Hot Tips For Melbourne Cup Corporate Catering

Date Posted: 15/08/2017 11:32:51 AM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Hot Tips For Melbourne Cup Corporate Catering

Are you looking forward to celebrating the race that stops a nation? Punter or not, it’s an exciting day, and if you’re planning to host a party at your office or hire space elsewhere for your co-workers to enjoy the day, then take a look at our first-class service. We have perfect venues and delicious menus to make your function memorable.

Giddy Up, Corporate Catering By Experts

If corporate caterers do a good job, then they’ll leave behind a good impression. Delight your current employees or clients and maybe even impress prospective clients as well by partnering with caterers who listen and understand your needs.

Our team are experienced professionals with extensive knowledge in commercial catering. This means you'll have a catering team who knows how to prepare and handle all of the food properly. And you can take assurance in knowing all food dishes and beverages will be served with the utmost professionalism.

Let us do the hard work while you focus on having a good time at your Melbourne Cup celebration. With all of your catering needs handled by our professional team, you can keep your attention on other important parts of your party, including the race itself.

Here's a look at three of our most preferred venue options as well as a sneak peak at a couple of our available menus.

The Venue

Known for being one of Sydney's newest warehouse event spaces, The Venue is conveniently located between the CBD and the Sydney International Airport. This venue gives clients a large warehouse space to host a 5-Star event like the Melbourne Cup. The Venue has room to host up to 1,000 attendees.


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Harbour 220

Giving you and your guests a breathtaking view of Sydney Harbour as well as the Opera House and Botanical Gardens, the Harbour 220 venue has a pillarless ballroom with enough room to sit 100 people comfortably. A pre-drinks bar area provides the perfect welcome area for your guests and helps keep them entertained before and after the big event. This venue is located in the Hudson Building on the 15th floor, right in the heart of the CBD, and is excellent for corporate and private functions.


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Australian National Maritime Museum

Offering astonishing views of Darling Harbour along with the city skyline, the Australian National Maritime Museum is sure to leave you and your guests with lasting memories. This venue has many different rooms to host your event in, including the:

  • Terrace Room
  • Yots Room
  • Lighthouse Gallery
  • Theatre
  • Tasman Light
  • HMAS Vampire


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Menus to Choose from for Your Event

Your Melbourne Cup event is sure to delight your attendees.

Two of our best menus can be found below. Click on the banners and enter your details to download them.

Canapes Menu


Platter Menu


Contact the team at Laissez-Faire catering today to learn more about hosting the perfect Melbourne Cup event.

The Venue in Alexandria - Perfect for Corporate and Private Events

Date Posted: 14/08/2017 10:17:11 AM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

The Venue in Alexandria - Perfect for Corporate and Private Events

The Venue Alexandria is Sydney’s newest and most unique premium warehouse event space.


Located conveniently between Sydney’s International Airport and the CBD, they offer clients a large, flexible warehouse space with 5-Star amenities catering to a wide variety of events including gala dinners, product launches, fashion parades, conferences, corporate functions, social events and weddings.

A Venue with Rich History

Originally the site of Hannanprint, The Venue space was part of a joint publishing venture between Australian Consolidated Press and Fairfax Suburban Publications Pty Ltd.

In 1986 Hannanprint Sydney relocated to Alexandria and was named the largest one site printing facility in the Southern hemisphere. 

A Transformative Space

The Venue Alexandria offers so much in terms of venue space and possibility.  

As an exclusive, well-placed venue in Sydney, The Venue Alexandria has been very popular with our customers recently. Check out the Laissez-faire  Instagram account for some candid shots in The Venue.

With a floor space of  1,900m2 and a ceiling height of 7.7m, there is space for every guest (up to 1000) no matter what kind of event you are planning.

The large entrance doors to The Venue prepares guests for the wide open space within. This is the perfect entrance for a red (or any colour) carpet to make guests feel special and your catering staff handing out cocktails as they enter.

The Venue Pre Function 

Once the guests enter the space, they are greeted with an expansive warehouse space decorated to the nines.


Decor for a summer cocktail event...


... Or a Greek themed getaway... 


... Or a sophisticated corporate layout...


... And don't forget, The Venue is the perfect space for a wedding.

Check out more images of The Venue Alexandria here.

Consider The Venue Alexandria for your next gala dinner, product launch, fashion parade, conference, corporate function, social event or wedding.

Contact us to make an enquiry about holding your event at this venue.

Theme Ideas for your next Corporate Party

Date Posted: 26/07/2017 3:26:47 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Corporate Party Theme Ideas for 2017

Whether it’s an end-of-year celebration for your company, getting together at the office to celebrate a milestone or a newly confirmed deal, it’s important to acknowledge the efforts of all company members and employees with an exclusive corporate event.

Let your team enjoy the perks of the job by organising an incredible event they’ll never forget.

Company event organisers are always looking for new ways to get guests interested in attending company events. At Laissez-faire, we think there’s no better way than to have a themed corporate party! We’ve put together a few tips to help you organise your next corporate party.

Choose a theme

This is going to be the most creative part of the process - choosing a theme for your corporate party!  In the past, Laissez-faire has had the honour of catering for some amazing themed parties: 007, Masquerade, Circus, Rustic/Workshop, and more!

