The Complete Corporate Catering Guide for Sydney

Date Posted: 28/11/2019 9:07:37 AM
Posted By: Laissez-faire Catering


Organising a corporate event is a complicated matter. It's not just something that you're doing for leisure: you need to take it seriously, impress the company, and make sure that everyone has an excellent time.

The Different Types of Corporate Events

First: you need to determine what type of corporate event you're going to be running. There are many types of corporate events, and all of them are managed differently:

  • Product launches. These are product-focused and geared to generate buzz. Not only will employees be there, but likely members of the press and other third-parties as well. Your corporate catering is going to need to empress.
  • EOFY events. These are celebrations and moments to reflect, as the fiscal year closes. Employees are going to be expecting the company's best, because this is designed to celebrate their performance.
  • Christmas events. During the holidays, employees and their families may also be around. Consider whether alcohol will be served, and whether meals will need to be child-friendly.
  • Milestone celebrations. These celebrations are often smaller or on a department-by-department basis, but they nevertheless need to be bold and celebratory.
  • Award nights. A great way to provide employees with some praise for a job well done, award nights need to be handled with care. They have to be impressive, and show the employees that the company really does appreciate them.
  • Conferences. Conferences can be large or small, and often they need multiple menus because of the amount of time that they go through. Plan ahead for multiple meals, and think about both food and beverages.

As you can see, each of these will need to be organised in a different way. Apart from the head count, the type of corporate event is going to be the single most important thing you need to know.

How to Organise Your Event

First, get an accurate head count by asking your superiors who is required to come, or having people who aren't required to come RSVP well in advance. If more people come than that, you can't be held accountable for it! But do buffer the numbers that you get, so that getting more people or fewer people won't lead to a disaster.

After you have a head count, it's time to settle on a theme. That doesn't need to be anything complicated. While a theme could be something like "Bahama beaches," it can also be something as simple as the colours "raspberry and teal." The goal of a theme is just to tie everything together, and the effect can be either bold or subdued.

Once your theme is set, you need to create a menu. To do this, collect dietary information first. Your RSVP cards are an excellent way to do this. Create a menu that relates to the length of time that people are going to be there, what times they are going to be there (such as lunch time, or dinner time), and the general theme.

To accommodate dietary restrictions and picky eaters, consider creating a diverse menu that can be picked up piece by piece. A selection of desserts and appetisers can make it easier for people to pick and choose the things that they really want to eat.

And, of course, you need to find a venue.


When Should You Begin Planning

You should always begin to plan as soon as possible. The best venues are going to be booked out for a long time. Laissez-faire has a number of favourite venues: Australian National Maritime Museum, Urban Winery Sydney, State Library NSW, and Harbour 220. All of these are fantastic picks for a corporate catering event.

Now that you know everything there is to know about catering for corporate events, it may be time to contact a professional. Call us today at Laissez-faire to find out more information.

YOTS Cafe at Darling Harbour is Named NSW Tourism Awards Finalist

Date Posted: 29/10/2019 10:00:00 AM
Posted By: Laissez-faire Catering



YOTS Cafe  at the Australian National Maritime Museum has been selected as a finalist in the 2019 NSW Tourism Awards! The awards night will take place on November 14, where we will find out which venues across the state take home the awards for all their hard work.

What are the NSW Tourism Awards?

The NSW Tourism Awards recognises and celebrates excellence for businesses and venues in a range of tourism areas such as Tourist Attractions, Festivals and Events, Ecotourism, New Tourism Business, Destination Marketing, Accommodation and Excellence in Accessible Tourism. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the awards. In 2019 , the NSW Tourism Awards garnered 146 entrants from a range of businesses and venues. NSW Business Chamber CEO, Stephen Cartwright said “We’re thrilled to see so many businesses entering the Awards this year, many for the first time".

The finalists represent 26 categories. Cartwright outlined the significance of the occasion, saying “The NSW Tourism Awards are the most prestigious awards in the tourism industry, with a long history of celebrating and recognising business excellence, innovation and outstanding customer service by tourism operators."



The NSW Tourism Awards celebrate and acknowledge tourism businesses that demonstrate outstanding achievement throughout the year. YOTS Cafe is a finalist in category fifteen: Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services.

Laissez-faire caters for YOTS Cafe, one of the many facilities at the Australian National Maritime Museum. Located on Darling Harbour and with views of the city skyline, YOTS Cafe  is attractive due to its open-air dining.  This is in addition to the cafe's combination of Fish & Chips restaurant culture and sustainable practices in everyday operations. The licensed bar at YOTS Cafe provides a unique experience for guests to the Australian National Maritime Museum.


Gala Dinner

The ceremony will be hosted during a Gala Dinner on November 14 at the Four Seasons Sydney. Laissez-faire Catering can't wait to be there to represent YOTS Cafe! We love this cafe and are happy to get the chance to celebrate its continuing success.

2020 Conference Planning: Start Now

Date Posted: 14/10/2019 9:11:01 AM
Posted By: Laissez-faire Catering


The time to start planning for your company's 2020 conferences is now! Starting early on your event planning gives you the chance to make sure everything is perfect. You'll be able to take your time planning, connect with others for ideas, and secure the best venues and Sydney corporate catering services.

Why Should You Start Planning Your 2020 Conference Now?

The best venues and caterers are booked months in advance. If you want your event to really shine, you need to book a location as soon as possible — and that begins with research. You're not going to find the perfect venue overnight, nor are you going to be able to develop your catering menu immediately. Starting your planning now gives you time to really let the event reveal itself to you.

