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Need last minute wedding catering? Say “I Do” to Your Private Chef!

Your Private Chef - Friday, December 01, 2017

Your wedding is one of the most momentous and memorable events in your life. So every detail needs to be absolutely perfect.

No doubt you’ll have been running yourself ragged in the lead-up to your big day, organising a venue, dress and, of course, the cake! After all, it’s only the most important day of your life so far, so we certainly don’t blame you for taking an active role in the planning and wanting everything to go smoothly.

But what happens when things don’t go according to script? Do you have a Plan B?

The more people involved in a plan, the more points of failure there are for something to go horribly wrong. And weddings are certainly no exception. It could be a problem with the photographer, the venue… or worst of all, the caterer!

Who are you going to call for last minute wedding catering?

Lucky for those living in Melbourne (and the rest of Victoria), there's no need to worry - Your Private Chef is here to save the day! You could, in fact, that emergency catering and Your Private Chef are a match made in heaven. 

Emergency wedding catering

Food can make or break or break an event. So why should you settle for subpar food for the most important event of your life?

If your wedding caterer fails you at the last minute (for whatever reason), don't panic. True, it's a pretty dramatic setback...but all isn't lost just yet.  We've got your back, after all!

We don't mean to brag, but when it comes to wedding catering, our range of dining options you can choose from is exquisite

Whether you’re tying the knot in and small and intimate wedding with only a dozen or so guests or planning a grandiose celebration for hundreds, we’ll have a menu that fits your style, personality... and most important of all, your schedule!

Your Private Chef excel at working under pressure, so no matter the circumstances, we’ll work hard to deliver catering on your special day, even at the last minute.

Some menus you might consider include...




Food stations

Food stations are the hottest catering trend, soaring in popularity! They’re popping up at a variety of events due to their versatility and most of all, because of how incredible they look!

We recommend teaming a stunning grazing food station with a couple of additional hot and cold hearty platters for a great (and more cost-efficient) alternative to a formal sit-down wedding dinner. 

Wedding fine dining

If you’re looking have a classier spin for your wedding reception, we have a three-course sit down dinner menu that’s perfect for you.

Take your guests on a culinary journey like no other! Our formal dining menu features stunning entrées, mains, and desserts that rival any Michelin-star restaurant.

We have solid relationships with many of Melbourne’s best wedding venues, and we work closely with you to create a customised three-course dining menu.

You can trust us to reflect the intimate and elegant vision that you have for your wedding, even on super short notice!

Wedding banquet

For food that brings your guests together, you can’t go past a banquet!

Wedding receptions were never meant to be quiet events where guests keep to their own tables - they're about connecting, and celebrating together.  So instead of isolating your guests at their tables, encourage them to chat and mingle with our family-style shared dining banquet!

The beautiful thing about banquet dining is that it combines the elegance of seated three-course dining with intimate, family-style sharing.  They're a social event within an existing event!

Let us help you create a beautiful banquet menu that reflects your style, budget, and taste.  Find more info on our banquet dining style here

Dessert buffet

There's always room for dessert (it's scientifically proven, in fact!)  For many of us, dessert is the highlight of any function.  So why not top your big day off with a finisher to match?

Keen to stick to tradition with an elegant tiered wedding cake? We can help you out!

Interested in something a little quirkier?

Why not indulge in our fruit and flower adorned cheese tower?

We have curated a selection of the finest Artisan cheeses in the world for your wedding guests to nibble on. Combine our stunningly presented arrangements of cheese wheels, fruits and flowers with a classy bottle of red for a finish that will certainly leave an impression on your wedding guests.

Want to stick with something sweet? Cap your wedding feast off with our delightful dessert buffet. Donut walls are the latest wedding trend popping up on our Instagram and Pinterest feeds; not only do they look amazing, they're oh-so-tasty, too.


Need emergency catering for your wedding?

Get in touch with Your Private Chef today!

Your Private Chef caters for weddings of all shapes, sizes and styles - anywhere across Victoria!

And best of all, we’re ready to provide excellent food prepared by a team of gourmet chefs, even on extremely short notice! You can trust us to deliver the goods on time, even under immense pressure.

We can also help with event styling and waitstaff.

If you need emergency wedding catering, don't panic. Instead, give us a call right now! Speak to Ana now: (03) 9018 9321.

We are proud to be a 2017 Independent Caterer finalist of the Australian Bridal Industry Academy (ABIA).




 

Make your company event one to remember with our corporate catering menu!

Your Private Chef - Monday, November 27, 2017

Birthdays, promotions, retirements, Christmas, closing an especially tough deal... make no mistake, the company calendar is filled to the brim with exciting and different events throughout the entire year.

Naturally, when any of these things occur you’ll want to throw a party!

Your first thought might be that this event deserves something a bit more meaningful than heading down to the pub after work for a round of drinks. So you start planning a company event to celebrate the occasion.

And nothing adds life into a corporate event quite like food.  Bad food can leave a sour taste, and you don't want to be known as that company, do you? 

At Your Private Chef, we know that food is an important part of any event. 

If you’re thinking of throwing an epic Christmas party to thank staff for the year gone by or simply want to reward your team with a casual catch-up on a Friday afternoon, start talking to a corporate catering for inspiring ideas!




Corporate event catering for all occasions

To the employee responsible for organising the company event: our hearts go out to you. We know how much pressure you must be under planning everything on top of your day-to-day responsibilities!

This is the moment to choose a corporate caterer to take the weight off your shoulders!

Good food can turn a company event from “fine” to “amazing!”

Your Private Chef can provide customised corporate catering that fits the type of event you’re planning. We provide Unforgettable Food Experiences for the following types of company events:

  • Boardroom lunches and conferences
  • Seminars and trade shows
  • Staff parties and team building
  • Product launches
  • Photo shoots
  • Team building
  • And much more!

Got something else in mind? We'll help you out!

