5 Memorable Food Ideas for Your Corporate Business Event

In this day and age, providing your delegates with stale sandwiches with the crusts cut off simply won't cut it!

Today’s discerning attendees expect more—being surprised by what’s on offer is the first step, and gets everyone talking and creating memories of the event.

The business landscape in 2024 is showing a huge shift in trends to make everything unique and memorable.  From training workshops to networking events, knowledge is exchanged, and ideas are cultivated, so the importance of a venue that not only provides top-notch facilities but also delivers exceptional culinary experiences cannot be overstated.

Our caterers, the award-winning Epic Caterers, led by professional chefs, are dedicated to crafting menus that not only meet but exceed expectations. From gourmet delights to artisanal creations, every dish or finger food is a work of art, meticulously prepared to impress even the most discerning palates.

Another reason why stale sandwiches don’t have their place any more is that we are living in an era where dietary preferences and restrictions are increasingly diverse and pronounced; catering to individual needs is not just a courtesy but a necessity.

At Leigh Court, we understand the importance of inclusivity and respect for dietary requirements. Whether it’s gluten-free, vegan, or any other dietary restriction, the chefs from Epic Caterers are adept at creating dishes that cater to all preferences without compromising on flavour or quality.

Let’s look at 5 unique and fun food ideas for your workshop, networking event or conference.

Gnocchi Station

Epic Caterers have noticed an increase in popularity recently for gnocchi as it makes a versatile dish, catering for many dietary requirements, and it is a fun and affordable way to make a splash at your event.

We can create a gnocchi pasta cooked in front of your guests in a large wheel of

parmesan cheese. The guests can then choose their toppings from a wide variety; crispy basil, butternut squash, bacon bits and even more cheese!

A plant-based sauce and gluten-free gnocchi is also available.

We used this food station at our Wedding Inspiration evening in February, and it was the most talked-about stand among the guests!

Bao Buns 

Steamed buns, which originate from Chinese cuisine, are gaining in popularity, with more street food vendors opting to offer them on the menu.

Epic serves them with sticky pulled pork, Asian slaw, coriander pesto, and, of course, gluten-free and meat-free alternatives.

They offer a convenient and portable way to enjoy a satisfying meal or snack, and their versatility allows for endless creativity in filling combinations and presentation styles.

They are simple yet satisfying and flavoursome, which will wow your delegates’ socks.

Grazing Tables 

As so many people these days have dietary preferences, a grazing table is a great way to serve food to those who would like a small meal and those who would like something more satisfying.

Epic make both sweet and savoury grazing tables, which can create a memorable experience for your guests. The picture below shows the sweet version, which includes the following:

  • salted caramel doughnuts
  • cake pops
  • nougat
  • biscotti
  • waffles
  • pretzels
  • choux buns
  • tarts
  • brownies
  • macaroons

You’ll surely hear the gasps of delight coming from the grazing table!

Taco Station

Bring a bit of Tex-Mex into your day with a taco station! This Mexican street food has grown in popularity in the UK due to its versatility and endless flavour combinations.

Guests choose from soft or hard taco shells with beef or vegan chilli, all the Mexican sides, and fully loaded nachos.

Lebanese Skewers Station 

These skewers and sides of salads and dips create one of the healthiest options for your business event and will suit almost every delegate.

With a choice of chicken, lamb, or halloumi, guests can pile their plates with flavour and fresh goodness. By offering this exciting option, event organisers can ensure that delegates enjoy a memorable dining experience that adds value to the overall event.

Get in contact with us at Leigh Court if you’d like to try one of these fabulous food ideas for your next workshop or networking event to wow your attendees.