This past year many businesses have been encouraging their employees to return to the office or suggesting that they come in 2 to 3 times a week. For some, this is a welcome request but for others, not so much. So, what can be done to get these folks back into the office?
Why is it important to get staff back into the office? After a few years of shifting from the company office to the employee’s home office, camaraderie, collaboration, and teamwork has deteriorated. It is now time to build up relationships and connections.

It is a well-known fact that sharing a meal or even just a snack brings people together. Let me show you some cool catering ideas that will keep your staff engaged and happy.

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1. Pizza -A Great Office Lunch Catering Idea

It’s fast, it’s everyone’s favourite food and it’s filling. However, the traditional pepperoni and cheese pizza… boring. Below are some mouthwatering pizza catered lunch ideas.

  • Taco Pizza for the adventurous
  • Mac & Cheese Pizza for comfort
  • Plant-based Pizza for the vegetarians and vegans

2. Multicultural Mix-Catered Lunch Ideas

We are so fortunate to live in a multicultural city. Exploring diverse types of food is an adventure in itself.

  • Visit Greece with a catered lunch featuring traditional dishes such as lamb, pork or beef Gyros smothered in tzatziki.
    Greek food, with its unique blend of herbs and spices is a fabulous catering option for corporate parties. Choose from our Greek buffet or our Build your own Gyro station.

    Option 1: Greek Meal Station
    Includes a choice of either Pork or Chicken Souvlaki, served with rice, roasted garlic potatoes, mixed grilled vegetables, Greek salad, tzatziki & grilled pita bread or garlic bread.

    Option 2: Build Your Own Gyros!
    Choose from chicken, beefbeef, or vegetarian gyros, served with rice, roasted garlic potatoes, mixed grilled vegetables, Greek salad, tzatziki & grilled pita bread.

    All Stations include bowls, chaffing dishes, plates, forks, knives, napkins, staffing and delivery.

  • Visit the Middle East for your next employee lunch with pita, hummus, falafel and all the trimmings.
  • A unique catering idea is having a professional sushi chef prepare a team lunch featuring various Maki, Nigiri and Sashimi. Chopsticks, plates, and cutlery are all included.

3. Buddha Bowls-Healthy Office Catering Ideas

Even if you are a fast-food kind of person, I can guarantee that you will love this healthier alternative. Build your bowls with grains, veggies, and proteins. This is perfect for an interactive team building lunch.

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  • Enjoy a low fat, high protein catered lunch with energizing Quinoa, veggies, and protein.
  • For an Asian-themed team lunch idea try Brown Rice Bowls combined with proteins and veggies.
  • Set up a Poke Bar for a catered office lunch. A Poke bowl is built with rice, a choice of proteins, veggies, and sauces.

    Poke bars have risen in popularity over the past few years as a healthy, funfun, and budget friendly option for event catering. We can provide premade bowls but definitely recommend the “Pack your own bowl” option… interactive and customizable!

    Pack Your Own Bowl
    Includes: White or Brown Rice, Mixed Greens, toppingstoppings, and a variety of sauces.

    Step 1: Choose of Protein: Choose 3
    Salmon, Ahi Tuna, Shrimp Tempura, Boiled Shrimp, Beef, Chicken, Tofu

    Step 2: Pick your Toppings: Cucumber, Red Onion, Carrot, Cabbage, Red Pepper, Tomato, Edamame, Green Lettuce, Kale, Purple Potato, Jicama, Jalapeño, Asparagus

    Step 3: Pick your Sauce: Choose up to 3
    Sriracha Mayo, Wasabi Mayo, Green Curry, Teriyaki Mayo, Mayo, Sriracha, Katsu, Unagi, Mango, Spicy Sesame, Korean Citrus, Teriyaki Sauce

    Step 4: Pick Your Veggies
    Avocado, Crab Salad, Seaweed Salad, Wasabi Tobiko, Tobiko, Kimchi, Sweet Corn, Tamago, Pickled Ginger, Diced Mango, Kidney Bean, Tangerine, Green Onion and Pickled Radish

    Step 5: Pick your Crunch!

    Lotus Chip, Pumpkin Seeds, Sesame Seeds, Tempura bits, Furikake, Garlic Crisps

    All Poke menus include : fForks, cChopsticks, nNapkins, linens, bowls for Poke, staffing and delivery.

4. Trendy Foods-Business Catering Ideas

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Toronto has become a popular destination for visitors from all over the world. We have the trendiest restaurants and great caterers who are ideal for business catering.

