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As more people become concerned about their health and weight, it’s becoming more important to offer a variety of food options at corporate events. This helps ensure everyone has something delicious to eat. When planning a corporate event, you’ll want to choose a corporate caterer that can provide a wide range of menu choices including options for those with special dietary needs.

When choosing a corporate caterer to work with, look for a catering company with experience accommodating a variety of dietary requirements. Silver Spoon Caterers has years of experience providing corporate catering and nonprofit catering for businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout the DC Metropolitan area. We provide numerous options and our team is well prepared to help you create the perfect catering menu for your next corporate event.

About the Keto Diet

Over the past few years, the ketogenic (keto) diet has become one of the most popular diets in the United States. This is due to its profound effects on health and weight. The keto diet has been shown to help people shed excess pounds and improve certain conditions such as type 2 diabetes and cognitive decline. With all of its unique benefits, it’s no wonder so many people are opting for this low-carb, high fat diet.

It’s a good chance that one or more of the attendees at your next event follows the keto diet. Even if they don’t, providing keto-friendly foods ensures you have something healthy everyone can enjoy.

Corporate leaders often find it difficult to keep up with dietary needs and requirements. If you aren’t familiar with the keto diet, followers reduce the amount of carbs consumed to 5% of their total calorie intake, proteins to 20%, and increase fat consumption to 75% of their total calorie intake. While this seems counterproductive, it forces the body to utilize fat for energy as opposed to glucose, which is found in carbs. This helps fat melt away.

The following foods should be included when providing corporate catering for people following a keto diet:

Seafood

Fish provides important nutrients the body needs. It is also very low in carbs, making it ideal for people following a keto diet. The best choices include salmon, mackerel, and sardines.

Low-Carb Vegetables

Most vegetables have very few carbs and provide a wide range of vitamins and minerals. However, it’s important to avoid starchy vegetables such as potatoes and beets which contain a high amount of carbohydrates. Best choices include cauliflower, broccoli, and kale.

Cheese

Naturally low-carb and high fat, cheese makes a wonderful addition to any corporate event. Serve cheese as is, or over low-carb vegetables for a special treat.

Meat and Poultry

Consuming meat and poultry provides the body with essential nutrients. It’s also an excellent source of high-quality protein, which has been shown to help protect muscle mass in people following a keto diet.

Eggs

Eggs are naturally high in fat and low in carbs, making them perfect for anyone following a keto diet. When serving eggs, it’s important to include the yolks as they contain most of the egg’s nutrients.

Please contact Silver Spoon Caterers for more information about corporate catering for people following a keto diet.

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Corporate events provide the perfect opportunity to connect with employees, collaborate on projects, and discuss important business matters. While scheduling guest speakers and planning your agenda are both important to the success of your event, you also need to consider the food. Providing your guests with corporate catering keeps attendees focused on the discussion, as opposed to their grumbling stomachs.

Planning a Corporate Event

When ordering corporate catering, it’s important to offer attendees a variety of options. Today, more people are switching to a vegetarian diet for health and a variety of other reasons. Offering a vegetarian option ensures all guests have something they can enjoy. It also provides a lighter option for guests that need to go back to work immediately following the event. The last thing you want is to offer menu options that negatively affect productivity!

At Silver Spoon Caterers, we offer a number of vegetarian options for corporate events. We understand that many people find it difficult to decide between our vegetarian choices. When selecting your catering menu, you’ll want to consider the type of corporate event and how you plan to serve the food. For example, if guests must take notes or sit in chairs without tables while eating, sandwiches and other finger foods are a better option than pasta or other dishes that require more attention. Serve these types of meals if you plan to provide attendees with a designated time to eat at tables.

Vegetarian Catering – What to Choose

Vegetarian options do not include any meat, which many people consider an important part of their diet. In order to avoid disappointment, serve vegetarian dishes that stand alone as their own meal. Pasta is an excellent example.

It’s also important to select dishes that use lots of different vegetables. Silver Spoon Caterers takes advantage of what’s in season to ensure the freshest and tastiest vegetarian catering options. Our chefs understand the importance of using herbs and balancing flavors to create delicious vegetarian appetizers, sandwiches, and meals.

For the greatest selection, you might want to offer both meat and a vegetarian option. However, this is completely optional. Your attendees are sure to appreciate a variety of delicious options, regardless of whether they include meat or not.

