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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.

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Sustainable Events

Date Posted: 21/02/2019 7:00:00 AM
Posted By: Roselen Fernandez

Laissez-Faire Catering is committed to taking the sustainable path in a largely environmentally-unfriendly industry. We consistently implement new methods of reducing waste, attend workshops highlighting eco friendly practices, and form partnerships with like-minded businesses to decrease our carbon footprint.

Embracing Local Products

  • Laissez-Faire Catering uses sustainable, organic, pesticide-free and antibiotic-free ingredients and products from farms in Berry, Richmond, Erina and urban farms right here in Sydney.
  •  We source our wines from vineyards that practice organic and sustainable farming, and suggest sourcing beer, spirits, and specialty beverages from local vendors. 

 

Avoiding Waste

The average wedding or large event produces 400-600lbs of garbage!

  • Laissez-faire Catering reduces our impact by utilizing reusable service wares when possible and compostable products when applicable.
  • We are committed to composting and recycling both in our own venues and off-site.
  • We avoid plastic water bottles (in favor of good old Sydney tap, or glass and aluminum), and avoid all single-use and non-recyclable plastics.
  • We use strict food measuring, inventorying, and storing techniques to avoid food waste.

Avoiding Food Waste

Engaging in Community Responsibility

Laissez-faire Catering is committed to supporting our local neighbourhoods and communities.

Laissez-faire Catering reduces food waste and supports the community by partnering with OzHarvest. OzHarvest is Australia's leading food rescue charity. We collect quality surplus food, distribute it to people in need and divert food waste from landfill.

Laissez-faire Catering reduces food waste and supports the community by partnering with OzHarvest 

Learn more about our sustainable practices here.

If you have a specific question about how we can run your event sustainably,  contact us or give us a call on   (02) 9209 4810.

Zero Waste Corporate Events: How We Organise a Sustainable Event

Date Posted: 21/02/2019 7:00:00 AM
Posted By: Laissez-faire Catering

Laissez-Faire Catering is committed to taking the sustainable path in a largely environmentally-unfriendly industry. We consistently implement new methods of reducing waste, attend workshops highlighting eco friendly practices, and form partnerships with like-minded businesses to decrease our carbon footprint.

Embracing Local Products to Reduce Event Waste

  • Laissez-Faire Catering uses sustainable, organic, pesticide-free and antibiotic-free ingredients and products from farms in Berry, Richmond, Erina and urban farms right here in Sydney.
  •  We source our wines from vineyards that practice organic and sustainable farming, and suggest sourcing beer, spirits, and specialty beverages from local vendors. 

 

Avoiding Waste  for Corporate Events

The average wedding or large event produces 400-600lbs of garbage!

  • Laissez-faire Catering reduces our impact by utilizing reusable service wares when possible and compostable products when applicable.
  • We are committed to composting and recycling both in our own venues and off-site.
  • We avoid plastic water bottles (in favor of good old Sydney tap, or glass and aluminum), and avoid all single-use and non-recyclable plastics.
  • We use strict food measuring, inventorying, and storing techniques to avoid food waste.

Avoiding Food Waste

Engaging in Community Responsibility

Laissez-faire Catering is committed to supporting our local neighbourhoods and communities.

Laissez-faire Catering reduces food waste and supports the community by partnering with OzHarvest. OzHarvest is Australia's leading food rescue charity. We collect quality surplus food, distribute it to people in need and divert food waste from landfill.

Laissez-faire Catering reduces food waste and supports the community by partnering with OzHarvest 

Learn more about our sustainable practices here.

If you have a specific question about how we can run your event sustainably,  contact us or give us a call on   (02) 9209 4810.

Wedding Trends: Sit Down Dining Vs Food Stations

Date Posted: 24/10/2018 6:00:00 AM
Posted By: Roselen Fernandez

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Wedding Trends: Sit Down Dining Vs Food Stations

We all know what a "traditional wedding" entails. Flowers, round tables, a  small dance floor, table settings, wine and a sit down 3 course meal.

While this sounds fantastic, it might not be for everyone. At Laissez-faire we are always meeting couples who just aren't sure about having a traditional wedding. We brainstorm ideas, come up with a menu and talk about different ways that menu can be served.

We also meet many couples who are sold on the traditional wedding idea straight away - which is fine!

No matter what option you go with, it's still your special day. You should feel comfortable whether you decide to stray away from the norm or stick to the traditional style of wedding we all know and love.