  • The Oyster Bar is shucked and served on ice accompanied with hot sauces, lemons, and horseradish. If you are looking for a cool catering idea, this is it! Oyster station includes shucker, hot sauces, lemons and horseradish and napkins, tablecloth, plates, and delivery.
  • Dim Sum, originally from China, is a social experience featuring dumplings stuffed with a protein or vegetable and served with an assortment of sauces. This is perfect for a working corporate lunch idea. Our chefs steam dim sum in bamboo steamers live on the spot and serve it in bamboo boats with chopsticks

    Dim Sum Station Includes:

    • Har Gao (Shrimp Dumpling)
    • Chicken Shumai
    • Pork shumai
    • Shrimp Spinach dumpling
    • Vegetable dumpling
    • Lotus Leaf with Rice (Lo Mai Gai)
    • Fried wontons (vegetable, chicken)

    Dim Sum is accompanied by soy sauce and assorted chili sauces.

    Dim Sum Station includes : aAll necessary equipment, linen, plates, napkins, forks, staffing and delivery.

  • Churrasco Chicken straight from Portugal is a trendy option. The meal comes complete with peri-peri sauce, rice, oven roasted potatoes, and spring mix or Caesar salad. It is a perfect office catering idea.

    Menu includes : lLinens, chaffing dishes, plates, utensils, napkins, staffing and delivery.

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5. Snacks -Staff Meeting Food Ideas

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Who wouldn’t want to come to the monthly staff meeting when yummy snacks are provided? However, it is important to keep these treats healthy. You want your staff to be energized and productive.
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  • Charcuterie boards are all the rage now. This catered food idea consisting of cured meats, cheeses, crackers, olives, and dried fruits will keep everyone’s energy levels up. You may also consider a personal charcuterie box for larger meetings.
  • One of the best office catering ideas that everyone loves is a middle eastern snack spread with pita, hummus, veggies, and various salads. This can be done with platters or individual boxes.
  • Appetizers are ideal for food to share at work. Create a buzz with party sandwiches, miniature pastries, granola bars or pretzels hot out of the oven!

6. Hors D’Oeuvres-Catering Ideas for Large Groups

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When planning a conference, a trade show or a large company gathering, a fully catered meal may not be ideal. Truthfully, it could break the budget. Instead consider finger foods as a cool catering idea. This list is endless but here are a few of my favorites.

  • Mini sliders are always super popular. They can be made with beef, chicken and even mushrooms for vegetarians.
  • Mini samosas are yummy. They can be stuffed with vegetables or meat. You can go spicy hot for the adventuresome folks or mild for those whose taste buds can’t stand the heat!
  • Mini desserts such as skewered fruits or assorted mini tarts always go over well. Hey! Who doesn’t love dessert?
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7. Southern Hemisphere Meals-Office Party Catering Ideas

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Close your eyes and imagine being in the southern hemisphere where the sun shines all the time. Your staff will love these catered lunch ideas for the office.
From the Caribbean, enjoy Jerk Chicken, fried plantains and all the other sides for a cool catering idea. Maybe play a bit of Reggae to really get in the groove.

Sample Menus
The Jerk

  • Jerk Chicken
  • Rice and peas
  • Fried plantains
  • Creamy coleslaw
  • Hot sauce and gravy.

The Big Jerk

  • Jerk Chicken
  • Jamaican Patties (beef, chickenchicken, or Vegetarian)
  • Curry Chickpeas and Potato’s
  • Rice and peas
  • Coleslaw.
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All Menus include : Bowls, chaffing dishes, plates, forks, knives, napkins, staffing and delivery.

  • Hola, from Mexico! Enjoy the best office catering ideas for a staff lunch. Authentic enchiladas with a variety of fillings and smothered in a savory sauce will titillate the taste buds.
  • Try unique catering lunch ideas with tastings from Africa such as chicken Tagine, a cold salad called Matbucha and a fragrant Harira stew made of chickpeas, lentils, and warm aromatic spices. Absolutely mouthwatering!

8. Carnival Food-Unique Catering Ideas that are Loads of Fun

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Have you ever said that your office atmosphere is like a circus? Nothing de-stresses like circus food. Have your favourite event planner organize a fun catering idea for work with the awesomeness of carnival foods.

  • Funnel Cakes are a classic treat enjoyed at carnivals. Don’t forget to add vanilla ice cream.
  • Sausages or hotdogs dredged with cornmeal batter and deep fried are essential foods for a catered lunch idea. Don’t even bother to count the calories. Just enjoy!
  • The ever-popular Nachos and Cheese are a highly recommended chow for a carnival themed catered lunch or break.event.
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9. Hot & Cold Beverage Bars – Thirst-Quenching Business Catering Ideas

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  • Bring in a Bubble Tea Bar for a refreshing and unique tasting idea. This trendy catering idea blends freshly made tapioca, tea and a variety of fresh fruit and syrups
  • Hello! Is there anyone who doesn’t love chocolate? Watch your employees’ faces light up when a strolling hot chocolate server visits their workstation offering gourmet hot chocolate with all the fixings
  • Business catering ideas would not be complete without a mobile coffee shop or espresso bar. Entertaining baristas offer a wide range of Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte, and other wonderful drinks.Nothing is better than a steaming hot or cold beverage to start your staff’s day or a mid-afternoon pick me up. I’ll have a half-caf, low fat, light syrup, and extra foam, please!
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10. Ice Cream Activations – A Finale to Catered Lunch Ideas

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An Ice Cream Activation is a fun way to finish off an office lunch idea for a group.

