How to Plan a Fantastic Holiday Menu

Do you know what it takes to make a memorable rather than mundane holiday party?

Here are 4 tips to ensure you have a satisfying and entertaining holiday menu:

Meet the Chef
To seek the best guidance for the menu, request to meet the chef that will be running the kitchen for your event at the venue where you’ll be hosting your holiday party. Having an on-site meeting helps ensure the chef and his or her staff are prepared to serve you a hot delicious meal given whatever restrictions your venue may present.

Follow the Trends (to a Point)
Although the caterer’s preconceived holiday menu may be trendy and what they offer to their other clients, it may not work for your team. Don’t be afraid to ask for engaging displays and unique dishes that challenge the palate and give your guests a fresh take on holiday fare. However, if you know your crowd enjoys traditional holiday flavors, ask the chef to make them with a twist to ensure your team’s holiday food hankerings are satisfied.

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Make It an Experience
Instead of just having servers roam the room with trays of hors d’oeuvres, hire an entertainment team to make it an interactive and entertaining experience. Not only can the performers’ attire and demeanor tie in with the theme of your holiday party, they also provide food and beverage service during your event. Give your guests something to talk about through the new year!

Know the Catering Cost
Find out all of the fees your caterer will be charging for the menu you’ve discussed. The explanation of charges should be detailed and clear, so you can ensure you’re not surprised by hidden labor costs or special taxes.

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