High tea and all things dainty are still very much in vogue for a feminine inspired afternoon tea, special occasion, or wedding cocktail hour. The best place to start your planning is with the right menu!
We always recommend the right combination of sweet and savoury and advise that guests' invitations are worded to prepare them for a light meal that is more about an eclectic spread of petite delights rather than a lavish feast.
As such we would recommend high tea to be posted after lunch; perfect for many post-wedding ceremonies!
Allow guests to eat with their eyes
Choose fine china, tea cups, saucers, fine silverware, pretty fabric napkins and several interesting vessels to be able to show case your high tea on multiple levels.
Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns and styles. Allow each plate to tell its own story.
Vintage-style cost affordable options can still be found at your local op shop, or buy at auction or even online. And while Royal Dolton is divine, your guests will appreciate the thought that goes into combining your own touch regardless of the designer label under the plate.
Ensure roses and native blooms adorn your table. We love using teacups and teapots as our flower vessels, likewise, lots of lace on the tables. Take a trip to your local fabric store and see what off-cuts you can find. Different lace styles and textures can be teamed together to create interesting eclectic effects.
High tea doesn’t have to be all white and bright either. Black lace and aged rose golds can add a touch of dark charm.
And lastly, ensure your menu is either printed or hand written for your guests to enjoy and eagerly await. A very 2017 trend is to hire a calligraphy expert to hand write for you. We’ve seen these services on gumtree as well as via freelance sites.
Savoury high tea foods
Here is what is featuring on our high tea table this season:
- Smoked salmon, cucumber & horseradish crème fraiche ribbons on dark rye (nf) (1pp)
- Free range chicken, chives and lemon thyme fingers (nf) (1pp)
- Cucumber sandwiches with philly cream cheese, dill and chives (v, nf) (1pp)
- Smoked salmon, dill crème cheese & baby capers tarts
Sweet high tea foods
Here are the sweet delights we are featuring now:
- White chocolate dipped strawberries (v)
- Assorted cupcakes (v)
- Date and buttermilk scones, strawberries preserve and clotted cream (v, nf)
- Lemon meringue tarts (v)
- Red velvet raspberry macarons (v, gf)
- Chocolate caramel tarts (v)
High tea drinks
What high tea would be complete without, well tea!
And while Early Grey and English Breakfast plus your favourite oolong will no doubt be on the menu, why not add in some quirky alternatives.
For a warmer weather event, ice things up with our exotic flavours such as Lime & Mint Mojito Iced Tea, Hibiscus Heart Iced Tea w honey (no added sugar) and Lemon & Ginger Iced Te,
And for the colder months, we love a hot apple cider and even a delicious aromatic mulled wine.
Pick a theme for your high tea
Black and white chic inspired by Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
French or English countryside, linen napkins, and the right soothing soundtrack.
Vintage teacups, cake stands, pastels, ribbon sandwiches, lots of lace. Celebrate a special birthday or anniversary (e.g. mum’s 50th)
Slip away to the Hamptons with fresh white and blue décor perfect for a summer’s afternoon. Great for a bridal tea or baby shower.
High tea catering
High tea catering from Your Private Chef is fun, versatile and ready to go now! Order online!
If there was ever a trend that was staying put it would have to be the ‘outsource it’ trend. Let’s face it, life is hectic and our rush lifestyle does mean there is less time to do it all yourself.
And why should you when there are great services out there that can lend a hand, from styling and prop hire companies to professional staff who can help with the set up and cleaning process for your party and of course the caterer who can ensure that you enjoy the party just as much as every one else, while wowing your guests.
So now that we all agree catering is definitely not a service just for the top end of town, here are a few trends that we love and that are definitely here to stay (for a while at least).
Take that little ball of dough joy, sprinkle all sorts of glazed colour love and place it on a framed shrine aka ‘wall’ and everyone will literally lose their minds.
