Company picnics, corporate luncheons, and holiday parties are all essential aspects of a business. At almost any company event you schedule, employees will be expecting some sort of food and beverage option. Keep reading to learn why An Apple a Day is the best choice for corporate catering. Chicago-based businesses, big and small, can always find a way to incorporate gourmet catering to throw the best and biggest company bash of the year.
About Our Chicago Corporate Catering
An Apple A Day is proud to be a leading Chicago corporate caterer. Based in Glencoe, we serve Chicago’s North Shore with excellent gourmet catering that everyone will love. Our main areas we serve are Cook County, Glencoe, Northbrook, Northfield, Wilmette, Evanston, and Lake Forest, but will travel to other areas within reason. If you’re wondering if you are in our service area, the easiest way to find out is to simply give us a quick call.
We recognize that each client is different and has different needs. While we offer a handful of catering menus to choose from, we are always open to customizing our menus to fit your tastes. We can provide every type of catering, from drop-off boxed lunches to full-service corporate catering with bartenders for big events. Take a few minutes to look over our catering menus for corporate catering, or continue reading to learn how An Apple a Day can be of service at your next company event!
Why Use Party Or Luncheon Catering Services
There are a number of reasons why providing the best catering services possible for your employees is a good idea. However, one of the top reasons to provide quality catering, either at the office or at a company party, is to simply show your employees you appreciate them. In fact, there is even an official Employee Appreciation Day which falls on March 2 this year. When employees feel appreciated, they are more likely to work harder and feel happier at work. Providing corporate lunch catering or throwing a success recognition event is a small step to take that provides a big return on investment.
But you probably know already that showing appreciation for your employees is a great idea. So, why then, is providing gourmet corporate catering vital during your appreciation event? The answer is that people love food, it’s just a fact. They especially love free food. Think about it. If someone brings a birthday cake or some homemade cookies to the office to share, they become a magnet and attract all of their coworkers who want a taste. It’s almost as if, when presented with free food, our natural survival instincts kick in and we flock to the sustenance that has been provided for us. This is why ordering corporate catering services for your next work event is one of the best ways to show your employees you appreciate them.
Nothing is worse than showing up to a company event and finding a pathetic banquet table with a few finger foods on it. It makes it seem like parts of the event were an afterthought. Most likely, you’ve been to a work party before that was, in a lot of ways, really great. But if the food is bad, it is all anyone talks about the next Monday in the office. On the other hand, if you provide delicious food that everyone loves, then they are sure to sit down and take their time eating it, giving your employees plenty of time to mingle and get to know each other.
You may be thinking that renting a venue already took up so much of the party budget, how could you possibly get gourmet catering as well? At An Apple A Day Catering, Chicago business owners can rest easy knowing that we offer different levels of catering to fit different budgets. From drop-off corporate buffets to full-service catering, we can work with you to meet your needs while still providing a wonderful spread of catered food. With that said, we also want to note that we understand many small businesses do not have the assets to throw a big holiday party or whole-company event – especially since these often involve providing food and drinks not only for your employees but for their significant others as well. We’re not saying renting an event space on a weekend is the only way to show your employees you are grateful for them. Consider simply offering optional buffet catering during work hours or ordering a couple different gift baskets for them to snack on.
Buffet, Boxed, or Full-Service Catering in Chicago, IL
Every corporate event will require its own specific type of catering. Catering for a business meeting with 20 employees will look very different than catering for a holiday party with every employee and their significant other. So how do you decide what type of catering is appropriate?
For in-office events, we recommend either boxed lunches or corporate buffet catering, rather than full-service catering. Office spaces are generally not as accommodating for full-service catering as event venues are. If you have clients or business partners visiting from out of town, providing them with a gourmet boxed lunch during the meeting is a great way to break up a long day of business without getting too off-track. On the other hand, if you are having an all-hands meeting with a couple dozen or few hundred employees, then an organized buffet line may prove to be more efficient.
