As you're planning your event, you will need to decide which type of catering service is best for you and your guests. That is where our expertise comes in handy! We will guide you toward selecting what the best catering option to carry out your vision.  We are innovative, collaborative, and excited to explore unique event menu items to best fit your needs.

Event Catering OPTIONS

Before heading into menu planning, you will need to determine what type of catering service is best suited for your event. The three main options include:

  • a plated meal
  • a buffet
  • food stations

Each of these are doable for breakfast, lunch, or dinner service.

A plated meal is what most people refer to as a sit-down or formal meal. These are most often seen at more formal events and are generally more expensive. Plan for around one to two hours for a plated service meal. The second option, buffets, can take less time, work very well for breakfast, and lunch, and usually cost less. Be sure to make accommodations for any guest that would require assistance at the buffet stations. Finally, food stations are perfect for shorter events (e.g. evening networking events or cocktail receptions) prior to a sit-down meal.

Whatever type of event catering service works best for your event, there are some points to remember while planning your meal.

Your Audience

  • Is this a formal event like a professional affair or a celebratory occasion?
  • Do your guests commonly attend events similar to these?
  • What are the ages of your guests? Menu choices will vary if this is a corporate event, charity fundraiser, 50th wedding anniversary, or a sweet sixteen party.
  • What are the ethnic backgrounds of your guests and would they prefer specific food choices?

Accommodate Your Guests

  • Offer a variety of menu options for different food preferences
  • Consider food allergies and dietary restrictions
  • Be aware of any religious food requirements

Menu Choices

  • Recommend choosing three entrée options, multiple sides, different salad dressing choices, and two dessert options
  • Offer both lighter fare and richer choices
  • Consider locally-sourced food and seasonal dishes
  • Remember to include healthy food and vegetarian or vegan options


Once you have landed on the type of meal you will be serving, it is time to get to the exciting part! Your professional catering team will be a bountiful resource of suggestions as you make your final decisions.