Catering for a small group sailing trip
Hi everyone - I am arranging catering for a small corporate event (approx. 12 people). We will be sailing up Indian Arm for the day. I am hoping to arrange a creative gourmet picnic lunch and snacks for the day that won't involve cooking and will be an easy set up! Does anyone have any recommendations for caterers that you have had a good experience with? Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
hello again - for your future reference - we just went on a wedding event on this Sunset Bay boat - I must say - at the outset - i was not entirely looking fwd to being on a "party boat" - and of all things - was pleasantly suprised! -
it was super clean,
tasteful decor (ie somewhat neutral - could decorate if necess to match corporate theme, etc) -
smelled fine (some of those party boats smell like old beer parlors!),
professional catering staff not in your way - it felt safe, the food was pretty decent all things considered, polite bartender - if i had to organize a work / private function - i would ask for quote from this company
i wonder where you are boarding the yacht? (North Van - or at the Bayshore downtown - or ....
that might help people suggest ship caterer for you.
sandpails could be a cute way to "bundle" the snacks too - depending on your guest profile.
if you have time and budget - both Lands End and LL Bean make very traditional canvas totes - I think i have seen similar at 4imprint dot ca (corporate logo stuff) but just not the genuine original - which is what LL and LE make.
the LL and LE canvas totes were originally designed to carry large blocks of ice for cottagers / boaters - now they make them in all kinds of sizes and designs - www.landsend.com - and can be monogrammed. Nice souvenir for corporate guests. But time is of essence I'm sure.
let us know how it works out
(i hope i'm allowed to insert a detailed URL - here is the link to the traditional canvas boat totes - remember Lands End outfitters was founded by sailors - very appropriate - these pix show monogrammed - if you call their business sales division - you can get custom logo embroidery - I have in the past - good results and shipped to Canada
while i don't have a specific caterer to suggest - i am long time accustomed to boat food for our own parties - Of course, you may have access to a very large yacht which might cancel out some of my suggestions -
make sure that people don't have to balance a plate, knife, fork etc on their laps. That is just awful in my opinion. And usually, some people end up in a proper seat while others may think it's nice to spend time on the deck sitting on their behinds w/ legs stretched out etc
also - no shared food. Make sure everything is individual as it is a totally diff experience not having "sea legs" on a boat - as opposed to wandering around a kitchen (great room) or other terra firma venue like someone's patio. For example, at our sail boat parties, if we have designer chips and custom hummos in small containers, we make sure the chips are in individual parchment sandwich type bags etc.
drinks - tho handy, caution about drinking straight out of the can or bottle - at this time of year, wasps fly in and can harm someone badly when they sip from it.
in case of chilly or damp weather - have some simple to eat soup that can be served in cups as handwarmer / stomach warmer. I always take a thermos of basic dairy-free, vegetarian cream soup (like carrot or tomato). It's colder out on the water than land.
if you can work w/ your caterer and come up with a way of packaging individual lunches completely in a meaningful way (ie not in a plastic bag!) - then that would be great. I am not usually an advocate of buying more stuff - but this may be a time to have one of those neoprene type lunch bags - but maybe the men in your party might not see the cute factor in that! Maybe your type of company would suit some traditional lunch kits from Marks Workwear (are you in construction or heavy industry? - or back to school? Back to college? Depends on your industry of course.)
Have your caterer take some dry crackers and gingerale for those who don't have sea legs.
Take extra polartec (company logo opp?) jackets / vests / blankets - not everyone is used to boating esp up Indian arm
Take sunscreen even in Sept for those who forget it
Hats? (company logo opp?)
Hand wipes and sanitizer - depending on size of your boat - the restroom may have limited facility - make sure your caterer puts extra in the lunch area.
hope that helps - sounds like fun!
re: Georgia Strait
re: Georgia Strait
Thank you for this very thoughtful reply!! Your suggestions are wonderful and I will definitely incorporate many of them. I will definitely package things individually for the snacks, etc while we are on the boat and I love the idea of packing in a meaningful way and perhaps polartec jackets. For the lunch part we will be stopping at the Wigwam Inn so that may open the possibility of spreading out a gourmet picnic lunch. Thank you again for this and hopefully some others might have suggestions on a suitable caterer.