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Unique Valentine’s ideas and gifts (that you can enjoy, too!)

Your Private Chef - Monday, February 05, 2018

There are only two golden rules of a winning (and non-cheesy) Valentine’s Day gift: personalisation and thoughtfulness.

This Valentine’s Day, step away from the giant teddy bear and ostentatious candy hearts; instead, go personal. Choose a gift from the heart, rather than the biggest bouquet in the florist!

We’ve collated a list of unique, personalised, and beautiful Valentine’s Day gift ideas, including our exclusive Valentine’s Day popup dinner on the most romantic night of the year.

Valentine's Day dinner

Personalised is key

Monogramming is all the rage, so why not order something practical your partner can use that is also stamped with their unique initials (or future initials; hint-hint!)

Some of our favourite monogramming ideas include:

  • Luxurious pillow cases
  • Throws and blankets
  • Chic pyjamas
  • Towels
  • Bags and purses

A romantic and intimate dinner

Haven’t yet planned anything special for Valentine’s Day? We’ve got the perfect gift!

Best of all, it’s something that you can enjoy as much as your special someone.

When roses just cut it, why not treat your special someone to a romantic 3-course dinner at Your Private Chef’s popup restaurant this Valentine’s Day?

Join us in a stunning courtyard setting at Regnier Cakes as you and your loved one enjoy an elegant entrée and main prepared by Your Private Chef’s talented team. End the evening on a sweet note with a selection of delectable desserts from renowned pastry chef Melina Regnier of Regnier Cakes.

Our romantic Valentine’s Day dinner menu

Entrée (choose one dish per person)

  • Bruschetta of Italian prosciutto, mozzarella Fior di Latte, heirloom tomatoes, mint and aged balsamic vinegar (Can be GF)
  • Citrus cured Ora King salmon with pickled pears, toasted buckwheat and lemon ricotta (Can be DF)
  • Oyster mushroom, avocado and tomato ceviche with tortilla crisps (Vegan, GF, DF)

Valentine's Day dinner Melbourne

Main (choose one dish per person)

  • Farroto of Macedon Ranges corn fed duck breast, truffled duck stock, radicchio, Parmigiano Reggiano and aged balsamic vinegar (GF)
  • Grilled Eye Fillet served medium/rare with roasted purple congo potatoes, beans a la Grecque and red wine jus
  • Cavatelli pasta with roasted cauliflower, wild oregano, burst cherry vine tomatoes, goat’s curd and witlof (Vegetarian can be DF)

Dessert

Chef Melina's decadent desserts as a romantic shared platter.

Tickets to this special dinner are strictly limited, so to avoid disappointment (and to save you the stress of organising a meaningful and unique Valentine’ Day present) reserve your spot online!

Valentine’s Day dinner details:

  • Wednesday, 14th February (of course!)
  • Regnier Cakes, 162 Weatherall Road, Cheltenham, VIC 3192
  • $95+bf per person
  • Buy your tickets online here
  • If you have any questions, please call the Your Private Chef team: (03) 9018 9321

A map poster of a special city

Whether it holds significance for them or the both of you, this is a lovely and unique idea that doubles as a cool piece of artwork in the home.

Perhaps the city where you met, the first place you visited on holiday together, or a dream city you both want to visit. Some great sites where you can explore cities all around the world include:

  • Grafomap
  • Mapiful
  • Mujumaps

A personal day

Whether it be at the spa, a styling service at a department store, or a day on the green, a personalised day – based entirely around your partner’s favourite pastime or passion – is a great gift idea.


Wine with a meaning!

This really creative idea not only shows how much you care, but can once again be enjoyed by the both of you!

Pick out a variety of wines from significant years gone by.

It might be the year you met, when you got married, had your first child, or can even look towards the future, to the year you’ll celebrate your 20th wedding anniversary. A truly memorable gift!

Book your Valentine’s Day dinner at Your Private Chef’s popup

Valentine's dinner Melbourne

You’ve got less than two weeks to sort out your Valentine’s Day plans… so why not take the pressure off yourself and book tickets for you and your special someone to our Valentine’s Day Dinner in Cheltenham?

Tickets are strictly limited for this intimate evening, so head over to Eventbrite to secure your table!

 

Treat your team and refuel the office with Your Private Chef’s corporate lunch catering!

