Two weeks in to the year, well, since the rest of the (corporate) world went back to work following the Australia Day weekend, we see that this current reporting period is about to heat up. The next three weeks look very busy in the world of corporate catering Melbourne, with the couple of weeks following this period leading in to Easter a bit of an unknown.
This time of year is great when catering Melbourne, with all CMX personnel enjoying busy times. The stress of writing menus, sourcing produce, placing wait staff and prepping last minute bookings far out-weighs the quiet periods of planning (and general boredom!) in January following New Years and holidays. Getting back to the kitchen well rested, inspired and fresh is the best time to be creating great food, coupled with ultra-attentive service from our waiters very keen to back in to things!
You could argue that February brings the best corporate catering of the year. Fresh menus, fresh ideas, and fresh staff.
So what of this current reporting period of 2013? So far, we've seen an increase in breakfasts and more casual bookings than at the same point in 2012. It also seems the season has begun a little later this year. As always, our corporate catering clients across Melbourne are enjoying beautiful fish dishes, such as blue eye cod and awesome ocean trout. Breakfasts a great alternative for clients seeking to 'hurry up' their reporting season- get their clients in early, and maybe squeeze a lunch the same day! Maybe that's why sandwiches (see menu) are on the rise...?? We hope other corporate caterers across town are following our lead in offering espresso coffee to these bookings, especially at breakfast time. Not only are clients looking for (and need) a special coffee at 8am in the morning, the polish in roving short espresso and piccolo lattes is sure to leave a lasting impression for all involved.
Following a lunch of up to 40px, the feedback gained from serving espresso coffee to order is always sensational, particularly when accompanied by not just petite four, but a dessert tasting plate to share. Cheese and fruit is great, is variable, and is many people's favourite, but putting together a sample encompassing different sweet textures such as panna cotta, jelly, solid chocolate, fruit and perhaps a cake, all in bite-size portions, is not a bad way to end a lunch.
Dinners involving corporate catering Melbourne are not as big for us at this time of year. Larger bookings are often dinners, however it more common to see evening events following the reporting season and once Melbourne's corporate catering scene is back in full swing proper. It's a shame really, given the spectacular sunsets, warm temperatures and extra hours of daylight that the summer months bring. Maybe the corporate holiday and 6 week school holiday period would be better suited over Winter!
We look forward to another update on the reporting season in a couple more weeks, and a look at how corporate catering is looking up towards Easter. As always, thanks for reading!
Pasted from TSR's catering website- www.cateringmelbourneX.com.au