One of the crucial things about corporate entertainment, along with the entertainment, is the food served at the event. Food is something that everyone enjoys, but not everyone enjoys the same type of food. As a result, when you want to coordinate food and beverages for your event, it’s important to consider your choices. Your menu will send a message. People might form opinions about you and your business on your food choices so make sure they say the right things about you.
It’s important for someone who is putting on a corporate entertainment event to select food that everyone is going to enjoy. Try some things that will be unanticipated and exciting instead of the same old boring stuff. Make sure your food choices also reflect consideration and attention to detail that your guests/audience deserve.
I came across this acronym that will help: EATS
• Ease of consumption – No messy foods
• Audience – know your guests
• Timing – what time you serve food can dictate what type of food you serve
• Selection – offer a variety and make sure it is brain food!!!
The right food at a business event can make a difference between focused, appreciative, and alert individuals compared with angry, bored, and drowsy ones so keep in mind to serve snacks or meals that won’t affect people’s brains in a negative way.
Avoid foods high in saturated fats, so no foods that are fried. These types of foods lead to sluggishness, slow thinking, and fatigue. Fats inhibit the synthesis of neurotransmitters by the brain therefore, they cause the blood cells to become sticky and to clump together, resulting in poor circulation, especially to the brain and this creates sluggishness in our overall being. So consider including brain food with your ‘EATS’ .
Here’s the scoop on brain foods… We all know that certain brain foods can help your overall mental cognition, including memory improvement. Neurotransmitters also regulate mood and behavior. Production of these neurotransmitters leads us to become more alert, attentive, focused, and mentally energetic. Examples of these neurotransmitters are dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine. When the brain makes serotonin, we typically feel happier and more relaxed. When dopamine and norepinephrine are produced, we think and act more quickly and clearly.
Our ability to remember things depends on getting brain cells to make new connections. They do this best when they are very excited. This is the reason why we tend to remember events when we are feeling emotionally or intellectually stimulated. Certain vegies contain acetylcholine and this is a neurotransmitter that’s essential for sending signals between nerve cells. It is necessary for concentration, memory storage and recall. Researchers found people who eat these do better than others on memory tests.
Fresh Fruits – Especially Berries
You can rely on fruit, especially berries, to improve your brain health. Most berries, including blackberries, blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, etc, are full of antioxidants, which are great for brain function, improving your memory and allowing you to easily recall past events.
Great news! Chocolate is good for your brain. Chocolate contain phenylethylamine, a neurotransmitter that releases endorphins in the brain and makes you feel giddy. The reason people love chocolate so much isn’t just chemical. The sweet flavor stimulates the brain’s pleasure centers.
Whole wheat, bran, and wheat germ have high contents of folate, as do brown rice, oatmeal, whole-grain breads, barley, and others. All of these foods work to increase blood flow to the brain, which means a higher quality and quantity of brain function. Also, these whole grain foods contain a lot of vitamin B6, which is full of thiamine. Thiamine is great for improving memory.
Protein increases alertness and energy. Not only will proteins keep you alert and wake you up, but they’ll also give you a dose of vitamin D, another proven mood elevator that increases serotonin in the brain. Protein also helps promote the production of dopamine, which promotes alertness.
• Water – Of course, it’s essential to serve water- to quench thirst and refresh palates. To add some flair maybe consider gourmet waters, either still or bubbly.
• Tea – How about a cup of tea or glass of iced tea? Green or black tea is extremely beneficial to your brain because tea is full of catechins. Catechins are great for keeping your mind sharp, fresh, and functioning properly. Not only do they keep your brain working right, they also allow it to relax and help to fight against mental fatigue.
• Coffee – Including coffee in your event is a given. Caffeinated coffee is a classic remedy for sleepiness. Its effect binds to certain cell receptors in the brain. These would normally soak up a substance that turns off electrical activity, making you drowsy. Caffeine effectively blocks this substance, so it encourages your brain cells to be more active, which gives energy boosts.
Overall, the choice of food and the manner in which it is presented can say a great deal about your professionalism and attention to detail. Have fun planning your event AND your menu!
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