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Want to make the best impression on attendees at your corporate event? Treat them with tasty food and excellent service by hiring an experience and professional corporate caterer. 

How well you run your event will reflect the professionalism of your organization. Hiring a great corporate caterer will ensure that your guests, clients, and employees keep talking about how enjoyable your event was. 

Whether you’re hosting a corporate event in Lehi or a neighboring city, here are five critical points to consider before hiring a corporate caterer.

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1. Professional Staff

Catering is a skill that improves over time. It's not just about preparing good food. The food’s presentation and delivery also have to be top-notch. 

We know you might have invited potential customers and stakeholders to your event. It's in your corporate caterer’s best interest to represent you well.

Professional caterers understand the demands of the situation and adapt accordingly. Guests attending your event generally want minimal distractions. The refreshments must be distributed as noiselessly as possible. Likewise, people enjoying a buffet after a product launch won't mind the noise, but they don’t like to wait in long lines. In this case, the food delivery must be served quickly and efficiently.

Professional staff members will expedite the food in a refined manner. They’ll adjust their conduct to be slow and graceful, or fast and active, as needed. If a catering company has professional staff, one can safely assume that they’re timely as well.

Ask the catering service about their experience with catering large corporate events. A professional corporate caterer will easily understand your needs and provide the highest level of service.

2. Open Channels of Communication 

The best corporate caterers keep an open channel of communication, from event planning to execution. 

Event planning is a dynamic activity. You and your caterer will be sharing lots of information to streamline the planning and make the event a success.

If you've planned events in the past, you will know that preparations for an event must begin several weeks in advance, which leaves a margin for errors. Similarly, catering services start with preparing in advance and making changes, if possible and as needed.

They will appreciate communication from you. They will also try their best to keep you up to date with their progress. If you convey any changes in your plans – like a change in the menu, venue, or the headcount – early enough, your catering service will listen and put forward their honest opinion about whether making such a change is feasible.

A hard-to-reach contact at your catering company is a red flag. Working with a catering service with amiable and accessible staff will make running your event a breeze.

3. Menu Planning Assistance

If you need help with the menu, ask your corporate caterer. Experienced caterers know what kind of food will suit what event. 

At an evening office party where everyone sits together for chit-chat, a tasty plate of Shrimp with Feta or Roasted Garlic Hummus will suit the occasion. 

If you’re hosting a seminar, light snacks or finger foods like bacon-wrapped dates, baklava, or cannoli will allow the audience to listen to the speakers while not getting too distracted with the food. 

In longer meetings, light and healthy salads will keep attendees satiated and attentive.

The presence of a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, salads, and desserts will complement a multi-day event. 

4. Customized Service

Corporate caterers have a great deal of experience catering professional corporate events like yours. They understand the unique needs of the guests and hosts.

Remember to ask for your caterer's opinion on the arrangements. You might find their suggestions amazingly practical.

The most common catering settings are sit-down catering and buffet-style catering.

Sit-down catering makes sense for events like seminars, meetings, interviews, etc., where the guest will not be getting up from their chair time and time again to get food. Buffet catering is more convenient at office parties, award ceremonies, or corporate retreats.

Food-station style catering is another fantastic option. It allows your guests to mingle while enjoying their food, without having to wait in line. Give this catering style a shot if you’re hosting a networking event.

The best corporate caterers will adjust the number of staff they provide according to the size of your event. Sit-down catering requires more staff than buffet-style catering.

5. Customer Experience

A good catering company cares for its staff members, who in turn care for the people they’re serving.

When you see self-motivated staff, you know that you’re working with a catering company that cares about its employees, customers, and quality of service. 

Happy staff members go out of their way to attend to the needs of attendees, whether it’s by promptly refilling the buffet utensils, fetching napkins, or explaining a dish's qualities to a curious guest. They’ll present their best selves while communicating with the guests at your corporate event.

Your guests will credit you for the excellent experience they received at your event. And the next time you host an event, they’ll know they won’t want to miss it. 

Choose the Best Corporate Caterer for your Event

Lehi is a hub for tech campuses. Numerous corporate events are held here every year. If you want to make the best of your corporate event, make sure all your arrangements are perfect to delight your guests.

Food is the most anticipated aspect of any event. It can re-energize and boost the mood of your guests. When the event is over, your guests are going to talk about the activities, their experience and the food.  After hiring a professional caterer, you rest easy in the knowledge that your attendees are in good hands.

The best catering companies maintain professionalism, customize their catering, keep in contact with you, and provide useful ideas regarding the menu.