Your Private Chef - Monday, January 29, 2018

As the new year kicks in, resolutions are made and commitments are renewed.  

And perhaps one of the most popular New Year’s resolution is getting healthy.

When we talk about getting healthy, we don’t just mean working out, and we’d rather avoid those crash diets. Instead, we want to focus on eating better, wherever we are.

If you’re thinking how you can you can keep your resolution even when confined in the four corners of your office space, Your Private Chef has a great idea that you and your team will love - corporate lunch catering.

Office lunch catering

Celebrate a birthday or work anniversary or simply treat your team on any other weekday to a delicious and fresh lunch from Your Private Chef!

Explore some of our favourite office and corporate catering options below...

Lunch is delivered! Office catering

We’re sure you’re all familiar with the dreaded 3pm slump - we feel our brains have turned to mush, we crave junk food, and productivity has virtually flown out the window. And it’s even worse on a Friday!

Some office mistakes you might be making that contribute to the 3pm slump include:

  • Skipping lunch altogether
  • Bypassing carbs in your lunch
  • Eating at your desk

Our diet is one of the major reasons why feel tired after lunch. We rush lunch, hardly stepping away from the desk and wolfing down a quick (and often unhealthy) meal. This feeling of lethargy after eating impacts productivity and efficiency.

Now imagine every single member of your team falling into this slump. Safe to say productivity will take a real hit!

It’s time to indulge in healthy and delicious corporate lunch catering courtesy of Your Private Chef to boost team morale, and energise them for a productive afternoon.

Why not treat the team to lunch once a month?

Individual lunch boxes for everyone

Your team will love our perfectly portioned lunch boxes. Use them as an excuse to catch up for an afternoon and enjoy some non-work chatter!

Some of our favourite packs include:

  • The Ploughman’s lunch box, filled with ham, salami, grilled chicken, cheese, and more
  • Our Taste of Asia lunch box, where you’ll enjoy rice paper rolls, sushi, Asian salad, fruit, ad a drink
  • The Hearty Lunch box, filled with ribbon sandwiches, a baguette, finger food, cheese, and a drink

Sandwich platters

Baguettes, rolls, bagels - oh my! With so many amazing options to pick from, we recommend choosing a few of each of our sandwich platters. Some options include:

  • The classic chicken and spring onion ribbon sandwiches
  • Finger sandwiches filled with premium meats (vegetarian options available, too!)
  • Point sandwiches filled with fresh and yummy fillings
  • Our Dorchester Hotel collection is filled with 5 varieties of finger sandwiches guaranteed to delight your whole team

View the entire collection here, and order online now!

Mix and match platters catering

Our corporate clients love the versatility offered with our delicious hot and cold platters.

Corporate catering platters

Professionally plated, our platters make the task of serving effortless! Some of our favourite hot and cold platters that corporates choose again and again include:

  • Grilled Atlantic salmon, marinated in our Asian sauce
  • Tender lamb cutlets, char grilled to perfection
  • Cold Cajun chicken breast, ready to serve cold or can be heated

We also recommend combining a couple of hot and cold hearty platters with some sides, including:

  • A medley of European-style vegetables
  • Tuscan roasted chat potatoes
  • Mac & cheese

Spit roast and BBQ catering

Who said a BBQ was only good for the weekend?

BBQ catering is one of our most popular corporate menus, as it gives teams the opportunity to interact in a more casual atmosphere, away from the formality of work!

With Your Private Chef, you can choose a fully staffed event experience, or opt to have your BBQ catering delivered to your door, ready for grilling.

Browse out BBQ menus here.

Our spit roast catering options perfectly blend a casual feast with sophisticated dining. As above, you can also choose a fully staffed event, or delivery only.

Our spit roast catering package includes:

  • A variety of roast meat
  • Gravies and sauces
  • Sides, including potato salad, Greek salad, slaw, and couscous
BBQ corporate catering

Say goodbye to the post-lunch slump at the office!

Order fresh and delicious corporate lunch catering for your team!

Corporates, we invite you to order your free Corporate Sample Box! Contact us here.

Treat your team to a tasty lunch reward, be it a monthly delight to look forward to, or reserved for special occasions (including birthdays, workaversaries, or other company milestones).

