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March 02
5 Things Event Planners Should Keep in Mind about Food Service


Matt Pogue, Young Life's Manager of Camping Food Service, says you should keep these 5 things in mind about the food service when selecting a retreat venue:


1. What's the quality of their food?

Is it "typical" camp food (served buffet style, including fish sticks and greasy pork chops), or do they serve family style dishes that are as good as home made?

2. What's the price?

You have a budget, and food could break it. But, keeping costs down doesn't necessarily mean suppressing the food quality. The guest services personnel should be able to work with you to design a menu that's not only delicious, but fits within your budget.

3. What's the health factor?

Not only are more people health-conscious, but some have serious, life-threatening allergies. The venue you select should be able to accommodate those with severe food allergies, as well as those who have made life-style choices that preclude them from eating certain food.

4. What's the age-appropriateness?

Sure, we made fun of fish sticks, but what if your retreat is geared mostly to middle school kids. Then, maybe you WANT fish sticks. But, if you're bringing a men's group, they're probably more interested in meatier fare such as steak, than mac 'n cheese.

5. What are the choices?

You'll be a lot happier with a venue that gives you a variety of meal choices, than one with a set menu. A guest services team that sits down with you and helps plan your menu for each of your meals will pay off in dividends when your attendees return home talking about how great and varied the meals were.

The take away | Many of your attendees will return home with either fond or not-so-fond memories of the food that was served at your retreat. Do your best to make sure the quality of the food is up to par with the quality of your content.​


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