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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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 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 Structure & Options

Selection of two items per course served as an alternative drop
Entrée | Main – per person (2.5 hour service period)                     61
Main | Dessert – per person (2.5 hour service period)                   61
Entrée | Main | Dessert – per person (3 hour service period)    70
Canapé Option: Add Canapés Selection- per person                     13.50

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

  • Chorizo & green pea paella (G)
  • Pintxo of duck & pear with smoked paprika & almonds (G)
  • Roasted capsicum & chorizo crème in test tube style shooters (G)
  • Goats cheese stuffed peppers (G, V)

Asian Yum Cha

  • Assortment of dumplings with a soy dipping sauce
  • Sesame crusted salmon with snow peas (G)
  • Shitake & tofu san choy bow (G)

Main

Choose two options below:

  • Vietnamese barbecue pork: crispy skinned five spiced pork belly, butter lettuce & rice noodle salad, sticky soy glaze with fresh herbs & garlic chips (G)
  • Roasted porterhouse beef medallions, wilted spinach, tomato concasse, red wine jus (G)
  • Lamb & coconut braise, green bean sambal, garlic naan
  • Chicken green curry, sticky coriander rice (G)
  • Field mushroom schnitzel, eggplant caponata with a goats cheese & basil crumb (V)
  • Snapper fillet, smoked paprika butter, Jamon, corn & chickpea with a charred capsicum salad (G)
  • Roasted chicken breast, sage pancetta & pinenut crumb (G)
  • Accompaniment: Grants dinner rolls served with butter

Side

Choose two options below

  • Rosemary & garlic roasted chat potatoes (G,V)
  • Classic garden salad (G,V)
  • Roquette, parmesan & pinenut (G,V)
  • Heirloom carrots with honey, dill & mustard butter (G,V)
  • Asian style coleslaw with wasabi mayonnaise (G,V)
  • Frisee salad leaves with radish & mint dressing (V,G)
  • Quinoa, barley & edamame bean salad, toasted pepitas & a pomegranate molasses dressing (V)

Desserts

Choose two options below:

  • Pavlova “Lamingtons” (G)
  • Dark chocolate mousse, chocolate crumbs
  • Coffee & vanilla cream cannoli
  • Roasted strawberry panna cotta, mint, cinnamon & cardamom spiced syrup (G)
  • Rich chocolate brownie cake, white & dark chips, ganache
  • Citrus tartlets, meringue brûlée shards

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 Structure & Options

Selection of two items per course served as an alternative drop

Entrée | Main – per person (2.5 hour service period)   61
Main | Dessert – per person (2.5 hour service period)  61
Entree | Main | Dessert – per person (3 hour service period)  70
Add Canape & Soup course:
Soup served 50/50 style to guests 10.50
Canapes 1/2 hour service, 4 pieces per person   13.50

Soup

  • Capsicum, smoked paprika & chorizo crème (G)
  • Ginger & shitake mushroom broth, prawn & vegetable dumpling, chilli oil spring onions & Vietnamese mint
  • Classic pumpkin, crème fraiche & chive batons (G, V)
  • Maple roasted ham hock, green lentil, Hillcrest extra virgin olive oil (G)

Entrée

  • Roasted mushroom & goats cheese bruschetta, balsamic glaze (V)
  • Slow braised duck tartlet, French mustard crème, bacon, pear, frisee salad
  • Cured salmon, vodka, juniper & lime, baby beets, kipfler crisp, sour cream dressing (G)
  • Raviolo of roasted pumpkin, parmesan with roquette, petit herb salad, sage butter sauce (V)
  • Venison & pistachio terrine, spiced tomato relish, crisp brioche & cornichons