Unsure how to choose the right caterer for your corporate event? We're sharing some useful tips in this blog post




Corporate catering menu

As o of Melbourne’s premier caterers, we have worked on many corporate events across Melbourne and greater Victoria, from weddings and high teas to birthday parties, wakes, and of course, all types of corporate functions.

Our goal is to give everyone a food experience that they will always remember, no matter the scale or size of the event! And it shows in our delicious and unique corporate catering menu.

Lunch buffet packages

When most of us think company lunches, we generally think of the traditional sandwiches or supermarket sausage rolls. But what if you want something a little bit more?

Why choose buffet? Because in our opinion, buffet is one of the best ways to do lunch!

We love buffet because it turns lunch from just a meal into a social event, where people have an excuse to walk around, talk and connect with each other over fantastic food.

Does this sound like the type of atmosphere you want for your company event? Then Your Private Chef has you covered.

Leave an impression on your co-workers, bosses and clients with our delicious hot and cold buffet packages: from succulent roasts to cold meats to seafood, we're ready to tantalise you and your team!

Hot and cold platters

Maybe the buffet is too extravagant for your taste or perhaps you’re at the helm of a smaller team.

If you’d prefer something a little more low-key, our hearty hot and cold platters are just right! Use them as the centrepiece of a smaller function, or, as we recommended above, use them to enhance your buffet style dining.

Sandwich platters

We’ve given sandwiches a hard time in the past.

But that doesn’t mean we don’t love them!

The humble sandwich is easy to serve and oh-so delicious. No wonder they’re a staple of company events nationwide.

Of course, that also means they’re not exactly something most employees get excited over.

Guess what?  That's about to change!  We have a variety of cost-effective sandwich platters with gourmet fillings for you and your guests to enjoy.

We have so many amazing options for you to choose from including wraps, rolls, baguettes, and bagels.


Team building

Here's something a little bit different: why not buck the trend of corporate parties, and instead enjoy a team building exercise with our BBQ Masterchef cook-off?

Team building is a great way to bond with staff in a more casual way, out of the four walls of the office, but still in a relaxed, enjoyable, and familiar setting. Take the afternoon off to participate in our cook-off!

Your Private Chef’s team-building challenges are a fun and unique experience. They’re a great way of injecting a bit of energy into your company calendar.

Our BBQ Masterchef cook-off pits two teams against each other in a head-to-head fight for kitchen supremacy, challenging team members to work together to come out on top!

This event style is great for building stronger connections between team members, challenging your co-workers’ ability to work together and fostering just a little bit of friendly fire in the office!




Looking for a corporate event caterer in Melbourne?

Call Your Private Chef now!

Make this year's corporate party the most memorable by adding Your Private Chef as part of your day.

We have an extensive menu designed by our dedicated chefs to make your corporate affair something that your staff and guests will remember.

In the event you are in need of a “last-minute” corporate catering provider, Your Private Chef has got your back, especially as we enter the silly season!

For enquiries and bookings, call Ana now on 03 9018 9321 or contact Your Private Chef here.







 

Let’s have a chef-to-chef: some advice from your Private Chef to make Christmas easier

Your Private Chef - Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Does a cold sweat break out at the thought of picking a menu and organising everything come Christmas Day?

Are you dreading the prospect of preparing your family’s planned Christmas feast?

Trust us, we know exactly how you feel!

Fortunately, there are a couple of simple strategies we’d like to share to make things easier when it comes to preparing your Christmas Day feast.



Christmas catering requires a plan

You can start by buying ingredients early, scheduling each item so that you’re never left with a kitchen traffic jam and splitting your workload with family members.

While it may seem simple, having clearly defined a plan outlining just how you intent to approach the herculean task that is Christmas lunch or dinner can go a long way.  It can  keep you organised and bring your levels of stress all the way down.

What are you waiting for? Start writing your Christmas food plan now!


Start early when it comes to your Christmas Day feast

Prepare as much of your Christmas meal as early as possible: when the decorations start going up around you and the shopping centres start blasting carols, you should at least be thinking about your Christmas feast!

This piece of advice mightn’t be applicable for every item on your menu, but you’d be surprised how much of the traditional Christmas meal can be prepared early, frozen and quickly reheated on the day – all while still tasting great!

  • Stuffing and sauces can be kept in the fridge for a couple of days, so get these ready a couple of nights beforehand
  • Cold desserts like pudding, mousse or tiramisu can be prepared weeks in advance, frozen, and thawed on the day
  • Christmas cookies can take hours to prepare and bake – so why not get them ready the week prior (and make some extras in case of hungry kids during the week)
  • Even something as simple as cutting up your carrots, parsnips and potatoes the day before can save you precious minutes

Keep it simple!

Yes, when Christmas comes around the pressure to perform can be crushing.

But here's a secret: you don't need to bake 25 different types of cookies to please your family!

While a huge, complicated menu may impress your relatives, it can also be a nightmare to prepare.

Fill your Christmas menu with items that don’t take an eternity to make. A Christmas pudding can take an hour to prepare and an additional five in the oven, so why not choose something quicker for dessert, like a tiramisu, which only takes half an hour to make and an hour to set?

Better yet, why not consider a caterer who can take all cooking responsibilities off your hands entirely?

Christmas Day catering (yes, it exists!)

Preparing Christmas lunch or dinner can drain you dry.  And with so much preparation, planning and hard work that goes into your Christmas feat, you might be left so exhausted that you can't even enjoy the fruits of your labour.

And that’s how many of us will inevitably spend our time off. What a drag!

Don't you at least deserve this one week to unwind completely?

At Your Private Chef, we understand where you’re coming from. Fortunately, we have a solution that will take all the weight off your shoulders and give you your time back: leave Christmas Day catering to the pros.

There are plenty of reasons to talk to us about your Christmas feast!



You don’t have to do a thing!

