Brunch meetings are starting to gain popularity in the corporate world, and for a good reason. A proper late breakfast, or early lunch, is imperative for keeping everyone happy and healthy. Hosting a brunch also gives your employees a chance to lay back and relax for a little. Whether you want to schedule a casual brunch meeting with bagels and croissants or a special event to celebrate a new product launch with eggs benedict and omelets, your caterer will be more than willing to help you design the right menu for the occasion. That’s why Smokehouse Grill, one of the leading caterers in Southern Maryland, is offering a quick guide to organizing the perfect brunch meeting or corporate event.
In this article, we will review:
- Tips for building a menu that everyone will enjoy
- How you can provide satisfying food options while staying within your budget
- Fun self-serve stations you can add
- Where and when the best time to hold a corporate luncheon
How to Create a Menu That Will Cater to Every Taste Bud
Finding a menu that will cater to everyone’s personal tastes and food allergies can be difficult, especially if you are looking to serve a large group of people. Popular choices usually include:
- Breakfast sandwiches
- Hash browns
- Cinnamon rolls
The Smokehouse Grill offers a breakfast station comprised of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage links, home fries, fruit, and assorted pastries. Drinks and silverware are provided as well, along with an omelet station for an additional service charge. The Smokehouse Grill also offers lunch options, including a cold plate with salad express package and hot lunch express package if you want to widen your brunch menu options.
Always make sure you can provide options for people who are allergic to gluten, dairy, or any other substance. One simple and easy way to assemble a menu that everyone likes is to simply send out a company-wide survey asking them. Many companies will choose two or three main entrees along with light snacks so that people can have a little variety with their meal.
Depending on your company’s culture, you could offer mimosas, Irish coffee, and bloody Mary’s. This definitely depends on the occasion as well, however. Offering mimosas during an important meeting with a client may be a bad idea. On the other hand, they may be acceptable for a casual celebration or company party. At the end of the day, it’s really up to what your company views as professional versus unprofessional. Just don’t forget the coffee and tea.
Advice for Sticking to Your Budget
With so many options to choose from, it is easy to assume that hosting a special brunch meeting under a strict budget is difficult or nearly impossible to pull off. But with help from the right caterer, it can be relatively easy to achieve.
If hiring servers doesn’t fit into your budget, consider setting up a self-serve station for your employees to pick from. Not only will this minimize expenses for labor, but it will also allow employees to customize their own plates. Sticking with mostly snacks and not going all out with fancy entrees will also be helpful in saving you money. Finding caterers that provide cutlery will also minimize finances. Hosting your event on-site rather than an outside venue will also save your company a lot of money.
Fun Food Stations to Add to Your Meeting
If it fits in your budget, consider sprucing up your meeting with these fun and unique food stations.
- Crepe station
- Smoothie bar
- Build your own bagel
- Waffle bar
- Biscuit bar
- Create your own parfait
- DIY cereal station
- Frozen yogurt topping bar
Special stations like these are perfect for end-of-the-summer corporate events or celebrations for the end of a sales quarter.
Where and When You Should Host Your Next Corporate Breakfast Meeting
Now is the time to host that outdoor picnic you have been planning before it gets cold again. If your company is situated in the D.C., Rockville, or Beltview area, then you have likely been searching for various caterers in the Southern Maryland area. Deciding whether to host your event on-site or off-site is up to you. Most caterers are able to transport their food to either your company or a venue that you have reserved. Plus, a break from the office can be the perfect opportunity for your employees to recharge and rejuvenate themselves. However, hosting a brunch at an off-site location isn’t necessarily critical to making sure it is a success.
Whether you are celebrating someone’s promotion or need to prepare for a big project, brunch meetings are the perfect opportunity for gathering your team together in one space. While they don’t necessarily have to be a weekly, or daily event, if you don’t want them to be, they can still function as fun surprises for everyone in the office and help raise morale. For more information on how the Smokehouse Grill can help your company host a brunch catering event, contact one of our team members today.