Corporate Catering in Fairfax VA and DC Metro Area

When you contact Silver Spoon Caterers, we provide you with several vegetarian options to choose from. You will have the opportunity to select your menu based on the type of event and the preferences of your attendees. It’s a good idea to have a general plan when calling. This helps simplify ordering and ensures everyone gets exactly what they want.

Silver Spoon Caterers offers corporate catering for meetings, corporate events, company picnics, holiday events, conventions, and more. We provide our catering services in many areas of Northern Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland. Our vegetarian options include sandwiches, wraps, salads, appetizers, and entrees. You can view our complete menu on our website.

Please contact us for more information about our vegetarian corporate catering options.

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It’s the happiest time of the year. No, not Christmas. And not summer vacation either. We’re talking about the one, the only MARCH MADNESS.

You’ll soon fill out your brackets, place your bets (with Monopoly money, of course), and pledged your allegiance to your team via your Facebook profile picture. All that’s left to do now is to plan the party — or parties, if you’re feeling especially festive this season. The giant television and the cable package that ensures you’ll be able to watch every game; watch all the games. But that’s not enough, not for this crowd, not this year. This year, you’re planning to go all out.

You’re on a mission:

You will create the best March Madness viewing party game plan.

And we’re here to help.

Give everyone a seat at center court. Create a comfortable viewing area, all seats positioned with a front and center [court] view of the game. Bring in extra chairs, stools, ottomans, beanbag chairs, whatever you’ve got to make a place for all of your favorite sports fans. And don’t forget to arrange surfaces on which to place food plates and coasters for glasses.

Invite your guests to arrive 30 minutes before game time. Get the catching up out of the way before the game starts, so once it does, all the talk around the court is limited to smack talk.

Decorate your viewing room for the fans. If you’re all set to cheer on the same team, decorate with those colors; hang pennants, and flags, and posters. Mixed crowd? You might decide to decorate in a general basketball theme to avoid any inkling of a home court advantage — or you might not. After all, it is your party. Either way, encourage your favorite sports fans to wear the regalia of their favorite sports ballers.

If you have the room, add some fun to your décor by bringing in a pop-a-shot or portable basketball net; set it up out of the way of the viewing area and let guests play some hoops.

Food. Don’t forget about the food. Half the fun of attending any sporting event is the food: pretzels, and hot dogs, and popcorn, oh my. Or maybe something like a Fajita Bar, a Taco Bar, a Pasta Bar, or a mix of all three is more your style. That’s where the expertise of Silver Spoon Caterers comes in.

We’ve got just the nosh to get fans of all ages doing the wave:

Hire northern Virginia’s special event caterer for the big game.

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No host wants to be in the position of running out of food at an event. But you also don’t want to order too much and have it go to waste. And it’s also likely that you don’t cater to hundreds of events every year and know the rules of thumb for how much the average person will eat at a given event. Luckily for you, Silver Spoon Caterers is here to guide you.

Here are some handy tips to use while planning for your next event.

  • The amount of food you need to order depends on how long the event is and what time of day it’s at, as well as the number of people attending. An evening cocktail party requires less food than an afternoon wedding reception with a dinner. The longer the event lasts, the more food and drink people consume.
  • The number of appetizers depends on whether you’re serving another meal. Plan on 3-5 pieces per person if served pre-dinner, but make them lighter fare. If it’s an afternoon event, 1-3 pieces may suffice. For an evening function, with no dinner, you’ll need to plan for 10-15 pieces per person.
  • Round up, never down. People eat more when it’s served buffet-style than when it’s passed on trays.
  • Plan on roughly three beverages per person. Remember that people often have coffee after dinner, as well as throughout the day. (People tend to have a cup every hour and a half or so.)
  • The larger the variety of whatever you are serving, the smaller the portions should be, so that people can have a little of everything but not waste too much.
  • For a breakfast, plan on one main entree and two sides, and two beverages. If you’re serving only pastries, assume two pastries per person.
  • For lunch, assume one entree, and 2-3 sides (this includes a dessert if you’re serving one.) If you’re offering hors d’oeuvres, plan for 2-4 per person.
  • Dinners are usually heavier than lunches, so the entree is generally a little larger. In addition to 2-3 sides, you’ll also want to offer small portions of soup, bread, or salad.

