If you find yourself in charge of a work celebration and need to convince employees to attend, all you have to say is a three-letter word.

I’m referring to a BBQ, of course!

More specifically, hold a workplace barbecue. With the promise of free food, persuading employees to join shouldn’t be a problem! And is there a better way to celebrate the sunshine than with full-service catering from Martin + Fitch? (In our humble opinion, the answer is no).

Follow these 5 easy steps to cater the perfect summer work lunch for your office!


1. Identify Your Team’s Needs and Wants


Are you interested in full-service catering for your event? What type of food are you looking for in the barbecue? Gauge employee interest. Ask about their dietary preferences and make a note of it. Interested in full-service options such as setup and breakdown? Will it be an indoor or outdoor event? After identifying these needs, you can peruse all of your options for office catering.


2. Consider a Local, Seasonally-Focused Caterer


The Martin + Fitch Seasonal Workplace menu has plenty of appetizing options, each well-suited for group events. They provide food that uses locally-sourced ingredients, customized menus that take into account your dietary needs, and the full-service setup and breakdown of tables, chairs, and equipment, making the team an attractive option for serving company events. Essentially, they’re capable of handling everything that makes for a successful company event.


3. Check out the Picnic Lunch Menu


If you’ve reached this point and thought, “Martin + Fitch sounds interesting… Maybe I should take a look at their seasonal menu,” then we have just the right information for you! Below you can find the summer seasonal menu, also known as the Picnic Lunch menu.


Entrée Menu (Choose 1)


  • Pulled Pork (Gluten-Free) served with Potato Rolls
  • Barbecue Brisket (Gluten-Free) served with Potato Rolls
  • Fried Chicken (Contains Dairy)
  • Barbecue Pulled Chicken (Gluten-Free) served with Potato Rolls
  • Barbecue Ribs (Gluten-Free)


Sides (Choose 2)


  • Tomato and Peach Salad with Basil (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
  • Macaroni Salad (Vegetarian)
  • German-Style Potato Salad (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
  • Carrot and Chickpea Salad with Cumin Vinaigrette (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
  • Corn + Black Bean Salad (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
  • Kale Panzanella (Vegan)

Comes with Cornbread and Brownies (Vegetarian, Contains Dairy).


4. Make a Decision


After you’ve examined all of your available options, you can make a decision. Choose a catering company that aligns with your values. For example, we believe sustainability, supporting local businesses, sourcing local and cooking with fresh ingredients are important ideals that really resonate with our team. That’s why our partnership with Martin + Fitch was a perfect fit. Visit our website to learn more about ordering full-service catering for your next event.


5. Create Lasting Relationships… and Have Fun!


That’s right, this may be the most difficult part… We kid, of course. You’ve reached the finish line. The most important step is to enjoy your summer barbecue! It’ll be gratifying seeing coworkers savor great food and engage in good conversation, which contributes to overall office morale and happiness at work. As our Executive Chef Maura Martin says, “food is love” and since people form an emotional bond with food, great food is the ideal subject to connect over. The barbecue is also a great way to express how much you appreciate their contributions. Putting together a work meetup isn’t always easy, and you deserve to have a good time as well. Enjoy it!


Creating a summer barbecue is a great way to bring the office together. It strengthens camaraderie, highlights appreciation, and contributes toward a positive work culture. We hope these 5 easy steps will help you to cater the perfect summer work lunch for your team!

Judson Kleinman

About Judson Kleinman

As the founder and CEO of Corporate Essentials, Judson set out with every intention of bringing a new meaning to the words "office culture". As leaders in the industry, his company constantly sets the bar by investing in, and improving their product offerings, technology, people and training. 20 years and 1500 clients later, Judson can proudly say that Corporate Essentials continues to positively fuel culture and allow over 150,000 employees to work happy.