Business Networking Tips - Do's and Don'ts

  • Posted on: 29 April 2019
  • By: Brian and Mick

Recently, we had the pleasure of attending the United Regional Chamber of Commerce’s “Alive After Five” networking event held at Village Green Apartments. We always have a blast at Village Green and loved connecting with the local community, sharing bites and business tips. 

Local networking events are a great way to meet new people, build relationships, attract new clients. You may be thinking about hosting a local networking event. Or perhaps you are a small business owner venturing out to your first networking breakfast or attending your company’s staff happy hour. Here are some Do’s and Don’ts for setting yourself up for networking success.

 Hint: Good food is always a must!  

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DO: Stick to finger foods and passed apps 

Eating can get messy, and as much as we love food that’s not the look you want to go for when meeting a potential business partner or client for the first time. Skip anything that requires a fork and knife (let’s save that for the weddings) or is drenched with sauce, and opt for simple finger foods and passed apps! 

Having a networking appropriate (and delicious) menu is especially important if you’re the one planning the party. 

Here are a few of our go-to fan favorites:

  • Fresh fruit tray
  • Assorted cheese and crackers
  • Hummus & tabouli with pita and assorted crackers
  • Crudité
  • Shrimp cocktail
  • Scallops wrapped in bacon 
  • Stuffed mushrooms 
  • Phyllo cups (like Spanakopita or Bruschetta) 
  • Tomato Mozzarella skewers with pesto  

Take a peek at a full list of our a la carte menu items here!


DON’T: Overdo it on the alcoholic beverages

 It’s fine to enjoy a drink, but remember you’re there to network so keep it professional. Stick to a one to two drink minimum, or skip the alcohol altogether and opt for bottled water, soda or coffee. 

At B & M, we offer an array of bar services including a beer/wine/soda bar, cash bars, and open bars, depending on your needs. Hosting a morning event? We’ve also got you covered with coffee and juice! 


DO: Follow the dress code 

Before you head out to your event, be sure to check in with the dress code. Whether it’s business, business casual or summer BBQ, stick to the code and dress to impress!


DON’T: Hide out with your friends 

It’s easy to stick around with the people you’re most comfortable with (like your business partner or office buddy), but challenge yourself to make new contacts as well. This is your chance to shine and expand your network!


DO: Practice your elevator pitch in advance

Networking parties give you a chance to introduce yourself and set yourself apart from the crowd. When you have just seconds, you want to make it count! Keep your elevator pitch short and sweet (at about 30 seconds) and be sure to share your name/company’s name, who you serve and what makes you unique. 

Our quick intro: Here at B & M Catering, we’ve been providing Clambakes, Pig Roasts, Barbecues and Bar Services for thirty years and would love to cater your next special event! By the way, did you know we’ll also deliver the food hot or cold right to your door?


DON’T Forget your business cards

Networking is all about meeting new contacts and growing your list, so be sure not to forget your business cards! This is a great way to share where people can find you, and bonus: many networking events have business card “fish bowl” raffles at the door. Win, win! 


DO: Follow up with new contacts 

Now that you’ve made some new contacts, it’s time for the most important part: following up! 

Whether you’re looking to grab coffee to brainstorm ideas for a new business idea or want to touch base with a potential client who expressed interest in your services, the follow up is key. You may also want to send potential clients your newsletter or service menu if they’d like more information! 


DON’T: Forget to have fun! 

Last but not least, remember to loosen up a bit and have fun! If you’re in charge of hosting the networking event, consider providing a photo booth, raffles, games, and prizes to keep it lighthearted and interactive for the attendees. This will help break the ice and tame some of the nerves!


Are you planning a networking party for your staff, residents or community? Reach out today to request a quote and start planning your menu!


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What Happens to the Trash?

  • Posted on: 22 April 2019
  • By: Brian and Mick

we clean up after your event

Q: What happens to all the trash at the end of my party? 

A: When we cater Full-Service Events, we bring the trash cans, liners and take all of the trash with us at the end of the event. We will leave the grounds cleaner than we found them.


Got more questions?  
Visit our FAQ section for quick and easy answers to our most frequently asked questions. 

