Picnic Ideas

With companies all over the world cutting back on expenses, many are searching for unique ways to entertain for staff, associates and families for less. We here at DeAngelo’s Catering & Events offer these helpful ideas to assist our customers.

  1. Invite your clients as well as employees to the picnic as an alternative to more expensive events that may be held in off premise locations. Turn the event towards family oriented foods & activities
  2. Hold the event on your premise and show off your space to attendees. Offer plant or facility tours to families & guests. Use the parking lot, green space, entry lawn or a combination of your facilities. This option will assist in reducing expense and capture premium dates without sharing park space with other groups.
  3. Ask your vendors for raffle drawings or door prizes as a way to subsidize gift giving to attendees. Some of our clients have spent thousands of dollars on this portion of their event. Others go to their vendors whom they pay regularly and “ask” for contributions. Televisions, IPODS, notebook computers and Bar-be-queue equipment and gift cards are popular items to request.
  4. Create a “green team”. Step up recycling efforts, compost food waste. Use sustainable giveaways as gifts to attendees. Sustainability is the wave of the future as well as “greening events”. Let our staff show you how!
  5. Tie a “cause” to your event. All non profit agencies need assistance in these trying economic times. Support local shelters, food banks. Keep support local whenever possible. Put the boss in the dunk tank, donate the money to play to charity.
  6. Have the Ice Cream truck visit! Everyone loves ice cream!
  7. Use a station format with “concession style foods”. Think burgers or sliders, hot dogs & sausages, pizza by the slice, yaki soba noodle stir fry w/ chicken skewers,
  8. Another low cost menu suggestion is to provide “slider stations”. Pulled Pork, teriyaki chicken, burgers, mini subs, sausages and meatball sandwiches are all popular “mini versions”. Scale down the portions and increase the quantity served!
  9. Theme the event – we offer many “non traditional” menus for picnics. Try a Locavore menu, Italian bistro, Mexican Fiesta, or Tropical Theme to bring new concepts to your annual event. Add activities and color schemes that coincide.
  10. Offer child friendly services. Cookie decorating station, special seating, add fun menus with macaroni and cheese, mini corn dogs and healthy snacks as a starting point.

Five additional services we can offer for your event:

  1. Restroom and hand washing station rentals (including trailers with running water!)
  2. Garbage collection, recycling, composting services.
  3. Activities, games and entertainment for adults and children.
  4. Site survey analysis to “map out” your event space.
  5. One stop shopping ~ Food, beverages, entertainment, canopy rentals, tables, chairs, props, theme décor items, stages, sound systems, parking and transportation, and more! You name it; we can supply it for your event in most instances!

 

Call our Offices @ 503-620-9020 or visit http://www.deangeloscatering.com

A How to Guide

1. Buy foods in season & learn to enjoy!
2. Support & visit local farms – understand & learn about where your food comes from.
3. Check out farm stands & CSA’S (community supported agriculture) as well as consider joining buying clubs.
4. Become a local “hunter-gatherer” – learn the seasons on what is available when & where in your region. Pick your
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5. Feast on locavore cuisine often – cook as much as you can locally & share with others!
6. Party on locally; focus on local foods for family gatherings, fundraisers, and community events. Hire a caterer who follows this mission as well when necessary.
7. Teach your children – engaging the next generations are most important for saving our planet Earth. Use your family, classroom & children’s sporting events as a starting point!
8. Search out local foods when dining out. Make choices to dine by local owned establishments that support foods that have a sustainable impact.
9. Start a garden – grow your own – it cost less and the rewards feel great. Raised beds, small plots, patio pots, windowsills and community gardens all count!
10. Volunteer – start or support your local farmers market, community gardens, and schools, – it shows you care!
11. Support your community – use your network to recycle, reuse & reduce wasted items by giving to local food pantry’s, community gardens, shelters, etc…Check out http://donorsresource.org/ .
12. Eat & serve less meat – offer greater portions of vegetables & fruit – remember the food pyramid rule of thumb of 5-6 servings per day!
13. Give local foods as gifts from your home or region – homemade jams, cobblers, cookies, local beer & wines, herb gardens and lettuce bowls are gifts that are always appreciated!
14. Practice Agri tourism – research local foods from the region your visiting while away. Artisan cheeses, local charcuteries, wineries, farms, nurseries, bakeries, markets, candy factories, fruit stands, wineries & breweries are just a starting point!
15. Make a difference by sharing your new found treasures & passion with your community – friends, family, school, & community. Get others involved!

Call DeAngelo’s Catering & Events to serve local, seasonal, regional and sustainable cusine at your next event!