Corporate Catering & Events Melbourne

Corporate Catering Menus

Essential Catering & Events has an extensive range of corporate, office & event catering options to suit any event.

Our menus offer flexible in design, include a variety of fresh local produce, and range from casual buffets to elegant finger food and formal sit-down dinners. We can help you choose the perfect menu, ensuring that your corporate catering event is one that you and your guests will long remember.

Corporate Breakfast Menu

breakfast menus

Essential Catering & Events offers a range of breakfast options, flexible in design, offering a variety of fresh produce, ideal for corporate events and social occasions alike.

 

Grazing Station or Roaming Breakfast

Open tartlets: smoked salmon, goats cheese and capers, or mushroom with thyme & brie

Oven roasted chorizo, capsicum and tomatoes with Spanish paprika & sherry vinegar deglaze on

rosemary focaccia

Parma ham and mozzarella cheese croissants

Chorizo sausage, kipfler potato and rosemary frittata

French toast with rhubarb compote and vanilla mascarpone

Croissants with preserves and French butter

Assorted fruit and chocolate muffins

Assorted Danish pastries

Fresh seasonal fruit & mint skewers

Pricing Structure 2017|2018
3 pieces per person  – per person (1.5 hour service period) 15
5 pieces per person  – per person (1.5 hour service period) 23
Additional Items – per person 4

Pricing based on minimum numbers of 40 people, surcharges apply for smaller groups.   Waiting staff, surcharges & additional equipment fees may apply, but vary depending upon locations & circumstances.

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Plated Breakfast

 Continental

Continental breakfast platters served to the guest’s tables or on a buffet

Bircher muesli, fresh seasonal fruit compote and sweetened yoghurt

Danish fruit pastries and croissants

Seasonal fruit platters

Assorted fruit & chocolate mini muffins

 

Plated Breakfast

Choose one dish to be served with the continental breakfast.

Country scrambled eggs, bacon, field mushrooms and herb tomato

Ricotta hot cakes, lemon curd and berry coulis

Baked Spanish eggs, chorizo and roasted red peppers

Sautéed mushrooms, avocado and mascarpone cream, organic English muffins

Smoked salmon, crème fraiche and buckwheat blinis

G = Gluten Free, V = Vegetarian

 

Pricing Structure 2017|2018
Continental  – per person (1.5 hour service period) 20
Continental | Plated Breakfast  – per person (2.5 hour service period) 30

Pricing based on minimum numbers of 40 people, surcharges apply for smaller groups.   Waiting staff, surcharges & additional equipment fees may apply, but vary depending upon locations & circumstances.

 

Coffee, Tea & Beverage Options

Served for the duration of your event menu

 

Tea & Coffee Buffet                                        

Beraldo coffee & Serenitea tea                                                                                      3.50 per person

Served to table option                                                                                                                     POA

Nespresso coffee and Serenitea Buffet

Nespresso (Commercial) coffee machines and Serenitea tea                                    5.50 per person

Maximum event size for Nespresso 100 people

 

Espresso Barista Coffee Cart

Serving espresso coffee, Serenitea teas & hot chocolates

100 or less people                                                                                                                             600

100 -300 people                                                                                                                                800

300 greater                                                                                                                                        POA

Juice and Water served on buffet                                                                                        2.50 per person

Smoothies Kiwifruit, spinach, pineapple & banana |Mango, vanilla & soy milk|                  4.00 each

Berry & yoghurt

 

 


 

Pricing based on minimum numbers of 40 people, surcharges apply for smaller groups. Waiting staff, additional equipment fees & surcharges may apply, but vary depending upon locations & circumstances. Pricing effective to 31st December 2018 and subject to change without notice. All pricing will be confirmed upon confirmation of your event.

Corporate Conference Menu

day delegate conference package  $39 per head

½ day package available from $30 per head

morning tea break

  • Freshly brewed Beraldo coffee & Sernitea teas, orange juice and water
  • Choose 1 items from the morning & afternoon tea selections

 

lunch buffet

  • Your choice of 3 items from the lunch selections
  • Freshly brewed Beraldo coffee & Sernitea teas, orange juice and water

 

afternoon tea break

  • Freshly brewed Beraldo coffee & Sernitea teas, orange juice and water
  • Choose 1 items from the morning & afternoon tea selections

Our conference menus include morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, including a beverage station for each break, crockery, cutlery, buffet ware and glasses.

 

For consecutive day conferences please speak to our team for further menu selections.

 

Pricing based on minimum numbers of 40 people, surcharges apply for smaller groups.

