Banquets require a lot of coordination and planning to ensure a smooth service for your diners. Here are the things you need to know to organise a successful banquet.
Knowing exactly what type of equipment you need for banqueting will help determine your output capacity. Here are some of the equipment you’ll need:
Back of house (BOH):
Front of house (FOH):
Industrial pots and pans
2. Flow of operations
To run a banquet, you must consider every aspect of it and be able to see the big picture of the whole event. You must take into account how guests and staff flow through the space and the time of the event if you are to set up and service a functional banquet.
Banquet event order (BEO)
Coodinator and guest agrees on details for the event.
BEO given to BOH.
Performs forecast, budgeting and purchasing from BEO.
Prepares food and drinks.
Delivers prepared items from BOH to guests.
Makes sure operations are smooth.
3. Kitchen management
Managing the kitchen is an important aspect of banquets because food is one of the event’s highlights. An organised kitchen is efficient and productive so take a look at these important considerations that’ll help manage your kitchen for banquets:
Forecasting of ingredients and supplies
Timing is very important for banquets because everything is happening in real time. Things need to flow from the kitchen to the dining area, and different types of banquets require different types of service. Here are the important areas to note:
Organising the banquet team
Managing the meal service
Flow of service
Ensuring smooth service
5. Handling customer complaints
Due to their size, banquets present greater margins of error and complaints may arise. Here are some pointers to take note of when handling complaints:
By keeping up with the trends and developments in the buffet and banqueting market, you can stay ahead of the competition and discover new ideas that enhance your restaurant. These are the current trends in the buffet and banqueting market today:
Live serving/cooking stations
Dessert buffet spreads with trendy items such as macarons, cupcakes etc.
Local dishes with a twist
Congratulations, you’ve completed the 6 Steps to Organising a Banquet topic!
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