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Professional wedding catering: ditch the DIY and leave it to the pros!

Your Private Chef - Monday, June 18, 2018

Picture it:

You’ve spent months planning the perfect wedding.

You’ve got the dress, suits, venue, photographer, music, and guest list sorted. It’s looking like everything is going to go perfectly.

And of course, you can’t forget the food. While you decided against professional wedding catering, you’re certain your DIY menu will do the job.

But there’s a problem: your DIY wedding catering isn’t delivering what you’re expecting.

Perhaps the friend in charge has dropped out at the last minute. Maybe there’s not enough to go around. It could even be that the food is simply not up to scratch!

Whatever the cause, the end result is the same: your vision of DIY wedding catering doesn’t look like it’s going to work out. You feel a heavy sense of disappointment.

Before this vision turns into reality, return to that moment you decided you’d handle catering, and take the other path!

Call Your Private Chef now for undeniably outstanding wedding catering - no matter your venue, budget, or requirements. Call us now! (03) 9018 9321

Professional wedding catering

Our private chefs creating culinary delights!

Avoid food nightmares with professional wedding catering!

Done properly, DIY wedding catering adds to the magic of your big day. We understand that there’s something extra special about having all the food be prepared by you, your friends and your family.

That’s the catch though: they need to be done properly. And not all of us are close friends with chefs and caterers!

Trying to decide between DIY catering and professional wedding catering? Here are just some of the reasons you should go with the pros!

Reason #1: Good wedding catering requires preparation and planning

One of the services we offer is emergency wedding catering. Between you and I, we’ve unfortunately seen some of the worst-case scenarios pan out when it comes to wedding catering disasters.

And in many cases, problems are the result of poor planning.

Professional wedding caterers have plenty of experience preparing for weddings - functions like yours are our bread and butter, after all.

While your friends and family might be good cooks, do they have the organisation skills needed to prepare and serve food for such a vast number of guests?

Take it from us: wedding catering is a completely different world from cooking dinner! Wedding caterers need to worry about:

  • Volume - do you have enough food for all of your guests?
  •  Quality - are they good enough to prepare a large quantity of food without sacrificing quality?
  • Resources - the typical home kitchen simply isn’t big enough to handle wedding catering volume
  • Timing - ever marvelled at how all those dozens of meals are served within seconds of each other? It’s all in the planning!

Professional caterers can guarantee each of those things. On the other hand, your friends and family cannot.

It’s better to be safe than sorry. Put your wedding menu in the hands of a professional caterer to avoid a poorly planned out wedding menu.

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Reason #2: Professional wedding catering elevates your reception to the next level

In our eyes, customer service goes beyond how responsive your caterer is and their phone manner. It extends to everything your wedding caterer does for you, including additional extras and options.

Here’s an example: what do you do if some of your guests have strict dietary requirements? For most of us, that means adding menu items that accommodate for their requirements.

It’s hard to work around an allergy or other requirement when you have no experience yourself. Cross-contamination and ingredient selection aren’t something most of us have to deal with normally - and is it something you’re willing to risk?

When you choose professional wedding catering however, you can be confident that your caterer will bend over backwards to accommodate all of your guests and their specific requirements.

Additionally, many wedding caterers also offer additional services. At Your Private Chef, we offer new couples a range of extras, including:

We understand that customer service goes beyond the initial phone call. We know how important your big day is and go beyond, just for you.

That’s what you get when you choose a professional wedding catering service!

Reason #3: Sending guests home with rumbling stomachs: not enough food

Running out of food during your wedding is one of the worst things that can happen at your wedding, leaving a real sour taste in guests’ mouths.

It’s disheartening to find out that some of your guests had to stop off at a fast-food restaurant on the way home to relieve their hunger due to under-catering from your amateur cooks.

Professional caterers have years of experience preparing the right quantity of food to satisfy large numbers of guests - in fact, at Your Private Chef, we’ve even catered for 1000 people at the 2017 Croatian President VIP dinner! You don’t get that sort of experience from your friends.

DIY wedding catering

Don’t DIY - choose professional wedding catering

We get it, we really do - doing something yourself (or with friends and family) feels great. It makes you feel accomplished and brings you closer together during the process!

That’s no big deal when it’s something simple like putting together an Ikea bookshelf.

When it comes to your wedding however, it’s not a risk you’ll want to take: it also comes with the risk of making mistakes, under-catering, and feeling immense pressure to get it right.

No matter your wedding style or dining budget, we’ll work with you to create the perfect menu that reflects your preferences. Our various menus can all be accommodated for weddings, and some of our most popular include:

  • 3-course dinners
  • Buffets
  • Family-style shared dining
  • Band-on-trend food stations
  • Cocktails and canapes
  • Gourmet BBQ

Contact Your Private Chef today on (03) 9018 9321  for a gastronomic experience your guests will remember… for all the right reasons!

Alternatively, tell us a little about your wedding here, and we will be in touch.

 

Who said home weddings were low-key? World-class wedding catering comes to you with Your Private Chef!

Your Private Chef - Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A wedding venue is one of the very first things that couples usually decide early on once the wedding planning starts. In fact, the date will usually revolve around available slots at your dream venue!

There are countless venues to choose from around Melbourne - make no mistake, newlyweds are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a place to host their wedding reception!

However, some prefer to throw their wedding festivities a bit closer to home - literally

Perhaps you’re planning something intimate, you couldn’t find something that fit with your theme, or you’d rather skip the often hefty venue fees.

Whatever the reason, Your Private Chef is pleased to help if you’re struggling to meet your at-home wedding catering needs.

Not only do we offer a huge variety of dining styles and menus to choose from, but we can also offer full staffing, equipment and event styling. Who said home weddings couldn’t be fancy too?

At-home wedding catering

Go Mediterranean

Weddings are a social event, and if you ask us, there’s no cuisine more social than Mediterranean.

Not only is it hearty and filling, but it’s also great for sharing too!

Mediterranean food is our specialty at Your Private Chef. Taking inspiration from all over the region, Executive Chef David Kolembus and the team have put together a fantastic Mediterranean menu, made from the freshest ingredients available.

Planning an evening of fine dining? Put a Mediterranean spin on wedding catering with our 3-course dinner menu.