We don't have a preference - we just love weddings :)

Food Stations at a Wedding?

You heard right! Food stations are probably the most casual way to dine, but that doesn't mean they don't have a place at your wedding.

Food stations allow guests to get on their feet and mingle. It also provides the power of choice which we are finding is becoming very important in catering today.   Everyone has different tastes; why force them to sit down and eat a 3 course meal with ingredients they may not like? 

It's also good to keep in mind dietary restrictions and any allergies your guests may have. You don't want anyone going home sick because they ate something they weren't supposed to.   With food stations at your wedding you are allowing your friends and family to choose whatever they want. Importantly, they can avoid foods they don't like or are allergic to.

Picky eaters will find something they like and stick to it. More adventurous guests will go on a flavour journey, trying everything from each food station.   They can go back for seconds, thirds, fourths!

If you're after a more casual and relaxed environment for your wedding with ample choice and delightful decorations, food stations might be the way to go. But what kind of food stations would you have at your wedding? Here's some ideas.

Food Station Ideas for Your Wedding

  • The Classic Spread: cheese selection, cured meat shaved at the station,  olives,  bread, baguettes and crackers
  • Fruit & Nut Station: dried and fresh fruits, including grapes, apricots, strawberries,  figs,  banana chips,  nuts of all kinds
  • Healthy Station: smoked salmon slices to put on bread, lime and lemon to squeeze, carrot, cucumber and celery sticks, hummus,  crab dip,  beautifully ripe cherry tomatoes, pickles
  • Substantial Station: bread rolls, butter to spread, oysters for the adventurous
  • Grazing Station: selection of  breads, oils and  dukkah for dipping
  • Carving Station: flame roasted chicken, pork, duck carved at the station, wraps, hoisin and other sauces and healthy greens

If that sounds good to you then it's time to seriously consider food stations for your wedding!

Don't forget each food station should be stocked with plenty of plates, bowls, napkins and cutlery, as well as utensils to pick up food from the station.

 Sit Down Dining is Still an Option

On the other hand, sit down dining brings its own benefits and charm to a wedding.

This is what we think of when we imagine a traditional wedding. Friends and family have an assigned table (they are welcome to move around if they wish), the menu has been tailored for the wedding and  everything is by design.

While we love food stations for a wedding, we also think sit down dining is pretty spectacular.

One of the key benefits this style has over food stations is that your catering team (us) has almost no limits on creativity and taste. We design a bespoke menu catering to all kinds of taste buds  and we indulge in seasonal flavours and cutting edge catering trends to serve dishes your friends and family have never seen before. This can be hard to achieve with a food station, where the goal is simplicity and  offering something that will please everyone.

If you want your guests to experience not only your special day, but also a culinary experience they'll never forget, then a sit down dining experience is what you want for your wedding.

 

Laissez-faire  Catering   have access to Sydney's  most  fabulous venues and can provide you with superb wedding catering service   - whether it's for    sit down or food station dining .  Call us on  (02) 9209 4810 for more info.

Throwing the Best Corporate Event in Sydney: All About Event Themes

Date Posted: 20/04/2018 10:55:01 AM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Liven up your next business function with the inclusion of a theme! When used properly, a theme can breathe life into an event or encourage excitement about an upcoming company do. Encourage engagement and develop your company culture through more detailed, interesting, and compelling events.

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The Benefits of Corporate Event Themes

Christmas parties, end of year parties, and milestone celebrations -- all of these can be celebrated though a themed event. Many employees don't find the prospect of an employee event overly alluring; they feel more obligated to attend than excited. Creating a fun theme is a way to draw in employees who would otherwise be disengaged.

Corporate event themes also make it easier for you to plan your event, as it gives you guidance regarding essentials such as catering, decoration, and activities. It may be difficult to figure out how to celebrate a generic "end of year" party, but it's much easier if you're doing a "retro flashback" theme. 

Creating Themes for Sydney Corporate Events

What are the best themes for Sydney corporate events? It all depends on the business and the event that's being celebrated.