Waiting staff, surcharges & additional equipment fees may apply, but vary depending upon

locations & circumstances.


morning & afternoon tea selections

All breaks served with our beverage station Beraldo fair trade percolated coffee, Sernitea, orange juice & still water

Please choose 1 item for morning tea and 1 item for afternoon tea

  • Seasonal fruit platter (G)
  • Freshly baked white chocolate and raspberry muffins
  • Double chocolate cookies
  • Assorted slices, including hedgehog, apricot crumble, zesty lemon, mint slice, cherry delight, salted caramel fudge
  • Baked banana bread with lime butter
  • Savoury muffins potato, pumpkin & spinach (V)
  • Homemade lemonade scones with jam and cream
  • Petite jam donuts
  • House made citrus tarts
  • Rich chocolate fudge brownie
  • Olive, sundried tomato & oregano scone with herb butter (V)
  • Seasonal berry friands (G)
  • Cinnamon donuts
  • Assorted Danish Pastries

 

Or you can choose to serve this grazing station option instead $5 extra per person

  • Anti Pasto platter to include Olives, cured meats, Mediterranean frittata, marinated vegetables, dips and grilled Turkish bread
  • Australian cheese platters; Italian gorgonzola, South Cape Brie, Wattle Valley cheddar, house made quince paste, dried fruits, crackers & lavosh

 

lunch menu

 

All breaks served with our beverage station Beraldo fair trade percolated coffee, Sernitea, orange juice & still water

 From the bakery

 (Please select two items from below to serve)

  • Gourmet sandwiches 4 points, assorted fillings (V)
  • Freshly made wraps, with a variety of  gourmet fillings (V)
  • Crunchy baguettes, with assorted variety of fillings (V)
  • Smoked salmon, caper berries & cream cheese bagels
  • Yarra Valley Ham, Swiss cheese & tomato croissants
  • Mini chicken schnitzel sliders with chili mayo & Asian Slaw

Salads and other

(Please select one item from below to serve)

  • Anti Pasto platter to include Olives, cured meats, Mediterranean frittata, marinated vegetables, dips and grilled Turkish bread
  • Roasted tomato, basil & fetta tartlets (V)
  • Assorted quiches; Sundried tomato & basil (V), Ham and brie
  • Assorted sushi served with wasabi & soy
  • Chicken Caesar – Crispy Cos lettuce, grilled bacon, lightly poached eggs, garlic infused croutons, topped with poached chicken and Caesar dressing
  • Thai chicken salad, glass noodles, coriander, carrot, snow peas and sweet chilli sauce and soy deglaze finished with coconut sambal (G)
  • Cambodian beef salad, gem lettuce, lime and chilli dressing (G)
  • Herb poached salmon, pear and roquette salad, sherry mayonnaise (G)
  • Eggplant tofu and tomato salad, caramelised ginger and sesame sauce (G,V)
  • Caprese’ – Roma tomatoes, marinated bocconcini, basil leaves, pesto and baby spinach (G,V)

 

Coffee, Tea & Beverage Upgrades

Arrival Tea & Coffee Buffet                                        

Beraldo coffee & Serenitea tea $3.50 per person

 

Nespresso coffee and Serenitea Buffet

Nespresso (Commercial) coffee machines and Serenitea tea  $7 per person

Maximum event size for Nespresso 100 people

 

Espresso Barista Coffee Cart

Serving espresso coffee, Serenitea teas & hot chocolates

100 or less people  $600

100 -300 people    $800

300 greater            POA

Smoothies Kiwifruit, spinach, pineapple & banana |Mango, vanilla & soy milk|

Berry & yoghurt  $4.00 each

Water Station All day buffet where guest can replenish their water bottles $90

 

Hot lunch buffet upgrade     $ 14 per head

Hot lunch menu

(Select two hot dishes to serve)

Asian style sticky pork shoulder (G)

Crispy skinned salmon, green herb crust, sage and lemon butter sauce

Thai green chicken curry (G)

Yarra Glen Gourmet sausages (G)

Herb and lemon crumbed chicken pieces with chipotle mayonnaise

Chargrilled beef, Asado style, parsley chimchurri sauce (G)

Lamb & pinenut kofta with quince glaze

Ligurian style rockling, olives, tomatoes, oregano, lemon and olive oil (G)

Roasted pumpkin and ricotta ravioli, feta, sage and roquette sauce

Vegetarian paella: slow roasted capsicum ragu, paprika, green peas, parsley & roasted garlic (G)

 

Sides Choice of three side options

Salad

Quinoa, barley & edamame bean salad with Yarra Valley Persian fetta dressing (G, V)

Charred cos, witlof & crispy pancetta with lemon pecorino dressing (G)

Classic garden salad (G, V)

Roquette, toasted pine nuts & parmesan salad (G,V)

Asian style coleslaw with wasabi soy mayonnaise (G,V)

Slow roasted pumpkin, sweet potato & Turkish bread salad, mint pomegranate yoghurt (V)