Want something to share? Our banquet menu offers delicious grazing platters of Mediterranean-themed classics.

And if you want the freedom to mix-and-match, what happens then? Fortunately for you, you’re free to do that too - pick from our range of platters both hot and cold to create the perfect wedding menu!

Wedding buffet at home

Like we mentioned before, weddings are social events. And what’s more social than a friendly family buffet?

Kick off your new life together with a delicious array of dishes, courtesy of our Hot Buffet Catering Menu.

Try hard enough, and any meal can be a buffet. If shared dining is your “thing” however, then you can’t go wrong with our buffet catering! We’ve curated a delicious menu of protein-rich dishes, healthy servings of salads and mouthwatering desserts.

Indecisive? Why not choose A Nice Spread?

Can’t decide what you want for your buffet? Opt for our A Nice Spread package!

Feature the perfect mix of proteins, greens and sweets, this gourmet buffet package is perfect for a huge range of palates.

Start your wedding buffet with our homemade salads featuring:

  • Vine-ripened tomatos, cucumber, capsicum, Kalamata olive, feta, cos lettuce, and lemon dressing
  • European-style potato salad with fresh herbs, seeded mustard, capsicum and cornichons, tossed in olive oil and lemon juice
  • Gourmet coleslaw, featuring red and white cabbage, mint, parsley, and lemon

As for mains, there’s no shortage of proteins for your guests to skip ahead to! This package includes:

  • Scotch fillet with herb pepper seasoning
  • French cut chicken breast stuffed with olive & sundried tomato butter
  • Grilled Tuscan Marinated Atlantic salmon steaks

And of course, we can’t talk wedding catering without talking about dessert!

In addition to your choice of classic sweets, we also offer gourmet cheese and fruit platters. Enjoy generous servings of seasonal fruits, as well as cheddar, blue & brie cheese sourced from Victoria’s very own Gippsland region, served with lavosh bites, water crackers and gluten free rustic sea salt wafers.

Interested in a bottle of red to accompany our locally-sourced cheeses? Check out our drinks packages.

Beverage wedding catering

More Protein Please

If you’re looking for a meat-heavy buffet, our More Protein Please package is the perfect option!

Indulge in generous serves of our:

  • 12-hour slow roasted lamb shoulder
  • Free-range grilled baby poussins with preserved lemon and sumac
  • Marinated Atlantic salmon, Tuscan-style

Finish your meal off with and fruit and cheese platter and mini desserts.

The Royal Treatment

Who said that home weddings have to be low-key?

If you missed the Royal Wedding a couple of weeks ago, our Royal Package is the perfect opportunity to relive the magic and excitement of Harry and Meghan tying the knot… well, the culinary side of it at least!

Do you have expensive taste? Our Royal Treatment package is tailored for newlyweds that want to start their new lives as kings and queens.

Featuring freshly-prepared dishes that once would have been eaten exclusively by royalty and the uber-rich, this option is perfect if you want 5-star food at home!

Begin your wedding buffet with Nibble on fresh Queensland prawns, eye fillet beef wellington and panko crumbed scallops, as well as your choice of gourmet salad and sides.

And of course, a royal wedding isn’t complete without dessert!

Wedding buffet catering

Sweets and desserts

Make you celebration of love even more sweeter by adding a dessert buffet to your plans!

We’ve got plenty of sweet delights to fill your dessert buffet table.

Our talented team of bakers don’t just create desserts… we create works of art, literally! Ask us about adding a personal touch to your nuptials with customised cupcakes, mini cakes, tartlets, and cookies.

And if you want a dessert that makes a statement, why not try one of our bang-on-trend donut walls?

Donut wall for wedding

Looking for your one-stop shop for home wedding catering?

Your Private Chef has got you covered!

Weddings can cause mountains of stress, even at the best of times. And one of the most challenging parts is organising a venue.

Take some of that pressure off your shoulders by cutting the venue out and opting for a home wedding!

If you’re planning on tying the knot at home, get in touch with Your Private Chef.

These are just some of the ways we can turn your wedding into something special - trust us though, that’s not all we do!

If you need help setting up, our event stylists are more than willing to help make your big day even better!

Find out how Your Private Chef can be part of your big day - give Ana and the team a call now on (03) 9018 9321, or fill in this form and we’ll be in touch!

 

Banquet dining isn’t just for the super-rich any more!

Your Private Chef - Thursday, June 07, 2018

What do you think of when you hear the word “banquet”?

If you’re like most people, it probably conjures up images of massive tables filled with exotic, decadent, masterfully-prepared food.

And for the people who indulge in banquet dining, you probably think of silk-clad members of nobility, or even royalty.

Long story short, not the type of event where they’d invite ordinary people like you or I.

We’re going to let you in on a little bit of a secret, though: it doesn’t have to be this way. In fact, it’s entirely possible to throw a massive banquet of your very own!

Banquet catering fit for a king or queen!

The perfect start to your feast

At Your Private Chef, we’re big fans of Mediterranean cuisine. And it’s not just because that’s what we grew up on, either!

We love how filling the food is, how lively the eating experience all over the Mediterranean is, and of course, we love the region’s unique flavours!

In keeping with that theme, our banquet menu kicks with a distinctly Mediterranean feel to it.

Start the night off with beautiful savoury Antipasto platters, featuring classics including:

  • Cold-cut salami, prosciutto and beef bresaolaSavoury treats including balsamic mushrooms, pickled baby cornichons, vine-wrapped dolmas, cheddar bites, olives and hummus
  • Rosemary grissini cups and mini breadsticks
  • Homemade bread rolls

It’s everything you’d ever want from an Antipasto platter, all served with zesty olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Dinner is served!

And when it comes to mains, our guests are spoiled for choice! We give all of our clients their choice of two main dishes from our range of platters, including:

  • Juicy sous vide duck breast, served with chestnut puree and caramelised plum
  • Mustard-crusted eye fillet steak with freshly-made salsa verde
  • Chicken breast, wrapped in prosciutto and served with sweet corn risotto cake
  • If you prefer your chicken zestier, try our Cajun-style chicken breast, served with red and white slaw
  • Lamb shoulder, slow-roasted to perfection over 12 hours
  • Free-range baby poussin

And that’s only a handful of the options on our banquet menu; view the full menu - including both hot and cold main options - here.

