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Catering Ideas for Large Groups

Brigitte Xu

October 13, 2023


Organizing daily office lunches? Thinking of catering menu ideas for large groups of people with diverse tastes and dietary preferences can be a challenge. However, with the right ideas, everyday office meals can be both delicious and engaging. Here are some simple yet effective catering ideas for large groups

1. DIY Sandwich & Wrap Station


  • Customizable: Employees can pick and choose their ingredients.
  • Quick: Easy to set up and clear.
  • Healthy: Offer a range of fresh veggies, lean proteins, and whole grain options.

Specific Recommendations: Provide a selection of cold cuts, cheeses, veggies like lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and condiments. Add a choice of bread, from whole wheat to rye, and tortillas for wraps. DIY stations work great as a catering idea for large groups.

2. Pizza Friday with a Twist


  • Popular: Who doesn’t love pizza?
  • Variety: From classic margherita to protein packed and vegan options.
  • Convenient: Easy to order and serve.

Specific Recommendations: Apart from the classics, try flatbreads with hummus and veggies or BBQ chicken. Ensure a gluten-free option is available.

3. Salad & Grain Bowl Bar


  • Nutritious: A healthy alternative for daily meals.
  • Flexible: Can be as filling or light as one wants.
  • Customizable: Suitable for various dietary needs.

Specific Recommendations: Offer greens, quinoa, rice, roasted veggies, grilled chicken, tofu, nuts, seeds, and a variety of dressings.

4. Asian Noodle Box


  • Flavorful: Offers a spicy or savory break from routine.
  • Quick: Pre-packaged boxes ensure minimal waiting time.
  • Variety: From stir-fries to cold noodle salads.

Specific Recommendations: Offer dishes like Pad Thai, teriyaki chicken noodles, or cold sesame noodles. Protein choices and spice levels can be customized towards everyone’s preferences.

5. Soup and Stew Pots


  • Comforting: Perfect for cooler days.
  • Filling: Packed with nutrients and flavors.
  • Easy to Serve: Minimize setup and cleanup.

Specific Recommendations: Rotate between classics like chicken noodle soup, vegetable soup, chili, and lentil stew. Serve with a side of crusty bread or rolls for a heartwarming and filling meal.

6. DIY Taco & Burrito Bowls


  • Interactive: Employees can create their perfect bowl.
  • Tasty: A mix of fresh and cooked ingredients.
  • Inclusive: Caters to meat eaters, vegetarians, and vegans.

Specific Recommendations: Include seasoned chicken, ground beef or tofu, beans, rice, guacamole, salsas, and various toppings like cheese, sour cream, and jalapeños.

Daily office lunches don’t have to be monotonous. With a mix of DIY stations and ready-to-eat dishes, you can provide meals that cater to diverse tastes and preferences, making lunchtime an anticipated break for everyone in the office. Learn more about how can help bring some of your catering menu ideas, and more, to life for your team.



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