All posts by Alastair Coleman

What feels like a long time coming, the busy Chef’s at Going Gourmet have almost finished and perfected a new menu to present to you all! Catering menu’s require a different thought process to the usual restaurant menu – as unlike a restaurant we are never cooking in the same place! Our Chef’s don’t have the comfort of a familiar kitchen every weekend, instead we find ourselves inside our clients homes, new venues or even in the back paddock cooking under the stars!
2019 catering menu
This means our menu items need to be unique and adaptable – whilst still being beautiful and delicious.
 
With Executive Chef Owen O’Neill leading the charge, we have almost finished our 2019/2020 refresh menu – offering a brand new spread of taste bud tantalizing options! This comes with a bit of a new look for Going Gourmet exploring presentation styles and flavours that may not have been seen before through our previous menu’s up to this point. The core of what we do is fresh, handmade, good soul food. We are branching out in some new directions and ensuring that each dish still has the love and care that our product is known for.
 
This new menu will see more power given to the customer (you!) in selecting and creating your ideal package, allowing you to be able to create a journey for your own guests at your wedding, engagement, birthday or work event. We are bringing in flavours from some different cuisines and allowing our chef’s to show their flare in their own personal styles of cooking which will in turn take everyone on a culinary adventure at any event!
 
Some exciting new things we can share is the introduction of “hand held items” which are a larger canape option, and then “bowl food” options which are again, a step up offering a mini meal to be enjoyed whilst mingling and sipping on your wine at the same time.
 
To create, trial and roll out a new menu is a very slow and detailed process, but that’s what we love about it! Every detail and every flavour needs to be just right so we can execute it in the hundreds for all your amazing events every weekend. The look, style, feel, taste, colour, texture and description of each item needs to be easy, yet exciting and we need to ensure there is enough variety to suit every taste bud out there. Then all items need to be paired with the perfect serving dish, photographed and documented so each of our talented chefs (over 20 of them!) knows exactly how each item should look when you select it for your own special event.
 
Then of course there is the taste testing – how else would we be able to describe and suggest our favourite items without trialing ALL of them first, it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it.
 
The last step is then collating everything together in our brochure which allows you to browse all options at your leisure, understand the different pricing structure and choose what will suit your special occasion best. Final editing and formatting will go back and forth many times before the final copy is confirmed and released to all our new and pre-existing clients.
 
This stage is only weeks away, so keep your eyes peeled and your notifications on for our latest creations to be released.
 

abia award winner
 
It brings us a lot of joy to show off our gold shining star, crowning us the best Independent Caterers in Victoria at the Australian Bridal Industry Academy – ABIA, which were held on Tuesday 7th May 2019 at Crown Aviary.
 
Thank you to everyone who voted for us, from our couples who invite us into their homes for their weddings, the couples who choose us to cater at their chosen venues and all our Baxter Barn – Weddings & Events couples’ who chose our venue to get married at and voted for us.
 
We love what we do here and cannot wait to smash out another wedding season! This year, expect new menus, new food and a fresh new look, as we continue to bring you the best food, service and staff.
 

mother's day

Going Gourmet have been a busy bunch!
 
Late last year we took over ownership of a venue called The Little Vineyard. Nestled in Chirnside Park with the view of rolling hills of the Yarra Valley- we saw the potential this adorable venue had and took hold with both hands to make this something spectacular.
 
The Managing Director has been hard at work coordinating renovations, giving the venue some ‘Going Gourmet love’ and rustic character. Renovations will be completed in the next week or so, and what great timing to show off our newest venue for a Mothers’ Day Pop Up Brunch at The Little Vineyard- which we now know as “TLV”.
 
The sky is the limit with what beautiful (& delicious) weddings & events that can be held at the property and we are super excited to share our journey with you all.
 
Rather than having breakfast in bed, or that same restaurant you go to for every family occasion- treat mum and the family to a brand new scene and book a table at Going Gourmets’ TLV Mother’s Day Event!
 