Check out our Instagram account to see some more images from these events.

Check out these other great theme ideas:

Movie or TV show theme - asks guests to choose their favourite movie/TV show from a survey list, or their favourite recent release. Whichever has the most votes is your corporate party theme! This is a great type of theme to work with because you will be able to check out the original source material when making props, designing the decor and directing the overall atmosphere of the event. Guests should be encouraged to dress up according to the movie or TV show for some great photo ops!

Music theme - choose a genre and base your theme around this! Guests can dress up as the artists of that genre or just enjoy a perfectly tailored playlist. If it’s rock, consider a live band with cocktails and a light show. If it’s pop, consider a DJ and a dancefloor with canapes galore and flashy decor.

Era theme - This one is a definite crowd-pleaser. Choose a fashionable era (the 20s, 60s, 70s, etc) and design the decor around that. Guests can dress up in costumes from that era and dance to the music. This is a great opportunity to go all out! Your catering team could also be dressed up while they serve your guests delicious canapes and drinks from the era.



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Choose a venue to suit the theme

You could set up the party in your company offices if the guest list isn’t large, however, this doesn’t feel very special. The process of getting ready for a company party, going to a dedicated venue space where your employees have never been before, is kind of magical and will really make them feel special.

If you’re having a movie/TV themed party, lay down a red carpet at the entrance to the venue. If your theme is rustic/chic find an open venue like an old barn or stable house to really compete the atmosphere. If you’re having a nautical themed event, consider the Australian National Maritime Museum, or something else near the water with a beautiful view of ships.

Finding the perfect venue for your theme will take some research and shopping around, so start early and stay organised!



Fairground follies event last week #coorporateevents #catering #laissez_faire_catering #christmasparty #sydneyvenue #eventcatering

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Serve a menu inspired by your theme

A theme brings together all aspects of an event, and it’s no different for food. This can be hard to do, and you might find it difficult to create an entire menu based on your theme. We suggest a few key aspects that guests will know and recognise as part of the overall theme of the event.

For example, a 007 themed event could feature a signature martini cocktail handed to the guests as they walk into the venue. This will make them feel engaged in the event as soon as they walk in the door! Similarly, you could create a signature canape spread to fit your theme. A nautical themed party could serve delicious sashimi canapes.



Simple bites are often the best #canapes #cateringsydney #sydneycatering #laissezfaireevents #eventcatering

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Take photos to remember!

Encourage your guests to post images from the event on their social media channels using a specific hashtag. You could feature the hashtag on a sign as guests enter the venue. If the theme is rustic and chic, use a chalkboard and get someone with swirly handwriting to write your special tag on the board.

This is a great way to get your guests involved in the event and to ensure they have fond memories of the night later on. Print the best photos and display them somewhere in the office where everyone can pass by and point out the funny memories.

We hope these tips will help you organise your next corporate party. It will be one to remember!


BONUS: Click on the banner below to download the Laissez-faire Platter Menu, which might be perfect for your corporate party!


Food & Drink Station Ideas for your next Corporate Event

Date Posted: 19/07/2017 2:01:46 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Trend Alert: Corporate Event Food & Drink Stations

Food and drink stations are a popular choice for corporate daytime conferences. From private rooms to more elaborate venues, these stations never fail to accommodate for guest lists of all sizes.

There are many advantages to the food and drink station set-up:

  • It’s a crowd-pleaser
  • It offers a wide variety of food
  • It has an interactive element
  • Guests don’t have to wait in line since food and refreshments are spread out around the venue
  • A cook-to-order station can provide dish prep variations

During daytime conferences, food stations are an even more attractive alternative to serve snacks and meals. Here at Laissez-faire, we offer options based on our clientele’s needs. The most commonly requested food stations include juice bars, biscuit bars, coffee bars, snack bars and dessert stations.

Juice Bar

Fresh juice is always a healthy option for any event and we’re sure your guests will appreciate the option in the coming summer months! Use seasonal produce to create some thirst-quenching juices or let guests choose their own combos.

 Coffee Bar

Who doesn’t love coffee? Freshly ground coffee at your corporate event will not only keep everybody awake, it will create a casual environment where guests can order their favourite daily drink.


Coffee is ready at #bieberisland #coffee #vipevents #island #eventcatering

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Biscuit & Tea Station

Biscuit & tea bars can be a perfect option for an indoor or outdoor conference venue during winter and autumn. Tasty biscuits, warm scones, honey and a delicious selection of teas will appeal to guests who have a sweet tooth or a need for some comforting snacks.

Cheese & Sweet Bar

You can’t go wrong with a cheese and chocolate bar. Serve this up after guests have enjoyed a few refreshments  and the event is winding down.  Guests with a sweet tooth will thank you for this one!

Cheese tower table - CBT

Snack Station

Snack bars are a very broad catering option. Here you could serve tacos and nachos, appetisers, popcorn, crisps, hot chips, cheeses and breads, etc. Depending on the type of event some snacks might be more suitable than others.

Breakfast Station

If you’re starting the conference or meeting early, it may be a good idea to throw in a breakfast bar. Breakfast stations could serve pancakes, omelettes, sausages, bagels, and so on. Don’t forget to have a coffee station right next to this one!