Our Christmas packages run the gamut of Christmas meals:

  • Christmas carvery classics including whole roast turkeys and boneless leg hams
  • Cold seafood platters (think fresh king prawns, shucked oysters, and lobster – perfect for an Aussie summer!)
  • Hot platters (crowd-pleasers like gnocchi, potato platters and seasonal vegetables deliver great value)
  • Christmas desserts (from classics such as drunk sticky date pudding to succulent chocolate mousses)

Through on-the-day Christmas catering, you can enjoy your festive feast just as your family and friends will!

Check out our Christmas Day menu here and order online now!

How Your Private Chef’s Christmas Day catering works

Time is one of your most precious resources, and this is especially true around Christmas!

For many, the holiday season is the only significant time off in the entire year to spend with our friends and family. Why spend even more time away, running yourself ragged in the kitchen?

Fortunately, Your Private Chef’s offerings aren’t just delicious – they’re also a snap to prepare!

Choose pre-cooked food delivered on Christmas Eve


All of our Christmas menu items come pre-cooked, so all you have to do is follow the simple preparation instructions we include and before you know it, you’ll be at the table, gorging on quality Christmas food with your friends and family!

Choose pre-prepared food delivered on Christmas Eve and cooked by you on Christmas Day


Alternatively, we can deliver your food on Christmas Eve portioned, prepared, and marinated but raw, allowing you to still cook it yourself on Christmas Day. Take the stress out of food prep but still enjoy cooking on Christmas morning if you’d prefer!



Looking a Christmas caterer? Call Your Private Chef today!

Christmas lunch and dinner are arguably the two biggest meals of the entire year, so it’s only natural to want the very best.

Of course, good food can take hours, days, or even weeks to prepare. Is that really how you want to spend your Christmas break?

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a service which could look after all that hassle for you?

Good news: there is!

Let Your Private Chef help you out! Enjoy a delicious Christmas lunch or dinner prepared by an expert chef, all without sacrificing any of your precious family time to make it.

If you’d like to know more about our Christmas offerings, give Ana at Your Private Chef a call on (03) 9018 9321.

You can also browse our Christmas Day catering menus here and order online!

 

Stuck for ideas? 5 unique ideas for your office Christmas party!

Your Private Chef - Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The end of 2017 is fast approaching. And who can wait? Most of us have probably already begun thinking about how we’ll unwind, take time off and what we’re going to do with our friends and family.

Unless you’re the one planning the company end-of-year party!

To the employee responsible for organising the company party: we feel for you. Not only is the pressure for arranging a fun event for everyone entirely on your shoulders, but it has to impress your higher ups – your reputation is on the line!

And then there’s the question of how your party might impact your team – does your event bring your co-workers closer together and improve team dynamics going forward?

Yes, worrying about your company party could start your break off on the completely wrong foot. Good thing we’re here to help!

Your Private Chef takes care of all your Christmas party catering, promising fun and frivolity this silly season!

And if your problem runs deeper than just food? What if you genuinely have no idea how to make your end-of-year celebration stand out?

We’re glad you asked.

1. For the traditionalists, centre your event around food

Enjoy a quintessential Christmas feast

Of course, you can’t go past the classics.

While we Aussies may not be lucky enough to have a winter wonderland Christmas like our friends in the northern hemisphere, that doesn’t mean we can’t try! 

Your Private Chef's hot food platters and Christmas carvery menu are perfect for capturing the magi of a white Christmas.  Complete with roast turkey, a whole leg ham, and even a spit roast, as well as our succulent hot and cold platter, our packages are perfect if you want to bring a bit of that winter magic down south. 




BBQ Christmas catering

Alternatively, we also have a variety of BBQ packages if you settle on the decidedly Aussie tradition of the Christmas barbecue.  Our range goes far beyond your run-of-the-mill supermarket sausages; however: there's a whole world of sausages, skewers and other grilled meats to put a bit of a different spin on your end-of-the-year barbecue. 

So we’ve got the food sorted, what about the rest of the celebrations?


2. Dress up!

If you’re looking for an opportunity to encourage some creativity in your co-workers, you can’t go past a well-organised costume party.

Dressing up – or down – is a fantastic way to end your year. After all, the end-of-year party is about more than just Christmas - it’s an opportunity for you and your team to unwind after a solid year of (hopefully) hard work. Not to mention the ways that a costume party can strengthen your team!

  • They're a welcome change in scenery for your co-workers and a much-needed break from the routine
  • Costumes break barriers within your team - your manager isn't the manager any more, they're a man of the Night's Watch!
  • A costume party can improve the staff morale and bring everybody together
  • Most of all, they're just good fun!

And if your workplace is already fairly casual, how about going in the opposite direction?

Inject a bit of glamour into your end-of-year celebrations by considering a masquerade ball for your company event! While this old Venetian tradition is much more elaborate in terms of preparation, masquerade balls are a much classier and more memorable event than your stock-standard company function.

If you are thinking of a masquerade ball, here are some things to consider:

  • Venue – masquerades are characterised by ball-style dancing, so a suitable venue is a must
  • Time – your co-workers need time to track down masquerade masks and costumes, so make sure you give plenty of notice
  • Food and drink - masquerades are traditionally formal events, so you'll want the catering to fit! How about a decadent 3 course seated menu or the fabulous dining style, the banquet?

3. Embrace the dagginess, we say!

Christmas has a reputation for being decidedly daggy.

You know what we mean: the decorations can look tacky, the clothing would land you on the faux pas pages of any celeb magazine, and Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas would be on repeat (not that I am complaining).

Yes, all semblance of taste flies out of the window when December rolls around! But that's all part of the charm, isn't it?  Cringe all you want at the Christmas kitsch, it just wouldn't be Christmas without the innocent - and ever so slightly embarrassing - cheesiness. 

So why shy away from it?

Ugly sweater parties have taken off in recent years as celebrations of all things eye-poppingly awful. And that’s why hosting one of these events is great for getting a bit of a laugh out of your staff – after all, isn’t that what Christmas is all about?

Here are just a handful of (questionable) choices you can make:

Set up a tacky, Charlie Brown-style aluminium Christmas tree (yes, they really existed!)