Main

  • Herb roasted chicken breast, parmesan polenta gnocchi, red capsicum coulis (G)
  • Beef porterhouse medallions, compressed potato gallette, green beans, shallot, thyme jus (G)
  • Oregano crusted snapper, wild mushroom & green pea risotto (G)
  • Pork loin “Porchetta”, pear, potato, fennel, asparagus & cider apple jus (G)
  • Slow braised lamb wellington, green pea, bacon & du puy lentils with herb jus
  • Potato & pea madras samosas, Kashmiri rice, tomato, kashundi & yoghurt riata (G)
  • Accompaniment: Grants dinner rolls served with butter

Dessert

  • Chocolate marquise, cocoa shortbread tartlet, spiced chocolate ganache
  • Date & ginger pudding, salted caramel, oat crumb
  • Slow poached pear, honey spiked cheesecake, caramelised pear gelee
  • Lemon & 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 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.

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

Selection of 8 items – per person (2 hour service period) $31.00
Selection of 10 items – per person (2 hour service period) $37.00
Selection of 10 items – per person plus one substantial item (3 hour service period) $49.00

Cold Selection

  • Herb pikelets, blue cheese and pear (V)
  • Caramelised onion and Yarra Valley Persian fetta tartlets with thyme (V)
  • Buckwheat and nori pancake with smoked salmon, apple, radish, mirin and soy dressing (G)
  • Petit naan breads with mango, cashew and coriander salsa (V)
  • Sushi;
    • Vegetable (G, V)
    • Teriyaki chicken (G)
    • Avocado and seaweed salad (G, V)
  • Chicken Caesar tartlets
  • Bruschetta: tomato, basil, bocconcini, olive crumb (V)
  • Authentic Mexican tortilla;
    • Avocado, tomato and chilli (G, V)
    • Crab, lime and coriander salsa (G)
  • Rich tomato tartlet, capsicum & olives (V)
  • Prosciutto wrapped melon, balsamic glaze (G)
  • Parmesan shortbread, basil pesto (V)
  • Rare roast beef crostini, avacado creme

Hot Selection

  • Basil pesto arancini balls with aioli (V)
  • Sumac and pinenut lamb koftas with pomegranate and mint yoghurt (G)
  • House made prawn toast with wasabi mayo
  • Prawn twisters with wasabi and soy
  • Tandoori chicken skewers with a yoghurt riata (G)
  • House made pork fennel and caramelised onion sausage rolls
  • Gourmet local beef pies with tomato relish
  • Japanese vegetable pancakes with Yakiniku and kewpie (V)
  • Assorted Asian dumplings with dipping sauce
  • Yarra Valley venison sausage delice with olive tapenade (G)
  • The Essential Caterer fried chicken with chipotle mayonnaise
  • House made pizza;
    • Pork belly with local cider spiked BBQ sauce
    • Spiced pumpkin, goat cheese, sweet capsicum sauce (V)
    • Tomato, basil puree, bocconcini, caramelised onion (V)

Substantial items

Add a Substantial dish to your menu. $14.00 per person

  • Dishes are served in bowls or cones
  • Fish and chips: Flathead tails with chips, lemon wedge and aioli
  • Black sesame & wasabi crusted chicken with Asian coleslaw, coriander & soy (G)
  • Beef braise: Slow braised coconut, ginger, sweet potato mash (G)
  • Slow cooked barbequed pork sliders & apple slaw in brioche buns
  • Basil crusted salmon fillet, kipfler & avocado salad, crème fraiche dressing
  • Crumbed mushroom; charred vegetable salad with roasted capsicum mayonnaise (V)

Desserts

  • Petite baked cheesecake, caramelized strawberries, mint syrup
  • Chocolate royale tartlets- choc shell, raspberry marshmallow, jam and chocolate ganache
  • Date and ginger petit pudding, salted caramel, oat crumb
  • Mini chocolate lamingtons, Turkish delight cream, rose petals
  • Citrus tarts, meringue brulee shards
  • Dark chocolate mousse cups (G)
  • Flourless orange and marmalade torte (G)

 

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.