  • New Year's Events. If you want to go modern, glow stick events are a festive and affordable way to jazz up a traditional New Year's Event. If you'd rather go classic, a "roaring 20's" theme can be a fun way to get everyone involve. Don't forget a costume prize -- and include an exciting way to ring in the New Year.
  • Corporate Milestones. Whether you've come in under budget or met revenue goals, celebrating corporate milestones will encourage employees to work harder. Consider something like a "casino night"; keep it fun and light-hearted to truly ensure that the employees have   fun    rather than feeling as though it's like work.
  • Holiday Parties. During the holidays, no one wants to go to yet another business Christmas party. Liven it up with a tropical getaway theme, giving employees a new way to celebrate old traditions. 
  • Product Launches. When products launch, you want the business to get hyped! Consider dramatic events that relate to the product launched, such as a racetrack theme for a road-worthy product. Don't forget the red carpet!

With a little thought, you can find the perfect theme for nearly every corporate event.

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Planning Corporate Events in Sydney

One of the major benefits of establishing a theme is that it makes the entire process of organising and conceptualising the event faster and easier. Once you know the theme of your event, you'll be able to easily figure out:

  • Where the event should be held. Outside? Inside? On company campus or a rented venue? A casino night would necessitate something extravagant and sophisticated, while a tropical vacation theme would lend itself better to the outdoors.
  • What type of food is being served. Does it require trendy appetisers? Or is it more a company potluck type of event? A roaring 20's event would be best run with some elegant apartifs.
  • What decorations are used. What should the colors be? Are there symbols closely related to the theme? With a tropical vacation theme, you already know sand, coconuts, and palm trees may factor in.
  • What entertainment should be brought in? Is there a type of music commonly associated with this theme? Are there any specific entertainers? At a casino night you might have poker dealers or other "gambling."
  • What should guests wear? Is this type of theme usually formal or informal? A tropical event could be firmly casual, while a casino night might demand formality.

Themes give you a solid jumping off point so you can create a detailed company event plan without having to create everything from whole cloth. For many themes, you may be able to easily find information online.

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Example Themes for Corporate  Events

There are no restrictions on the type of theme you can use for your corporate events, provided they're appropriate and professional. Take risks and be bold and you're more likely to create a memorable event.

  • James Bond 007 theme. Bring out the inner spy of your employees with a spy-vs-spy theme, including elegant dress, casino inspired decor, and intricate food and drink.
  • Las Vegas theme. Go big and bold with a larger than life Vegas theme. Glitter, lights, and all the trappings of Vegas can be incorporated into something like fundraising.
  • Winter Wonderland theme. Bring fake snow and mistletoe into the hotter months, such as by celebrating a themed Christmas in July.
  • Circus theme. Bring in some clowns, fair food, and a festive, brightly colored decor for this "kids" theme that's equally fun for adults.
  • Summer vacation theme. Let employees go casual with a summer vacation while still at work, especially useful to reward employees for a job well done.

 

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Those are just a few corporate events that you may want to consider. There are endless possibilities, depending on the event itself and your company's goals. Through themed events, you'll find it easier to plan ahead and figure out everything from what food you want to serve to where it will be best held.

Need some help planning your next corporate event in Sydney? Let us know!

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The Sydney Catering Guide: How To Prepare An End Of Financial Year Party For Your Office

Date Posted: 27/03/2018 1:39:28 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

The end of the financial year is just around the corner and almost every boss and their employees know that it can be a crazy time. It can be really exhausting when everyone focuses on meetings about the annual budget, clearing the company’s tax details, going through performance reviews and preparing for next year’s budget.

Just like any normal person would do, everyone should take a break after accomplishing all the end of financial year tasks. Stop for a second, sit back and take a deep breath and plan a party to celebrate the year that has been. In fact, there are many reasons for you to have a party; it can be winning new clients, beating your annual budget, closing some big deals or adding new and valuable personnel to the team.

If you’re the office manager, office assistant or the event manager assigned to organise the party, you have to make sure you plan a fun event. Focus on building team spirit and congratulating employees for doing a good job. You have to rise above a notoriously boring and unimaginative company party.

Form a group to help you organise the party. You have to provide your “party team” some time away from their normal office tasks and provide all the resources they need in order to plan a top level event. If possible, include people from different departments that already have experience planning company events in the past.

Think about the goal of the party. Yes, the party is about celebrating the end of the financial year, but there should also be a purpose like recognising a team or an individual or celebrating a company milestone. Whatever the goal is, keep it fun!

#1 Working On The Details

Once your goal is established and you have a few people to help you plan the event, you can get started. Start working on the specific details of the event and the areas that needs to be covered. List all of the things that will need to be organised: budget, venue, catering, audio visual and entertainment.