Encourage your team to wear the ugliest home-knitted jumper they can find  

For something more summer appropriate, the most tasteless novelty T-shirt will do excellently

Congratulations... you’ve reached peak Christmas dag!

Top off your event with hot and cold sharing platters as well as some delicious and indulgent Christmas desserts

4. Explore Santa’s workshop

Here’s something a little unconventional: how about a Santa’s workshop-themed Christmas event? While it may sound silly, setting up your party room to look like Santa’s workshop is surprisingly good fun!

Each “workstation” in the “workshop” has a different activity that tests your co-workers’ creativity and teamwork – it’s more than just a bit of fun! Workshops are a great way to strengthen the bonds that hold your team together and improve staff performance.

Team building Christmas party

So why not combine the team-building power of a workshop with the amazing power of food to bring people together?

Talk to Your Private Chef about your team-building functions. Using the challenges of the kitchen to improve valuable  workplace skills such as communication, teamwork an maybe a little bit of friendly competition, our cook-off events are a great choice for fostering connections and cohesion within your staff.  Add a Christmas twist, and you've got a truly unique end-of-year corporate activity.

You can even appoint one staff member to oversee everything as Santa (while everyone else dons their best elf costumes – pointy ears encouraged!)


5. Around the world

Not every culture celebrates Christmas.  Many observe their own end-of-year celebrations.  In fact, even amongst countries that do celebrate Christmas, they way they go about it can be vastly different. 

So why not celebrate this diversity with an Around the World themed party?

This is an especially suitable idea if your team is highly diverse.  You might encourage all your staff to turn up in national or traditional clothing or to share their own traditional festivities for other to experience.  There's no better way to break down barriers an build understanding and cohesion within your staff.

At Your Private Chef, we are big believers in the power of good food to bring people together, so of course having a menu that reflects your workplace diversity is a must!

Get in touch with us today to explore how we can help create a menu that suits your style and your Christmas party theme.

Corporate Christmas catering

Need catering that suits your company function?

Call Your Private Chef!

Your company’s end-of-year party can be so much more than just sandwiches and some awkward “thanks-for-all-your-hard-work” speeches. These are just some of the more interesting ideas we’ve seen in our years of catering functions of all sizes.

Whatever theme you settle on, listed here or otherwise, get in touch with Your Private Chef for all your catering needs.

To start laying the ground for your company's Christmas or end of year function, call Ana now for the perfect culinary experience to cap off another successful year! Alternatively, you can fill in this form and we will be in touch!

At Your Private Chef, we’ve also catered to countless Christmas and end-of-year functions. And if you’re ripping hair out trying to think of a good theme, we’re here to share some of the more interesting ideas we’ve seen people pull off for their functions over the years.

 

Christmas party food to turn your office Christmas party from dull to fun!

Your Private Chef - Wednesday, November 08, 2017

“Well, at least the food was good…”

How often have you heard that muttered, or even said it yourself after coming back from a dull conference or company event?

At Your Private Chef we’re big believers in the idea that good food can make or break an event. Good food doesn’t just bring people together, but it can turn an event from a “meh” to amazing!

In our opinion, food is the glue that binds people together. Good food builds great atmosphere. And good food certainly gets people talking!

That's why we offer a variety of delicious, restaurant-quality meals for your company's Christmas and end-of-year celebrations this year.

Office party food

So whether your corporate event is for two employees, two dozen or two hundred, one of the most important things to get right when planning your company’s annual end of year party is the menu.

Here are just some ways Your Private Chef can turn your company’s end of year party from awkward to amazing!

Hot platter collection

Perfect for feeding hungry crowds, our delicious hot platter collection has something for everyone!

Our special hot platters come with crowd-pleasers such as delicious Atlantic salmon, fried rice and rich gnocchi. Each platter easily serves ten people, making them a great option when it comes to feeding a larger office.

There's also a fantastic buffet-style roast package for companies that want to impress with a traditional Christmas lunch. Our turkeys and hams are the perfect way to end the year and start your holiday.

Not sure which option you’d prefer? Why not combine some platters with traditional Christmas menu items and create a bespoke menu for your company’s end of year celebration?


Christmas hearty cold platters

Looking for something a bit more summer appropriate or don't have access to an oven? Our cold platter options are another fantastic option for companies looking to keep the heat down!

We've got freshly made sushi, chilled Mediterranean antipasto platters, and gourmet sandwiches.

If you're looking to add a bit of class to your impress your bosses, why not pick up a fresh seafood platter, too? Our deluxe seafood platter has everything from fresh oysters, peeled prawns and lobster, all served nice and cold.

Pair your seafood with some sparkling for a company party that no one’s going to forget!


Cocktails and sandwiches

For a more low-key event, nibble on some our cocktail and sandwich platters.

Our hot cocktail platters include classics such as sausage rolls, pies, mini sliders and quiches. There's also a delicious middle eastern-themed platter and plenty of vegetarian options, too.

The mention of sandwiches invokes eye rolls and groans: “Sandwiches? Again?” But there’s good news: sandwiches are no longer the basic lunches you might have in your mind! 

Our sandwich platters are a great keep-it-simple option with a range of amazing choices.

We have gourmet fillings to fit anyone’s palate whether you’d prefer wraps, baguettes, rolls, or bite-sized finger sandwiches (or maybe even all of them!)

Wraps Christmas party catering

Fruit and cheese

Bring a bit of class to your company party with our cheeses and fruit platters. Gorge your palate with our selection of some of Australia’s best cheeses, and finish your day (and the year) with fresh, seasonal fruits.


There’s always room for dessert!

If you feel like a sweeter finisher to your company Christmas party, there’s always our Christmas dessert menu.

End your work year on a high note with our irresistible chocolate and passionfruit mousses, drunken sticky date puddings and our adorable jar cakes. Trust us: no one will be skipping these Christmas desserts!

Office Christmas party catering

Ask us about a staffed office Christmas party

Our services extend far beyond providing the food. If you want to go all out for your company’s party, we’re more than willing to go with you!

