Catering Melbourne

The Essential Caterer has an extensive range of catering options to suit any event.

With menus ranging from casual buffets to elegant finger food and formal sit-down dinners, we can help you choose the perfect menu, ensuring that your event is one that you and your guests will long remember.

Our menus consist of hand made products which are prepared in our commissary kitchen utilising fresh and local produce. Food is then cooked on location to ensure freshness and quality. Herbs, flowers and citrus fruits are grown onsite in our organic garden, where we also compost our organic waste. Our menus have been carefully designed to ensure there are plenty of items to choose from and we are confident that our generous servings will satisfy even the heartiest of appetites!

Our menus are full of dishes to accommodate common dietary requirements such as gluten free or vegetarian options. If you have a special dietary requirement we are happy to accommodate.

Catering Melbourne

Menus

Corporate Breakfast Menu

The Essential Caterer offers a range of breakfast options, flexible in design, offering a variety of fresh produce, ideal for corporate events and social occasions alike.

breakfast menus

Essential Catering & Events offers a range of breakfast options, flexible in design, offering a variety of fresh produce, ideal for corporate events and social occasions alike.

 

Grazing Station or Roaming Breakfast

Open tartlets: smoked salmon, goats cheese and capers, or mushroom with thyme & brie

Oven roasted chorizo, capsicum and tomatoes with Spanish paprika & sherry vinegar deglaze on

rosemary focaccia

Parma ham and mozzarella cheese croissants

Chorizo sausage, kipfler potato and rosemary frittata

French toast with rhubarb compote and vanilla mascarpone

Croissants with preserves and French butter

Assorted fruit and chocolate muffins

Assorted Danish pastries

Fresh seasonal fruit & mint skewers

Pricing Structure 2017|2018
3 pieces per person  – per person (1.5 hour service period) 15
5 pieces per person  – per person (1.5 hour service period) 23
Additional Items – per person 4

Pricing based on minimum numbers of 40 people, surcharges apply for smaller groups.   Waiting staff, surcharges & additional equipment fees may apply, but vary depending upon locations & circumstances.

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Plated Breakfast

 Continental

Continental breakfast platters served to the guest’s tables or on a buffet

Bircher muesli, fresh seasonal fruit compote and sweetened yoghurt

Danish fruit pastries and croissants

Seasonal fruit platters

Assorted fruit & chocolate mini muffins

 

Plated Breakfast

Choose one dish to be served with the continental breakfast.

Country scrambled eggs, bacon, field mushrooms and herb tomato

Ricotta hot cakes, lemon curd and berry coulis

Baked Spanish eggs, chorizo and roasted red peppers

Sautéed mushrooms, avocado and mascarpone cream, organic English muffins

Smoked salmon, crème fraiche and buckwheat blinis

G = Gluten Free, V = Vegetarian

 

Pricing Structure 2017|2018
Continental  – per person (1.5 hour service period) 20
Continental | Plated Breakfast  – per person (2.5 hour service period) 30

Pricing based on minimum numbers of 40 people, surcharges apply for smaller groups.   Waiting staff, surcharges & additional equipment fees may apply, but vary depending upon locations & circumstances.

 

Coffee, Tea & Beverage Options

Served for the duration of your event menu

 

Tea & Coffee Buffet                                        

Beraldo coffee & Serenitea tea                                                                                      3.50 per person

Served to table option                                                                                                                     POA

Nespresso coffee and Serenitea Buffet

Nespresso (Commercial) coffee machines and Serenitea tea                                    5.50 per person

Maximum event size for Nespresso 100 people

 

Espresso Barista Coffee Cart

Serving espresso coffee, Serenitea teas & hot chocolates

100 or less people                                                                                                                             600

100 -300 people                                                                                                                                800

300 greater                                                                                                                                        POA

Juice and Water served on buffet                                                                                        2.50 per person

Smoothies Kiwifruit, spinach, pineapple & banana |Mango, vanilla & soy milk|                  4.00 each

Berry & yoghurt

 

 


 

Pricing based on minimum numbers of 40 people, surcharges apply for smaller groups. Waiting staff, additional equipment fees & surcharges may apply, but vary depending upon locations & circumstances. Pricing effective to 31st December 2018 and subject to change without notice. All pricing will be confirmed upon confirmation of your event.

Early Bird Christmas Package

So much to do and so little time until Christmas is upon us.
We’ve designed a cocktail package which includes everything you need!

2 Hour Food & Beverage Package – $65.00 per person

5 canape items, 1 substantial item and 2 hour beverage package, Wait staff, bar service, travel, kitchen and bar equipment included.

Terms & Conditions apply please see below.

 

Early Bird Christmas Package

Canape Items

  • Caramelised onion and Yarra Valley Persian fetta tartlets with thyme (V)
  • Buckwheat and nori pancake with smoked salmon, apple, radish, mirin and soy dressing (G)
  • Bruschetta: tomato, basil, bocconcini, olive crumb (V)
  • Basil pesto arancini balls with aioli (V)
  • The Essential Caterer fried chicken with chipotle mayonnaise

 

Substantial items

Please select 1 item

  • Fish and chips: Flathead tails with chips, lemon wedge and aioli
  • Black sesame & wasabi crusted chicken with Asian coleslaw, coriander & soy (G)
  • Beef braise: Slow braised coconut, ginger, sweet potato mash (G)
  • Slow cooked barbequed pork sliders & apple slaw in brioche buns
  • Basil crusted salmon fillet, kipfler & avocado salad, crème fraiche dressing
  • Crumbed mushroom; charred vegetable salad with roasted capsicum mayonnaise (V)

G = Gluten Free, V = Vegetarian

 

Dietary requirement can be catered for in additional to this selection

Beverages

Bar service, over 2 hour duration

  • The Habitat, Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, NSW
  • Waterstone Bridge Shiraz, King Valley, Vic
  • Carlton Draught & Cascade Premium Light
  • Assorted soft drink, Mineral water and Orange juices
  • We will provide similar or improved quality wines as a replacement or unavailable.

