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Event Catering: Plated vs. Buffet


You have your next event nearly all planned out and you have decided to go with a catering company for the food and beverages. Good choice! But how do you decide between a catered event that is plated versus a catered event that is buffet-style? Both plated catering services and buffet-style catering services each have their benefits and drawbacks. Deciding which catering service is best for your event can pose a challenge. Let Design by Desire help guide you in the right direction. Here are 3 things to consider when choosing the right type of catering service for your next event:

How big is your event?

The size of your catered event should be a primary factor when choosing between a plated catering service and a buffet-style catering service. It is often assumed that buffet-style catering is best suited to larger crowds as there are more options available for different tastes and preferences; however, this isn’t always the case. Depending on the size of the room, a buffet lineup can take up a lot of space and can result in guests waiting in line for up to 45 minutes for a plate. With plated catering, a well-organized catering team can ensure that each guest receives a plate in a fraction of this time.

How formal is your party/event?

When choosing between buffet-style catering and plated catering events, it is important to factor in how formal your event is. Typically, plated catering services are best suited to formal events as they help add a dash of sophistication to the event; furthermore, guests wearing suits, tuxedos and gowns may be reluctant to wait in a buffet lineup for an extended period of time.

How selective are your guests?

Do any of your guest have severe food allergies or preferences? Will there be children at your event? Both of these variables are significant when choosing the best type of catering for your next event. Although most plated catering companies are fully accommodating of allergies and preferences, buffet-style catering generally provides selective guests with more options. Often, the most selective guests at your event will be the children; therefore, consider having enough options available to keep them satisfied.

If you’re still unsure whether or not your next catered event should be plated or buffet, please contact Design by Desire catering at 604-855-1293. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and can help guide you in the right direction for your next catered event. You can also contact us through our website and request a free quote by filling out a form. Whether your next big event is catered or buffet-style, the Design by Desire catering team is committed to delivering a premium experience guaranteed to impress even the most selective of guests.