Post-Pandemic Event Planning

Post-Pandemic Event Planning

After a difficult year of missing holidays, friends & family, a new chapter of hope and excitement awaits us this summer (and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to serve you once again)! In the time we’ve been eagerly awaiting post-pandemic events and gatherings, we have redeveloped recipes, revised menus, and built new & exciting packages to make your catering process even easier.

Whether you’re planning a birthday, a wedding, or a post-pandemic “Coming Together Again” celebration, we will help your event be great. Below, we’ve outlined three types of events using our new menu guide. Check out our list to get inspiration, ideas and menus!


The Birthday

Birthdays can range drastically in size (and in food)! If you’re on a budget, consider planning an afternoon event – one that falls outside standard meal times. Often, clients think they’re able to save money by having an appetizers-only event, but consider timing! An appetizer-only event during the dinner hours will result in twice as many appetizers because your guests will be hungry for dinner. If you’re still looking for that cocktail reception feel without a full course dinner, stationed food mixed with appetizer set ups could be your answer. 

For lighter fare, consider our lettuce wrap station. This station still has protein options (five spice beef, Teriyaki chicken & Old Bay baby shrimp), but it is also a good interactive station for vegetarians or vegans. For a more hearty addition, our pasta station fits the bill. Add fruit or crudite trays, a slider station and artisan cheese for a solid variety of food that can become a meal should your event fall around lunch or dinner time.

Consider those around you! Should any of your guests be immunocompromised, make sure to include the essentials: individually packaged meals & snacks, mask options and social distancing.


The Wedding

Looking to throw something a little more formal? Check out our Adventurer meal package. Our meal packages offer three tiers of food perfect for any occasion. The Adventurer package includes a starter, two entrees and two sides. Add on your type of dinner service and staffing to this package and your plated dinner is covered! Our Classic, Timeless and Adventurer food packages are a great option for any post-pandemic event, but are especially nice for hot lunches and dinner receptions.

For some ideas, check out this abbreviated list of options from The Adventurer here:


Winter Squash & Arugula Salad
Escarole & Beet Salad
Arugula, Fig & Goat Cheese Salad


Braised Chicken Honfleur
Pork Tagine with Almonds & Apricots
Porcini Crusted Beef Tenderloin
Mushroom Ravioli with Sage & Brown Butter
Garam Masala Arctic Char


Tricolored Carrots
Roasted Brussel Sprouts with Bacon
Potato Pave
Black Quinoa Pilaf Timbale

Concerned about loved ones not able to attend your event? Virtual attendance or an event livestream can allow older or immunocompromised guests to share in your joy!


The Coming Together Again Party

No upcoming post-pandemic event? That’s okay – maybe you’re just looking to celebrate friends and family (and who can blame you?) To allow your guests to share their comfort level of being at an in-person gathering, you can offer red, yellow or green bracelets to guests as they arrive. While green is the go ahead for hugs, red indicates a desire for distance.

Depending on your guest comfort level, individually packaged meals or appetizers could allow your guests to fully enjoy your event. Our wide variety of appetizers, app stations, dinner & late night stations are sure to please any crowd (like our soft pretzel station or our hand scooped ice cream bar). Don’t know where to start? Check out our Grazing Table, arranged on a six foot display (inclusions listed below).

Roasted Chickpeas (three types: sea salt, rosemary & ranch)
Seasoned Pretzels
House Made Seasoned Chex Mix
Assorted Nuts
Pepperoni Medallions
Genoa Salami
Cheddar Cheese
Alpine Swiss
Pepperjack Cheese
Maple Habanero Candied Bacon
Assorted Crackers

From easy and quick breakfasts and lunches to large displays and full scale galas, C&J could be perfect for you – no matter the occasion! Looking for something specific or not quite sure what you want? Speak to a C&J consultant about your vision and we are happy to get creative.