Sushi Station

Asian food is delicious, easy to eat and easy to serve! Your guests will go crazy over the sushi and nigiri.

Sushi Table


These bite-sized snacks are often served with cocktails. This option is a favourite at corporate launch parties or events where guests will be standing and mingling.

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Mix & Match

There is no specific way to present these food stations at your corporate event. As long as you are confident that your guests will love it, you can mix and match to serve something truly unique.

Choosing your Wedding Menu

Date Posted: 14/07/2017 3:58:59 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Menu

Serving the right menu is one of the most essential aspects of making your wedding day flow smoothly. If you’re throwing a rustic backyard do, a plated dinner might be too formal. On the other hand, if your reception is in a grand ballroom, buffets or sit-down courses are definitely appropriate. Below are some tips to make sure you’ll have the perfect menu for your wedding day.

Establish a budget

The number of guests, the serving style, the appetisers and the cocktails; every decision will impact cost, thus you need to establish a budget early on and make sure you stick to it. This will help you keep on track of everything.

Plan and start early

A superb menu always starts with the caterer, but to get your first pick, you’ll have to book early. Some industry experts suggest booking catering and venues around 12 months before the event.  Keep in mind, some venues will require you to use their in-house caterer or they will have a short list of wedding professionals that they work with exclusively.

If you have the opportunity to choose your own caterer, look for a chef that is flexible and excited about trying new dishes and food ideas.



Season begins #weddingcatering #catering #events #Lovelycouple

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Know your numbers

Know how many guests will be attending and ensure your maximum budget can handle this amount. This will help you determine your menu. If you want to have an impressive spread, consider limiting your guest list. If you want everybody to be there, just cut costs in creative ways that will still provide an enjoyable and delicious spread for everyone.

Understand dietary restrictions

Vegans, people with peanut allergies or guest who prefer a gluten-free diet should be considered. Talk with your chosen caterer about these challenges in advance to prevent any delays when plating entrees and main meals.



Tailored menu #tasting #catering #laissez_faire_catering #dinner #events #warmfoodforthesoul

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Think of a style or theme

The couple’s personality should drive the theme of any wedding. Some weddings will have very traditional of formal themes, while others may be more casual. Your themes can be expressed through the attire of the wedding party, the décor, floral arrangements, the ceremony itself, the venue, the season and the type of food served at the reception.


The perfect wedding #lisaandandrew #cellblock #love #events #eventcatering

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Go for local and seasonal

Great chefs and cooks plan their menus around whatever is fresh that month or season. Ask your caterer what ingredients will be in season on the day of your wedding and request to have your menu made around those ingredients. Find the freshest options by choosing locally grown produce. Also make sure your caterer is familiar with the foods they are preparing. There is no worse way to make your menu memorable than getting your guests sick from badly prepared food.

Cover all bases with your spread by having beef, poultry, seafood and vegetables. Make sure you have something slightly salty, sweet and something savoury to cater to all types of palettes.


What's for dinner? #tasting #catering #event #cateringwedding

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The caterer should also care for good presentation

Choose a caterer who cares as much about presentation as they do about good tasting food. First impressions will help make the day memorable. You can also add small touches of your own like a special signature cocktail, a special dessert or napkins in your wedding theme colours.

Do not skimp on the portions

Make sure that you have enough food for everyone. Even if you’re having a buffet, your caterer will still need an approximate head count.

These are some of the things that you need to remember when choosing your wedding menu.

Take a look at Laissez-faire's own 2017 wedding packages to see the delicious menus we can offer you on your wedding day. Just click the image below:


Another year catering at City2Surf!

Date Posted: 23/06/2017 3:44:40 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

City to Surf Catering

Whether your guests participate in the race, or spend the day cheering on the runners, we'll provide them with food that will satisfy and delight them. For over 40 years, Sydney has celebrated this fun event with barbecues and parties in the City to Surf Catering tents on Bondi Beach and Laissez-faire Catering has been there for 15 of those!

city to surf

City2Surf (also known as the City to Surf) is an annual and popular fundraising running event held in Sydney stretching 14 kilometres. This fun run attracts competitive runners and community participants including group runners yearly. The esteemed event was first held in 1971 and has since remained a crowd favourite. The track passes through popular Sydney suburbs lined with amateur bands and entertainment. Many City2Surf participants also take the event as a chance to dress in novelty themed costumes, which has shaped an iconic tradition over the years. Don’t miss your opportunity to book City2Surf catering through Laissez-faire Catering, talk to one of our event co-ordinators today.

What should I look for in a City2Surf caterer?

Choosing a caterer for any event should be well researched. Important things to look for in your City2Surf catering choice include experience, menus, packages, flexibility and reliability. Laissez-faire Catering offer all of these aspects and more to deliver a flawlessly catered event.

Where does the City2Surf catering take place?

City2Surf catering takes place in a private marquee booked by your group or business. We will be eagerly awaiting your arrival after you cross the finish line.

Click on the banner below to check out our BBQ menu which is a huge hit at the City2Surf:


Planning your next Private Event

Date Posted: 22/06/2017 3:39:00 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Tips to help you put on the party of the year

Hosting a private party can be a lot of pressure. A lot of love and careful planning goes into making an event a success, so it’s important to start early to get the best of the best.