Browse our extensive corporate menus and order online today! Alternatively, fill in this form or give our office a call on (03) 9018 9321.

 

Explore unique wedding catering with Your Private Chef!

Your Private Chef - Thursday, January 18, 2018

In Australia, an average of 326 weddings are held every day. With this, it’s no surprise that the wedding industry is constantly on the rise!

On wedding days, one of the busiest teams involved is the catering team: it takes a village to prepare your wedding day feast! And if you’re in Melbourne, there’s a catering service that you can count on during one of the biggest days of your life.

wedding catering Melbourne

Your Private Chef is here to provide you with wedding food experience like no other. The great thing about working with us at Your Private Chef is that we have so many dining options for you to choose from - and we invite you to explore all the options!

Letting us become part of your special day means we work with you, and for you. We make sure that we strategically devise a delicious menu that suits your style, personality and budget, and best of all, is sure to delight you and all of your guests!

If you are planning your big day, make Your Private Chef a part of it. Discover how we can make your wedding day not only a celebration of love but also a gastronomic experience that your guests will remember!


Seasonal fine dining is classic wedding catering

Classy, sophisticated, elegant

Fancy serving a three-course fine dining menu to your wedding guests?  

Just like that, your wish is our command!

With you, we will create a sophisticated three course menu guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on you and your guests.

And as we understand how unique and different every wedding is, we work closely with you to bring the wedding feast of your dreams to life.

3-course wedding catering


Sharing is caring with our wedding banquet dining menu

If you’re looking for more relaxed wedding catering, we also have the family-style shared banquet option for you.

The great thing about this dining style is that you’ve still got options:

  • Opt for beautifully presented sharing platters on tables, or choose
  • A buffet station that your guests can approach

Whichever option you choose, we’ll make sure that your guests will enjoy the culinary delights we have prepared.


Get the party started with delectable canapes

Delight your wedding party guests with our delicious array of canapes!

We can create a personalised canape menu that can be served before and/or during the dinner festivities start.  It’s all up to you!

Our chefs have come up with different canape packages that you can choose from.  

Our wait staff will be delighted to go around the party venue to offer your guests the canapes that we have perfectly prepared for your wedding reception!

You can opt for the Combination Classic Cocktail which combines both our hot and cold canape faves. You can also choose our Canapes on the Grill BBQ package.  Yes, you can now serve bite sized BBQ items to your guests!

When it comes to our canape options, we have plenty of packages to choose from.  Check out our complete canape selections here.


Fall head over heels in love with our decadent food stations

Captivate guests with an impressive food station

One of the fastest-growing trends not only in the wedding industry but throughout the entire event and catering industries is setting up beautiful food stations filled with the most stunning displays of food.  

Food stations at a wedding combine elements of both buffet-style dining and fine-dining. Imagine getting the best of both worlds!

The captivating spread of gastronomic delights will surely impress and delight all your guests.  

At Your Private Chef, we simply LOVE preparing sumptuous food stations. And we’re also happy to work with you to discover exactly what you would like to display and offer your guests. If you have something special in mind, we would love to hear from you.

Food station wedding catering


Add an extra dose of sweetness with wedding desserts

Anyone with a sweet tooth would think they have found heaven when they see the sugary spread of goodness right in front of them!

Make your wedding festivities even sweeter by adding a dessert buffet to the mix!  

Choose from our sweet selection of dessert platters - a great way to offer a sweet treat at the end of the night without blowing the budget.

Dessert wedding catering

And if you’re looking at something different that will have your guests talking long after the wedding party has ended, make a statement with our incredible donut wall: a wall of donuts adorned with a floral centrepiece that will leave guests in awe and bathed in sweetness!


Looking for wedding caterers in Melbourne?

The wedding season has begun! Call Your Private Chef today!

Before the wedding bells start ringing, there are so many things that a bride and a groom must first prepare, plan, and decide!

Wedding catering is indeed one of the biggest parts of the preparation process. If you’re planning the wedding celebration of your dreams in Melbourne, make Your Private Chef a part of your day!  

As one of the city’s premier catering provider and a 2017 Independent Caterer finalist of the Australian Bridal Industry Academy (ABIA) awards, we certainly know a thing or two about making the wedding feast of your dreams a reality!