Here are the major advantages of starting early:

  • Don't get out booked. What happens if you wait too long, and can't find any available venues? You'll just have to settle for the venues that are available.
  • Get better rates. The earlier you book, the more likely you are to be able to get a great deal. Rates are going to rise closer to the date, as demand will also rise.
  • Plan more thoroughly. With more time, you can ensure that the occasion goes off without a hitch — something especially important for a large event.
  •  Get information to you attendees. The earlier you have a venue, the earlier you can tell your attendees where they're going, so you can plan ahead.
  • Plan for dietary restrictions. If you need to poll attendees regarding allergies and dietary restrictions, you will need additional planning time.
  • Get it out of the way. Undoubtedly, you're a busy person who has other responsibilities. Getting the planning over with means you won't get bogged down if you have other priorities.
  • Avoid any last minute issues. If a problem comes up, it'll come up now... not just before the event. You'll be better prepared and be able to reduce your risk.
  • Create a complete menu. The most memorable part of any business gathering is the food. Start crafting the menu now to make sure it's perfect by the time the conference begins.

There are many things that should be handled as soon as possible, and planning for a 2020 conference is one of them. 2020 is just around the corner, and if you haven't planned for your major events yet, you may find yourself having to rush later on.

Where Should You Start?

A conference is a tremendous undertaking. Many people don't start their conference planning immediately because they are feeling overwhelmed. But breaking your planning down into distinct steps and stages can help you manage your planning more effectively.

Start with your head count and your general idea for the event. How long will the conference run? What general location should the conference be in? Will it need to be closer to the airport or farther from it? All these questions will help you with our decision-making later on.

Take the time to consider your guests, who they are, and what they like. Plan an appropriate theme, and eventually that will lead you to the ideal venue. By planning ahead, you won't need to settle for whatever is available at the last minute.

There are some distinct advantages to connecting with a caterer before you select a venue. At Laissez-faire, we know the best venues in the area, and we're able to help customers find the venues that best suit the needs for their event. Not every venue is suitable to every occasion, and catering for corporate events in particular can require specific things from a venue. Contact Laissez-faire Today to Get Started Do you have a conference coming up in 2020? The time to book a caterer and a venue is now.

Contact Laissez-faire today to get started.

You can call us at (02) 9209 4810 or make an enquiry online

Planning a 2020 Wedding in Sydney

Date Posted: 11/10/2019 6:10:30 PM
Posted By: Laissez-faire Catering


Are you planning a 2020 wedding? It'll come faster than you think. Planning a wedding takes a lot of time — there's a lot to organize if you want to make sure that your special day goes off perfectly. Here's what you need to know about planning a wedding that's scheduled for next year.

First: Start Organizing Now

Wedding venues are sometimes booked years in advance. Caterers, photographers, bakers, and everyone else in the wedding industry understands this. As you get closer to your wedding date, there are going to be fewer and fewer options. Your dream wedding may not be available if you wait to book it. It could also be much more expensive.

Making decisions during the planning of a wedding takes time. You're going to be looking at catering companies, tasting menus, looking at cakes, tasting cakes, and so forth. It's not like catering for corporate events, where you can make decisions rapid-fire: you need to be able to ruminate on your options and decide what's best for you.

Your guest list is likely the most important component to organization. Both you and your soon-to-be spouse can create lists of the people that have to come and the people that you'd like to come. Use your budget to determine how many people are really feasible.

Find Your Venue Fast

Venue is one of the major things you should think about first. While you may be able to get a reasonable cake from most wedding bakers, a venue is special and unique. It may be more expensive to book a venue closer to the date, or just impossible. Once you have your venue in place, everything else often falls into place.

If you find a caterer before a venue, the catering company may be able to make suggestions. At Laissez-faire, we have relationships with some of the best venues in Sydney, and we're able to make suggestions based on our clients' needs and style.

Start Developing Your Menu

Consider seasonal produce, themed produce, and other options when developing your menu. Your caterer will be able to walk you through common wedding menus, and give you ideas that reflect you and your soon-to-be-spouse.

Many people go through quite a lot to attend a wedding, from taking off from work to traveling far distances. Food and a bar is usually the way that a wedding couple rewards their guests.

Conscientious catering companies are going to do things like save food on the side for you, so that you can still get to eat the food even if you're busy during the wedding. Catering matters at every event, but at a wedding it's even more important.

Start Hiring Professionals

Once you have your catering and venue down, it's time to start hiring photographers, musicians, and other professionals for your wedding. Again, anyone who specializes in weddings will often be booked in advance, so it's important to do this step early.

When looking for wedding professionals, take a look at reviews first. It'll indicate whether the professional is generally responsible and produces good work. A gallery of their work will also show you what they're capable of, such as the wedding gallery at Laissez-faire.

Send Out the Invitations

Invitations are another reason why it's so important for you to start planning your wedding quickly. You need to have a venue and a menu before you can even send out invitations, and you still need to collect RSVPs. Your guests will need to make arrangements, such as travel time, or finding someone to watch their children. Invitations should be sent out as soon as possible.

If you find that some people from your "must" list can't make it, you then have time to extend invitations for the people who you'd like to come.

Begin Planning Your Sydney Wedding Now

Ultimately, you don't want to feel rushed or anxious close to the date of your wedding. You want to feel as though you already planned for every situation, and everything is falling into place. To help your special day be perfect, you can take the pressure off and start planning now.

It's never too early to start planning for your wedding, especially since everything is usually booked out by months. If you're planning a wedding today, contact us at Laissez-faire, either through phone at (02) 9209 4810 or make an enquiry online.

Laissez-faire Catering is named catering partner for international arts conferences in Sydney this November

Date Posted: 4/10/2019 4:35:45 PM
Posted By: Laissez-faire Catering


After two successful editions in 2014 and 2016, the international arts conferences - Communicating the Arts and Culture Business - will return to Australia this year. Laissez-faire has been selected as the catering partner for these two prestigious events.

Exclusive Sydney Venues for the International Arts Conferences

These events will be made possible through collaboration with global partners. The Australian National Maritime Museum will be the main host partner of both conferences. The Art Gallery of New South Wales will also host elements of the formal and social programmes. The conferences will be held in collaboration with Tessitura and Platforme 10. Catering will be provided by Laissez-faire Catering.

