COVID Safe Catering For the Workplace and for the Home
COVID has turned the way we see catering and social events in general upside down.
Before 2020, nobody could have predicted that ‘social distancing’ would become part of our vocabulary – especially when food is the glue that brings people together in a social gathering.
Yet, here we are working, partying, and doing our best to have a good time safely.
At first glance, catering during Covid might seem like a safety nightmare. However, there are a number of ways that you can use food to liven up your corporate or private meeting without putting your staff or family members in danger – and Fingers & Forks has mastered all of them!
Hire a HACCP-Certified Cater
Food safety starts at your catering service’s kitchen. Whether your guests washed their hands or not before eating out of a sandwich plate, it won’t make any difference unless the people that made and store the food knew exactly what they’re doing.
Unlicensed caters don’t have the knowledge needed to create products that are both tasty and safe on a consistent basis.
Certified caters, on the other hand, aren’t just experts at creating rich culinary experiences but know how to use stringent food safety standards to prevent physical, chemical, and biological hazards from contaminating their products.
So while an unlicensed cater might look at the unique safety challenges that Covid presents and don’t know where to start, HACCP-certified ones will just roll up their sleeves and get busy.
Make Single-Serve Catering Your Corporate Catering Norm
Let’s be honest: grazing tables and large platters are stylish and convenient but also have drawbacks of their own – namely their difficult-to-control hygiene and long serving time issues.
The long queues and crowds that form around food stations are a perfect environment for contagion. Plus, they slow down rather than speed up the service.
Long service times make for longer, less safe meetings – not to mention lots of growling tummies!
Switching to single-serve options, on the other hand, won’t just increase safety in your event but also make for a more enjoyable experience – after all, does anybody actually enjoy scrambling for food in a social gathering?
Buy Grazing Boxes for Your Private Event
Do you have an upcoming celebration or event? Whether you’re getting married or plan to throw a surprise party to your daughter who just graduated from college, you’ll want everybody that matters to you to be there –but just not too close to each other.
While single-serves reduce the risk of contagion in the office, they are something of an overkill for a private event.
Unlike the office, weddings, birthday parties, and other private events are filled with families who share the same roof. So it doesn’t make much sense to try to keep them apart.
Using small group-sized grazing boxes allows families to eat together safely and catch some much-needed break from the tedium of life under Covid-19.
Give Away ‘Ready-to-Reheat’ Meals as After-Event Rewards
No matter how strict your office’s Covid safety rules are, once everybody takes their masks off to eat the risks of contagion will flare up uncontrollably across the room like a forest fire. So why not let your workers take the food home?
Ordering ready-to-eat packages that your employees can take home will do wonders to restore their energy and morale after a hard day of work.
Those with a long commute home will appreciate the convenience of taking food they can pop and eat from the microwave in a matter of minutes.
Plus, it’s not every day that they get to taste delicious gourmet dishes – such as French Wine & Mustard Slow Cooked Chicken – and have the boss pick up the tab!
So if you want to keep your employees safe and satisfied, buying ready-to-reheat meals is the perfect way to kill two birds with one stone.
Add a Touch of Glamour to Your Eating In Evenings
Covid has made eating in the new eating out. But does that mean you should settle for frozen meals and cup noodles? No Sir!
If anything, the quarantine has given us the free time and motivation we need to enjoy great cuisine from the comfort of our own homes. So forget about getting ready to eat out because now you can savor fresh, delicious foods made using the highest safety standards without ever having to change your flip-flops.
Whether you want a snack while you read a book or a grazing box your whole family can enjoy, caterers can accommodate every one of your food whims and deliver them right up to your doorstep risk-free.
While Covid has forced us to adapt our lifestyle it hasn’t changed our desire to enjoy great food and company.
So if you need fresh, delicious, and – above all – hygienic meals for your upcoming private or corporate meeting, give us a call and let our team create and serve a menu that both your guests and doctor will approve.