Roasted red capsicum & orecchiette pasta salad (V)

 

Vegetables

Garlic & rosemary roasted chat potatoes (G,V)

Seeded mustard green beans (G,V)

Roast sweet potato and pumpkin(V)

Zucchini, squash with lemon butter dressing (G,V)

Heirloom roast vegetables (G,V)

Chargrilled corn with lime (G,V)

Coriander rice pilaf (G,V)

 

 

G = Gluten Free & V = Vegetarian

Pricing based on minimum numbers of 25 people, surcharges apply for smaller groups. Waiting staff, surcharges & additional equipment fees may apply, but vary depending upon locations & circumstances.Pricing effective to 31st December 2018 and subject to change without notice. All pricing will be confirmed upon confirmation of your event.

Corporate Boardroom Lunch Menu

Unique, specialised boardroom catering delivering appropriate level of service; your choice of two dishes, served alternately to your guests.

Canapés                                                                                                                                                                         

½ hour chef’s selection of canapés on arrival, 4 pieces

 Entrée

Moroccan duck tartlets, pickled radish slaw, raisin chutney

Nicoise prawn, kipfler and avocado salad, lemon and olive oil dressing (G)

Warm heirloom baby vegetable, spiced carrot puree, poached egg, snow pea shoots (G)

Lamb beignet, crusted lamb loin, lentil cassoulet, pea & mint puree (G)

Bouillon of forest mushroom and crème fraiche with Pedro Ximenez (G, V)

Main

Braised five spiced beef cheek, bok choy, ginger, chilli and Vietnamese mint spiked jus (G)

Pork cutlet, sage crust, olive caper berry, shallot and artichoke briagole

Swordfish, smoked potato, buttered spinach, red pepper sauce (G)

Lamb cutlet, dukkah, pinenut kofta, sumac, chickpea, sweet potato and yoghurt (G)

Goats cheese tart tatin, roquette Spanish onion salad (V)

Chicken breast, sweet corn puree, liver pate smear, popcorn shoots, frisee and cognac jus (G)

Dessert

Chocolate marquise, cocoa shortbread tartlet, spiced chocolate ganache

Date and ginger pudding, salted caramel, oat crumb

Slow poached pear, honey spiked cheesecake, caramelised pear gelee

Lemon and polenta torta, blueberry compote, cinnamon spiced mascarpone

Tiramisu, pavlova, coffee bean gel, “bellini” sauce (G)

Rich chocolate mousse, coverture crumbs, citrus syrup (G)

G = Gluten Free, V = Vegetarian

Pricing Structure 2017|2018
Entree | Main  – per person (2.5 hour service period) 64
Main | Dessert – per person (2.5 hour service period) 64
Entree | Main | Dessert – per person (3 hour service period) 75
Canapes –   Canape Selection – per person 13.50
Pricing based on minimum numbers of 20 people, surcharges apply for smaller groups

Waiting staff, surcharges & additional equipment fees may apply, but vary depending upon locations & circumstances.

 

Pricing Structure & Options

Pricing based on minimum numbers of 20 people, surcharges apply for smaller groups. Waiting staff, surcharges & additional equipment fees may apply, but vary depending upon locations & circumstances.Pricing effective to 31st December 2018 and subject to change without notice. All pricing will be confirmed upon confirmation of your event.

Drop-Off Catering Menus

Fresh corporate catering convienently delivered to your door, on disposable recyclable platters, for no fuss clean up.

 

Morning & Afternoon Tea Selections– (Minimum order 10 serves per item)  Price per item

Assorted Danish pastries   3.00

Mini citrus tarts          4.00

Mini chocolate ganache tarts  4.00

Rich chocolate & brownie  4.00

Banana bread with lime butter   3.00

Freshly baked lemonade scones with cream & jam  3.50

Chocolate & seasonal fruit muffins   3.50

Double chocolate cookies    3.00

Assorted slices (GF, options available on request)  3.50

Seasonal berry friands (G)  4.00

Zucchini & bacon slice   3.50

Potato, pumpkin & spinach muffin (V)   3.50

Olive, sundried tomato & oregano scone with herb butter (V)   3.50

 

Lunch Selections – (Minimum order 10 serves per item)

Gourmet sandwiches 4 points, assorted fillings (V)  7.80

Gourmet wraps, variety of fillings (V)  7.80

Gourmet baguettes, variety of fillings (V)  7.80

Smoked salmon, caper berries & cream cheese bagels   8.20

Yarra Valley Ham, Swiss cheese & tomato croissants   6.80

Mini chicken schnitzel sliders with chili mayo & Asian Slaw   9.00

Seasonal fruit platter (Serves 10 – 15)   50.00

 

Individual salads – (Minimum order of 5 per salad, served in disposable cups) 9.50

