What To Do With Leftover Catering Food

Posted on: 4 January 2016

If you have just had a party, you probably have a ton of food left over, especially if you had the party catered. It is always better to be safe than sorry when you have a party because you don't want people to leave because they are hungry and you want everyone to have a great time. However, you might be stuck with huge tins and trays of delicious, properly prepared food that you might not know what to do with. You probably don't have room in your refrigerator or freezer to store the food, but you don't want to throw the food away if it's still good. Here are some tips for getting rid of your leftover catering food without wasting it.

1. Homeless Shelters, Food Banks, and Community Meals

The first thing that you want to do when you have a ton of leftover food is reach out to your community to see if anyone wants the food. If you have your party or event earlier in the day, this should be relatively easy because you are able to find places that are open. Simply call anyone that specializes in feeding the homeless and the hungry and see if they would be willing to accept your leftover food. Some places will be willing to accept trays of prepared food and some will not. If you are running into trouble with homeless shelters and food banks being unable to accept the prepared food, try going on a local church's website and seeing if they participate in community meals. If they do, see if they have a calendar for all of the community meals in the area. Figure out which church is hosting the meal that day and call them to see if they can help you get rid of the food.

2. College Kids

If you had the event and it's late at night, but not so late that everyone has fallen asleep, you should consider calling up any college kids that you know. Chances are good that they will know of a club event or a part where they can take the food. Even consider driving down with the food to your local college campus and hand it out to people nearby. Many people will be delighted to have the food.

3. Disperse It

Finally, consider going to a store and purchasing a ton of tinfoil and paper plates. Wrap up smaller portions of the food and pass it out to your guests before they leave. Another option is to wrap up the food into smaller portions and call your neighbors to see if they want any. By wrapping it up, you can disperse your large trays of food into refrigerators all over the area.

For more information, talk to a company that specializes in catering, such as Kickapoo Creek Catering.