G = Gluten Free, V = Vegetarian
Dietary requirement can be catered for in additional to this selection.

 

Terms & Conditions:

Book prior to October 31st to receive this early bird special.
Minimum of 40 guests, surcharges apply for smaller numbers.
Additional charges for subsequent items, and time extensions.
Monday to Friday bookings only, surcharges apply for weekends and public holidays.
Offer does not apply to existing bookings.
Applicable to events booked and held between 31st October – 23rd December 2017.

 


Christmas Carvery Buffet Menu

Succulent roast meats, abundant artisan salads, finished with a decadent dessert buffet.
Pricing Structure & Options

Option 1: Canapés | Main – per person (2.5 hour service period) $38.00
Option 2: Main | Dessert – per person (2.5 hour service period) $38.00
Option 3: Canapés | Main | Dessert – per person (3 hour service period) $50.00
Additional Entree Option: Add Antipasto – per person $10.00

 

Canapés

½ hour chef’s selection of canapés on arrival, 4 pieces

Antipasto – Shared platter
Salami, prosciutto & pancetta, marinated mixed olives & sundried tomatoes, house made dips, charred & marinated vegetables, herb frittata, crispy Turkish bread & grissini

 

Main

  • Meat selection-Marinated golden roasted meats, choice of two
  • Traditional roast turkey, cranberry sauce
  • Marinated roast beef with horseradish crème (G)
  • Succulent roasted pork leg, crackling & Yarra Valley apple sauce (G)
  • Lemon & herb butter, chicken breast (G)
  • * Quince glazed roast leg of lamb with thyme & rosemary, served with mint sauce (G) $3 extra per head

 

Salad Selection

Choice of three salad options

  • Quinoa, barley & edamame bean salad with Yarra Valley Persian fetta dressing (G, V)
  • Charred cos, witlof & crispy pancetta with lemon pecorino dressing (G)
  • Classic garden salad (G, V)
  • Roquette, toasted pine nuts & parmesan salad (G,V)
  • Asian style coleslaw with wasabi soy mayonnaise (G,V)
  • Slow roasted pumpkin, sweet potato & Turkish bread salad, mint pomegranate yoghurt (V)
  • Roasted red capsicum & orecchiette pasta salad (V)

Sides

  • Garlic & rosemary roasted chat potatoes (G,V)
  • Grant’s local organic sourdough rolls, served with butter

 

Desserts

Choice of two dessert options

  • Traditional plum puddings served with brandy anglaise
  • Pavlova with blueberry curd & vanilla cream (G)
  • Dark chocolate mousse, chocolate crumbs
  • Baked cheesecake, strawberry & rhubarb compote
  • Dark rich flourless chocolate cake, citrus ganache (G)

G = Gluten Free, V = Vegetarian

 


 

Christmas Shared Platter Menu

Platters served to each table, ensuring your guests have a variety of menu options, encouraging interaction amongst your guests.

Pricing Structure & Options
Selection of two items per course served as an alternative drop

Option 1: Entrée | Main – per person (2.5 hour service period) $61.00
Option 2: Main | Dessert – per person (2.5 hour service period) $61.00
Option 3: Entrée | Main | Dessert – per person (3 hour service period) $70.00
Canapés Option: Add Canapés Selection- per person $13.50

 

Canape’s

1/2 hour chef’s selection of canape’s on arrival, 4 pieces

 

To begin`

  • Cured salmon, vodka, juniper & lime, baby beets, kipfler crisp, sour cream dressing (G)
  • Anti-pasto platter to include marinated olives, salami, seasonal vegetable frittata, semi sundried tomatoes, prosciutto wrapped grissini sticks, homemade dips & Turkish bread

 

The main attraction

  • Succulent roasted turkey with cranberry sauce, thyme & sage jus
  • Oven roasted pork leg with spiced Yarra Valley apple sauce & crackling scratch

 

Sides

  • Roast baby vegetables; potato, carrots, parsnip (G,V)
  • Slow roasted pumpkin, sweet potato & Turkish bread salad, mint pomegranate yogurt (V)

 

Desserts

  • Traditional plum pudding,brandy anglaise
  • Rich chocolate mousse, coverture crumbs, citrus syrup (G)

 

G = Gluten Free, V = Vegetarian

 


 

Pricing based on minimum numbers of 40 people, surcharges apply for smaller groups. Waiting staff, additional equipment fees & surcharges may apply, but vary depending upon locations & circumstances.Pricing effective to 31st December 2018 and subject to change without notice. All pricing will be confirmed upon confirmation of your event.

 

Healesville Races Menu

2017/2018 racing season

We have your food and beverages covered at the picturesque Yarra Valley Healesville picnic races.

The Essential Caterer understands that every function is unique, whether you are hosting an event for your clients or a social picnic catching up with friends, you can be assured of our attention to detail, exceptional food and exemplary service will be provided.

Our mouth-watering menu choices will delight the heartiest of appetites, ensuring your race day is one that you and your guests will long remember. With our unmatched flexibility we can tailor a personalised menu just for you!

Our packages are all inclusive of the following:

Chefs, waiters and event managers

  • Mobile kitchens & equipment
  • Crockery, cutlery, buffet ware
  • Glassware & barware for booked beverage packages
  • Travel fee

Please note our drop off picnic hampers do not include any of the above services

Please feel free to contact our sales team to discuss your upcoming day at the Healesville picnic races.

