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Organising the big day can be a stressful experience for some couples because it’s so important to get everything just right. At Going Gourmet, we offer exceptional catering services for weddings in Melbourne and wider Victoria that are carefully planned around your needs. This means you can have an amazing day without having to worry about a thing. We will listen closely to your needs to customise the perfect menu with a diverse range to suit the tastes of all your guests.

 

Our team has years of experience in the hospitality industry, and has become the wedding caterers Melbourne couples turn to for outstanding services tailored to their needs. We genuinely enjoy being a part of your special day, which is why we take the time to make sure everything is taken care. This mean you can enjoy time with friends and family with the peace of mind you deserve.

 

Expert caterers with flexible options

There are limitless choices when it comes to our menus, and you can choose anything from delicious cocktail snacks to a full meal at the reception.

If anyone attending has any allergies or dietary requirements, we have absolutely no problem with providing appropriate catering that is just as impressive. From gluten free to vegan and everything in between, our professional chefs will passionately put together succulent treats that will have everyone talking.

 

Everything you need for a perfect day

We have been lucky enough to provide wedding catering across Victoria and consider it a privilege to be a part of these celebrations. The most important thing for the day is for you to be able to relax without any unnecessary stress, which is why we go above and beyond to provide a reliable, self-sufficient service based on your needs.

 
While it’s important to get everything right for both the ceremony and the reception, this doesn’t mean you should have to break the bank to pay for everything. At Going Gourmet, we offer our first-class catering for your wedding at an affordable price and will customise your package so that you aren’t charged for anything you don’t want.

 

Contact our team

To enquire about the leading Melbourne wedding catering company, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on (03) 9543 8810 or get in touch with us online.

 

Whether you have a client meeting, business conference or anything else in between, it’s important to make the right impression. Being able to host a great function helps keep morale high above your own employees and demonstrate your success to potential clients.

 

Over many years we have worked at countless events for a variety of clients including celebrities, iconic brands and high profile organisations. We have developed a reputation as the top corporate caterers in Melbourne for providing delicious food, innovative design, professional staff and peace of mind for our clients. From canapés and finger food to sit down meals and buffets, we can offer unrivalled catering for your business.

 

Fantastic feeds from event halls to board rooms

We combine style, great taste and execute a luxurious experience at every function in almost any location – our team are highly organised in terms of planning for different venues, with or without commercial kitchen facilities. If you are having an office lunch or dinner for over 30 guests we can provide our Chef(s) to cook onsite with hired ovens, and staff to look after and serve all your guests. For groups of less than 30 guests, easily order our fuss free, ready to go canape platters through our online delivery business Instant Catering – and these will be delivered fresh to you on the day.

 

Passionate corporate caterers backed up by experience

Going Gourmet remains at all times very aware of their clients’ requirements: we work together to achieve the right balance and impressions for your party, whether it’s an informal office celebration or a high profile event. A fresh and flexible approach to event and food design means we are able to cater to your most specific needs for function and office catering service that complements the theme and tone of the overall event. Upon request, we will organise a consultation with our executive chef and tailor-make your menus.

 

Discover what you can achieve with Going Gourmet

Our crew of experienced chefs and hospitality workers combines a broad range of skills to consistently deliver magnificent food that’s unmatched by competing office catering companies. Discover for yourself how we can make your next lunch meeting, conference or company celebration as memorable as possible; view the different menus below and get in touch on (03) 9543 8810 to discuss Melbourne corporate catering customised to suit your needs.

 

Large Event Capabilities Case Study – St Bede’s College 2018 Graduation Highlight Video
For the past 3 years, we have turned St Bede’s College’s basketball stadium into a “hawker” style function room – full of food and drink stations where we fed and hydrated up to around 800 guests all at once! Take a look at this short video to see the scale of the event and talk to us today about creating your own unique experience.


 

Take a look at our current and previous clients, companies and organisations here

Everyone gets older, and we all love getting to celebrate it with our friend and family (not to mention all the awesome presents you get!). But organising a party can be hard work, and that’s no fun at all. This is why we offer both adults and kids party catering throughout Melbourne, and we want to feed you and your guests.

 

Going Gourmet offers a wide range of birthday catering options to tailor your function. We create with you a menu that not only is of the finest quality, we ensure there is of quantity for everyone. We always pride ourselves in offering a diverse range of food that will suit everyone’s tastes, as well as little birthday catering extras such as sweet platters of petit fours – enjoy six different birthday cakes for the price of one! If you have something in mind, we listen and design it with you.