Our banquet catering is a meat-lover’s paradise. If you’re a vegetarian however, don’t worry, we didn’t forget about you! Everybody deserves to share in great food. If you have special dietary requirements, get in touch with us and will will accommodate any kind of dietary needs.

 Sides and salads that steal the show

All too often are sides and salads completely overlooked, dismissed as sideshows or “rabbit food” that’s somehow not worth the time of day.

We’re not big fans of this mentality. That’s probably why we put so much effort into our side and salad offerings! Some of our favourites include:

  • European-style potato salad with fresh herbs, seeded mustard, baby pickles and capsicum, marinated in lemon and olive oil
  • Crisp, green leaf salad with baby beets, sweet baby tomatoes, crumbly feta cheese and hazelnut, with apple cider-based vinaigrette
  • Salad of green beans, herbs, roquette and shaved shallots, with seeded mustard dressing

There’s always room for dessert!

And of course, it wouldn’t be a 3-course banquet without the most important course of them all… dessert!

In keeping with the Mediterranean theme of the opener, we offer a delicious cheese and fruit platter.

And if you’re looking for something sweeter, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered there too! You’ll be able to top off your banquet with sweets from a selection of our mini desserts menu.


A social spin on banquet catering

We believe eating is a social experience. Food is the glue that binds us, and is a great way to bring people together - not to mention, it’s a much better conversation starter than the weather!

Unlike your traditional banquet, Your Private Chef’s banquet menu is all served, family-style, with generous portions shared between guests on grazing platters.

The result? A uniquely social, modern take on the age-old tradition of banquet dining, with a dash of Mediterranean thrown into the mix to honour our heritage.

That’s not all we do, either!

At Your Private Chef, we believe in creating Unforgettable Food Experiences.

That’s why we also offer a huge range of unique catering options that’ll have your guests salivating long after your event is over!

That includes:

  • Spit roast catering
  • Traditional 3-course dining
  • Bang-on trend food station
  • Chefs and waitstaff
Whatever the occasion you’re celebrating, we’re sure to have something that fits!




Planning a banquet soon?

Call Your Private Chef for banquet catering!

Planning a special event? Do you need truly special catering to match it?

If so, you can’t go past banquet catering. Not only is it hearty and filling, but it’s unique - your event catering will be leaving impressions long after your event has ended.

Are you curious to learn how banquet catering could work for your upcoming celebration?

Take your event to the next level with unforgettable banquet dining - call Ana and the team for a chat on (03) 9018 9321, or get in touch with us here.

 

5 tips to elevate event catering with fabulous food stations

Your Private Chef - Monday, May 21, 2018

Gone are the days when buffets and plated meals were the only options for styling food during birthdays, weddings, and other kinds of celebrations. Nowadays, people are beginning to understand that presentation matters as well. (It has to be Insta-worthy, after all!)

Food station catering - antipasto

So is it any wonder that we’re seeing a surge in popularity in food stations as a way of impressing your guests and adding style to your event?

There’s never been a better time to embrace stunning, fabulous, and breathtaking food stations. Not only are they delicious, but they look fantastic - they’ll be the talk of the party, guaranteed!

If you’re exploring unique ways to keep your guests moving and interacting with others, talk to your caterer about designing and setting up a creative food stations for your next epic event.

Food station catering is soaring in popularity…

And it’s not hard to see why!

Incorporate as many stations as you like

One stand-out station, or multiple ones split up into different courses or cuisines? The choice is yours! How about a dedicated dessert food station for all those sweet tooths!

Food stations encourage mingling

We’ve all been to a seated 3-course event. They’re always good fun, but sometimes, you just get bored of the people sitting immediately around you.

At a food station, you’re always mingling and running into different guests. And what better place to meet than around great food?!

Food stations are suitable for any kind of even

From weddings and birthdays to corporate functions, product launches, and high tea events, food stations can be customised to suit literally any kind of event or celebration.

They can be cost efficient

Gone are the days of traditional sit-down dinners, particularly for weddings.

The times are a-changin’: instead of a formal sit down, brides and grooms across Australia are choosing to combine roving canapes with a couple of food stations.

These can easily be customised to replace whole meals!

Food station catering - Asian

We recently created a delectable food station for Collingwood superstar Scott Pendlebury and his wife Alex for their gorgeous son Jax’s first birthday party! See some of the impressive photos below!

Food station catering is the talk of the town!

Decided that a decadent food station is the right choice for your event?

There are a couple of things you can do to make your dining experience stand out from the rest:

1: Set the tone, mood, and theme

Lights and sounds are essential in setting the tone for your events. And when it comes to style, food stations are unmatched!

Whether you prefer traditional charcuterie foods, Mexican fiesta styling, or even a touch of the Oriental through Asian-inspired menus, the variety that food stations offer keeps the atmosphere bang-on trend.

Not to mention, food stations keep your guests moving around the room and make for great conversation-starters. If you’re aiming for an open, warm, and friendly function, a diverse range of food stations will do the trick!

2: Presentation matters

Make your food stations pop!

When food is well-presented and neatly arranged, it actually makes it taste better. That’s not just an old catering cliche - science backs it up!

If you need help deciding on a theme and setting up food stations to match, Your Private Chef’s team of talented event stylists can help out.

On top of helping to design a menu that fits with your desired theme, we can also help with:

  • Logistics and food station layout
  • Lighting, music & entertainment
  • Event consulting & design
  • On-the-day execution

3: Variety is the spice of life - mix-and-match to your heart’s content!

Food stations are perfect for adding a unique spin to your function.

For example, at Your Private Chef, we have a range of hot and cold offerings ranging from savoury Mediterranean flavours to DIY-burger bars.

We also offer:

  • Jacket potato bars
  • Souvlaki bars
  • Mexican burrito bars
  • Donut walls
  • Cheese towers
Food station catering - sliders

Tip 4: Choose an appropriate venue for food stations

One of the big draws of food stations is that they keep your guests moving and mingling.

So make sure you think about space when booking a function.

