How to display picnic food is often an afterthought to picnic menu and venue considerations. But food presentation is one of the most important factors in guest experience at picnics in Milwaukee.
In this post, we identify 10 of the best company picnics ideas that maximize guests’ safety and enjoyment.
Top 10 Tips for Displaying Picnic Food
Grill masters firing up hotdogs and hamburgers is a great aspect of any picnic atmosphere. This is among our favorite company picnic ideas because it simultaneously enhances quality of food and event experience.
Appropriately decorate every buffet and station in your picnic theme with nice linens. It’s not enough for only the main stations to look appealing. Every station from condiments to desserts needs to welcome guests.
Buffet focal point
Give each station a key element to draw guests’ attention. Some of our favorite features are mini grills, themed artifacts and floral displays. Elevating dishes and decorations will also enhance the picnic food presentation.
Carefully arranged toppings
Meticulously sliced and plated toppings like tomatoes and pickles should line up flawlessly with condiment bottles.
Clean and full condiment bottles
Skip the squeeze packs of mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup, which reduce the perceived quality of picnic food. This is one picnic tip that makes sure even a relaxed corporate picnic is a classy event.
Vinyl condiment table covers
You can expect some condiments to get a bit messy, but this is no excuse for a dirty table. Disposable table covers will collect stains and soil during the event, so opt for vinyl condiment table covers that are easy to clean.
Quality serving dishes
Make sure food is displayed in dishes that will maintain their appropriate temperature. Hot food is best served in real chafers with polished metal pans and stainless steel bowls as opposed to disposable trays with aluminum foil. Chill cold food in ice baths so that it remains tasty and safe to consume throughout your company picnic.
Food Service managers
Sanitation and food safety are always a priority at catered events. But these are especially important at picnics in Milwaukee where food temperature can quickly change. Make sure your event is staffed with principal-certified food service managers. These experts in sanitation and food safety will ensure to follow the best practices for food presentation.
Each serving dish should remain approximately 80 percent full throughout the picnic. Nobody wants to see a near empty serving tray or make a mess trying to scoop food out of an overflowing dish.
Complementary staff uniforms
Servers’ professional appearance is a crucial part of the corporate picnic experience. From black shoes to a logo polo shirt, make sure staff appears as clean and upscale as your picnic food and displays.
A great catering team will flow seamlessly into your event and be a positive part of your picnic presentation.
The best company picnic ideas rely on superior service and presentation of high-quality food.
For the last four decades, we have taken great pride in bringing all these together to create successful corporate picnics in Milwaukee. Contact us to learn how we can bring the “Zilli Touch” to your next big event.