 

Have fun while impressing your guests with amazing food

The great advantage of using our fantastic birthday party catering is that we do all the work for you. You will be able to actually enjoy your birthday without having to worry too much about your guests, and if it’s for one of your kids, they won’t be wondering where their mummy or daddy are. You can spend quality time with your kids while they celebrate their birthday, or they celebrate yours.

 

Our birthday catering service will travel for you

No matter where you choose to hold your function, from the very heart of Melbourne or all the way out in the Mornington Peninsula, we take the hassle out of catering and are very self sufficient. Going Gourmet are proud to offer birthday catering Melbourne and Victoria wide by special appointment, and can travel to just about any function venue, providing a genuine gourmet alternative to other party catering services in Victoria. All we need is some kitchen space, and all we will leave behind (if you’re lucky!) are some yummy leftovers. Our staff are the friendliest and thrive at providing excellent service.

 

We understand that if there is something that is an allergy or dietary requirement, we create around it and never cease to amaze.

 

If you want to give yourself or one of your kids a birthday party to remember, then our fantastic catering service do just that. Our delicious food has made all of our clients happy and have continued to use us for other events. To book our services, please call (03) 9543 8810 or send us an email.

 

“impress your guests with a no-stress engagement party”

Congratulations on your engagement! In many ways, planning your engagement party is a trial run for planning your wedding day. The same questions come up: there is a venue to find, decorations to choose and at least two families to consider when you plan the invitation list.
 
We might not be able to help you navigate your in-laws, but we can help remove some stress from your planning process with our special engagement party catering service in Melbourne. With incredible customisable menus, friendly and professional wait staff and experienced chefs, Going Gourmet catering is here to help.

 

Catering for any type of engagement party

Going Gourmet offers a wide range of options, so you can tailor the catering to suit your event. We work closely with you to create a menu that reflects your tastes and dietary needs, and execute it using only the finest quality ingredients and local produce.
 
At Going Gourmet, we take a lot of pride in creating menus that offer a diverse range of food to make sure there is something to suit everyone’s tastes. And don’t worry, we always make sure that there is enough food for everyone.
 
Every engagement party is unique, but whether you’re planning a BBQ, a sit-down dinner, a cocktail party, a buffet, or something else entirely, Going Gourmet can provide fresh, affordable catering that your guests are sure to enjoy.
 

Contact Melbourne’s leading gourmet catering company

We understand that if there is something that is an allergy or dietary requirement, we create around it and never cease to amaze. No matter where you choose to hold your engagement, we take the hassle out of catering and are very self-sufficient, meaning there’s no need for you to lift a finger. Contact our friendly team today on (03) 9543 8810 and take advantage of the best engagement party catering service available in Melbourne.

Graze for days

Get your antipasti & cheese fix through one of our amazing table set ups or smaller individual platters. A Grazing spread not only looks amazing but allows your guests to enjoy gourmet cheese, dips & antipasti at the start of your event before your main catering package is served or as a savoury finisher.

Grazing Tables

Grazing Tables

 

Grazing Tables offer a beautiful spread of gourmet cured meats, soft & hard cheeses, home made dips, fresh & dried fruit, seasonal vegetables, breads, crackers & more! These are presented on a pine wood tabletop and not only offers a wow factor when people first arrive, but a relaxed way for them to enjoy a light starter before your main catering package begins.

 

Gourmet Vegetarian Antipasti
Grilled vegetables & shredded basil chunky-style vegetarian dips, semi dried tomatoes, sautéed olives & lavosh
Gourmet Meat & Vegetable Antipasti
Cured hams & salami, chorizo, grilled vegetables, fetta, semi dried tomatoes, sautéed olives & lavosh
Gourmet Cheese Platter
Gourmet cheese selection with quince paste, fresh fruit, honey & lavosh
Going Gourmet Dips Platter
A trio of chunky-style dips, garnished with semi dried tomatoes, olives & lavosh
Going Gourmet Fruit Platter
Seasonal fruit platter, melons, pineapple with berry compote to dip
 

Grazing Platters

Grazing Platters

 

If you aren’t after the full table spread but would still like some cheese & antipasti on offer to compliment you main catering, then how about an individual platter? A large platter serves up to 20 guests.

