Healesville Races Catering Packages

2018-2019 racing season

essential catering and events

Special moments deserve to be celebrated with style.

  • Exceptional service.
  • Amazing flavours.
  • Magic. Memories.

essential catering and events are your race day professionals.

Truly personalised service is the difference between a good event and a great one.

We understand that every function is unique, whether you are hosting an event for your clients or a social picnic catching up with friends, you can be assured of our attention to detail, exceptional food and exemplary service will be provided.

Our mouth-watering menu choices will delight the heartiest of appetites, ensuring your race day is one that you and your guests will long remember. With our unmatched flexibility we can tailor a personalised menu just for you!

Our packages are all inclusive of the following:

  • Chefs, waiters and event managers
  • Mobile kitchens & equipment
  • Crockery, cutlery, buffet ware
  • Glassware & barware for booked beverage packages
  • Travel fee

Please note our drop off gourmet platter hampers do not include any of the above services

Please contact our sales team to discuss your upcoming day at the Healesville picnic races.   (03) 9761 4188

Beverage Package

 Your Essentials 4 hour $33 per person

  • Semillon SauvignonBlanc–The Habitat
  • Shiraz– Waterstone Bridge, King Valley
  • CarltonDraught, CascadeLight
  • Soft drink and water

*Add sparkling wine to the package @ $5 per head Coldstone Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay, King Valley Vic

Raise The Bar 4 hour $42 per person

Light beer, soft drink, orange juice, sparkling water and water are all included

Beer & Cider – Select 2

Corona,Stella Artois, Carlton draught, AsahiSuperDry, CoopersPaleAle, Napoleone 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
  • Yering Farm, Farmyard Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, Vic
  • Pizzini Sangiovese, King Valley, Vic
  • Paynes Rise Redlands Shiraz, YarraValley, Vic
  • Bulong Estate Cabernet Merlot, Yarra Valley, Vic
  • Reschke ‘Rufus’ Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra, SA

finger food menu

The Finger Food Menu offers flexible options perfect for your day at the races.

Cold selections

  • Sage pikelet, gorgonzola & honey roasted pears (v)
  • Yarra Valley Persian fetta tart, caramelised onion & thyme (v)
  • Sushi| Teriyaki chicken| Seaweed salad (v)|Tofu & vegetable (vg)(v), with soy dressing & wasabi (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)
  • Potato & chive hash, smoked salmon, chervil, crème fraiche (gf)

 Hot selections

  • 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
  • Essential fried chicken, panko crust & chipotle spiked mayo
  • Gourmet local beef pies, tomato relish
  • Korean BBQ chicken skewer, ponzu dressing (gf)
  • Spiced pumpkin, goat’s cheese pizza, sweet capsicum salsa (v)
  • Pork belly bao, pickled carrot, cucumber, mint, coriander & sriracha mayo 

Dessert selections

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

Substantial items

 Substantial items Add a substantial dish to your menu.  14 per person

Dishes are served in bowls with cutlery

  • Fish & chips, flathead fillets, crispy kipflers, Spanish paprika mayo
  • 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)
  • 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

  Pricing Options                                   2018|2019

  8   Canape selections   per person (2 hour service period)                         38
 10 Canape selections   per person (2 hour service period)                          44

Plentiful offering         per person (3 hour service period)                             56
Selection of 10 canapes and your choice of either one substantial item  This package will ensure your guests are well and truly full.

 Inclusions| Qualified chef, wait staff, crockery, cutlery, buffet ware as required & napkins

Pricing based on minimum numbers of 40 people.

carvery menu

Succulent roast meats, abundant artisan salads, finished with a decadent dessert buffet.

Canapés

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

Main

Meat selection-Marinated golden roasted meats, choice of two

Marinated roast beef with horseradish crème (gf)

Roast pork & crackling with Yarra Valley apple sauce (gf)

 Main Accompaniments

Garlic & rosemary roasted chat potatoes (gf) (vg)

Grant’s local organic sourdough rolls, served with butter

 

Salad Selection-Choice of three salad options

Salad greens, balsamic vinaigrette, cucumber, tomato (gf)(v)(vg)

Asian style coleslaw, wasabi soy mayonnaise (gf)(v)

Slow roasted pumpkin, sweet potato, Turkish bread salad, with mint pomegranate yoghurt (v)

 

Desserts – Choice of two dessert options

Dark chocolate mousse, salted caramel shards (gf)

Petite pavlova, lime curd (gf)

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

  Pricing Options 2018|2019
  Canapé | Main – per person (2.5 hour service period) 46
  Main | Dessert – per person (2.5 hour service period) 46
  Canapé | Main | Dessert – per person (3 hour service period) 58
 

Inclusions | Qualified chef, wait staff, crockery, cutlery, buffet ware and disposable napkins.

