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Here's What You Should Know about Corporate Catering in the Philippines

A home to services like wedding and corporate catering, the Philippines definitely have the greatest minds to have configured the way into making the simplest of events into one with class and elegance. Filipinos have even gone further by combining elements to create balance on every corporate event possible, thereby making it truly remarkable for every attendee.

However, while it's safe to say that the country may have produced great caterers throughout the years, you have to ask how all of this started in the first place? Specifically, what may have caused the sudden surge of catering services around the country?

Without further ado, here are a few things that you should know about the corporate catering in the Philippines:

What is Catering?

In its simplest definition, catering is a remote food service providing for occasions such as weddings, birthdays, christenings, and corporate affairs. Over time, these services have evolved for the better – further providing a balance of elements that makes a simple event turn into an exquisite celebration that people will enjoy most.

At times, catering services are classified into four differing types. This includes wedding, corporate, social event, and concession catering.

  • Wedding

    Wedding catering is the most popular among all these types, as typically, caterings make the most appearances at weddings. Even more, caterings make utmost impact on weddings given that it's a special day. Hence, it can be expected that for this kind of event, the aesthetics, details, and flavors are being paid special attention.

  • Corporate

    Corporate catering, on the other hand, makes a great role in small to large business affairs, as it boosts the morale of each and every one in the event. It also creates a balance on the atmosphere, therefore making the event as professional and as enjoyable for the people involved. Furthermore, it also allows the employees and the management to focus on more important tasks while the caterers work on making food great for them.

  • Social Event

    Social event catering provides services for birthdays, retirement parties, and to specific gatherings such as family get-togethers, which involves a wide variety of choices of foods and themes. These kinds of events often require the creativity of caterers, especially when the event focuses on children.

  • Concession

    Concession catering typically caters to specific requests such as those seasonal, yet major public events that involves a huge number of people. Commonly, this kind of catering service is considered a challenge to caterers given that this is of special request or aren't normally being conducted. Hence, a careful planning on the right menu that must satisfy everyone is often practiced. For some, this includes hamburgers, cheese fries, ice cream, hot dogs, and other crowd favorites.

For every catering service, there corresponds a specific catering type that they are able to pull off smoothly. Hence, it's important to note this factor, when choosing a catering service for your event.

How did Catering Started?

The Early Beginnings of Catering

Catering dates back to the 4th millennium BC in Mainland China. It was a special service on extravagant inns, where people used to check in and get served with good food. Also, some people claim that this particular practice boils down to the Chinese tradition of displaying hospitality to strangers.

It can also be said that some particular catering practices dates back to the ancient Egypt, where there are grand feasts that are held at times of abundance – serving as thanksgiving to the gods.

Though, it is important to mention that the ultimate origin of catering trade began in the ancient Greeks' hostels and inns, given that the old China's and Egypt's "catering service" was served for free. Eventually, the catering trade also reached the Roman Empire, where the practice has then evolved from there.

Around the 4000 BC, changes in the catering trade has begun to appear. At first, the clients were only Roman soldiers, served along military roads and trading routes. But not long after that, the catering service trade was opened to travelers.

During the Middle Ages, a rebirth of the catering trade was seen in Europe, on monasteries which provided the needs of aplenty of Christian pilgrims traveling to Rome. There were even caravans that served catering trade in the Orient region around 600 AD.

Moving forward to the reign of Charlemagne, the catering trade has flourished significantly. It was then where the food service has moved into the other parts of Europe, and was greatly appreciated by men and women because of its implication of hospitality.

In the later part of the Middle Ages, the catering trade's evolution has been greatly influenced by the church. A lot of changes in the region have contributed to its massive popularity, which includes the birth of money in the economic space, the newly built bourgeoisies, the continuously progressing trade industry, and the intensification of transport.

The Beginning of the Modern Catering

The 14th and 15th century made a mark in Germany as the catering industry began to flourish from there. Its fame has moved people to operate several catering services, and as a result, a huge client base began to form.

However, this major progress did not go unnoticeable. Hence, legislators passed specific laws in order to regulate the beer and food services widely spreading all over the country. Therefore, resulting to the first ever beer inspection license, in which was first paid by the Augsburg Elector way back in 1530. Following this law, is the Reformation gutter Polizey, which was immediately enacted and replaced various ordinances on a regional basis.

Going further with the laws implemented for beer and food service regulation, it included the ways on how hostels and inns serve drinks, the sizes of beer mugs used, the purity and quality of beers, and the kind of dishes that was included in the Zehrordnung regulation.