#2 Budget

Receiving and distributing the budget will get things rolling. Set the budget as a starting point of brainstorming ideas for venues, catering, entertainment, awards, decorations and gifts/prizes.

#3 The Venue

Choose a venue that is centrally located and can be easily accessed by everyone. It can be within the company premises (like a large conference or theatre room). If holding the event at the office or in the same building isn’t possible, choose an outside venue in the Sydney CBD or near your office so that everyone can get to the venue easily after work. Also, make sure that the venue is near a public transport so that everyone can go to the venue and get a ride home easily.

The venue you choose will depend on your budget, the number of people attending and the culture of your company. It can be a restaurant, a hotel ballroom, beach, a park, a bar or an entertainment complex. Make sure to ask your other colleagues if they know a great place that you can get for your party.

 

This is a great opportunity to treat the staff to an exclusive night out to a venue they wouldn’t otherwise be able to see. If you’ve got the budget for it, go all out.

#4 Food and Drinks

 

Arranging for the food and drinks is one of the most complex parts of the party process. Again, the budget will play a big part in the food and drink choices. The company culture, number of attendees and theme of the event will also affect your decisions about the catering.

The great thing is you’ve got lots of options. Think gourmet food, buffet catering or casual fare like burgers, BBQ, pizza, gourmet donuts, beer or wine. Alternative dishes should be available for people with special dietary requirements. No one should go hungry or thirsty!

Alcohol is a big part of any party, but consider limiting the alcohol especially if the event will be during office hours. If the party is after 5pm, then you can serve the beverages of your choosing. But consider limiting the beverage package to a small selection of beer, wine and some sparkling drinks with non-alcoholic options like water, sodas and juices to keep thing simple. This will keep everything under control without taking the fun out of things.

 

Set a meeting with your chosen caterer. It can be over the phone or a face to face meeting. A face to face meeting is better because you get to talk to the caterer and understand how they work rather than blindly putting your faith in them. A proposal will be created with the menus and the cost for your initial consultation if it applies.

Catering styles could be any of the following:

  • Buffets and food stations - This can be a few gourmet platters or an elegant sit down dinner. It can also be food stations at one of your chosen venues.
  • Cocktail party – High quality canapes and gourmet finger food that will have all the guests raving. A premium selection of wine can also be served to show everyone that they are appreciated.
  • BBQs and picnic style party – This is one of the most fun styles because everyone can be as casual as possible. The caterer will be on cooking duty with your favorite BBQs fares to be served with ice cold beers, soda and wine.

  

#5 Audio-Visual System

If you’re doing the party within the office premises, you can hire third party AV equipment. The better option is choosing a venue that already has this equipment and can set it up according to your needs and your vision for the event. Design your own lighting scheme and choose the ambient music.

#6 Entertainment

You can hire a DJ or a live band if your budget permits. Music helps any situation and will let staff relax and enjoy the event. Ask around the office for the best local live bands and check their availability. If it gets too tricky to organise a band just go for a DJ or even better, start an office playlist with input from everyone.

When planning an end of financial year party, it’s best to prepare early so that all the details can be ironed out before the event and everything will go according to plan. Let’s party! 

Want Laissez-faire Catering to take care of your EOFY event? Give us a call and start getting organised today.

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Seasonal Produce: What should you serve at your wedding?

Date Posted: 20/02/2018 2:15:36 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

What do people think about when they think of a wedding? First, there's the happy couple and, of course, the flowers, the dresses and the suits. But after that is always the food. If you want your wedding to leave an impression that lasts years to come, you need to provide the best food. Fresh, seasonal produce -- the best in fruits and vegetables -- are an excellent way to make an event memorable. Fresh produce simply looks better and tastes better, giving you something to remember.

Creating the Best Wedding Meals

Trying to come up with unique wedding menu ideas? Starting with seasonal produce is a great option. You don't want to craft a menu around produce that's difficult to source; you'll find yourself with wilted vegetables or bruised fruits. 

The best wedding meals have creative, inventive pairings, which often revolve around fresh vegetables and fruits that are unique to the area and the season. In Sydney, there are a variety of different fruits and vegetables available throughout the year. 

Often, you will want your catering menu to have a specific theme, or to be filled with items that you and your soon-to-be spouse love. But that can be difficult, especially if you aren't a chef or a "foodie." A good catering company can help you with suggestions that are intended to celebrate your union, your family, and your friends.

