Ask the Expert: How long should we allocate for dinner service before we start a program?
November 16, 2016
On average, it takes 40 minutes for guests to enjoy a 3 course meal. If you are concerned about having enough time for people to socialize at their table, enjoy their dinner and still have time left for your program, consult with your caterer about creating a quick-serve menu.
Pre-setting salads and desserts can save up to 20 minutes of service time. Choosing items that hold well for long periods of time is critical to ensure that food quality is not compromised.