Another consideration is staffing and equipment. Many ideas like a spit roast or our breakfast pancake food station can also include staffing as well as equipment such as stoves.

Not only will your venue will need to be big enough for guests to walk around and mingle, but you’ll also need enough room for your catering staff to do their thing!

Donut wall

Tip 5: Choose Your Private Chef for amazing food station catering

Whether you need a menu for an upcoming wedding or corporate catering, Your Private Chef is the team to call for unforgettable food stations.

In addition to all the classics, we offer unique hot and cold food station offerings, including:

  • Portuguese flame-grilled chicken
  • Unlimited American-style pancake breakfasts
  • Spit-roasted meats, cooked to perfection
  • Cheese platters curated from around the world - perfect with a glass of red!

If you want to make your event stand out for years to come, unique food stations are a must-have. Inject some fun and variety to your event - let Your Private Chef take care of everything.

Get in touch with us for a truly Unforgettable Food Experience. Call (03) 9018 9321 or contact us today to find out more!

 

Morning and afternoon tea catering for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea!

Your Private Chef - Friday, May 18, 2018

Who doesn’t love a mug of steamy hot tea on a cold winter morning?

The morning cuppa is a bona-fide Aussie tradition, whether it’s at the morning tea break at work or a fresh pot of Earl Grey to kick off your weekend.

Did you know that by hosting or attending morning tea this May, you can help in the fight against cancer?

It’s estimated that 134,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, with 1 in 2 Aussies receiving a diagnosis before the age of 85.

Yes, cancer is serious business. But by gathering your friends, family and workmates to share a pot can make a big difference in the lives of cancer patients.

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Join Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea this May

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is more than just an excuse to share a pot of tea and a plate of scones. It’s also a way of giving cancer researchers the resources they need to fight cancer

Last year, almost $11.9 million was raised, all of which went straight towards funding cancer research, advocacy, programs and services with the goal of having a cancer-free future.

This year’s event looks no different. In fact, 2018 is the event’s 25th anniversary - you won’t just be fighting cancer, but also celebrating two-and-a-half decades for this meaningful cause!

The way it works is simple: all you need to do is invite your friends over and ask for a small donation.

Every registered tea party will be given its very own donations page that others can contribute to!


“I want to get involved… where do I start?”

If you want to be part of this great cause, you can ask your workplace or school whether they’ll be hosting an event. Even better, throw a tea party of your very own!

If you’ve formally registered as a host, you’ll receive a Host Kit that will serve as your guide in making your tea party fun and meaningful. Furthermore, this puts your morning tea in the Cancer Council’s database, allowing others to join and increasing donations.


Preparing for your morning tea

Whether you plan to make it an intimate event or a public tea party, you’ll still need to do some organising. Once you’ve registered (or haven’t), it’s best to start planning for a memorable event:

Start by choosing a theme

The first thing that pops into your mind when you think of a tea party is undoubtedly vintage floral tea cups, raised pinkies, and maybe even the Royal family. But there are so many more themes you can integrate into your tea party - you’re limited only by your imagination.

Catch up on this blog post to discover 3 of our favourite tea party themes.

Create a guest list

Depending on how small or big your tea party is, you might also need to consider how many guests you’ll be inviting so you can prepare a menu for the big day. You wouldn’t want to run out of tea at your morning tea, after all!

Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea takes place on Thursday, 24th May, however you can host an event any time throughout the month of May, making it easier to plan an event around colleagues or friends.

All you need to do is register online, and the quickest and easiest way to spread the word and collect donations is to share to your various social media platforms.


And of course, choose morning tea catering

It wouldn’t be morning (or afternoon) tea without a good range of pastries, snacks and drinks!

Whether you formally register or not, you’ll want to serve your guests with a sumptuous meal and sweet pastries, as well as a wide range of different teas to cater to everybody’s unique tastes.

When planning morning tea catering, you’ll need to think of how many RSVPs you’ve received, as well as your budget.

And that’s where we come in!

Morning tea catering

Make your morning tea party unforgettable with Your Private Chef!

So, you want to do your part, but simply can’t find the time to plan your morning tea.

Fortunately, Your Private Chef will make sure that you’ll have an unforgettable

food experience to share with your loved ones and friends.

Forget the stress of building a menu, sourcing all ingredients, and baking. Why spend precious downtime setting things up when you can choose from our range of morning and afternoon tea catering options?

Choose your morning and afternoon tea menus

Whether you’re hosting a fancy high tea or a friendly get-together over coffee, you’ll need finger food appropriate for the occasion.

Luckily for you, we’ve curated a huge range of bite-sized snacks that go perfectly with coffee or tea. Explore our morning and afternoon tea menus (and order online) here. From muffins and Danishes to bagels and scones, we think you’ll love our extensive range of morning and afternoon tea catering.

In addition to morning tea snacks, we also offer hot and cold beverages.

Explore our beverage packages here, including tea and coffee stations and even a Nespresso machine hire!

Afternoon tea catering

Team up with Your Private Chef in the fight against cancer!

You don’t need an excuse to throw a tea party. At Your Private Chef, we’re the type of people that leap at any excuse to whip out the fine china and raid our collection of teas.

And when said tea party will contribute towards the battle against cancer, that’s all the more reason to throw a party!

Are you planning on joining Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea this year? Determined to make your morning tea stand out as one to be remembered? Make sure you call Your Private Chef for delectable morning and afternoon tea catering!

Place your order online, and if you have any questions or would like to discuss your tea party menu further, contact us now. Call our friendly event team on (03) 9018 9321 or fill in this form with a few details about your event and we will be in touch!

 

Why choose a winter wedding: a wedding caterer’s opinion

Your Private Chef - Tuesday, May 08, 2018

They say summer is wedding season.

Of course, whoever came up with that probably never sweltered through an Aussie summer!

It should come as no surprise that spring is the most popular wedding season down under, with a whopping 37% of all weddings happening during September and November.

Autumn follows closely behind, with 26% of all weddings happening at this time of the year.

You might then be surprised to learn that in this survey, summer and winter were almost neck-and-neck, with 19% and 18% of weddings, respectively.

Winter has long been regarded as an overlooked time of the year for nuptials, but the times are a-changing!