Here are some tips to help you put on the party of the year.

Set your budget

Your budget will help you determine many things, from what venue you choose and how many guests to invite, to what kind of entertainment and services to hire. It’s best to determine your budget as early as possible and adhere to it with every step.

Set the date and secure a venue

One of the first (and most important) details that you need to figure out is when to host your party and where!  Depending on the size and formality of your event, you will want to select a date and have booked a venue anywhere from 10 weeks to 1 year ahead of time. It’s important to secure your venue early so that you can begin planning your event and send out detailed invitations.

You could however have it at home or at your office depending on your celebration.

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Book your catering and other services

The season of the event matters, establish a good balance with your menu. This does not mean you don’t take a risk! And remember Laissez-Faire Catering has the capability to provide linens, tables, chairs, florals, and event décor. If you give us an idea of what you like we can pull everything together for you and organise all the services.

Catering Pro Tip: Ask whether the catering is finished on site or cooked ahead of time and left in a hot box to stay warm. These different practices will have a great impact on the quality of the food when it's served to your guests.

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Invite your guests

Again, depending on your event, the timing for invitations will vary. But, generally speaking, it’s best to send invitations out 4-6 weeks in advance. For informal events, an e-mail invitation or group event on Facebook may be a sufficient way to get the word out. However, for more formal events, or just to add a nice touch, send customised invitations that fit your theme or occasion.

Play host(ess)

When the time comes and the party has started, make sure to mix and mingle with all of your guests. If you’ve hired help for your event, this job is much easier. Either way, you’ll want to be sure to greet and talk to each of your guests, thank them for coming, and ensure that they’re having a good time.

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Make memories!

Your party is a hit, so of course it will be memorable. Hire a Photographer to make the rounds at your party and take photos of the guests as they celebrate. Later, when you’re sending out thank you cards, you can include a few of your favourite shots of each guest! Alternatively, you could set up a Photo Booth so that your guests can pose as silly or serious as they’d like and take home the photo strips as party favors.

It’s all going to be alright! We know you’ve got this. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, you can always turn to an Event Planner to do the hard work for you, or reach out to us for help. Enjoy!

Recipe: Tomato braised chicken, perfect for winter

Date Posted: 22/06/2017 3:36:00 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Tomato braised chicken with taleggio



  • 30 ml olive oil
  • 4 chicken thighs (about 190gm each), bone in, skin on
  • 4 baby fennel bulbs, thinly sliced lengthways
  • 150 gm chat potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 1 Spanish onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp dry chilli flakes, or to taste
  • 400 gm canned cherry tomatoes
  • 125 ml dry white wine
  • 100 gm black olives, such as Ligurian
  • 100 gm taleggio
  • Juice of 1 lemon, or to taste
  • ½ cup coarsely torn basil
  • To serve: crusty bread



  1. Heat olive oil in a large casserole over medium-high heat, add chicken thighs, skin-side down, and cook until browned (2-3 minutes), then transfer to a plate.
  2. Add fennel, potato, onion, garlic and chilli to casserole, stir occasionally until onion is tender (3-4 minutes).
  3. Return chicken to pan skin-side up with tomato, wine and 200ml hot water, season to taste.
  4. Bring to the boil, reduce heat to low-medium, cover and simmer until chicken is tender (15-20 minutes).
  5. Stir through olives, lemon juice, taleggio and parsley, check seasoning and serve immediately with bread.

Darling Harbour: Home of Sydney's best Venues

Date Posted: 15/06/2017 4:59:15 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

How To Choose Between These Three Great Venues In Darling Harbour

Darling Harbour is THE place for your next corporate or private event. Whether you’re looking for charm, style or a trendy spot, we have a range of venues that would suit many types of events.

The only hard part is choosing between these three great venues.

Chinese Gardens

Have you ever imagined your own secret garden? A place to escape; to breathe deeply and feel the sun on your face. Darling Harbour’s Chinese Garden of Friendship is that place. Much more than just a city garden, the walled Chinese Garden respectfully recreates the philosophy and harmony of a traditional Chinese garden with waterfalls, lakes, exotic plants, pavilions and hidden pathways.

Individual pavilions make a stunning space for a wedding or utilise the whole ground for a one of a kind cocktail party.

This is the venue for you if:

  • You are looking for a unique and enchanting experience for your guests.
  • You want a central venue that doesn’t feel like it’s right in the city.

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Australian National Maritime Museum

With views of Darling Harbour and the glittering city skyline, an event at the Australian National Maritime Museum will intrigue and delight. Located at the edge of one of the world’s most beautiful harbours, the museum stands out as a spectacular architectural icon with a distinctive maritime flavour. On shore, or on the water aboard one of the museum's vessels, your conference, meeting, product launch, team building event, dinner, cocktails or Christmas party will be an event to remember in a stunning waterfront location.

This is the venue for you if:

  • You are looking for a venue with stunning views.
  • You want a professional setting with an exclusive feeling for your event.

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Yots Cafe

Overlooking the picturesque Sydney Harbour and city skyline, Yots is an enchanting venue offering open-air dining. Yots is fun, slick, affordable and easy to swing by to have lunch, or a snack. The relaxing atmosphere and the impeccable service keeps our customers coming back. The bar license allows Yots to provide a unique experience at the Australian National Maritime Museum. An Asian influence menu brings a contemporary dining experience whilst incorporating sustainability into everyday operations. Yots is an excellent location for almost any occasion.