Our catering staff open up a world of options when it comes to your office Christmas party or end-of-year celebration. Our staff can prepare your hot food stations for you onsite. If you’d like a proper buffet setup, full event styling or stand up canape service for your company celebration, we’re more than willing to help you out!

For more information about our staff hire options, give Ana a call!


What can Your Private Chef do for you?

Company parties are sometimes notorious for being… well, kind of awkward and draggy.

With Your Private Chef, it doesn’t have to be! Let us look after catering and we’ll ensure your company’s Christmas party or end-of-year celebration is a real crowd-pleaser!

After all, nothing says good atmosphere like a fantastic gourmet lunch or dinner.

No matter what options you choose for your office Christmas party, be sure to get in touch with our team to see what we can do to bring some life into your company’s end of year celebration. 

While we can’t guarantee your boss won’t make you cringe with his karaoke skills, we CAN guarantee that Christmas catering can elevate your end-of-year party into a celebration to remember (even if your boss’ memory is a little fuzzy the next day).

We’re booking up fast, so call us now to start planning your epic Christmas party!

 

Is weekly food delivery really worth it?

Your Private Chef - Wednesday, November 01, 2017

While we usually think of summer as a time to unwind, relax and take some time off work over the Silly Season.

In reality, however, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Summertime can be a very busy time of year for most of us; organising activities over the school holidays, Christmas preparations, and New Year’s party planning!

We don’t blame you for wanting to lighten your load as much as possible. So what are your options when you want nothing to do with food preparation?

Get someone else to do it, of course!

You might know Your Private Chef as caterers for large events or corporate parties, but did you know we also offer a weekly delivery service of fresh and delicious home-style meals?

Yep – restaurant-quality meals can now be brought straight to your home to enjoy any night of the week!

Let a professional gourmet chef take dinner responsibilities off your hands. View our weekly gourmet meal packages here.

weekly food delivery

Choose your own gourmet meals

Sometimes you just don’t feel like making dinner. And there’s no shame in admitting that!

Whether you stay at work late or there’s a show you just can’t afford to miss, there are plenty of reasons to want to skip making dinner.

So why cook when you don’t have to?

It may sound too good to be true – gourmet food with a value price tag, prepared by a professional chef... and all without leaving the home at all? It can’t be done?!

Rest assured, not only is it possible, but it’s easy, too! Simply order online – and we’ll look after your dinner for the rest of the week.

Feed the family

Feeding kids can be a daunting! They go through fish-finger phases and will do anything to avoid their greens.

What if we told you that it doesn’t have to be this way?

That there’s a service out there that delivers healthy meals the kids will love and takes dinner off your hands?

Our Kids Pack is filled with favourites to appeal to young ones. With a selection of classics such as spaghetti meatballs and penne, this pack is sure to be a hit with the kids.

Kids gourmet meal delivery

The Family Pack has more than enough to fill mum, dad and the kids for a whole week. Entrees, sides and mains, this pack has it all!

Additionally, all of our adult-sized meals can easily be split between two children or smaller eaters.

Raising kids of any age can be a hair-splitting experience. Our family and kids’ meals mean you have one less thing to worry about – and when you have kids, every second is valuable!

Meat and seafood

Are you a real carnivore? Maybe you prefer the taste of the deep?

Our Meat Lovers and Seafood meals have more than enough meat and seafood to satisfy even the most voracious carnivores out there. Only the best chicken, beef, lamb, salmon, barramundi are chosen and prepared by our expert chefs.

All our meat dishes are not only juicy and delicious, but a snap to prepare as – reheating instructions are included in your order.

Gourmet food, delivered for all

Are you a vegetarian or vegan? Do you have special dietary requirements?

There’s no need to feel left out if you are. We know good food can make your day - that’s why we have a work hard to make sure as many of our delicious meals as possible can be made to accommodate for a variety of common dietary requirements.

Our vegetarian menu contains enough delicious gnocchi, soups and vegetable patties to feed you for an entire week. Even the most ardent meat lovers will be impressed!

Our Gluten Free & Dairy Free pack is tailored for celiacs and people with dairy allergies. This curated list of meals from across the globe means you won’t be missing a thing.

Italy comes to you

Who doesn’t love Italian food? Italy is arguably the gold standard when it comes to food that not only looks great, but tastes it too.

Here’s the good news: you don’t need to shell out hundreds of dollars booking an exclusive restaurant or struggle with a cookbook to get the best Italian experience anymore.

With everything from Bolognese to vegetarian pasta packs, our pasta offerings include all of your favourites: spaghetti, penne, lasagne and risottos in all varieties. We also offer succulent Italian lamb shanks for the meat-lovers out there.

Crack open a bottle of red as if you were really in Italy!

Taste of Asia: curry, rice, and stiryfrys

There’s a whole world out there for foodies, just waiting to be explored.

Malaysia is a real melting pot – and this shows in their food! Malay cuisine is a fascinating fusion, with local Malay, Chinese and Indian influences coming together to create a unique taste. With this sort of pedigree, Malaysian cuisine is one of the most diverse out there!

On the other hand, Thai food has its own distinct character, known for its strong flavours and just a smidge of spice. It’s hard to wander the streets of Bangkok without bumping into a food cart on the side of the street selling something delicious.

These differences are reflected in their curries. No matter which variety you prefer, you can find both of them either individually or together as part of our Taste of Asia pack!

Perfect as a small side or as a main dish itself, rice is one of the most versatile grains out there. Whether you’re a fan of risotto, fried rice or just want a bit of plain rice to soak up your curry, rice will work with almost anything. Pair it up with one of our stiryfry dishes for a delicious and filling Asian feast.

Gourmet meal delivery from Your Private Chef

Gourmet value packs delivery

Are you too busy to make food at all?

With the stifling summer heat and the flurry of activity that starts as the warmer months start to roll around, the truth is that many of us feel like we lack the energy and will to step into the kitchen.

Our gourmet value packs are designed for people who want to totally remove food preparation from their daily routine. Each of our value pack is designed to give you your time back.