The best thing about the Donut wall is how versatile it can be: use it for weddings, kids’ parties, milestone birthdays and even corporate clients who want us to spell out their name in a wall of donuts.
A donut wall not only looks amazing, but it’s a super unique feature at a variety of events.
Sliders for canapé hour
Mini brioche, artisan petite coloured beautifies filled with seriously delicious fillings are a crowd favourite and now these mini delights are becoming a very popular option for cocktail hour.
Sliders are great as a pre-dinner treat for weddings or other special occasions. We love styling up our platters to make our trio of burgers really stand out. Check out our new menu:
Mini crisp chicken burger on brioche bun with slaw, chipotle mayo.
Mini charcoal brioche slider, sumac crusted haloumi, roasted pepper, coriander, chipotle aioli (v)
Mini slider bun with pulled beef brisket cola barbecue sauce & spiced slaw.
We eat with our eyes, so styling a table filled with plentiful delights always gets plenty of crowd WOWs.
We have two kinds, our opulent food station designed to allow your guests to fill their plates for a seated meal, or a variety of specialised grazing stations, from seafood to ploughman’s, Asian and Mediterranean plus many sweet stations too! Insta-worthy all the way!
Food trucks are no longer the dirty stands you used to see on the street corner, but instead they are a perfect way to achieve a variety of food options with a quirky edge for your event.
Food truck culture is super popular at weddings, with some of the world’s best chefs leaving their Michelin star posts to open up their own food trucks.
Did you know Your Private Chef loves working with food trucks at events and we can recommend some great options?
From barista vans to Artisan Nitrate ice cream and even pizza vans for the late night party dwellers, we have some great trucks we love to recommend.
Australia’s love affair with the BBQ isn’t going anywhere, but daggy presentation and boring menu options are dead.
We love flipping BBQ on its head and combining styles such as our Canapé on the Grill menu.
Then there is the beautiful table styling that comes with every BBQ; the epitome of rustic charm to show off the plentiful table spread. Deliciously casual and by far the most popular choice of dining style for the majority of the year, BBQ Catering can be very gourmet indeed.
Food connects people.
It is this shared experience that makes us love our food stations as well as our fine dining 3 course menu done in shared platter style.
There is something infinitely binding about connecting with a friend over a platter of food, admiring the presentation, the way the flowers compliment the props and of course their favourite tastes on offer in front of them.
Upscale comfort food
Comfort food is never leaving us, but it’s now served with a twist: upscale comfort food is ideal for a stand-up grazing event.
Try out some of our new upscale comfort delights, including:
- Miso eggplant spring rolls
- Spinach and tofu dumplings with ponzu sauce
- Our famous Mac & cheese croquettes
Upscale comfort food is simple, classy and yet feels like ‘home’ in each bite.
Food and drink pairing
Our beverage packages have been carefully thought out to match the flavours prevalent in our menus.
Working closely with Victorian wine-makers to source both local wines as well as bottles from Margaret River and McLaren Vale, our unique vintages are designed to blend perfectly with your menu choice.
Bowl foods and tacos
Tacos have now surpassed pizza and pasta as Australians’ favourite menu choice.
Your Private Chef takes taco and tapas style individual bowls and turn them into some seriously sexy grazing items that are easily eaten while standing.
Some of our favourite menu options include:
Tacos with black beans, brown rice, salsa & jalapeño or pulled beef, shredded cheddar, jalapeños, smoky salsa
Panko chicken, warm spiced slaw, salsa and cheese… mmmm.
Salt & pepper squid, lemon pepper chips served in a bamboo boat with dill caper aioli
Mini hoki fish burger in a brioche bun, crispy lettuce & house made tartar sauce
We are seeing a revival of more traditional and rustic styles of cooking, such as the classic spit roast, which we love. We’re also enjoying less common meats occasionally being requested such as Alpaca and Kangaroo.