 

Gourmet Vegetarian Antipasti
Grilled vegetables & shredded basil chunky-style vegetarian dips, semi dried tomatoes, sautéed olives & lavosh
Gourmet Meat & Vegetable Antipasti
Cured hams & salami, chorizo, grilled vegetables, fetta, semi dried tomatoes, sautéed olives & lavosh
Gourmet Cheese Platter
Gourmet cheese selection with quince paste, fresh fruit, honey & lavosh
Going Gourmet Dips Platter
A trio of chunky-style dips, garnished with semi dried tomatoes, olives & lavosh
Going Gourmet Fruit Platter
Seasonal fruit platter, melons, pineapple with berry compote to dip
 

 

 


Are you after platter delivery only?

Melbourne’s best hand made canapés, delivered to your door

We proudly introduce to you www.instantcatering.com.au, a new Going Gourmet initiative. Instant Catering is a online one stop shop for beautiful handmade Canapés and Platters prepared by our team of chefs. The main difference vs Going Gourmet is that it is a delivery only service where you create your own order online and it allows fast turnaround times for your orders.

 

This is perfect for all occasions and budgets. Follow our link for an easy, fuss free order and instant confirmation. Online Store: www.instantcatering.com.au

 

We hope you enjoy our new site!
Instant Catering

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Cool. Hot. Substantial. BBQ. Bowl Food.

Hosting a party and looking to treat your guests with some taste-bud tingling sensations? Going Gourmet is the only catering company you need to provide affordable, delicious finger food for any party throughout Melbourne and beyond. With extensive experience at weddings, birthdays, corporate functions and more, we have the skills to serve you with excellent treats in any situation.

 

Canapé catering is the perfect choice for events and celebrations where your guests are mingling with one another and don’t need a full sit-down meal. Canapés are particularly popular for events such as wedding receptions and cocktail parties where guests can pick at the food as they like over time, with fresh trays being brought out regularly. Canapes increase in portion size as your event goes on, ensuring that your guests get to enjoy a progression of different types of cool, hot and bowl food items.
 

Fancy finger food that’s sure to impress

Going Gourmet can offer our amazing packages throughout Melbourne, surrounding suburbs and country locations so just let us know what you have in mind for your special event and we will let you know what we can do. Our finger food catering goes beyond the standard party pies and sandwiches to deliver handmade, beautiful dishes that showcase local produce and epicurean recipes in every bite.

 

Provided with our gourmet finger food catering packages;

  • Expert chefs
  • Friendly wait staff*
  • Platters, serviettes, terracotta dishes, sauce spoons, boards, paella pans*
  • All necessary kitchen utensils and accessories

Requirements:

  • Power 10amp power outlet (standard domestic supply)
  • Domestic cooking facilities
  • BBQ or oven when applicable (if not, we can hire at a low cost)

Our cocktail party finger food catering service includes a fabulous chef(s) to prepare the food and professional wait staff* to make sure all your guests have a bite. The canapés are circled around the room systematically while our staff explain the sauces and garnishes. Enjoy great entertainment, great party food and an occasion to remember all rolled into one.

 

Good things come in bite-sized packages

Explore the menus below for inspiration, view our testimonials and get in touch with us today to design your perfect function with finger food catering from Melbourne’s preferred company. Just call (03) 9543 8810.
 
Also, take a look at our blog post “The Home Cocktail Experience”
 
*Please note: wait staff, serviceware and equipment are itemised on your quote depending on the number of guests attending your event.

 

Canape Menu

Cool

Cool Canapes

These are the lighter options to kick your event off. With no cooking required onsite, these are assembled by your chef & designed to get your guests talking.

 

– Rare Beef Tataki, tonkatsu sauce, daikon & sesame on a cassava cracker (GF)
– Herbed Blinis with onion jam, dried prosciutto and Meredith goats curd (GF)
– Savoury Mini Cone, Vietnamese chicken salad, crispy shallots
– Salmon, Cucumber & Pickled Ginger, burnt chilli kewpie on prawn cracker (GF)
– Smoked Rainbow Trout tortilla, Tassie salmon caviar, dill (GF)
– Prawn, Flying Fish Roe, avocado mousse, chilli sugar salt on wonton crisp (GF)
– Caramelised Onion Scroll, Pulled Chicken, parsley & shallot salad
– Yuzu Kingfish Ceviche with Szechuan on sushi rice, wakame salad (GF)

 

Hot

Hot Canapes

These include a mix of either oven cooked or fried menu options which are cooked onsite at your event. Though a little more filling than cool canapes, they are still designed to be about ‘2 bites’ in size.

