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Buffet vs. three-course dining: which should you choose?

When it comes to catered events, one of the earliest choices you have to make is whether you want an event that provides sit-down, course dining or the more casual buffet-style dining.

We dissect both below, helping you to decide which is the most suitable for your next event!

Questions? Call us!

What is three-course catering?

This is the perfect choice for a traditional fine dining format. Our seasonal menus give many choices for entrée, main and dessert to suit your preference.

For larger groups we also include complimentary split course (where you choose two dishes). View our current three-course menu.

What is shared, or buffet, catering?

A beautiful shared meal experience, these opulent food stations are all about choice, choice, and, you guessed it, more choice!

Shared platters are all about connecting with your guests over these beautifully presented platters and trialling a bit of everything on offer.

This is an economical, intimate and engaging way to dine and you can most definitely still enjoy multiple courses in this style. View our shared dining menu.


Buffet catering

In any group, there are usually multiple dietary requirements, varying tastes and even different appetite levels.

That’s why Your Private Chef’s opulent food stations can make for the perfect dining style. With so much choice and variety on offer this dining style can also become the perfect playground for food styling.

With flowers and props and beautiful platers, buffet styling is a serious wow with Your Private Chef.

Office catering – the buffet lunch

Tick all the right boxes for the whole team with a beautiful buffet lunch spread.

Choose from our corporate buffet catering lunch menu or our special event buffet packages. If it’s just a light meal you need, then go for our specialised grazing stations to impress your office.

The deliciously casual wedding

Reinvent wedding catering with this interactive dining style.

Buffet-style catering allows your guests to eat with their eyes and enjoy the table styling just as much as they will enjoy the opulent spread before them.

Buffet catering for weddings can be as formal or as casual as your style is.

Three-course menu: sit-down catering

Nothing says fine dining quite like the traditional plated meal of entrée, main and dessert.

Our chefs work hard to create seasonally adjusted and on-trend menus, which play with colour, texture and flavour to create the ultimate statement dish; and in a dining style that is all about attention to detail table service.

Weddings and engagements

Keep presentation classic with a modern palette and flavour base.

Three-course plated fine dining is a wonderful wedding choice to celebrate traditional style to allow your formal table setting to shine.

Boardroom lunches & corporate meetings

Sit-down catering for your boardroom lunch or dinner is a fabulous choice when formality and a finite level of service is required to impress.

Ample choice awaits in the three-course menu and we can also cater to your group’s dietary needs.


Buffet and sit-down catering from Your Private Chef

Unsure of which menu will suit your room, your guests and your budget?

Call a Your Private Chef Event Consultant to discuss the best menu and event configuration for you! We look forward to helping you determine the right menu and food experience.