May 26, 2024

How To Make Corporate Catering Affordable

Who says business catering has to cost a fortune? The Coronavirus pandemic has puckered up corporate catering budgets harder than a lemon heavy kombucha. The tough economic fallout has not been lost executive catering companies, many of whom are experiencing their own revenue being sliced and diced. Still, employers are dedicated to providing tasty even gluten free catering for their hard working teams albeit on a budget, and executive caterers are graciously up for the task.

Whether you need event catering services for a large, but socially distanced crowd, or a tasty lunch for your small team, here’s how you can make corporate catering affordable. 

Go for the Noodles

When it comes to executing catering, the cheapest dishes are noodle based. They’re also some of the most delicious and popular corporate catering options, and this was true pre-COVID-19. Be it rice plentiful cultural dishes from the eastern world of Thailand and India, or tasty favorites from the old world of Italia. 

While noodle based dishes are filling, they are often light on the meat. Meat is one of the most expensive components of executive catering, which brings us to our second suggestion for affordable corporate catering.


Meat can be expensive. This is especially true when it comes to event catering for large gatherings. Luckily, your executive catering partners know how to create culinary masterpieces from their garden produce. Vegetarian dishes tend to be lighter on your staff’s stomach, meaning your employees can avoid that after-lunch energy slump.
A soup and salad lunch is an excellent way to feed your hungry crew in a health and financially conscious way. 


Tacos. Enough said, right? Hard or soft shell, it doesn’t matter. Everyone loves tacos, and your catering budget loves them too. A taco bar allows for a mix of everything. It’s easy to appeal to both your vegetarian staff and the meat lovers in your office. Ground beef and shredded chicken are some of the cheapest options when it comes to meat, and tacos call for lighter meat portions. A catered taco meal is fun, creative, and affordable.

App it Up

Appetizers and small plates add variety to your lunch without breaking the bank. This is a great way to add meat to your corporate or event catering menu on a tight budget. Appetizers also go great with a soup and salad lunch, and can add some comfort and soul to your office.

Don’t Order in Excess 

Pre-COVID-19, it was a common trend in executive catering for business owners and event staff to order excess amounts of food. This is understandable as no one wants to run out of food during the party. But in these times of economic hardship, it’s wise to order only what you need. This is a good way to be budget conscious, as well as cut down on food waste.
Not sure how much food you need? Consult with your executive catering partners. Tell them your head count and menu needs. They’ll be able to advise you on how much food you will need to order.


Are you in the midst of planning a catering event for your hungry guests or staff? Wheter you are in Ashburn,VA, Maryland or DC, Silver Spoon can help! Drop us a line, and tell us your cuisine needs and crowd size. We’ll prepare a tasty feast that is sure to satisfy your appetite.