With each one containing several days’ worth of meals, these packs are perfect for people who just don’t have enough time in their lives to make good food!

To find out more about our gourmet meal delivery packs or to order online, click here.


Gourmet food delivery is within your reach!

Dinner just got a whole lot easier.

Whatever option you choose, preparing food doesn’t have to be something you dread. Better yet, with restaurant-quality gourmet food delivered to your door, dinnertime doesn’t have to mean sacrificing your precious time, either.

Order once a week or stock up for the entire season with Your Private Chef.

Make sure you place your orders before Monday 12:00 pm. Your frozen meals, crafted and cooked with passion will be delivered to your door every Tuesday between 2.00pm and 7.00pm Order online now!

 

Christmas catering menus that promise a memorable feast

Your Private Chef - Monday, October 30, 2017

Doesn’t time just fly by?

Yes, it’s that time of year again! Time to start thinking of gift ideas, setting up decorations, and planning New Year’s resolutions (even if you know you’ll break them!) because Christmas is fast approaching.

What are your Christmas plans this year? Are you planning a getaway? Keeping it low key at home? Thinking about a massive get-together?

Whatever your plans this year, Christmas is the time to surround yourself with friends, family, and food. But you can’t really be blamed for wanting to spend as little time in the kitchen as possible this year.

Christmas catering

Let Your Private Chef take care of all the Christmas food this year!

Our Christmas menu has something to suit your get-together or function. We take a look at some of our favourite festive menus.

Christmas lunch and dinner menus

Christmas lunch/dinner is simultaneously the best and most stressful part of Christmas.

On the one hand, it might be the only time of year you have the entire family together.

On the other hand, everyone’s there – friends, family, co-workers – and they’re all expecting you to provide good food! The pressure to perform and have everything absolutely perfect can be almost unbearable.

Not this year, though!

Not everybody is a gourmet chef. Fortunately, we are! So why not let us take a whole lot of weight off your shoulders?

Let Your Private Chef take care of your food come Christmas lunch or dinner. Our lunch and dinner options take all the preparation out of your Christmas – we’ll deliver to your door on Christmas Eve, and all you have to do, depending on what you’ve ordered, is serve as is or reheat! just pop it in the oven (or fridge) and you’re good to go!

No matter how many family members you’re feeding, we’ve got a package that will work for you.

Christmas carvery menu

If you’re looking for a traditional Christmas roast, check out our Christmas carvery menu.

We’ve got every type of meat: whole slow roasted turkey covered in an apricot glaze for the traditionalists, whole boneless leg hams, herb rolled eye fillets and much more.

Craving something more summer-appropriate?

Unlike our friends in the northern hemisphere, we Aussies get to enjoy a warm summer Christmas!

So if your family is thinking of skipping the hot food and choosing something a bit more summer-appropriate, we’ve got you covered!

Christmas catering Melbourne

Seafood platters

Our mixed seafood platters have everything: freshly peeled prawns, sashimi salmon slices and fresh oysters to whole lobsters, all poached and ready to be served cold. Delicious and so Aussie!

Oyster platters

Try our oyster platters served natural or with chive béchamel sauce, peeled prawns with seafood sauce or smoked salmon sides to bring a bit of refinement to your summer celebration

Christmas salads

Salads are no longer filled with just boring and limp greens. Our range of fantastic Christmas salads are great looking – and tasty, too! Impress your guests with our creamy potato salad, wild rocket & avocado salad, and scrumptious Caesar salads.

Give into temptation...

Your New Year’s resolutions are still a few days away from starting, so don’t skimp on delectable desserts!

Finish the day on a sweet note with our gorgeous Christmas desserts including sticky date puddings, festive tartlets and Christmas cakes.

We also have perennial crowd-pleasers like tartlets, mousses, and jar cakes.

Christmas and end-of-year celebrations

Are you planning a huge Christmas function for your co-workers, local club, or extended family?

Do you feel a little out of your depth, and not quite sure where you should begin?

If you’re pulling your hair out just thinking about how you’re going to feed 50+ people, give us a call! We love catering for large functions, helping you to enjoy your event with your guests.

  • Hot and cold platters are perfect for sharing – the hardest decision will be which platters you choose!

  • Who can go past a traditional BBQ this time of year? You can also choose a fully staffed BBQ function (including equipment and styling - perfect for work end-of-year celebrations!

  • Prefer something lighter? Hot and cold canapes are available for delivery only or for staffed events. Call us for more info!

  • Want to stand out from the crowd? The hot new trend is food stations – these expertly styled sharing tables are designed to bring people together and create a truly memorable food experience

    Christmas catering menus

Our packages can be scaled to match the size of your event – whether you’ve invited a dozen guests or a hundred, call us today to see how we can deliver for your Christmas or end-of-year celebrations!

The Your Private Chef Christmas experience

Christmas is one of the most important holidays on the calendar. Your food should reflect that!

If you want to know more about our Christmas catering offerings, you can call (03) 9018 9321 now or contact us here. Know what you want? Order online now!

 

Off and racing: Spring Racing catering

Your Private Chef - Monday, October 23, 2017

The Spring Racing Carnival is part of Melbourne’s DNA – it’s hard to imagine the city without this iconic event!  

Such a glamourous event requires – nay (neigh!), deserves – quality food to match.

Spring Racing Carnival 2017

So if you’re planning a special occasion or event during the Spring Racing Carnival, don’t be afraid to go the extra mile. We can’t recommend enough contacting a private chef to prepare gourmet restaurant-quality food for you and your guests!

Your Private Chef takes all the catering needs off your hands so you don’t have to miss a beat.

Whether you’re planning a company party, a family get-together or were lucky enough to nab a space at Flemington, our team has a range of fantastic packages to suit your event and audience.

Corporate catering at the race course

An event like the Melbourne Cup Carnival is the perfect chance for companies to gather their employees together and bond.

If your company was lucky enough to snag a spot at the races, first off, lucky you!

Secondly, make the most of it!

