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09 July 2024

Our guide to buffet catering for corporate events

Two slate platters arranged with traditional buffet catering, including sandwiches, wraps, crisps, and scotch eggs.

Pulling off a successful corporate event involves careful planning and a meticulous eye for detail, plus a side of first-class buffet catering! 

Whether you’re hosting a team lunch in the office or you’re organising a bustling industry conference or networking event, the food you serve is sure to play a crucial role in the overall success of your gathering, with a well-executed buffet satisfying the diverse preferences of your attendees whilst also fostering a convivial and welcoming atmosphere.

In this guide, we’ll use our catering expertise to walk you through everything you need to know about buffet catering for corporate events. From selecting the right menu to ensuring seamless service, our expert tips and insights will help you create a memorable dining experience for your guests. So, let’s get stuck in and discover how you can make your next corporate event a resounding success with the perfect buffet spread.

What’s the schedule?

Cold tapas buffet spread.

First things first, remember that the schedule of your event will dictate the most basic considerations of your buffet catering.

If your event is scheduled for the morning, you should provide breakfast-style fare, along with teas and coffees. Afternoon events tend to suit cold food such as sandwiches and salads, whilst corporate events in the evening may call for hot food options or more sophisticated offerings such as tapas and canapes.

Who’s attending?

Secondly, it’s important to take a close look at your guestlist and consider who is attending and what they will be hoping to see from your spread. By considering this you will be able to tailor your buffet catering to suit the diverse array of preferences and dietary requirements among your guests, ensuring there’s something on offer for everyone. Here are a few key things to consider:

  • Dietary restrictions and preferences: In any given group of people, it’s likely that there will be some variation in dietary needs. The best way to ensure you offer something for everyone is simply to include a range of options, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and nut-free.
  • Cultural and religious considerations: Does your guestlist include attendees from various cultural and religious backgrounds? If so, be mindful of cultural preferences and religious dietary laws, such as kosher or halal requirements. Offering a diverse menu that respects these considerations will help ensure all guests can enjoy the buffet.
  • Demographic insights: Consider the demographics of your guest list, including age, gender, and professional roles. Younger audiences might enjoy more modern and adventurous flavours, while a senior crowd might appreciate classic fare, such as our traditional menu, which offers a selection of delicious, high-quality British buffet favourites.

Serving hot food

Hot food buffet with chafing dish.

If you’re hosting an event during the afternoon or evening time, your guests may appreciate a selection of delicious hot dishes, ensuring they are energised and well-fed.

Here at Olivia’s Kitchen, our Hot Food menu offers a diverse range of meat, fish, vegetarian, and vegan options, and is sure to be a hit among guests. We also offer a range of hearty Hot Roast Stotties as part of our Hot Food offerings. These tasty, comforting sandwiches are always a crowd-pleaser, particularly at more informal-style events.

Presentation is key

When you’re hosting a corporate event, presenting your buffet in an organised and appealing way is key!

As well as ensuring everything looks enticing and is creatively displayed, it’s also important to label all your fare, including information about any allergens. This will help people to identify your dishes and know what they can and cannot eat if they have dietary restrictions.

Here at Olivia’s Kitchen, we take presentation very seriously, using super-smart slate-look platters for our buffet fare and providing detailed allergen cards to accompany all dishes.

How can Olivia’s Kitchen help?

Our team have a wealth of experience in providing delicious, high-quality buffet catering for corporate events across the region.

Whether you’re looking for a scrumptious breakfast for morning networking mixers, traditional buffet bites for afternoon gatherings, or sophisticated canapes for evening events, our reliable and comprehensive catering services will guarantee all of your guests are well-fed and have their dietary needs and preferences met.

Looking to bring quality buffet catering to your next event? Get in touch to find out more. 

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