Box lunches are a really convenient option for conferences, seminars, and other events where people are on a schedule and need to eat quickly. Typically, these boxes just contain a sandwich and a piece of fruit, maybe with a bagged snack like chips. But if you want your catering company to stand out and become known for your boxed lunch catering services, you need to branch out! Here are some more innovative ideas to incorporate into your menu.
Finger Foods Galore
Providing people with a variety of fun, non-messy finger foods is a fun take on the box lunch. They can munch a little, put the lid back on, and munch a little more later on. Items you can easily include are:
- Cubes of cheese
- Chunks of pepperoni or salami
- Cherry tomatoes
- Baby carrots
- Pieces of raw broccoli
- Celery sticks
- Orange segments
You can make your box a little fancier by including two little containers of dip: one dill dip for the veggies, and a sweet caramel or cinnamon dip for the fruit.
Chicken Salad and Crackers
Mix up a delicious chicken salad, perhaps with shredded chicken, mayo, celery, onion, cranberry, and walnuts. Place a scoop of it inside a plastic, lidded container inside the lunch box. Pair it with some sturdy crackers, such as Triscuits. The diners can just use the crackers to scoop up and enjoy the chicken salad. For variety, you can offer a similar setup with ham salad or turkey salad.
Pasta salad is perfect for box lunches since it is a meal in one, and it's enjoyed cold. You can make a really nice, simple pasta salad with cooked bowtie pasta, olives, cherry tomatoes, red onion, chunks of cheese, and salami. Dress it with some Italian dressing and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Include a wrapped plastic fork in each boxed lunch, and your diners will have everything they need for a lovely meal.
Sushi can be a bit polarizing, and keeping it the proper temperature can be cumbersome. However, California rolls are a bit of an exception since they are made with imitation crab, which does not spoil quickly and is appealing to most tastes. Make a big bunch of California rolls and package them in lunch boxes with a bit of wasabi, ginger, and a packet of soy sauce.
Experiment with these lunch box ideas, and see which ones get ordered the most often. Your customers will love the variety.