Feasting/Shared style menu, served to your table (because we’re all family here) with an abundance of delicious colourful, relatable food served with a glass of bubbles on arrival to toast and thank mum! Be sure not to eat too much, as following your main meal, an epic dessert buffet will be served for all those sweet tooths’!  Non-alcoholic beverages are also inclusive of the per person costings – any other drinks can be purchased at bar prices.
 
Bookings are essential in advance. See below event details for menu and information and contact events@thelittlevineyard.com.au or phone 0455 660 138 to arrange your table!
 
Also, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS via our Facebook event here

Food is what brings people together. Through flavours that dance on your tongue, to options that leave you in awe, food is a language that everyone speaks. After all, everyone needs to eat. Bring your guests together over food that is of the highest quality with our chefs at Going Gourmet.
 
“Feasting” is our version of grazing platters served to the table for guests to share amongst themselves. Some may call it shared platters, “Mezze” or even “Tapas”. This is a celebration of food and a generous degustation of your chosen menu, allowing guests to enjoy a variety of options.
 

Feasting options for every guest

Our chefs are well versed in the distinctive tastes that come with different types of cuisine from around the world. Feasting is gorgeously presented with our chefs understanding the need to have food visually appealing for your guests to be wowed. We also take the stress away from the event hosts, providing not only the chef(s) and wait staff, but napkins, platters, boards, terracotta dishes, paella pans, sauce spoons, and our own kitchen accessories and utensils.*
 
We cater to a range of dietary requirements with our gourmet service, including gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan. This allows us to have an all-inclusive service, and allow guests to have an enjoyable experience. Feasting menus include a selection of sides to complement your main menu. We are sure that your guests will be blown away by whatever you choose from our four Gourmet Feasting menus including feasting entrées, mains, sides and sweet canapés.
 
Our team at Going Gourmet are able to cater to any event, including weddings, engagement parties, birthdays, christenings, funerals, corporate events, film sets and even Christmas events.
 
To get a quote today on your event, contact our events team today. We pride ourselves on being able to connect with people over the food we make, with our flavours and foods bringing any event to the next level.
 
*Please note: wait staff, serviceware and equipment are itemised on your quote depending on the number of guests attending your event.
 

Sample Feasting Menu

Feasting Entrées

Feasting Entrées

Option 1: Select 2 Entrées or Option 2: Select 3 Entrées

 

12 hour Beef Short Ribs
fresh cabbage, carrot Asian slaw, chilli & lime (GF)

Chicken & Proscuito
breast medallions, crispy proscuito, coz lettuce, hollandaise sauce (GF)

Prawn & Corn Fritters
deep fried quinelles, tomato & chilli salsa, guacamole & lemon

Salt & Pepper Calamari
garlic aioli, rocket salad w crispy fried chilli & parsley (GF)

Grilled Lamb Kibbeh
roasted cherry tomatoes, marinated fetta & rocket (GF)

Tasmanian Salmon Croquettes
hollandaise sauce, herb salad, citrus

Crispy Skin Pork belly
Vietnamese shredded vegetable salad, chilli & Hanoi sauce (GF)

Herbed Lamb Cutlet Milanese (1)
rocket & parmesan salad, sweet tomato relish, lemon wedge

Seared Canadian Scallops
honey glazed pancetta, celeariac puree, micro salad (GF)

Gourmet Antipasto
grilled vegetables marinated with parsley, garlic & olive oil,
prosciutto, salami, semi dried tomatoes, sautéed olives (GF)

 

~ All meals are served w fresh white bread rolls & butter portions ~

 

Feasting Mains

Feasting Mains

Option 1: Select 2 Mains & 2 sides or Option 2: Select 3 Mains & 2 sides

 

Scotch Fillet Medallions of Beef
green beans, bordelaise sauce (GF)

Tasmanian Salmon Fillet
salad of lime pickled shredded vegetables, chilli & soy glaze (GF)

