When it comes to culturally inclusive corporate or social events, it is paramount for the planner to understand the dietary needs of the guests. In such events, there are many things you have to account for and more importantly the food. Below are some of the key considerations you should make when planning a wedding with Halal menu.
Understand the halal basics
The first step is to learn more about the culture you will be catering for. Understanding the Islamic customs will help you know what to include and what not to do. Start by learning about the eating habits. Nothing ruins a perfect meal than some guests choosing not to eat. When planning an event, you have to ensure you are pertaining to the Islamic law in terms of the allowable food. This is particularly important in an event such as a wedding.
Halal means ‘lawful’ or ‘permitted’. This normally plays a fundamental role in the Muslim life and affects how food is prepared and what can be eaten. Food that is eaten has to comply with the Shari’ah law. Some of the foods that are not halal are:
· Pork and all pork byproducts
· Animals that haven’t been prepared correctly under the Shari’ah law
As you may have guessed, if you are not a Muslim, meeting all the food requirements can be a bit tricky. However, with a little research, you can avoid mistakes and draft a menu that will meet the dietary requirements of everyone. Visiting the local halal food store will also give you some great menu ideas.
Picking a venue
With the food out of the way, it is time to think about the venue. You need to make reservations in Islamic-specific venues. You can ask for recommendations from your friends or do a quick Google search. Your choice of venue will depend on the type of event. When choosing a venue, you will also need to consider the number of guests, whether it is a formal or an informal event and the theme of the event.
Find a creative caterer
You cannot do all the work yourself. You will need help. When hiring a caterer, you have to bear in mind that not all caterers have handled halal events. You should, therefore, dig deeper to find a caterer that has experience in the area. If not, you will have to educate the caterer on what to do. Thanks to your understanding of the halal basics, you will also be able to provide your caterer with sample menus.
Always make sure you meet up with your preferred caterer and explain in detail the nature of your event. The caterer you select should be flexible and willing to accommodate Islamic restricted diet. They must also be willing to adhere to the strict halal practices.
Regardless of whether it is a social or corporate event you need to start planning early. The last-minute rush will cause you to take costly shortcuts. Start planning at least a month in advance and work with a catering service, like en Ville, which has offered similar services on numerous occasions.