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Alexandria Venues to Host Your Next Event

Date Posted: 8/07/2019 9:26:49 AM
Posted By: Laissez-faire Catering

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You're about to plan a corporate event. How do you get started? You need to set a budget, find a caterer, locate a venue, and decide on a menu — and it'll all be related. Choosing your venue may impact what type of design you want for your event, whether it's themed, and which caterer you want to work with.

The Catering Venues of Laissez-faire

Choosing the right venue is incredibly important. The venue must interact with the catering, facilitate your decor, and provide amenities. Laissez-faire has worked with many exceptional venues throughout Alexandria, and is able to recommend the perfect venue for your particular event.

Before you choose between Alexandria venues, you should:

  • Know your budget. 
  • Outline your event.
  • Determine how many people are attending.

Knowing the basics will help you identify the venues that are most likely to work for you. Of all of these, knowing how many people are attending is one of the most important: it will form the basis of which venues are able to provide the services that you need.

The Venue Alexandria

One of Laissez-faire Catering's favourite venues is The Venue Alexandria. As the caterer of choice for The Venue Alexandria, Laissez-faire is able to help produce the best in corporate events and activities. A spectacular venue and delicious, sophisticated catering will come together to for a truly memorable event. 

The Venue Alexandria is a premium warehouse event space, open to corporate events, lunches, weddings, and conferences. Located conveniently between the CBD and the Sydney International Airport, it's an elegant and flexible space that can be tailored to any type of event.

When it comes to events, venues, and catering, it's always important that a venue be able to work with the catering company. Catering companies have to work around the layout of the venue, and the venue needs to have the appropriate space available for the caterer.

This venue space is ideal: it can cater events of any size, be designed around different themes, and works well with the catering provided by Laissez-faire. With Laissez-faire's expertise, this venue can be transformed for any type of corporate or personal event. 

Laissez-faire Catering and The Venue Alexandria both operate in Alexandria, Sydney. It's the perfect combination of catering and venue space in one area.

Other Venues to Consider Around Sydney

1. State Library of NSW

An elegant, contemporary building that can host parties from 50 to 200.

Friends Room Lunch State Library Venue 

2. Urban Winery Sydney

An urban winery event space with capacity from 180 to 250.

Urban Winergy Sydney

3. North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club

Located overlooking the waters, this scenic location is perfect for many types of events.

4. NSW Parliament House

A historic venue with capacity for up to 800 people. 

5. Harbour 220

This venue offers special packages that are especially useful for corporate events.

At Laissez-faire Catering we have focused on delivering the best event possible to our clients for 30 years. It's why we work with the best venues in Sydney and are constantly improving our menus based on what's in season and on trend. Our waitstaff are second to none, and our team would be happy to discuss your next event. You can fill out our enquiry form here and we'll get back to you, or you can call us now on (02) 9209 4810.

A Guide to Organising Your Next Business Event in Sydney

Date Posted: 2/07/2019 1:47:00 AM
Posted By: Laissez-faire Catering

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Business events present some unique challenges. Often, the business event must be productive as well as memorable. It needs to provide for socialisation and networking, while still keeping everyone on task. And, it has to provide good food. Here's a step-by-step guide to creating a business event that everyone will enjoy — even those who were required to go.

Start With Your Guest List

You can hardly plan a big event without knowing who will come. For a corporate event, the process is a little easier than something like a wedding or birthday party: you should have a list of those who are expected to attend. Your head count is going to become incredibly important when planning and budgeting, so do what you can to make sure that the guest list is accurate.

Figure Out Your Major Requirements

Once your guest list has been completed, it's time to talk to stakeholders and find out more about the event. Be sure to ask:

  • What are the goals and tone of this event? Is it a celebration of milestones? Is it an announcement of a new product? This will tell you how the event needs to be organised and arranged.
  • What is the total budget for this event? You'll need to know both the total budget and the budget per head, and you'll have to break those costs down by decor, food, venue, and entertainment costs later on.
  • When does the event have to be held? This is about more than just deadlines. The timing of the event impacts what's available for that event, especially on the level of seasonal produce. 

Once you have access to this core information, you can begin truly planning the event.

Create a Budget for Your Event

Venue, decor, catering, and more: all of these things are going to be covered under your budget. When it comes to corporate event planning, the budgets are often fairly tight. Once you allocate funds to a specific area, you'll want to keep a "buffer" for any unexpected expenses. 