Beverage Package

 Your Essentials 4 hour $29.40pp

  • Semillon SauvignonBlanc–The Habitat
  • Shiraz– Waterstone Bridge, King Valley
  • CarltonDraught, CascadeLight
  • Soft drink and water

*Add sparkling wine to the package @ $5 per head Wild River Sparkling NV Vic

Raise The Bar 4 hour $38.80pp

Light beer, soft drink, orange juice, sparkling water and water are all included

Beer & Cider – Select 2

Corona,Stella Artois, Carlton draught, AsahiSuperDry, CoopersPaleAle, PremiumAppleorPear Cider-Napoleone

Sparkling & White varieties– Select 2

  • Paul Louis Blanc de Blancs Sparkling, Loire, France
  • Pizzini Prosecco, King Valley
  • Coldstone Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay
  • Yering Station Village Chardonnay, Yarra Valley
  • Pizzini Pinot Grigio, King Valley
  • Mount Vernon Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, NZ

Red varieties-Select 2

  • Yering Station Village Shiraz Viognier Yarra Valley
  • Xanadu DJL Rose, Margaret River WA
  • Pizzini Sangiovese, King Valley Vic
  • Paynes Rise Redlands Shiraz, YarraValley
  • Bulong Estate Cabernet Merlot, Yarra Valley
  • Dominique Portet Cabernet Sauvignon Yarra Valley

Finger Food Menu

The Finger Food Menu offers flexible options perfect for any occasion ranging from a formal affair or casual get together.

Pricing Structure & Options

Option 1: Selection of 8 items – per person (2 hour service period) $36.00
Option 2: Selection of 10 items – per person (2 hour service period) $42.00
Option 3: Selection of 10 items – per person plus one substantial item (3 hour service period) $54.00

Cold selection

  • Herb pikelets, blue cheese and pear (V)
  • Caramelised onion and Yarra Valley Persian fetta tartlets with thyme (V)
  • Buckwheat and nori pancake with smoked salmon, apple, radish, mirin and soy dressing (G)
  • Petit naan breads with mango, cashew and coriander salsa (V)
  • Chicken Caesar tartlets
  • Bruschetta: tomato, basil, bocconcini, olive crumb (V)
  • Rich tomato tartlet, capsicum & olives (V)
  • Prosciutto wrapped melon, balsamic glaze (G)

Hot Selection

  • Basil pesto arancini balls with aioli (V)
  • Sumac and pinenut lamb koftas with pomegranate and mint yoghurt (G)
  • House made pork fennel and caramelised onion sausage rolls
  • Gourmet local beef pies with tomato relish Japanese vegetable pancakes with Yakiniku and kewpie (V)
  • Yarra Valley venison sausage delice with olive tapenade (G)
  • The Essential Caterer fried chicken with chipotle mayonnaise
  • House made pizza;
  • Pork belly with local cider spiked BBQ sauce
  • Spiced pumpkin, goat cheese, sweet capsicum sauce (V)
  • Tomato, basil puree, bocconcini, caramelised onion (V)

Substantial items Add a Substantial dish to your menu. $14.00 per person

  • Dishes are served in bowls or cones
  • Fish and chips: Flathead tails with chips, lemon wedge and aioli
  • Black sesame & wasabi crusted chicken with Asian coleslaw, coriander & soy (G)
  • Beef braise: Slow braised coconut, ginger, sweet potato mash (G)
  • Slow cooked barbequed pork sliders & apple slaw in brioche buns
  • Basil crusted salmon fillet, kipfler & avocado salad, crème fraiche dressing
  • Crumbed mushroom; charred vegetable salad with roasted capsicum mayonnaise (V)

Desserts

  • Petite baked cheesecake, caramelized strawberries, mint syrup
  • Chocolate royale tartlets- choc shell, raspberry marshmallow, jam and chocolate ganache
  • Date and ginger petit pudding, salted caramel, oat crumb
  • Mini chocolate lamingtons, Turkish delight cream, rose petals
  • Citrus tarts, meringue brulee shards
  • Dark chocolate mousse cups (G)
  • Flourless orange and marmalade torte (G)

G = Gluten Free, V = Vegetarian

Carvery Buffet Menu

Succulent roast meats, abundant artisan salads, finished with a decadent dessert buffet.

Pricing Structure & Options

Option 1: Main | Dessert – per person (2.5 hour service period) $43.00

Option 2: Add Canapes 1/2 an hour service $13.50

Canapés

½ hour chef’s selection of canapés on arrival, 4 pieces

Main

  • Meat selection-Marinated golden roasted meats
  • Marinated roast beef with horseradish crème (G)
  • Roast pork & crackling with Yarra Valley apple sauce (G)

Salads and Sides

  • Classic garden salad (G, V)
  • Asian style coleslaw with wasabi soy mayonnaise (G,V)
  • Slow roasted pumpkin, sweet potato & Turkish bread salad, mint pomegranate yoghurt (V)
  • Garlic & rosemary roasted chat potatoes (G,V)
  • Grant’s local organic sourdough rolls, served with butter

Desserts

  • Baked cheesecake, strawberry & rhubarb compote
  • Dark rich flourless chocolate cake, citrus ganache (G)

G = Gluten Free, V = Vegetarian

Buffet Menu

Modern buffet menu offering a variety of cuisines, abundant artisan salads, finished with a decadent dessert buffet.

Pricing Structure & Options

Option 1: Main | Dessert – per person (2.5 hour service period) $53.00

Option 2: Add Canapes 1/2 an hour service $13.50

Canapés

½ hour chef’s selection of canapés on arrival, 4 pieces

 

Main Buffet – Select two hot dishes to serve

  • Crispy skinned salmon, green herb crust, sage and lemon butter sauce
  • Yarra Glen Gourmet sausages (G)
  • Herb and lemon crumbed chicken pieces with chipotle mayonnaise
  • Chargrilled beef, Asado style, parsley chimchurri sauce (G)

Salad, vegetable and Sides

  • Classic garden salad (G, V)
  • Asian style coleslaw with wasabi soy mayonnaise (G,V)
  • Garlic & rosemary roasted chat potatoes (G,V)
  • Grant’s local organic sourdough rolls, served with butter

Desserts

  • Rich flourless chocolate cake with ganache (G)
  • Salted caramel cheesecake

G = Gluten Free, V = Vegetarian

Street Food Hawker Menu

Guests mingle around themed hawker stands, serving authentic street food inspired by iconic international dishes from around the globe!