5 Events Where You Need A Corporate Caterer In Chicago
1. Company Holiday Party
This one is a no-brainer. As we said above, nothing ruins a party faster than bad food. If your employees hired babysitters and got all gussied up to come to a company party on a Saturday night, then they are probably expecting to receive a decent meal. Depending on your budget and the size of your company, you can choose to either do a buffet or full-service catering. If your event will be rather organized and structured, then full-service catering is the way to go. On the other hand, if your holiday party is more relaxed, then a buffet line where employees can eat what and when they want would be a better option.
2. Have Clients In From Out Of Town
If clients come from out of town to meet with you, or more importantly if they come from out of the country, then offering them a gourmet catered lunch is the least you can do.
3. All-Hands Meeting
Anytime your company has a mandatory all-hands meeting, most likely your employees will sigh and huff as they lumber towards what they believe will be a boring and drawn-out meeting. We don’t mean any offense by this. Most likely, you’ve spent your fair share of time in all-hands meetings. Employees will be more alert and more willing to come to big meetings if they know that food will be provided.
4. Celebrating New Leadership
A change in leadership among the higher-ups can sometimes be a cause of concern for employees. What’s going to change? Will there be new policies? Instead of making this a time for concern, make it a time for celebration with a catered office lunch. Whether you have a big official meeting or simply send out a company email to tell employees there’s buffet catering waiting for them in the cafe, giving your staff some much-needed comfort food will help ease the transition.
5. Reward Employees For Hard Work
Was your company especially prosperous last month? Have you noticed an increase in the quality of work from your employees? Do you notice that many of your employees stay late to hit deadlines and get work done? If so, that means you’re probably doing something right. However, if you never recognize their achievements, they might eventually stop trying so hard and feel undervalued. Sometimes, even sending a company-wide email congratulating them isn’t always enough. Show them you appreciate them in a tactical way. For example, you can order corporate buffet catering on a Friday afternoon and even close early if you want to go the extra mile. You could also reserve a space nearby and order boxed meals for lunch – have a little “mini party” to keep the morale up.
No Setup, No Clean Up, No Hassle With Our Corporate Catering Services
When it comes to corporate catering, Chicago business-owners can rest easy knowing that An Apple A Day takes the hassle out of catering. Whether you need us for an evening party or you need us to bring lunch to your workplace, you can count on us to be there on time and ready to serve you. When we come into your place of business, we are careful not to cause too much of a commotion and interrupt the workflow. If you need us to simply drop off boxed lunches, we’ll be out of your hair in no time. If you need us to serve food in a buffet line, we’d be more than happy to do that too. And of course, if you require full-service catering for a company party, you can bet that our serving staff will show up looking neat and presentable, and be and ready to serve your guests with a smile. We will provide you with disposable plates, napkins, and cutlery so cleanup is a breeze.
Fresh, Healthy, And There’s Something For Everyone
There seems to be a high responsibility on employers to provide food options that everyone can enjoy. This is especially true if you are having a mandatory luncheon. For example, let’s look at a different scenario. Say you are vegan and you go to a friend’s wedding where there will surely be catered food, but you never received a menu to select what dish you would want. You know that means there will be a buffet. You probably thought ahead that there may not be many options for vegans and vegetarians and ate something before you left. It’s a bummer, you think, but it’s not a huge deal, as you went to the wedding to celebrate your friend, not to eat free food. On the other hand, let’s say you are an employee and your boss is mandating that everyone comes to an important lunch meeting. It feels like your job might be on the line if you don’t show up and participate. You get there and see a big buffet tray full of meat and a pasta dish with a sauce that was surely made with milk or other animal byproducts. You had to give up your lunch hour to be here and while everyone else is enjoying their lunches, you’re snacking on some veggies that were only meant to be a side dish. At this point, you would probably feel upset that your boss required you to come to an event and didn’t even take your dietary needs into consideration. Are you seeing how this could become a big issue rather quickly?