Learn more about the Sydney International Arts Conferences

Across two weeks, the two leading international conferences will bring over 500 cultural leaders, senior arts professionals and innovators together. Expert speakers at this event represent Zambia, Spain, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Denmark, United States, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, and Australia. The purpose of these conferences is to accommodate the sharing of best cultural practices from all over the world. This allows for development opportunities within the international and national arts sector.

Communicating the Arts will be held across 12-14 November, 2019. The focus will be on Cultural Leadership. In particular, the conference asks:

  • What does it mean to be a leader in the 21st century?
  • Who leads the conversations in the cultural world?
  • Has digital turned arts institutions into followers or leaders?

Over three days, the conference will explore cultural leadership along four key axes:

Being Bold, Connecting, Truth Telling and (Re)inventing. Culture Business will be hosted from 21-22 November, 2019. This year the focus is on the Art of Fundraising. Culture Business examine cultural philanthropy by questioning the issues facing fundraisers today. It will ask:

  • How does one prospect, cultivate and retain a corporate sponsor?
  • How can a crisis be transformed into an opportunity?
  • What are the steps involved in designing, adopting and sticking to an effective long-term fundraising strategy?
  • How can we best engage with our boards and committees?
  • What type of development staffing structure is most conducive to success in fundraising?

The two programmes will feature a dynamic mix of masterclasses, case studies, keynotes, panel discussions and workshops, in group and in one-to-one learning opportunities. Interactive exercises such as Worldcafé, Knowledge Mixer and Learning Safari ensure delegates get the most out of the conference content. The social programmes include backstage visits and evening receptions at partner institutions, encouraging network development.

Laissez-faire Catering is excited to be involved in this enriching cultural programme. Be sure to follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook or Instagram for behind the scenes preparations. 

10 Tips for Tailored Events Catering in Sydney

Date Posted: 2/10/2019 2:29:00 PM
Posted By: Laissez-faire Catering

10 Tips for Tailored Events Catering in Sydney

If you're organising a tailored event, you also want your menu to be tailored, too. Your menu should be just as impressive as your event. The more unique and creative your catering is, the more memorable it will be. Here are some tips for organising your tailored events catering in Sydney. 

1. Plan Your Catering Ahead

You should start planning your catering immediately after you start planning your event. Your catering is going to impact a lot of your event, from the venue you choose to the theme and the decor. Often, the best catering companies may be booked in advance — and it takes time to plan a great menu. Once you choose a catering company, they can help you with the menu itself. 

2. Take a Look at Your Options

Sometimes looking at other tailored menus can give you ideas. Laissez-faire has a number of custom menus available online that you can review. Take notes regarding the menu items that you really love, and forward these menu ideas to your caterer. It can help them develp a feeel for what you're looking for in your tailored event. 

3. Check on Dietary Restrictions

Before you dig too deep in your menu planning, check on the dietary restrictions of your guests. Adjusting your menu to your guests will ensure that they all have a pleasant time, and it isn't as difficult as it might seem. At Laissez-faire, we are skilled in developing menus that offer options for everyone, while still remaining simple and clean. 

4. Go Local

Local produce isn't just fresher, it's also more sustainable. Local shops usually have specific items available, especially when it comes to seasonal produce. Use your local availability as a way to guide your menu development. You can create different menu items based on what's available, with specific produce as the "star" of the meal.

5. Ask Your Caterer for Ideas

Your caterer will have input regarding your events. Laissez-faire has been in business for decades, and has experience in virtually every type of menu. While you aren't obligated to take the suggestions, they can form an excellent jumping off point. Let your caterer know what type of tailored event you're having, and give them a few examples of the type of food you'd like. 

6. Consider Your Theme 

Your theme can produce a lot of guidance regarding the type of food that you want available. What is your event for? Do you want your guests sitting down for a full meal, or grazing on appetizers? Is your event more traditional, or more contemporary? Tailoring your catering to your event is easy when you have a very specific type of event in mind. 

7. Don't Forget the Drinks

Seasonal and themed cocktails really round out any custom menu. Consider "mocktails" for corporate events, or different varieties of lemonade or punch. You can have tea, coffee, and other drinks available, to augment the meals on your menu. For some events, the drinks are actually just as important as the menu items themselves. 

8. Think About the Time of Day

A breakfast menu is going to be considerably different from a lunch menu. But, no one says you can't serve a breakfast menu and dinner, or vice versa. Think about how you want to play with the types of foods available. If you want to do something unconventional, you can consider having breakfast items during the lunch or dinner, or doing different "plays" on breakfast items.

9. Create Many Smaller Menu Items

Rather than focusing on a few large, heavy dishes, consider lighter menu items like canapes. Smaller menu items are where a lot of Sydney catering really shines, because it allows guests to try a lot of different things that they like. It also lets you get a little more creative, as you'll know that your guests will find at least a few things that they love. 

10. Don't Forget the Kids

If your tailored event is going to include kids, let your Sydney caterer know. Often, children have different dietary needs, and they can be served with smaller and simpler plates. Your catering Sydney company can help you develop a complementary menu to the adult's menu, and ensure that parents don't feel that their kids have been left out. 

Catering is one of the most important aspects of any event, because it's the thing that people look forward to and the thing that they talk about later. Figuring out your menu ahead of time is extremely important, but you don't need to figure out your menu alone. Planning tailored events catering in Sydney is our specialty. Contact us at (02) 9209 4810 or make an online enquiry.

Why Catering for Corporate Events Should be Planned and Organised in Advance

Date Posted: 24/09/2019 8:00:00 AM
Posted By: Laissez-faire Catering

Why Catering for Corporate Events Should be Planned and Organised in Advance

Don't plan your catering at the last minute! Catering is one of the most important features of any corporate event. Even though it might not be a part of the agenda, it's a large part of what will make everyone feel comfortable, productive, and valued. Here are a few of the reasons why it's important to arrange your Sydney corporate catering in advance.

