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The term Banqueting has an English origin and means the activity of food and drinks preparation in the organization of banquets. Sometimes there is some confusion between the concepts of catering and banqueting, two different types of activity connected to the restaurant industry. In fact, very often the term catering is wrongly considered to be a synonym for banqueting.
The latter can be carried out inside the places which have the possibility to hold particular events, for example, in villas, palaces, castles or historical buildings. In the world of the restaurant sector, the concept of Banqueting is an innovation of recent years, although it has an ancient origin. Banqueting has always been a real art, wanted by the kings and created and developed by the queens for important occasions. And only in the previous century this art was disclosed for emerging classes.
In order to better explain the concept we can assert that the catering activity presupposes only the home delivery of food and drinks and usually this activity provides cooked food ready to be consumed (for example, in the office, school or public canteens). Banqueting, on the contrary, provides the dishes cooked directly at the place with the chef’s assistance, usually at receptions or wedding celebrations.
The banqueting activity is closely connected to the preparation of the tables/buffets, waiter service carried out by highly-qualified staff, the supply of the tables, chairs, napkins and tablecloths, tableware and dishware necessary to provide the service.
When we speak of banqueting the preparation of food is strongly connected with the usage of the kitchen and so can take place in various locations, which means that either there is a kitchen inside which allows the chef to give life to his creation; or that the qualified staff can set up a complete kitchen on site.
This type of a service is wide-spread and recommended in the sphere of wedding receptions organized inside villas or historical buildings to provide a high-level service.