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) $37.00
Main | Dessert – per person (2.5 hour service period) $37.00
Canapés | Main | Dessert – per person (3 hour service period) $49.00
Additional Entree Option: Add Antipasto – per person $9.50

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

  • Meat selection-Marinated golden roasted meats, choice of two
  • Marinated roast beef with horseradish crème (G)
  • Roast pork & crackling with Yarra Valley apple sauce (G)
  • Lemon & herb butter, chicken breast (G)
  • *Quince glazed roast leg of lamb with thyme & rosemary, served with mint sauce (G)
    *$3 extra per head for lamb

Salad Selection

Choice of three salad options

  • 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)

Sides

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

Desserts

Choice of two dessert options

  • Pavlova with blueberry curd & vanilla cream (G)
  • Dark chocolate mousse, chocolate crumbs
  • Baked cheesecake, strawberry & rhubarb compote
  • Slow baked apple cake, maple sauce, crumble garnish
  • Dark rich flourless chocolate cake, citrus ganache (G)

 

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.

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.

Bowl Food Menu

Roaming substantial bowl food, or can be served on food stations buffet style.
Option 1: Four bowl choices – per person (2.5 hour service period) $43.00
Option 2: Five bowl choices – per person (2.5 hour service period) $Finger Food Catering Melbourne | Offering flexible options perfect for any occasion ranging from a formal affair or casual get together.
Desert Option: Add dessert – per person $9.50
Canapé Option: Add canapés – per person $13.00

Canapés

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

Bowl Dishes

  • Black sesame & wasabi crusted chicken with Asian coleslaw, coriander & soy (G)
  • Asado beef burger; organic sourdough chimichurri sauce, tomato & lettuce
  • Chorizo & prawn skewers with Romesco sauce (G)
  • Sumac & lamb kofta, apricot cous cous & pomegranate molasses
  • Dukkah crusted egg, rocket & crostini (V)
  • Pumpkin, sweet potato & roasted capsicum, toasted pide, mint & zatar labne (V) (GF optional)
  • Mini organic brioche, slow braised pork slider, maple & apple glaze, kipfler chips
  • Lamb tagine; Parsley, tomato & quinoa tabouli & spicy kashundi (G)
  • Yarra Glen game sausage; roasted potato & Roma salad with olive tapenade jus (G)
  • Herb crust salmon delice, warm zucchini & capsicum ratatouille, pesto sauce (G)
  • Moroccan duck; carrot, ginger & raisin salad ras el hanout dressing (G)
  • Crumbed mushroom; charred vegetable salad with roasted capsicum mayonnaise (V)
  • Snapper; Goan curry spiced, snake bean, coconut & chilli (G)

Desserts

Choice of two dessert options

  • Petite baked cheesecake, caramelized strawberries, mint syrup
  • Chocolate royale tartlets- choc shell, raspberry marshmallow, jam and chocolate ganache
  • Date and ginger petit pudding, salted caramel, oat crumb
  • Mini chocolate lamingtons, Turkish delight cream, rose petals
  • Citrus tarts, meringue brulee shards
  • Dark chocolate mousse cups (G)
  • Flourless orange and marmalade torte (G)

G = Gluten Free, V = Vegetarian

 

Pricing Structure & Options

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 2016 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 packages to suit any occasion.
We have a strong regional focus supporting our Yarra Valley neighbors.

Our beverage 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 19 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 Wild River Sparkling NV Victoria

Raise the Bar

 2 Hours 26 per person

$5.50 for every hour thereafter

Beer and cider- Select 2 to serve

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

Sparkling & White varieties – Select 2
Paul Louis Blanc de Blancs Sparkling, Loire, France
Pizzini Prosecco, King Valley
Coldstone Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay
Yering Station Village Chardonnay, Yarra Valley
Pizzini Pinot Grigio, King Valley
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
Paynes Rise Redlands Shiraz,Yarra Valley, Vic
Bulong Estate Cabernet Merlot, Yarra Valley, Vic
Dominique Portet Cabernet Sauvignon Yarra Valley, Vic

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.

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