To find out more about how Your Private Chef can be part of the most special day of your life, give Ana a call on (03) 9018 9321. Alternatively, fill in this form  and we will be in touch!

 

Healthy food delivery you’ll actually want to eat!

Your Private Chef - Wednesday, January 03, 2018

No-one likes finding themselves the victim of false advertising.

Whether it’s buying an item of clothing online only to find out it looks nothing like the picture, to buying something from one of those embarrassingly bad TV infomercials, many of us will have fallen victim to false claims once or twice in the past.

And for some of us, we may have been swayed by the gourmet food delivery trend, only to find out that we are not getting our money’s worth, or are being led to believe the meals were eating are actually good for us.   

That’s when Your Private Chef comes into play: combine the convenience of pre-prepared meals with the value of taste and nutrition, and you’ve just described our gourmet food delivery!

Gourmet food delivery just for you

When some of us hear “healthy food”, we think of bland, tasteless greens or of fad diets that fade into obscurity after a week.

With such illustrious company, we really don’t blame you for being tempted to look right past the supposedly healthy option.

However, there’s good news. Healthy doesn’t have to mean plain and tasteless any more… in fact, healthy food can taste just as good, if not better than the alternative! 

Your Private Chef offers a weekly gourmet food delivery service that bucks the trend - not only is it healthy, but we guarantee you’ll actually want to eat it!


Delicious and healthy food delivery!

Healthy and delicious food delivery?! Say it ain’t so…

At Your Private Chef, our weekly food delivery is all about giving you access to a variety of healthy value packs that take away the stress of evening cooking and are full of flavours and nutrients.

Depending on your dietary needs, we have several healthy and cost-effective value packs available, designed to deliver all the good stuff in a convenient, delicious package!

The Lean Pack

Take our Lean Pack, for example. This option packs a powerful protein punch, with dishes like our salmon fillet served with rosemary & garlic chat potatoes, as well our award-winning BBQ grilled Cajun chicken breast with roasted sweet potato mash and seasoned steamed vegetables.

Vegetarian Pack

Not a meat-eater? No worries! We have the perfect 11 meal value pack for the vegetarians in the audience. Indulge in:

  • Spinach and ricotta gnocchi
  • Red lentil & tandoori spiced vegetable patties
  • Button mushroom risotto
  • And a ton more vegetarian dishes

We have also come up with a value pack that’s ideal for new mums out there - after all, mothers need a very different diet to prepare their bodies for motherhood.

New Mum’s Pantry

Our New Mum's Pantry meal package is a great option to help mummies look after themselves… not to mention, their newborns! Each pack comes with nutritious and nourishing soups, as well 12 freshly baked lactation cookies made with key ingredients that promote solid milk supply.

These are just some of our favourite gourmet food packs - view the full list here.

Gourmet meal delivery for new mums

Take back your time with healthy meal delivery

Not everyone has time to prepare a full dinner for themselves. Between work, your commute, school and any after-hours activities, you could very easily find yourself completely lacking the energy to prepare cook for yourself.

More often than not, convenient and unhealthy takeout can trump your wellbeing - after all, it’s easier to open your UberEats app than it is to prepare a meal for the family after work.

Now with Your Private Chef’s healthy meal delivery, you can cut the stress of preparing and cooking food (which could take a chunk of your time) out of your life!

Say sayonara to cooking - with our gourmet meals, dinner takes only minutes to prepare.

We also ensure the freshness and quality of all our delivered food thanks to our special blast freezing methods that lock in flavour and nutrients of your meals.


Gourmet meal delivery is more affordable than you think!

When some of us read the word “gourmet”, we immediately start thinking pricey or expensive, too.  

With our gourmet weekly delivery service, you get a gastronomic feast prepared by a professional chef for a very reasonable price tag. Our generously portioned gourmet meals generally range between $6.95 and $12.50, and when you take advantage of our value packs, you can save even more.

And we’re also happy to share that delivery within 20km from our new office location in Elsternwick has been slashed to just $6!

lean gourmet meal delivery from YPC

Craving healthy food that you’ll actually look forward to eating?

Your Private Chef’s weekly gourmet delivery in Melbourne is at your service!