Ridge Cafe has catered numerous corporate events in Lehi and the surrounding area. Call today to discuss your event with us!

face mask signageWe're actively working to be part of the solution to keep businesses open, people working and yet still following current safety mandates and protocols put forth by the state and county.

MASKING FOR SUPPORT
We’re asking you to please support us in our effort to comply with Salt Lake County’s mandatory mask rule. Masks are required until you’re sitting at your table inside or outside.

THINGS WE ARE DOING TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

  • Our tables are spread at least 6-feet apart
  • Our menus can be viewed on your phone
  • We are constantly sanitizing everything
  • We are wearing gloves and masks
  • We log daily employee temperature tests
  • Our patio is open, weather permitting
  • We offer take out, delivery and curb-side pick up

THINGS WE ARE ASKING YOU TO DO

  • Make reservations for ALL size parties at (801) 571-8000
  • No parties of 10 or more
  • No parties with 2 or more households
  • Wear a mask walking or standing inside and outside. Masks are required until you are seated at your table
  • Social distance
  • Please sit at a table our host selects for you
  • Please be polite to our hard-working staff
  • Please understand this is not our mandate but something we must do to stay in compliant and stay open for business.

Like most businesses this mandate adds further complexity to an already challenging and stressful situation in order to remain open. When you patronize our restaurant and don't wear a mask, we can be shut down. This action jepordizes our company, our employees, our health and those that visit our restaurant.

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A one-of-a-kind pizza oven

stefano ferrara wood fired pizza utahThe Stefano Ferrara name is synonymous with authentic Neapolitan pizza

Stefano Ferrara’s are still built brick on brick without using any prefabricated part, as old tradition dictates. The oven not only ensures excellent performance in terms of cooking and heat retention, but they are unique pieces of Neapolitan craftsmanship, appreciated and requested throughout the whole world.

The Stefano Ferrara style oven design has been used in the Ferrara family business for nearly 100 years; spanning three generations of oven-makers.

Stefano Ferrara cool facts:

  • The Ridge Cafe is only 1 of 3 places in the Salt Lake Metro that has an authentic Stefano Ferrara brick oven
  • The framework utilizes Santa Maria bricks shaped by hand
  • Can cook a pizza in 45-90 seconds
  • Dome is approximately 60mm thick
  • Bricks are covered with clay which is formed by hand
  • 6,000 lbs
  • Marble decking
  • Copper tiles adorn the exterior
  • Approximately $25,000
  • Recommended working temperature is between 752-842o F

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) evolves, we are taking extra precautions to care for The Ridge Cafe team members and you. We are actively monitoring COVID-19 by staying close to the official guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as well national government and state agencies.

We’re thinking of every touch point that our patrons may encounter while enjoying their Ridge favorites, and are taking the following precautionary measures.

Per the Salt Lake County Health Department on 3/17/2020, we will be closing our dining room and patio for 30 days as per Salt Lake County mandate.

In our Cafe:

  • Implemented enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures
  • Working to ensure we are using the most effective disinfectant against COVID-19
  • Team members are following rigorous handwashing procedures throughout their shift and interactions

Delivery and Take-out:

  • For all delivery and take-out orders we’re ensuring your food is prepared and packaged with your safety in mind
  • When packaging any delivery or take-out orders, our team members are following rigorous handwashing procedures
  • Partnering closely with GrubHub, who delivers our food, to monitor their precautionary measures

In addition to the above, we’re closely monitoring the health of our employees and patrons on a daily basis. If an employee shows any signs of illness, they will be asked to seek a medical diagnosis and until cleared by a medical professional, or until the symptoms pass, will be restricted from the cafe. Patrons and suppliers of the Ridge Cafe will also be closely monitored, and anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 will have restricted access.

We will continue to closely monitor this evolving situation, stay in close contact with health organizations and keep you updated on steps we’re taking to care for our Ridge family.

Anthony Crossley
General Manager

Check out Ridge Cafe showcased on KSL Studio 5 today for their "5 Comfort Food Spots With All the Cozy Vibes" by Chelsea Fairbourn! Thanks Chelsea, we love it when you come in and visit!

Ridge Cafe, Draper

This spot is located at Suncrest, between Highland and Draper. It’s a little market and cafe where they serve lunch and dinner, and they have live music on the weekends. Stand out menu items are the Muffaletta, fresh halibut fish and chips, and The Ridge burger with caramelized onions. Chelsea’s recommendation: the Blanco Pizza. Get things like their house made olive spread over in the market.