Otway Free Range Pork Belly
crispy skin, baked green apples, quince sauce, herb salad w orange (GF)

Dukkah Lamb Loin & Fetta
creamed fetta cheese, pistachios, beetroot & cucumber salad (GF)

New Zealand Crispy Fried Rockling Fillets
fennel, whole eggs & caper tartare

Chicken Breast Supreme
tri-colour pepperonata, broccolini, crispy fried basil (GF)

Peppered Eye fillet Medallions
French fries, béarnaise sauce (GF)  or  alternative – gorgonzola cream, w chives (GF)

Herbed Lamb Cutlet Milanese (1)
rocket & parmesan salad, sweet tomato relish, lemon wedge

 

Sides

Sides

select 2

 

Hot Side Selection (GF)

roasted chat potatoes w confit garlic, rosemary

steamed asian greens, crisp & tasty

potato puree, silky smooth mashed potatoes w cream & butter

 

Salad Side Selection (GF)

roasted root vegetables tossed with rocket & balsamic vinaigrette

roasted beetroot, Danish fetta & green beans & rocket leaves, dressed w balsamic

herbed green salad, w cherry tomatoes & julienne fine veg

quinoa & cranberry, baby spinach, lemon, toasted almonds

 

Sweet Canapés

Sweet Canapés

Our ‘Signature’ Petit Fours

 

Petit Citrus Curd, Lime shavings

Doce de Leite (Caramel) & Macadamia

 White Chocolate Mousse w Raspberries & Coconut

Belgium Chocolate Brownie, drizzled w Dark Chocolate (GF)

Mini Sticky Dates w Doce de Leite & Iranian Dates (GF)

Pistachio Cream Tartlet

 

Christmas catering

So the silly season is upon us…well almost!
 
The daylight is stretching longer and the weather supposedly heating up (come on Melbourne?) and before we all know it we will be rolling into December with the Christmas Carols playing and the Christmas parties kicking on.
 
It can be the best time of year and the busiest time of year because one thing is for sure- the food & drinks will be flowing! Everyone is talking about this year’s Christmas party and what will be planned. There’s so many options to choose from but once you have your location locked in the next big deal is of course, the catering!
 
First thing to think about is do you want to have a stand up cocktail party where everyone just drinks and mingles and enjoys delicious bite size pieces handed around to them
OR
do you want to have your guests sitting down for a bit, having a nice big hearty plated meal before the real festivities begin?
 
Generally, we find that the cocktail party is a popular way to go in that it offers a lot more flexibility for the night and you also don’t have to find a space that can fit a full table and chair set up. This encourages all your team to interact, chat with different groups and ultimately relax and forego the formalities associated with a sit down.
 
For example, when your first early bird guests start to arrive no one wants to stand around empty handed so you’d want a nice big spread of antipasto, cheese & dips which are always an ice breaker. Nothing brings the accounts department and the PR Reps together like some Brie!
 
Cool canapes kick off once more of a crowd has arrived and our friendly staff explain the delicious delicacies – there’s a few interesting ones in there including Peri Peri chicken fillet on a sweet corn & coriander fritter and then we have the Rare Seared Beef on Turkish bread, house made ollo rosso jam with shaved rocket. Staff will have a chat & explain, but ultimately let the flavours do the talking!
 
Hot canapes are where all the fun is, with some crowd favourites such as fresh salt & pepper calamari, pulled pork rolls in a brioche bun and assorted hand rolled arancini balls!
 
When it comes to the drinks department, an all-inclusive beverage package is the way to go. People aren’t looking at the label on the wine at these types of things – they just want it to be free! A beverage package allows us to worry about the quantities, the transport & storage of large amounts of beer & wine. We source great local product (which is of course tried & tested by ourselves) so we know that what we’re serving will suit all pallets whether someone is after the perfect sparkling or a hearty red. Our beer lists consists of the crowd favourites such as Carlton Draught & Stella, as well as the ever popular boutique beers, Hawkers Pale Ale and Fat Yak.
 
