Stations that make your mouth water
Food stations have become a huge catering trend over the last year. Karen Short explains
MORE than 90% of our corporate clients are leaning towards the new and exciting fashion of food stations. This is probably because this is a unique and stimulating way of serving food as it is interactive for the guests and can be a fantastic way of managing your budget.
Just what are food stations? Try to picture different stations or bars of food which are scattered around the room or in a certain area. Each station offers different styles of food and is decorated in its own unique way. For example there could be a pot pie station, a mac and cheese station, a steak bar station or even an ice-cream bar station.
Food stations tend to be fun and create a wonderful vibe for the guests as they help themselves to the array of food around the room, taking in all the varying tastes as they go.
If done properly, they are not in any way similar to a buffet. There are so many positive aspects about having different food stations at your functions mainly because it eliminates queues typical of buffets.
Each station should have a chef explaining the different food to the guests, which also often becomes a topic of conversation. They also encourage people to mingle and interact more as the action stations and chefs form part of the entertainment.
Food stations are also flexible in that any venue can be transformed. For example, an empty airport or warehouse can immediately be transformed into an exciting venue by setting up a few beautiful stations with fabulous décor.
This also means that the food stations become a large part of the décor in the room.
Each station could have, for example, large vases of flowers and décor elements which make a statement. You could even theme your function according to the stations by serving food from different countries or by pairing the food with drinks, for example a Tequila Sunrise cocktail would be served with a typical Mexican dish.
A variety of food can be served which cuts out the stress of finding out your guest’s dietary requirements prior to the function.