 

– Steak & Polenta Chip – grilled rare sirloin steak, crisp polenta chip, ‘bearnaise’ mayo (GF)
– Arancini – pumpkin & taleggio (V) – chorizo & mozzarella – green pea, lemon & fontina (V)
– Crystal Bay Prawn & Lemongrass Gyoza, spring onion & burnt chilli dipping sauce
– Mac n Cheese Croquettes – harissa aioli (V, GF)
– Mini Grilled Zucchini Charcoal Bun Slider, siracha kale & red pepper (V)
– Warm Savoury Crab Donuts, fennel, rosemary salt, preserved orange & chive aioli
– Beetroot Tarte Tatin, whipped fetta, vincotto onion (V)
– Jalapeno Poppers stuffed with cream cheese, wrapped in pancetta (GF)

 

BBQ

BBQ Canapes

These are fresh, lean proteins cooked on a BBQ in front of your guests. Packed full of herbs & spices as soon as these hit the grill plate – everyone will know about it!

 

– Grass Fed Beef Skewers with chimichurri sauce (GF)
– Chicken Tenderloin Skewers with tomato & tarragon vinaigrette (GF)
– Prawn Cutlets with curry sugar and fresh lime (GF)
– Chickpea, Broad Bean & Cumin Felafel with pomegranate yogurt (V, GF)
– Haloumi, Chorizo & Red Pepper Skewers, preserved orange& chive aioli (GF)
– Peri Peri Chicken Skewers, coriander & lime aioli (GF)

 

Substantial

Substantial Canapes

These are a real step up in portion size & usually fly off our platters the quickest – they are more like ‘4 bites’ in size.

 

– Sweet & Sticky Pork Belly Steamed Bao with kim chi, siracha aioli
– Panko Crumbed Rockling in Brioche Slider, cos lettuce, tartare
– BBQ Sumac Chicken in soft Israeli Pita, fresh cucumber, cos lettuce & spicy zhoug dressing
– Pulled Jackfruit Steamed Bao, chilli & cashew caramel, spring onion (VG)
– Haloumi Slider, fire roasted peppers, iceberg lettuce, green olive and chilli relish (V)
– Grilled Lamb & Rosemary Sausage in baby Baguette, harissa aioli, coriander & carrot pickle

 

Bowl Food

Bowl Food

The name really says it all, these are served in small bowls with a fork or spoon and are designed as a mini meal. These are brought out during the night to maintain a steady variety of filling options.

 

– Japanese Crispy Chicken Karaage, pickled daikon & wombok, kewpie mayo (GF)
– Korean Chicken Taco, cucumber in rice vinegar with mint& red cabbage
– Thai Red Duck Curry, lychees, coconut rice, lime leaves (GF)
– Baked Three Cheese Tortellini, tomato sugo, herbed pangrattato, young basil (V)
– Slow cooked Lamb Shoulder, crushed kipfler potatoes, feta pinenut & currant tomato salsa (GF)
– Kashmiri Pulao Rice, cumin roast cauliflower, smoked yogurt, pomegranates (V, GF)

 

Take a seat. Let’s Eat.

There are some occasions where plated meals are perfect for your formal gathering. Burgers and chips simply will not do, and the food you eat should be representative of the event. This is why Going Gourmet provide the best dinner party catering Melbourne has to offer. We have pleased all of our customers, and we want to please you too.

 

We offer a traditional alternate drop service that is a popular pick for all formal events, such as weddings or a dinner party anywhere in Melbourne. We also offer a new shared format service that is an entertaining and conversation evoking way to conduct a formal sit down meal. They allow your guests to taste a variety of our delicious meals rather than the traditional alternate drop that often accompany a sit down function.

 

We aim to provide exceptional meals, with a premium catering service. This allows you to sit back with piece of mind that your event is well looked after, allowing you to enjoy the perks along with your guests.

 

Both styles of Plated Packages are inclusive of fabulous chefs to cook your mouth watering meal. We also provide wait staff to serve your guests, porcelain plates, polished stainless steel cutlery, serviceware and all the equipment we require.*

 

We have great options for you to choose from

Our delicious Plated Main packages are a fantastic idea for all sorts of sit down events. They are ideal for weddings, premium dining experiences, dinner parties, birthdays and get-togethers. There are 4 common scenarios we recommend:

  • Roaming Canapés, Entrées and Main Course
  • Roaming Canapés and Main Course
  • Roaming Canapés, Shared Entrée and Main Course
  • Roaming Canapés and Main Course

If you are looking to have a fabulous night out and really impress your guests, then our Melbourne catering service is for you. Feel free to either give us a call at (03) 9543 8810 or send us an email.
 
*Please note: wait staff, serviceware and equipment are itemised on your quote depending on the number of guests attending your event.
 