This is just a small selection of general tips to help you in the preliminary stages of planning the meals for your event. If you have any specific questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and provide you with a detailed quote.

Silver Spoon began as a family-owned business in Fairfax sixteen years ago. We take immense pride in knowing that we’ve been able to make your special event a success! We strive to be the very best caterers in the business. Whether you’re planning an indoor concert hall or outdoor patio wedding we can help! We have the staff and experience to make it a success!

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By the end of January, let’s be honest, nearly everyone has already fallen off the New Year’s resolution wagon. But not you. Not this year. You’re committed to make healthier food choices, and that means catering healthy meals too. As your premier corporate event caterer, we hear it all the time: “It’s so hard to eat healthy when I’m constantly attending banquets, and networking events, and dinners out with clients.” And the truth is, while it may sometimes be more difficult to do so, it’s not impossible.

Choose healthy catering options for your next corporate function.

Opt for whole-grain (over white) bread, rice, or pasta — that’s a big one. Use low-fat, low-salt, and reduced-sugar alternatives. And three: Serve fresh fruit and vegetables. It’s really that easy. Not convinced? Let’s get specific.

Breakfast

Even your Fairfax VA healthy catering partner can recognize that breakfast gets tricky. Say, “catered breakfast” and what do people expect? Pastries, that’s what people expect. And pastry, you can provide when you opt for items like whole grain muffins, or scones.

Consider a few other healthy breakfast options:

  • Cereal — Think whole grain, like Raisin Bran or Corn Flakes.
  • Fruit — Serve fresh, seasonal fruit in a salad, whole, or in pieces.
  • Yogurt — Some like it plain; others like it flavored. Opt for low- or no-fat varieties.
  • Eggs — Scramble them. Boil them. Poach them. Or serve omelets.
  • Vegetables — They’re not just for lunch and dinner any more.

Hot Dishes

You already know the basics: Less processed junk, and more real food. It’s how you eat at home, and it’s what we’ll serve your guests.

  • Soup — Choose vegetable or legume-based soups, and broth over cream.
  • Vegetables — They’re great, and they’re yummy to the tummy any time of day! They can be steamed, microwaves, grilled or roasted.
  • Pasta — Yes, pasta! As long as it’s whole grain. Opt for tomato or vegetable-based sauces, and use only small amounts of low-fat cheese.
  • Meat — It’s all about the meats: Beef, lamb, pork, poultry. Choose lean cuts, and opt for low-fat cooking methods (grilled or roasted) over other methods that require the addition of fat. Serve hot entrée dishes with healthy side items like a salad, fresh vegetables or a baked potato.

Even dessert can be healthy when you choose fruit.

Silver Spoon Caterers makes fresh, seasonal fruit tarts and pie — just decadent enough to be delicious.

When you’re planning your next corporate event and searching for healthy catering options but aren’t willing to sacrifice flavor, call Silver Spoon Caterers.

Let’s talk about how healthy food choices can look, and taste great, too.

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Your Fourth of July barbecue is great; all that Halloween candy was, too. Thanksgiving turkeys are so… yesterday. And do you know what that means? That means…

Christmastime is here! It’s the happiest time of the year!

And do you know what that means? That means…

The time for Christmas parties is here!

Everyone knows the secret to a great party is great food, but why throw a great party with great food when you can throw an amazing holiday party with great food and an even greater theme?!

Consider one of these party themes, and let Silver Spoon Caterers do the cooking.

The Nightmare Before Christmas party

No one ever said Christmas has to be all sugarplums and red-nosed reindeer; and if they did, no one ever told Tim Burton. Channel your inner Jack Skellington for a party so peculiar your guests will never forget.

Serve a traditional old English menu of roasted bird (Maybe turkey’s not so yesterday.), vegetables, salad, and soup. Invite a great many, or make room for just a few; gather ‘round a fireplace, on armchairs and couches, and surround yourself with ominous melodies befitting the occasion.

Santa’s Workshop party

At Christmastime, and all year round, there’s nothing more rewarding than giving to, and caring for those less fortunate than we. Channel your inner Santa Claus, and transform your home (or any other party venue) into a workshop that brims with [donated] toys for all the girls and boys. String lights and garland; relocate the North Pole, and maybe, just maybe — if you’re extra special nice — the big guy himself will let you borrow his sleigh for the occasion.

