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19 clever catering ideas for safe, successful events

Get ready for individualized appetizers and passed hors d’oeuvres, boxed meals, safer bites and contactless vibes.

When asking catering professionals the question ‘What does catering look like now?’ we found that catering has changed, but it’s carrying on in new, clever ways that have frankly blown us away. Boxed lunches don’t have to be boring, and individually packaged snacks and appetizers can be a real chance for chefs to bring the creativity and innovation.

Sodexo/Centerplate recently worked with a research firm and conducted a survey of event planners’ perceptions and views of catering since the pandemic. The online survey asked a diverse group of event planners from convention and conference centers across the country what would be key for success and survival and found 90% of respondents said safety procedures are critically important for the future of their programs.

Click through to see appetizers, boxed lunches, charcuterie on the go and sweets, including hot chicken in a globe, beef tenderloin-bleu cheese bites on bamboo, crab cakes in a teardrop, escarole salad shots, barbecue meatballs on spoons, individual veggie dips, cheesecake bites and more.

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