Your Private Chef can offer a culinary experience that matches the glamour, atmosphere, and class of the Spring Racing Carnival. We can add class to your function with:

If you’d rather have our team on-site with you during your function, we can also offer:

  • Barbeque packages
  • Spit roasts
  • Buffets

Delivery or pickup

Whether you’re into sandwiches, barbies, or seafood, we’ve got restaurant-quality food packages to make your event one to remember, all of which can be either picked up prior to your function or delivered direct to an address of your choice (home or business) on the day of your event.

Fully staffed and styled event - trackside!

If you want to go all-out for your corporate function, Your Private Chef does much more than just food! For the full experience, treat yourself to a fully-staffed event.

We can provide trained chefs, bartenders, or waitstaff to add that extra little bit of fanciness and sophistication to your function. Best of all, you won’t need to lift a finger!

Good food is essential to building a solid atmosphere. Get in touch with us to see how we can make this year’s Spring Carnival celebration one to remember!

Spring Racing catering Melbourne

No place like home: Spring Racing catering at home

Believe it or not, private catering isn’t solely reserved for your ultra-wealthy or corporate types! In fact, at Your Private Chef, we offer a range of affordable catering packages/options to suit your family and friends’ preferences.

BBQ packages

The Spring Carnival is a great excuse to bring your friends and family together for the traditional backyard barbeque. The humble home barbie is a pillar of Aussie culture, especially with this gorgeous spring weather heating up!

But is it worth missing all the racing action to fight off flies?

Our BBQ catering packages are one of the most popular choices from our menu! Ideally suited to virtually any kind of event, we’ve never met a person who could say no to a good old Aussie barbie.

Choose a fully catered experience or simply enjoy your BBQ catering as it’s delivered direct to your door.


Get our platters delivered to you

Leave the running to the horses! Your Private Chef is more than happy to prepare and deliver our very generous and filling platters to you.

Using sealed eskies and refrigerated vehicles, we deliver your food and fresh so you can focus on the other aspects of your big day. All you have to do is serve!

Class up your get-together with the type of cocktail platters you’d normally see at fine dining establishments - or if you’d prefer more low-key and homely, try some of our shared-style platters and buffets.

End the day on a sweet note (no matter your betting outcomes!) with some decadent desserts.

Cup Day catering

Planning a Spring Racing party? Call Your Private Chef!

While others might be taking time off during the Spring Racing Carnival to watch the races or spend time with friends and family, Your Private Chef will be working hard to ensure your Spring Racing party off goes without a hitch.

That’s right – we’ll even be working on Cup Day!

Whatever you have planned for the upcoming Spring Races – be it extravagant or low key – you can rely on Your Private Chef for your complete catering needs. To start planning, call Ana for a chat today!


 

Magical seasonal menus: choose catering for every season!

Your Private Chef - Thursday, September 21, 2017

We’ve never been the kind to skip an event just because of the time of year – we’re up for catering, celebrating, eating and drinking no matter what day of the week, week of the month, or month of the year!

Your Private Chef goes the extra mile, creating menus that cater to trends and seasonal produce throughout the year.

What menus should you consider from a summer social or winter wedding? Read on to find out!

 Summer catering

Sweat it out with summer menu ideas

What’s the first thing that springs to mind when you think of summer food?

We think of barbeques, delicious chilled drinks, fresh salads, seafood, late sunsets… and lots of mozzie bites!

For us here in Australia, summer also means Christmastime. And Christmas means lots and lots of parties, events, celebrations, and catch-ups! This time of year, generally from about October through to the New Year (basically mid-spring right through until Australia Day in late January) is often the busiest time for us caterers.

In the summer, we love to prepare:

Backyard burgers

Perfect for a casual celebration at home, burgers are delicious and can be served gourmet-style.

Beef or chicken, burgers are a much-loved food for the summertime. Don’t forget the sides – the ideas are endless! Consider salads, chips, spring rolls, pies, coleslaw, and corn. Yum!

Spanish tapas

A definite favourite, tapas remove the need for individual meal servings: tapas are designed for sharing, and fulfil a wide palette.

Seafood like scallops, crab and prawns combined with paella creates a fresh, filling, and delicious summer menu.

Add a dash of sangria and you’ll be celebrating long into those mild evenings!

Summer salads

These go way beyond a basic leafy salad.

Think dynamic flavour combinations like avocado and prawn that will transform a side meal into a vibrant main. Grilled chicken strips, muscles, scallops, or lobster are the key components that add volume to a salad.

Omit the meat if you’re going vegetarian, and substitute it for grilled eggplant strips, asparagus, couscous, mushrooms, peas, or beans.

And who can go past the classics: Greek, potato, and pasta salads.


Versatile autumn menu ideas

Everything gets a bit more atmospheric during autumn. Summer is winding down and we’re settling in for some cooler temperatures and mistier mornings.

Autumn is a versatile season in that you’re still able to hold outdoor events, or you can head inside.

Autumn catering favourites include:

Picnics

Those who are OK with a bit of morning fog and dewy grass will spend the sunny autumn days outdoors. 

Alfresco options for an event or celebration include:

  • Fancy baguettes (way better than a paltry sandwich on thin white bread!)
  • Cheese platters
  • Homemade pizzas
  • Salads (bean, roasted vegetables, quinoa, couscous or the classic Caesar)

Don’t forget about dessert, including delicious donuts.

Cheese platters

You can’t go wrong with a delectable cheese platter. Creamy cheeses differ from those with a bit of bite and tang, so get the perfect blend of both, combined with crackers, dried fruit, and quince.

Antipasto

Another autumn-winter favourite, antipasto platters are great for sharing. Ease your way into the cooler months with cuts of cold meat and seasonal fruits like figs, grapes, pears, and strawberries.

 Spring catering

Bundle up for these winter menu ideas

Whether it’s a fancy dinner for a corporate crew of 100 or an intimate dining experience for two, winter menus are delicious, nourishing, and plentiful.

