However, if you are trying to conduct a bit of subliminal messaging, this might be exactly what you’re after. Stencils can be used as a way to write your company or organisations name in coffee, or call upon the likes of Branding Irons to develop a customised food stamp. Bagels, burgers, and pancakes will never be the same.
The MET office will have to be on your side for this idea. Therefore, make sure you have a contingency plan in place, if, like Travis, it always rains on you. You can pull it out of the bag with a wicker basket, complete with blanket, cafetière, and a selection of Danish pastries.
The above are just seven of the numerous ideas you can apply to your next corporate event. In this dog eat dog world, it is all about success, and that is exactly what these concepts will deliver!