However, in the 18th century, catering guilds were forced to close as restaurants grew rapidly in France. This is due to the fall of the aristocrats after the French revolution, wherein people moved to operate on high class restaurants instead of catering guilds in order to provide exquisite food service to the society.

But the catering industry rose again as it moved to the United States after the World War II. With the chaos that the war caused the country, a lot of businessmen used catering service as an alternative way to continue doing business. This, then, boosted the catering presence across cities, and more investors began to capitalize in the catering industry.

Moving forward to today, the catering industry has reached even the furthermost corners of the world. Thereby also expanding the nature of the business, amplifying food service into its maximum capability – from weddings to corporate affairs to funerals. Definitely, it can be said that the changes through time has molded the catering industry into what it is today.

How to Choose the Perfect Corporate Catering in the Philippines for Your Event?

With the booming industry of catering services, choosing the perfect corporate catering for your event could be challenging than expected. Hence, here are 5 tips to help you choose the best catering service for your corporate event:

  • TIP 1: Determine your budget

    In event planning, it's especially important to determine the budget first before anything. As it will help you better organize things and avoid leaving off important details because of shortage in the budget allocated for the event.

    If you must, list down the initial budget that can cover the venue, decorations, catering service, and other details so you wouldn't need to stress about not being able to afford your chosen catering service later on. By doing this, you can start off clean and avoid any shortcomings.

  • TIP 2: Get an estimated headcount before narrowing down your options

    Headcount is an important factor in any event. Hence, it's only practical that you put this on top of your list and choose a corporate catering service that can attend to the number of people you have indicated.

    Don't worry, the number does not have to be exact. What's important is that at the very least you get the maximum number of people, who are expected to attend your event.

  • TIP 3: Choose a caterer who listens

    A large-scale event may require more specifications than any other events, with that said, it's only important that you choose a caterer who's willing to help you out in the process.

    There will also be times, wherein certain specifications are needed to cater to high-profile guests. This, then, should be properly integrated into the plan. With that said, your catering provider should be someone who'll ask and not tell you what to do.

  • TIP 4: Ensure a professional hand service

    In choosing your corporate catering service, it's important to ensure that the staff are well-trained and can offer quiet service while the program is running. It's specifically significant to avoid unnecessary commotions during the event that can disrupt the flow of the program.

  • TIP 5: Plan out aplenty of food choices

    Corporate catering is always a challenge for caterers, given the variety of food choices that they can include in the menu, and the different people who they will be serving to. Hence, it's only important to sit with your chosen caterer and provide specific details concerning the attending guests that can help them in designing a menu.

    If you're having a hard time doing so, then try not to worry too much. This is because good corporate catering can list down a great menu that can work for your event. Plus, they can also make certain that it wouldn't bore anyone with the food choices that it will offer.

  • TIP 6: Visit their facilities

    A great corporate catering will take pride in a clean and professional facility. To this regard, politely ask for an appointment and visit their facilities to make sure that you can expect a clean and professional environment from your chosen catering service.

With these tips, looking for a corporate catering service will be easier than you thought. Furthermore, you'll be able to get to choose a catering service that will help you throughout the food planning, and of course, make your event the best, yet!

Why should you Choose Juan Carlo Corporate Catering for your Event?

Those looking for a sense of elegance about their events don't need to look further - Juan Carlo's top-notch corporate catering services are sure to turn any business affair into a matter of exquisite celebration! We combine and balance all the unique elements of every event and turn it into something truly unforgettable.

Having Juan Carlo at your next corporate gathering is a great way to evoke an atmosphere of prestige, grace, and luxury without sacrificing the event's main intent. Hosts and guests alike will surely enjoy everything it has to offer – from the medley of the served food's flavors, to the lavishly decorated environment, to even the cool but enjoyable ambiance.

Our top-notch event management services, customized amenities, and finest dishes guarantee a flawless experience for all parties involved. We cover all sorts of corporate gatherings, such as:

  • Simple meetings
  • Conferences of any size
  • Product launches
  • Brand launches
  • Christmas parties
  • Summer getaways


  • Impressive buffet set up with food labels
  • Dining tables with table numbers
  • Registration table
  • Table to table centerpiece
  • Cordial and professional waiters in uniform

For a complete list, do not hesitate to contact us!

If you're also looking to build a long term events and catering partnership with us, then we're definitely on board. In fact, that's what we prefer. Our longest standing client of 17 years, Siemens, can attest to our loyalty and quality of service.

To speak with one of our friendly sales staff, please contact us for more details

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