Why Should You Schedule Your Catering in Advance?

Foremost, your catering company is going to work very closely with your venue. Booking a venue and a caterer early on is important: you can't get a good venue, with the right available dates, last minute. The later you book, the more expensive the venue becomes, and the more difficult a caterer becomes to secure. The best venues are often booked months in advance. 

If you want to compare quotes and menus, the process can be even longer. 

Many caterers, such as Laissez-faire, have developed relationships with specific venues and can advise you on the best venue to have. If you work with a caterer first, you'll know which venues tend to work best for them, and which venues will work best for your type of event and size of event. Apart from providing catering for corporate events, catering companies can also suggest themes and decor. 

And you don't want to rush your planning. Securing a caterer early on gives you more time to think about what you want, in terms of food, menus, and drinks. Your event won't come off as disorganised and rushed, and you'll be able to keep your guests informed and prepared as to what they can expect. There are many elements of catering that take time, such as collecting RSVPs, and making sure that you're meeting everyone's dietary needs. You can't rush these things without the event itself feeling unprofessional. 

Getting your preliminary planning out of the way means that you can then focus on other, more complicated things. Once you have the venue and caterer in hand, you'll be able to better plan and budget for things like decor. 

How to Organise Your Corporate Event Planning

It's important to secure a caterer and a venue early. But it can be difficult to manage time, especially if you're arranging multiple events, or trying to arrange an event while you're doing other things. If you're still wondering what the theme is going to be for your corporate event, how many people are going to arrive, or what your budget is, a caterer and a venue may feel very far off. 

Here are some ways you can improve upon the organisation of your event planning.

  • Create a checklist. A checklist makes it easy for you to manage even more complex events. Organise your checklist based on your priorities, and make sure to check things off as you accomplish them! You may even want to create a separate checklist each morning, of things you need to accomplish that day.
  • Establish a budget early on. Your budget is going to influence nearly every aspect of your event, from the catering to the venue. Not only do you need to know the total budget, but also the budget per head — and that means getting in those RSVPs.
  • Separate things into milestones and tasks. Huge milestones can be broken up into smaller tasks, to make them more manageable. You don't necessarily need to "book a venue" today, but you need to: research venues, call for quotes, and look up reviews. 
  • Create deadlines and frequently check-in. Knowing when things need to be done by can improve upon your organisational system. Check your deadlines to make sure everything's being handled on time. If deadlines are missed, the entire event schedule can be set back. 
  • Get things done as early as possible. If you're waiting on one thing, why not try to accomplish another? Getting things like catering and venues organised early on will take things off your plate, and let you focus on other things such as designs and menus. 
  • Ask for input from your caterer, employees, and coworkers. You don't need to do everything alone. Your caterer can give you professional advice regarding your event, while employees and coworkers can tell you what they'd like to see.

For the most part, organising a company event is about taking it step-by-step. As long as you're well-organised and continually making progress, you should be able to create an event that's unforgettable. And once you find your caterer, everything else often falls into place. 

Are you planning a corporate event? It's never too early to book a caterer. We provide complete corporate event services, and can even connect you to some of the best venues in Sydney. Contact us today at (02) 9209 4810 or make an enquiry online.

Urban Winery Sydney's Cocktail Christmas Package

Date Posted: 18/09/2019 5:45:39 PM
Posted By: Laissez-faire Catering

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Looking for an unforgettable way to end 2019 with your team?

Our current featured Sydney venue, Urban Winery Sydney, is currently offering an exceptional Christmas Cocktail Lunch Package that is sure to leave a lasting impression.

"You will feel as though you have been transported to the vineyards of regional NSW in the heart of the city, and with help from your dedicated event manager, we will look after you each step of the way ensuring your event is a memorable one."

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What's Included in the Package?

$98 per person | 12pm - 4pm

  • 4 Hour Urban Winery Sydney Beverage Package
  • (2 x A.Retief Red wines 2 x A.Retief White wines, 2 x Craft Beer options,
    Soft drinks, Still and Sparkling water)
  • Exclusive hire of the Winery / Barrel Room
  • A selection of 7 canapés + 2 substantial canapés per person
  • Personal Event Manager
  • All front of house staff
  • Central Bar
  • Cocktail tables and stools
  • (Minimum 80 Guests)

Give us a call on (02) 9209 4810 or make an enquiry here about this package.

State Library of NSW Function Rooms: Perfect for Your Next Event

Date Posted: 9/09/2019 11:19:29 PM
Posted By: Laissez-faire Catering

Situated between the Royal Botanic Gardens and Parliament House on Macquarie Street, the State Library has a range of function rooms to accommodate small to large events.

Boasting the grand elegance of the historic Mitchell building and the modern versatility of the Macquarie Street building, the State Library of New South Wales is truly an elegant and a unique Sydney venue.

Function rooms

Dixson Room

The Dixson Room at the State Library of NSW is a spacious room with high ceilings and original oil paintings adorning the walls. It's ideal for:

  • conferences
  • luncheons
  • dinners
  • cocktail parties
  • sit-down meetings
  • weddings

Dixson Room - State Library of NSW Sydney Veneu

Dixson Room - State Library of NSW Sydney Veneu

Dixson Room - State Library of NSW Sydney Veneu

Dixson Room - State Library of NSW Sydney Veneu

Friends Room

Located on the ground floor of the historic Mitchell Library building, the Friends Room gives out a historic ambiance and intimate charm - perfect for cocktail parties for up to 130 people.