Pricing Structure & Options

(There is a minimum number of 80 people for this menu)

Option 1: 3 hawkers stands and roaming finger food (3 hour service period) $56.00

Option 2: 4 hawkers stands and roaming finger food (3 hour service period) $65.00

Roaming assorted finger food Chef’s selection of 3 items

Wasabi & Soy Themed hawker cart, bamboo steamer baskets & Asian lanterns
Assorted steamed and fried dumplings & gyoza
House made prawn toast & assorted sushi

South of the border Themed with patterned cloths, piñatas & Mexican sombreros, & ponchos
Enchiladas; Beef tomato & Spanish onion with chipotle mayonnaise; Crab, avocado & lime salsa; Roasted corn, tomato with coriander; slow braised beans, sour cream & chilli sauce

Born in the USA Themed with USA stars & stripes pop up stand
Pulled pork or beef sliders served in a Grants organic corn roll;
Mushroom slider served in a Grants organic corn roll (V)

Saffron Themed with red, green & gold cloths
Sticky braised pork samosas; Tandoori chicken skewers (GF); Vegetable pakora served with yogurt riata (V)

Toss’d Themed with retro salad bar sign, synthetic grass & planters
A choice of beef noodle salad (GF); Moroccan style chicken salad; Tofu & shitake mushroom with tatsoi (V)

Old Buoy Themed with heavy sailor’s ropes and cray pots
Flat head tails and chips served with lemon wedge in cones with choice of tartar sauce, garlic aioli or tomato relish; Polenta chips available for vegetarian option

Sweet Surrender Themed with pretty pink gingham cloths, high tea stands
Cupcakes, slices, tarts… yum

Plus Paleta handmade icy poles assorted fruit flavours $3.50 upgrade per person

G = Gluten Free & V = Vegetarian

Gourmet Platter Selection

This is a self catering option and platters will be delivered too you at 1145am. Served in disposable boxes with napkins

  • Bakery Selection
  • Sandwich Platters selection 30 points(7.5sandwiches)  $65.00
  • Gourmet wraps,varietyof fillings (V)(18 halves per platter) $65.00
  • Gourmet baguettes,variety of fillings (V)(8 baguettes)    $65.00
  • Bagels Smoked salmon, caperberries & cream cheesebagels (8 bagels)  $70.00
  • Sliders Mini chicken schnitzel sliders with chili mayo & Asian Slaw (8 Sliders)   $76.00

Savoury Platters

  • v  Caramelised onion & Yarra Valley Persian fetta tarts (V) (30 pieces)    $94.00
  • v  Basil pesto & sundried tomato quiches (30 pieces)  $94.00
  • v  Chicken Caesar tartlets (30 pieces)     $94.00
  • v  AntiPasto platter to include Olives, curedmeats, Mediterranean frittata,  $96.00
  • marinated vegetables,dipsandgrilledTurkishbread,serves10-15people
  • v  Australian Cheese Platter:Tarago river brie, Maffra cloth vintage cheddar,  $96.00
  • Gippsland Blue, driedfruits, water crackers and fruit loaf, serves 10-15
  • v  Trio of housemade dips withTurkish bread platter (Serves 10)  $45.00
  • v  Seasonal fruitplatter(Serves 10) $56.00

Dessert Platters

  • v  Assorted fruit & chocolate muffins (30 pieces)  $94.00
  • v  Freshly baked lemon scones with cream & jam (30 pieces) $94.00
  • v  Citrus Tartlets (30 pieces)  $94.00
  • v  Rich chocolate & date brownie (30 pieces)  $94.00

 


Pricing based on minimum numbers of 40 people, surcharges apply for smaller groups. Waiting staff, additional equipment fees & surcharges may apply, but vary depending upon locations & circumstances. Pricing effective to 30th April 2017 and subject to change without notice. All pricing will be confirmed upon confirmation of your event.

Corporate Conference Menu

day delegate conference package  $39 per head

½ day package available from $30 per head

morning tea break

  • Freshly brewed Beraldo coffee & Sernitea teas, orange juice and water
  • Choose 1 items from the morning & afternoon tea selections

 

lunch buffet

  • Your choice of 3 items from the lunch selections
  • Freshly brewed Beraldo coffee & Sernitea teas, orange juice and water

 

afternoon tea break

  • Freshly brewed Beraldo coffee & Sernitea teas, orange juice and water
  • Choose 1 items from the morning & afternoon tea selections

Our conference menus include morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea, including a beverage station for each break, crockery, cutlery, buffet ware and glasses.

 

For consecutive day conferences please speak to our team for further menu selections.

 

Pricing based on minimum numbers of 40 people, surcharges apply for smaller groups.

Waiting staff, surcharges & additional equipment fees may apply, but vary depending upon

locations & circumstances.


morning & afternoon tea selections

All breaks served with our beverage station Beraldo fair trade percolated coffee, Sernitea, orange juice & still water

Please choose 1 item for morning tea and 1 item for afternoon tea

  • Seasonal fruit platter (G)
  • Freshly baked white chocolate and raspberry muffins
  • Double chocolate cookies
  • Assorted slices, including hedgehog, apricot crumble, zesty lemon, mint slice, cherry delight, salted caramel fudge
  • Baked banana bread with lime butter
  • Savoury muffins potato, pumpkin & spinach (V)
  • Homemade lemonade scones with jam and cream
  • Petite jam donuts
  • House made citrus tarts
  • Rich chocolate fudge brownie
  • Olive, sundried tomato & oregano scone with herb butter (V)
  • Seasonal berry friands (G)
  • Cinnamon donuts
  • Assorted Danish Pastries

 

Or you can choose to serve this grazing station option instead $5 extra per person

  • Anti Pasto platter to include Olives, cured meats, Mediterranean frittata, marinated vegetables, dips and grilled Turkish bread
  • Australian cheese platters; Italian gorgonzola, South Cape Brie, Wattle Valley cheddar, house made quince paste, dried fruits, crackers & lavosh

 

lunch menu

 

All breaks served with our beverage station Beraldo fair trade percolated coffee, Sernitea, orange juice & still water

 From the bakery

 (Please select two items from below to serve)

  • Gourmet sandwiches 4 points, assorted fillings (V)
  • Freshly made wraps, with a variety of  gourmet fillings (V)
  • Crunchy baguettes, with assorted variety of fillings (V)
  • Smoked salmon, caper berries & cream cheese bagels
  • Yarra Valley Ham, Swiss cheese & tomato croissants
  • Mini chicken schnitzel sliders with chili mayo & Asian Slaw