Outsourcing catering for your end of year event is the most flexible way to make your plans & choose your location, because no matter when or where, you know you can get amazing food & drink service to make it a day or night to remember!

These days there is not to many things more important than the perfect party. Ok well that’s a lie – there’s a lot more things important than the perfect party BUT that doesn’t mean we are not allowed to indulge ourselves.
 
In an age of Instagram #foodporn and Facebook live it’s all about the what are you doing right now, how good does it look and how many of your friends and family are going to be raging that they blew off your 42nd birthday invite to stay at home and watch Masterchef on the TV – when they could have been experiencing culinary masterpieces IN REAL LIFE. Crazy I know.
 
The family gathering is no longer about pulling the old faithful Patties out of the freezer and leaving them to the flies for the rest of the night. We now have the world at our finger tips – and this includes a professional chef & their kitchen.
 
The vision is that you don’t have to go anywhere, you don’t have to do anything, all you have to do is swap your Moccasins for a pair of strappy heels at the last minute & then simply step out into your own back yard, or leave them on, whatever – here at Going Gourmet we want to bring the flexibility for you to do what you want. We’ll serve you no matter what the attire, no matter what the location and you can even run in side and have a cheeky nap half way through the night and we won’t tell a soul.
 
Our chef will be cooking in your kitchen, making themselves at home, even making sure your kids keep getting those sneaky chips on the side whilst pumping out an array of mouth watering food for your unsuspecting guests outside who by the end of the night are simply going to think you are the party QUEEN. How does a rare seared beef sound with ollo rosso cherry onion jam served upon oven cooked Turkish bread sound? What about confit duck and apple spring rolls with a hoi sin dipping sauce? By the time you move on to the hand cut, New Zealand Calamari hand dusted in salt & pepper crust with a squeeze of fresh lime – you’ll swear you’ll be seeing Matt Preston poking his head over the fence.
 
The point is celebrating life and good food no longer comes with the 3 days in the kitchen prior. We want to bring you an experience from start to finish and fit in to your perfect scenario. And we haven’t event covered the barbeque yet! What says ‘australian’ ‘fun’ and ‘family’ more than firing up the barbeque just when everyone didn’t think it can get any better. Steaks sizzling, skewers circulating – it’s the perfect end to a night.
 
Our team is with you all the way, ticking the boxes and tying of the loose ends because this is what we do, food is what we do. We know how busy life can get but we also know that at that one point in the night, when you’re taking the perfect mouthful of beetroot & dukkah sea salted arancini & looking around at your friends and family – that you will know that this is something really special & that’s what we love to be a part of.
 
We also do the dishes… #cantlose !
 

The Gourmet Chef

Interested in Going Gourmet to cater your WEDDING or EVENT? Why not come along to our New Established Bar in Melbourne to sample our amazing canapes that you could have served at your event? Ever heard of “TRY BEFORE YOU BUY” in the wedding industry??? Well, we are so confident in our product, we are offering all this absolutely on us. But, get in quick as spots are limited.

 

What we need from you?
-> Contact us on (03) 9543 8810
– Speak to our Sales Team (9-5pm) or leave a message (after hours)
-> please mention: “trybeforeyoubuy” Tasting Night
We will then call you to confirm, send you a brochure and email you a confirmation for your tasting experience.

 

Limited to 6 guests per group

5.30pm till 9.00pm

27/8/15

 

view event on Facebook

Early start today, as we are the official catering sponsor of The Property Industry Foundation Charity Sailing Challenge, to raise money for homeless children and youth. Read more on their website here.

“You guys are great at supporting the community. First found out about you at a fundraiser for Pompes disease fundraiser last year. Now we can’t stop raving about your food. Well done.”
from Jo-Anne via Facebook

 

“The feedback on the catering at our Charity Sailing Challenge was fantastic! And well received by all of our attendees, including our VIPs.

Thank you to for organising the catering, and packing all of the lunch packs for us at the discounted charity rate!