Find a Sydney Venue for Your Event

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Can your event be held within your offices? Or should the event be held at a professional event space? The type of event, size of event, and event budget are all going to determine which type of venue you use. You can look around your area to find a venue that's suitable, while looking online for positive reviews. You can also ask your caterer, once chosen, to suggest appropriate venues.

When looking for a venue, you will be looking for a place that suits the capacity of your event and the general feel of the event. Is it going to be more casual or more formal? Will you need a stage, or is it more important for people to socialize? These are all questions to ask yourself when planning.  

Find a Caterer in Sydney for the Event

 

Your caterer is going to help you make quite a few event-related decisions, including: meals, theme, decor, drinks, and even venue. It's often in your best interest to find a caterer as quickly as possible, especially due to the fact that the best caterers tend to be booked out months in advance. 

But how can you find a good caterer? Looking online for reviews and testimonials can help, as the best caterers will have solid online reputations. Posts on social media sites will often highlight the type of work that a caterer does, showcasing their talents and also providing inspiration.

When you meet with a caterer, they should be able to give you some ideas for your event, as well as providing samples of their work. It may take some time to find the best caterer, but catering is often what people remember the most when they think about any type of corporate event.

Think About the Theme and Design of Your Sydney Event

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With the help of your venue and your caterer, you'll be able to truly begin planning your business event. From here, you'll need to determine the theme, design, and general feel of the event. You'll need to select decor, create a menu, and determine how (and if) drinks will be served.

  • Explore current catering food trends. Trends change from time to time, and trendy, modern food is often quite memorable.
  • Determine whether a bar will be available and whether cocktails will be served. This will dramatically change your budget, as well as the scope of the menu.
  • Consider using a theme for your decor and design. Themes make designing a business event far easier, as a themed event comes with built-in suggestions. 
  • Settle on a colour palette to inform your design. A nice little "cheat" for decorating your business event is to first settle on the colour palette.

This is when the basics will be covered and you'll be able to truly bring your event to life. The right caterer and venue will be able to give you advice about hosting your corporate event, and you should be able to complete the rest of the planning without a hitch.

Are you ready to get started on your next business event? Get a head start by contacting the experts at Laissez-faire

Top 10 Ideas For Your Next Corporate Event

Date Posted: 26/06/2019 1:45:00 AM
Posted By: Laissez-faire Catering

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What can you do to make your next corporate event more memorable, enjoyable and unique? Businesses continue to plan bigger and more frequent events. It's crucial to find ways to differentiate each occasion from the last and encourage more people to show up. These ideas can help you organise a great meeting or celebration:

1. New Venue in Sydney

A classy, eye-catching Sydney venue could make your next event special. For instance, you can hold a conference at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Sydney's Urban Winery or a nearby surf club. Be sure to visit the site beforehand. Don't forget to think about access to public transit and lodging.

2. Trendy Sydney Catering

Talk to your caterer and suggest trying something new. One popular trend involves serving a variety of canapes and other snack-size foods, such as burger sliders. This makes dining more convenient and lets participants sample diverse cuisine. Guests can easily control portion sizes, too.

3. Healthy Menus

More and more people want to eat nutritious meals. Try to choose appetising foods that don't deliver too much fat, cholesterol, sugar or sodium. Iron and protein help energise attendees so they can focus on presentations. On the other hand, overeating could compel half of your audience to take naps!

  • Smaller portion sizes
  • Energy, not excess calories
  • Naturally delicious

4. Popular Cuisine

If you're not sure what to feed people, use a written survey or online poll to ask your staff about favorite meals and snacks. Keep in mind that allergies and religious beliefs can prevent some people from eating what the majority prefers. A poll could also help you plan other aspects of the occasion, like entertainment.

5. Live Music, Comedy

 
 
 
 
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Don't arrange the same old entertainment that everyone has already seen and heard. Hire a different person or group to perform live music. Another option is to invite a stand-up comedian to your company meeting. Some people get offended easily, so choose a band or humourist with care.

6. Better Presentations

Don't rely on music to provide all of the entertainment. Make presentations more engaging with video, audio and inspiring words. Try to summarise data into concise material that leaves a lasting impression. Your event will achieve greater success if presenters forgo the usual dull PowerPoint shows that put audiences to sleep.