Winter wedding catering

There are so many great benefits to consider a winter wedding. In fact, a properly executed winter wedding is just as good as any springtime espousal!


Why choose a winter wedding?

Sure, we mightn’t have the gorgeous snow that our friends in the northern hemisphere enjoy. But that doesn’t mean winter is completely without merit!

Here are just a couple of reasons to think about a wintertime wedding:

Better availability

Planning a springtime or autumn wedding can often mean calling venues ahead years in advance. Come winter however, and you might notice that it’s considerably easier to find a venue with availability in the off-season.

Not to mention, it’s usually cheaper too!

Photos that’ll last for years

What’s a wedding without the photos? Ask any wedding photographer and they’ll tell you that winter is the best season for photography, thanks to less glare and reflections, and better low-angled light.

You won’t have to fight for calendar space!

For many people, wintertime is a quiet season. Few choose winter weddings, and the same goes for other events and gatherings.

Not only is winter the best time if your friends and family have busy calendars, but it also means you won’t struggle to find time to celebrate all your upcoming anniversaries!

Winter wedding catering Melbourne

How to do a winter wedding

Tying the knot in the middle of the year is a unique experience. Of course, that means it also comes with its own considerations that you’ll need to keep in mind!

Dress for the occasion

Wintertime nuptials can be cold. Naturally, you’ll want to choose an ensemble with the cold in mind! For the ladies, think about:

  • Closed toed shoes (or have a spare pair on-hand)
  • Put on some thick tights - if you’ve chosen a long dress, your guests will never know!
  • Heavier materials, more layers, and sleeves will keep you warm

Fortunately for the gents, your wedding wardrobe is more winter-friendly. That said, it’s still worth:

  • Adding a longline coat to your ensemble (very classy)
  • Choosing darker colours for your suit
  • Donning a set of velvet gloves or a top hat

Consider sticking to a single venue

Cold weather means chilly air, rain, and heavier traffic.

Allow for extra travel-time to and from your ceremony to account for poor weather. This goes for not only your guests, but photographers, videographers, your celebrant, and other suppliers.

Better yet, you might like to consider keeping everything at the one venue. After all, no-one wants to go outside in the cold!

Embrace the atmosphere

It gets dark quite early during winter. Instead of repressing the dark, embrace it - decorate in warm, rich tones like burgundy, deep greens and blues, or even traditional tartan.

Think about light as well. Use candles and yellow lights to set a romantic mood - and if your venue has an open fireplace, even better!

Coat check

If you’re throwing a winter wedding, be sure to have a proper coat check at your reception venue.

Unlike a springtime wedding, your guests are going to be turning up with coats and umbrellas, and they’ll need a place to leave them (that’s not under the table or over the chair).

Winter wedding

Set the menu: gourmet wedding catering for winter nuptials

The key words for a wintertime menu? Warm, hearty and filling.

If you want our advice, winter wedding catering is all about gourmet comfort food.

At Your Private Chef, our wedding menu offers a huge range of warm entrees and mains, whether you’re looking at fine dining or a family-style banquet dining - a hugely popular trend!

We’ll all about customisation, so why not combine a few of our menus to create a totally unique dining experience? Some popular add-ons include:

Get hearty hot platters to share

Nothing brings people together like sharing food! In addition to our gourmet buffet menu, you might like to also add several hot platters to your food stations.

  • Filling lasagne (we have vegetarian options, too!)
  • Slow-cooked lamb ribs and marinated drumsticks
  • Huge platters of filling risotto, gnocchi and other pasta
  • Casseroles and curry platters

Meat for all! Try one of our gorgeous spit roasts

Who doesn’t love a good roast?

Our spit roast package features:

  • Grass-fed yearling beef porterhouse
  • Boneless lamb, seasoned with rosemary and roasted to perfection
  • Crispy-skinned rolled pork loin
  • Generous platters of side salads, including filling potato salad, Greek salad and gourmet slaw
  • Your choice of condiments including beef sauce, mint sauce, seeded mustard and apple and cognac sauce
  • Homemade bread rolls

A (warm) toast to the happy couple!

Another idea is to offer a hot drink on arrival to keep your guests warm and cheery.

You can’t go wrong with classics like a hot drinks station offering tea, coffee or delectable hot chocolate to warm your guests up and set the mood.

But if you want something a bit more unique, you can always try our famous hot apple cider. It’s just like a liquid apple pie, except better - just heat and serve!

And what if your guest list includes a couple of self-identified wine connoisseurs? Serve them a glass of your delicious mulled wine. We have a warm red wine mixed with our secret blend of spices and seasonings that’s sure to impress.

Banquet wedding catering

Class up your reception with staffed catering

Do you need an extra pair on hands (or two) to set up your room, including tableware, decor, and equipment?

We can help! Our top-notch staff are hand-picked from across the hospitality industry for their skills and service.

Interested in wait staff for the full black-tie wedding experience? We’ve got you covered.

Need an experienced bartender for your wedding bar? We have them, too.

A truly Unforgettable Food Experience isn’t limited to just the food. Service matters too - fortunately, we can cover all your staffing requirements. Give us a call on (03) 9018 9321 to see what we can do for you!


Wedding catering for your winter nuptials

Give Your Private Chef a call!

At Your Private Chef, we know how important your wedding day is to you. Your wedding deserves the best - from the dress and the venue to the food and the honeymoon: it takes a lot of planning, but boy is it worth it!

And that includes the menu.

Whether you’re tying the knot this winter or waiting for the more-popular spring, make sure you get in touch with Your Private Chef to turn your dream winter wedding into a reality.

Call Ana today for an initial chat on (03) 9018 9321 or fill in fill in some important details on this form and we’ll get back to you soon!

 

Our Melbourne caterers explain how to make the most out of your tasting session

Your Private Chef - Thursday, April 26, 2018

Planning a birthday party? A wedding reception? A corporate event like a product launch?

As the event organiser, a lot rides on your shoulders. It’s only natural to want everything to be perfect, from the atmosphere down to how the cutlery is arranged.

And of course, you can’t forget the food.

We here at Your Private Chef are big believers in the idea that good food can turn any sort of event into an Unforgettable Food Experience.

