While guests have to unmask to eat, that doesn't mean you should ditch the food portion of the programming. “Providing a meal creates a sense of community and helps to get people to talk,” says Lynette Moore, the director at Quorum, an 11,000-square-foot event and gathering space at the University City Science Center in Philadelphia.
Boxed meals have become a mainstay of pandemic gatherings, professional or personal, and Moore still recommends them. “This allows for guests to grab their individual meal, sit down and use utensils that only they have touched,” she notes.
Recently, Moore’s team had an event with a variety of individually boxed salad options. “You could choose your own protein. It was a nice way to do something that wasn’t a sandwich and a bag of chips but also allowed people to feel safe," she explains.