Crafting A Catering Program
On-Demand, Occasion Based Meals
Best For: < 25 guests.
Lead Time: < 2 Hours
Order Placed: Directly via restaurant’s website
Occasion based meals are curated packages perfect for groups on the go. Successful examples of this include family meals, to-go picnics, or happy hour packages.
These items can showcase the restaurant’s brand values and create new dining occasions for their guests. On-demand packages should be designed for small groups and able to be assembled quickly.
Order Ahead Boxed Meals
Best For: 25+ guests
Lead Time: 24+ Hours
Order Placed: Directly via restaurant’s website (or phone for larger orders)
Boxed meals have become increasingly popular due to a heightened concern for health & safety. As an alternative to traditional catering trays, pre-portioned individual lunches can serve larger groups while eliminating the sharing contact of trays.
Craft a robust boxed lunch or dinner program by creating ‘combos,’ including a meal, a drink, and a dessert. It is important that the options are simple to operationally execute to be able to support large scale requests. Create a range of options to cover common dietary preferences.
Full Service Events
Best For: 50+ people
Lead Time: 7+ days
Order Placed: Direct communication with the restaurant, typically via email or a catering request form
Full service event catering is what most people associate with catering. Typical events include weddings, conferences, and corporate lunches. Full service catering usually involves a higher degree of customization and the option of setup service.
Due to the size and attention to detail required to produce full service events, this style requires ongoing communication between the event planner and the restaurant. This extra effort ensures an elevated dining experience will be brought to life for your guest.