Our new fine dining menu enjoys rustic cuts of meats such as:
Slow-cooked beef cheeks, bordelaise sauce, button mushrooms, smoked gammon, caramelised red onion, pomme purée, croute & truffle oil
Sous vide duck breast, chestnut purée; Dutch carrots, caramelised plum, jus (gf)
Braised lamb shanks with soft polenta, roasted garlic and cremolta (nf)
Imagine hanging cakes decorated in lush green vines and flower buds, or a grand high tea sweet station with jar cakes, lemon curd meringues and Raspberry and rose water mini éclairs. How about a decadent cheese tower with garnish of native flowers, berries, nuts and rustic props?
We love desserts and paying homage to them with a shrine full of sweets puts a smile on our faces.
2017 is all about minimising food waste and packaging waste, which is why we write our menus in such a way to be able to utilise all of our supplies with next to no unnecessary wastage.
We also actively recycle and reuse packaging where it is safe to do so.
We also enjoy working with like-minded suppliers and Victorian small businesses that also do their bit to support local farmers and minimise the carbon footprint of unnecessary transport. One of our increasingly frustrating battles has been around logistics and couriers who won’t help our customers do the right thing and reuse their polystyrene delivery boxes without charging a fortune for the experience.
Rest assured we are close to a solution for this, as we know how much you hate having to throw those boxes into landfill!
Until that solution is secured, here are a few great ideas for how to reuse those boxes yourself at home; check out this great blog: 7 ways to upcycle your Styrofoam coolers
Gourmet meal delivery
Gourmet meal delivery has soared over the past year or so – it’s replaced unhealthy take-out for all kinds of people – busy parents, young singles, new home leavers, students, elderly, etc.
People want the convenience that fast food offers, but not at the expense of their health. Gourmet delivery is the perfect solution! View our gourmet meal delivery menu here.
Think a private chef is only for the rich and famous? Think again! Your Private Chef transforms your space with our private catering options.
Your Private Chef catering Melbourne delivery is a fabulous option for when you need to make an impression but don’t require staff or styling. The options are varied and you can rest assured that the quality and presentation will be phenomenal.
Full event experience…
For those special occasions where you don’t want to worry about a thing, Your Private Chef offers a fully staffed event experience to create a night to remember with all your planning, staffing, equipment and styling taken care of.
Our personal chefs prepare and present fabulous dining options to guests in your own home or venue space.
Organise a night to remember for your upcoming celebration with private catering in Melbourne from Your Private Chef.
Private catering in Melbourne
- Dinner party at home
- Baby shower
- Children’s birthday parties
- Milestone celebrations
- Intimate dining for two
- Bridal shower
- Hens days
Why hire a private chef for your next event?
Choose your perfect menu
Talk to our event coordinators about your favourite foods and the theme of your party and we will help you create your perfect menu.
It all starts with discussing the various dining styles we have available and what will suit your venue space and the personality of your party. Once we have a style chosen then we go through the various menus available, helping you envision the night by creating a suggested menu after our chat that is in line with your budget.
This consultation is best done over the phone and is no extra charge to you. It’s all part of the process we have here at Your Private Chef.
Wine and other beverages
Your Private Chef beverage packages make it so easy for you. Our wine, beer, soft drinks, cocktails and spirit packages are cost effective and well thought out to match our menus.
Alternatively, we can work with your supplied drinks, while our professional bar staff bring all the required equipment to make it easy for you.
No alcohol allowed? No worries, we have amazing ice tea stations as well as full barista set up or more traditional tea and coffee stations available.
You don’t have to lift a finger!
Enjoy your party just as much as your guests will when you hire Your Private Chef for your next event. Be the kind of host that takes care of your guest’s conversations instead of their dishes.
Anyone who has ever hosted a dinner party at home can relate to some if not all of the following stages of party stress:
Stage 1: will food be ready in time?
Stage 2: did I forget to buy anything?
Stage 3: will there be enough food?
Stage 4: will everyone be impressed?