Serve a menu of passed hors d’oeuvres (Might we suggest Honey-Glazed Chicken Lollipops?), classic salads, and plated entrees.

And as for dessert? You absolutely must leave cookies out for Santa!

White Christmas party

White is the color of snow. White is the color of elegance. Channel your inner Bing Crosby, and throw an extravagantly elegant white Christmas party. Think white linens, white china, white décor; you might even consider requesting that your guests come dressed in all white.

Serve all-white food (chicken, white asparagus, and cheesecake for dessert, perhaps?) and craft a few all-white cocktails.

When it comes to throwing an amazing holiday party with great food, the limits are few, and your options are many — especially when Silver Spoon Caterers gets involved, so give us a call, and let’s talk turkey (or maybe even pheasant).

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The holiday season has arrived, and it’s you who’s been tasked with planning the corporate Christmas party this year. You’re excited, and you’re nervous… Your company is famed for their holiday parties. Each one is better than the last, and you can’t exactly break that tradition now. But you’re not sure where to start, or how to pull off the corporate holiday party without a hitch.

Luckily, Silver Spoon Caterers is here to help you throw the best corporate holiday party northern Virginia has ever seen.

Think about your venue.

A holiday party in December can’t exactly be held outside, now can it? Opt for a nice restaurant with a private event space, or a local hall, or maybe even hit up Jack in accounting; he’s got the nicest house you’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting, and you know how he loves to host. The perfect venue can make or break a party.

Think about the grand entrance.

Projecting your company motto or logo for all to see as they enter the soiree is a great way to make a grand entrance possible. You might also consider posting someone at the door to take coats and hand out drinks.

Think about a theme.

Having a theme for your event is a great way to give your party personality and make it fun and interesting. With a well executed theme, no one will dare call your corporate holiday party boring.

Know your budget

A solid, set budget will help you as the corporate party planner know what can be spent where. You need to know how much you will need to spend on feeding all your guests first. Then, knowing what money is left over, you can plan your event accordingly. This helps keep things organized and all planned out.

Think about how to serve alcohol safely.

What’s a holiday party without alcohol? Not one that sounds fun, that’s for sure! Consider your crowd, and consider offering only beer and wine to prevent anyone from getting sloppy on company time. Also, have a few northern Virginia cab companies on speed dial for anyone who might need a safe ride home.

With these helpful tips and the aid of your go-to corporate caterer you can plan the best corporate holiday party your guests will be sure to remember.

Silver Spoon’ corporate catering service can help you make the perfect menu for your corporate party and help with the service. Don’t let the stress of planning your next corporate event menu get you down! Call us, and let’s chat about how you can throw a bang up bash.

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You have a lot to consider when planning an event. From weddings to business lunches, Silver Spoon Caterers has you covered! In addition to providing exceptional food and service for events of all sizes, we also offer helpful catering tips in our blog. Our blog posts are designed to help our Northern VA clients create a memorable experience for their guests. Want to find out which of our blog posts were the most popular? Keep reading for a shortlist of our best and brightest.

Pumpkin Spice Season Is Here!

September is here and pumpkin spice season has officially begun! Every year it seems like more and more companies are offering this delightful fall favorite. From pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin beer, this craze doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon.

If you think that pumpkin spice season started earlier this year, you’re right. Typically, we don’t see pumpkin spice infused drinks and baked goods until a few weeks before autumn. This year, Starbucks kicked off pumpkin spice season by releasing their famous Pumpkin Spice Latte in August, before Labor Day.

Best Late Summer Produce and Where to Find It

Many people find they have more time to cook throughout the summer. Summer BBQs are happening all around, and the longer hours of daylight allow us to spend more time enjoying a meal outside with friends and family. This is an excellent time to experiment with different flavors.

Late Summer Produce

Several types of produce are available during the warmer months. Some of our favorite late summer produce options include:
Summer squash
Tomatoes
Peppers (both sweet and spicy)
Cucumbers
Eggplant
Corn
Okra
Basil
Berries
Melons
Pears
Apples
Many of these ingredients can be made into a delicious summer meal for yourself and/or your friends and family.