 

Plated Menu

You can either select a ‘Single Drop’ of one menu choice served to all guests, or ‘Alternate Drop’ of two menu choices served alternatively to all guests. Mains are always accompanied by 2 cool sides and 1 hot side served to the middle of the tables, as well as dinner rolls & butter.

Entrées

Entrées

 

– Artichoke Ricotta and Truffle oil Tortellini, roast king brown mushrooms, tomato olive oil emulsion, basil (V)
– Prawn and Rockling Dumpling, turmeric and galangal sauce, shaved coconut, chilli & herb salad
– Tea smoked Duck Breast, maple glaze, watermelon & fetta salad with basil and toasted pepitos (GF)
– Slow Roast Pork Belly, kohlrabi & apple slaw, rocket, vincotto & crispy crackling (GF)
– Shaved Wagyu Bresaola – fresh horseradish crème fraiche, rocket & watercress, parmesan, pickled radish, dried tomato (GF)

  

Mains

Mains

 

BEEF – Select your cut
All of our beef cuts are sourced as locally as possible
– Grass Fed “Angus” Beef Eye Fillet (GF)
– Grass Fed “Angus” Beef Porterhouse (GF)
– Grass Fed Aged “Angus” Beef Flat Iron Steak (GF)
– Grass Fed Ribeye 350gm (GF)
Served with steamed green beans & Chimichurri sauce

 

LAMB
Our lamb cuts are Victorian pasture fed
– Roasted Gippsland Rump of Lamb (GF)
– 8hr Slow Roasted Western Victoria Lamb Shoulder (GF)
Served with Garden pea puree, parsley, mint, shallot & hazelnut salad

 

POULTRY
– Herb roasted Free Range Chicken Breast & Confit Leg (GF)
Served with crisp black cabbage, tomato & tarragon vinaigrette
– Star Anise Orange & Plum Glaze Confit Duck Leg (GF)
Served steamed bok choi & chilli

 

FISH
Sustainably Sourced Australian Fish, all fillets are boneless skin on
– N.T. Humpty Doo Barramundi fillet (GF)
– Tasmanian Huon Atlantic Salmon (GF)
– Murray River Aquna Cod (GF)
– S.A. Port Lincoln Yellow Tail Kingfish (GF)
Served with sweet corn puree, red miso & young ginger vinaigrette, fresh lime

 
 

Shared Sides

Shared Cold Sides

 

– Baked Ricotta, candied walnuts & iceberg lettuce, pickled breakfast radish & lemon vinaigrette (V, GF)
– Honey and Lemon Roast Pumpkin Salad with hummus, pepita seeds, pomegranate, fetta and olive oil (V, GF)
– Grain Salad with du puy lentils, red quinoa, chickpeas, soaked currants, rocket leaves, pine nuts, herbs and Dijon dressing (VG, GF)
– Mixed Garden Salad Leaves, oven dried cherry tomatoes, sherry vinaigrette (VG, GF)
– Crisp Broccolini, cauliflower rice, buttermilk dressing, toasted almond & pomegranate syrup (V, GF)

 

Shared Hot Sides

 

– Roast Chat Potatoes tossed with tarragon & parsley butter, sea salt (V, GF)
– Roasted Green Beans on hummus, cumin spiced macadamia & oat granola (VG)
– Baked Mozzarella Polenta Chips, paprika salt, salsa verde, crisp garlic (V, GF)
– Steamed Nicola Potatoes, salsa agresto (VG, GF)
– Oven Roast Sweet Potatoes with grilled scallions, red chilli, dried figs & tahini yogurt dressing (V, GF)

 

Canapes on Arrival

Canapes on Arrival

Our fabulous Canapes on Arrival menu allows you to add canapes on as a starter/entrée for your guests to enjoy before digging in to the main BBQ Buffet spread!

 

Select 5 Cool / Hot Canapes

 

Cool Canapes

– Rare Beef Tataki, tonkatsu sauce, daikon & sesame on a cassava cracker (GF)
– Herbed Blinis with onion jam, dried prosciutto and Meredith goats curd (GF)
– Savoury Mini Cone, Vietnamese chicken salad, crispy shallots
– Salmon, Cucumber & Pickled Ginger, burnt chilli kewpie on prawn cracker (GF)
– Smoked Rainbow Trout tortilla, Tassie salmon caviar, dill (GF)
– Prawn, Flying Fish Roe, avocado mousse, chilli sugar salt on wonton crisp (GF)
– Caramelised Onion Scroll, Pulled Chicken, parsley & shallot salad
– Yuzu Kingfish Ceviche with Szechuan on sushi rice, wakame salad (GF)

