Full Service Buffet vs. Drop-Off Buffet

When deciding how to serve food at an upcoming event, many arrive at the decision to offer buffet-style service. While the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Dream staff is working hard to ensure proper safety protocols are in place for a safe and seamless buffet-style experience.

Our hardworking staff is committed to taking daily health screenings and temperature readings, and each member of our team wears gloves and masks while preparing food, delivering orders, and during all events. We’ll also set up hand-washing or hand sanitizer stations on-site at your event for added peace of mind.

Our served buffets are a great choice for offering food that will please all of your guests, and they can be more cost-effective than plated meals. They work best for parties, lunches, pre-game functions, and many other social events. If you’ve already decided that buffet service is the way to go for your next event, another decision you’ll have to make is whether or not to offer a drop-off buffet or a full-service buffet. At Dream Events & Catering, we provide both buffet services and have compiled a bit of information on each to help you decide what would work best for you.

Full-Service Buffet

For the foreseeable future, all of our full-service buffets will be single-sided served buffets. This ensures that our staff will be able to maintain the highest level of social distancing, sanitation, and cleanliness for your guests. As always, you’ll get start-to-finish service as full staffing, decor, and clean-up are all included. Full-service buffets have a higher overall cost, but if your goal is to completely outsource your catering needs or be able to relax at your event knowing someone else is safely managing foodservice—this option would fit best. Bonus: With this type of catering you get real dishes and linens, making full-service buffets the most eco-friendly choice.

Drop-Off Buffet

The more affordable option, drop-off buffets include all food as well as paper, plastic, and foil disposables. This service option is ideal for those looking to maintain a higher level of social distancing, but it does not include decor or cleanup. A drop-off buffet is wonderful for more casual events such as school functions, tailgate parties, and casual team building events.  This choice does not include staff, so if you choose this style of catering service, we recommend enlisting a few friends to help with serving and clean up! We also offer options when it comes to your serviceware, including our more eco-friendly disposable plates & utensils.

Images provided by Jen and Chris Creed.

Interested in learning more about our buffet services? Send us a message at hello@dreameventsandcatering.com.