Food and Catering

  • 16 October 2013 1:00 PM
    Message # 1413600
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Some notes from our Melbourne Champions Network meeting on 9 October 2013


    Some anecdotes:
    • People seem to accept vegetarian food more easily if it isn't labelled "vegetarian"; a lesson reinforced by fast food chain Lord of the Fries - did you know that all it's food is vegetarian? Yes, including the burgers and chicken nuggets. 
    • We can do more to improve our purchasing habits with tea and coffee, but it is difficult to identify the best solution: FairTrade, Rainforest Alliance, Organic, etc... are all probably better options that current standards. 
    • Offering staff healthy options is standard, but biscuits are still necessary!

    Avoiding Catering Waste
    • Routinely ordering fewer portions for meetings than the number of people registered; from a quarter to a third less.
    • Sending event reminders or following up on meeting registrations/acceptances often prompts notification of late unavailability
    • Encouraging more use of "Tentative" meeting acceptances and prompting for confirmation closer to the date (particularly is using Outlook and for internal meetings)
    • OzHarvest and other charities will often accept donations of crockery and cutlery.

    Some resources I have since found

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