At your next corporate event, try breaking up the day with several snack breaks complete with homemade granola bars, yogurt parfaits, and fresh fruit skewers. And instead of a heavy lunch, compliment the snacks with smaller portions of light fare.
Participants can get sleepy. The meeting can seem to drag on. And productivity drops when no one has anything but coffee and a danish in their stomachs. Then, your guests attack the lunch table and the everyone has to sit through the afternoon with a heavy lunch in their stomachs.
In order to stay alert, your guests need brain food. Fresh fruits, nuts, and protein-heavy snacks will keep everyone alert throughout the day. Presentation is key with snacks. Guests aren’t as likely to pick up packaged food. Give them some apple slice with caramel drizzle or honey-nut clusters in bite sized bits.
And for the main meal, pasta might seem like a nice treat; but in the middle of the day, a plate of pasta just means a sleepy crowd by 3 pm. Offer an easy-to-eat chopped salad with a choice of dressing and a choice of protein. A spinach salad with teriyaki dressing and sliced roast beef will be both satisfying but light.
Lastly, don’t shy away from some refreshing sources of energy. Ask your caterer to provide some iced teas mixed with juice. The combination of caffeine and fruit sugars will help keep everyone alert through those long end-of-day presentations.