  • Your event planner will organize a soft ice cream truck or a vintage Dickie Dee ice cream bike for a welcome break outdoors
  • You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy an ice cream sundae bar with all the yummy toppings to complete a catered staff meal
  • Nothin’ says lovin’ when a scoop of rich vanilla ice cream is scooped between 2 freshly baked cookies and accessorized with your favourite toppings…perfect to complete a team lunch idea
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11. Food Truck Events – Best Catering for Office Lunch Ideas

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InI my travels, I always watch for food truck events. They are fun, safe, versatile, and delicious.

  • Your staff will love arriving at work and finding a food truck serving up breakfast poutine or cheesy quesadilla.
  • Enjoy authentic Mexican Tacos and Burritos served from a food truck
  • For an awesome sweet treat, your staff will love soft and chewy Churros dipped in toppings such as chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, caramel, or lemon sauce
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12. BBQs – The Ideal Catering Lunch Idea

The most popular staff meal ideas are BBQs. Your event planner will arrange a scrumptious BBQ right in your company parking lot. Just provide them with your budget and sit back and enjoy the aroma of the grill!

  • The traditional hot dog, hamburger and veggie burger BBQs served with a variety of condiments and accompanied by coleslaw and potato salad are always enjoyable
  • A unique corporate BBQ lunch idea is to go strictly plant based. Try grilled cauliflower steaks or grilled artichokes accompanied by beyond beef burgers and various salads
  • You can’t beat the succulent aroma of BBQ ribs smothered with a “smokin” hot sauce served with grilled corn on the cob and baked beans. This catered lunch idea will create a lot of buzz! Yummy!

13. Baked Treats – a Catering Idea Hot Out of the Oven

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The heavenly aroma of freshly baked goods allows management to say “job well done,” for either a catered lunch idea or just because…

  • Freshly baked gourmet cookies or mini donuts served hot out of the professional oven by a chef will impress your staff at a team lunch
  • Baked on-site large pretzels served either sweet or savory with a variety of toppings makes for a unique business catering idea
  • Flavoured Lolliwaffles on a stick baked on-site are a wonderful catering idea for work, especially for a morning business meeting
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14. Candy and Sweets– a Unique Dessert Idea to Add on to a Catered Lunch

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We are all kids at heart and there is hardly a person out there that does not have a sweet craving once in a while…well maybe more than once in a while. Whether it is an add-on to a catered lunch or just a fun treat.

  • A Vintage Candy Cart can be customized to create a memorable moment
  • Enjoy a Candy Buffet with serious gourmet candy after your catered lunch. Folks can take their personalized candy bags back to their workstation to munch on the rest of the day!
  • If your staff is too busy to leave their workstations, consider our Mobile Candy Cart Girl who delivers sweet treats to your staff’s desks
  • Enjoy the new taste sensation of artisanal popsicles specially customized to individual taste for your next catering idea for work
  • A combo popcorn and cotton candy cart is a fun addition to a fun food menu
  • Slushies and Snow Kones are the most refreshing warm-weather treats, especially at the end of a team lunch idea
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15. Direct Delivery to Workstations – Staff Meal Ideas

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Many people who have returned to the office after a few years of working remotely are still hesitant to dine with others. Here is a unique solution that will please your staff and let them know that you care about their well-being.

  • sandwiches featuring ingredients such as ham and brie or tomato and mozzarella will satisfy hungry appetites
  • A quesadilla with tons of different toppings makes for a very inexpensive staff meal idea
  • A box filled with easy to eat wraps provides a budget-friendly catered lunch with many options to suit all dietary needs
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16. Comfort Food Stations-A Thoughtful Office Lunch Catering Idea

Ahhh! Saving the best for last. Do you know anyone who doesn’t love comfort foods? These are particularly popular when work gets a little tense and deadlines have to be met. Treat your office staff to some homemade style catered lunch ideas for the office.

Customize your comfort food station
Select 4 main courses:

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Mac & Cheese

  • Classic Mac ‘n’ Cheese
  • Pulled Pork Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Grilled Cheese

  • Classic Grilled Cheese
  • Bacon Grilled Cheese
  • Margarita Grilled Cheese

Burgers & Hot dogs

  • Classic Cheese Burger
  • Bacon Cheese Burger
  • Portobello Burger
  • Cheese Dog
  • Veggie Dog
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French Fries

  • Classic Poutine
  • Garlic Parm Fries
  • Chili Cheese Fries
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  • Salad
  • Caesar Salad
  • Spinach and Arugula Salad
Comfort food stations include linens, utensils, napkins, plates, condiments, staffing and delivery.

I do hope you have enjoyed my catering ideas for work. If you have any personal requests, please get in touch. Our event planners love to share creative ideas, especially when it comes to business catering. Contact us today to start planning!!

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