  • Succinct and on-topic
  • Tell interesting stories
  • Multimedia effects

7. Insightful Speakers

Think about inviting an independent expert to speak at your conference. Choose someone who can look at your industry from a different perspective and offer valuable insights. For example, perhaps your company provides renovation services. You could invite the host of a home improvement show to speak at the event.

8. Special Lighting

Changes in lighting can help presentations become more dramatic, memorable and easily visible. If possible, dim lights while speakers use projectors and brighten them when participants need to walk around. Spot lights illuminate presenters in an eye-catching way. Remember to ask about lighting when you compare venues.

9. Fun & Games

Incorporate some exciting, enjoyable activities into your next event. You could consider adding trivia competitions, bowling, ping pong or 1980s arcade games. Try to choose games that fit your meeting's theme. If the weather and venue prove suitable, think about scheduling some outdoor activities as well.

10. Souvenirs

Give guests a tangible gift that will remind them of the event and its goals. Your staff could hand out a custom branded product, copies of a group photo or a signed copy of the company owner's book. An alternative is to let participants create something. For instance, everyone could paint their own pictures of the venue's surroundings.

To sum it up, you can greatly improve your next corporate event by introducing memorable activities, entertainment and cuisine while taking guests' personal preferences into account. It's also vital to condense and add action to dry presentations. Laissez-faire can help Australian companies achieve these goals. It offers top-notch catering, menu planning services and unforgettable meeting venues - don't hesitate to contact us for enquiries.

The Australian National Maritime Museum Special Package Deals

Date Posted: 19/06/2019 2:01:14 PM
Posted By: Laissez-faire Catering

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 Looking for somewhere to host your next event?  The Australian National Maritime Museum has 4 Special Package deals for you!

Package 1: The Pavilion

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Dazzle your guests on the waterfront.

Located on the waterfront side of Sydney’s Darling Harbour with uninterrupted views of Barangaroo and the city skyline, this 200-person capacity waterside venue makes the perfect dinner or cocktail location for your next event. The majestic setting combined with exclusively curated menus from award-winning caterer Laissez-faire, a bespoke marquee by White Umbrella and audio visual mood by Douglas Fabian Productions, is guaranteed to make an impressive statement.  

Capacity

  • Banquet: 180
  • Cocktail: 200

Features

  • 200sqm space 
  • Award-winning caterer Laissez-faire
  • Positioned right on the water’s edge with stunning cityscape views. 
  • Car and boat access.

Package 2: Red Hot Nights Winter Packages

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Spice up your winter nights with a unique event at the museum this July, August and September.

This winter feed your guests' imaginations with these exceptional dinner and cocktail packages. Book your next function at the Museum and let us help you create a truly unique event.

Dinner Package

Includes:

  • Venue hire
  • Catering by by award winning Laissez-Faire Catering
  • 2 course plated meal (entrée & main course or main course & dessert)
  • 2 welcome canapés
  • 3 hours of unlimited blanc beverages
  • Sourdough bread with organic butter or extra virgin olive oil to the table
  • Organic and sustainable coffee and a selection of fine teas
  • Chefs & kitchen team

Price: $120 per person. Package is based on a minimum number of 100 guests.

Package 3: Museum Precinct

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Create a truly one-of-a-kind memorable event.

Located in the city’s stunning Darling Harbour, with dazzling skyline views and a vibrant atmosphere like no other, the Museum Precinct offers a unique space for your next conference or event.

Whether your event is corporate, social or a even a family fun day for 10 guests or up to 2,500, there’s a space available that’s perfect for showcasing your own style, offering full-scale entertainment whilst immersing guests in fascinating maritime heritage. 

The Museum Precinct comprises the full selection of the museum’s expansive range of 12 venues including our iconic collection of vessels. What better way to wow your guests than cocktails at sunset on an ex-navy Destroyer helipad or tall ship HMB Endeavour, canapes on the waterfront boardwalk at YOTS Waterside or dinner and dancing on the sleek Ben Lexcen Terrace overlooking the city skyline?

Delight your guests with a curated menu of exceptional food and beverage options by our award-winning caterers Laissez-faire. 

With easy access to Sydney’s CBD and harbour, International Convention Centre, world class hotels and more via multiple transport options, the Museum Precinct 
is an unbeatable location for your next special event. 