Of course, first you need to know what's available to you -- and that means looking at the fruits and vegetables that are in season.

Spring: Fresh and Bright

Spring brings with it citrus and berries. Lemons, mandarin oranges, and oranges can be used in refreshing drinks, salads, appetisers, and entrees. Cherries, nectarines, peaches, plums, and strawberries can also be used throughout desserts and for sorbets. 

In terms of vegetables, spring will see artichokes, fresh beans, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cucumbers, leeks, potatoes, silverbeets, spinach, squash, tomatoes, and zucchini. There are also an assortment of Asian vegetables available, depending on the types of cuisine you desire.

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Summer: Cool and Refreshing

Want to beat the summer heat? Apricots, berries, melons, nectarines, plums, and strawberries are all going to be in season. Whether you're crafting the perfect strawberry shortcake or adding melon balls to your appetisers, you'll want to focus on chilly, refreshing foods. 

Summer will bring with it different types of beans, beetroot, chilies, eggplant, okra, pumpkins, and sweetcorn. Eggplant, in particular, is a versatile vegetable that can be used in everything from Asian cuisine to Italian cuisine.

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Autumn: Warm and Comforting

Apples are in season as of Autumn, one of the most versatile fruits available for everything from small pies to entrees. Berries, kiwifruit, pears, persimmons, and strawberries are also available, for fruit mixes and drinks.

In Autumn, fresh broccoli, Chinese cabbage, pecans, and white turnips will become available, in addition to many of the summer vegetables. Fresh pecans are especially alluring in salads and desserts, while fresh broccoli and cabbage can be used in sides and entrees.

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Winter: Savory and Sweet

Winter months can make sourcing fresh produce a little more challenging. Lemons, mandarins, and oranges are going to be your best bet. In the winter, you want something that's going to be warming and comforting. Lemons, mandarins, and oranges can all be used in mulled cider and wine recipes.

In Winter, Lebanese cucumbers, leeks, potatoes, silverbeets, and spinach will become available again. Leeks, potatoes, and spinach can be used in a variety of savory winter recipes, such as winter soups. Squash and other similar vegetables can be used to create an interesting winter mix.

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Getting the Freshest Ingredients

It isn't just the fruits and vegetables that need to be fresh. A good catering company will also be able to source everything from the highest quality meats to the best cheese. It's imperative that your food taste and look great -- and you often need to offer a variety to your guests to satisfy everyone. 

Wedding catering services have to be able to develop relationships with local distributors, not only to find the best in local meats, cheeses, wines, and produce, but also to get the most reasonable prices.

Where should you get fresh produce in Sydney?  Fruits and vegetables need to be acquired from the best local sources if they are to be their freshest. Laissez-faire Catering  can take care of all of this for you. View our wedding packages today to find out more about our boutique wedding catering services.

Laissez- faire Foodified 

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Every time you see the Foodified™ stamp, you know it’s Laissez-faire’s fresh, local and seasonal produce, and it’s a result of a leading Gold license caterer with above industry standards in quality assurance and sustainability policies.

We work with premium and local seafood and beef suppliers, artisan cheese producers and quality local fruit and vegetable growers to develop inspiring, seasonal driven menus that will bring the best produce to your table.

Protecting and enhancing the environments where our business operates, innovating with waste management techniques, working in collaboration with suppliers, venues, and clients to positively impact our local community and reducing our footprint by raising awareness are the fundamental principles of our Foodified™ philosophy. 

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How to Plan the Perfect New Year's Celebration in Sydney

Date Posted: 13/12/2017 1:42:53 PM
Posted By: Roselen Fernandez

 

Every New Year is the start of an unforgettable celebration with your friends and family. New Year’s Eve can sneak up on you right after Thanksgiving and Christmas because those celebrations take up most of your time. But any New Year’s Eve party, either intimate or grand, is always full of surprises and exciting energy. If it’s your turn to host the party, you need to start planning soon. Below are some ideas that you can use to create the best party of 2018.

One of the best places to celebrate New Year’s is Sydney, Australia and if you happen to be in Sydney then it’s your lucky day because there are so many places to go to close out 2017. Or if you have family and friends in Sydney, host a BBQ party for them because Sydney folks know how to party.

If you’re a Sydney local or a tourist, you can follow these plans below. Let’s start.

Host A Great Party At Home

If you’re a local, throw an intimate and fun gathering of friends and family at home. Going out on New Year’s Eve can be too much for some and commuting can be an issue, but an at home get-together can inspire your creativity without causing too much stress.

