As an event planner, you want each aspect of your event to be memorable. Your catering choices can make a huge impact on event attendees for better or for worse. In order to make the most out of your catering strategy, here is a list of 5 innovative catering ideas for your next event that will surely make your attendees’ overall event experience more enjoyable!
1. Provide Attendee-Requested Options
Worried if your attendees won’t like your catering choices? Obviously, you should provide what your attendees want. If your event management platform has customizable registration options, just add an option on the registration page asking what the attendee would prefer! Or, if you are an event planner who plans numerous events per year, then just create a survey after your event to ask attendees what catering options they would prefer for the future.
2. Choose Unique Foods
Average food options lead to average event experiences. If you want your event to stand out, why shouldn’t the catering options follow suit? Consider offering exotic food choices at your next catering endeavor, like these rice crispy burgers! To discover even more exotic food options, consider checking out social media platforms like Pinterest to find more innovative catering ideas.
3. Partner With A Famous Chef
What better way to execute innovative catering ideas than to partner with a well-known chef? If you have the budget, take a look at the Celebrity Chef Network to choose from 500 celebrity chefs for your next event! This site boasts big names like Anthony Bourdain, Adam Gertler, and Amanda Freitag!
4. Present Creatively
Do not fret if your budget is tight! You can come up with innovative catering ideas by presenting food that is otherwise simple, in exotic ways. Creating interactive food displays is a great way to make your catering options more exciting for your event attendees.
Another great way to make your attendees' catering options fun and exciting is to make every aspect edible. Check out FoodieSpoon for some awesome ideas on edible utensils!
5. Match Meals to the Event Location
Take advantage of your unique event location by offering matching catering options. For example, why not serve Cajun food to make the most out of your New Orleans event location! Another great way to spice up your catering options is to choose a food theme, or a recurring ingredient throughout all meals. For instance, you can serve a bacon entree, Maple-Bourbon Bacon Donuts for dessert, and of course, bacon cocktails!
The food at your event or conference can truly change the way an attendee experiences your event, especially if the food that you present feels new and fresh. It doesn't have to break the budget either. There are plenty of cheap catering ideas that can complement your event strategy. To learn more about your event attendees so that you can plan better events, click here. Or, download our access free resources by clicking the button below!