Chicken Caesar – Crispy Cos lettuce, grilled bacon, lightly poached eggs, garlic infused croutons, topped with poached chicken and Caesar dressing

Thai chicken salad, glass noodles, coriander, carrot, snow peas and sweet chilli sauce and soy deglaze finished with coconut sambal (G)

Cambodian beef salad, gem lettuce, lime and chilli dressing (G)

Herb poached salmon, pear and rockette salad, sherry mayonnaise (G)

Eggplant tofu and tomato salad, caramilised ginger and sesame sauce (G,V)

Caprese’ – Roma tomatoes, marinated bocconcini, basil leaves, pesto and baby spinach (G,V)

 

Hot Lunch Selections – (Minimum order 10 pieces per item, delivered cold in foil trays ready for you to heat)

Local gourmet beef & Guinness pies, tomato relish   3.60

House made pork & thyme mini sausage rolls with tomato relish    3.00

Basil pesto & sundried tomato quiche (V)  3.00

Basil pesto Arancini balls with aioli   3.00

Spinach & cheese filo parcels (V)     3.00

 

Finger Food Platters

 
Cold Platters
Served on Platters ready for you to serve, pricing is per platter, 30 pieces per platter

 

Sandwich selection 30 points (7.5 sandwiches), flavours including; 60

Herbed chicken, smoked salmon, fresh turkey breast & vegetarian options    90

Buckwheat nori pancake, smoked salmon, apple, radish, mirin & sesame dressing (G,V)    90

Caramelised onion & Yarra Valley Persian fetta tarts (V)   90

Seasonal fruit platter (Serves 10)  50

Trio of house made dips with Turkish bread platter (Serves 10)   40

Sun-dried tomato and basil scones with herb butter  90

Anti Pasto platter to include Olives, cured meats, Mediterranean frittata, marinated   85

vegetables, dips and grilled Turkish bread, serves 10-15 people

Australian Cheese Platter: Tarago river brie, Maffra cloth vintage cheddar, Gippsland   80

Blue, dried fruits, water crackers and fruit loaf, serves 10-15 people
Dessert Platters
Assorted fruit & chocolate muffins  90

Freshly baked lemonade scones with cream & jam  90

Citrus Tartlets   90

Rich chocolate & date brownie  90

Banana Bread with lime butter  85
Hot Platters
The hot selection of food is delivered cold in foil containers ready to go in the oven. (Approximately takes 10 – 15 minutes to heat in a moderate oven)

 

Basil pesto Arancini balls with aioli   90

Basil pesto & sundried tomato quiches   90

Sumac, pinenut lamb koftas with pomegranate & mint yoghurt (G)   90

Gourmet mini beef pies served with tomato chutney  110

House made pork, thyme & sage sausage rolls with tomato relish   90

 

 

 

 

Pricing effective to 31st December 2018 and subject to change without notice. All pricing will be confirmed upon confirmation of your event.

Beverage Menu

To compliment our food service we also offer a range of beverage catering packages
to suit any occasion.
We have a strong regional focus supporting our Yarra Valley neighbours.

Our beverage catering packages are designed to be flexible to suit your needs.
All packages include qualified bar staff, glassware, ice and bar equipment.

Your Essentials

2 Hours 21 per person

4.50 for every hour thereafter

The Habitat Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Nortrhern Vic

Waterstone Bridge, Shiraz, King Valley, Vic

Carlton Draught, CascadeLight

Soft drink and water

*Add sparkling wine to the package @ 5 per head

Coldstone Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay, King Valley

 

 

Raise the Bar

 2 Hours 28 per person

6 for every hour thereafter

Beer and cider- Select 2 to serve

Corona, Stella Artois, Carlton draught, Asahi Super Dry, Coopers Pale Ale, Napoleone Premium Apple Cider

Sparkling & White varieties – Select 2
Paul Louis Blanc de Blancs Sparkling, Loire, France
Pizzini Prosecco, King Valley, Vic
Coldstone Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay, King Valley, Vic
Yering Station Village Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, Vic
Pizzini Pinot Grigio, King Valley, Vic
Mount Vernon Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, NZ

Red Varieties – Select 2
Yering Station Village Shiraz Viognier, Yarra Valley, Vic
Xanadu DJL Rose, Margaret River, WA
Pizzini Sangiovese, King Valley, Vic
Yering Farm, Farmyard Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, Vic
Paynes Rise Redlands Shiraz, Yarra Valley, Vic
Bulong Estate Cabernet Merlot, Yarra Valley, Vic
Reschke ‘Rufus’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, SA

Beverage Package Upgrades

Premium French Champagne per bottle
Tray/table waiter service
Cocktails on arrival 45 minutes’ duration
Spirits on arrival 45 minutes’ duration
Aperitifs & Digestifs
Additional Wine selections
3 hour themed cocktail bar
Coffee & tea options

 Additional Notes

  • The Essential Caterer is committed to our communities and the responsibility associated with our liquor licence and as such responsible service of alcohol is practiced and guests may be refused service from our staff.
  • Beverages are only served in conjunction with food service & spirits can be made available upon request.
  • Additional time must be arranged prior to the commencement of the function.
  • Due to availability and vintage changes some products may not be available, suitable replacements will be utilised.

