fabulous food and flawless execution

Will the vegans, gluten-free and allergy-prone guests be catered for?
Will the food reflect our brand and event goals?
Will there be enough food and will the caterer deliver on their promises?

When it comes to choosing corporate catering in Melbourne, you’ve got plenty to think about and perhaps a few concerns.
Get experienced, friendly caterers who give plenty of value and inclusions.

Our biggest source of pride is our high levels of repeat business. We take it as proof that our clients love our service as much as we love delivering it.

exceptional food for memorable events

choose from a range of menus to suit your event

experienced caterers make all the difference

We’ve catered for thousands of Melbourne corporate events — everything from huge functions and conferences with thousands of guests, to intimate boardroom lunches for just a handful of executives. Catering elevates your event, keeps your guests satisfied, and acts as an extension of your brand values. Whether you want innovative, cutting-edge dishes or classic crowd pleasers, our dedicated chefs and event managers will be delighted to assist you in creating the ideal menu for your event.

choose your staffing options

Wonderful food and professional staff go hand in hand. That’s why we always allocate a dedicated event manager to plan your catering requirements and supervise all aspects of preparation, delivery and clean up. Our professional, courteous waiters keep the food circulating and the drinks flowing so you can relax.

get your office catering delivered

Cater for your team lunch, strategy session or board meeting without having to stop at a restaurant or send someone running to the local takeaway. We deliver your selection of tasty bites, snacks and drinks direct to your office or venue. We’ll help you create the right menu so everyone is catered for, with extra care taken for dietary requirements of guests eating plant-based, or suffering allergies or food intolerances.

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Businesses who love us (and return to us)

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Yarra Ranges Council logo
Yarra Valley Polo Club logo
ANZ logo
Toyota logo
Barry Plant logo
Ambulance Victoria logo
Boroondara logo
Prebuilt logo
RMIT University logo
ThoughtWorks
Snapchat logo
Cameron logo
CSR logo
CBRE

Let’s Chat

We love to talk food, and can help devise your perfect event menu.

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testimonials for our Melbourne corporate catering services

The entire night went off without a hitch

"Fantastic Catering and events company. We put on a beautiful dinner and show for 200 people and the entire night went off without a glitch..... not an easy task!!!! Fully supportive and friendly staff who made everything really clear and straightforward from start to finish. Thank you so much."

Jessica Masson
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Will recommend them to anyone, that’s for sure

"As an events planner, it is my duty to provide my clients with only the best. So, Ialways make sure I partner with suppliers who share the same mission and vision.The food choices, seasonal produce and service is always outstanding. What I also love about them is that they are Green Table-approved. This means that they are acompany that is careful about the impact they are making on the environment, whichis a really big thing for me because that’s one of my advocacies. So, yes, I love theEssential Caterer. Will recommend them to anyone, that’s for sure.’
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Sheryn Bellsham
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The service was delightful

"Organised a morning tea for a dozen people at work with very little notice. The service was delightful & the whole experience very simple and no fuss. The food was delicious - super fresh & tasty. A great variety of yummy sandwiches and lovely pies & cakes! Will definitely use Essential Catering again should the need arise! Thanks to all concerned. Very happy customer!"

Sheryn Bellsham
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Everyone was professional, polite and easy to work with

"We wanted something different for our corporate event. It was an informal affair attended by our employees and suppliers to show our appreciation for a great year. Most of all, we wanted the event to be fun and memorable. We contacted the Essential Caterer and from start to finish, everyone in their team was professional, polite, and easy to work with. They suggested finger food and it was the best decision we’ve ever made – absolutely to die for! Everything went as planned and we were completely happy. Thank you, Essential Caterer, the best finger food catering in Melbourne!"

Chloe Ynez
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Not the usual boring sandwiches

"Happened to find them through a quick Google search. We used them for a few corporate lunches. Staff are very easy to deal with and very accommodating with last minute orders. No complaints, fresh produce, not the usual boring sandwiches. Highly recommend!"

Sheril R
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Five star food, five star service

"We needed a food catering Melbourne service provider for our first-ever company event. We discussed our requirements with Sean and the team and they were more than happy to take care of the event management. 5-star food, 5-star service, totally satisfied. We’ll definitely be hiring their catering and event management services again."