Friends Room - State Library of NSW Sydney Veneu

Friends Room - State Library of NSW Sydney Veneu

Friends Room - State Library of NSW Sydney Veneu


The classical Australian craftsmanship of Mitchell Galleries compliment any exhibitions using this space. These are well suited for:

  • cocktail parties
  • theatre
  • presentations

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Galleries - State Library of NSW Sydney Veneu

Galleries - State Library of NSW Sydney Veneu

Galleries - State Library of NSW Sydney Veneu

Galleries - State Library of NSW Sydney Veneu

Galleries - State Library of NSW Sydney Veneu

Galleries - State Library of NSW Sydney Veneu

Galleries - State Library of NSW Sydney Veneu

Galleries - State Library of NSW Sydney Veneu

Galleries - State Library of NSW Sydney Veneu

Gallery Room

The Gallery Room at the State Library of NSW is warm and spacious with high ceilings and a decorative stained glass window. It is ideal for:

  • conferences
  • luncheons
  • dinners
  • cocktail parties
  • sit-down meetings
  • weddings for up to 120 people

Gallery Room - State Library of NSW Sydney Veneu

Gallery Room - State Library of NSW Sydney Veneu

Gallery Room - State Library of NSW Sydney Veneu

Gallery Room - State Library of NSW Sydney Veneu

Gallery Room - State Library of NSW Sydney Veneu

Gallery Room - State Library of NSW Sydney Veneu

Metcalfe auditorium

The Metcalfe Auditorium is perfect for a wide range of:

  • presentations
  • seminars
  • meetings
  • lectures

Catering is easily organised with the nearby Macquarie Room.

Metcalfe Auditorium - State Library of NSW Sydney Veneu

Metcalfe Auditorium - State Library of NSW Sydney Veneu

Metcalfe Auditorium - State Library of NSW Sydney Veneu

Book at the State Library of New South Wales for your Next Event

 Learn more about the State Library of New South Wales here:

For more information on the beautiful rooms available at the State Library of New South Wales, visit our venue page.

Give us a call on (02) 9209 4810 or make an enquiry about this venue today:

How to Choose the Ultimate Conference Event Menu

Date Posted: 26/08/2019 10:45:54 PM
Posted By: Laissez-faire Catering
How to Choose the Ultimate Conference Event Menu Sydney

From the technology to the venue, corporate conferences take a lot of work. But if you're organising a corporate conference, one of the most important things to remember is the food. If you're an Executive Assistant or Event Assistant, you're likely responsible for ensuring that all the little details go without a hitch. There are few things that people remember as strongly as not getting fed well!

Organising a Corporate Conference  in Sydney

Conference catering is challenging. There needs to be a variety of food, and often an assortment of different types of food throughout the day. You aren't just creating a single menu, but rather an entire menu throughout the conference. 

To that end, you need to:

  • Know how many people are attending. This is the most important piece of information, because it controls how much food needs to be purchased, and how large the venue is.
  • Find out whether there are any dietary restrictions. Some people attending may have serious allergies, be on a grain-free diet, or be vegetarian or vegan. Having these options for them is considerate, and not having these options available will be remembered.
  • Figure out how long the conference will be. This controls which meals will be served. For many conferences, there will be at least two snacks (a morning tea and an afternoon tea) and a lunch. 

Of course, these are just the tips you need to follow for the catering itself. There's a lot more to plan with a conference event, but catering is at least one of the areas that you can easily outsource to someone else. By hiring a professional catering company like Laissez-faire Catering, you can rely upon someone else to serve the food, and you can concentrate on other things. 

Work With the Voice of Experience at Laissez-faire Catering

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At Laissez-faire Catering, we've been involved in conference planning and conference catering in Sydney for 30 years. We know the ins and outs of catering conference events, which includes building a complete menu. Our conference menus are designed to be elegant and memorable.

Here's an example of one of our popular conference menus:

  • On arrival, guests receive their choice of freshly brewed fair trade, organic coffee and hand-selected teas, served with chilled water.
  • During morning tea, guests select two of the following: Bircher muesli, natural yoghurt, mini sweet muffins, mixed berry friands, bacon and egg tarts, smoked salmon bagels, petite croissant, bacon BBQ egg roll, mini orange cake, fruit'n'nut muesli bar, or seasonal fruit platter.
  • During afternoon tea, guests select one from the following: mini sweet muffins, mixed berry friands, heirloom tomato quiche, bite-sized scones, house-made sausage roll, carrot cake, roast turkey croissant, dark chocolate brownie, mini baked doughnuts, mini orange cake, Macaron collection, seasonal fruit platter, fruit'n'nut muesli bar.
  • During lunch, guests are served a selection of artisanal sandwiches. This includes gourmet sandwiches with roast chicken or egg, chive and pepper, filled baguettes with either sliced roast beef or ham, and a seasonal fruit platter, and orange juice. 

This is just one of our conference menus! We developed three bespoke conference menus because we know  not ever conference is the same. Note that these menus accommodate many diets and diet restrictions, including grain-free options, vegetarian options, and vegan options. Guests are able to have a variety of food throughout the day, starting with very light fare during the morning tea, and leading into more robust meals at lunch. Further, guests are allowed complete control of the options that they eat, rather than being served fixed course selections.

In addition to the food itself, coffee and tea remain available throughout the day, making it easy for guests to enjoy the beverage of their choice with their meal. 

Creating a menu that is diverse, accommodates potential diet restrictions, and allows for choice is an on-going challenge, but it can be resolved by working with a professional. Laissez-faire Catering has been curating conference event menus for three decades, and knows exactly what works best for conference guests.

Review Our Conference Menu and Give Us a Call

Are you looking for ideas for your next conference event? You can start getting ideas about what you want for your conference by looking at our conference menus. Once you have a better idea of what you'd like,   give us a call on (02) 9209 4810 or fill out our enquiry form. We can work with you to find a menu that is unique to your business, or we can use a menu that we've already created before that you like.