Buffet Menu

Modern buffet menu offering a variety of cuisines, abundant artisan salads, finished with a decadent dessert buffet.

Pricing Structure & Options

Canapés | Main – per person (2.5 hour service period)  48
Main | Dessert – per person (2.5 hour service period)   48
Canapés | Main | Dessert – per person (3 hour service period)   54
Additional Entree Option: Add Antipasto – per person 10.50

Canapés

  • ½ hour chef’s selection of canapés on arrival, 4 pieces

Antipasto

Shared platter

  • Salami, prosciutto & pancetta, marinated mixed olives & sundried tomatoes, house made dips, charred & marinated vegetables, herb frittata, crispy Turkish bread & grissini.

Main Buffet

Select two hot dishes to serve

  • Asian style sticky pork shoulder (G)
  • Crispy skinned salmon, green herb crust, sage and lemon butter sauce
  • Thai green chicken curry (G)
  • Yarra Glen Gourmet sausages (G)
  • Herb and lemon crumbed chicken pieces with chipotle mayonnaise
  • Chargrilled beef, Asado style, parsley chimchurri sauce (G)
  • Slow braised Moroccan lamb, pita pockets, tabouli, and sumac yoghurt dressing
  • Ligurian style rockling, olives, tomatoes, oregano, lemon and olive oil (G)
  • Roasted pumpkin and ricotta ravioli, feta, sage and roquette sauce
  • Vegetarian paella: slow roasted capsicum ragu, paprika, green peas with parsley and roasted garlic (G)
  • Accompaniment: Grant’s local organic sourdough rolls, served with butter

Sides

Choice of three side options

Salad Selection

  • Quinoa, barley & edamame bean salad with Yarra Valley Persian fetta dressing (G, V)
  • Charred cos, witlof & crispy pancetta with lemon pecorino dressing (G)
  • Classic garden salad (G, V)
  • Roquette, toasted pine nuts & parmesan salad (G,V)
  • Asian style coleslaw with wasabi soy mayonnaise (G,V)
  • Slow roasted pumpkin, sweet potato & Turkish bread salad, mint pomegranate yoghurt (V)
  • Roasted red capsicum & orecchiette pasta salad (V)

Vegetables

  • Garlic & rosemary roasted chat potatoes (G,V)
  • Seeded mustard green beans (G,V)
  • Roast sweet potato and pumpkin(V)
  • Zucchini, squash with lemon butter dressing (G,V)
  • Heirloom roast vegetables (G,V)
  • Chargrilled corn with lime (G,V)
  • Coriander rice pilaf (G,V)

Desserts

Choice of two dessert options

  • Rich flourless chocolate cake with ganache (G)
  • Salted caramel cheesecake
  • Petite Pavlovas, blueberry curd (G)
  • Citrus tartlets; brulee meringue shards
  • House made chocolate mousse, chocolate crumbs

G = Gluten Free, V = Vegetarian

Pricing based on minimum numbers of 40 people, surcharges apply for smaller groups. Waiting staff, additional equipment fees & surcharges may apply, but vary depending upon locations & circumstances.Pricing effective to 31st December 2018 and subject to change without notice. All pricing will be confirmed upon confirmation of your event.

Plated Service Menu

The plated service menu offers a formal dining experience,with your choice of two unique dishes, served alternately to your guests.

Pricing Options

Pricing Structure                                                                                              2018 | 2019

Entree | Main                         per person (2.5 hour service period)                     65
Main | Dessert                     per person (2.5 hour service period)                       65
Entree | Main | Dessert    per person (3 hour service period)                          75

Canape Option                     4 canapes- per person                                               13.50

 Inclusions | Qualified chef, crockery, cutlery, place setting set up and premium disposable napkin

Selection of two items per course served as an alternative drop

Entrée

  • Salmon, four pillars gin jelly, cucumber, radish pickle, foliette salad (gf)
  • Ricotta and sundried tomato tortellini, swiss mushroom & saffron cream (v)
  • Charcoal dusted prawns, chorizo, tomato salsa, thyme beurre blanc
  • Porterhouse chargrilled, spiced crust, avocado, chilli crema, shallot marmalade & herb salad (gf)
  • Lamb cutlet, petite lamb wellington, parsnip puree, pea ragu, drizzled nasturtium oil
  • Roasted romas, torn buffalo mozzarella, rucola, roquette, white balsamic pearls (gf)(vg)

