I have attended many grand openings and feeding guest, vendors, and employees vary from each grand opening event. Let’s first consider the employees working the grand opening.
Feeding the Employees
The preparation for a grand opening starts hours before the doors open and will continue throughout the day. So it is critical that staff be fed and given regular breaks to ensure they have enough energy and keep their enthusiasm at peak levels. Assign an individual to oversee the employee break room is stock with food, beverages and is neat.
The employees are the troops that will make your grand opening a success, so invest some time and money into making them part of the grand opening celebration. Here are some grand opening food ideas for employees.
- Beverages – Fresh coffee, cold bottled water, and soda
- Morning break – Donuts, coffeecake
- Lunch – Pizza, Catered meals or gourmet sandwiches
- Afternoon – Fresh fruit
- Night Crew – Warm meal, cookies, and cakes
Keep in mind some of the managers and employees will be working all day and having a good meal in them will prevent mood swings from occurring. Don’t make the grand opening all about a business opening, but instead a joint venture between employees and the company to make a successful business. Make goodwill with employees, start at the grand opening.
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