Let's face it, when you get co-workers together, there's bound to be food. Whether a conference, a celebration, or just a really long meeting, catered food is a key part of keeping everyone happy, focused, and engaged during the event. The key is to bring in the right food - food that is healthy and tastes good.
So ditch the donuts and put together a healthy event using the following resources. Your staff and attendees will get more done and leave with smiles on their faces.
Healthy Catering Tip Sheet
Download our tip sheet to ensure your event is as healthy and tasty as possible.
Healthy Catering Checklist
Not sure where to start? Follow the steps in our healthy catering checklist and you'll be on the right track in no time.
UNM Catering can also help you get started. They have a variety of menus and prices to meet your event needs.
Commit to healthful foods at the department level. Include the following statement in your department or division's statement of purpose to formally establish that healthy behaviors are valued in your workplace:
[Department Name] commits to the wellness of our employees by including healthful food options at all catered events. We provide opportunities to make healthy eating decisions by encouraging the selection of fresh, wholesome foods, recognizing special dietary needs, and supporting sustainable practices.
At all department events that include food, we will:
- Include healthful food choices.
- Offer fresh fruit and vegetable options.
- Support special dietary needs by identifying and labeling foods.
- Actively work with vendors to make informed decisions in providing the healthiest food options possible.
- Ensure food is handled, prepared, and stored in accordance with food safety guidelines.
Label Foods for Special Restrictions
Some of your attendees may have food restrictions, such as lactose intolerance, celiac disease, or peanut allergies. Don't leave their health to chance - label your foods, clearly indicating what foods are safe to eat.
Ask your caterer for labels, or print and use our sample labels.
Healthy Catering Ideas
The good news is there are lots of healthy dishes you can bring in for your event. Use our idea list to start brainstorming. You can even target your search to meet any food restrictions your group may have.