Main

  • Chicken breast, Kelly’s cider glazed, cumin, edamame, sweet potato puree (gf)
  • Kingfish fillet, sherry roasted onion tartlet & cos leaves
  • Slow roasted pork belly, Lao’s tomato relish, sesame, fried shallot, soy glazed bok choy (gf)
  • Lamb shoulder, Basque parsley crust, Pedro Ximenez reduction, roasted baby vegetables (gf)
  • Slow braised beef cheek, crispy potato terrine, mustard roasted Dutch carrots (gf)
  • Oregano crusted Salmon, pomegranate glazed broccolini, kipflers, thyme dressing (gf)
  • Swiss mushrooms, balsamic glaze, green pea puree, heirloom baby vegetables (vg)

Dessert

  • Dark chocolate fondant, lavender vanilla cream, raspberries
  • Spiced panna cotta tart, poached pear & saffron essence
  • Vanilla mille-feuille, rhubarb compote & earl grey syrup
  • Steamed ginger & apple pudding, maple cream, oat, cardamom & ‘speculaas’ crumble
  • Rich chocolate mousse, coverture crumbs, citrus syrup

(gf) gluten free (v) vegetarian (vg) vegan option

 

Pricing based on minimum numbers of 40 people, surcharges apply for smaller groups. Waiting staff, additional equipment fees & surcharges may apply, but vary depending upon locations & circumstances.Pricing effective to 31st December 2019 and subject to change without notice. All pricing will be confirmed upon confirmation of your event.

Finger Food Menu

The Finger Food Menu offers flexible options perfect for any occasion ranging from a formal affair or casual get together.

Pricing Structure & Options 2018|19

5   Canape selections   (1.5 hour service period)                                                          21
8   Canape selections   (2 hour service period)                                                            33
10 Canape selections   (2 hour service period)                                                            39
Plentiful offering      (3 hour service period)                                                                 51
Selection of 10 canapes and your choice of either one substantial item OR a Street food stand.  This package will ensure your guests are well and truly full.

Inclusions| Qualified chef, crockery, cutlery & napkins

Cold Selection

  • Sage pikelet, gorgonzola & honey roasted pears
  • Yarra Valley Persian fetta tart, caramelised onion & thyme (v)
  • Sushi| Teriyaki chicken| Seaweed salad (v)|Tofu & vegetable (vg)(v), with soy dressing & wasabi (gf)
  • Capsicum sopa, chorizo crème, paprika dust (gf)
  • Chicken Caesar tart, cos, crisp bacon, parmesan spiked mayo
  • Charred beef, Grant’s crust brioche, herb mayo
  • Bruschetta cone, Roma, onion & basil, balsamic deglaze (vg) (v)
  • Kingfish ceviche tortilla, avocado crema, tomato & cilantro dressing (gf)
  • Duck, shitake & water chestnut tartlet, szechuan soy
  • Potato & chive hash, smoked salmon, chervil, crème fraiche (gf)

Hot Selection

  • Basil & parmesan croquettes, saffron aioli (v)
  • Lamb, sumac & pine nut kofta, citrus yoghurt & mint pomegranate (gf)
  • Prawn twister, coriander, wasabi soy mayo
  • Pork & fennel sausage roll, caramelised onion & tomato relish
  • BBQ corn & green pea fritter, tomato kasundi (vg)(v)
  • Gyoza| Pork | Chicken & ginger | Vegetable (v) with Vietnamese mint & soy dipping sauce
  • Chorizo & tiger prawn skewer with romesco (gf)
  • Essential fried chicken, panko crust & chipotle spiked mayo
  • Gourmet local beef pies, tomato relish
  • Korean BBQ chicken skewer, ponzu dressing (gf)
  • Cider roasted pork belly pizza, caramelised onions & BBQ sauce
  • Spiced pumpkin, goat’s cheese pizza, sweet capsicum salsa (v)
  • Pork belly bao, pickled carrot, cucumber, mint, coriander & sriracha mayo

Desserts

  • Chocolate mousse cones, salted caramel shards
  • Strawberry tartlets, vanilla crème, mint lavender syrup
  • Rocky road ”stones” (gf)
  • Petite friands, lime cream (gf)
  • Raspberry Eton mess cheesecake (gf)

Substantial items & Street food stands

Substantial Items

– Add a Substantial dish to your menu.    14 per person

  • Fish & chips, flathead fillets, crispy kipflers, Spanish paprika mayo
  • Slow braised beef cheek, mustard spiked mash, parsley crust (gf)
  • Wasabi & black sesame chicken breast, soy mayo, coriander, coleslaw (gf)
  • “Anytime” bacon, scrambled egg, brioche roll, tomato relish, sweet onions Or Spiced pumpkin, sweet potato & kasundi (veg option)
  • Snapper, coconut tamarind curry, snow peas, radish, chilli sambal (gf)
  • Pasta ”conchiglie” extra large shell, stuffed with 4 hour bolognaise, parmesan & oregano Or Forest mushroom, truffle oil & pecorino(v)

