The Ultimate Meal-Planning Guide

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When planning the menu for your event, it is imperative that you go beyond the basics and ask yourself a few extra questions to ensure an all-around catering success for your guests. Consider the following when planning your event menu.

Planning a Great Catered Event

Many people think about what sounds good to them when planning a menu. However, if you instead think about your guests and ask yourself the following questions, you can cater to their tastes and lifestyle and ensure an excellent meal for all.

Do my guests attend few or many catered events?

If your guests attend many catered events, you want to avoid becoming just another stop on the "rubber chicken circuit." Think outside the chicken box when providing food for event professionals.

What is the overall age range of my guests?

Older guests may desire a more mild-tasting menu, free from spiciness and trendy foods. Younger crowds may enjoy a bit of excitement in the catered fare.

What is the ethnicity of my guests?

Traditional foods vary from culture to culture, and you may not want to stray too far from the norm when planning your menu. On the other hand, it can be fun and adventurous to try new ethnic foods.

Will my guests be traveling far to attend the event?

If guests are traveling far, make sure you have plenty of \choices to ensure they are filled with delicious food for the long trip home.

Will my guests need any special dietary considerations?

If you are catering to a vegan crowd, it is imperative to keep this in mind when planning your menu. The same applies for gluten-free, kosher or halal food, and the like.

By going beyond the obvious "chicken or fish?" questions, you will ensure a stellar catered event—one people will be talking about for months to come.

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