Catering is a multi million dollar industry in the United States. People cater meals for many purposes, including work events, birthdays, anniversaries, and weddings. Catering is often ideal because the party host does not have to worry about the food preparation. They simply pay a company to take care of it. The company brings the food in, usually already cooked, and serves it to the guests, resulting in a convenient and simple process. The host, however, is responsible for choosing a menu that provides the guests with a variety of options for all types of eating habits and preferences.
Depending on the meal that is being served, people often expect some type of appetizer. Salads are pretty common, but soups or other vegetables may be provided instead. Vegetables are an important item to have, as it fills people up earlier, and fewer meats are needed. As the meats are the priciest part of the meal, this can be a budget friendly option. Fried foods can also fill people up, with foods such as chicken wings.
The sides are another way to reduce the cost of the meats. Filling sides includes mashed potatoes, stuffing, or rice meals. The sides are usually customizable, depending on the specific restaurants that are doing the catering. An upscale steak restaurant, for example, will serve items like potatoes and side vegetables. A chicken wings restaurant is likely to serve French fires or roasted potatoes. Food and drink sales of the restaurant industry in the United States were forecasted to exceed 683 billion U.S. dollars in 2014. There are endless opportunities in catering choices.
The main dish
The main dish is usually what people hire a caterer on. It is also what people tend to remember about an event. The main dish should be carefully chosen, usually with alternative options also offered. Chicken remains one of the most common main dish choices. This is because Americans consume more chicken than anyone else in the world. It is the number one protein consumed in the United States. It can also come in many forms, from chicken Parmesan, chicken pasta, or even chicken wings. Some may even choose a rotisserie chicken delivery.
The biggest food alternative that hosts need to keep in mind is vegetarian or vegan guests. Hosts can handle this in a few different ways. They can state on the invitation to notify them with any dietary restrictions. They can also just include non meat options, either as the main dish or as a side dish option. Many dishes can actually be made without meat or to be vegan friendly. Ensure that the food delivery of these items is kept separate.
Desserts are not always served at events. However, they are a welcomed dish. Weddings may have a large shared cake or small cupcakes for each guest. Work catered events might provide cookies and brownies to their guests. Desserts are often included in the catering costs, so many hosts also provide them. For hosts with specific dessert preferences, they may want to work with a separate sweets company for more options.
Late night snack
The late night snack is most common with weddings. Weddings tend to span across many hours of the day. The entire day is hectic and people may not find time to eat the catered meal. For this reason, more and more couples are providing a late night snack option. This meal is usually included in the catering costs and is something simple. It might be pizza, chicken wings, or another finger food. It also ensures that guests have food in their stomachs after a long night of celebrating.
The food service and catering industry is huge. In 2016 alone, the state of Florida has 995,600 restaurant and food service jobs, a number representing 14% of employment in the state. Event hosts have many options when it comes to choosing the menu of a catered event. Although chicken wings and other chicken dishes are one of the most popular choices, the options are endless. Working closely with the catering company can customize a menu to meet each of the guests dietary needs and to ensure that everyone is satisfied with the meal.