(gf) gluten free (v) vegetarian (vg) vegan option

Or
Street food stands– Wow your guests with the colours and delights of one of our Street food stands

– Add a Street food stand to your menu.    16 per person

Wasabi & soy Themed hawker cart, bamboo steamer baskets & Asian lanterns
Gyoza| Pork | Chicken & ginger | Vegetable (v) with soy ponzu
Sushi| Teriyaki chicken| Seaweed salad (v)|Tofu & vegetable (vg)(v), with soy dressing & wasabi (gf)
Bun gua bao, pork belly, shitake yakitori, pickled veg
Vietnamese prawn & crab, nori cones

South of the border Themed with patterned cloths, piñatas, Mexican sombreros & ponchos
Enchiladas: Beef tomato, Spanish onion with chipotle mayonnaise | Slow braised beans, sour cream & chilli sauce (v)
Salsa: roasted corn, tomato with coriander crab, avocado & lime (v) (gf)
 
Born in the USA Themed with USA stars & stripes pop up stand
Pulled pork & beef sliders served in a Grant’s organic corn roll
Mushroom slider served in a Grant’s organic roll (V)
 
Toss’d Themed with retro salad bar sign, synthetic grass & planters
A choice of Beef noodle salad (gf) | Moroccan style chicken salad (gf)|Tofu & shitake mushroom with tatsoi (v) (gf)
(gf) gluten free (v) vegetarian (vg) vegan option

Sweet surrender Themed with pretty pink gingham cloths, high tea stands
Macaroons; ’chou chou’ profiteroles; petite eclairs
Chocolate mousse cones
Rocky road ‘stones’ (gf)
Assorted petite fours

Pricing based on minimum numbers of 40 people, surcharges apply for smaller groups. Waiting staff, additional equipment fees & surcharges may apply, but vary depending upon locations & circumstances. Pricing effective to 31st December 2019 and subject to change without notice. All pricing will be confirmed upon confirmation of your event.

Street Food Menu

Guests mingle around themed hawker stands, serving authentic street food inspired by iconic international dishes from around the globe!

Pricing Structure & Options

(There is a minimum number of 80 people for this menu)

3 hawkers stands and roaming finger food (3 hour service period)   48
 4 hawkers stands and roaming finger food (3 hour service period)   57

Roaming assorted finger food Chef’s selection of 3 items

 

Wasabi & soy Themed hawker cart, bamboo steamer baskets & Asian lanterns

Assorted steamed and fried dumplings & goyoza, house made prawn toast & assorted sushi

 

South of the border Themed with patterned cloths, piñatas & Mexican sombreros, & ponchos

Enchiladas: beef tomato, Spanish onion with chipotle mayonnaise slow braised beans, sour cream & chilli sauce

Salsa: roasted corn, tomato with coriander crab, avocado & lime

 

Born in the USA Themed with USA stars & stripes pop up stand

Pulled pork & beef sliders served in a Grants organic corn roll; Mushroom slider served in a Grants organic roll (V)

 

Saffron Themed with red, green & gold cloths

Sticky braised pork samosas; Classic butter chicken (GF); Vegetable pakora served with yogurt riata (V)

 

Leaning tower of pizza Themed with red gingham cloths, bunting with knotted gingham squares, pizza boxes, rolling pins etc.

House made pizza: Roasted tomato & mozzarella or prosciutto, red onion, rocket & bocconcini: Margherita, tomato, onion, garlic, mozzarella, basil & oregano (V); Spiced pumpkin, goat cheese, sweet capsicum sauce (V). (Pasta available, winter seasonal option)

 

Toss’d Themed with retro salad bar sign, synthetic grass & planters

A choice of beef noodle salad (GF); Moroccan style chicken salad (GF); Tofu & shitake mushroom with tatsoi (V)

 

Old buoy Themed with heavy sailor’s ropes and cray pots

Deep fried fish and chips served with lemon wedge in cones with choice of tartar sauce, garlic aioli or tomato relish; Polenta chips available for vegetarian option

 

Southern fried chicken stand Gingham cloths, hessian, Southern American style

Buttermilk marinated, spicy fried chicken, hot sauce, gravy and coleslaw; Mushroom and tofu marinated in spicy sauce for vegetarian option

 

Sweet surrender Themed with pretty pink gingham cloths, high tea stands

Cupcakes, chocolate brownie, slices, citrus tarts… yum

Plus Paleta handmade icy poles assorted fruit flavours $4.50 upgrade per person

 

G = Gluten Free & V = Vegetarian

Pricing based on minimum numbers of 80 people, surcharges apply for smaller groups.

