The word banquet is derived from a French word ‘banque’, which refers to mass or gathering of people. The history of banqueting is traced back to sumptuous feasts or various ceremonial feasts held in honor of visiting host or monarch. It is an essential outlet of food and beverage department in a large size hotel. It is concerned with the various functions that usually intend to generate maximum revenue from the sale of pace, food, beverage and particular functions. Banquet, intended for these purpose, is usually designed for the multi- functions that usually intend to generate maximum revenue from the sale of space, food, beverage and particular function. Banquet, intended for these purpose, is usually designed for the multi-functional activities to ensure frequent use, and to justify the high cost of providing the space to a gathering of people on occasions such as weddings, private or official luncheon parties, dinner-dances, cocktail parties, seminars, meetings, conferences, fashion shows, exhibitions, anniversaries and other recreational programs.
In a large first-class hotel, all events take place within the banqueting halls and conference halls that are under the administrative control of F&B director and banquet manager. The provision of separate partitions to divide the hall into smaller areas to accommodate various meetings and small get-together held at the same time should be there. In small hotels, these functions normally take place in rooms set aside for this purpose. Successful banquets require and extensive planning, organizing, communication, control and coordination. Employees of the banquet must perform the different tasks. The organization, control and coordination. Employees of the banquet must perform the different tasks. The organizational hierarchy and the number of positions depend upon the space and capacity of banquet in the hotel in large hotels, there are banquet manager, banquet supervisor, banquet attendants and other staff. Casual/utility workers are mostly appointed on daily wage basis as per the need.
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