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Laissez-faire Catering Sydney - Everything You Need to Know About Our Catering Services

Date Posted: 13/08/2019 2:45:00 PM
Posted By: Laissez-faire Catering

Everything you Need to Know About Our Catering Services 

Laissez-faire catering has over 30 years of experience as a Sydney catering company, specializing in fresh, local produce, and creative, inventive catering menus. Offering the best in corporate, conference, conference, and retail catering services, Laissez-faire has what you need to make sure your next event is unforgettable.

Every Type of Food, Every Type of Catering, at Laissez-faire

At Laissez-faire, we offer tailored menus for your event. Not only do we customize our menus based on your company's needs, but we also customize them based on the fresh, seasonal produce available. We work directly with local producers and farmers to make sure that our ingredients are of the highest quality — and we match our foods to your type of event.

Whether you need BBQ catering Sydney or modern, contemporary fare, Laissez-faire has it covered. We work with you to create a menu from scratch. Whether you want general catering in a certain cuisine or you want a specialty menu that's designed to suite a theme, we'll develop the perfect solutions for you.

Our menus are carefully crafted depending on type of event — whether you need small, finger foods that are easily eaten, or full lunches and dinners that will leave your guests completely sated. Any type of catering you need can be found at Laissez-faire.

From Venue to Menu, Laissez-faire Offers the Best in Catering Sydney

Planning corporate events and private events can be a challenge. One of the major challenges is finding a venue. Laissez-faire works with a number of spectacular venues throughout Sydney, and can make suggestions for any size of corporate catering or private event. We have a list of venues that we know work well with our catering services, and we can also work around any venues provided by our customers.

Laissez-faire offers:

  • Corporate catering Sydney. Depending on the type of your corporate event, Laissez-faire can create the perfect menu for you. Whether you're interested in corporate award night catering or conference catering, the food has to be enjoyable while also facilitating the event itself. We work with you to plan your event out perfectly, whether the food is the star of the show or intended to be something more convenient and unobtrusive.
  • Sydney office catering. Bring the catering to your event, with office catering services — customized to your business. Not all corporate events have to be held at a separate venue. We can help you determine whether your office is the better place for a corporate event, and bring catering directly into your office without distraction or disruption.
  • Cocktail event catering on Sydney Harbour. One of our most popular and beloved venues, the modern Sydney Harbour is the perfect place for cocktail events. From wedding receptions to Sydney End of Financial Year (EOFY) event catering, Laissez-faire and Sydney Harbour can help. Cocktail event catering provides a relaxed, upscale atmosphere during which employees can socialize and connect.
  • Sydney wedding catering. Wedding catering needs to be done perfectly, and that means that the venue and the catering service need to be able to work together. We'll help you find the best catering Sydney CBD location for your wedding, as well as the menus to match.
  • Private event catering. If you need it catered, Laissez-faire can help. Laissez-faire provides full, general Sydney catering services for both private and corporate events.

We provide catering for events at our favourite sydney venues, and we provide Sydney event venue recommendations for our clients tailored to their needs. With the best in catering equipment Sydney, catering supplies Sydney, and customized, boutique menu and drink lists — everything that you need to make your next event perfect.

Get the Perfect Menu for Your Next Event Today

If you need conference catering, private catering for events in Sydney, wedding catering, or anything else in between, connect with us today.

Want to see more? You can follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or LinkedIn. We regularly post some of our fantastic menus and catering services.

Sign up to our newsletter for monthly updates on what we're doing around Sydney, exclusive deals and specials, or, contact us today on (02) 9209 4810. You can also make an enquiry online.

Planning a Company Awards Night to Remember

Date Posted: 6/08/2019 2:40:35 PM
Posted By: Laissez-faire Catering

Planning a Company Awards Night Sydney 

Awards nights are an excellent way to show your employees the recognition they deserve. Employees thrive on being recognized for their contributions. Happy, satisfied employees are more productive. But an awards night has to be carefully designed if it's going to be meaningful and sincere. Here's what you need to know about planning your  company awards night.

Getting Started: the Corporate Event

We have an updated guide for business events, ranging from choosing a venue to creating the perfect theme. An awards night is just a type of corporate event, but one where awards and speeches are likely to be the focus of the night. Food needs to be designed and customized around the theme of the award night, rather than providing general, catered snacks. 

Factors to Consider When Planning an Awards Night

Annual Gala Dinner and Alumni Awards 2019 at The Great Hall, The University of Sydney 

Your awards night is about making your team feel special. To that end, you need the perfect venue, menu, amenities, and more. Here are a few of the major factors you should consider:

  • Location. Laissez-faire Catering has access to some of the best venues in Sydney. Employees generally don't want to attend an awards night in their office; they already spend all the time there. A modern, contemporary dining location or a large conference hall will be better, depending on the size of the event. 
  • Menu. That's our expertise at Laissez-faire. You can check out our menus online, including the canape, shared, and plated menus. We can tailor the menu to your event. An awards show may have plated menus in addition to snacks and appetizers.
  • Invitations. Organizing your awards night is important. Email reminders, physical flyers, and posts on the company intranet will make sure that no one is left out. RSVPs are important, either from employees directly or department heads, so you know exactly who is coming. This may also need to include any dietary restrictions.
  • Guest capacity. Your venue is going to be strongly influenced by the amount of guests you have. We work with Sydney venues that range from 50 to 500; there's a perfect venue for events of any size. 
  • AV equipment. For an awards show, this is particularly important. AV equipment is usually available from the venue, but if you need any specialty gear you will usually need to rent it and install it before the event.
  • Lighting, decoration, and tablescapes. An event is all about the glamour. Kicking up the decor a notch will really make it a memorable event, and the decor itself can be themed to match the menu.
  • Fun additions. No one wants to listen to speeches all night. Consider adding some fun additions to your awards night such as a photo booth, cameras at the entrance, red carpets, themed cocktails and themed canapes (such as in business colors), and more. Guests can be encouraged to share their pictures under a special hashtag, or can be included in a photo book printed later.

