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


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



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



  • 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)


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



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



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



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



  • 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.