The German catering company Käfer Service is a Munich-based family firm, now in its third generation. It is also established in Switzerland and does catering at Messe Basel.
How many restaurants are available at the fairground during Baselworld?
There are a total of 23 restaurants, from floating sushi to take away stands. We run 18 of the 23 restaurants, with the new highlight being the corner restaurant by the City Lounge, the Stube Corner with an Alpine touch. This will open during Baselworld, and from September 2013 it will be open year around. We also do a lot of catering for the brands. Wow, that sounds like quite an operation. How many staff do you have?
During Baselworld we have 200 people. In our main production kitchen, located by the end of hall 1, 25 chefs work in shifts covering 24 hours per day. In the end we serve close to a total of 15,000 plates per day. What is the recipe for success?
– Everything we serve is handmade, everyday fresh and produced here. We also have two restaurants – in Hall 2 and on the Messeplatz pavilion – with a lot of fresh stuff for vegetarians. When it comes to the organisation we have chef supervisors and head waiters, et cetera – a strict hierarchy is really important for something to work on this scale. And last but not least preparation and planning is important – all the recipes for Baselworld were prepared and tested in February. Why did they choose a German company to be main caterer for one of Switzerland’s most important fairs?
Our philosophy is to be innovative and flexible. And we come with a lot of experience – we also did the fair in Munich for 14 years. All in all we are a wide company – we can do the fair, we can do restaurants, we can do catering – there was no company like this in Basel before we came here.