Pricing based on minimum numbers of 40 people.

buffet menu

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

Canapés

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

 Main Buffet Select two hot dishes to serve

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

Gourmet sausages (gf)

Herb and lemon crumbed chicken pieces with chipotle mayonnaise

Chargrilled beef, Asado style, parsley chimichurri sauce (gf)

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

Salad, vegetable and Sides

Salad greens, balsamic vinaigrette, cucumber, tomato (gf)(v)(vg)

Slow roasted pumpkin, sweet potato, Turkish bread salad, with mint pomegranate yoghurt (v)

Garlic & rosemary roasted chat potatoes (G,V)

Grant’s local organic sourdough rolls, served with butter

 

Desserts

Dark chocolate mousse, salted caramel shards (gf)

Petite pavlova, lime curd (gf)

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

  Pricing Options 2018|2019
  Canapé | Main – per person (2.5 hour service period) 56
  Main | Dessert – per person (2.5 hour service period) 56
  Canapé | Main | Dessert – per person (3 hour service period) 63

Inclusions | Qualified chef, wait staff, crockery, cutlery, buffet ware and disposable napkins.

Pricing based on minimum numbers of 40 people.

street food menu

Guests mingle while we serve authentic street food inspired by iconic international dishes from around the globe!

 Roaming assorted finger food Chef’s selection of 3 items

 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 (vg)(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)

Buon Appetito Themed red gingham cloths, pizza paddles, knotted gingham bunting squares

Anti pasta, verdure, pepitas with goats cheese (v)
Crisp salami, prosciutto chips, romesco (gf)
Chicken & eggplant parmigiana
Margherita pizzas (v)
Crumbed tortellini, basil Napoli (v)

New York deli Styled with all the glitz and glamour of the Big Apple
Mini Rueben’s
Bagels smoked salmon, cream cheese & dill
Mini hot dogs, with relish & pickles
Chicken Waldorf salad (gf)
Pretzels (v)
New York baked cheesecake

Aussie BBQ Fair dinkum Aussie, cricket bats, Akubra & eucalypts
Build your own
Sausages, onions & sauce(gf)
Burgers with tomato relish(gf)
Sticky chicken wings (gf)
Coleslaw (gf) (v)
White bread rolls

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)(vg)

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 & coleslaw
Mushroom & tofu marinated in spicy sauce for vegetarian option (v)

 

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
Upgrade bravo gelato ‘bambino’ cones $4.50 upgrade per person

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

 

 

Pricing options                                       2018 | 2019

 3 Street food stands and roaming finger food (3 hour service period)                  54

4 Street food stands and roaming finger food (3 hour service period)                  63

Inclusions | Qualified chef, wait staff, crockery, cutlery, buffet ware and disposable napkins.

Pricing based on minimum numbers of 80 people. Additional fees & surcharges may

apply, but vary depending upon locations & circumstances.

Gourmet Platter Selection

The following menu items are drop off only and don’t include any event staff or equipment.

Bakery Selection

Sandwich Platters selection 30 points (7.5 sandwiches)                                              $65.00

Gourmet baguettes, variety of fillings (V)(8 baguettes)                                               $65.00

Chicken schnitzel sliders, sriracha mayo & coleslaw (8 Sliders)                                $78.00

Individual salads                                                                                                      $10.50ea
(Minimum order of 10 per salad, served in disposable cups)

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

Rosemary baked chicken: pear, roquette, sherry mayo (gf)

Thyme baked salmon, cucumber, greens, dill, salad crema (gf)

Mushrooms, lemon and Mt Zero lentil salad (gf)(vg)

Savoury Platters

Yarra Valley Persian fetta tart, caramelised onion & thyme (v)                                $96.00

Chicken Caesar tart, cos, crisp bacon, parmesan spiked mayo                                 $96.00

Potato & chive hash, smoked salmon, chervil, crème fraiche (gf)                            $96.00

Sundried tomato, basil & brie quiche (v) (30 pieces)                                                  $96.00

Anti Pasto platter to include Olives, cured meats, Mediterranean frittata,            $96.00

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

Australian Cheese Platter:  brie, vintage cheddar                                                        $96.00

Blue, dried fruits, water crackers and fruit loaf, serves 10-15

Trio of house made dips with Turkish bread platter (Serves 10)                              $45.00

Seasonal fruit platter (Serves 10)                                                                                     $56.00

Dessert Platters

Assorted fruit & chocolate muffins (30 pieces)                                                           $96.00

Freshly baked lemon scones with cream & jam (30 pieces)                                     $96.00

Citrus Tartlets (30 pieces)                                                                                               $96.00

Rocky road stones (gf) (30 pieces)                                                                                 $96.00

 


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 30th April 2017 and subject to change without notice. All pricing will be confirmed upon confirmation of your event.