There’s always the question of when to serve food at an event. I’ve found that it is all situational. Meaning the time of day the event is, the speakers preference and what type of food you are serving.
My preference is to have a luncheon and with speakers because sandwiches are easy to grab and are not loud while the speakers is speaking. What I have noticed is the placement of the sandwiches is also crucial. If they are up at the front people often won’t grab one if the speaker is standing up front but hasn’t started their speech yet. Until someone says go ahead and grab your sandwiches will anyone go up. Another thing that I have noticed is that people often get up during the presenters speech to grab more, which is weird since they were nervous to grab it when they weren’t speaking. Unless they feel that they would get talked to by another individual. What ever the reason is, it interests me in what people do.
The only reason you should have food after the event is when you are doing a mixer afterwards. Strategically placing the food for the mixer is what will keep conversation the going and make your event even more successful. Finding a good caterer will help with placing food for your event. They have done it before so it will be best to take their advice.