Contract Catering and Management

5 ECTS / Semester / Portuguese

Objectives and competences

To provide fundamental knowledge on managing every aspect of the food and beverage business (F&B). Provide students with essential tools for managing a food and beverage (F&B) business.

The student should be able to:

  • Characterize the sector of activity and its legal framework
  • Identify the different types of F&B establishments
  • Plan and develop an F&B service.
  • Recognize different production and distribution models
  • Prepare technical advices on equipment; materials and utensils
  • Organize the food circuit, taking into account the legislation, Food Hygiene and Safety and the optimization of processes
  • Understand and know how to intervene in the management of human resources in F&B establishments
  • Develop menus, taking into account the suitability for the target audience, feasibility and costs.
  • Develop technical sheets that simultaneously meet the nutritional and economic criteria
  • Know how to prepare and interpret economic studies, budgets and financial data.
  • Understand techniques to manage customer and consumer expectations


Teaching Methodologies

Lectures: use of expository, interrogative, demonstrative and active methods. Exercises on each of the themes, accompanied by the teacher.

Theoretical and practical: use of the demonstrative and active methods. Conducting individual and group work based on case studies and using the Excel program.

Tutorial: individual and group work carried out in theoretical-practical classes.



History, concepts and terminology, typology of F&B establishments
The sector of activity and its characterization
Management of F&B establishments
F&B planning and development
Economic study, budgets and financial maps
Customer satisfaction and complaints management
Transversal processes to the activity
Trends and new opportunities in the F&B Business


Invited Professor
Specialist in Alimentação Coletiva e Restauração, graduated in Ciências da Nutrição by Faculdade de Ciências da Nutrição e Alimentação da Universidade do Porto…