It certainly helped us and RBYC, for you taking on this role, and delivering the lunch packs in the cool room on the day. Thank you.

We’ll be in touch later in the year to discuss requirements/preparations for our 2016 Property Industry Foundation Charity Sailing Challenge in March.

Thanks,

Caryn” via email

Going Gourmet and our venue Baxter Barn have been featured again this month in another local paper.

 

Please take a read of this great article by clicking here.
 

 
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Take a look at this great article about Going Gourmet, Baxter Barn and the main charity we support, Wallara.
 
read article online or view PDF
 
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We were privileged to be part of the lovely Chelsea and Chris Beal’s wedding on the 29th November 2014 at St Leonard’s Yacht Club. We catered for 155 guests on a lovely spring day. The menu incorporated canapés to start, followed by a sit down meal.

Hope you enjoy the gallery as much as we do!

We’ve had heaps of compliments about both the canapés and meals at the wedding.

Thanks again for the brilliant job!

Kind regards,
Chelsea Beal”

Welcome to “Drinks by Going Gourmet” !

 
When you have an important event or celebration planned, taking the extra step to ensure your guests are fully refreshed can make a big different to its success. Going Gourmet is the industry leader in drinks catering and mobile bars, offering first-class service backed up by years of experience.

 

We understand that every guest’s tastes are different, so from beer to wine, the range of choices we have for you in our all-inclusive drinks package enables you to cater for all taste buds. We’ve even taken care of glassware, staff and covered a whole range of juices, soft drinks and mineral waters.

Providing the finest beverage catering at affordable prices

 

Beer: So many different beers to taste in the world, yet so little time… At Going Gourmet, we know our beer. If you’re after a more modest and traditional selection of the amber nectar, most of our beers will surely tickle your fancy. For the more adventures ‘cold coffee’ connoisseurs, our Hawkers Pale Ale is worth writing home about.

 

Wine: Whether you’re on team red or team white (or both), our selection of wines will impress the fussiest of guests. Within our range you’ll select a total of four different labels of some of the finest wines bottles throughout Australia.

 

Additional Drinks: Sometimes, beer and wine just won’t cut it. Special occasions call for special drinks catering, so to make your event an unforgettable one, we’re proud to supply some added packages upon request.

 

From soft drinks to wine, we take care of it all

Included in Going Gourmet’s first-class mobile bar and beverage catering in Melbourne is:

  • All glass and bar staff hire
  • All things frozen; ice and ice tubs
  • Jugs and water canisters
  • Even tables and their coverings
  • Cleaning

Our specially-trained and experienced bar staff will deliver the most premium service to you and your guests, ensuring the occasion goes as smoothly and hitch-free as possible. We’re here to make your life easy. The primary focus for us at Going Gourmet is client satisfaction, and as such we approach each event and occasion with the highest level of professionalism and courtesy. Feel free to take a look at what some of our previous clients have to say about us on our testimonials page.
 

Need to Hire Glasses or Bar Staff?

We can include all our staff to serve your chosen beverages, glassware, ice, a single or multiple bar locations & all in a chosen service window. All we need from you is a beverage list…. and we take care of the rest!

Bar Staff Hire: Our bar staff are there to pour beer, serve wine and soft drinks throughout the event, then bus all glass-wear.

Approach Bars: This is where bar staff are serving from a single bar station, whilst your guests approach the bar for drinks service. Glassware can be displayed, pre-poured or how you wish. Approach Bars are a great way to reduce staffing costs and are equally elegant and effective.

Table Service: Table service can be offered to your guests when staffing is of 1:30 ratio. We pride ourselves in being food and beverage professionals and take all the work out from family working on your wedding day or event.
 
We are happy to provide you with a free quote for beverage catering in Melbourne if you are planning on using us in conjunction with our food catering — complete the form and we’ll get back to you ASAP. Additionally, if you have any questions please call us on (03) 9543 8810 or send us an email.