Meeting room food isn’t always the most tempting. If your most recent meet involved dry sausage rolls and vague, inadequate attempts at being ‘gastro’, it might be time to spice things up a bit. It might seem like an unimportant element of meetings but don’t forget that sometimes it’s the little things that make the best impression.
So if you’re thinking of ditching the egg sandwiches for something a little more exciting, here’s some ideas to get you started…
Instead of choosing a different caterer for each of your meetings, partner up with a company you’ll use time and time again. That way you’ll develop a working relationship – they’ll get to know the kind of things you like and how you want to present to clients.
And should you ever have any specific gastronomic requests, your strong working relationship means they’ll be happy to cater for you whatever your request.
Good food = good productivity. Don’t let a meeting turn to stodge. Why not offer some brain food platters? Here’s some food proven to be good for brainpower and creative thinking:
- blueberries, tomatoes and blackcurrants
- oily fish
- nuts and seeds – think pumpkin seeds and nuts like almonds and cashews
All around the world
Welcoming an international client into your meeting? It might sound cheesy, but how about offering them some of their own cuisine? They’ll appreciate the effort. Or you could flip it on its head, offering your client the very best of British food.
Shaken not stirred
Thinking of going the whole hog? There are loads of companies who’ll come into meetings and do cocktail sessions and special food workshops for you. If you’re really trying to get a new client on-board, why not run a special event like a cocktail-making workshop or a food masterclass? It’s something just that little bit different…
Out and about
Why not head out of the office to a local coffee shop or trendy eatery? It’s a nice way to informalise your meeting and show your client the local area. Getting out of the office can be a good idea for internal meetings too – really good for brainstorming and thinking out of the box.
Posted by Ashleigh Sharp