Corporate Christmas Party Planning

A corporate holiday party can be an excellent way for employees to get to know each other outside of the office. However, creating the perfect corporate event takes careful planning. It’s important to consider issues such as budget, venue and alcohol safety. Silver Spoon Caterers can help!

Spice Up Your Lunch Catering

When hosting an event, the last thing you want is for the menu to fall flat. Our experts can help you spice up your event and create lasting memories for your guests.

Terrific Themes for a Holiday Party

Great food is only one element of a great party. A terrific theme can turn a corporate party into a truly memorable event. Silver Spoon Caterers can help you create a holiday party that your guests will talk about for years to come.

Healthy Catering Options

It can be difficult to eat healthy when you are constantly attending corporate events and banquets. Fortunately, Silver Spoon Caterers offers helpful tips and healthy catering options for all types of events. Our healthy catering options are both original and delicious.

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September is here and pumpkin spice season has officially begun! Every year it seems like more and more companies are offering this delightful fall favorite. From pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin beer, this craze doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon.

If you think that pumpkin spice season started earlier this year, you’re right. Typically, we don’t see pumpkin spice infused drinks and baked goods until a few weeks before autumn. This year, Starbucks kicked off pumpkin spice season by releasing their famous Pumpkin Spice Latte in August, before Labor Day.

Pumpkin Spice Season Grows in Popularity

While some people find it hard to stomach the idea of pumpkin spice, many more wait for it all year. In fact, fall is typically the busiest time of year for businesses like Starbucks and others offering pumpkin spice infused treats.

There’s just something about the warm and fuzzy feeling you get when you taste that familiar flavor. Some claim it reminds them of homemade pumpkin pies or Grandma’s fresh baked pumpkin bread. Others see it as the start of sweater season and their favorite time of year. Whatever the reason, demand for pumpkin spice products grows each year.

Although you can already find pumpkin spice flavored foods, we’ll likely see many more added over the next few weeks. The grocery stores will be last, as they add pumpkin spice options in late September and early October.

A Fall Favorite

There are some that wonder why these products aren’t available year round. People everywhere claim that they could enjoy pumpkin spice everyday. While this might be true for a select few, most people would lose interest after just a few months. In order to keep people wanting more, it has to be taken away. This leaves people wanting more and anticipating its return. This is why it’s so important to get your pumpkin spice treats now, while you still can.

Silver Spoon Caterers offers catering services for corporate events, weddings, parties, and more. We provide a variety of breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Please contact us for more information about our services.

Category: Catering

 Many people find they have more time to cook throughout the summer. Summer BBQs are happening all around, and the longer hours of daylight allow us to spend more time enjoying a meal outside with friends and family. This is an excellent time to experiment with different flavors.

Late Summer Produce

Several types of produce are available during the warmer months. Some of our favorite late summer produce options include:

  • Summer squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers (both sweet and spicy)
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Corn
  • Okra
  • Basil
  • Berries
  • Melons
  • Pears
  • Apples

Many of these ingredients can be made into a delicious summer meal for yourself and/or your friends and family. Consider creating a fresh salad by combining green leaf lettuce with pears and Gorgonzola cheese. Tomatoes and basil pair well with fresh mozzarella for pizzas, sandwiches, salads, and pasta. Slices of eggplant are delicious when brushed with olive oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper, and placed under the broiler or on the grill until soft. There are a number of ways that fresh produce can be enjoyed.

Shop Local

When shopping for produce, consider visiting a local farmers market or farm stand. These markets offer a variety of locally grown produce, fresh picked from the vine. Many nutritionists agree that eating fresh produce is better for your health. Local farmers don’t use as many chemicals as commercial farmers, and eating seasonal produce is better for your body.

There are a number of farm stands and farmers markets throughout Northern Virginia. Many of these family-friendly markets offer a large selection of fresh seasonal produce, baked goods, flowers, and handcrafted items for sale. Although most of these markets are only open on weekends, a few are available on select weekdays as well.

Please visit the following link for a list of farm stands and farmers markets in Northern Virginia: https://www.northernvirginiamag.com/guides/farmers-markets/.

Northern Virginia Catering

Silver Spoon Caterers offers special event and corporate catering in Northern Virginia. Our experienced team uses only the highest quality ingredients including locally sourced produce. Please contact us for more information about our catering services.