At Yots right now: Escape from Pompeii: The Untold Roman Rescue until 30th August 2017. See the menu here.

This is the venue for you if:

  • You want a relaxed, cafe atmosphere for your event.
  • You want a central venue where you can meet up and move around the city easily. 

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More Winter Warmer Recipes

Date Posted: 14/06/2017 5:16:00 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Wonderful Winter Warming Recipes


Slow roasted lamb with Radicchio and grilled rosemary crumbs

The ingredients and the cooking methods in this dish read like a description of the flavour of a good, rustic, earthy red wine made from Grenache. The sweet fattiness and pungency of the lamb itself echo the inherent sweetness and perfume of the Grenache grape. The deep savoury earthiness is there in the root vegetables, deepened by the addition of butter, and in the dry starchiness of the borlotti beans.


  • 2 tbsp currants
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 60 ml(¼ cup) olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup rosemary, coarsely chopped
  • 250 gm coarse breadcrumbs from day-old sourdough
  • 60 gm parmesan, finely grated
  • 45 gm (¼ cup) pine nuts
  • 1 boneless lamb leg (about 1.5kg)
  • 125 ml dry white wine
  • 2 heads of Radicchio, washed and pulled apart


  1. Soak currants in 2 tbsp vinegar in a bowl (30 minutes).
  2. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat, and onion and garlic, stir occasionally until tender (7-8 minutes), add ½ rosemary, stir until fragrant (1-2 minutes) and set aside to cool.
  3. Add 1/2 breadcrumbs, parmesan, pine nuts and currant mixture, stir to combine and season to taste.
  4. Preheat oven to 150C.
  5. Place lamb leg on a work surface, press stuffing over lamb, season to taste and roll to enclose stuffing. Tie with kitchen string, place in a casserole, add wine, cover and roast until tender (4-5 hours).
  6. With the other ½ breadcrumbs and rosemary toss in a hot pan with olive oil, allow to crisp and brown and set aside.
  7. Place washed Radicchio in an earthen and dress with remaining red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper.
  8. Finally dress with rosemary breadcrumbs and serve.


Damn Fudgiest Brownie Ever


  • 250 grams good-quality chocolate
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F/180°C.
  2. Chop the chocolate into chunks. Melt half, then save the other half for later.
  3. Mix the butter and the sugar, then beat in the eggs and vanilla for 1-2 minutes until the mixture has become fluffy and light in colour.
  4. Whisk in the reserved melted chocolate (make sure the chocolate is not too hot or else the eggs will cook), then sift in the flour, cocoa powder, and salt.
  5. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, being careful not to overmix as this will cause the brownies to be more cake-like in texture.
  6. Fold in the chocolate chunks, then transfer the batter into a parchment paper-lined square baking dish.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, depending on how fudgy you like your brownies, then cool completely.
  8. Slice, then serve with a nice cold glass of milk!

Christmas (in July) Turkey Recipe

Date Posted: 13/06/2017 5:14:00 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Christmas in July Recipe


For many, the anticipation of a juicy turkey roasting patiently while jovial banter ensues is a treat at Christmas time. However, in South Africa, as it is in Australia, they can’t snuggle up cosily by the fire awaiting the big lunch but they can enjoy the sunny skies and, with this recipe for turkey on the Weber, they can even take the cooking outdoors.

We thought that this year we would give you an interesting rendition of the faithful Christmas Turkey by going to the African continent for a sizzling idea, whether it’s on a balcony apartment or in the great Australian backyard, this is a recipe that will please all and brings an interesting take on the tradition and allows us to at least try and enjoy a Winter tradition, even if we are celebrating Christmas in July!!!


  • One 4-5 kg turkey
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • One handful fresh sage leaves
  • Two oranges


  1. Prepare your Weber.
  2. Season the turkey inside and out with salt and pepper. Soften the butter, add the grated rind of one orange and a couple of sage leaves.
  3. Carefully loosen the skin over the turkey breast and push the flavoured butter in the cavity you’ve made. Squeeze the oranges over the turkey. Stuff the turkey cavity with the oranges and left over sage leaves.
  4. Place bird breast side up on grill directly above drip pan.
  5. Cover the bird, leaving all the vents open.
  6. Cook meat until meat near thighbone is no longer pink.
  7. Total cooking time should be 3 to 3 1/2 hours.

During the last half hour of cooking, baste turkey with melted butter regularly.

EOFY Catering Offers

Date Posted: 12/06/2017 5:11:00 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

End of Financial Year Deal


Yes, it’s that time of the year again and its brrrr cold, chilly and the skies are looking as grey as they ever have…

For those of us not jetting away to the sunnier continents for some well-deserved fun in the sun, we have put together some great ideas so you can bring the fun to you and not have to venture out in this winter madness.

For an all-inclusive package of just $89.00 we will bring you a warming, delicious cocktail party with no fuss, no umbrellas and no cleaning afterwards.


