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Wedding catering is a big task, and wedding dinners do not often go unforgotten. This means there’s a great deal of pressure on the catering company to make sure the food is prepared and made quickly, and then dished out quickly too, so no guest is left to wait for their meal.
It’s important that every table eats at the same time, and several delays can lead to bigger issues, such as delayed speeches, entertainment and dances. Depending on the type of food served and the number of guests, large catering teams may be needed.
Buffet style dinners are a lot easier to manage, and it tends to be a case of just making sure there is food always at the ready. Hog roast buffets are very popular, while traditionally served meals can take more time to prepare.
As a caterer, you also have to make sure you can provide for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs among others. There’s no doubt that catering is a big job, but the hardest part is handling the pressure.
Catering is often seen as integral part of any event, one which everybody expects to see and enjoy. It gives the people running the event the piece of mind to leave it to the professionals, and it allows everybody else the freedom to enjoy professional standard food.
Depending upon which type of catering job you’re doing, you will have to prepare different types of food, and present it in a different way:
For weddings, you need to prepare high quality food which blends well with the decorations, as well as the atmosphere that the bride and groom are trying to create.
For promotional events, you want to provide some nice food, but you don’t really want it to detract any attention away from what the client is trying to promote.
For corporate catering, where you deliver food to a big meeting, your main task is to provide balanced, tasty meals that would otherwise take too long for them to prepare themselves. This gives them a good start on their day, and allows them to focus on what’s important; their work!
For social events, such as birthdays, home warmings, and baby showers, there are certainly similarities to weddings, in that you’re there with friends and family, but the demands aren’t quite as high. What you want for this are some nice, fun, tasty food which gives people something to nibble on while they enjoy themselves and socialise.
A standard buffet does the job but it certainly doesn’t add any class to a business meeting or a party, and that’s why you should avoid those obvious buffet dishes.
The ‘party sections’ in supermarkets paint the picture of a typical buffet but there are so many different, exciting options out there. The obvious options would include chicken skewers, cocktail sausages, cheese and onion sandwiches and mini sausage rolls, but why not opt for homemade pizza, pulled pork rolls, BBQ chicken or steak ciabatas.
Okay so the ingredients will be more expensive but if you want people smiling at your party or want to make a good impression for prospective clients, then extra thought is needed. A standard buffet doesn’t grab attention and it can actually leave a bad impression on guests.
A vegetarian is a person who restricts his or her meals to vegetables. He or she avoids the consumption of poultry, meat or sea food. One may choose to practise vegetarianism because of a number of reasons. They may include:
- · Religious alienation.
- · Animal right protection.
- · Health complications etc.
Vegetarianism has been on the increase worldwide. The hotel and tourism industry has therefor had to adjust and satisfy the demand for vegetarian meals. This has led to the rise of hotels commonly known as veggie hotels.
Some vegetarians strictly avoid all animal related products such as eggs and dairy products while others selectively ingest some of them. They are known as semi-vegetarians. Examples of vegetarian meals include; vegetarian pizza, burgers, vegetarian chilli etc.
Vegetarian meals are beneficial to the body. It has been proven clinically that vegetarians have good levels of cholesterol, less body weight, are less prone to developing lifestyle diseases e.g. cancer and have a higher life expectancy.
Following a vegetarian diet strictly ensures your body gets all the nutrients it needs.
Making sushi is a bit of an art, and it can take a lot of practice before it begins to look like the sushi you would find in a Japanese restaurant. Nigiri sushi is one of the most popular forms and it can be made relatively easily.
Once you have cooked the sushi rice you should add vinegar, and this should be when the rice is still hot. Remember to try and cool the rice as quickly as possible, especially if you want it to look glossy. Once you have laid out the sushi you should lay it out and cut out the desired amount of sushi you need, then place the meat on top and wrap in seaweed.
This can work with raw and cooked seafood and it’s really down to your own preference, but it’s certainly one of the most popular types of sushi and it’s not just a big hit in Japan it’s now found in many countries including America and the UK.