 

Hot Canapes

– Steak & Polenta Chip – grilled rare sirloin steak, crisp polenta chip, ‘bearnaise’ mayo (GF)
– Arancini – pumpkin & taleggio – chorizo & mozzarella – green pea, lemon & fontina (V)
– Crystal Bay Prawn & Lemongrass Gyoza, spring onion & burnt chilli dipping sauce
– Mac n Cheese Croquettes – harissa aioli (V, GF)
– Mini Grilled Zucchini Charcoal Bun Slider, siracha kale & red pepper (V)
– Warm Savoury Crab Donuts, fennel, rosemary salt, preserved orange & chive aioli
– Beetroot Tarte Tatin, whipped fetta, vincotto onion (V)
– Jalapeno Poppers stuffed with cream cheese, wrapped in pancetta (GF)

 

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A classy cocktail party is a great way to make impression on colleagues, business partners, or just a select group of individuals that you need to socialise with. This particular format is a good mix of formality and the relaxed atmosphere that is perfect for communication. You can also add some special flavour that will make it perfect for your specific purpose. For example, including location-specific cocktails to celebrate some guests or setting a specific period for a dress code.

 
However, you should never forget that cocktail party planning is a very complicated task. If you want everything to be perfect, you need to think every step through carefully and employ the assistance of a reliable catering company that can meet your needs.
 
Planning a Classy Cocktail Party: Basic Guide
 
The exact steps you need to organise for an event like this are rather simple. The hard part is dedicating enough work and attention to each of them.

  1. Set the date. Do prior research to ensure that the guests you are most interested in can attend. The weekends are always the best choice so that people have a chance to sleep off their cocktails.
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  3. Choose the venue. Pick a place that is easy for all guests to reach and that can accommodate the specific type of party you need. Prior bookings may affect your plans, so call early.
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  5. Find a catering service. Hire a reliable company that can adapt to your requirements and have experience in serving these events specifically. They can provide you with a list of best cocktails for a party and provide a sampling to prove their skills. Be sure to research for any food sensitivities of the guests before making the final decision on the menu.
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  7. Send out the invitations. Do this when everything else is arranged as you don’t want to re-send them if details need to be changed.

Cocktail Party Planning: Details to Focus On
 
There are three specific areas you must ensure are perfect for your party to be a success. They are food, cocktails, and entertainment. If these three are impeccable, even minor mishaps that might happen won’t dampen the guests’ enjoyment of the event.
 
The catering service you choose will carry a huge amount of responsibility. You should make sure that the company can be trusted by studying their references and tasting all the food.
 
In regards to entertainment, you should employ professionals. Note that a cocktail party is an event for socialising, so the program shouldn’t be the focus of it, instead providing a nice background to give the guests a topic for discussion.
 

Planning a corporate party can be a challenge as there are many factors to consider. You must keep it professional, yet ensure that the atmosphere is friendly and relaxed. There is also the matter of the budget and impressions to be considered. For example, a celebratory party for your employees will be very different from the one you throw to impress potential business partners. Today, we’d like to share some corporate social event ideas that can work out in any situation.
 
Business Party Themes and Ideas for Any Budget
 
One thing you have to consider when you start deciding on a theme for your party is the type of corporate catering companies you can employ. You need to find a service that will be able to adapt to your specific theme and enhance the party, while fitting within the limitations of your budget. You can ask the service for advice when it comes to getting some theme ideas for events as they can make suggestions based on previous experience.
 
Some of the best company social event ideas include:

 
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  1. Aviation theme. This event doesn’t have to be held on an actual plane, although adding a few decorations in this style will be perfect. Overall, this can be a rather simple yet sharp event with the serving staff dressed like flight attendants and the seating arranged to resemble a private jet. This is truly one of the best business party themes of all time. It’s great fun and can be made to fit any budget. It also allows for a measure of privacy for the employees, so it’s a great idea for events where you need to have people relaxed and happy. This, however, won’t be a good choice for a more formal occasion, such as signing a deal with new partners.
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  3. Club party with a DJ. As informal corporate social event ideas go, this might be the best for young groups brimming with life and energy. Of course, you need to keep some degree of formality as it’s a business event, so it is best to have a simple catering package with buffet while a part of the venue is turned into a night club-like setting where people can relax and just enjoy dancing.
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  5. Geographical themes. This is a rather good idea for celebrating the cultural diversity of your staff. You can have an event dedicated to every ethnic group. All it will take is clever setting decorations and a menu that includes local delicacies.