With Your Private Chef’s weekly delivery, eating gourmet dishes isn’t only reserved for special occasions or for fancy restaurants. Now you can actually savour all these delectable flavours daily by ordering from us!  

Our talented chefs have carefully crafted a gourmet menu that is both delicious and healthy.

And there’s no better time to order these meals than now! Order gourmet meals online by midday on Monday for a Tuesday delivery, or call ahead and pick up from our new office (pending availability)!

 

First day in the new office!

Your Private Chef - Friday, December 22, 2017

Your Private Chef enjoys its first few weeks in our new office in Elsternwick!

An (almost) new year called for a new office for the Your Private Chef team! We are excited to share that we have moved from a home office to a wonderful new space in Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick.

Why the new office?

We have always had our commercial kitchen in High Street Prahran, but we started Your Private Chef’s office and warehouse the way many other great companies begin: in the garage! After bursting at the seams in props and staff, we made the much-needed decision to move to a dedicated office and warehouse space.

This is a big move for us and our staff, and a big change to be away from the family home! No more dogs and babies disrupting our phone calls (although we secretly do miss that!)


What's happening in the new office?

Essentially, all the “non-cooking” tasks get done in the new office.

This is where our staff, logistics, and packing teams live! It is also where all the exciting planning and important organisation for all types of events takes place.


A hole-in-the-wall is coming…

As we are located on a busy shopping strip in the heart of Elsternwick, we often get people walking in and asking for coffee - the building was, after all, a bakery for many years!

Once all the craziness of December and Christmas is over, we will look at opening a coffee shop serving bespoke blends as well as our lovely pastries and sandwiches.

So if you work or live anywhere along Glenhuntly Road in Elsternwick, make sure you pop in to say hi!

Pop in to pick up some gourmet meals, too!

We are also super excited to share that we will be selling our weekly gourmet meals from freezers out of the new office.

This will give people the opportunity to collect meals during business hours rather than being restricted to our regular Tuesday delivery schedule.

Enjoy the convenience of home-style meals prepared fresh and blast frozen to lock in all that great flavour and nutrition – pop in and pick up a few, and that’s tonight’s dinner sorted!


Your Private Chef in 2018

2017 has been a big year from Your Private Chef, but we already sense that 2018 will be even bigger! We look forward to meeting you when you visit our new space – whether that’s to pick up a coffee or chat to us about catering for an upcoming event or celebration!

We thank all our clients – both old and new – for a great 2017 and look forward to delivering even more Unforgettable Food Experiences next year.

 

In need of last-minute Christmas catering? Call Your Private Chef now!

Your Private Chef - Monday, December 18, 2017

What does your Christmas routine look like this year?

If it’s anything like ours, it probably involves a lot of running around the kitchen, frantic schedules and last-minute shopping trips. Even people who aren’t professional caterers will be intimately familiar with this!

Make no mistake, Christmas parties can be a major headache to organise at the best of times - so there’s nothing worse than having a last-minute Christmas party sprung on you!

And if you’re the poor soul responsible for organising said last-minute party… well, let’s just say it’s enough to make you have second thoughts about Christmas (even if just for a second!)

Given how busy this time of the year is, preparing the perfect Christmas feast for your last-minute shindig can be nearly impossible.

Fortunately, you don’t need to let this put a dampener on your holiday spirit!

Call Your Private Chef for Christmas catering - we will be the helper elf to your Santa Claus!


Last minute Christmas feast with the family

A family that eats together, stays together!

In today’s world, this sentiment has never been more important. The rush to work or school, social commitments, and overtime all fight for your attention - not to mention screens being everywhere nowadays.

So for many, Christmas can be the perfect opportunity to make up for lost time and simply be with family.  

Of course, we all have that one family member. You know the one: the one that shows up unannounced and forces you to hustle to get some sort of party together. It might even be the whole clan that declares that they are all coming over for a Christmas meal at the last minute!

And if you're really unlucky, your meticulously-planned Christmas feast might e ruined by a missing ingredient, a broken over, or worst of all, a simple mistake. 

What are you meant to do in these situations?

Fortunately, if you need help, you've come to the right place - for all your last minute Christmas catering needs, you can trust Your Private Chef!  We offer huge range of delicious Christmas dining options that can can be delivered quickly for your surprise Christmas event.