Sheril R
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We received a lot of positive feedback on catering

"Affordable, flexible, excellent service. We hosted a huge, week-long event for 300 people and received a lot of positive feedback on catering.The food was delicious and versatile. Sean, Katrina, and the team were very helpful to accommodate all of our requests."

Katinka Gereb
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corporate catering
Frequently asked questions

What kind of corporate events do you cater for?
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We take care of all kinds of company event catering, including:

  • conferences

  • workshops, seminars and training sessions

  • product launches

  • team building events and staff parties

  • board meetings

  • client presentations

  • Christmas parties

  • EOFY parties

  • corporate hospitality

  • event marquees

  • and much more

I’m not sure what food option I should choose — can you help?
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Our events manager Katrina can provide expert recommendations on the best catering choices to suit your budget, your numbers and the type of event you are hosting.

I have an event coming up soon — is it too late to book?
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We’re very good at handling last-minute requests. If we haven’t got any prior bookings, we’ll do our best to help you. Just give our events team a call on 97614188.

What do you need to know to prepare a quote?
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To give you an accurate quotation, we will ask you about your plans, including:

  • how many people will attend?

  • when is the event?

  • where is the event?

  • what kind of food do you want? (finger food, buffet, plated dining)

  • do you have guests with dietary restrictions? (we love to ensure everyone gets great food)

  • do you have a budget?

  • do you need extras like drinks, wait staff or bartenders?

  • do you need help with event set up like tables, entertainment and other staging?

If you’re ready to get a quote, contact our friendly events team to get started.

What are your payment terms? Do I pay a deposit?
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Yes, you pay an initial installment to lock in your booking, and the balance is due 10 days prior to your event.

We have no kitchen — do you have mobile ovens?
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Yes, we have a variety of mobile kitchen equipment we can bring, including oviens. We just need allocated space to work from that has access to power.

Does it cost extra to bring your cooking equipment along?
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Yes, we do charge additional fees if there is not a kitchen we can use to prepare your catering. We will itemise all the details of the additional charges in your custom quotation.

When do I need to notify you of final numbers?
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Typically, we ask to know the final numbers 10 days prior to the event so we can start preparing for your event in advance.

How many waiters will I get?
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It depends on the style of the event. For finger food events we allow one food waiter per 50 people and for seated events we allow one waiter per 25 people. We believe plenty of staff make for a smooth, stress-free event for your guests so we always have more than adequate numbers of waiters and bartenders. We also provide a dedicated event manager on site to supervise the food and drink service at your corporate event.

Are your staff vaccinated for covid?
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As per state government mandates, all our staff will be double vaccinated by 26 November (if not sooner). Read our COVID-19 policy.

Drop-off catering
Frequently asked questions

Can I have hot food delivered?
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No, unfortunately the quality of the food degrades, so we deliver hot dishes in foil to be reheated on site.

How much food do I need for morning tea or afternoon tea?
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Usually 1-2 pieces per person will suffice.

How much food do I need to order for lunch?
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We recommend the equivalent of 1.5 sandwiches per person, so a 20 person event should have 30 sandwiches. You can add a selection of finger food like scones, muffins, mini quiches and fruit platters. Our experienced event team will advise you on ideal quantities.

How much is the delivery fee?
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The delivery fee varies depending on your location, starting from $29, and can be more if we need to travel further afield. The fees depend on staff numbers, but generally it is $90 for 15-45 minutes’ travel time and $150 for 45 minutes or longer.

our commitment to sustainability

We make every effort to reduce waste by:

  • locally growing 95% of our own herbs

  • growing our own fruits and vegetables as much as possible

  • hand making 98% of our catering menus so we don’t use processed food that comes in extra packaging

  • keeping food waste and food miles to a minimum

  • composting all our food waste

  • sourcing produce from local providers in or near the Yarra Valley

  • only using 100% Australian fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood and cheeses

  • using free range eggs

  • using fair trade coffee

  • minimising the use of single-use or plastic cutlery by providing our own cutlery at events

  • recycling glass, cardboard, paper and cooking oil

  • reducing energy demand via LED lights and other initiatives

  • using 100% biodegradable coffee cups and supporting the use of keep cups