Salads and other

(Please select one item from below to serve)

  • Anti Pasto platter to include Olives, cured meats, Mediterranean frittata, marinated vegetables, dips and grilled Turkish bread
  • Roasted tomato, basil & fetta tartlets (V)
  • Assorted quiches; Sundried tomato & basil (V), Ham and brie
  • Assorted sushi served with wasabi & soy
  • Chicken Caesar – Crispy Cos lettuce, grilled bacon, lightly poached eggs, garlic infused croutons, topped with poached chicken and Caesar dressing
  • Thai chicken salad, glass noodles, coriander, carrot, snow peas and sweet chilli sauce and soy deglaze finished with coconut sambal (G)
  • Cambodian beef salad, gem lettuce, lime and chilli dressing (G)
  • Herb poached salmon, pear and roquette salad, sherry mayonnaise (G)
  • Eggplant tofu and tomato salad, caramelised ginger and sesame sauce (G,V)
  • Caprese’ – Roma tomatoes, marinated bocconcini, basil leaves, pesto and baby spinach (G,V)

 

Coffee, Tea & Beverage Upgrades

Arrival Tea & Coffee Buffet                                        

Beraldo coffee & Serenitea tea                                                                                                    3.50 per person

 

Nespresso coffee and Serenitea Buffet

Nespresso (Commercial) coffee machines and Serenitea tea                                                   7 per person

Maximum event size for Nespresso 100 people

 

Espresso Barista Coffee Cart

Serving espresso coffee, Serenitea teas & hot chocolates

100 or less people                                                                                                                             600

100 -300 people                                                                                                                                800

300 greater                                                                                                                                        POA

Smoothies Kiwifruit, spinach, pineapple & banana |Mango, vanilla & soy milk|                  4.00 each

Berry & yoghurt

 

Water Station All day buffet where guest can replenish their water bottles                         90

 

 

 

 

 

Hot lunch buffet upgrade     $ 14 per head

 

Hot lunch menu

(Select two hot dishes to serve)

Asian style sticky pork shoulder (G)

Crispy skinned salmon, green herb crust, sage and lemon butter sauce

Thai green chicken curry (G)

Yarra Glen Gourmet sausages (G)

Herb and lemon crumbed chicken pieces with chipotle mayonnaise

Chargrilled beef, Asado style, parsley chimchurri sauce (G)

Lamb & pinenut kofta with quince glaze

Ligurian style rockling, olives, tomatoes, oregano, lemon and olive oil (G)

Roasted pumpkin and ricotta ravioli, feta, sage and roquette sauce

Vegetarian paella: slow roasted capsicum ragu, paprika, green peas, parsley & roasted garlic (G)

 

Sides Choice of three side options

Salad

Quinoa, barley & edamame bean salad with Yarra Valley Persian fetta dressing (G, V)

Charred cos, witlof & crispy pancetta with lemon pecorino dressing (G)

Classic garden salad (G, V)

Roquette, toasted pine nuts & parmesan salad (G,V)

Asian style coleslaw with wasabi soy mayonnaise (G,V)

Slow roasted pumpkin, sweet potato & Turkish bread salad, mint pomegranate yoghurt (V)

Roasted red capsicum & orecchiette pasta salad (V)

 

Vegetables

Garlic & rosemary roasted chat potatoes (G,V)

Seeded mustard green beans (G,V)

Roast sweet potato and pumpkin(V)

Zucchini, squash with lemon butter dressing (G,V)

Heirloom roast vegetables (G,V)

Chargrilled corn with lime (G,V)

Coriander rice pilaf (G,V)

 

 

G = Gluten Free & V = Vegetarian

Pricing based on minimum numbers of 25 people, surcharges apply for smaller groups. Waiting staff, surcharges & additional equipment fees may apply, but vary depending upon locations & circumstances.Pricing effective to 31st December 2018 and subject to change without notice. All pricing will be confirmed upon confirmation of your event.

Corporate Boardroom Lunch Menu

Unique, specialised boardroom catering delivering appropriate level of service; your choice of two dishes, served alternately to your guests.

Canapés                                                                                                                                                                         

½ hour chef’s selection of canapés on arrival, 4 pieces

 Entrée

Moroccan duck tartlets, pickled radish slaw, raisin chutney

Nicoise prawn, kipfler and avocado salad, lemon and olive oil dressing (G)

Warm heirloom baby vegetable, spiced carrot puree, poached egg, snow pea shoots (G)

Lamb beignet, crusted lamb loin, lentil cassoulet, pea & mint puree (G)

Bouillon of forest mushroom and crème fraiche with Pedro Ximenez (G, V)

Main

Braised five spiced beef cheek, bok choy, ginger, chilli and Vietnamese mint spiked jus (G)

Pork cutlet, sage crust, olive caper berry, shallot and artichoke briagole

Swordfish, smoked potato, buttered spinach, red pepper sauce (G)

Lamb cutlet, dukkah, pinenut kofta, sumac, chickpea, sweet potato and yoghurt (G)

Goats cheese tart tatin, roquette Spanish onion salad (V)

Chicken breast, sweet corn puree, liver pate smear, popcorn shoots, frisee and cognac jus (G)

Dessert

Chocolate marquise, cocoa shortbread tartlet, spiced chocolate ganache

Date and ginger pudding, salted caramel, oat crumb

Slow poached pear, honey spiked cheesecake, caramelised pear gelee

Lemon and polenta torta, blueberry compote, cinnamon spiced mascarpone

Tiramisu, pavlova, coffee bean gel, “bellini” sauce (G)

Rich chocolate mousse, coverture crumbs, citrus syrup (G)

G = Gluten Free, V = Vegetarian

Pricing Structure 2017|2018
Entree | Main  – per person (2.5 hour service period) 64
Main | Dessert – per person (2.5 hour service period) 64
Entree | Main | Dessert – per person (3 hour service period) 75
Canapes –   Canape Selection – per person 13.50
Pricing based on minimum numbers of 20 people, surcharges apply for smaller groups

Waiting staff, surcharges & additional equipment fees may apply, but vary depending upon locations & circumstances.

