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Quick & Delicious Menu Ideas for Last-Minute, Same-Day Catering Orders

Updated: Jul 1, 2022

Just got a call from your director asking to make arrangements for an impromptu working lunch for an important client? If you have already got too much on your plate, it may seem like a daunting task. Good news is you can get through it easily with basically zero effort and stress.

Read on. As a catering company, we know how tense and hectic your work schedule can get in a fast-paced corporate setting. Our catering menu ideas for short notice events will help take some of the pressure off, so that you can focus on the more important tasks at hand.

Before you rush to place the order though, here are a few things to check from your boss man (or your counterpart in the client’s company) to make sure you have everything covered:

  • How many people (and if possible, of what ages and nationalities) are expected at the event?

  • Do they have any specific dietary requirements? If yes, make sure you have all the options covered - vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, any food allergy and special diet.

  • Do they have any food preferences?

Once you’ve got a brief ready, you are now all set to order from our following selection of quick and easy meals for last-minute catering requests. When you are in a time crunch, and there’s no office canteen or sandwich chain to fall back on, this handy list will surely save the day.

Salad Bowls

With everything from healthy green salads to warm salad bowls with poultry and meat to cold pasta salads and refreshing, sweet and sour fruit salads, our recipes are perfect for passing as a simple yet satisfying standalone lunch, like they are as sides to a hot main.

Finger Food

When it’s a race against time, finger food is a failsafe option. Our nibble platter full of tea sandwiches, sliders, frankies, mini quiches, chicken tenders, potato chips, onion rings, and assorted skewer appetizers works a treat. An assortment of short bites with a couple of side salads seldom disappoints a party. In fact, quite the contrary. Not only does it give the impression that a lot of thought went into selecting the menu, it is also quite easy and quick to serve. People can just line up, grab a sandwich and go.

Baked Wings

We offer baked chicken wings in 10 different flavors. They require lesser prep time, and can be a deliciously unique last-minute meal or appetizer.

Pan-Asian Food

Hot mains and grills are often time-intensive, and might not be a perfect option for a last-minute order.

Most Pan-Asian recipes are just basic ingredients like cooked rice or noodles, meats, and vegetables, tossed around in a concoction of various herbs, spices and sauces. They are incredibly filling, and a tasty crowd pleaser!

When you are short on time, ordering in Stir-fried Chicken or Beef and Vegetable Hakka Noodles may be your safest bet.

We always label our food individually, and can provide food description cards upon request as well. That way, your guests will have no confusion as to which item poses an allergy risk, and they can choose accordingly.

Even if you are flying blind, and do not have a brief for us to work with, you can opt for a mix of:

  • One non-veg hot main, like Grilled Chicken Chasseur or Tex-Mex Steak, and a second vegetarian or vegan-friendly hot main, like Stir-fried Vegetables or Veg Stroganoff;

  • A wings platter or starters tray with veg and non-veg options; and

  • Salads, steam rice or noodles as sides; or

  • Build-your-own salad bowls or sandwich/taco bars with the ingredients packaged separately, so everyone can self-serve and you don’t have to worry about dietary restrictions.

Better yet, we will curate a menu for you that has just the right balance of meat, veggie, and gluten-free options.

With the Crave Crushers, you can rest assured that the food will always be enough, wholesome, and flavorful!

Have a last-minute catering order? Get in touch with us on +971 58 581 3825.

From buffet-style event catering and office town halls to staff lunches and am/pm coffee breaks, we have all your corporate catering needs covered!

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