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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.

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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

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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

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.
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

Includes:

  • 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.

Make an enquiry about this special

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
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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

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.  

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

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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.

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

CANAPES

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

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

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

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

MAIN
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)

DESSERT
Caramelised pear tarte tatin, candied walnut, brandy anglaise

APRES
Organic and sustainable coffee | Selection of fine teas

DRINKS
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
www.joelmesas.com
https://www.instagram.com/joeljowe/

Celebrate your next event at The University of Sydney

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