Catering for an event is a job that requires a lot of skill, high level of responsibility, and the use of top-quality resources. Therefore, when looking for affordable catering services in Melbourne, you should know exactly what makes this kind of company reliable. Studying the menu and tasting dishes doesn’t provide all the information you need in order to determine whether you should put your trust in these people.
 
A truly good food catering business is defined by the following qualities:

  • Flexibility and adaptability. Every event is unique, and a caterer must account for this in order to ensure everything goes perfectly. Of course, companies offer special packages for different types of events as this is more convenient for business. However, a reliable catering company will be willing and able to adjust their package to meet your specific needs. They must also show that they understand how best to adapt to your requirements. For example, if you are looking for affordable catering services and need a gluten-free menu, a good company will start by pointing out gluten-free options in their current menu. This is cheaper and more efficient than developing a new menu from scratch and shows that the business is concerned with the customer satisfaction and not only the money.
 
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  • Food safety. Surprisingly, most people focus only on the taste of food and look of the serving when they employ a catering company, without investigating the matter of food safety. This is unacceptable risk as any breach in the necessary procedures can lead to a tragedy. A reliable caterer will provide you with proof of the quality of their food, such as certificates and information on the produce origin.
  • Having a great team of cooks and well-dressed servers doesn’t necessarily mean that the catering service as a whole is successful. There are a great many people involved in catering for an event, and they must all work smoothly together. In essence, this company must run like clockwork, and you can estimate their skill in this by observing the operation when you discuss the terms and plans. Be sure to study the company’s references as any issues caused by poor management are sure to be noticed.
  • Financial planning. The caterer must work within the strictly set budget and they must make the best use of your money. Discuss all financial details beforehand and request a full breakdown of costs so that you can understand where exactly your money goes.
Planning events, especially big ones, can be a daunting and stressful affair. Having to manage event planners, coordinators, decorators and more is a difficult juggling act, so it is understandable that things can get a little bit tense. Thankfully, most of these people will be professionals that are more than capable of working on their own initiative once you get them started.
 
When it comes to catering, there are a lot of things that need to be thought out and discussed. Picking the right dishes, for example, can make or break the success of your planned event. The best way to make sure everything is spot on is to put a little faith in your caterers. This post hopes to help you do that by offering some tips that will let you get the most out of your catering staff.
 

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Encourage A Dialogue

Communicating what you want and expect from your catering company is really important. Similarly, they should be speaking with you to confirm meals, dates and numbers. Sometimes, an email might not be the best bet – try picking up the phone to cultivate instant responses. Be honest, open and receptive in your dealings with catering companies, from pricing to plating. It is the easiest way to help the catering company do their job to your expectation.
 
Use Reviews to Find the Right Staff

There are lots of ways to look at how well reviewed a catering company is these days, especially online. Whether you use Yelp or look at their social media feeds, you can really learn a lot about a company through reviews. Word of mouth is another great way to vet your potential caterers – so listen to any friends or family when they mention a good catering company.
 
Dig Deep With Questions

There are usually two main concerns or questions that you will ask a caterer – how much will it cost and can you cater to all of my guests needs? Although these are important things to ask about, you should really dig deeper. Will they provide a full service, or is it a drop-off catering company? Do they have any signature dishes? What about the alcohol? Try to think about the specifics so that you know the exact service they will provide.
 
Be Critical, Not Harsh

When you get to the tasting, think about your expectations before trying the food. Then consider how they stacked up after sampling their offerings. Try not to be too critical, but be honest about your expectations. If you are not fond of the wine or think the food is too much, now is the best time to mention it.

Looking for a dining experience that is casual and social, without compromising on the quality of the food? Then our gourmet BBQ catering is for you. Our chefs and staff will put on a tantalising display on the barbecue in front of you and your guests. Our Melbourne based team of chefs use only the freshest ingredients and butcher all our meats, go to market for specialty seafood, and prepare all sides and menu items.

 

As delicious as barbecues are, it is very time consuming to buy, prepare and cook all that food. It takes away from time you would rather spend catching up with your friends and relatives, and we don’t blame you. If you let us take over all the cooking duties, you can relax and enjoy yourself.

 

Why our BBQ catering is the way to go

Barbecues are a great, casual way to entertain whilst you mingle with friends or even business associates. Once your mouth watering package is cooked to perfection, you will be invited to dine with the BBQ Buffet. Our gourmet BBQ catering is presented in beautiful polished stainless steel bain-maries. These keep the barbecued items at optimal temperature. Your chosen sides are then presented to complement the main buffet, with sauces and condiments alike. It provides great entertainment, delicious food and a day to remember.

