Wedding Catering Melbourne

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Essential Catering & Events understands that every wedding is unique, that is why we offer a range of flexible catering solutions at competitive and affordable rates to make your wedding a truly unique and memorable occasion!

Essential Catering & Events has been arranging wedding catering in Melbourne for 7 years and whichever your style of wedding; be it an elegant  cocktail party, a formal sit down dinner or a casual buffet menu. Essential Catering & Events prides itself on our attention to detail, delicious food and exemplary service.

With over 20 years experience in wedding catering in Melbourne, we can offer advice and solutions to meet all your needs and make planning your wedding stress free. Our event managers can manage the event from beginning to end. With established relationships with various suppliers across Melbourne, we can assist in sourcing marquees, equipment, theming and decorative products as needed ensuring your wedding day is a memorable one.

We supply wedding catering throughout Melbourne which includes the CBD as well as surrounding regional area.  We are also recognised as Yarra Valley & Melbourne wedding catering specialists. Please feel free to contact The Essential Caterers Melbourne office on (03) 9761 4188 to discuss your upcoming event or alternatively use our online quoting system. Click Here & See what our customers are saying about The Essential Caterer!

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Testimonials

Just wanted to let you know how awesome both your service and food was. Not only was the food beautiful and tasty, the guys serving went above and beyond. So lovely! Thank you, for making our night so great!

Amy & Josh

We would like to thank you to your team for ensuring our very special day was a very special day. The food was great, the service was excellent, and the staff were superb. We would highly recommend you and your team for any event requiring professional caterers.

Dee & Graeme

Hi Sean, Just a quick email to Thank you and your team for the fantastic job you did on Saturday night. Everybody made comments on how professional you all were and how nice the food was. Dealing with you has been nothing but a pleasure, everything was so smooth and planned very well. Once again Thank You very much.

Judy W

Ruth, I’d just like to thank your employees on site last weekend for their great work and great service. The food was fantastic and while I received many positive comments about the day, it was the food that everyone commented on. Thanks again to all.

George M

Thank you so much for doing a great catering job for us and our wedding couple & guests. All went very well and there were some nice compliments about the catering. Thanks again.

Rhonda & David

Good morning Sean, Thank you so much for making Fran & Ben’s wedding so special. It is a compliment to you and your team and Julia & I are really appreciative of your efforts and kindness. Kind regards Dominique

Dominique P

Hi Sally and Sean, Thank you very much for putting on a memorable catering experience for our event. We thoroughly enjoyed the service and so did our guests. The whole process was smooth and easy with your company. Thank you once again. Jimmy and Tessa.

Jimmy W

These guys had such an amazing variety of food, and were able to deliver a perfect evening, despite the crazy number of food allergies on our list. They were easily contactable and offered free tastings. The servings were extremely generous and delicious, and the shared platters worked well.

Lucy N

The team arrived at our home and were so wonderful with their customer service and attention to detail. The tapas was amazing and the guests were really impressed. Even after the wedding the guests commented on the food. In particular our vegetarian and special diet guests. I would highly recommend!!!

Michelle R

We had the Gourmet carvery and the food was absolutely scrumptious! Guests were raving about the lamb as well as serving beautiful salad options instead of all that very standard fare. Their staff were a complete delight, very professional and stealth like. I was incredibly impressed!!

Liza H

WOW! I cannot reccommend these guys enough. Amazing food, excellent staff, super easy to talk to. Sean helped us organise our reception timings and was flexible in making changes. Very supportive of all dietry needs of our guests and our friends were in awe of the quality of the buffet!

Daena H

Highly Professional company. Could not fault Sean and his team. Ever so patient with our requests and helped personalise our wedding. Guests were very impressed with the food selection as were we.

Celia T

They did a pop up kitchen. It was called a standing BBQ.They were awesome. The bartender was great as well.

Sally R

Fabulous food and service! We had so many compliments!!

Lauren K

Great food served by great people! They were able to cater to every different dietary requirement that we had without any fuss. No one went home hungry!

Craig B

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Menus

With our unmatched catering flexibility in Melbourne we can tailor a personalised menu just for you. Our delicious menus assure you an experience you will long remember. Our menus range from simple to gourmet, all handmade in-house utilising fresh, local produce and treats from our own kitchen garden . We are sure your guests will be satisfied with the large selection of items on offer. Fresh, healthy, delicious wedding catering, Melbourne style!