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Congratulations to This Month's Beach Blanket Winner

  • Posted on: 20 April 2019
  • By: Brian and Mick

Congratulations to Sarah P. from Pawtucket, RI.

She is this month's lucky winner of the Facebook Fan-of-the-Month Beach Blanket!

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Summer is right around the corner - FINALLY!

We know that Sarah will have plenty of opportunities to use her oversized "The Fresh Lobster" terry beach blanket for her summer fun! 


We sure do appreciate our Facebook fans!

We randomly select a new Facebook fan each month to win our blanket.  

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5 Menu Must-Haves for Your Cinco De Mayo Fiesta

  • Posted on: 19 April 2019
  • By: Brian and Mick

Fiesta, Fiesta!

Cinco de Mayo is coming in hot, and we’re already busting out the margarita glasses and all the avocados. In honor of this beloved Mexican holiday, we’re sharing five menu-must haves for your Cinco De Mayo bash. 

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  1. Do It Yourself Taco Bar

What’s Cinco De Mayo without tacos? We love the South of the Border Menu, which includes a Chicken & Beef Taco Bar. Your guests will have a blast making their own creation with all the fixings: guacamole, shredded cheddar, lettuce, tomato chunks, olives, sour cream, salsa, and jalapenos to add some spice! 

  1. Salsa con Queso Mac N’ Cheese

Think outside the box, and wow your guests with an unexpected dish: Mac n’ Cheese! Our Salsa Con Queso Mac adds a zesty spin to this childhood favorite, with a to-die-for white cheese sauce. Take it to the next level by adding taco beef to your mac order! 

  1. Chips & Guac

Keep it simple with a Mexican classic: chips and guac! Our Mexican Platter is a party must-have, complete with nacho chips, salsa, sour cream, black bean dip, jalapenos and of course guacamole

  1. Irresistible Queso Dips 

Everyone loves a good ol’ fashioned dip to snack on throughout the day. Our cheesy Salsa Con Queso or Beefy Salsa Con Queso dips are especially fitting for your Cinco De Mayo fiesta! 

  1. Tex-Mex Vegetable Salad 

All your favorite Mexican flavors into one big healthy salad! This colorful and refreshing combo – featuring corn, beans, and peppers – is a great complement to your fiery meals and apps. 



If you don’t feel like crafting your own menu from scratch, our  South of the Border Menu is the perfect option for you! Along with the DIY Taco Bar (as mentioned above), this fan-favorite menu also includes:


  • Veggie or Meat Chili
  • Mexicali Vegetable Medley
  • Spanish Rice
  • Freshly Baked Corn Bread 
  • Watermelon
  • Lemonade 

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    Happy Cinco De Mayo, Friends!

    For more party inspiration, check out these four delicious themed menus!  


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    Congratulations to This Month's Clambake Winner

    • Posted on: 18 April 2019
    • By: Brian and Mick

    Congratulations to Sandra M. of Cranston, RI!

    do it yourself clambake

    Sandra's name was chosen as the lucky winner of our monthly drawing for a Clambake to Travel. When Sandra comes by our kitchen in Pawtucket to pick up her Clambake-to-Travel, she is sure to be super excited to bring home our traditional New England Clambake. Everything is included in its very own pot. Sandra's family or friends will enjoy this DIY clambake dinner.

    The reusable take-home pot is completely full with lobster, steamers, mussels, chourico, corn on the cob, red bliss potatoes & onions. 

    By now, we hope you know, each month we hold a "Win-A-Clambake" drawing.  This month, Sandra's name was chosen from the entries we received.

    We think Sandra is going to really enjoy how easy it is to prepare our clambakes to travel!

    It is ridiculously easy it is to prepare a Do-It-Yourself Clambake. You can cook it in your home, your backyard, a tailgate event, or even at your campsite:

    The first thing you do is add water to the pot we provide. Then, you place it on your stove top. 

    That's it!

    In less than one hour, you and your guests can enjoy their own Traditional Old-Fashioned Clambake.

    You could become next month's winner.  
    Simply visit the "Win a Clambake" page to register.
    Please, feel free to enter every month.  The more the merrier.    

    Good Luck!

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