Corporate Catering Buffet

Business Lunch Catering Tips


Corporate Catering Buffet

Corporate Catering Buffet

When you’re in charge of hiring a caterer for a business lunch there is a lot of stress on you. “Will they like what I pick?” or “Will the boss be mad if I spend too much?” are likely just a few of the stressful thoughts running through your mind. If you want to help guarantee a successful catered lunch, make sure to follow these three steps.

1. Get an idea of what people like in the office.

Sure, not everyone will like the same things, but you can help assure that you don’t purchase a bunch of seafood only to find out only a third of the office actually likes it. Simply get a feel for what everyone likes (and dislikes) so you can order accordingly. Allergies and dietary restrictions are also important to keep in mind.

2. Compare multiple options.

Call multiple places and consider the quantity (and quality) of the food you are getting and the price at which you are receiving it. ALWAYS make sure everyone has plenty to eat. It’s better to have left overs rather than not enough. You definitely do not want to deal with HANGRY (hungry and angry) co-worker. Narrow down your selection to two or three of the best locations.

3. Let your office vote.

After narrowing down your options the best thing to do is to let the people decide what they want themselves. Simply send an email, take a tally, or ask them personally what they prefer and display the results someplace public for them to see. This will not only get people involved but you’ll also find that doing this will result in less people complaining overall.

By doing these simple things you can help guarantee that your corporate lunch-in goes over smoothly.

Avenue Catering provides simply perfect catering solutions for all your corporate events. Our corporate catering menus are constantly changing to meet the needs of our clients. We have been providing catering services for over a decade and we know how to make your event a success



Toronto Catering

Portuguese and Italian Catering

Toronto Catering Difference between Portuguese Catering and Italian Catering

Have you ever wondered what the differences are between Portuguese and Italian cuisine? Though they are similar in some ways, they also have some differences as well.

The national dish of Portugal is “bacalhau,” which is dried, salted cod. During the 15th century off of the Grand Banks of Newfoundland, the English would salt and dry cod for preservation. There wasn’t much of a market for the fish in England, so the English looked elsewhere and began to barter with the Portuguese. Since the fish was dried and salted they were able to transport it on their long journey back to Portugal. Both Portuguese and Italian food rely heavily on seafood as the Iberian Peninsula is surrounded by water on 3 sides. The Bay of Biscay to the North, The Atlantic Ocean to the West, The Alboran Sea to the South and the Balearic Sea to the Southeast.

Both diets are rich in fresh, seasonal and locally available ingredients, accompanied by excellent local wines. Gourmet olive oils abound, along with a huge choice of chouriço and excellent local cheeses. Italian tapas are mirrored by the Portuguese petiscos, which are small plates of individual dishes, often served in bars as an accompaniment to your drinks. They include a wide range of meat, fish and other delicacies.

A distinct difference between Italian and Portuguese foods lies in the spices they use. Portuguese cuisine as well as Italian is regional and originates from peasant food, foods that are filling, hearty and inexpensive to prepare. Both countries’ diets have a heavy focus on seafood, with squid and shellfish dishes in abundance. Portugal’s love of bacalhau (salted cod fish) far overshadows that of its Italian neighbour, with a reputed 365 ways of serving bacalhau available in Portugal.

In both countries tomato and bean-based stews are common, although in modern times this is more in evidence in the Portuguese diet than the Italian.

Despite the similarities, the two countries’ cuisines are each distinctly their own, with ingredients prepared in different ways and using a different herb/spice palette.

Which do you prefer – Italian food or Portuguese food?

Avenue Catering has in house chefs who specialize in Portuguese and Italian food catering. The international chefs are able to provide international cuisines to Toronto Catering events.

Top Three Secrets for Summer Barbecue Success

The Best Summer Barbecues: 3 Secrets for Grilling Success
Now that it getting a little warmer outside you may be tempted to grill up some burgers, chops, steaks, pizza, or kabobs up on the ol’ grill, but there are a few things you need to consider if you want to be a successful summer griller.

Here are three simple tips to take your grilling to the next level:

1. Make sure your grill is clean.

While it may seem obvious, having a clean grill is crucial to grilling success. If you’ve ever eaten food off a grill that hasn’t been properly cleaned you may have thought to yourself “what is that I’m tasting?” or “why does my burger taste like salmon?” These are both things you don’t want your guests to be thinking. Even worse, if a grill isn’t properly cleaned before each use you or your guests can become ill (not exactly what you were going for right?). Plus, a clean grill allows you to get those classic grill lines on all your food which always adds to the overall appeal.

2. Avoid losing all the juices.

You may have heard this time and time again but nothing is worse than trying to hide a dry burger with an excessive amount of ketchup and mustard. To make sure your meat doesn’t come out dry consider these simple tips.

– DO NOT use a fork to flip! Always use a spatula or thongs. Forks (when pressing them into the food) drain juices out from the meat which is a big NO.

– LIMIT your flips! Ideally, you should only have one flip per item on your grill. The more you move the food the more juice you lose and vice versa.

– DO NOT use a spatula to press down on your meats. When you do this you are draining all those perfectly good juices from your meats. This is the one of the biggest party fouls you could possibly pull off.

3. Add a special smokey flavor to your food with wood-chips.

This adds a very subtle but amazing flavor to everything that comes off your grill. Your guests will definitely notice that they are tasting something special. All you have to do is get your hands on some hickory or oak wood-chips (other hard-words work too; make sure they are not treated woods) and soak them for 10-30 minutes prior just so they don’t burn up too quickly. Then, toss them into the bottom of the grill to help your food get that unmistakable smokey flavor. This will help take your grilling to the next level.

If you do all these things, you are guaranteed to have a successful grill out this summer. Just remember, even the best grill tips can’t make those veggie burgers taste like real meat!

Avenue Catering provides simply perfect catering solutions to summer barbecues. Check out our catering Toronto summer barbecue menus.



The Do’s of Wedding Decor: 3 Tricks for Any Venue

Avenue Catering can provide wedding decor solutions.

No matter where you are getting married, there are simple designer tricks that will help you avoid the major “no-no’s” of wedding decorating. Whether your budget is big or not, these tips are pertinent for every couple to keep in mind when making decor decisions.


Three Must-Remember Tricks for Wedding Venues:


Embrace the space. Decorators recommend that you avoid trying to “transform” a space too much. The wedding venue you pick should speak to you whether it is decorated to the nines or not. The more you love the space in its original state, the more you can be sure it will wow you and your guests on the big day. When decorating, think of ways to enhance the natural beauty of your venue, like adding lighting or drawing attention to your favorite parts, rather than bringing in things to “cover up”.


Simple surprises carry big impact. While many couples focus on big decorating decisions, it can actually be the little things that make your wedding day and venue one to remember. Simple things like incorporating photos, adding pops of color with pillows and blankets, or even thinking outside of the box and hanging flowers and plants rather than setting them on a table, will ensure that your wedding venue looks special – and reflects your personality and taste.


Remember your guests. What will make the event extra special for your guests? What will give them something unique to do? What will ensure that they enjoy every moment? While no one is arguing that your wedding day is your day, keeping your guests in mind while decorating will help you pull off something extraordinary. Creating a photo booth or wall for guests, ensuring that there is plenty of room to visit and relax, writing menus or schedules on cards or chalkboards – these are all ways to enhance your venue’s decor while simultaneously being thoughtful towards your guests.

Avenue Catering provides simply perfect catering solutions and event planning solutions for your wedding.