Corporate Catering Trends 2018
2017 was a busy year for our corporate and private clients where we had the privilege of catering for many businesses, both in their offices and in some fabulous venues around Leinster.
Be it a breakfast launch, a quarter-end celebration or a networking event, we've been given great insight into what is becoming more popular and what is falling out of favour in terms of people's food choices.
1) Healthier Options - We acknowledge that we have become a more health-conscious nation and our clients want to offer healthier choices at their events.
For breakfast events we have been serving our Alchemy healthy juices & smoothies, yogurt pots with organic oat and homemade fruit compote, avocado toast & fruit skewers. We notice that most people make a beeline for the more wholesome options at these corporate events while less pastries, croissants and biscuits are consumed.
Buffet lunches that include our Alchemy kale crack salad and superfood salads are a big hit, rather than the traditional sandwiches that once would have made up the bulk of a corporate spread.
2) Food Pairing has been another trend we have noticed. We were delighted to cater at a new product line launch for a well known coffee brand last year whereby we matched coffee flavours with delicious & delicate sweet treats. The menu we designed included canapes such as mascarpone and white chocolate cream with berries and raspberry shards served in jars, Valrhona chocolate & coffee ganache tarts and mini pancakes with caramelised apples, toffee & sour cream - should we go on!?!
3) Unique Locations - We notice that our corporate clients are looking for interesting places to entertain their customers and employees be it in art galleries, museums or they have wanted to transform their own offices into a fabulous dining room, all of which we love to do. One unique location we catered that stands out in 2017 was on an Irish Rail train where we served Afternoon Tea, 'Orient Express' style. The high tea feast included smoked Irish salmon from the Burren on ÓhArtagain brown bread, miniature homemade scones with strawberry jam and clotted cream, finger sandwiches, mini fruit crumbles, and mimosas were the cocktail of the day. You choose the location, we will bring the food!
So with 2018 upon us, we see these 2017 trends set to continue. When is your next event? Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for some inspiration and let us draw up a proposal for you!