Waiting staff, surcharges & additional equipment fees may apply, but vary depending upon locations & circumstances.

Shared Platter Menu

Platters served to each table, ensuring your guests have a variety of menu options, encouraging interaction amongst your guests.

Pricing  Options          2018 /2019

Selection of two items per course served as an alternative drop
Entrée | Main – per person (2.5 hour service period)                           65
Main | Dessert – per person (2.5 hour service period)                         65
Entrée | Main | Dessert – per person (3 hour service period)             74
Canapé Option: Add Canapés Selection- per person                         13.50

Inclusions | Qualified chef, crockery, cutlery, place setting set up and napkins

Pricing based on minimum numbers of 40 people, surcharges apply for smaller groups.   Waiting staff, surcharges & additional equipment fees may apply, but vary depending upon locations & circumstances.

Canape’s

1/2 hour chef’s selection of canape’s on arrival, 4 pieces

Entrée

Choose one option from the selection below:
Grazing platter

  • Salami, prosciutto & pancetta, marinated mixed olives & sundried tomatoes, house made dips, charred & marinated vegetables, herb frittata, crispy Turkish bread & grissini

Tapas platter
(Choose 4 items to serve)

  • Chickpea shawarma dip (gf)(vg)
  • Chilli prawns (gf)
  • Duck & crispy lime chats (gf)
  • Cumin spiced lamb kofta (gf)
  • BBQ tomato salsa (vg)
  • Pickled vegetables, dill fennel dressing (gf)(vg)
  • Croquettes with pea, Yarra Valley Persian feta & charred leeks (v)
  • Crispy tortellini, romesco sauce (v)
  • Balsamic mushrooms, herb stuffing (vg)(gf)
  • Nori cone with smoked salmon, soy dressing (gf)

Main

Choose two options below:

  • Chargrilled beef, Asado style, parsley & chimichurri sauce (gf)
  • Pork loin, sage crust, Sicilian verdure & balsamic jus (gf)
  • Salmon fillets, thyme, roquette, spinach, citrus butter dressing (gf)
  • Slow braised lamb shoulder, Basque peppers, paprika sauce (gf)
  • Chicken breast, Moroccan date crust,  pumpkin, sweet potato, torn Turkish bread, mint yoghurt
  • Pork belly, five spice crust, sticky soy deglaze, rice noddles coriander, crispy garlic (gf)
  • Pasta ”conchiglie”, pasta shells stuffed with forest mushrooms, pecorino, roquette & truffle oil drizzle (v)(vg)
  • Kingfish, pico de gallo (salsa), bloody Mary mayo (gf)

Accompaniment: Grant’s dinner rolls served with butter

Sides

Choose two options below

  • Rosemary & garlic roasted chat potatoes (v) (vg)
  • Salad greens, balsamic vinaigrette, cucumber, Spanish onion, tomato & torn herbs (gf)(v)(vg)
  • Heirloom carrots with honey, dill & mustard butter (v) (gf)
  • Cos leaves, radish, mint, with citrus dressing (gf)(v)(vg)
  • Broccolini, seasonal greens, chickpea sesame dressing (v)(vg)
  • Tatsoi, charred grain, Yarra Valley Persian fetta, caramelised onion, parsley vinaigrette (gf) (v)
  • Crispy potato salad, lime chilli paprika butter (v) (gf)
  • Roquette, parmesan & pine nut salad (v) (gf)

Desserts

Choose two options below:

  • Chocolate fondant, raspberry vanilla cream
  • Pear tart tartine, burnt honey crema
  • Petite pavlova, lime curd (gf)
  • Petite macaron cups (gf)
  • Rose and pistachio panna cotta tartlets, earl grey syrup

(gf) gluten free (v) vegetarian (vg) vegan option

Pricing based on minimum numbers of 40 people, surcharges apply for smaller groups. Waiting staff, additional equipment fees & surcharges may apply, but vary depending upon locations & circumstances.Pricing effective to 31st December 2019 and subject to change without notice. All pricing will be confirmed upon confirmation of your event.

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From flawless execution to professional and engaging staff, Essential Catering & Events in Melbourne is a full service caterer, providing a distinctive experience for every event. Together, we will create a professional and memorable corporate or office catering Melbourne event for you and your guests.

All of our menus are handmade in-house utilising fresh local produce and fare from our kitchen garden. Your guests will be satisfied with the large selection of items on offer. Fresh, healthy, delicious corporate catering, Melbourne style!

With over 20 years’ industry experience, catering for a range of diverse events we are confident that you will find our professionalism and commitment invaluable.

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