 

Pricing Structure & Options

Pricing based on minimum numbers of 20 people, surcharges apply for smaller groups. Waiting staff, surcharges & additional equipment fees may apply, but vary depending upon locations & circumstances.Pricing effective to 31st December 2018 and subject to change without notice. All pricing will be confirmed upon confirmation of your event.

Corporate Catering Menus

Fresh corporate catering convienently delivered to your door, on disposable recyclable platters, for no fuss clean up.

 

Morning & Afternoon Tea Selections– (Minimum order 10 serves per item)  Price per item

Assorted Danish pastries   3.00

Mini citrus tarts          4.00

Mini chocolate ganache tarts  4.00

Rich chocolate & brownie  4.00

Banana bread with lime butter   3.00

Freshly baked lemonade scones with cream & jam  3.50

Chocolate & seasonal fruit muffins   3.50

Double chocolate cookies    3.00

Assorted slices (GF, options available on request)  3.50

Seasonal berry friands (G)  4.00

Zucchini & bacon slice   3.50

Potato, pumpkin & spinach muffin (V)   3.50

Olive, sundried tomato & oregano scone with herb butter (V)   3.50

 

Lunch Selections – (Minimum order 10 serves per item)

Gourmet sandwiches 4 points, assorted fillings (V)  7.80

Gourmet wraps, variety of fillings (V)  7.80

Gourmet baguettes, variety of fillings (V)  7.80

Smoked salmon, caper berries & cream cheese bagels   8.20

Yarra Valley Ham, Swiss cheese & tomato croissants   6.80

Mini chicken schnitzel sliders with chili mayo & Asian Slaw   9.00

Seasonal fruit platter (Serves 10 – 15)   50.00

 

Individual salads – (Minimum order of 5 per salad, served in disposable cups) 9.50

Chicken Caesar – Crispy Cos lettuce, grilled bacon, lightly poached eggs, garlic infused croutons, topped with poached chicken and Caesar dressing

Thai chicken salad, glass noodles, coriander, carrot, snow peas and sweet chilli sauce and soy deglaze finished with coconut sambal (G)

Cambodian beef salad, gem lettuce, lime and chilli dressing (G)

Herb poached salmon, pear and rockette salad, sherry mayonnaise (G)

Eggplant tofu and tomato salad, caramilised ginger and sesame sauce (G,V)

Caprese’ – Roma tomatoes, marinated bocconcini, basil leaves, pesto and baby spinach (G,V)

 

Hot Lunch Selections – (Minimum order 10 pieces per item, delivered cold in foil trays ready for you to heat)

Local gourmet beef & Guinness pies, tomato relish   3.60

House made pork & thyme mini sausage rolls with tomato relish    3.00

Basil pesto & sundried tomato quiche (V)  3.00

Basil pesto Arancini balls with aioli   3.00

Spinach & cheese filo parcels (V)     3.00

 

 

 

Finger Food Platters

 
Cold Platters
Served on Platters ready for you to serve, pricing is per platter, 30 pieces per platter

 

Sandwich selection 30 points (7.5 sandwiches), flavours including; 60

Herbed chicken, smoked salmon, fresh turkey breast & vegetarian options    90

Buckwheat nori pancake, smoked salmon, apple, radish, mirin & sesame dressing (G,V)    90

Caramelised onion & Yarra Valley Persian fetta tarts (V)   90

Seasonal fruit platter (Serves 10)  50

Trio of house made dips with Turkish bread platter (Serves 10)   40

Sun-dried tomato and basil scones with herb butter  90

Anti Pasto platter to include Olives, cured meats, Mediterranean frittata, marinated   85

vegetables, dips and grilled Turkish bread, serves 10-15 people

Australian Cheese Platter: Tarago river brie, Maffra cloth vintage cheddar, Gippsland   80

Blue, dried fruits, water crackers and fruit loaf, serves 10-15 people
Dessert Platters
Assorted fruit & chocolate muffins  90

Freshly baked lemonade scones with cream & jam  90

Citrus Tartlets   90

Rich chocolate & date brownie  90

Banana Bread with lime butter  85
Hot Platters
The hot selection of food is delivered cold in foil containers ready to go in the oven. (Approximately takes 10 – 15 minutes to heat in a moderate oven)

 

Basil pesto Arancini balls with aioli   90

Basil pesto & sundried tomato quiches   90

Sumac, pinenut lamb koftas with pomegranate & mint yoghurt (G)   90

Gourmet mini beef pies served with tomato chutney  110

House made pork, thyme & sage sausage rolls with tomato relish   90

 

 

 

 

Pricing effective to 31st December 2018 and subject to change without notice. All pricing will be confirmed upon confirmation of your event.

Beverage Menu

To compliment our food service we also offer a range of beverage packages to suit any occasion.
We have a strong regional focus supporting our Yarra Valley neighbors.

Our beverage packages are designed to be flexible to suit your needs. All packages include qualified bar staff, glassware, ice and bar equipment.