Melbourne caterers

You’re stressed about creating the perfect event.

We’re eager to show off our gourmet menu.

Why not kill two birds with one stone?

If you can’t rest easy about your event, put your mind at ease by arranging a taste test with Your Private Chef’s Melbourne caterers.

How can you make the most out of your taste testing session? What should you ask, and what should you look out for? We explain.


Let’s first have a chat

One of the biggest mistakes potential clients come to us with is not having a clear idea of what type of menu they want to offer at their event.

Going in blind does you no favours. Instead of being able to jump straight to asking specific questions about ingredients, presentation and substitutions, you’ll be wasting time establishing basic information.

Before you book your session, we invite you to give our office a call for an in depth chat about your event.

You don’t have to decide your menu, but having a chat is an excellent starting point where we can learn all about the type of event, the location you have in mind, a rough number of guests, and your budget.

Not only does this give you an opportunity to really explore your event, it helps us immeasurably, too!

This is exactly why the vast majority of caterers try to uncover these important details prior to the taste test. You’re busy - so let’s get it right!

Once we’ve had a chat, we can propose a menu and package specially tailored to your needs. This is a great starting point for your tasting session with Chef David!

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Come with questions

This one might sound like an obvious one, but you’d be surprised how many people turn up to a taste test with nothing more than an empty stomach.

Before you walk through the door, make sure you know exactly what you want to come out knowing. Are you most interested in:

  • Food quality?
  • Presentation?
  • Menu variety and options?
  • Additional services (more on those below)?
  • Cost?
  • Logistics?

On a related note, come with a rough plan of how you want your event to play out. Your caterer will want to understand exactly how you plan on executing your function - they might want to further explore:

  • Venue (including their kitchen facilities)
  • Guest demographics (kids, corporates, etc.)
  • Set-up, styling, and theme

If you haven’t made your mind up yet, don’t sweat it... but if you do, feel free to bring it.

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It takes two - bring a family member or trusted friend!

Some people are picky eaters. Others will hoover up anything on a plate.

It’s always good to get a second opinion - especially if you’ll be hosting 50, 100, or 1000 guests! What tickles your inner foodie might not fly with your other guests, after all.

An extra palette is almost a non-negotiable for a tasting session, in our opinion!

We recommend bringing one friend or family member along. We’ll even credit back the cost of two guests, should you book us!

We recommend bringing no more than 3 others with you, as too many opinions can make it harder to reach a decision (you know they saying: Too many cooks spoil the broth!)


Investigate the extras: wait staff

For larger celebrations, choosing wait staff to help run and manage your event is one of the smartest things you can do.

From on-site chefs to wait staff and bartenders, Your Private Chef’s complete catering experience delivers more than just food.

If you’re planning on adding table service to your event, be sure to bring this up during your session. Based on your guest numbers, we can help you choose the right amount of wait staff and bar staff to help make your event run like clockwork.

Event staff from YPC

Investigate the extras: event styling and decor

When caterers set up tasting sessions, many focus solely on the taste part of the taste test.

Needless to say, presentation is a big deal -  did you know that appearance directly influences our perception of taste?

To get the most value from your tasting session, take the opportunity to discover how your caterer will go above and beyond to deliver a complete event experience.

Investigate:

  • How they can set up dining tables, food stations, and drink and dessert stands
  • How they can plate your food (shared or sit-down)
  • How they work with venues to ensure your vision is brought to life
  • If they can help out with entertainment like lighting, A/V, and music
  • Examples of events they’ve designed and styled in the past

No matter the occasion, our event stylists will help you find the perfect aesthetic for your big day - be sure to ask us about event styling for your celebration!

Event styling and catering

And finally… come relaxed and ready to have fun!

The point of a taste testing session is to get a sneak peak of the culinary delights our talented chefs can whip up for you.

And in our experience, nothing kills the appetite and taste buds quicker than stress!


Searching for Melbourne caterers?

Get in touch with Your Private Chef!

Sit down with our head chef David at our Prahran kitchen for a preview of our huge menu. Best of all, if you choose Your Private Chef for your event catering, the cost of your session for two people will be credited towards your event.

Call us now on 03 9018 9321 or contact our friendly event team here to organise that all-important chat before booking in your tasting session with Chef David.

Please note that Your Private Chef only offers tasting sessions for parties of 50 and above.

 

Plan the ultimate kid’s birthday party with Your Private Chef

Your Private Chef - Thursday, April 19, 2018
“But we only want what’s best for you…” 

It’s one of those lines we’ve all heard at least once coming from our parents when we were growing up. While we may have thrown a tantrum when mum and dad refused that chocolate or cool new toy, now that we’re grown, it’s safe to say most of us are thankful for their resistance.

If you have kids yourself, you might even find yourself saying the same things to your own children!
As a parent, it’s only natural to want the best for your kids. Of course, that can make throwing the birthday party of their dreams a nightmare for the health-conscious parent. 

You’d be surprised how much sugar sneaks its way into even the simplest food! 

At Your Private Chef, we know how hectic the lives of parents can get. And as parents ourselves, we know first-hand the struggle to find party-appropriate food that isn’t chock full of nasty surprises. 

If you’re hoping to throw the perfect birthday party for your kid with healthy (but delicious) food, you need not worry... we’ve got your back! 



Choose the perfect birthday catering for your child’s party!

Planning a children’s birthday party can be a struggle, and without a doubt one of the most stressful parts is the issue of food. 

Kids can be picky eaters. You don’t want your child’s birthday party to be tarnished by a food tantrum! 

Fortunately, with Your Private Chef, you don’t need to worry about the food betting a poor reception. In fact, you can be pretty confident that your children and guests will be raving about the food and other goodies we’ll be bringing!

The Kids Party Box

Let’s say your venue doesn’t offer food. Maybe your own kitchen isn’t big enough. You might even simply not have the time (or the patience) to prepare everything on your own! 

That’s where our Kids Party Box comes in! Featuring bite-sized versions of classic crowd-pleasers (with a couple healthy options thrown into the mix, of course), our kids party boxes take the stress out of preparing party food. 