And, of course, awards events need to properly feature the awards. Make sure awards are designed, printed, and etched in advance, and that the individuals potentially receiving awards are given prior notice to prepare.

When a company awards night is done right, it can become something that employees look forward to every single year. An awards night gives you a chance to tell your employees that they're really expected and appreciated. For more information about creating this important night, contact the experts at Laissez-faire.

Alexandria Venues to Host Your Next Event

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


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

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.  


  • Banquet: 180
  • Cocktail: 200


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

Package 2: Red Hot Nights Winter Packages

Red Hot Nights Winter Packages

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


  • Venue hire
  • Catering 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.

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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. 


  • Guests: 10 to 2,500


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


  • 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.  

Make an enquiry about this special

The Best Catering Trends This Year

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


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


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.

Tablescapes: How Caterers Transform Tables into an Exquisite Dining Experience

Date Posted: 17/06/2019 8:04:00 AM
Posted By: Laissez-faire Catering

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Gorgeous, beautiful, and supremely  "instagrammable": tablescapes are on the rise. Rather than concentrating solely on the artistry of the meals themselves, tablescapes serve up an entire table of food along with well-designed, themed table decor. Tablescapes are an immense and singular work of art, and while they take a lot of additional effort, they produce an incredible "wow" factor.

Here's everything you need to know about the biggest catering trend of the year.

What Exactly is a "Tablescape"?

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A tablescape blurs the line between the decor and the food, making it so that the decorations and the food blend seamlessly into a specific theme. Seasons, colour-scapes, or the type of event may be used to create the designs. Tablescapes are so incredibly visually dramatic because the entirety of the table is a single art piece. Often, a single, large design is laced through the center of the table.

What Are the Advantages of a Tablescape?

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Why are tablescapes becoming so popular? It's because they have a number of advantages over traditional, discrete catering services. Here are a few of the major advantages:

  • Tablescapes help set the mood of the event. Considered, to be elegant, sophisticated, and classy, tablescapes become a part of the decor. With a well-designed tablescape, you barely need to decorate the rest of the venue. The tablescape becomes a centrepiece to the venue, and you can get away with less decor overall. 
  • Tablescapes are extremely shareable. If you're hosting an event that you want to be photographed and shared, tablescapes are perfect. Tablescapes set the scene, making for gorgeous pictures that will be the envy of many. This is perfect for an event that you want to be well-photographed and well-shared. 
  • Tablescapes are becoming very popular. Modern caterers are interested in designing tablescapes, and they've become quite efficient at it. A caterer is going to be able to make an excellent tablescape very quickly, thereby improving upon the event as a whole.  
  • Tablescapes immediately elevate an event. As they are considered to be very sophisticated, a tablescape can automatically elevate an event to something that is more professional, polished, and intriguing. 

All of these advantages mean that a tablescape isn't just gorgeous in and of itself: it's also a shortcut for making the event as a whole better. 

What Are the Challenges for a Tablescape? 

As attractive as it is, tablescapes aren't without their challenges. There's a reason why an expert caterer is needed for a tablescape. Some challenges include:

  • Not overcrowding the table. As there are designs and food on the table, it's important to still provide enough space for the diners.
  • Creating a complete, thematic design. A design requires both art and utility, and it demands both aesthetic sense and experience.
  • Providing high quality food. Food can't just be beautiful; it also has to be delicious. It's important that the taste still be prioritised over service.

All of these challenges can be adequately covered by the right caterer, but it highlights the importance of working with an experienced service. 

Examples of Some Gorgeous Tablescapes


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The best caterers will be able to produce a gorgeous, custom tablescape by seeing some examples of the type of tablescape that you're interested in. Here are a few examples:

  • Seasonal tablescapes. These utilise the colours of the season, as well as fresh produce that is available that season. Often, a seasonal tablescape is going to feature accent pieces that relate to holidays that are within the season. Autumn tablescapes could feature oranges and browns, along with fall leaves, and the dishes may feature things such as citrus, wine, and cinnamon. 
  • Floral tablescapes. These use flowers and plants to decorate the tablescape, making a table that looks like a giant bouquet. Fresh cut flowers can be incorporated directly into the design, though care must be taken to not include heavily fragrant flowers that could potentially damage the taste of the food. Fresh flowers are perfect for light, bright, and airy events. 
  • Minimal tablescapes. These hyper-modern tablescapes make the food the focus, but still integrate the table into the design. Colour can be used to emphasise the food on a minimal tablescape, by making it greyscale and making the food really pop. Alternatively, only a few very simple items of decor could be used to surround the food, and emphasise it. This lends itself to fusion foods and small bites. 

You can take a look at tablescapes on Pinterest and in design magazines for more information and inspiration,   or talk to the experts at Laissez-faire Catering  for table  and tablescape  design    ideas.   If you already have   created a pinboard, you can show it to us to find out more about what   possible design  we can offer you.

Corporate Events in Sydney: How to find a venue and a caterer

Date Posted: 11/06/2019 6:00:00 AM
Posted By: Laissez-faire Catering

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What is an event without the right venue and caterer? In many cases, your venue and caterer will go hand-in-hand: they need to be able to work well together. Here are some tips for finding a caterer and a venue for your next corporate event.

Should You Find a Caterer or a Venue First?

Unless you're interested in a specific type of venue, it's better to find a caterer first. Many caterers have a list of venues that they prefer. Caterers need specific setups to be able to perform their best, and they'll know which venue is best-suited to their work. A Sydney caterer will have experience with Sydney venues, as well, and be able to tell you whether your corporate event would be better in a specific location.

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How can you find catering options in Sydney?

