Similar to any party or event, planning a luncheon is hard and can be rather tricky- unless you use a lunch catering service.
When serving a large group of people having options is essential. Vegetarian, gluten-free and other dietary restrictions are more and more common these days and need to be provided in order to keep everyone happy.
Choosing a catering company can be overwhelming. There are a litany of details that make the perfect choice hard to find sometimes.
For example, while many lunch catering companies offer dietary choices, it often makes more sense to use an established restaurant that caters instead.
Brick and mortar restaurants are used to dealing with a range of dietary needs and are experienced in providing a wide variety of delicious options on a regular basis.
Why fret about providing a perfect lunch for your event when hiring someone else can take all of the stress and worries away?
Planning a Lunch Catering
Of course, you don't have to hire a caterer at a lunch event. You can let people wander off to different restaurants, bring their own lunch, or show up late because the food took forever to arrive and then there was traffic.
But all of these options have quite a few downsides, and certainly don’t impress your guests or clients nearly as much as a catered meal will.
Once you decide to focus on your guests, catering starts to make a lot more sense. If you ask yourself a few simple questions beforehand, catering an event can be a real breeze.
There are a few basic questions that can really help you narrow down the exact type of lunch catering you need. The first and most obvious step is knowing how many people are attending!
If you can get an exact headcount, boxed lunches or more portion-controlled meals can be a great option and will provide everyone exactly what they want.
When the exact number of guests might vary a bit, it often makes more sense to pick more community options, like pizza or shareable platters.
The second key factor when choosing a caterer is dietary restrictions- roast beef sandwiches will not thrill a vegetarian or gluten-free eater, but something like pizza or pasta can easily be modified to be vegetarian or gluten-free.
Getting this information ahead of time is critical, and those with special diet needs will appreciate the effort. You will need to know this info by the time you call the catering company!
It also helps to know how long you think your event or gathering will last. A quick lunch is a great time to serve prepared sandwiches or pitas, while larger and more filling options may be required for day-long or evening events.
You may even want to consider adding in a dessert course for longer events, particularly if they have long presentations with short breaks. Everyone loves a brownie or cookie as a treat, especially at a work event!
Once the details of an event are ironed out you can start to reach out and decide which catering company will best fit your needs.
The Benefits of Restaurant Catering
There are many types of catering companies. Some specialize in formal events and weddings, others focus on large groups and portable catering.
Many of these companies focus exclusively on catering and don’t have a physical location outside of the kitchen facility. While there is nothing wrong with this, there are quite a few benefits that a restaurant that also caters can provide.
One of the most obvious benefits is that brick and mortar restaurants are constantly serving their menus. They prepare, cook, and serve the food that you will serve your guests, every single day. They have all of their recipes, portions, and processes dialed in and ready to go. This is not to say that caterers without a restaurant aren’t capable or qualified, but simply to point out the scale and consistency of a traditional restaurant.
Additionally, you can experience the food a bit more easily at a physical restaurant. Instead of having to set up a tasting, or simply trusting a catering company to make good food, you can actually go and experience it for yourself.
While not necessarily a game-changer, it certainly can provide confidence that the food you choose to serve at your luncheon will suit the palette and mood you are looking to curate.
Plus, if you know a large majority of the people at your event enjoy the restaurant, you know they will be happy to receive it for lunch!
Let the Experts Serve You!
That’s where Skally’s Restaurant comes in. Serving a wide variety of food including specialty sandwiches, pizza, salads, and soups, Skally’s Restaurant is an exceptional catering option for your next luncheon or event.
With an established brick and mortar location in West Chester, OH, Skally’s Restaurant serves satisfied guests every day and loves extending that hospitality outside of their walls with their catering program.
Whether catering a work lunch, a family gathering, or a party, Skally’s has you covered. Have a group that likes to snack more? Grab some pita platters. Serving a large number of people? Get special pricing on more than five pizzas. When serving a diverse group, check out the box options- letting everyone pick a sandwich ahead of time means your family, guests or clients will receive exactly what they wanted to eat.
Skally’s is well versed in catering (and carryout) and has options for groups of any size, whether that is fewer than 20 or more than 200, and loves figuring out how to best serve your event.
Food for Thought
Planning a luncheon is a lot, but working with a quality catering company really helps. Whether you know exactly what you need, or simply have questions about options, Skally’s makes it easy to get in touch, so you can stay focused on what's important- your guests.
When planning your next lunch catering, be sure to reach out and see what Skally’s can do for you! Their menu is versatile, delicious, and sure to please the masses. Whether you need an event catered, or simply decide to stop by for dinner, let Skally’s take care of you!
Catering for a lunch event is tricky. You need to have options: vegetarian, gluten-free and other dietary restrictions are more and more common these days. While some lunch catering companies offer these choices, it often makes more sense to use an established restaurant that is used to dealing with a range of needs and is experienced in providing a wide variety of delicious options.
That’s where Skally’s Restaurant comes in. Serving a wide variety of food including specialty sandwiches, pizza, salads, and soups, Skally’s Restaurant is an exceptional option for your next luncheon or event. With an established brick and mortar location in West Chester, OH, Skally’s Restaurant serves satisfied guests every day and loves extending that hospitality outside of their walls with their catering program.
Whether you need to cater for 10 people or 100 people, Skally’s has something all of your staff or guests will appreciate and devour. Reach out today to discuss options and decide on a menu you can provide at your next catered lunch. And not just any lunch, one that will leave everyone satisfied.