Here at CaterPlace, we’re familiar with the ins and outs of office catering. Whether you’re a pharmaceutical sales representative ordering catering for doctors or an administrative assistant surprising the office for coming in after months years of WFH, we’ve got you covered. Here are our top five tips to consider when ordering catering for your office!

1. Prepare your space beforehand

Planning ahead is the key to any successfully catered event. Once you’ve selected a cuisine, think about the logistics: if you’ve ordered something like tacos or noodles, your colleagues or clients probably don’t want to be standing while eating. Sandwiches, on the other hand, are a bit more portable. Are your colleagues going to be eating during a meeting? If so, you’ll want to place your table away from the presentation, so that people can grab a second serving without disrupting the speaker. Set up your space according to your specific circumstances! And keep in mind, not every restaurant offers to-go utensils or other essentials like plates and napkins. If your favorite catering joint doesn’t offer these staples on the menu, it’s a good idea to assemble them beforehand. 

 2. Limit your options

CaterPlace is partnered with over 300 restaurants in the New York City metro area – simply asking your group what they’d like to eat could be overwhelming for everyone involved. Instead, try presenting your peers with a few set options to choose from. This can be done easily by emailing a quick survey with a couple different choices of cuisine. Land on the most popular choice and order away!

3. Take dietary restrictions seriously

People in your workspace may have dietary restrictions for any number of reasons, including medical, ethical, and religious. It’s crucial to listen to your office and ensure that everyone is taken care of! While you’re inquiring about which cuisine to order, throw in a note asking if anyone adheres to a specific diet (kosher, halal, vegan, vegetarian) or has allergies. Many restaurants in New York City include options for every diet, making it easy-peasy to cater to all. Your peers will thank you!

4. Keep it simple!

When ordering catering for a tight time slot, simplicity is key. Setting up and taking down a big buffet is just one more unnecessary step when in a time crunch. For quick and easy meals, try individually packaged lunches: pre-packaged items that make busy work days manageable. CaterPlace allows our guests to filter by restaurants that offer individually packaged items, making the process that much simpler. Packages are another great choice for running a smooth office lunch. A package typically includes an entree, side, dessert and drink. Like individually packaged items, you can filter by restaurants that serve packages as well!

5. Try a theme!

Is there a holiday around the corner? Do you want to add some pep to your office party? For less formal events, themes are a great opportunity to encourage fun times for all. Select your theme and pick out complimentary cuisine to woo your coworkers. For example, plan a springtime tea party with delicate desserts or a summertime beach-themed event with refreshing poke bowls. The options are endless and provide refreshing relief from your standard corporate lunch affair. 

If you want to try out some of these tips, visit us at www.CaterPlace.com to order ahead for your next office event and earn a $100 Amazon gift card when you spend $150 or more!

About CaterPlace

"At CaterPlace, we recognize that food choices are everywhere and practically limitless. With that in mind, our core values have always had the customer as the top priority. Not only do we want to provide you with on- time delicious food, but also reward your continued loyalty through our CaterCash program. More About CaterPlace

Return To Work Safety Guide: Start Planning Your Return

Learn more