Tailored canapé menu (6 bites + 1 substantial canape per guest)

Blanc beverage package 3 hours

Professional wait staff and function supervisor

A dedicated Event Planner to coordinate and assist with the finer details of your event

Package is based on a minimum number of 60 guest

Valid – 1st June 2017 through to the 31st of July 2017.


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Easy Wedding Catering Ideas

Date Posted: 25/05/2017 2:17:30 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Casual Wedding Catering

Weddings may stay the same, but catering trends are always changing. Shared banquets and platters are becoming more popular at our events compared to serving one or two main dishes to guests at their tables. This casual dinner trend is also perfect for corporate events.

Sharing Plates and Platters

Large sharing plates and platters have been the trend lately. Especially at a wedding reception, the hosts want to make the night a celebration of food as well as a marriage.

Sharing big platters provides guests a gastronomic experience - it allows them to taste a range of food choices in small amounts rather than the usual two-dish servings. This way, everyone can cater to their own tastes and try some new things!

For weddings, the idea of sharing platters may benefit you in the following ways: It makes your function feel relaxed. Menus can provide a great conversation starter. It gives you time to really enjoy the food with family and friends. Guests can remain seated the entire meal, perfect for a venue that does not hold extra space.


Did you ask for paella for 400 #yesplease #eventplanning #laissez_faire_catering #cocktails #unique #events #paella #spanish #food #biggestpaellaever

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Making your shared platter event successful

Aside from the value of the event itself, the food choices and food presentation matter. The secret lies in choosing and designing a platter with the right food and right flavour that will work well for your event.

What to include:

  • Add protein items but spice up with adventurous dipping sauces.
  • Try themed platters.
  • Include hand-held and easy to eat appetizers.
  • Include options for those who are vegetarians or have a gluten free diet.
  • Go local - include local produce and flavours in the menu.



Shared platers #privatevents #events #ANMM #eventcatering

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Aside from this, you can ask your caterer for the best possible shared platter menus that can be served for the event you have in mind.

Grazing Stations

Moving on, the next trend in casual dinners is grazing stations. Grazing stations are usually set up in a room where guests are convening before the proper dinner begins. What is usually served is a variety of snacks, nibbles and drinks.

One can opt to include light bites from breads, dips, cheeses to deli meats. Grazing stations can balance cuisines that represents the culture of the wedding families or an organisation. This is a hit at any event since it mirrors the wonderful diversity of Sydney.

Prior to the main event, grazing stations can provide an engaging way for guests to start the party. It can also help entertain guests in case some delays are happening. Plus grazing stations are flexible. You can include a few of your choices as well as incorporate recommendations from your caterer.



Sweet apart to spring at Inglis stables tonight #venues #event #wedding #inglisstables #laissezfaire

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Options for grazing stations

You can easily go casual or gourmet with grazing stations.

Here are some ideas:

  • Champagne and oyster bar.
  • Donut deli.
  • Charcuterie.
  • Mexican (taco, quesadillas, nachos).
  • Asian (sushi and sashimi).
  • Fruits.
  • Italian (antipasto).
  • Sweet treats.

And many others. Grazing stations let you get really creative.



Sushi station #anmm #catering #laissez_faire_catering #pirates #anmmuseum

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Now, the point of events is not only to provide the best food there is. The social side of gatherings is now put into focus. So make sure that you provide the best food and provide the best experience for your guests too.

Top 5 Venues for your Next Event

Date Posted: 17/05/2017 12:36:47 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

How To Select the Best Venue for Your Next Event

So you've got a corporate or private event coming up. Inviting guests, organising the catering and deciding on a theme are all important aspects of event planning, but many event planners and hosts are stumped when it comes to finding the right venue for their event.

Space, decor and locale all combine to make a great venue. At Laissez-faire, we want to take the stress out of your event planning. That's why we've put together these top 5 venues for your event brochures depending on the type of event you are having. So if you're planning a cocktail. dinner or corporate event, we've got you covered! Scroll down and click on the brochures to download them. 

Cocktail Events

LFC Venues for Cocktail Events 

LFC Venues for Cocktail Events

Dinner Events

LFC Venues for Dinner Events 

LFC Venues for Dinner Events

Conference Events

LFC Venues for Conferences 

LFC Venues for Conferences

If you'd like more information about any of these venues,  feel free to contact us or check out our venue listings.

Seasonal Recipe

Date Posted: 9/05/2017 10:43:31 AM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Hot Autumn Ideas

As with every month and indeed every season, temperatures, moods and foods all change and it’s about the way we adapt to those changes and how we draw on them for inspiration that makes the changes new and exciting.

Take this canape we recently created for an event, instead of just a blue cheese, pear and walnut canape, we crisped some beautiful pieces of sweet potato and smothered them with a glorious gorgonzola, nashi pear, walnuts and toasted thyme leaves, sensational.


If you’re having a fall dinner party and want to add a table decoration without going the full monty then why not try this? One or two rosemary twigs could become a great personal addition to a fall table setting that also smells great, tied together with raffia or offcuts of ribbon makes for an easy fix with a glamorous touch. By personalising a name tag and adding this to your rosemary really ups the game on your party, why not?


