As October turns into November, and planning for the company holiday party kicks into high gear, you’re wondering how, or even if you can mix business and pleasure, to serve alcohol at the annual shindig. The answer is yes, with a little careful planning.
Emphasize that drinking to excess at an company event is unacceptable, and will be met with zero tolerance. Include information about alcohol usage in your company code of conduct, and be clear on your expectations (e.g., Is drinking at lunch discouraged? What is the policy for drinking at company events where clients are present?)
For no reason should you require that your employees attend events where alcohol will be served, nor should they be recommended to attend. All social gatherings should be strictly voluntary.
This goes hand-in-hand with your policy prohibiting excess consumption. Give each employee a set number of tickets (Say, two.) for drinks; once those tickets are gone, they’re gone. Serve non-alcoholic beverages — such as juice, soda, water — on an unlimited basis.
Liquor and spirits almost always have a higher alcohol content, and are harder to regulate.
That being said…
Never allow your employees to serve themselves, nor each other. Professional bartenders are trained to portion drinks appropriately, and make a living out of cutting people off when they’ve had too much.
Event guests who choose to remain sober can help identify co-workers who may have had too much to drink, and who might need a ride home.
Do so to ensure that you are properly covered, and aware of any exclusions in the unfortunate event that something goes wrong.
Your employees will be more comfortable and have more fun, and you will be less liable for damages if the event is held at a club or a restaurant, during nonworking hours.
Provide entertainment; arrange for a guest speaker; schedule games, dancing, raffles, team-building events, or other activities for your employees to participate in. The alcohol is just a bonus!
Boulevard Café Catering will provide hot or cold appetizers, entrees, salads, and/or dessert to whet your employees’ appetite, and to make sure no one drinks on an empty stomach.
Many people throughout northern Virginia know Boulevard Cafe as the best place to grab a quick lunch in Tysons Corner, and our lunch customers are a big part of the reason we’ve achieved so much success for so long. But the truth is, we’d be remiss to forget to mention our wonderful corporate catering clients. Boulevard Cafe Catering has had the unique opportunity to visit and serve many great corporate offices and their employees throughout the region; it truly makes our jobs worth the time when those clients leave reviews, and their feedback online.
“[The food I received from Boulevard Cafe Catering] tasted good every single time. Quality of food is great!”
“Boulevard Cafe catered a corporate SEO Training my company hosted and they did a great job. Mr. Rafeedie was a pleasure to work with and his suggestions on food were spot on. If your company is looking for a corporate catering service, I would definitely call them.”
“Best two over easy [eggs] I have ever had, and the owners are super nice.”
“[My event was] catered to perfection! :)”
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To get ahead in the business world in northern Virginia, networking is crucial, but it’s not always easy to walk into a room full of strangers and strike up a conversation. But see, here’s the thing: Everyone has come to the same networking event for the same thing, to meet strangers.
Consider the following tips for navigating a networking event. Go ahead, make some new business connections, and maybe even have a little fun while you’re at it.
With these tips, and a little gumption, you’re armed and ready to make the most out of your next professional networking event. Have fun, and if you’re ever hosting a corporate event in northern Virginia, you know who to call for catering: Boulevard Café Catering.
August! Tomorrow marks the first day of August, and it’s hard to believe the summer is flying by so quickly. Soon, your kids will be back in school, and your days will be filled with homework, and boxed lunches, and permission slips. Soon, but not yet.
You’re determined to enjoy these dog days of summer while they last.
You’re determined to throw at least one more cookout before summer’s end.
From the Partnership for Food Safety, consider the following tips:
Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands.
Wash your hands (Have we gotten our point across yet?) before and after handling food, and ensure you do so properly. Using warm water and soap, lather and rinse for at least 20 seconds.
Perishable foods are a veritable breeding ground for bacteria, and this bacteria will compound and multiply rapidly if its left to sit out for too long. No food (but especially not raw meat) should remain unrefrigerated for longer than two hours. Note: On a day hotter than 90 degrees Fahrenheit, this two-hour rule shrinks to one hour.
A traditional refrigerator is even better, but if you’re hosting a picnic at Lake Fairfax Park in Reston, or elsewhere where you may not have access to such, invest in more ice than you think you’ll need. Ice will keep cold drinks cold, and your food safe to eat.
The food will be far more safe in the temperature-controlled cab of your car than it will in the hot trunk.
Raw meat and poultry should be kept away from, and in a separate storage container than cooked foods, fruits, and vegetables. That means: Don’t slice the watermelon on the same cutting board that just held pre-cooked burgers.
And use it.
The Partnership for Food Safety recommends cooking poultry, casserole, and any leftovers to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit; ground meats and egg dishes to 160 degrees Fahrenheit; fresh beef, pork, veal, lamb, ham, and fish to 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
When hosting, and cooking for friends at a summer cookout, it’s always better to be [food] safe than sorry, or better yet:
Get in touch with us about catering your next summer get-together, and we’ll suggest delectable, inventive (and food safe!) menu items that include BBQ baby back ribs, Cajun fried chicken, cucumber and black bean salad, cole slaw, and more.
Everybody’s got to eat. But more so, everybody’s got to eat breakfast.
Break the fast. Rise and dine.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and without it, your employees and prospects will slug through the long day of meetings and conference events in northern Virginia with something less than productivity. Don’t let that happen. Let Boulevard cater breakfast.
As a high-powered meeting planner in Tysons Corner, Virginia, you’ve got your hands full. Why not let us take care of making sure your bellies are full? From breakfast breads to casseroles, fruit to salad, savory dishes and sweet, we have the breakfast catering covered. The expert catering staff at Boulevard Cafe Catering will work with you to make the most of your breakfast and satisfy everyone’s early morning cravings.
They say it’s the most important meal of the day.
And while I’m not quite sure I can say who “they” are, I am sure when I say I agree. A healthy breakfast is key for optimum productivity, and so when you’ve scheduled an early morning meeting, or if you’re looking to kick off a day-long conference, contact northern Virginia’s premier corporate event and breakfast caterer, Boulevard Café Catering, today!
Think of the breakfast you often enjoy in the hotel lobby as your travel for business: That’s continental. Served buffet-style, this option is a popular one for healthy breakfast catering, not only because it’s often the most cost-effective, but also because a continental spread is sure to offer something for every taste.
Continental breakfast catering options from Boulevard include:
Continental breakfast catering is the perfect choice for team meetings, training events, and/or customer events that may include staff and mid-level management.
Host a catered breakfast event your staff and guests aren’t soon to forget. Made-to-order, or do-it-yourself breakfast stations put the diners in control: Do I want to opt for a healthy breakfast, or might I be a little more indulgent today?
Breakfast station options from northern Virginia’s corporate event caterer include:
A catered breakfast with stations is the perfect choice for when the event planner wants to add a touch of flair to a continental or traditional breakfast buffet. Mid- and upper-level management are sure to be impressed — and hungry for more.
Buffet-style catered breakfasts work for some corporate event occasions, but sometimes, there’s a need for a little more formality. That’s when it’s time to consider talking to Boulevard Café Catering about arranging a plated catered breakfast.
Plated catered breakfast options include:
A plated catered breakfast is the perfect choice for a corporate event in a more intimate setting, such as an executive breakfast meeting.
Everybody’s got health and wellness on the brain, and while pancakes and French toast, and pastries pastries pastries are a much beloved part of breakfast, the demand for healthy breakfast options is growing. Consider serving fresh fruit, and yogurt, and whole grains — and stay away from the fried, greasy foods.