Whether it’s a corporate function or a large family reunion, sometimes there just isn’t enough time or enough resources to actually prepare a full-blown meal for everybody. Those in attendance may number as few as half a dozen, or they could actually be counted in the hundreds. The number of invitees almost doesn’t matter. Here’s what really counts: Does the host have enough of everything, from raw materials to help, to actually pull off the event without a hitch? Chances are, the answer is no. Often, an outside specialist who can do all the preparing and cooking has to be engaged. In today’s modern world, we are quite aware of that and use these types of services whenever possible. The interesting thing is that this is not some new concept. The tradition goes back at least 6,000 years.

CateringThe Noble Traditions of the Ancient Chinese

I would love to have the opportunity to go back in time, like so many people would, and visit ancient China. It must’ve been a fascinating place, partly because of all the things that they created and invented way before their Western counterparts. Historians fully believe that such things as writing with the use use of ink and some form of paper were first started in ancient China. So was the use of gunpowder, although they used it for religious festivals rather than killing each other. But they were also the first to develop the idea of catering. The royal courts often would entertain large numbers of visitors from neighbouring states, and also hold official state functions. If the royal kitchens were not up to the task, outside contractors were hired to help complete the assignment. The same can be said for ancient Egypt, where, once again, the Pharaohs were busy having a good time and often used outside resources to create the sumptuous feasts for which they were famous.

Hitting the Big Time

Fast-forward, say 1,000 years, and we find the Greek civilisation on the upswing. They were the ones who first built the hostels that served as convenient resting places for travelers going between the Western and Eastern Mediterranean trade routes. Here, the tradition of catering was perfected, and it was passed on to the Romans. The latter were known for never missing the opportunity to have a good time. By the time the Roman Empire was at its peak, catering was a common practice for all of the major all-you-can-eat events that nobles, senators, and the revolving door of emperors and kings were known to host. If ever there was a civilisation that perfected the art of excess, it was the Romans. We won’t go into the gory details, but, needless to say, even today in downtown Rome you can find ancient banquet halls where people were allowed to eat until they basically couldn’t fit another morsel. It makes you wonder what their cholesterol count must have been!

Make It Easy for Yourself

Today, the catering business has spread from beyond the initial empires of ancient times to become a worldwide phenomenon. Fortunately, today you don’t have to be a nobleman or emperor to take advantage of these services, which can be, to say the least, an amazing convenience. If you live in Denmark, particularly in the South Jutland or Funen areas, all you have to do is click here to discover a wonderful catering company that will not only be able to provide you with great advice on exactly what to provide for your event, but they will also prepare everything for you and deliver it to you on time and within your budget.

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Whether it’s a corporate function or a large family reunion, sometimes there just isn’t enough time or enough resources to actually prepare a full-blown meal for everybody. Those in attendance may number as few as half a dozen, or they could actually be counted in the hundreds. The number...