Your Essentials

2 Hours 19 per person

$4.50 for every hour thereafter

The Habitat Semillon Sauvignon Blanc, Nortrhern Vic

Waterstone Bridge, Shiraz, King Valley, Vic

Carlton Draught, CascadeLight

Soft drink and water

*Add sparkling wine to the package @ $5 per head Wild River Sparkling NV Victoria

Raise the Bar

 2 Hours 26 per person

$5.50 for every hour thereafter

Beer and cider- Select 2 to serve

Corona, Stella Artois, Carlton draught, Asahi Super Dry, Coopers Pale Ale, Premium Apple & Pear Cider-Napoleone

Sparkling & White varieties – Select 2
Paul Louis Blanc de Blancs Sparkling, Loire, France
Pizzini Prosecco, King Valley
Coldstone Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay
Yering Station Village Chardonnay, Yarra Valley
Pizzini Pinot Grigio, King Valley
Mount Vernon Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough, NZ

Red Varieties – Select 2
Yering Station Village Shiraz Viognier, Yarra Valley, Vic
Xanadu DJL Rose, Margaret River, WA
Pizzini Sangiovese, King Valley,Vic
Paynes Rise Redlands Shiraz,Yarra Valley, Vic
Bulong Estate Cabernet Merlot, Yarra Valley, Vic
Dominique Portet Cabernet Sauvignon Yarra Valley, Vic

Beverage Package Upgrades

Premium French Champagne per bottle
Tray/table waiter service
Cocktails on arrival 45 minutes’ duration
Spirits on arrival 45 minutes’ duration
Aperitifs & Digestifs
Additional Wine selections
3 hour themed cocktail bar
Coffee & tea options

 Additional Notes

  • The Essential Caterer is committed to our communities and the responsibility associated with our liquor licence and as such responsible service of alcohol is practiced and guests may be refused service from our staff.
  • Beverages are only served in conjunction with food service & spirits can be made available upon request.
  • Additional time must be arranged prior to the commencement of the function.
  • Due to availability and vintage changes some products may not be available, suitable replacements will be utilised.

Buffet Menu

Modern buffet menu offering a variety of cuisines, abundant artisan salads, finished with a decadent dessert buffet.

Pricing Structure & Options

Canapés | Main – per person (2.5 hour service period)  48
Main | Dessert – per person (2.5 hour service period)   48
Canapés | Main | Dessert – per person (3 hour service period)   54
Additional Entree Option: Add Antipasto – per person 10.50

Canapés

  • ½ hour chef’s selection of canapés on arrival, 4 pieces

Antipasto

Shared platter

  • Salami, prosciutto & pancetta, marinated mixed olives & sundried tomatoes, house made dips, charred & marinated vegetables, herb frittata, crispy Turkish bread & grissini.

Main Buffet

Select two hot dishes to serve

  • Asian style sticky pork shoulder (G)
  • Crispy skinned salmon, green herb crust, sage and lemon butter sauce
  • Thai green chicken curry (G)
  • Yarra Glen Gourmet sausages (G)
  • Herb and lemon crumbed chicken pieces with chipotle mayonnaise
  • Chargrilled beef, Asado style, parsley chimchurri sauce (G)
  • Slow braised Moroccan lamb, pita pockets, tabouli, and sumac yoghurt dressing
  • Ligurian style rockling, olives, tomatoes, oregano, lemon and olive oil (G)
  • Roasted pumpkin and ricotta ravioli, feta, sage and roquette sauce
  • Vegetarian paella: slow roasted capsicum ragu, paprika, green peas with parsley and roasted garlic (G)
  • Accompaniment: Grant’s local organic sourdough rolls, served with butter

Sides

Choice of three side options

Salad Selection

  • Quinoa, barley & edamame bean salad with Yarra Valley Persian fetta dressing (G, V)
  • Charred cos, witlof & crispy pancetta with lemon pecorino dressing (G)
  • Classic garden salad (G, V)
  • Roquette, toasted pine nuts & parmesan salad (G,V)
  • Asian style coleslaw with wasabi soy mayonnaise (G,V)
  • Slow roasted pumpkin, sweet potato & Turkish bread salad, mint pomegranate yoghurt (V)
  • Roasted red capsicum & orecchiette pasta salad (V)

Vegetables

  • Garlic & rosemary roasted chat potatoes (G,V)
  • Seeded mustard green beans (G,V)
  • Roast sweet potato and pumpkin(V)
  • Zucchini, squash with lemon butter dressing (G,V)
  • Heirloom roast vegetables (G,V)
  • Chargrilled corn with lime (G,V)
  • Coriander rice pilaf (G,V)

Desserts

Choice of two dessert options

  • Rich flourless chocolate cake with ganache (G)
  • Salted caramel cheesecake
  • Petite Pavlovas, blueberry curd (G)
  • Citrus tartlets; brulee meringue shards
  • House made chocolate mousse, chocolate crumbs

G = Gluten Free, V = Vegetarian

Pricing based on minimum numbers of 40 people, surcharges apply for smaller groups. Waiting staff, additional equipment fees & surcharges may apply, but vary depending upon locations & circumstances.Pricing effective to 31st December 2018 and subject to change without notice. All pricing will be confirmed upon confirmation of your event.

Carvery Buffet Menu

Succulent roast meats, abundant artisan salads, finished with a decadent dessert buffet.

Pricing Structure & Options

Canapés | Main – per person (2.5 hour service period) $37.00
Main | Dessert – per person (2.5 hour service period) $37.00
Canapés | Main | Dessert – per person (3 hour service period) $49.00
Additional Entree Option: Add Antipasto – per person $9.50

Canapés

½ hour chef’s selection of canapés on arrival, 4 pieces

Antipasto

Shared platter

  • Salami, prosciutto & pancetta, marinated mixed olives & sundried tomatoes, house made dips, charred & marinated vegetables, herb frittata, crispy Turkish bread & grissini.

Main

  • Meat selection-Marinated golden roasted meats, choice of two
  • Marinated roast beef with horseradish crème (G)
  • Roast pork & crackling with Yarra Valley apple sauce (G)
  • Lemon & herb butter, chicken breast (G)
  • *Quince glazed roast leg of lamb with thyme & rosemary, served with mint sauce (G)
    *$3 extra per head for lamb

Salad Selection

Choice of three salad options

  • Quinoa, barley & edamame bean salad with Yarra Valley Persian fetta dressing (G, V)
  • Charred cos, witlof & crispy pancetta with lemon pecorino dressing (G)
  • Classic garden salad (G, V)
  • Roquette, toasted pine nuts & parmesan salad (G,V)
  • Asian style coleslaw with wasabi soy mayonnaise (G,V)
  • Slow roasted pumpkin, sweet potato & Turkish bread salad, mint pomegranate yoghurt (V)
  • Roasted red capsicum & orecchiette pasta salad (V)

Sides

  • Garlic & rosemary roasted chat potatoes (G,V)
  • Grant’s local organic sourdough rolls, served with butter

Desserts

Choice of two dessert options

  • Pavlova with blueberry curd & vanilla cream (G)
  • Dark chocolate mousse, chocolate crumbs
  • Baked cheesecake, strawberry & rhubarb compote
  • Slow baked apple cake, maple sauce, crumble garnish
  • Dark rich flourless chocolate cake, citrus ganache (G)

 

G = Gluten Free, V = Vegetarian

Pricing based on minimum numbers of 40 people, surcharges apply for smaller groups. Waiting staff, additional equipment fees & surcharges may apply, but vary depending upon locations & circumstances.Pricing effective to 31st December 2018 and subject to change without notice. All pricing will be confirmed upon confirmation of your event.

