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2 Tips for Planning the Corporate Catering of Any Seminar

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When planning a corporate seminar, you need to give some thought as to how enjoyable it will be for attendees, and this means considering the corporate catering you use throughout the day. You may not think the catering is important and may be more focused on the information being presented, but remember that a grumbling stomach is sure to distract and keep attendees from following each part of the seminar.

When planning a seminar, pay attention to the catering and refreshments you include just as you do any other part of the day. Note a few simple tips for making your choices.

1. Variety is key

Provide your attendees with a variety of refreshments that will fit a number of dietary restrictions. This means more than just donuts every few hours; diabetics and those counting their calories aren't going to appreciate their lack of choices. Remember too that some people experience a "crash" after eating sugar, so that they actually feel more sluggish and inattentive. You may also want to think about gluten-free choices rather than a tray of bagels or rolls. At the same time, some people may be looking forward to the standard donuts and bagels at a seminar.

This is why variety is key. Most corporate catering companies can provide a wide array of options, including the sugary donuts and cookies that some love along with fresh fruit, low calorie muffins, hardboiled eggs, and vegetables. When choosing any type of snack or lunch for your corporate seminar, opt for as much variety as you can so you ensure all attendees are going to be happy with those choices.

2. Keep it light and not distracting

Along with a variety of foods, you also want to think about keeping the options light for a day-long seminar. Filling up on heavy foods such as those loaded with grease and fat can mean having an audience that is struggling to stay awake as their digestive system works overtime.

An overly involved menu can also be distracting to the seminar itself; you may want to have a roast beef carving station and a chocolate fountain available for dinner after the seminar is concluded, but during the day it's best to stick to lighter options that can be prepared and served quickly. Sliced lunchmeat, fresh soups and stews, and even a salad bar can be a good choice for daytime. These can be easily set up during the seminar, your employees can get through the serving line quickly, and they won't make anyone feel overly full for the afternoon session.

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