Safety Precautions in the Buffet Catering Business

 

 

As we look forward to entering Phase 3 of our successful circuit breaker, we are facing a gradually reopening of the economy where  most activities will be allowed to resume.

However, this doesn’t mean that safety precautions, especially for food caterers that provide events such as halal mini buffet caterers for 5 to 15 pax and above, are being relaxed. On the contrary, the safety measures adopted from the Covid-19 crisis are here to stay!

 

As we are in the rush to get ahead of the coronavirus, food caterers such as How’s Catering are finding themselves fighting to implement safety standards and prioritize the safety of your team and your guests.

In this article, we’ll show you the different measures that How’s Catering is actively taking within our operations and how we are continuously committed to serve you delicious yet safe food!

 

We source and prepare your food in clean & safe environments

From the source of all our quality food ingredients to the final preparation of your dishes, our priority has always been in the safety and consistent quality of the food we prepare for you.

This includes ensuring the person in charge or purchasing raw ingredients, the place of purchase and also the storage of the food is up to safety standards.

In fact, we regularly work with health inspectors to ensure that our kitchen is always at its best cleanliness that meets all health codes and regulations.

 

We ensure food hygiene is kept consistent during transportation 

More importantly, we keep track of the condition of the food, especially its temperature on the journey to ensure it remains safe and in good condition.

 

We separate hot and cold foods for safety reasons

Apart from ensuring the quality, taste and texture of your hot and cold foods be the same even after transportation, our hot and cold foods are kept separated without exceptions to ensure its safety and no cross contamination of different foods.

 

We diligently and safely reheat foods if necessary

Some of our food items from our menu require reheating once it arrives at your location. In that case, we employ a safe and secured method of reheating your food to the desired temperature for food safety and longevity.

 

We ensure our beverages and ice are of quality and served cleanly

At food catering events, the quality of the ice served can often be overlooked and be a costly mistake – the cleanliness of the ice and beverages served is just as important as the food!

We keep our quality of beverages and ice safe by having them stored separately, especially if we’re using ice to maintain the coldness of some foods – these tend to be contaminated with bacteria easily!

 

We ensure the environment where our food is served is safe and clean

While we are primarily responsible for the food portion of your catered event, the location often comes with its array of challenges, especially outdoor events!

For example, if it’s an outdoor event, we’ll need to be aware of keeping bugs, vermin, objects blown by wind, bacteria or even dust from reaching your food!

 

We rigorously exercise hand and dish washing

Cleanliness is the name of the game in the catering business. This means that our employees are trained to wash their hands at all occasions before handling your food.

Whether it’s on a offsite event or at a catered indoor venue, our staff and servers are consistently trained for a standard upkeep of their hygiene levels to ensure your health and safety is protected when your event is catered by us!

 

Choose How’s Catering for halal mini buffet catering in Singapore

While it is a fact that the food, restaurant and catering industry has been significantly impacted by Covid-19, it has kick started and ensured that food hygiene and safety precautions are well adhered to and is effective in minimizing the spread of the virus in Singapore.

If you’re thinking of using a halal mini buffet caterer for your next event, why not give How’s Catering a try?

 

How’s Catering offers a wide range of services including preparing catering menus for corporate settings, weddings, festive occasions, buffets, high tea, and kids/thematic. How’s Catering is Halal-cerfied and promises quality and personalised services for every client. If you’re keen on finding out more about our menu or customisation options, feel free to contact us at +65 6852 2852 or email sales@howscatering.com.sg 

 

Why You Need Food and Beverage Meetings for Events

If this is your first time organising an event, you must be thinking – how do I make my event’s food or beverage options?

Well, it’s no surprise because food and beverage is often one of the largest (if not the largest) expenses for many events! But as budgets are becoming smaller and demanding to be efficient, it might often become a lowest-price option scenario.

However, that rarely pays off as the food and beverage at your event isn’t just about keeping people full — it’s a part of the whole experience! That’s because a meal isn’t just a meal. It’s an opportunity to make connections, to bring people of importance together. It creates conversation and warmth. That’s why it might be worth hiring a halal food buffet catering service if you’re planning an event in Singapore!

Key elements in organising an event:

·         Think about the numbers

First, you need to lock-in the number of people coming to your event and prepare accordingly. If you’re hosting an outdoor event, do remember that the people and food must be well sheltered from the rain! That’s how you should plan for every situation that can happen.

·         Be mindful about the space

You should also plan out the space allocated for each guest. Consider fitting all your event decorations, furniture and most importantly, your catering supplies in the right spot with the right spacing.

·         Get the right staff and equipment prepared

From the managers that ensure your event runs smoothly to the waiters and waitresses serving your guests, it’s vital to keep check that you have the right kind and number of staff in your event. You should also factor in all the equipment, serving dishes, plates and glassware that will be needed at a moment’s notice to avoid missing any of them out!

·         Plan ahead of time, all the time

Any veteran event planner will know this – preparing everything that needs to be ordered or arranged ahead of time will ensure your event runs smoothly and without any hiccups. From staff to flowers, equipment to decorations, you should assign special reminders for each and to have a detailed plan for them all ahead of time!

