Catering Wisdom from The Bachelor
You may be familiar with The Bachelor/ette – a premiere cultural highlight on the television channels of multiple countries including Australia. Famous for showcasing interpersonal relationships in only the most glowing light, life lessons from The Bachelor are many and and varied, and include how to make friends, meet life-partners, negotiate and succeed in life. This wisdom shouldn’t be wasted! Since we’re interested in all things catering, let’s unpack the top 5 lessons from the Bachelor to help improve your next corporate catering experience!
Lesson 1 – Excluding Your Guests
In the Bachelor, there are never enough roses for everyone.. d’oh! That’s right, someone’s always going home empty-handed. It’s a harsh reality and an appalling proposition, but moreover, a poor philosophy to apply to your corporate catering. Here’s how to avoid tarnishing your event with this unfortunate result:
a) Ensure you’ve ordered enough food for everyone;
b) Make sure you have got different dietary needs covered;
c) Include some vegetarian dishes as a matter of course, just in case – don’t leave anyone out!
Lesson 2 – Practice Your Memorable Entrance
Considering a grand entrance with a gymnastic routine? It’s a great idea – in theory! However, face-planting in front of your colleagues may spoil your appetite – and theirs! Ensure adequate practice has taken place beforehand, preferably with professional supervision. Under pressure, those somersaults and cartwheels can be difficult to produce, especially within the restrictions of corporate attire. If you do go down this path, start small.. The higher you leap, the further you may fall!
Lesson 3 – Alone Time
The most sought-after experience on The Bachelor is some ‘alone time’ with the Bachelor or Bachelorette. To achieve this, contestants compete with each other aggressively and often with mixed and undesirable results. Events and functions are a great opportunity to get some one-on-one with people you don’t ordinarily have the chance to spend time with, but let’s face it, dragging someone out of the way by their hair will do little to endear you to the rest of the team.
Here are some handing ice-breaking tips to make it happen!
a) Act! If you do nothing, the opportunity will be lost.
b) Manoeuvre! Like an army on a the battlefield, get into a strategic position!
c) Ice-break assistance! Rather than come in cold, arm yourself with an offering – a platter or plate of snacks is great for this. This gives you a reason to move around the room, and then make the most of your opportunity when you have it!
Lesson 4 – The Cringe Factor
The Bachelor is famous for being cringeworthy, but cringe and corporate lunching go together like tomato sauce and vegemite. Bin the cringe and aim for inclusivity! Keep an eye on your guests and make sure they’re having a good time:
a) Don’t be in a rush. You can’t be everywhere at once, so make sure that wherever you are, you’re present.
b) Small gestures go a long way. Check in with your guests and collect their feedback.
c) Do your research. Guests need suitable dining options to meet their needs.
Lesson 5 – The Goal
At some point in The Bachelor each contestant must realise that the cost of success may be their dignity – and there is no guarantee of success. Fortunately, planning for a corporate event need not require this type of public evisceration. Keep your dignity intact, keep cool, and remember that if you’re in charge of organising the event, you’ve earnt the right – so just make it happen!