Let the Your Private Chef team take care of everything for you, including the all-important planning stage. We pride ourselves on being event specialists, a hub for all things logistics, planning and styling with the vision of making your food the star of the show.
Quality ingredients, innovative menus
From BBQ to canapé, shared platters and fine dining, Your Private chef continually develops menus to impress and nurture its guests. Real food for real people who know what they love, our menus have been designed to keep your guests talking for days!
Always fresh and seasonal, our produce is first class and prepared lovingly by our team of professional chefs.
Enjoy your night just as your guests would!
Hosts never have enough time to spend with their guests. They are always dashing in and out of the kitchen to keep an eye on the cooking process, to serve, and to clear, keeping them away from their guests for a large part of an event.
And just when your work is done and you have a moment to sit with your guests, well they decide its home time!
When you choose a Your Private Chef event experience we make sure your event is unforgettable for all the right reasons.
Elevate your next event with a private chef!
We know you love food, or you wouldn’t be reading this. And you may even be known to really impress in the kitchen yourself, but why stress yourself. It’s your special day too.
Let Your Private Chef take your event to the next level with the special experience of having staff take care of everything. Restaurants are
Choose an exciting and new dining experience by hiring Your Private Chef in Melbourne for your next catered event.
Call us to discuss the next special event coming up on your calendar.
Did you know that the average household spends $104 per week on groceries for a single person and $314 per week for a couple with teenage children? Not to mention the time taken to
Given how busy we all are, how long we work and how much time we spend in traffic, isn’t there a better way to serve a healthy dinner?
Fast food is definitely not the answer, for the hips or the hip pocket.
There is a third option now, Gourmet Meal Delivery by Your Private Chef.
Don’t settle for unhealthy fast food. Choose Your Private Chef to stock your fridge and freezer with very cost effective, chef-created home-style meals. Perfect for taking to work, enjoying with the family or eating alone. With meals starting from $6.96, this service will be the ultimate time-saver without feeling any ‘fast-food guilt’.
A weekly meal plan that fits your lifestyle
Choose a balanced and personalised food program, from one of our many value packs, created to make ordering easy based on your tastes and family size. Or if you prefer, just choose each dish individually, paired with sides and desserts.
12 Meal Value Pack –great variety, great value for only $105
The perfect way to begin your weekly meal delivery services, with a great combination of meat, pasta, rice and veggie classics. 12 meals for only $105.
Meat Lovers Pack – one of our most popular!
For the carnivore-loving foodie, this value pack contain 10 meals for only $105, with beautiful options such as our 2016 Australian Food Awards Gold Medal Winner BBQ grilled Cajun chicken breast, roasted sweet potato mash, and seasoned steamed vegetables.
New Mum’s Pantry – the perfect combination of nurturing meals
12 meals plus 12 lactation cookies for only $120, a wonderful nutrient dense pack ideal for new mums.
The Family Pack - family classics that everyone will love
The perfect family classics pack designed to easily feed mum, dad and the kids with our gourmet meal delights such as lasagne, quiche, soups, pasta and event a crumbed chicken dish.
How it works
Order online for fast service
Order as you need to! The fastest and easiest way to order is online via our shopping cart.
Just place your order by
Questions? Feel free to call our office on 9018 9321.
Delivery and packaging
Our deliveries take place each Tuesday between
You can expect your delivery in an insulated white Styrofoam box, designed to keep your meals in their frozen condition for up to 4 hours.
We recommend placing your meals in the freezer as soon as you receive them.
If you plan on being out during your Tuesday afternoon delivery, please ensure your box is safe to leave in front of your door.
Alternatively, arrange for a different address (like work) to accept your meals to ensure they are taken care of in your absence.
Heating and eating
In your delivery slip, you will notice a guide for how to reheat your meals.
Follow the instructions for your dish. If you don’t own a microwave you can definitely do things the old fashioned way (we do!) and defrost slowly in the fridge overnight and use stove top or oven to reheat.