To avoid this, send out an email survey before you order corporate catering. Ask your employees if they have any dietary restrictions, such as gluten intolerance, allergies, or if they do not eat a certain type of meat. Then, find a caterer who can accommodate this. For example, An Apple A Day offers boxed lunches for corporate catering with two vegetarian options. We also offer fish-based boxed lunches if you have employees who do not eat poultry or red meat. If you know ahead of time how many employees will need alternate meals, you can ensure that everyone has something delicious to eat when we deliver our catering for your corporate event.
Best of all, if you look at our menu and just can’t find anything that will work – let us know! We’d be more than happy to prepare gourmet catering based on your specific needs. You can bet that whatever we cook up will be the talk of the office, as we only use the best ingredients to prepare our gourmet catering. Whether you are ordering a three-course meal or simply having a couple of deli platters or a muffin gift basket delivered to the office, you are sure to be impressed with our beautiful presentation.
Don’t Forget About The Kids
When thinking about corporate catering, Chicago business-owners often ask themselves, “What will my employees like to eat?” However, the employees might not be the only ones eating. Nothing ruins a company’s family picnic faster than a bunch of hungry kids crying because they don’t like curried chicken salad, couscous, or grilled salmon nicoise. If kids are welcome at the event, make sure you have kid-friendly food for them.
For example, for large parties, some employers provide on-site childcare. Letting employees know that their kids will be provided with spaghetti or macaroni & cheese will put them at ease while they enjoy their gourmet catering.
An Overview Of Our Corporate Catering Menus
Gourmet Boxed Meals: Our catered boxed lunches are anything but a Lunchable! All boxed sandwiches are served with a green salad, dessert, silverware, and a fresh, crunchy apple! We also offer gourmet boxed salads that come with an apple, a fresh roll, and your choice of dessert. These boxed catered lunches are perfect for all-company meetings or as an easy treat for your hardworking employees.
Appetizers And Party Platters: Move over cheap cheese plate from the grocery store! Our appetizer and party plates are always beautifully presented in a signature basket and garnished with fresh greens. Whether you want freshly sliced fruit, veggies, cheeses and salami, hummus, baked cheeses with crackers and garlic bread rounds, you name it. We also offer an array of fresh carved meat platters, mini sandwiches, and party sliders. Check out our full appetizer and party platter menu here.
Luncheon: For corporate luncheon catering, we offer full-service and buffet style lunches. From our signature chicken salad to gourmet sandwiches to our popular Greek Fest, we have catered corporate lunch options for every taste. Check it out here.
Dinners: Buffet and full-service catered dinners are perfect for holiday parties and company picnics. Our gourmet dinner options include everything from lemon chicken piccata to slow-roasted half ducks to grilled orange and bourbon salmon. We also have plenty of comfort foods that everyone will love including lasagna, chicken pot pie, and meatloaf. Make sure to take a look at our full corporate dinner catering menu.
Dessert: Obviously, this is the most important part of any catering experience. (Okay, maybe it’s not but who doesn’t love dessert?) From fresh pound cake with berries and whipped cream to homemade apple pies, English toffee pudding, blueberry cobbler… the list goes on. We can even set up an ice cream sundae buffet or fondue station! Check out our dessert catering to finish off the party!
All Other Menus: We also have brunch menus, dessert menus, and holiday specials. You can check all of those out here.
Choose An Apple A Day For Chicago Corporate Catering
An Apple A Day is the premier corporate caterer on the North Shore. We specialize in providing fresh, gourmet catering to businesses in Chicago and the surrounding areas. From gift basket delivery to welcome an important client to town to full-service holiday party catering, we do it all.
At your next corporate event, make sure the food is what your employees deserve. From farm-fresh salads to gourmet boxed meals, and from buffet catering to dessert tables, we have you covered. Of course, as a premier local catering company, we also do catering for weddings, birthdays, picnics, parties, and other events.
From easy and healthy corporate lunch catering to delicious and savory buffet catering and more, reserve your event or corporate catering today. As always, if you are craving something that is not on one of our catering menus, just let us know. We’d love to work with your preferences to create the best catering experience you’ve ever had!