A private caterer, in-home chef, or whole catering team can bring an event to life with creative winter menus.

Warm up with some winter favourites:

Soup, noodles, pasta, and rice

These can be served in so many different ways and with so many different flavours. Think hot and sour soup, Chinese noodles, pasta bake, and chicken risotto. The combinations are limitless.

Keep meat-eaters happy with chicken, chorizo, or pork belly fusions, while vegetarians will love roast pumpkin, wild mushrooms, and potatoes.

Hot drinks

Don’t forget about the beverages! Let your caterer serve these to guests after your dinner party for 12, or choose some kid-friendly ones for a child’s birthday party. Cosy up with:

  • Tea and coffee
  • Hot apple cider
  • Or how about some mulled wine?

View more hot drinks here.

 

Bloom with these spring menu ideas

Spring is in the air and we’re shedding those extra layers of clothing and starting to feel the warm sunshine on our faces. Ah, we’ve made it out of the winter chill!

In Melbourne, we have the Spring Racing Carnival to look forward to, and this period is when caterers are working flat-out to tend to all your spring parties, events, and weddings!

What’s on your spring menu?

Fruit salads

Yummy yummy. There really are no rules when it comes to a fruit salad. Pick your favourites (including seasonal stars cherries, berries, grapes, plums, peaches, apples, oranges, pineapple and watermelon – the list really does go on) and you’ve got yourself a dish!

Canapés

Savoury or sweet, you can’t go wrong with these hand-held snacks.

Savoury favourites during spring include:

  • Chicken finger sandwiches
  • Tartlets
  • Arancini
  • Crostini
  • Italian meatballs

Explore our canapé selection here.

Arancini

Lamb (and more!)

The terms spring and lamb go hand-in-hand, but don’t neglect other meats as well as beautiful seafood like prawns, too.

Tenderloins, chops, breast, loin, and skewers are just some of the ways you can serve meats like chicken, lamb, pork, and beef. Salmon is also a versatile choice for spring (and summer) events.

 

Find a caterer in Melbourne who can create magical menus no matter the month

So there you have it – season-to-season coverage of some great ideas for your next event – no matter what month it falls in. Choose a caterer that can create magical seasonal menus – without the mess and stress of doing it yourself! Call Ana at Your Private Chef and let’s start planning your Unforgettable Food Experience!

 

Planning school catering? Important information for schools

Your Private Chef - Thursday, September 14, 2017

We’re just going to put it out there: kids are picky eaters! They’ll fuss and fight, and throw and kick, just to avoid eating that one piece of broccoli, or even worse, Brussels sprouts.

So wouldn't it be a literal miracle if there was someone who could create school lunches for special events that are both delicious and healthy?

As you’re probably aware, many schools all over the world have drastically changed the kinds of foods and snacks available in school canteens and cafeterias. That means the occasional treat we enjoyed back when we were in school has been replaced, reduced or altogether eradicated!

Why? Growing obesity rates in children all over the world due to these sometimes snacks sneaking their way into the always category.

School catering Melbourne

USA

In the US, the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act was introduced in 2010, and planned bid to roll out significant changes to the kinds of lunch foods being served to 32 million American children at school every day. The Act was championed by former First Lady Michelle Obama as part of her Let’s Move! initiative, targeted at combatting childhood obesity.

Australia

Australia’s National Healthy School Canteen (ANHC) guidelines provide guidance for Australian canteen managers to make smarter and healthier food and drink decisions.

Europe

Europe’s a little trickier to summarise, as there is quite a lot of variation: school meals are fully funded by the government in Sweden and Finland, and therefore follow national dietary guidelines; but Norway, Denmark, and Belgium are exempt from this policy, and school children are allowed to bring their own lunches.

So what on earth do you do when you have a school luncheon or event that needs to be catered for?

Call the experts, of course!

There are a couple of things you can do to ensure your event runs smoothly, and luckily, we’ve covered them all below.


Allergies

Let’s begin with some stats:

  • Food allergies affect 1 in 13 children in the US (Source)
  • 6-8 per cent of UK children have a proven food allergy (Source)
  • Australian research has shown that up to 10 per cent of infants have food allergies (Source)
  • About 300,000 Canadian children aged under 18 have food allergies (Source)

Pretty shocking stuff, right? And it’s only natural that you’ll take into consideration this gigantic factor.

But how do you go about actually ensuring you’re addressing all sorts of allergies and intolerances?

Help parents help you

If you need to RSVP numbers for catering purposes, create a form that children and parents can fill out, detailing any specific food allergies. Your caterer can then create a menu that takes into account all these specific requirements and segmented meal preferences.

Make it easy for parents to get in touch to further discuss any allergy concerns. The school is probably familiar with a child’s allergies, anyway, but a phone call can bridge any concern and reassure a parent.


Your caterers know what to do

Caterers realise the increased impact allergies and intolerances have on menus and are as a result entirely flexible when it comes to creating a perfect custom menu.

They can also provide you with helpful guidance around how much food to order, what types of food matches your planned event, and what kind of food you might consider ordering.

School catering is suitable for a number of events throughout the year, so why not plan something special for one of the following dates?

  • Mother’s and Father’s Day breakfasts
  • Grandparents Day
  • Open days
  • School fairs
  • End of year parties (for teachers, too!)

School catering

Make catering easier for all involved

Give your caterers as much notice as possible so they have the best opportunity to create a truly unique menu that satisfies all diverse needs.

And that means getting information from parents about their kids as soon as possible.

Additionally, make sure your caterer knows whether they have access to an on-site kitchen to prepare the food, or whether it should instead be prepared off-site and then transported.


Planning catering for a special school event? Call Your Private Chef!

Your Private Chef caters for all primary and secondary schools and colleges across Melbourne, so why not get in touch with us today?

Whether it’s an elaborate dinner for a fundraising event or a simple luncheon for a class of 40 kids, ensure you’re giving your caterers the best information possible to ensure their job – and your event – runs smoothly! Call Ana for a chat today!

 

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