Just remember, your packaging is only microwave-safe (no oven!) and we recommend taking the lid off before you microwave.
Switch fast food for gourmet meal delivery today!
Place your order online today to start receiving delicious, healthy, and easy-to-prepare meals for you and your entire family.
Maybe you’ve never thought twice about it, but bringing lunch from home can save almost $2000 a year. Eating out during breaks is usually a by-product of our busy schedules. Everyone seems to be running late, with no time to pack or cook the night before. These days, around 82% of Australians are spending their hard earned money on lunch or snacks at work with an average of $18 to $25 per day.
- The décor: Use the change of the seasons around you as your colour palette and create a theme rich in burnt oranges, subtle browns and light greens. For a bespoke way to dress up your aisle, think pumpkins! Big or small and in a variety of colours, autumn is the time for pumpkins. They’re inexpensive but can make a wonderfully unique runway.
- The photo ops: Nature can be your best inspiration. Forget about tossing rice over the bride and groom and try a handful of autumnal leaves. It will create an amazing photo backdrop when floating through the air.
- The weather: The winter chill is not yet upon you and the summer heat is long gone. Autumn weather is perfect for an outdoor wedding. Help your guests
cozyup with blankets and set some cushions and couches on the grass for a more relaxed atmosphere. Pair this with some warm, comfort cuisine: think casual sliders that allow guests to mingle and enjoy at the same time.
- The foliage: Flower crowns were made for Autumn Weddings and are a trend that isn’t fading
any timesoon. Add a little boho to your chic with oak leaves and even make your boutonnieres with oak leaves and acorns for that perfect hint of Autumn. Soft greens from native flora goeswell with light creams and a pop of bold orange or red.
- The food: Autumn is the time for long, leisurely dinners before that final drink to salute the bride and groom. Think spiced, homespun food like bite-sized appetisers with bold flavours. When planning your wedding catering, try something a little ‘homey’ that will add to the private setting.
Going away for a long weekend? We can take care of the catering so you have tasty food wherever you go.
So before you leave home, take some time to think about catering for your time away on holiday. Buying some boxed barbeque hampers or marinated meats can save you time and make for a wonderful holiday cookout. If you're more of a
Travel and dining are two of the greatest joys in life, and they complement each other superbly. In addition to stocking up on food before you go away, have a look to see if your destination offers any
] They don’t call it the race that stops a nation for nothing. The Melbourne Cup frequently boasts more twists and turns than a soap opera, what with its AU$3M prize money, last year’s surprise female winner and riders from all over the world (including the first ever American horse participant).
This year’s Spring Race is set to be another unmissable event. But with the threat of poor weather and expected crowds we don’t blame you for wanting to give the carnival festivities a miss. Why not celebrate the event in the comfort of your own home this time around? Here’s a few pointers for pulling off the perfect Melbourne Cup get together:
- Dress For Success: Depending on the playfulness of the crowd, dressing the part for a Cup themed Party can involve going all out with costumes or normal clothes. Just let your guests know so you don’t end up with half in top hats and riding crops and the other half in shorts and thongs.
- Be Prepared: There are two things that always end up running out at any event: Ice and booze – the latter of which will be sorely needed amongst the betting members of the crowd. Make sure you have enough (with freezer space to store them) or you’ll have to abandon your hosting to head out to the shops and miss all the action.
- Prepare For Viewing: This might sound like a no brainer, but make sure you have a decent enough screen and screening room for viewing that allows everyone to see a blow by blow account of who’s in the lead.
- And Don’t Forget The Food: All that drinking and shouting at the TV is bound to build up an appetite. The goal here is to serve food that can be consumed without diverting attention away from viewing – so hearty finger food is a must!
We recommend leaving the last minute running around to the horses and catering your party with our Classic or Signature Spring Racing Catering Package (for 10 or more) – each offering a selection of delectable and easy to eat sweet and savoury canapés. Just make sure you place your order by DD MM so you can get it by the 1st of November.