Posted by: in Corporate Catering on September 27th, 2010

For many people, the idea of needing a caterer only occurs to them when it comes to big swanky events, such as a wedding reception, and while the majority of Chicago catering companies are in the wedding reception business, they also offer services and menus for other events, such as corporate retreats or even company holiday parties.

If you are a Chicago-area business owner or manager, you know one of the most important ways to start and keep a successful company running smoothly is the morale of the employees and interdepartmental relationships. This can be achieved multiple ways, starting with the contact and communication between supervisors and staff. Low morale among staff leads to low production of the business, which hurts everyone from the top of the company hierarchy on down. It is also important for employees to get along with each other and be on friendly terms. Since your employees all work so closely together, a sense of trust needs to be established, and one of the best ways to build that trust is through corporate retreats. Usually held off site, these retreats are a chance for the employees to relax outside of the business atmosphere and connect in a more laid-back manner. It is also the perfect opportunity for managers to boost morale, whether it’s in the form of fun trust-building exercises or by handing out prizes and gifts that include the company’s logo. But what do you do about food?

Many of these corporate retreats can, and are, held at hotels and last a full weekend. In these instances, the meals are usually provided by the hotel, or attendees eat out at local restaurants. But what if your retreat isn’t a retreat so much as a single day spent off-site discussing the future of the business? Maybe your event isn’t even business related but, instead, is an annual holiday party or perhaps someone is retiring. Whatever your need, there are plenty of corporate party caterers in Chicago to choose from, all of which can accommodate the needs of events of all sizes. Not sure where to find one? Ask around! Chances are other companies in your industry have had at least one catered event and can make a recommendation. You can also just go online and do a quick web search for “event catering Chicago” and get a whole list of caterers in the Chicago area.

It is easy to assume that you only need to worry about catering a party or event if it is happening somewhere other than the office, and while the catering companies are available for those options, it’s also possible to have caterers come into your office and set up in a conference room, if you have one available. Many will also provide the utensils and plates, along with the catered food. All you have to do is provide the space and the people for a perfect catered party.

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