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Winter party catering ideas from Your Private Chef

August is party time in our home, with four birthdays to celebrate.

It’s a tough time of year for many of us, with the grind of work and short daylight wearing us down, coupled with feeling run down by the long winter.

So how do we get in entertaining mode while feeling low energy? Outsource, we say!

Winter catering and events often take on a lovely nurturing quality about them. With our new season hearty hot platters and our hot buffets and spit roasts a real winner for both deliveries and events, catering has never been easier and more cost effective.

Our hosts are looking for that ‘homemade comfort’ feel to their catering menus, as opposed to cold platters, salads, BBQs and canapés that are very much a feature of summer.

In winter, we also see a strong leaning towards 3-course fine dining menus for both private parties as well as our corporate winter party catering.

Winter party food ideas

Winter is the perfect season for our hot food stations to shine. Here are a few winter party food ideas, complete with gorgeous set up:

Soup station

Perfect for large groups, this menu is economic, warming and delicious

Jacket potato station

A great light lunch or addition to your event

Souvlaki station

Melbourne’s favourite wrap is a real crowd winner

Spit Roast Bar

Hearty and very filling complete with many salad options.

Burger Bar

Allow guests to build their own with all our delicious fillings

Mexican Burrito Bar

Nothing warms quite like a Mexican menu!

Spit roast

Perfect for a delivery only, or talk to us adding staff to your event.

Featuring Grass-fed yearling beef porterhouse (gf, df) Rosemary studded boneless leg of lamb (gf, df) Crispy skin rolled loin of pork (gf, df) a range of sauces and fresh salads for your guests to enjoy.

Hot canapes

We have just launched our new season hot cocktail platters and our canapé packages, which offer wonderful hot, bite-sized items for your winter party, presented beautifully in our new boxes, ready to serve.

Or choose a fully staffed event and work with our event consultants to create your winter party menu. We will help guide you to achieve the perfect menu for your budget, space and theme.

Buffet packages

We are so excited to launch our new hot buffet packages, with 3 delicious menus to choose from.

And we also now have a wonderful flexible hot hearty platter and hot hearty sides option too, allowing you to mix and match to create your ideal menu. Cost effective and super easy for a delivery option, these platters are perfect for winter party catering.

Home-style dishes

Winter dining menus

Stuck on which menu to choose for your 3-course fine dining winter dinner party? Here are the season’s top sellers… 


  • Pork belly served with silver beet, caramelised pear purée & pomegranate jus (nf, gf)
  • Scallops, pan seared cauliflower purée, chorizo crumb, truffle oil (nf, gf)
  • Roasted vegetable terrine with cashew pesto and basil oil (vegan)


  • Slow-cooked beef cheeks, bordelaise sauce, button mushrooms, smoked gammon, caramelised red onion, pomme purée, croute & truffle oil.
  • Rack of lamb, sweet pea gnocchi, sage, broad beans, carrot quenelle, sauce romesco and jus (nf)
  • Sous vide duck breast, chestnut purée; Dutch carrots, caramelised plum, jus (gf)


  • Dark chocolate panna cotta, white chocolate mousse, vodka syrup, gold flakes, walnut praline, freeze dried raspberries, black sesame seeded wafer (v)
  • Baileys cream brûlée with biscotti and macerate strawberries (v)
  • Mi qui – melting centre Italian soufflé, chocolate soil, raspberries, vanilla mascarpone, tuile (v)