Elevate Your Corporate Event: Exploring Exciting Food Trends Beyond Traditional Catering


Gone are the days of uninspiring event meals consisting of plain soups and sandwiches or the standard pasta bar. Nowadays, food has become a standout feature at corporate events, offering much more than just satisfying taste buds. With visually stunning presentations, interactive elements, and an immersive culinary experience, food has the power to make your event truly memorable. In this blog post, we will delve into some of the top corporate food trends that will leave your attendees craving for more. Get ready for a feast of inspiration for your next corporate event!

  1. Food trucks: Food trucks bring a unique and exciting element to any event. With freshly prepared food served straight from the truck, guests are treated to a delightful culinary experience. Consider incorporating a food truck into your event, like the SmoqueShack, which added a delicious touch to a Casino Night Corporate Party. Outdoor summer tented events especially benefit from the food truck alternative, offering a diverse range of cuisines beyond the traditional burgers and fries. Ottawa's vibrant food truck community offers options like authentic Korean cuisine from Raon Kitchen, homestyle southern cooking from Urban Cowboy, and even Ad Mare, a seafood truck.
  2. Cheeseburger on a Stick: Move beyond the conventional burger sliders and embrace a healthier option with Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs on a Stick! These gluten-free bites of goodness can be customized to include your favorite burger toppings. Add mushrooms, onions, or avocado for a flavorful twist. Serve them alongside spicy mayo, fine mustard, and ketchup pots for dipping—an irresistible treat for your guests.
  1. Dessert Shooters: Take dessert to new heights with dessert shooters served in shot glasses. These visually stunning treats are not only easy to grab and enjoy while mingling but also offer a wide range of flavor possibilities. Indulge in Tiramisu, Baileys Cheesecake, Dark Chocolate Kahlua Cake, or other delectable options. Don't forget the tiny spoons to enhance the experience. Sugar House Cakes specializes in creating these gorgeous cheesecakes that will leave your guests craving more.
  2. The Pretzel Bar: Unleash the deliciousness of soft baked pretzels with a pretzel bar. Display them creatively, such as hanging them, stacking them in bread baskets, or placing them on cake stands. With various flavor options, guests can choose from sweet coatings like caramel or cinnamon and sugar, or indulge in savory dips like cheese, ranch, or a variety of mustards. Just make sure to have someone replenishing the pretzels to keep the bar fully stocked.
  1. The Martini Bar: For an interactive and sophisticated experience, consider a DIY Martini Bar for your corporate event. This idea works exceptionally well for smaller events, while larger events may benefit from a bartender’s expertise. A DIY Martini Bar adds a touch of elegance and can be the highlight of a James Bond or Casino Theme Night. Allow guests to craft their own martinis with a selection of premium spirits and garnishes. Alternatively, explore other DIY bar options, such as a Mule Bar, where guests can mix their own variations of Kentucky Mules, Tijuana Mules, or Moscow Mules.

By incorporating these exciting food trends into your corporate event, you can elevate the experience for your attendees. Food is no longer just sustenance; it has become an integral part of the event itself, offering visual appeal, interactivity, and a memorable culinary journey. Embrace the diversity of food options available and let your next corporate event be a feast for the senses.

Julia O’Grady has big vision, fresh ideas and a proven track record in the events industry. She and her team work hard to exceed client expectations and push ITM Events to achieve greater heights. A driven entrepreneur, Julia also manages the business side of ITM Events including human resources, finances, marketing and writing grant and sales proposals. In taking a high level approach to event management, Julia is able to visualize a project from inception to successful execution. She attracts valuable sponsors by offering meaningful opportunities to engage with participants. Julia uses her keen analytical mind to create incredible events that maximize the available budget. When Julia isn’t planning unforgettable events, she loves travelling the world with her family, staying active, and enjoying fine food and martinis.

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