HOW TO PLAN THE MENU FOR A CATERED EVENT

Events in Newtown, CT, and surrounding Fairfield County have a wide range of themes and levels of formality. At Butcher’s Best, we cater full-blown formal affairs, like weddings, as well as casual family gatherings. We also cater corporate events – from large-scale functions to weekly office lunches. One thing that’s always constant is that people want good food. They also want to make sure the menu is appropriate for the group and will satisfy the guests.

Catering

Choosing the Caterer
The first step in determining the right menu for a catered event is choosing the right caterer. You’ll want someone who can make virtually any dish that you have in mind. It’s also important that your caterer is professional, engaged, and responsive. The right fit will be someone who listens to your needs, has experience, and makes menu suggestions that will help deliver the experience that you’re seeking.

Type of Event
The type of event will help determine the appropriate menu. Weddings, bar mitzvahs, and formal corporate events typically involve multiple courses, including hors d’oeuvres, salad, entrée, and dessert. The food style at these events tends to be more formal. Casual events, such as a family gathering or an office lunch, will be set up with more buffet-style foods, salads, and items that are easy to eat while both standing and sitting.

Type of Guests
The type of guests that will attend your event should determine the style of food that you choose. Older guests tend to lean toward more mild flavors. A younger group will more likely enjoy spicy flavors and more adventurous menu items. And a health-conscious crowd will prefer fish, lean meats, and vegetarian options. Of course, it’s always a good idea to provide some variety to choose from. Most all groups will likely include vegetarians and/or guests with special dietary needs. You can’t account for every dietary need, but vegetarian and/or gluten-free options will provide good alternatives.

Local, Natural, Seasonal
There’s a reason that local, natural foods have become popular. They’re much better for you, and they taste better. Some of your favorite restaurants are focusing heavily on local, natural foods. Why not take the same approach with your catered event? You’ll make an impression by hiring a caterer who focuses on these types of ingredients. Butcher’s Best does just that. All the foods that we serve in our store are all-natural, and we have a variety of locally sourced meats, produce, dairy, and seafood. We use all the same foods and ingredients for our catered events. This means steaks, lamb, pork, and chicken raised without antibiotics, steroids, or hormones. And because our full-time chef is a trained culinary professional with experience in fine dining establishments, you know everything will taste delicious.

Event Schedule
Schedule plays a big role in determining the menu for an event. You’ll want to consider not only the time of day but also the length of time of the event. Really short events during the day may be appropriate for boxed lunches. Buffets usually require about 1 hour. And sit-down meals require about 1.5 hours. We’ve catered breakfast, lunch, and dinner events at Butcher’s Best across all timelines.

No matter what type of event you’re planning, people always seem to remember good food. You’ll have success when you find a caterer who makes great-tasting options that are good for you and understands how to expedite a variety of event types. With these components in place, guests are sure to leave satisfied.