Deciding on Plated Service or a Buffet

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When you hold a catered event, deciding how to serve the food is just as important as the food itself. It can be a difficult decision, and it's one that needs to be made with the style of the event in mind. Having the right style can make an event seem even more well prepared than it already is, and when guests think an event was well prepared, they leave impressed.

What is the right way to serve food at your event? To answer that question, you need to determine if there's going to be a set schedule for the event. If everyone is going to be eating at one time and one time only, serving a plated meal might be the best choice, because you don't want to have to worry about someone getting up during a key portion of the event. If the event is more casual, a buffet service is more appropriate, because that will allow guests to serve themselves at their own leisure and ensure that they'll get as much or as little as they want to eat.

When else might buffet service be an appropriate decision? One major example is if you don't know what everyone's allergies and food preferences might be. If you opt for a plated meal and don't know that a guest has a certain allergy to an ingredient, you're going to be scrambling for a backup plan. The same is true if you invite a vegetarian and don't have enough non-meat entrees to meet their needs. By contrast, when you opt for a buffet, the guests can make sure they only take food that is safe and enjoyable for them, ensuring that each guest gets enough to have a fulfilling meal and can happily take part in the rest of the event.

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