In a business context, group ordering for a lunch can be stressful. The world of work being nerve-racking enough already, we thought we could share some pro tips with you, so that eating at the office become moments of pleasant surprises, and maybe even coveted appointments for your customers and colleagues.
VARIETY, VARIETY, VARIETY!
Nothing is more boring than always eating the same thing. To avoid the monotony, you can group order alternating between several restaurants or caterers and ask for a wide variety of dishes for buffets. Be sure to vary meal types and themes. Bowls, buffets, individual lunchboxes, flavours from different countries, healthy food, guilty pleasures: Let your imagination run wild!
LIKE BIRDS OR LIKE OGRES?
A team of engineers coming back from a morning in the field has more appetite than office workers sitting all day in front of their computers. Are your table companions hearty eaters? Men? Women? Take this into account to avoid empty stomachs or food waste. The context of the lunch meeting and the positions of the participants are also decisive. You obviously pay more attention to details and devote a bigger budget when meeting potential clients or distinguished guests than for an informal team meal. A group order therefore varies... according to the group itself!
DO THE MATH
Before placing your order, you will have to calculate the amount of food according to your budget per person. In the case of individual lunchboxes, the math is simple. Buffets usually end up with too much food and leftovers you have no idea what to do with. Pro tip: Order for a group that corresponds roughly to 80% of the people attending. For example, if you expect 10 persons, a buffet for 8 should be generous enough. But of course, don’t forget to order 10 beverages!
TASTE INCLINATIONS AND ALLERGIES ... OF OTHERS
To avoid hurting anybody’s feelings or ending up with a hungry guest because they can’t eat anything, ask your guests about their food preferences and restrictions—at least the day before the group order, not the same day. For that purpose, you can use a Doodle or any other individual survey tool. If you order for visitors, you should inquire a few days in advance because some allergies are deadly! And a business partner who eats at their ease because you put some energy to make sure they were going to be pleased with the food is sure to be much more eager to discuss.
BECOMING A GROUP ORDER NINJA!
Buying lunch is often a task that is repeatedly entrusted to the same person. The latter can become a true group order ninja by getting to know their team and taking notes. A good way to do this is to send a short 3-4 question survey after each lunch. Ask guests to rate their meal experience and to provide suggestions to improve the food choices in order to make office meals pleasant moments everyone is looking forward to.
Buddha Station wants to help you be completely zen when managing group orders. Thanks to our order tools, you will become the architect of successful office meals that will make a noteworthy difference during a meeting or a sales pitch.
Forget about greasy chicken and smelly pizzas that weigh heavily on the stomachs and soften the minds. Our bowls are copious but fresh, invigorating and extremely tasty.
- Buddha Station believes in a “to each their own bowl” approach. No waste and everyone gets what they want. When placing group orders, our site allows you to modify each meal in order to meet all your guests’ requests.
From the extremist vegan to the unrepentant carnivore, nobody’s left behind: everyone gets to choose what they eat. See by yourself the variety of our menu :www.buddha-station.com/menu
Ordering from us is as simple as three clicks. No need for gruesome phone calls or checks to send by mail. You can manage everything online.