Christmas BBQ catering with the family

When we think of Christmas, most of us have this image of a white, winter wonderland and of chestnuts roasting on an open fire.

However, unlike our friends in the Northern Hemisphere, we Aussies are blessed with a summer Christmas. And while some might decry the heat, we like to think of it as an opportunity to create entirely new and uniquely Australian celebrations, like the classic Aussie barbeque!

Summer down under is the best time to be outdoors - so why not take the opportunity to combine Christmas with that staple of Australian summers?

Since we’re talking about an outdoor Christmas feast, why not check out Your Private Chef’s amazing selection of barbeque catering packages?

We have variety of packages available that'll suit your family's unique taste buds - from our Breakfast BBQ package to our Creme de la Crema pack.

Spit roasts to share

If you're leaning towards something naturally delicious and gluten-free, our Spit Roast package is the perfect Christmas feast that you can share with the family. Not only does it taste fantastic - it looks it too!

Our selection of delectable meats that have been carefully crafted and prepared in our kitchen:

  • Grass-fed yearling beef porterhouse

  • Rosemary studded boneless leg of lamb

  • Crispy skin rolled loin of pork

Our spit roasts are more than just meat, however - each package comes with gourmet salads, gravies and house made bread rolls to make a complete Christmas meal.

Order our Spit Roast catering now!

Hot and cold platters - perfect for sharing at Christmas!

Christmas is a time of sharing and there’s nothing quite like sharing our hot and cold Christmas platters.

We have an assorted mix of hot and cold platters for you and the whole family can share.

We’ve got all the classics: from hot platters of pasta and baked potatoes to our refreshing Christmas cold platters.

Order them individually or to add a bit of colour to your Christmas party!

 



Corporate Christmas party in the (St) Nick of time

We’ve all been there.

The year’s wrapping up.

Work is winding down - and even if you’ve got a week left, your mind has already left the building!

You’re finally going to have enough time away from work to look after yourself and spend some time with your family.

All that’s left is to cruise through until the last week or so of December and then you can fully indulge in the festive season!

But what if you’ve been tasked with organising a last-minute Christmas party at work?

Organising a Christmas event can be stressful even with ample warning, let alone only a few days!

And if you only have a week to get things organised, it can turn what should be the calmest part of the year into an absolute nightmare!

You’ve worked hard all year. Surely you deserve a break.

If you need help last-minute corporate catering, look no further than Your Private Chef!

Christmas buffet


At Your Private Chef, we’re committed to delivering Unforgettable Food Experience for any kind of event or celebration.

In our opinion, there’s not much that comes close to buffet dining for Christmas... after all, Christmas is all about opening up, spending time with others and becoming close. That’s the beauty of buffet: it encourages mingling, centred around great food! Cut the assigned seats, give people the freedom to move around the room, and remove limits on what you put on your plate - what’s not to love?

Our ‘Tis the season buffet package might be just the ticket. Crafted from a mix of iconic Christmas classics, this package is sure to get people talking.

A delectably roasted turkey breast glazed in our spiced apricot glaze and Porterhouse beef crusted in our cracked pepper seasoning form the nucleus of our Christmas buffet. And you can choose to pair them with our healthy salad offerings like:

  • Baked root vegetable, pumpkin, sweet potato & carrot with touch of brown sugar and cinnamon

  • Moroccan chickpea salad with baby spinach, pickled carrot, coriander, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, orange juice, currants, cumin, tahini & olive oil

  • Gourmet coleslaw with red & white cabbage, mint, lemon zest, parsley, sumac, roasted walnuts & a light creamy dressing



Searching for the best Christmas catering in Melbourne?

Your Private Chef is one call away!

Apart from being the most wonderful time of the year, Christmas is also one of the busiest: parties, presents and holidays… oh my! For many of us, the silly season should really be called the busy season!

And it only gets worse if you’re sprung with unexpected guests… or worse, your food plans fall through completely!

In these situations, finding the ideal caterer for your last-minute Christmas catering can seem like an impossible task - after all, most places close for the holidays. Where are you meant to turn?

Fortunately, you don’t need to look far to find the right help to get your Christmas back on track… talk to Your Private Chef now for Christmas catering!

Call Ana and the team on (03) 9018 9321 or contact us here.


 

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.


Emergency wedding day catering

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.

 

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