Let your kids gorge themselves on our selection of hot favourites. Each pack features the following:
  • Mini sausage rolls
  • Cheese arancini
  • Crispy vegetable spring rolls
  • Mini cheese burgers
  • Carrot sticks and cheddar bites

Kids sausage sizzle

You're never too old - or young to enjoy a good sausage sizzle.

That's what makes a good old-fashioned sausage sizzle another perfect option for kids.  Why not try our kids sausage sizzle BBQ package? Our thin beef sausages are perfect for small hands and mouths, and we include classic condiments on the side...

And while we're speaking of barbeque...

Kids gourmet BBQ

Another great kiddie culinary option is our BBQ package made especially for kids. Taking a range of choices from our smash-hit gourmet barbeque menu and shrinking them down to kid-friendly sizes, this is the perfect choice for a kid’s birthday party. 
 
Kids are sure to love our mini beef brioche cheeseburgers, petit soft baby brioche buns with mini hotdogs and healthy fruit skewers.

Your Private Chef’s American Pancake Station

But what if your child’s birthday party is big? Like, seriously big?

As in, 100 guests or even more?

Fortunately, we have you covered!

Impress your guests and spoil your kids with Your Private Chef’s American Pancake Station!

Kids love pancakes, so this option is sure to be a hit! Offering unlimited pancakes for your young (and not-so-young) guests to stack however they want. This option is perfect for those big parties.

Not only is does this option offer great value, but it also offers huge variety. We offer nine distinct toppings to choose from, including berry coulis, whipped cream Chantilly, maple syrup, warm chocolate sauce and more!

Please note: the mobile pancake station is only available for parties of over 100 - we told you it was big!

Kiddie desserts

And of course, no kiddie party would be complete without dessert to top everything off! 

At Your Private Chef, we have an endless list of desserts that you can choose from.  Fruit skewers, cupcakes, layer cakes, chocolate brownies...






And if you're looking for special occasion cake, we have a 6-inch cake that we can customise to suit your theme.  You can choose from among the following flavours:

  • Chocolate mud
  • White chocolate & raspberry 
  • Red velvet
Make your child's birthday even more special with elaborate decorative cookies. tailored to suit your theme, whether that's princesses, pirates or a simple Happy Birthday message.

For a truly remarkable dessert statement, why not choose a donut wall? Check out our various donut wall buffet selections here!




Kids Hot & Cold Platters

Too much choice? Unsure which package is most suitable for your child’s birthday party? Why not mix-and-match your birthday party snacks?   
At Your Private Chef, we have a great selection of hot and cold platters. Made up of items that’ll appeal to any kid’s palate, we give you the freedom to put together your own menu of gourmet, kid-friendly food.
Some of our most popular choices among little ones include:
  • Mini pizzas
  • Baby hamburgers
  • Homemade sausage rolls
  • Fresh fruit skewers
  • Beef sausage rolls
  • Traditional sandwich platters
And don’t forget about the grown-ups - why not order a selection of platters to offer parents and other guests.





Want a kids party that’ll be the talk of the town?

Make Your Private Chef a part of your child’s big day!

At Your Private Chef, we are proud of our ability to deliver unforgettable food experiences. Whether it’s your wedding or even little Timmy’s 10th birthday, you’re sure to find some high-quality culinary delights on our menu!

As young as they are, kids deserve all the best - and that includes getting the best and most delicious food for their special celebration. 
 
Fill us in on your plans for your child’s birthday and we’ll offer birthday catering options that turn your dream party into reality! 
 
Call Ana today to discuss on (03) 9018 932, or fill in this form and we’ll be in touch!

 

Tea time! 3 unique ideas to make your high tea stand out from the crowd

Your Private Chef - Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The phrase “high tea” evokes a certain image of sophistication, class and refinement you don’t normally see anymore. Fine china, silver cutlery, lace tablecloths - it’s exactly these things that make high tea such alluring ideas for birthdays, special announcements, anniversaries, hens parties, or even simple get-togethers!

Alice in Wonderland High Tea catering

While high tea is great, traditionally, there isn’t that much in the way of variety. Scones, finger sandwiches and cakes alongside a brew of English Breakfast or Earl Grey... there’s nothing wrong with them, but what about putting a modern spin on a traditional style?

There’s a refreshing cool change in the air… and we’re not just talking about the beginning of autumn!

More and more Melburnians are breaking with tradition for their high tea. Here are just some of the more unique spins on high tea we’ve been loving recently!

Garden party

Before you decide on a theme, decorations or even your menu, you’ll need to decide on a location. Luckily, we Aussies live in one of the most beautiful countries on the planet - why not put it to good use? If you have a garden, use it!

Encourage your friends to wear floral attire and bright, vivid colours to bring things back to nature.  

For a more uniquely Aussie spin on the traditional high tea, consider decorating your table with some more exotic native plants. Why not line your table with banksia instead of the traditional daffodils?

And of course, you can’t forget the food! We recommend switching scones and sandwiches for something a bit more natural for your garden party:

  • Fruit and cheese - bring a bit of rustic flavour to your high tea with seasonal fruits and the best cheeses
  • Salad - a variety of salads are a great addition to any kind of menu
  • Sushi - delicious and easy to eat - perfect for a high tea event!
  • Drinks - stick with traditional tea or opt for hot apple cider or even an intimate coffee station

Fruit and cheese platter catering

Fall down the rabbit hole

When it comes to tea parties, few are as iconic as the Mad Hatter’s tea party from Alice in Wonderland.

The Wonderland theme is the perfect excuse for you and your friends to play dress up. Dust off your most fabulous dress and tallest top hat and track down your old croquet set (lawn bowls are an acceptable substitute!)

And for ideas that’ll really make you feel like you’ve stumbled into Wonderland, these quirky food ideas will make your guests lose their heads:

  • Eat me” - consider attaching quirky labels to your food, drinks and bowls
  • Mushrooms - if real mushrooms aren’t your thing, marshmallows and candy melts can be used as substitutes
  • Make some CUPcakes 

    - what cuter way to display and serve dessert than in teacups? Not only is it adorable, but it fits perfectly with the theme!

High tea catering Melbourne

Cap off your day in Wonderland with something from our sinfully sweet dessert menu - we recommend our colourful eclair and macron collections!

