Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Catering Like a Mofo

As opposed to popular belief, there's a lot more to catering than just serving delicious food. Catering is an experience, with food being a pivotal part of it. A lot of planning, organizing and creativity must go in it to ensure that the customers are given an enjoyable experience as is relevant and appropriate for the occasion. Many factors like utensils, glassware, table setting, and of course menu come into play to make a catering experience enjoyable.

Caterer-Client Meeting

The first step in creating the best catering experience is to have a caterer-client meeting either over the phone or through obtaining a face to face appointment. The point of this meeting is to set up the basis for the event. The client must inform the caterer about the formality or informality of the event, the number of guests attending, the venue, the budget, the date of the event and any suggestions they might have for what kind of food to serve. If the client is unsure about the menu the other factors can help the caterer narrow down options and assist the client to get something that they'll be satisfied with. Therefore before contacting a caterer it's important to have thought about the above mentioned points to ensure no time is wasted and the caterer is enabled to help to the best of their abilities and expertise. 

Catering Proposal

After having given the caterer the relevant information about the type of event, the caterer can come up with a catering proposal to adhere to the specific requirements. A proposal would inform the client about the beverages and food items involved along with giving an idea about the staff, set up and perhaps any taxes involved. After the proposal has been made it will be given to the client and another appointment can be set up to work out any further details or to confirm what works and what doesn't.

The Tasting

After the proposal has been sent to the client and discussed it's time for a tasting appointment. It is highly likely that there are several dishes that the client has never tried before or the client wants to know how well a certain dish is cooked by the catering company. Either way it is necessary to have a tasting test to ensure that the dishes are at par with the client's taste and whether a certain dish should be served at the final catering event or not.

Planning and Executing the Event

And lastly we have the finalized plan and its execution. Many catering companies use software like Room Viewer to help them plan the set up and it is particularly helpful at the time of the actual event when print outs can be taken out of the planned set up and distributed to vendors and all those in charge of the set up. It ensures a sense of direction for all those involved and a smooth running of the event.

Sunday, 13 March 2016


Most times life knocks us down or just gets simply hard all of a sudden and makes us reach for comfort foods. These include ice-cream, cakes, pizza, burgers, soda, etcetera. The thing is these foods are very dangerous to our body when consumed excessively and they make us feel heavy, lethargic and unable to handle life. They also raise your cholesterol levels, choke your arteries and make you highly susceptible to heart attacks.

There are so many other wonderful food options that not only does our body good but helps us live longer and stress-free lives. They include: food rich in carbohydrates, fibre and water; fruits and vegetable and basically all the food groups in the right daily requirements. 

These ones will boost your energy level that can keep you going for hours; unlike processed sugar that quickly passed your system and drops your energy level so fast that you are left depressed. They also build your body's immunity, aid digestion, help with bowel movement, and they leave your skin looking great and nourished. In fact every part of you comes alive!

Let's take a look at some of them.

Vegetables and fruits
They are rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, minerals, water and all other goodies that your body needs to fight diseases, heal and in general stay healthy. They are the best friends for your immune system. So inculcate the habit of taking fruits and vegetables every day.

Foods rich in carbohydrates and fibres.
They include sweet potatoes, rice, oats, whole wheat, barley, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, pea, lima brand, lentils, banana etcetera. They give you long lasting energy for your daily energy needs and keep with digestion. These foods help to reduce obesity, diabetes and heart diseases. 

Just remember that eating them in the right proportion matters a lot. Exercise right and also drink plenty of water.