October 22, 2010

Catering Tips: Service Options

We've mentioned plated menus, buffets, and passed hors d'oeuvres when discussing menu planning, but what exactly do these terms mean? The following is an explanation of the different types of services Paul Kennedy Catering offers:

This type of meal is common for wedding receptions. Much like at restaurants, servers deliver individual plates of food to guests, often in separate courses.

Plated dinner

A popular choice for many types of events, buffets allow choosy guests to decide from a variety of menu options and heavy eaters to return for seconds (just make sure to take this into account when deciding on your food quantities, and order a bit extra).

Buffet reception
Stations are a great way to add action to an event. Tables of food are spread throughout an event venue, and guests travel from one table to the next to choose from multiple options.

Attended carving station
Unattended shrimp cocktail station

Hors d'oeuvres
Hors d'oeuvres are often served before the main meal, either passed by a server, set as a station, or a mix of both. Heavy hors d'oeuvres can also be served in lieu of a main meal, especially at corporate functions and receptions held during non-dinner hours.

Passed hors d'oeuvres
Set & Go Delivery
Delivered hot or cold, Set & Go catered meals are a nice way to feed a smaller crowd, especially for a workplace lunch.

Set & Go boxed salads

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