Care for some canapes?

Some of our favourite canape packages include:

  • The Cold Classic: choose from 6, or 8 pieces per person, and enjoy classic and beautifully presented cold canapes
  • The SIgnature cocktail package - offering 6, 9, or 12 pieces, this pack is the perfect combination of hot and cold delights
  • Canapes on the Grill: Bite-sized BBQ items combine the traditional nature of finger food with the Aussie staple: the barbeque.

High tea canapes

Browse our full canape menus here.

Add some sparkling

Alcohol has a long and fascinating history stretching for thousands of years - it’s even changed the course of history on more than a handful of occasions.

History’s not the only thing a good glass of champagne can change. If you ask us, a glass of bubbly makes any occasion just that little bit more special!

Complement your canapes with a couple of glasses of your favourite champagne or wine.

Unique high tea ideas from Your Private Chef

Once the sole domain of the gentry and absolute upper-crust of society, modern interpretations of high tea have gone from stuffy to more elegant and casual… not to mention, fun!

With Your Private Chef, you won’t have to worry about your high tea being too generic. Let us take the work off your hands and ensure your high tea is a real crowd-pleaser!

After all, even the most unique high tea theme falls apart without fantastic food!

Need help with planning the nitty-gritty of your high tea? Click here for more of our tips.

No matter the occasion or theme, be sure to get in touch with our team of expert caterers.

Call us now on (03) 9018 9321 to start planning your high tea!

 

How Your Private Chef can provide complete event planning for your wedding!

Your Private Chef - Thursday, March 15, 2018

It’s supposed to be the happiest day of your life, and while that may be true, there’s often a different story when it comes to the lead-up!

Planning a wedding can be challenging - especially when you try to do it on your own!

With so many details and considerations to look at, it’s no wonder that 86% of marrying couples report experiencing three (or more) stress-related conditions during planning!

Imagine, though, working with just one team who can help you manage all the important details needed for your dream day:

  • Venue
  • Styling
  • On-the-day planner
  • And of course, the menu

Is that even possible? If you ask us, the answer is a resounding YES!

Wedding catering and planning Melbourne

From the venue all the way down to the smallest details, Your Private Chef is here to take care of everything so you’re free to focus on enjoying your big day!

As one of Melbourne’s best wedding caterers, Your Private Chef can deliver more than an Unforgettable Food Experience.  We’ve helped plan countless weddings since our inception - here are just some parts of your reception our talented team can take off your hands.


Our wedding coordinators help you choose the right venue

There are literally hundreds of venues across Melbourne and Victoria to choose from for your upcoming nuptials.

From industrial warehouses to wineries and everything in between, options are almost limitless.

But how do you choose the right venue? Where do you start finding one that fits your style, has enough space to fit your guests… and most importantly, one that won’t break your wedding budget?

Your Private Chef has a network of preferred wedding venue partners which we would be happy to connect you with.

With venues booking out months and even years in advance, your venue is often one of the first things you need to secure.

Chat to the team at Your Private Chef if you need help securing the right venue for your wedding.


Tie the knot in style! Our styling packages

Once we’ve got the venue locked down, it’s time to think of how to dress it up!

What theme do you want for your reception? Something extravagant and glitzy? Or something a bit more rustic and industrial?

Whatever you desire, our team includes specialists in event styling - you can trust us to help you bring your styling vision to life - and to help set it up!

Wedding and event stylist

No matter your theme or style, our event stylists possess a unique eye for details and appearances that can prove a huge help in planning your reception.

Our stylists are here to ensure the theme, vision and vibe you have for your wedding are brought to life.

It’s simple, really: you decide what “look” you want, and our stylists will bring the magic to life.

Wedding styling from Your Private Chef

Event set-up staff

Don’t sweat the small stuff - let our staff look after all the details!

When we say we’ll take care of the rest, we mean it.

From decorations to tableware our event staff will ensure that everything not only looks great for your big day, but is meticulously planned and executed, too.

Want to learn more about the various wedding reception styling options we offer? Make sure you check out our styling packages and items.


Staff for your party

Running a wedding is no easy feat - oftentimes, it can take an entire army to ensure your reception or party goes off without a hitch!

While you can’t possibly manage it yourself (nor have any desire to do so!), you’ll have to trust in a team to make sure it runs smoothly and according to plan... and for that, you’ll need all the help you can get!

This is why our roster of hand-selected chefs and wait staff can assist during your wedding reception!

These professionals extensive experience catering for all kinds of events and celebrations throughout Melbourne and Victoria.

Whether you need a head chef or a team of waiters ready to serve your guests with dedication and passion, we’ve got all that for you and more!   


And of course, who could forget food?

As Melbourne’s leading wedding and event caterers, Your Private Chef is ready to deliver an Unforgettable Food Experience to you and your guests!

On your special day, expect to be treated to a delicious and sumptuous dining experience.

But we do much more than just that.

Our wedding coordinators and chefs help you plan the perfect menu for your big day, with careful consideration to dietary requirements, budget, style and personality - it’s your special day, after all!

No matter your taste, there’s bound to be an option that’s perfect for your big day:

  • Three-course fine dining is a classic winner that will never go out of style
  • Banquet-style platters for your guests to graze on
  • Bite-sized canapes will start your event off right!
  • Buffet dining is an intimate, economical, and engaging way to dine

To learn more about what we can bring to the table (pun certainly intended!), explore this blog post.

Wedding catering and styling

Looking for a wedding caterer who can take care of more than just the food?

Choose Your Private Chef’s event planners!

At Your Private Chef, we are proud to say that we are more than just your wedding caterer!  

In addition to amazing dining experiences, our wedding coordinators also take care of your entire event – from initial planning to on-the-day execution, and everything else in between!  

As one of the Australian Bridal Industry Academy’s best independent wedding caterers, you can put your confidence in our high quality planning and catering services - your wedding is in great hands when you choose Your Private Chef!

If you need someone who can help you bring your dream wedding to life, our experienced wedding coordinators are only one phone call away!

Let’s chat: call us on (03) 9018 9321 or use our contact form to get the inside scoop on how we can make the biggest and best day of your life even better!

 

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