Capacity

  • Guests: 10 to 2,500

Features

  • Award-winning caterer Laissez-faire
  • Access to 12 museum venues
  • Entertainment staging
  • Exclusive waterfront access

Package 4: Wildlife Photographer Packages

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Be inspired. Go wild.

Dazzle your guests by hosting your next event surrounded by the world's best nature photography.

For a limited time. 7 March to 25 August 2019

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • Exclusive 3 hour access the internationally-acclaimed Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition
  • 10 x canapés by award winning Laissez-Faire Catering
  • 3 hour beverage package
  • Professional wait staff & function supervisor to cater to your needs

Price: $100 per person. Package is based on a minimum number of 80 guests.  

Take Advantage of these Special Package Deals

To take advantage of any of these spectacular packages from the Australian National Maritime Museum, click the link below.

Contact us!

The Best Catering Trends This Year

Date Posted: 19/06/2019 1:35:00 AM
Posted By: Laissez-faire Catering

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Catering has changed dramatically within even the last few years, as tastes have changed. The catering industry evolves quickly, as it's always on the cusp of new social trends. If you need some inspiration for an upcoming event, it can be worth it to look at some of the newest developments in catering. Here are a few of the most popular ones.

Healthier, Ethical, and Sustainable Menus

People today are making healthier choices,  and that's reflected in the food they want to eat. New catering trends include designing "smart menus" which discuss how the food is sourced, as well as providing healthier options (and sometimes even substitutions). This is a catering trend that is growing, as many people now prefer more ethical, sustainable food. As a bonus, sourcing food locally means it's fresher and tastier.

Instagrammable, Presentation-First Food

People eat with their eyes. A recent catering trend is to produce food that is imminently postable: food that photographs well and tastes great. One trend emerging from this is "tablescape" presentation: considering the entirety of the table as a singular work of art. When food is posted on Instagram, it can be a boon for the caterer as well as the business. 

Breakfast and Brunch Any Time of Day

There are few things as universally popular as breakfast and brunch. From waffles to bacon, there's something for everyone: and it feels like a treat. Even if your event isn't in the morning, consider a brunch catering menu. Brunch is simple to prepare, and there are some great ways to put a creative spin on it, such as with flavour combos for desserts.

Microbreweries and Independent Wineries

Don't forget the drinks! Libations are quickly becoming an important part of the corporate event, and microbreweries and independent wineries are at the top of the list. Local beer and wine is not only affordable, but also unique and interesting. Often, there are products that attendees may not even know are available. Many independent wineries operate sustainably and organically, and there are microbreweries that craft small batches that you can secure for your event. 

Creating a few creative, high-end cocktails is an excellent way to make an event memorable, as well as to complement the meal. Consider making all of your ingredients and your drinks local.

Comfortable, Delicious, and Casual Foods

Sometimes you want to go the opposite of decadent and sophisticated, and instead load up on comfort food. Ribs, mac-and-cheese, burgers, and more: these are foods that everyone likes. For a more casual event, comfort foods can give everyone a chance to enjoy something that they already love, rather than having to be more explorative with their palette.

Not everyone wants to be challenged with every meal. If you're catering an event that's supposed to be cosy, consider going with some mainstays and favourites. 

Grab-and-Go Corporate Catering

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For companies, grab-and-go catering is becoming popular. Often, catering is a reward for a business: but it's the food that people are really interested in. They want to be able to grab food and then leave, rather than being forced to socialize. This is especially true if there's a lot of business to be done, such as an event that occurs during a busy time.

Grab-and-go catering features small plates and handheld foods, and it's one of the best ways to cater an event that occurs in-office. It can also be good for events in which people are expected to mill about, such as art galleries where people will be wandering around. 

Food Truck Catering

Rather than acquiring individual catering, many larger events are now hiring food trucks. In fact, many catering companies are running their own food trucks for exactly this reason. Food truck catering is waning a little, as it does necessitate contracts with multiple vendors, and often it's priced at a little higher than traditional catering. However, there are few things as convenient for sizeable events. 

These are only a few of the top catering trends this year. In general, the catering industry is moving towards tailoring catering towards the event and the attendees. Rather than having a "one size fits all" catering solution, caterers are now finding the food and presentation that really resonates with their clients. To get started on your catered event, contact the experts at Laissez-faire.

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