If you have something particular in mind, be it a favourite food or a particular dish to suit your wedding, we are more than happy to work with you to develop the concept. Your style, your choice, anywhere, anytime!

Street Food Menu

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

Pricing Options

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

3 street food stands and roaming finger food (3 hour service period)   49
4 street food stands and roaming finger food (3 hour service period)   58

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

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)

Aussie BBQ

Build your own Aussie BBQ plate
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

Styled with 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 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.

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 Options

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.

Carvery Buffet Menu

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

Pricing Structure & Options

Canapés | Main – per person (2.5 hour service period)                       41
Main | Dessert – per person (2.5 hour service period)                         41
Canapés | Main | Dessert – per person (3 hour service period)        53
Additional Entree Option: Add Antipasto – per person                  10.50

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

Canapés

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

Entrée Antipasto

Shared platter

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

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)
  • Lemon & herb butter, chicken breast (gf)
  • Quince glazed roast leg of lamb with thyme & rosemary, served with mint sauce (gf)  $3 extra per head for lamb

Salad Selection
Choice of three salad options

  • Tatsoi, charred grain, Yarra Valley Persian fetta, caramelised onion, parsley vinaigrette (gf) (v)
  • Cos leaves, radish, mint, with citrus dressing (gf)(v)(vg)
  • Salad greens, balsamic vinaigrette, cucumber, tomato (gf)(v)(vg)
  • Roquette, toasted pine nuts & parmesan salad (gf)(vg)
  • Asian style coleslaw, wasabi soy mayonnaise (gf)(vg)
  • Slow roasted pumpkin, sweet potato, Turkish bread salad, with mint pomegranate yoghurt (v)
  • Roasted red capsicum & orecchiette pasta salad (v)

Sides

  • Garlic & rosemary roasted chat potatoes (gf) (vg)
  • Grant’s local organic sourdough rolls, served with butter

Desserts

Choice of two dessert options

  • Dark chocolate mousse, salted caramel shards (gf)
  • Petite pavlova, lime curd (gf)
  • Steamed ginger & apple puddings, with maple cream
  • Petite macaroon cups
  • Rocky road ‘stones’ (gf)

 

(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.

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

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

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 2019 and subject to change without notice. All pricing will be confirmed upon confirmation of your event.

Bowl Food Menu

Pricing Options                                                                                                         2018/2019

Canapes & Three bowl selections  per person (2.5 hour service period)                  40

Canapes & Four bowl selections    per person (2.5 hour service period)                  51

Dessert                  Add dessert – per person                                                                           10

 

Inclusions| Qualified chef, crockery, cutlery and napkins

bowl food menu

Roaming substantial bowl food, or can be served on food stations buffet style.

Canapés

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

Bowl Dishes

  • Beef shawarma, roquette, radish, pomegranate, mint & pine nut (gf)
  • Moroccan duck salad, carrot, ginger, raisin, ras el hanout dressing (gf)
  • Crispy pork belly bao, pickled carrot, cucumber & sticky soy
  • Essential fried chicken, buttermilk marinated chicken, southern slaw & hot sauce gravy
  • Charcoal prawns & chorizo, chipotle mayo & basil potato salad (gf)
  • Herb roasted chicken breast, Caesar dressing, crispy prosciutto, cos
  • Lamb braise, Pedro Ximenez & Basque peppers (gf)
  • Black sesame chicken, wasabi, soy mayo & Asian slaw (gf)
  • ‘Anytime brekky’, brioche, scrambled egg, bacon, cos & relish
  • Salmon tea smoked, soba noddles & ponzu soy (gf)
  • Shitake yakitori, edamame bean & eggplant curry, with Vietnamese mint (v)(vg)
  • Snapper fillet, Avocado salsa & adobo blackened corn (gf)
  • Pumpkin, sweet potato, capsicum, chickpea salad, torn Turkish bread, greens & sumac yoghurt(v)(vg)

Desserts

Choice of two dessert options

  • Chocolate mousse cones, salted caramel shards
  • Raspberry Eton mess cheesecake
  • Rocky road ‘stones’(gf)
  • Quince and pear spoon, ginger crumble crust & custard cream
  • Petite friands, lime cream (gf)

(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.

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.

Enquire today!

We would love to hear from you, contact us today to receive a complimentary tasting!

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