And now... #totesdelishchickpotpies


  • 50g salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 500g skinless chicken thighs
  • 4 rashers rindless bacon, chopped
  • 1 leek, sliced
  • 250g button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1/3 cup plain flour
  • 2 cups good quality chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels
  • Salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 sheets careme puff pastry, each cut into 4 circles or squares



  1. Melt 20g butter and oil in a large non-stick frypan, panfry chicken until cooked through. Remove, stand for 5 minutes before shredding or roughly chopping.
  2. Melt remaining butter in same frypan and sauté bacon, leek, mushrooms and garlic over medium heat until leek is softened and bacon is slightly golden and caramelised.
  3. Add flour and cook, stirring continuously for 30 seconds. Remove from heat and gradually stir in stock. Add chicken, corn and seasonings and cook until mixture thickens and comes to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Transfer to bowl, stir in cream and parsley and cool. Refrigerate until cold.
  4. Divide filling between 6 x 1 cup capacity ovenproof dishes or ramekins. Brush edges of dishes with egg. Place pastry on ramekin, with a little overhanging, brush pastry with egg and make a slit in pastry to allow steam to escape. Bake at 200°C for 25-30 minutes or until puffed and golden.
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year at ANMM

Date Posted: 9/05/2017 10:40:39 AM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Australian National Maritime Museum - The Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Be inspired. Reconnect with the wonder of nature through the magic of photography. Once a year we have the unique opportunity of working with the gallery and the exhibition to offer this artistic space as an event destination, it offers a truly wonderful and immersive opportunity to be a part of a WORLD-WIDE EXHIBIT!! See below for an exclusive offer.

ANMM wildlife

Laissez-faire will deliver perfect food and beverage solutions tailored specifically for your event - from cool cocktails to stylish dinners, you'll be impressed by the variety of menu options, willingness to collaborate and the high standards of service delivery.

Take a journey into the secret places of the world around us. Witness the extraordinary talent of photographers who travel to the ends of the earth to capture the fleeting moments that say so much about the majesty of nature - and often, our complicated place in it.

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year - run by the Natural History Museum in London - is a global celebration of the world's very best nature photography.

Judged by a panel of international experts, winning images are selected for their creativity, originality and technical excellence. The competition is open to the world's top professionals, as well as amateurs - who sometimes create big surprises!

Our $100 pp inclusive offer this month:

Exclusive gallery access

Tailored canapé menu (12 bites per guest)

Blanc beverage package 3 hours

Professional wait staff and function supervisor

Cocktail tables

A dedicated Event Planner to coordinate and assist with the finer details of your event

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Don't miss out on this deal at Harbour 220

Date Posted: 2/05/2017 3:48:41 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Harbour 220 EOFY Super Duper Deal!

We’re making it really easy this year, just let us know how many people are coming!


3-hour canape service

4-hour blanc beverage service

venue hire + staff

$89.00pp,  some conditions apply


With stunning views of Sydney Harbour and overlooking the Botanical Gardens, Harbour 220 is exclusive and intimate. Located on the 15th floor of the Hudson Building on Macquarie Street in the heart of Sydney’s CBD, this venue is ideal for corporate and private functions and is available for evening events, from cool cocktails to stylish dinners.

The pillarless ballroom has a capacity of up to 100 guests for a sit-down event, including a pre-drinks bar area designed to welcome and entertain guests with elegance and sophistication. A newly refurbished balcony also features. Laissez-faire will deliver perfect food and beverage solutions tailored specifically for your event - from cool cocktails to stylish dinners, you'll be impressed by the variety of menu options, willingness to collaborate and the high standards of service delivery.

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Tartlet of baked ricotta, zucchini, lemon thyme

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Breakfast Catering Made Easy

Date Posted: 26/04/2017 4:22:46 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Breakfast Catering Made Easy With Our Top 3 Most Requested Dishes

Breakfast events seem to be the new trend in the business and corporate world. Whether it’s for a client meeting, a board meeting or just a company catch up, the most important meal of the day is increasingly becoming a popular choice among corporate companies and even private organisations. So why choose a breakfast event for your office?



Healthy breakfast box to start your day #breakfast #health #catering#catering #events #ontherun

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Reasons why many are turning to breakfast catering

There are two important reasons why events held during breakfast are refreshing and psychologically stimulating. One, people are most alert, awake and productive early in the morning; two, holding an event for people during this time will be a good idea since you will not be interrupting their work during the day.

As it soars in popularity, many are now preferring breakfast meetings over lunches in the business world. In a survey conducted by OnePoll, it was found that meetings hosted in the mornings have more positive outcomes since people pay more attention to the agenda at this time. Plus, any corporate or even private event hosted during the morning is more cost-effective than lunch.

The idea of mornings also expresses informality and a more relaxed style which at some point can set an easy tone and help establish business relationships fast.

You may need to hurdle another problem though, not all of your workers are morning people. Carefully planning this to your advantage will make a great start for everybody’s day.



Fancy a chai latte this morning? Come on and enjoy the view #coffeeaddict #coffee #catering #anmmuseum #anmm #sydney #greysydney

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Breakfast menus you can try

The idea of starting the day with good breakfast can fuel people up especially those who will be facing a long day. You can check your caterer’s menu in advance and make reservations. And of course understanding your guests food preferences will help in making the event a success. Will it be simplified? Caffeine fueled? Gluten free? With lots of add-ons? A brunch?