  • Word-of-mouth. Asking around can help you find a caterer that your colleagues have had good experiences with. Many people remember particularly memorable food and service, especially at larger events.
  • Online reviews and presence. Online reviews and social media can direct you to the caterers in your area. Search for caterers that have posted food and services that look good for your event.
  • Venues themselves. If there is a specific venue that you're interested in, you can always ask them who they often use for catering. They'll be used to using this vendor, and will be knowledgeable about their general capabilities.
  • Once you've found a caterer, you can begin actually planning your event. Often, a caterer will help you plan out many aspects of the event, and will be able to advise you on their needs from you as well.

Of course, once you've connected to caterers in your area, you can interview with them and get quotes from them to find out whether they're right for your next corporate event.

Looking for Corporate Event Venues in Sydney

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If you're looking for a corporate event venue on your own, you can look online first. As with caterers, you can look through online reviews to determine whether their reputation is good. 

Google Map search will help you find venues that are near your office, but you still need to check the ratings of the venue to make sure they're up to your standards. Pages on social media will also host reviews, telling you what you can expect from the venue — and, of course, you should always do a walkthrough first.

Before choosing a venue, consider:

  • The type of event you're having. Do you need a sitting, dining, or standing room? Are you looking for a more formal or casual atmosphere?
  • The amount of people coming. Make sure you know exactly how many individuals are arriving, and make sure that you leave some wiggle room.
  • Whether you can host it in-office. If it suits your event, your caterer may be able to help you host your event in-office, to save on money.

Once you've chosen both a venue and a caterer, you will begin working with them to determine the theme and the design of your new corporate event. Your venue and caterer will help you shape this event, because they'll tell you what their capabilities are, and what they advise. 

General Tips for Finding a Caterer or Venue in Sydney

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There are a few questions in particular that you should ask when you're interviewing a caterer or a venue:

  • How long have you been in business? The longer a caterer or venue has been in business, the more competent and experienced they will be. A caterer who has been in business for a long time is likely to be able to adapt very easily to new situations, and will be more capable if unexpected events occur.
  • Have you done this type of event before? Some caterers or venues specialise in specific types of events. Some do mostly corporate events, others do mostly private events. Make sure that you find a caterer and venue that has completed a significant amount of corporate projects before.
  • Do you have a portfolio of your work? A portfolio will be an excellent way to determine whether the caterer or the venue produces the food and services that you're interested in. 
  • Can you give me a quote for this event? Often, you may want to get a quote from several vendors. But don't just go with the cheapest one: you'll need to investigate what you're getting for the cost.
  • Where do you source your food from? Today, many people are looking for caterers that have sustainable, green food sourcing methods. Fresher, local foods are often more impressive.

When answered, these questions will give you more of an insight into whether a caterer or venue is right for you.  Need help finding the right venue for your next corporate event?  Laissez-faire Catering can help - contact us today for expert advise.

A Stunning Gala and Awards Night at the University of Sydney

Date Posted: 3/06/2019 2:56:58 PM
Posted By: Laissez-faire Catering

Laissez-faire Catering  is proud to be a part of another perfectly delivered event! Check out the event details and photos below.

Sydney event details:

 Event: Annual Gala Dinner+Alumni Awards 2019

Date:  23 May 2019

Venue:   The Great Hall

Attendance: 170 people

Menu:   Cocktail on arrival + 3 course dinner


Bethrunga lamb with aubergine, sun-blushed tomatoes and olive crostini  Mushroom, truffle and parmesan arancini ball (V)

Sourdough bread rolls with organic butter, olive oil and balsamic vinegar

Beetroot and gin cured Mt Cook salmon, crushed cucumber, shaved fennel salad, basil oil (GF/LF) 

Marinated Buffalo mozzarella, peas, broad beans, mint and oven dried cherry tomatoes (GF/V)

Lemon pepper spiced Hiramasa kingfish, roasted cherry tomato medley with olive cheeks, baby capers and lemon thyme (GF/LF)

Dijon crusted Wagyu rump, soft gorgonzola polenta, sautéed mushroom herb jus (GF)  Roasted winter vegetable tian, chimichurri tomato and edamame (VN)

Caramelised pear tarte tatin, candied walnut, brandy anglaise

Organic and sustainable coffee | Selection of fine teas

Pepperton Estate Brut Cuvee | Pepperton Estate Sauvignon Blanc NSW
Pepperton Estate Shiraz NSW | James Boag Premium | James Boag Premium Light
Espresso Martini ($15 at the bar)

Annual Gala Dinner and Alumni Awards 2019 at The Great Hall, The University of Sydney

Annual Gala Dinner and Alumni Awards 2019 at The Great Hall, The University of Sydney 

Annual Gala Dinner and Alumni Awards 2019 at The Great Hall, The University of Sydney 

Annual Gala Dinner and Alumni Awards 2019 at The Great Hall, The University of Sydney  

Annual Gala Dinner and Alumni Awards 2019 at The Great Hall, The University of Sydney   

Annual Gala Dinner and Alumni Awards 2019 at The Great Hall, The University of Sydney 

Annual Gala Dinner and Alumni Awards 2019 at The Great Hall, The University of Sydney  


Annual Gala Dinner and Alumni Awards 2019 at The Great Hall, The University of Sydney 

Annual Gala Dinner and Alumni Awards 2019 at The Great Hall, The University of Sydney

Annual Gala Dinner and Alumni Awards 2019 at The Great Hall, The University of Sydney

Annual Gala Dinner and Alumni Awards 2019 at The Great Hall, The University of Sydney

Annual Gala Dinner and Alumni Awards 2019 at The Great Hall, The University of Sydney

Annual Gala Dinner and Alumni Awards 2019 at The Great Hall, The University of Sydney 

Photo credit:
Joel Mesas

Celebrate your next event at The University of Sydney

 Book your next event at The University of Sydney  or check out our other Sydney venues here.   For enquiries fill out the form on this page   or give us a call on (02) 9209 4810.  We can't wait to hear from you!

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