Have you catered an office party before? There are do’s and dont’s to hosting every sort of event, and office parties are no exception. Read our tips on the most important part of every get together: the food!

Corporate Conference Catering

Conference Catering Do’s and Don’ts

So you’ve just been put in charge of planning the food for your upcoming corporate event. Where do you start? Deciding on a catering company can be hard work, but we’re here to give you some helpful tips to make the process a bit easier, and maybe even fun! Take a look at our list of conference catering do’s and don’ts, and you’ll be an expert in no time.


  • Research multiple catering companies. Reading customer reviews and testimonials is a great way to get first-hand information about how well companies do their job and live up to expectations.
  • Make arrangements as far in advance as possible. Catering companies’ schedules fill up fast, especially during peak seasons and times. It’s best to lock in your date with a good company sooner rather than get stuck with a non-reputable last-minute option.
  • Get an accurate headcount. Nothing is worse than running out of food at an event, especially when it’s as delicious as That Personal Touch’s! When in doubt, overestimate; because who doesn’t like leftovers, right?
  • Consider attendants’ dietary needs. Make sure to ask guests about any allergies or dietary restrictions they may have and always plan for a few different menu options just in case.
  • Take into consideration the event, venue, and time of day. Hors d’oeuvres are usually better for smaller, shorter events, while buffets and served plates are more suitable for larger, longer settings.


  • Choose the cheapest company you can find. Quality comes at a price and conference catering not the place to cut corners. Your guests will thank you.
  • Wait until the last minute. We’ll say it again. Planning is key when it comes to getting the best corporate catering for your event, and last-minute options are just never as good.
  • Be afraid to speak up. If there is something extra or out of the ordinary that you would like the catering company to do, ask them about it! Most of the time they will be able to accommodate your requests. Trust us, we’ve seen it all!

With any corporate catering event, you want to leave your guests with the best impression of your business. Let us at That Personal Touch Catering help you make your next event a success! Give us a call at (303) 790-0477 or visit our website for more information and to view our menu.

Host Your Employee Cookout or BBQ at the Franciscan

Employee Cookouts are the antithesis to the company holiday party. In lieu of formal attire, satin, ties and white tablecloth dinners, barbeques invite ballpark ready clothes, cotton dresses, shorts and paper napkins. Instead of having yours at a local park, why not let The Franciscan host? You won’t have permits to obtain, insurance to secure, food to bring in, or a mess to clean up. Choose from Beef Brisket, Carolina Pork, Chicken Breasts, Pork Ribs and sides like Baked Beans, Tossed Salad, Potato Salad, Pasta Salad, Macaroni Salad, Cole Slaw, Potato Chips, and Seasoned Corn. We have non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages to suit all of your guests. If the Colorado weather becomes unpredictable, you won’t have to worry about the party ending prematurely, our indoor rooms can easily accommodate guests and keep the festivities going. There are a few reasons you should consider having a barbeque for your employees.

  • They’re family friendly. Many work events are centered around happy hours and conferences. Employees have to choose between work travel and getting home late to be part of the “team.” Barbeques are laid back affairs where, in the words of Chuck E Cheese, “a kid can be a kid!”
  • Appeal to a wide variety of employees. Everyone likes to eat and have a good time. Employee events can reach beyond a bar or bowling alley. Who doesn’t like a cookout?
  • Show your appreciation and boost morale. Spending time and effort planning a party to show you care is not mandatory and employees get that. Taking the extra step shows you value their work and want them to unwind having an enjoyable time.

While the food is a main focus, your barbeque should consider adding in the following activities:

  • Bocce Ball
  • Croquet
  • Cornhole
  • Horseshoes
  • Kickball
  • Softball
  • Washers

For those more athletically inclined, we’d love to see more potato sack and wheelbarrow races. If you go with a theme consider a beach party, wild-west, or luau. We love hosting events, big or small, and would relish (YUM) the chance to cater and host your company barbeque. Give us a call at (303) 790-0477 to start the planning today.