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Catering Ideas

Here's an archive of the most up-to-date trends in catering, ideas for unique food presentations, and tips and strategies from the latest festivals and tastings.

12 Eye-Catching Ideas for Dessert Buffets

These creative sweets tables included surprising props, color-coordinated candies, and unusual presentations.

Idea File Posted March 16, 2016, 7:00 AM EDT

5 Ideas for Catered Fried Chicken

See where to order the classic comfort food for meetings and events.

Idea File Posted March 3, 2016, 7:15 AM EST

See a Bright New Idea for Drink Service

For a utility company event, a Chicago catering firm used lightbulbs as glassware.

Event Snapshot Posted February 25, 2016, 7:45 AM EST

Let's Do Lunch: 13 Portable Meals for Afternoon Meetings

These meals, snacks, and desserts are ideal for lunch meetings on the go.

The Scout Posted November 2, 2015, 7:30 AM EST

Special Request: 12 Dishes for Guests With Dietary Needs

From vegan to gluten-free, these dishes will satisfy guests’ speciality diets—and hearty appetites.

The Scout Posted August 17, 2015, 7:00 AM EDT

9 Practical Ideas for In-Office Catering

From muffaletta sandwiches to chicken meatballs, these flavorful bites elevate in-house meetings.

Idea File Posted February 5, 2015, 7:00 AM EST


Tips, Strategies & Trends

Holiday Party Ideas 2015: 11 New Catering Trends

From signature cocktails to inventive food presentations, seasonal fare gets a mouthwatering makeover that will delight and satisfy guests.

Holiday Ideas Season Posted September 24, 2015, 7:00 AM EDT

9 Ideas for Matching Desserts to a Theme

Here are clever ideas for desserts that follow a specific event theme.

Idea File Posted June 16, 2015, 7:30 AM EDT

The Hottest New Ingredients in Catering Right Now

Some of the country's top catering companies say octopus and anise are big on today's menus.

Catering Week Posted December 4, 2014, 7:30 AM EST

How to Pick the Right Food Setup for Your Event

Service style can impact your guests’ satisfaction with their meal and can also help you achieve your event objectives.

Catering Week Posted December 4, 2014, 7:15 AM EST

5 Tips for Donating Food After Events

There are safe, efficient, and legal ways for event professionals to provide leftover food to charitable organizations.

Catering Week Posted December 3, 2014, 7:00 AM EST

5 Innovative Ways to Serve Large Crowds

Mealtime for the masses doesn’t have to mean a standard buffet or plated meal. Consider these options for your next trade show, convention, or other large event.

Catering Week Posted December 2, 2014, 7:30 AM EST


Ideas from Events, Festivals & Tastings

What Happens When a Chef Plays Event Planner

Media company Swoop partnered with Marc Forgione to create a no-rules dinner for its clients. Shoes optional.

Event Report Posted October 22, 2014, 7:30 AM EDT

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