Business Conference Menus: food for thought

People often spend time thinking about the agenda for their business conferences, but forget to plan the finer points, for example the refreshments. The last thing you want is for your delegates to be listening to their stomachs growling rather than what is being said during the meeting. Here are some tips to help you get your conference refreshments right.

Hydration station

Most conference organisers ensure that their delegates are offered tea and coffee at some point during the day, and most people appreciate a caffeine boost; particularly when they first arrive and after lunch. However, not everyone drinks caffeinated drinks, so it is worth offering herbal and redbush teas as alternatives. Bottled water and fruit juice may also be well received and will help your guests stay alert throughout the day.

Nifty nibbles

Perhaps your business meeting is likely to be a short one, or you’re on a tight budget. If so, a finger buffet might be the perfect way to stem the hunger tide. Sandwiches and quiches are great fillers, but it’s worth making sure your guests are offered a variety of dishes with fresh fruit on offer as well meat, fish and vegetarian options. Be sure to include a sweet treat to round it all off!

Luxurious luncheons

If you know your conference provider offers excellent restaurant facilities, it may be worth taking advantage of a full sit-down lunch service, if available. Your delegates might not remember every detail of the conference, but they’ll certainly remember an excellent lunch! Many conference venues offer two or even three-course options that will help your delegates get to know each other and to continue their business discussions as they eat.

Dietary details

Once you’ve decided which catering option to take, it is vital that you ask all your attendees to provide details of any special dietary requirements they may have. Whether they are vegetarian/vegan, or wheat/dairy/seafood intolerant, the earlier you can let the venue know, the better. It’s important that your conference guests know that their personal needs are high on your priority list.

Alveston House Hotel is famous for its Carriages restaurant, which has been awarded the AA Rosette three years in a row. The hotel offers a range of menu packages for business users, including finger buffets and a comprehensive table d’hôte menu. Delegates can even order from the à la carte menu should they require something that is not included on the set menu.

Conference guests can take advantage of unlimited tea and coffee at Alveston House Hotel, with food and drinks served at the organiser’s convenience. These refreshments can be enjoyed in the bar area, conservatory or even outside within the hotel’s beautiful walled garden.

For more information, ask to speak to our dedicated conference coordinator, Carole Topping, on 01454 415 050.

“It’s a joy to use a hotel that really understands customer service and puts it into action. I recently used Alveston House Hotel to run a business planning event for one of my clients. I was delighted with the responsive and friendly approach of the staff. All the arrangements ran like clockwork and staff were very flexible when our event didn’t quite follow the original plans. It was delightful to be able to concentrate on working with my clients with the reassurance that all the other practicalities such as coffee breaks, meals and equipment were being handled so professionally. I look forward to my next opportunity of working there.”

Joanna Davey – Elim Housing – November 2011