MEGU CATER­ING CON­CEPTS

Com­mit­ted to build­ing a legacy of top-class food and ser­vice, fam­ily-owned Megu Cater­ing Con­cepts con­stantly rein­vents it­self to de­liver fuss-free and mem­o­rable food ex­pe­ri­ences

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Fast-paced city liv­ing makes hav­ing ready-made food brought to your doorstep a wel­come propo­si­tion, be it for a fam­ily din­ner at home or for a splen­dorous gar­den wed­ding. To en­sure you get de­lec­ta­ble food and re­li­able ser­vice, choose a caterer with a sound culi­nary her­itage that prides it­self on top-class ser­vice, like Megu Cater­ing Con­cepts.

In 2012, the Tan broth­ers Caleb, Joshua and Amos started the busi­ness, cater­ing ha­lal food for com­pa­nies and res­i­den­tial homes. Un­der the guid­ance of their fa­ther and aunt, both of whom have ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in the cater­ing busi­ness, they have grown the com­pany which now has three arms: Megu Cor­po­rate, Megu Wed­dings and Megu Par­ties. Mean­ing “bless­ing” in Ja­panese, “Megu”, when translit­er­ated in hanyu pinyin, car­ries the mean­ing of “fruit­ful­ness” (méi gǔo). “To have the priv­i­lege of bless­ing oth­ers is a bless­ing in it­self,” say the found­ing broth­ers.

The founders won’t con­sider their busi­ness a suc­cess un­til they are able to hand the ba­ton to the next gen­er­a­tion, how­ever. To this end, they strive to con­stantly adapt and rein­vent ideas for to­day’s au­di­ence. One ex­am­ple of its on­go­ing evo­lu­tion is the ex­pan­sion of its sales team to an in­de­pen­dent of­fice space at Jalan Mesin, while pre­vi­ously, the sales, kitchen and op­er­a­tions teams were all housed un­der one roof. At the new of­fice, meet­ings are con­ducted in a pro­fes­sional en­vi­ron­ment and there is even a food tast­ing area for clients. Mean­while, un­der the Megu Wed­dings brand, the com­pany also of­fers full venue dec­o­ra­tions, giv­ing wed­ding cou­ples a fuss-free ex­pe­ri­ence for their event. In­deed, Megu Cater­ing Con­cepts does its ut­most not just to de­liver qual­ity food but to make ev­ery one of its cater­ing ex­pe­ri­ences a mem­o­rable one.

Ac­cord­ing to co-founder Caleb Tan, two things have worked in the group’s favour: a uni­fied team bound by the same pas­sion and vi­sion, and whose mem­bers recog­nise that the unique skills of each mem­ber come to­gether for greater syn­ergy; and hav­ing the heart to serve in an in­dus­try where the hours can be long and the work phys­i­cally de­mand­ing. “Cater­ing is one of the tough­est jobs in Sin­ga­pore in­dus­try. When we first started, we cooked, set up and washed dishes by our­selves. No fancy machines, no big trucks, no bonuses. That’s where the real test is,” he says. “What we have is only the heart to see through ev­ery cater­ing event en­trusted to us. That is what makes us happy, that is what pushes us ev­ery mile to cre­ate, in­no­vate and in­spire.”

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