Pull Off an Outdoor Event with Outside Catering
The summer months provide some excellent opportunities for outdoor events, from weddings to corporate parties. It’s not the only time of year you can host an event outside, but it does give you a better chance of sunny weather. If you’re planning an outdoor event, catering for it needs a little thought. Take note of our top tips for using an outside catering service to feed hungry customers and pull off your event without a hitch.
Always Have a Backup Plan
The first rule of throwing an outdoor event is that you should make sure you have a plan B. We all know that British weather is unpredictable, and you can rarely ever guarantee a dry day. Even if it doesn’t rain, there could be wind or other weather to contend with. And then there’s the rare occasion when it might be too hot for everyone to be comfortable. If you can’t have your event in the planned place – where’s it going to be?
Be Inspired By the Season
If you’re hosting an event outdoors, it’s a good idea to take inspiration from your surroundings and how things change with the seasons. If you use an outside catering service like Caiger & Co., you can work with us to create a menu that evokes flavours of the season. Our seasonal menus are tailored to each of our client’s desires, and sourcing ingredients from local suppliers ensures they’re always fresh.
Make the Most of Your Outdoor Space
Catering for an outdoor event does present challenges, but it can also mean you’re free of the constraints of a kitchen. Being outside gives you the opportunity to go bigger and have food cooked in interesting ways. The hog roast has always been a popular choice for outdoor catering, but there are plenty of other options. At a recent event, we cooked lamb over an open fire. Having an outdoor space allows for lots of creativity and fun ways of cooking. It also means that guests can often watch their food being cooked – food and entertainment in one!
Go for Relaxed But Stylish
An outdoor event, whether it’s in a marquee or out in the open, will often default to being more casual, simply because it’s outside. An outdoor event can still be formal, but it’s usually fairly relaxed. It can be hard to be too formal if there’s a chance of your shoes getting stuck in the mud! You can create a relaxed atmosphere while still taking a stylish approach to everything.
Prepare for the Challenges
Hosting an outdoor event is not without its challenges. There might not be a kitchen nearby, the weather can be disruptive, and there are other environmental obstacles too. An outside catering company like Caiger & Co. will be prepared to face all these challenges and have plenty of experience dealing with them, whether food is cooked onsite or brought in. It’s always best to have experts on hand to help your event go as smoothly as possible.
An outdoor event could be anything from a casual barbecue to a corporate garden party or a fancy wedding. Whatever the reason for yours, plan the catering carefully to get it right.