A guide to buffet catering – everything you need to know

Buffet food is the ideal choice for many events, from conferences and business meetings to weddings and parties. Here, we look at the types of buffet menu available and how to plan one successfully.

What is a buffet?

At a buffet, food is presented and served across long tables, where guests can help themselves or be served. It is a much more informal style of catering, often suited to large numbers where it would be difficult to choose a set menu for all. For this reason, buffets are often served to conference delegates and wedding guests.

The benefits of buffet catering

Buffets enable a choice of options to be served for guests who may probably have wide-ranging tastes and dietary requirements. A skilled catering company like The ALS Group will present the dishes to create an attractive and enticing display and for business meetings and conferences, the self-service style of food enables delegates to network and chat freely without having to manage difficult to eat dishes.

What makes the ideal buffet

The ideal buffet should provide guests with variety. For example, a selection of bread choices, beyond just sandwiches, can include open finger rolls and wraps.

Healthy food choices can be offered alongside more traditional dishes, for those who prefer to eat lighter, balanced meals, and fruit platters can sit happily alongside cake stands.

A buffet that caters for diverse dietary requirements is a must. Vegetarians and vegans should be catered for, as well as food intolerances, like gluten, and allergies.

Buffets offering hot and cold foods are always popular, with hot options being welcome at outdoor events taking place in colder months, such as team building events.

There is nothing less appealing than food that looks tired, so a good buffet will serve fresh, tasty food and all dishes should be clearly labelled for absolute transparency.

Buffet catering services from The ALS Group

When you choose a professional catering service from The ALS Group for your buffet, all of the above is dealt with for you! We offer a comprehensive range of buffet catering solutions that include a hot buffet menu and a party buffet menu as well as a breakfast buffet menu for those morning meetings. For the more adventurous, we offer contemporary options too which include a bao buns buffet and even paella and tapas for evening events.

Our corporate catering team is led by professional chefs with a passion for food, who will deliver the highest quality experience for your guests. We are an established 5-star food hygiene rated business and are well versed in good hygiene practices, with all relevant and necessary paperwork in place. When using The ALS Group, organisers can focus on other areas of their event while we take care of  everything from crockery and glassware, to napkins and table décor. Where required, we can also supply experienced servers for your guests and entertainment.

Buffet catering Lincoln

Based near the beautiful cathedral city of Lincoln, we have been providing buffet catering in Lincoln and the county for almost 30 years. If you would like us to take the strain from you, and organise your next buffet event, email the team or call us on 01526 397995 today.

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