5 Ideas for COVID-Safe Catering


13 August 2020

Who would have thought that we now have an accepted benchmark like ‘COVID-Safe’ where a caterer has a plan to deal with hand sanitisation, safe distancing, and isolation management? Well we do, and this now accepted expression (and indeed expected standard) to deal with safe catering is here to stay for a while.

We know that in Penny Lane’s case, a lot of research, planning and ability to implement and maintain our accreditation as a Gold licenced caterer has assisted with quickly activating a COVID-safe plan.

There are several ways to offer safe catering which complies with government health regulations and continues to engage with staff and family for corporate and private catering.

The times are changing, and we need to adapt our way of life to ensure that we can maintain doing the things which connect us and keep us engaged in these challenging times. We know that staying connected as much as possible is so important for mental health and well-being and finding new and safe ways to do this must be the way that we go forward:

  1.  Use single-serve catering options which have a collection of items rather than large shared platters. For example, if you have 15 people at your meeting, rather than having a sandwich platter for 15 and a fruit platter for 15, have a variety of individual sandwich packs (vegetarian and mixed fillings) with whole fruits included in each pack separately.
  2.  If you have a style of food that you are after, consult with your caterer to see if you can customise individual packs. There is no better time than the present to be creative with the individual packs that you create.
  3.  Consider ordering packages that your staff can take home including ‘heat and eat’ packages of the food that you would have ordered for your event. For example, individual serves of dishes such as beef burgundy or butter chicken prepared by Penny Lane Catering that your staff can take home and warm for dinner.
  4.  If your staff are mainly working from home, try having a breakfast or sweets pack delivered to them at home at the beginning of the day so that they can remotely share these together while they are working.
  5.  Eating IN is the new eating OUT! Have your caterer serve food for birthdays, special occasions, meetings or even just a get-together for a small group of friends rather than going out for dinner.

We will all continue to create and innovate ways of sharing good times around food while this pandemic continues. Make sure that the caterer that you use, like Penny Lane Catering has a detailed COVID safety plan for their staff and food preparation and can help you with planning your COVID-safe food event.



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