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Food and beverage plays a very important role in any event. This is why there is a big business in catering in Sydney because event organizers recognize that the food will make or break an event. If you are planning for the menu of a specific event, you have to consider a number of factors before deciding on the final menu. The best thing about hiring a private caterer is the flexibility in menu options.

Before starting, you should know that menu served during breakfast, lunch and dinner might differ. For breakfast, you should consider packaged menus if you want to save cost or if your event follows a strict budget rule. There are a number of options you can choose for breakfast – breakfast stations, continental options and hot buffets. For lunch, you can go for lunch buffet, working lunch or boxed lunches. Dinner can be between buffet and packaged dinner with either three or five courses. Dinner events are more glamorous and therefore the menu should be considered carefully. Of the three, breakfast, lunch and dinner, the most important thing to remember is that the meal type depends on the program and the time allotted for the guests to eat.

Aside from the three listed above, there are catering companies that offer other meal options like break items and a la carte options. Break items follow the theme of the event but it will cost more for both food and drinks. A la carte options may include hosted bar, hot hors-d’oeuvtres, dessert stations and hot platter stations.

When it comes to choosing the meal type, remember that plated meals are ideal if there is enough time in the program. Ideally, there should be 2 hours’ time allotted for serving and cleaning the plates. For buffets, a maximum of 1 hour is all it takes thus it is recommended for breakfast and lunch events. Passed items, on the other hand, are only suitable for receptions.

Make sure to talk with your catering in Sydney if there is special needs to be considered with your guests such as food allergies or restrictions based on religion or diet.