Here at Laissez-faire, one of our top favourites from the breakfast menu is the acai smoothie. As an all organic breakfast boost, customers find it refreshing and energy giving choice in one go. This goes together with other choices of our clients like the crisp bacon and egg pies which are paired with Heinz ketchup - an easy to eat option for those on the run. Other breakfast option that are topping our bill include the three below:

  • Croque monsieur of honey glazed ham, béchamel, gruyere cheese and a fried egg with a tomato chilli jam
  • Corn fritters with crispy bacon, roasted roma tomatoes, smashed avocado, and sour cream
  • Mango smoothies with banana and acai

Now, try considering these in your options and give your breakfast meetings an instant boost. Or you may opt for other breakfast choices like themed breakfasts or ethnic breakfast dishes. And if you are enjoying this too much and you want breakfast menus any time of the day, brinner (breakfast dinner), can be an option too.

Check out our other healthy and flavoursome breakfasts on Instagram.

Click below to get our breakfast menu - have a happy and productive breakfast


Venue Spotlight: Stunning Sydney Venue

Date Posted: 19/04/2017 4:12:21 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Venue Spotlight: Harbour 220

We are absolutely loving this venue right now. 

With stunning views of Sydney Harbour and overlooking the Opera House and Botanical Gardens, this venue is exclusive, intimate and high class. Harbour 220 boasts a pillarless ballroom with the capacity to seat 100 guests comfortably, including a pre-drinks bar area designed to welcome your guests and entertain them with elegance and sophistication before and after every event.

Located on the 15th floor of the Hudson Building on Macquarie Street in the heart of Sydney CBD, it is ideal for corporate and private functions and is available for all day and all night events, from cool cocktails, fresh lunches to stylish dinners. Laissez-faire will complement your booking with a variety of menu options, willingness to collaborate and high standards of service delivery.

We are   offering an extraordinary deal for this venue!  
For any booking confirmed before June 30th, 2017,  Laissez-faire will offer 50% off the recommended rack rate of venue hire
Find out more information on this offer here

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Take a look at these stunning photos and imagine how your own event could look in this incredible space.

H220 Bar Blue 


Harbour 220 Verandah 

Harbour 220 Table Settings 

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Easter Decor & Hot Cross Buns Recipe

Date Posted: 3/04/2017 2:18:00 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Easter ideas to keep your table looking fun and fresh

It seems like we are constantly moving from one celebratory season to another and they come around so quickly. No sooner have we finished Christmas and the scorching summer that we have endured and loved, but now it’s time for the Easter Bunny to rear its chocolate head.

If you’re looking for something sweet, but not the chocolate kind of sweet, how about adding darling cut-outs with a knot of raffia around your linen napkins on the table to really up the ante of festive fun.

easter decor

Freesia’s and Hyacinths would be two of our go-to seasonal flowers during the Easter celebrations. Potted Hyacinths offer dramatic colours and a beautiful fragrance that will immediately energise your table and bring a chic air of elegance to any entertaining you have on the calendar.

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Hot Cross Bun Recipe



  • 475g strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 25g good-quality cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 85g chilled unsalted butter, chopped
  • 100g golden caster sugar, plus 50g extra to glaze
  • 2 x 7g sachets dried yeast
  • 1 large free-range egg
  • 190ml lukewarm milk
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing
  • 75g raisins (optional)
  • 75g milk chocolate, chopped
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 orange
  • 75g chopped candied peel


1. Sift 400g of the flour, the cocoa powder, mixed spice and salt into a bowl. Add the butter and, with your fingertips, rub together until the mix resembles fine breadcrumbs. Stir in the sugar and dried yeast, then form a well in the centre. Whisk the egg and milk together and pour into the well. Quickly mix with a wooden spoon to incorporate.

2.  Knead on a lightly floured surface for 10 minutes until soft and silky. Shape into a ball. Put in a large, lightly oiled bowl, covered with cling film. Leave for 1½ hours in a warm place, loosely covered with greased cling film, until doubled in size.

3. Remove the risen dough to a lightly floured surface, flatten slightly, then knead in the raisins (optional), chocolate, zest and candied peel, until everything is evenly distributed.

4. Divide into 12 equal pieces (about 100g each) and shape into smooth-surfaced buns. Place in rows on a lightly oiled baking tray, leaving a little gap between each. Cover loosely with lightly oiled cling film and leave to prove in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in size again. The buns should now be touching each other. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan180°C/gas 6.

5. With a serrated knife, score the tops of the buns with a cross. Mix the remaining 75g flour with 1 tbsp. oil and 5 tbsp. cold water to a smooth paste, then spoon into a piping bag (or a small, clear, sturdy plastic bag with the corner snipped off).

6.  Carefully pipe the mixture in lines along the knife scores on the buns, going first one way, then the other, using a knife to stop the flow. Bake in the oven for 20 minutes until risen and firm to the touch.

7.  Meanwhile, put the remaining sugar into a pan with the orange juice. Put over a low heat until it has dissolved. Bring to the boil and bubble for 2 minutes until thickened.

8.  Remove the buns from the oven and turn out onto a rack. Glaze with the syrup and serve warm or cold.

Check out some more Easter decor ideas below!




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