Delivery Only Vs Catering – What’s the Difference?

Full set-up Vs Delivery

Are you debating between delivery and a full catering set-up? Are you not even sure what the differences between the two are? Then this blog is for you. With party season in full swing, you need to be prepared for the onslaught of events, especially if you are the one hosting them! Are you throwing a Thanksgiving feast at the office or having a UAE National Day party during the long weekend? Or maybe you’re getting prepared for Christmas (you’d be surprised how fast things book up!). LUNCH:ON Catering can take care of the food for you, whether you go for delivery option or opt for a full set-up or don’t even know where to start, in any case, we can help you out. 

What are the differences between catering and delivery?

The simple explanation is that with our delivery option you will receive the food for your event in the restaurant packaging and have to arrange the rest of the logistics yourself (e.g. cutlery, food placement, serving, etc.). With a full set-up, on the other hand, the restaurant or caterer takes responsibility for how the food is served, and can also provide additional services like cutlery, plates, tables, and waiters. Still confused? Don’t worry, we break the two options down in more detail below:

Delivery Option:

Not fussed about cutlery or plates or any added extras? Then our catering delivery option is for you.

1. We’ll search through 200+ restaurants in Dubai for you

We know how hard it is to find food for catering that can deliver, is within budget, and isn’t a nightmare to organize. With our database of over 200+ restaurants and our connections in the Food & Beverage industry, we know who to go to, what your best options are, and can get you the best prices. After a short call with your dedicated catering manager, you will be sent 3-4 options (including photos) that are within your budget and cater to your needs. All you have to do is pick one, and we will handle the ordering and delivery.  

2. You can mix and match

One of the many benefits of ordering through LUNCH:ON is you can mix and match restaurants. Do you want a mixture of shawarma and burgers but can’t find a restaurant that will do a mixed platter of both? No need to worry, we can sort it out for you. Want savory and sweet but don’t want to organize with two different restaurants? Easy, we got it covered. We take the stress out of contacting the restaurants and delivery drivers. We make it simple.

3. Whatever your budget, we can find you something

Unlike a full catering set-up, we can still make a small budget work for you. There are clever solutions we’ve learned from years in the business that can help you make your budget go that much further. Did we mention we also offer 30% off the first time you order catering from LUNCH:ON?

4. Be prepared for not having plates/ food setup

The beauty of having food delivered is its simplicity. You do, however, need to make sure you have a plan for how you will serve the food, how you will lay it out, and how your guests will eat it as this is not covered in the delivery option. If this is what you’re looking for, you should opt for the full set-up catering option, detailed below.

Catering full set-up:

Want the full works? Then the full catering set-up if for you.

1. Full catering includes everything (if you want it to)

Full catering set-up comes with everything. That means you can choose if you want cutlery, plates, waiters and we’ll find it all for you and make sure it all runs smoothly on the day too. With this option you really don’t need to worry about a thing, every part of the service is prepared in advance so when it comes to the day you have someone to set it up, serve it, and clean up afterward too. The dream, right!?

2. You’ll need to give us 48 hours’ notice

With a full set-up, you are getting the whole works. This can’t be thrown together last minute, as there are lots of moving parts to organize. That’s why we need 48 hours’ advance notice – if you want something on the day of, you’ll have more luck with our delivery service!

3. We find the caterers or restaurants for you

You don’t need to worry about sourcing a catering company. We find you options from the best catering services in the UAE and let you decide which one works best for you. This will save you a lot of time and stress, trust us.

4. More flexible with changes

As full-catering events are normally set up in advance, we are able to make changes more easily than we are for our delivery catering service. Just let us know as soon as you can, and we will try and make it work.

5. Need help thinking of creative ideas or solutions?

We can help. With a full-set up, there are many ways we can work around certain issues you might come across and get stuck on had you been on your own. Whether you need to think of a way to stretch your budget or to get creative with the menu, service, or space we can find a solution. We’ve got years of experience, let us help you for free!

If you’re still not sure which option you need for your event, you can contact our Catering Manager on +971568924024 or email her at [email protected] and she will let you know the best options for your budget and event. With Thanksgiving and UAE National Day just around the corner (and Christmas approaching fast), it’s the perfect time to start thinking and planning for your parties and events. Whether it’s a huge blowout feast for Thanksgiving or a simple platter of UAE National Day cupcakes for your office, we can find you what you need.

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