Affordable Catering Tips & Tricks in Calgary

Catering is a great way to spruce up an office meeting or a corporate event, but keeping it within your budget can be a little tricky at times. If you’re looking for ways to cut costs without compromising on quality service and great food, check out some of OYO Cater’s affordable catering tips to ensure your catered event is a cost-friendly success: 

Try Breakfast Instead 

When you think about catering an event, breakfast may not be the first meal that comes to mind. But for those looking to save on their next business or office meal, breakfast is a steal, with an average cost per person at $4.95, versus the $11.00 it costs for lunch. Setting up a self-serve station to prepare your own waffles or hand-craft a breakfast sandwich is also a fun way to get your guests involved while saving money on onsite caterers and food-prep time. 

OYO Tip: Make sure to check out some of OYO’s own delicious catering options like Indulge Catering and Chef’s Café and Catering who offer a wide selection of individual breakfast items and a the-whole-package buffet! 

Individual Meals VS Buffet Style 

Not only are buffets more cost-effective, they allow for a wide variety of different foods to cover all your bases when it comes to guest preference. Allowing your guests to pick-and-choose their favorite cuisine while mingling by the buffet bar promotes networking and gets people talking about the food. With sizable portions and multiple great options to choose from, buffets ensure your guests can always get their fill.

OYO Tip: OYO Cater’s restaurants offer multiple buffet options and a large assortment of different cuisines, including Mucho Burrito, Cinnamon Indian Cuisine and Bar, and many more.  

Always Book in Advance 

Like the title suggests, the early bird gets the worm, and booking your caterer well in advance is the best way to get a good price while allowing yourself plenty of time to work out any kinks. Most caterers will require you book at least 8 hours in advance, but allowing yourself a few days – or even a week – to plan ahead will give you time to tweak any last minute details and establish a good relationship with your caterer. 

OYO Tip: When booking one of OYO’s professional caterers, make sure to note the minimum notice time conveniently listed on the top portion of their page! 

Find Food That Works 

Not all cuisines are made equal, with some exotic fares costing more than others. If you’re looking to save, try cuisines that keep costs low with less expensive ingredients and large entrees that are simple to make and can satisfy your guests; cuisines like Mexican, Thai, Chinese, and Indian are crowd-pleasers that cost less, while Italian and French are often more expensive and a little harder to come by.
OYO Tip: While browsing our restaurants, try using OYO’s "Minimum Order Price” filter to keep your order within your budget parameters. 

Keep It Casual

The little things add up, so when you’re in the market for a good caterer, make sure to improvise where you can to save a little money. Whether that be opting for aluminum foil trays instead of chafing dishes, using cutlery from the office kitchen, or settling on more casual cuisine instead of fancier fare: small changes can save your budget in the long run. And if you’re catering a smaller event, consider foregoing onsite catering staff in favor of a DIY style to save on money and time.

OYO Tip: Many of OYO’s restaurants provide party platters that allow your guests to build their own meal without the need of onsite staff. Check out La Prep and The Main Dish for some great casual platter options. 

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