Plated Service Menu

The plated service menu offers a formal dining experience,with your choice of two unique dishes, served alternately to your guests.

Pricing Structure & Options

Selection of two items per course served as an alternative drop

Entrée | Main – per person (2.5 hour service period)   61
Main | Dessert – per person (2.5 hour service period)  61
Entree | Main | Dessert – per person (3 hour service period)  70
Add Canape & Soup course:
Soup served 50/50 style to guests 10.50
Canapes 1/2 hour service, 4 pieces per person   13.50

Soup

  • Capsicum, smoked paprika & chorizo crème (G)
  • Ginger & shitake mushroom broth, prawn & vegetable dumpling, chilli oil spring onions & Vietnamese mint
  • Classic pumpkin, crème fraiche & chive batons (G, V)
  • Maple roasted ham hock, green lentil, Hillcrest extra virgin olive oil (G)

Entrée

  • Roasted mushroom & goats cheese bruschetta, balsamic glaze (V)
  • Slow braised duck tartlet, French mustard crème, bacon, pear, frisee salad
  • Cured salmon, vodka, juniper & lime, baby beets, kipfler crisp, sour cream dressing (G)
  • Raviolo of roasted pumpkin, parmesan with roquette, petit herb salad, sage butter sauce (V)
  • Venison & pistachio terrine, spiced tomato relish, crisp brioche & cornichons

Main

  • Herb roasted chicken breast, parmesan polenta gnocchi, red capsicum coulis (G)
  • Beef porterhouse medallions, compressed potato gallette, green beans, shallot, thyme jus (G)
  • Oregano crusted snapper, wild mushroom & green pea risotto (G)
  • Pork loin “Porchetta”, pear, potato, fennel, asparagus & cider apple jus (G)
  • Slow braised lamb wellington, green pea, bacon & du puy lentils with herb jus
  • Potato & pea madras samosas, Kashmiri rice, tomato, kashundi & yoghurt riata (G)
  • Accompaniment: Grants dinner rolls served with butter

Dessert

  • Chocolate marquise, cocoa shortbread tartlet, spiced chocolate ganache
  • Date & ginger pudding, salted caramel, oat crumb
  • Slow poached pear, honey spiked cheesecake, caramelised pear gelee
  • Lemon & polenta torta, blueberry compote, cinnamon spiced mascarpone
  • Tiramisu, pavlova, coffee bean gel, “bellini” sauce (G)
  • Rich chocolate mousse, coverture crumbs, citrus syrup (G)

 

G = Gluten Free, V = Vegetarian

Pricing based on minimum numbers of 40 people, surcharges apply for smaller groups. Waiting staff, additional equipment fees & surcharges may apply, but vary depending upon locations & circumstances.Pricing effective to 31st December 2018 and subject to change without notice. All pricing will be confirmed upon confirmation of your event.

Bowl Food Menu

Roaming substantial bowl food, or can be served on food stations buffet style.
Option 1: Four bowl choices – per person (2.5 hour service period) $43.00
Option 2: Five bowl choices – per person (2.5 hour service period) $Finger Food Catering Melbourne | Offering flexible options perfect for any occasion ranging from a formal affair or casual get together.
Desert Option: Add dessert – per person $9.50
Canapé Option: Add canapés – per person $13.00

Canapés

½ hour chef’s selection of canapés on arrival, 4 pieces

Bowl Dishes

  • Black sesame & wasabi crusted chicken with Asian coleslaw, coriander & soy (G)
  • Asado beef burger; organic sourdough chimichurri sauce, tomato & lettuce
  • Chorizo & prawn skewers with Romesco sauce (G)
  • Sumac & lamb kofta, apricot cous cous & pomegranate molasses
  • Dukkah crusted egg, rocket & crostini (V)
  • Pumpkin, sweet potato & roasted capsicum, toasted pide, mint & zatar labne (V) (GF optional)
  • Mini organic brioche, slow braised pork slider, maple & apple glaze, kipfler chips
  • Lamb tagine; Parsley, tomato & quinoa tabouli & spicy kashundi (G)
  • Yarra Glen game sausage; roasted potato & Roma salad with olive tapenade jus (G)
  • Herb crust salmon delice, warm zucchini & capsicum ratatouille, pesto sauce (G)
  • Moroccan duck; carrot, ginger & raisin salad ras el hanout dressing (G)
  • Crumbed mushroom; charred vegetable salad with roasted capsicum mayonnaise (V)
  • Snapper; Goan curry spiced, snake bean, coconut & chilli (G)

Desserts

Choice of two dessert options

  • Petite baked cheesecake, caramelized strawberries, mint syrup
  • Chocolate royale tartlets- choc shell, raspberry marshmallow, jam and chocolate ganache
  • Date and ginger petit pudding, salted caramel, oat crumb
  • Mini chocolate lamingtons, Turkish delight cream, rose petals
  • Citrus tarts, meringue brulee shards
  • Dark chocolate mousse cups (G)
  • Flourless orange and marmalade torte (G)

G = Gluten Free, V = Vegetarian

 

Pricing Structure & Options

Pricing based on minimum numbers of 40 people, surcharges apply for smaller groups. Waiting staff, additional equipment fees & surcharges may apply, but vary depending upon locations & circumstances.Pricing effective to 31st December 2016 and subject to change without notice. All pricing will be confirmed upon confirmation of your event.