Depending on how many attendees there are, selecting the right menu can be either a simple or complex task. It all starts with choosing the right venue and catering company. Once those two decisions have been made, here’s how you can make it easier on yourself when planning your next business lunch.
1. Get to Know Your Guests in Advance
Even before the lunch, try to get information on any dietary restrictions that your guests might have. It also helps to know their food preferences. If you are unsure of this information, speak to the restaurant or your catering service beforehand to provide options for your guests and to avoid any cases of embarrassment or humiliation.
2. Showcase Your Culture
If you are dealing with foreign guests or overseas partners, it might be a good idea to allow them to experience the local cuisine. Not only will it be a new experience for them, but talking about the food is also a good conversation topic to break any ice or tension, while showcasing your culture and what your country has to offer.
3. Avoid Causes for Embarrassment
When designing the menu with your chosen catering company, it is best to choose dishes that are clean, fresh and easy to eat. Avoid food that is difficult to eat, such as whole meats and unpeeled and unopened shellfish as well as dishes that have the potential to cause stains or may leave unpleasant tastes and odours in the mouth such as food with strong flavours of garlic and onion.
Selecting the right menu for your business lunch is more important than most people think, as this is the impression-making stage. Be sure to select the appropriate catering services to fit your occasion and guest profile to ensure the smoothest business transaction possible.