 

This gourmet BBQ catering package will ensure that our first class chefs and wait staff* will be there to cook all the excellent food and provide your guests with excellent service. We will provide all the plates, napkins, cutlery, platters and bain-marie equipment so you will not have to do a thing.

 

Barbecues are popular throughout Australia, and with good reason. We love that we get to give the people of Melbourne the best gourmet BBQ catering service around. If you would love to treat your guests to some lovely snags and steaks, then please call us at (03) 9543 8810 or flick us an email and we will start preparing.

 

*Please note: wait staff, serviceware and equipment are itemised on your quote depending on the number of guests attending your event.
 

 

Gourmet BBQ Cooked Buffet Menu

Buffet packages allow you to select 2 Mains or 3 Mains and then 3 Sides to
compliment for your guests to enjoy. All Buffet’s come with dinner rolls and butter.

Mains

Mains

 

BEEF
All of our beef cuts are sourced as locally as possible
– Grass Fed “Angus” Beef Porterhouse (GF)
Served with steamed green beans & Chimichurri sauce

 

LAMB
Our lamb cuts are Victorian pasture fed
– Roasted Gippsland Rump of Lamb (GF)
– Western Victoria Lamb Shoulder (GF)
Served with garden pea puree, parsley, mint, shallot & hazelnut salad

 

POULTRY
– Herb roasted Free Range Chicken Breast (GF)
Served with crisp black cabbage, tomato & tarragon vinaigrette

 

FISH
Sustainably Sourced Australian Fish, all fillets are boneless skin on
– N.T. Humpty Doo Barramundi fillet (GF)
– Tasmanian Huon Atlantic Salmon (GF)
Served with sweet corn puree, red miso & young ginger vinaigrette, fresh lime

 

Sides

Cold Sides

 

– Baked Ricotta, candied walnuts & iceberg lettuce, pickled breakfast radish & lemon vinaigrette (V, GF)
– Honey and Lemon Roast Pumpkin Salad with hummus, pepita seeds, pomegranate, fetta and olive oil (V, GF)
– Grain Salad with du puy lentils, red quinoa, chickpeas, soaked currants, rocket leaves, pine nuts, herbs and Dijon dressing (VG, GF)
– Mixed Garden Salad Leaves, oven dried cherry tomatoes, sherry vinaigrette (VG, GF)
– Crisp Broccolini, cauliflower rice, buttermilk dressing, toasted almond & pomegranate syrup (V, GF)

 

Canapes on Arrival

Canapes on Arrival

Our fabulous Canapes on Arrival menu allows you to add canapes on as a starter/entrée for your guests to enjoy before digging in to the main BBQ Buffet spread!

 

Select 5 Cool / Hot Canapes

 

Cool Canapes

– Rare Beef Tataki, tonkatsu sauce, daikon & sesame on a cassava cracker (GF)
– Herbed Blinis with onion jam, dried prosciutto and Meredith goats curd (GF)
– Savoury Mini Cone, Vietnamese chicken salad, crispy shallots
– Salmon, Cucumber & Pickled Ginger, burnt chilli kewpie on prawn cracker (GF)
– Smoked Rainbow Trout tortilla, Tassie salmon caviar, dill (GF)
– Prawn, Flying Fish Roe, avocado mousse, chilli sugar salt on wonton crisp (GF)
– Caramelised Onion Scroll, Pulled Chicken, parsley & shallot salad
– Yuzu Kingfish Ceviche with Szechuan on sushi rice, wakame salad (GF)

 

Hot Canapes

– Steak & Polenta Chip – grilled rare sirloin steak, crisp polenta chip, ‘bearnaise’ mayo (GF)
– Arancini – pumpkin & taleggio – chorizo & mozzarella – green pea, lemon & fontina (V)
– Crystal Bay Prawn & Lemongrass Gyoza, spring onion & burnt chilli dipping sauce
– Mac n Cheese Croquettes – harissa aioli (V, GF)
– Mini Grilled Zucchini Charcoal Bun Slider, siracha kale & red pepper (V)
– Warm Savoury Crab Donuts, fennel, rosemary salt, preserved orange & chive aioli
– Beetroot Tarte Tatin, whipped fetta, vincotto onion (V)
– Jalapeno Poppers stuffed with cream cheese, wrapped in pancetta (GF)