Lunch Meeting Tips

Lunch Meeting Tips

We all know that lunch meetings can be a brilliant way of building alliances and successful relationships. What we sometimes forget though is that it’s not just a meeting, it’s a meal too and should be enjoyed as such. Get your lunch from Buffets4Business and you’ll have the delicious food sorted but whilst you may be starving after a long morning of meetings and ready to tuck in, just hang on and digest these etiquette tips to make sure everything goes smoothly…

  1. Get stuck in. Whether you’re a guest or the host, remember everyone will be wanting to eat. If the food has been laid out, people will be hungry and they won’t want to have to wait for an update on the Customer Retention Stats before eating.
  2. Before getting stuck in. If you’re meeting new people over lunch, firmly shake their hand and look them in the eye, it shows character. Then quickly go for the best sandwich.
  3. Absolute no, no’s. Unless it’s absolutely crucial – life, death or about to be fired – texting or answering calls on your mobile over a nice lunch is not the done thing.
  4. A lovely chat. People are people as well as titans of business. So over lunch, discuss the food, the weather, the game or this seasons’ hot colour —just don’t go straight for the business of the day.
  5. And of course, never ever forget what your Mum used to nag you about. Don’t chew with your mouth open, don’t talk with your mouth full and be sure thank your host. That way, you’ll be asked back.

Bon appetit.

 

What food’s in season in September?

What food’s in season in September?

Fruit: apples, blackberries, damsons, figs, grapes, melons, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, tomatoes, walnuts

Vegetables: artichoke, aubergine, beetroot, broccoli, butternut squash, carrots, celery, courgettes, cucumber, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, mangetout, marrow, onions, peppers, potatoes, radishes, rocket, runner beans, sweetcorn, watercress, wild mushrooms

Meat/poultry/fish: brown trout, crab, cod, dover sole, duck, grey mullet, haddock, halibut, herring, john dory, lamb, lemon sole, lobster, mackerel, monkfish, plaice, salmon, sardines, sea bass, scallops, squid, turbot, venison

Why B4B recommend to eat seasonal…

  1. The taste. There’s no denying, when food is in season it tastes better. Much better.
  2. The cost. ‘Supply and demand’ means that when an abundance of produce is available the cost goes down.
  3. The nutritional value. Local in-season produce will be brighter, more vibrant and packed with more nutrients – studies have shown that the levels in some anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C, Folate and Carotenes rapidly decline when stored for periods of time. Nature also naturally provides us with what we need, for example, winter seasonal foods tend to contain Vitalmin C and summer seasonal foods like salads, cool us down. Clever stuff.
  4. There’s less chemicals. Out of season food has to be imported and some countries have very relaxed laws about chemicals (the majority of which the UK has banned) being sprayed on fruits and vegetables.
  5. It’s better for the environment: Less transportation, less refrigeration, less hot houses, less irradiation of produce and all the time supporting local farming. What’s not to like?

All of these principles are very important to us at B4B when we create fresh daily buffets for our corporate clients across Hampshire, Berkshire, Sussex, Buckinghamshire, and Surrey.

September Foodie Diary

September Foodie Diary

Unsurprisingly, we at Buffets4Business are unashamedly, out & out foodies. During the week we deliver healthy lunch platters and sandwiches packed with fresh ingredients sourced from the best local suppliers, and at the weekend we’re often found sourcing fresh ingredients from the best local suppliers at farmers markets.

We’re massive fans of farmers markets. Not only are you supporting local producers, but you’re getting amazing cheeses, meats, breads, cakes, veg, eggs, jams and chutneys at (mostly) affordable prices.  Whichever farmers’ market you shop at, you can guarantee a friendly smile (and a sample or two) from some passionate producers.

To make it easy for you we have put together a local diary:

Date Name
Saturday 1st September Windsor Farmers Market
Saturday 1st September Byfleet Farmers Market
Saturday 1st September Haven Market, Horsham
Saturday 2nd September Marlow Market, The Causeway
Sunday 2nd September Reading Cattle Market
Friday 7th September Horley Country Market
Saturday 8th September Bourne End, Community and Craft Market
Saturday 8th September Croydon Park Farmers Market
Sunday 9th September Crawley Farmers Market
Sunday 9th September Maidenhead Farmers Market
Sunday 9th September Staines High Street, Market
Wednesday 12th September High Wycombe Farmers Market
Friday 14th September Redhill Farmers Market
Saturday 15th September Camberley Farmers and Artisan Market
Sunday 16th September Ascot Farmers Market
Wednesday 19th September Woodley Farmers Market
Thursday 20th September Woking Farmers Market
Friday 21st September Bracknell Farmers Market
Saturday 22nd September Cobham Farmers Market
Sunday 23rd September Fleet, Hampshire Farmers Market
Friday 28th September Reigate Farmers Market
Why we love the Great British Bake off….

Why we love the Great British Bake off….

Today there has been lively conversation in the Buffets4Business office about The Great British Bake Off as it makes a return to Channel4. Now, we all normally have very different, ahem, tastes in TV, but we all love ‘Bake Off’. Why? Well, we came up with 3 reasons…

  1. It’s so British.

Even with the new presenters Paul HollywoodSandi ToksvigNoel Fielding and Prue Leith, it has retained a tongue-in-cheek humour and production style which is totally unique to our shores. The tent, the disasters, the tears on leaving, the constant rain, and the range of ‘quirky’ contestants all serve to give the programme both a familiar and nostalgic feel which we all love, and which keeps us tuning in.

  1. It promotes fresh food.

It seems in recent years the nation has moved away from convenience food and TV dinners in favour of cooking from scratch with fresh ingredients. And, for those of us who are time poor, there’s been a rise in companies like HelloFresh and Gousto which deliver fresh ingredients and easy to follow recipe cards to your door.

And baking itself has seen a huge rise in UK with Realfoods.co.uk reporting that baking popularity is back up to the same level as in the 1920s! It is a great hobby, and as ‘Bake off has shown, can be enjoyed by men, women, old and young. We can be creative, develop new skills and relax all at the same time – and show off our creations with our family and friends.

  1. It appeals to the youngsters.

When the show’s on, the kids magically appear (even our teenagers who normally can’t drag themselves away from their iPhone). It’s real family viewing. In fact, we spotted an interesting article in the Guardian , which explained that ‘Bake Off  is the biggest series for 16 to 34-year-olds on any channel this year, with 2.5 million tuning in from this audience, equivalent to a 54.3% share of that market. Have that YouTube!

It is no wonder the show appeals to us, Buffets4Business’ mission is to create fresh daily buffets for our corporate clients across Hampshire, Berkshire, Sussex, Buckinghamshire, and Surrey. So the B4B team can’t wait to see how this season of the lovely British, fresh and down with the kids Great British Bake Off 2018 will turn out!