 

Make sure the food and beverage served is top-notch

Now that you know the key elements of event preparation, it’s time to focus on the food and beverage aspect of your events.

First, you should choose and discuss with a caterer about the dishes of choice together with options for those with special dietary needs. This is especially crucial for vegetarian or halal food buffet catering services that are required.

You can take this one step further by having guests RSVP with their preferences or requirements in advance to optimally prepare the food in the right way and with the right amount!

 

Luckily, caterers like How’s Catering have commonly served and prepared halal food catering services across Singapore to many events. Here are some factors to think about when you choose your food and beverage served at the event:

  • Is your choice of menu a relatively classic one or a specialised themed menu? This will need to be communicated to your chosen caterer much earlier in advance!
  • Does the catering team provide hospitality staff? Some caterers offer purely the food and beverages served only, and will require you to hire your own waitstaff and service team for the event. Make sure this is discussed!
  • Is cutlery and crockery included? While it may seem like a basic detail, it is no less important as this will affect how your guests enjoy your food. It’s wise to make sure that every detail is accounted for when it comes to events!

Make your event a success with How’s Catering

We hope these event planning ideas have inspired you!

If it is your first time planning an event, look no further – with How’s Catering, be it a full scale catering or even mini buffet catering for 5 pax to 15 pax, leave it to us to handle the cooking and you can rest assured that there will definitely be something delicious for everyone to enjoy. Get in touch with us at 6852 2852 today. 

Making your Mini Buffet Memorable

It’s the time of the year where the festive celebrations are gearing up! Are you thinking of throwing a party to wrap up the year? Or are you thinking of gathering a few loved ones for a cosy get-together?

Regardless of the occasion, a mini buffet that’s well-catered to feed your guests is the way to go! A delicious buffet is the epicentre of a great party that impresses guests and fills their appetites accordingly.

As we all know, the best parties out there require a great deal of organisation, and smart planning with the correct budgeting is important to prepare a fantastic party that will also be friendly to your budget. That’s where a good halal mini buffet catering provider can help!

But first, is your caterer taking the correct steps to ensure your safety?

With the Covid-19 situation, many might be a little wary about hosting a party, big or small. However, with the right precautions, screening and proper distancing between one another, it is still possible to host an intimate party without taking risks!

When it comes to your chosen caterer however, it is important to ensure that they follow important measures in ensuring they meet the proper safety procedures in order to serve you safely. This can includes:

  • Daily body temperature taking twice a day for all staff
  • Travel declaration is obtained from all staff
  • Comply and monitor closely on MOH advisories
  • Maintaining high standards of personal hygiene
  • All frontline staff are required to wear face masks during setup, sanitise their hands and wear hand gloves prior to handling food
  • All visitors/suppliers will need to fill up a Visitor Registration Form and go through a body temperature screening and hand sanitisation before coming into the premises
  • Food safety and hygiene officers will continue upholding our hygiene practices
  • Educate and update our staff on the advisories issued by MOH 

 

Let’s talk about how to make your mini buffet an unforgettable 

Here are a few tricks of the trade in making a memorable buffet for your guests to remember for years to come!

Customise Your Buffet Menu According To The Time and Place Of The Event

This might sound like a minor detail, but your buffet menu should depend on whether it’s a lunch or dinner event.

This is important is it will take into consideration the general food preferences of your guests – for example, lighter foods such as salad or pasta are great options for a lunch event or party as they aren’t too heavy on the appetite.

For dinners, however, you can opt-in for menu options such as a whole lamb roast, stews and other sit-down foods that guests can take their time to enjoy!

Make sure you remember any guests’ dietary restrictions

If you have vegetarian guests, you’ll make a deep impression on them if you remember to cater to their needs. You can do this by separating the food items  of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes on different tables.

Trust us, this will do wonders in terms of impressing your vegetarian guests as you’ve shown that you’re thinking about them beforehand!

Be wise in positioning the tables and their relevant foods

Yes, there is a strategy to where you place your tables and food! It’s the famous buffet line – think of how guests will be going from tray to tray picking out the food they’d like!

That’s why you should ensure that your tables are aligned and planned accordingly with the spacing and mingling areas well thought-out. 

You can also spread the dishes fairly and distribute by categories. For instance, you should keep your appetizers, mains, desserts and beverages on separate sections and tables.

This will spread out the crowd, give them space for mingling and above all else, reduce the bottleneck jam that happens at most buffets!

Pick quality dishes over a large quantity of less-popular dishes

This can really help your guests with remembering a select few of the great tasting food they had at your event! Too many average dishes won’t produce anything memorable, but a few well-chosen dishes can make a deep impression!

This is where planning for a mini buffet with a wisely chosen caterer comes in. If you are also on a budget for a halal mini buffet catering, sticking with 4-6 dishes can save your costs significantly!


Choose How’s Catering as your halal mini buffet caterer for your next party 

Making waves in the food catering industry since 1991, How’s Catering is Singapore’s trusted caterer that has been halal-certified since 2005.

We provide quality food and personalised services with competitive pricing for all our clients, and are more than qualified to prepare amazing dishes to make your party or event a standout above all others out there.

If you’re keen on finding out more about our offerings or customisation options, feel free to contact us at +65 6852 2852 or email sales@howscatering.com.sg today

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