The Infinite World Of Buffets
The buffet has always been a catering life saver. It is this for so many good reasons and yet--for some it can get a bad wrap. Why? Well, we blame it on Vegas! There is a cheap and low quality vibe that has been the Damocles sword hanging over the head of the fated buffet. But alas, good catering companies can make a class act out of any buffet service and at a great rate. This is our job, and we will touch on some pretty useful hints and facts about buffets that may just have you sold and calling us for your next event by the very last tip.
Set the right expectation.
A buffet versus a sit down full service meal is one of those things you need to decide prior to making any plans. Even with the best catering companies and experts in their industry like Orange County Best Catering--changing this mid-stream too close to the day may cause a nightmare that ends up costly. So, one thing to determine is time of day of the even, the size of the head count, adults, children and elderly--we'll explain why in a moment--and budget. The first thing to determine is your time of day. The time of day will be the deciding factor as to not only what type of meal you are serving but what it will cost. So, expect people to want dinner and probably a sit down affair the later you are past 6 pm.
Make a list of the dynamic.
Once you've established you need a buffet--you now need to make a list of the people, ages and types. A buffet serves people standing up and either standing and mingling and/or going back to a maybe predetermined seat. Now, here is where the age and type come in. Buffets can be harder on the elderly and annoying if you have small children running about. After all, those with walkers and wheel chairs as well as children darting around tables unsupervised may be an issue. So, the way to handle this is to see if you have enough physically challenged and/or elderly to put wait staff in place to assist those that have a challenge. We have done this plenty of times in the most discreet way and the guests appreciate it.
Now for the food issue.
The food choices also depend on the dynamic in the last section and the time of day. Buffets are cheaper in the day then the night. It's generally fruit and salad with sandwich options and even if you added a pancake and waffle bar you would be hard pressed to get it to as pricy as the night. But, in saying that--you would be hard pressed to get any buffet, day or night as pricy as a sit down formal. So, remember the rule of thumb. If people are coming in black tie, and the atmosphere is formal then, people will expect a sit down--full service dinner. If the atmosphere is more casual--then certainly it will be buffet style. Now, you can have a choice of meat and even fish on a buffet, in fact, don't be shy about a nice BBQ either--we throw a nice one. Ribs, chicken and more garnish your plate. If you prefer the traditional roast beef or prime rib well you have it!
Is there really anything bad about a buffet?
Not really. Think about it. Apart from a few physical and logistical challenges that are easily remedied for your guests--what can you really say about buffets? They are the least expensive of the choices out there. You can have a casual or even a more formal time of it depending on time of day and what's served. You can sit or stand--mingle and move freely. The food choices we provide and the way it's displayed is unbeatable. So, frankly, it's the most versatile and economical choice out there. Most people will be happy with a buffet or a BBQ. They are the most popular choices in the US with families and event planners.