Winter food has traditionally been synonymous with slow cooking, comfort foods and rich flavours. These days, corporate event planners are looking for tasty, seasonal menu choices with a healthy focus. We spoke to the team of foodies at The Catering Company to find out what’s on the menu for winter.
What are The Catering Company’s favourite flavours for winter?
Since January, our heads of department have all been working really hard at updating our “Build Your Own” menu. We have some new flavours on the menu that are proving to be very popular! Some of our hot sellers for the cooler months are:
Savoury baked bites – Lamb filo cigar with sumac yoghurt.
Golden, fried and crispy – Risotto balls with mushroom, rosemary and garlic aioli (this new flavour is a mouth-watering team favourite!).
Grilled goodness – Vietnamese turmeric and lemongrass chicken skewer with nuoc cham.
Sliders and burgers – Chicken katsu slider with Asian pea shoot slaw.
Lots of businesses host conferences throughout winter – how can corporate event planners add a special touch to their catering?
Corporate meetings have changed a lot over the years. People are moving away from sandwich platters as they are finding the bread component too heavy to consume alongside cakes, pastries and danishes. Event planners have been halving their bread component and adding our amazing seasonal salads. Our most popular would be the broccoli mentioned below (the tahina and lime dressing is a taste sensation!
Chargrilled broccoli & zucchini salad w tahini, lime dressing which is light, vegan, gluten friendly and bursting with flavour and goodness.
We have introduced poke and Buddha bowls to the menu for corporate catering. It allows for team members to leave the office with their lunch. Removing yourself from the office environment over lunch promotes health and wellness, bringing back to work inspired minds!
Buddha Bowls, are new to our menu. They are big bowls of wholesome goodness. Most are vegan and gluten free.
Tofu & black bean Buddha Bowl – white quinoa, black beans, silken tofu, roast sweet potato, grilled eggplant, cucumber & corn salsa – this dish is a stand out favourite and a hot seller.
Sashimi salmon Poke Bowl – black rice, sashimi salmon, edamame beans, cucumber, slaw, pickled ginger, lemon wedge & wasabi mayonnaise
Also our seasonal buffets work well in the office too!!
Serving suggestions – what are The Catering Company’s top food styling predictions for the cooler months?
Grazing tables for functions are soooooo hot right now!
We think we do them especially well because of our Italian heritage. There is no skimping on charcuterie, cheeses and bread for our spectacular masterpieces, which includes prosciutto carved straight from the bone.
It’s a definite show stopper and really wows all the guests at the party. We head straight to the Epping markets to select green foliage, heirloom cauliflowers, tomatoes and punnets of fresh herbs to complete our tables.
Thank you to the team at The Catering Company for the winter food inspo (and for making our mouths water).