 

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Find A Great Place To Stay

If you’re a tourist, you need to find a good place to stay in Sydney. If you can, find a place near Sydney harbor - you’ll have a great view of the fireworks and you’ll be right in the middle of all the celebrations. Private and public transportation is always available after the fireworks are done, so there will be less stress if you find a place nearby. Find a place that is 10 minutes-20 minutes walk from the harbor.

 

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Rent A Venue

If you’re hosting a big party, you can go all out by renting a private space or venue. Since it’s a big party, you need to send out invitations right away! Make the event a dress up, or a black tie event to really celebrate 2018 in style.

 

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Find The Perfect Spot

After you have checked in to your hotel you have to remember that the Sydney harbor will become full of people, about 1 million of them. So, try to arrive a day or a few days before and in the morning of New Year’s Eve, find a good spot at the Botanical gardens or the Opera house.

If it all sounds like too much work, there’s another option available at one of Sydney’s best venues. The Australian National Maritime Museum hosts New Year’s Eve every year, and it’s a great event for the entire family. Simply book your place, choose your menu options, and the rest is taken care of! You can contact ANMM to find out more about their packages for a hassle-free New Year’s Eve.

Food and Drinks

No party is complete without food and drink! If you’re hosting, go for a trusted catering service that will provide the best food, drinks and service. Laissez-faire offers a huge range of mouth-watering menus for your New Year’s Eve party. Menus include:

And more!   Check out all of our menus here.

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The food type and presentation will also depend on the theme of your New Year’s Eve party. It can be:

  • Standing cocktails and canapes
  • Sit down banquet dinners
  • Shared platters of fresh and delicious foods
  • Cocktail and food station setups
  • Plus coffee and sweets after the meal

New Year’s at the Australian National Maritime Museum

ANMM is offering two awesome packages this New Year’s. A premium Yachts package includes a gourmet fresh seafood basket, or the family-friendly Tinnies package, which includes a BBQ, salad and soft drinks. Alcohol can be purchased on site only. Spaces are limited - book now to secure your spot away from the crowds for an unforgettable and hassle-free New Year's Eve!

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Packages Include:

  1. Yachts Packages General - Adult $195, Child $105, Family $540
  2. Tinnies Packages General - Adult $130, Child $80, Family $378

BOOK WITH ANMM!

BONUS: click here for a list of places around the Harbor if you decide to stop and enjoy the fireworks.

Happy Holidays from the team at Laissez-faire!

What's Next?

If you'd like to know more about your New Year's event options or you want to book at the ANMM,  just   make an enquiry . 

Christmas Lunch Special Offer at ANMM

Date Posted: 27/09/2017 4:29:53 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Australian National Maritime Museum – Christmas Lunch Special

If you’re looking for a fuss-free but entirely delicious way to spend Christmas with the team this year then look no further… We have it all wrapped up with this fabulous Christmas Lunch special offer which includes food + beverage + staff + flowers = fun in the sun.

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Our $110.00 deal allows you to come in on budget and still have Christmas cheer for all. The Australian National Maritime Museum has a plethora of great spaces within walking distance of the CBD and public transport making the entire process smooth sailing, excuse the pun!!!

To contact us about this offer, email us, give us a call on (02) 9209 4810  or drop us an enquiry here.

Offer includes:

Exclusive Waterfront Venue Tailored lunch menu (entrée + main or main + dessert)

Tea, coffee + petit fours

Tableware, cutlery, glassware and white napery

Blanc beverage package 3.5 hours

Christmas centrepieces

Professional wait staff and function supervisor

Cocktail tables

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

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Choosing your Wedding Menu

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

How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Menu

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

Establish a budget

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

Plan and start early

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

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

 

 

Season begins #weddingcatering #catering #events #Lovelycouple

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Know your numbers

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

Understand dietary restrictions

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

 

 

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

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Think of a style or theme

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

 

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

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Go for local and seasonal

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

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

 

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

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The caterer should also care for good presentation

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

Do not skimp on the portions

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

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

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

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Easy Wedding Catering Ideas

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

Casual Wedding Catering

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

Sharing Plates and Platters

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

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

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

 

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

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Making your shared platter event successful

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

What to include:

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

 

 

Shared platers #privatevents #events #ANMM #eventcatering

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

Grazing Stations

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

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

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

 

 

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

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Options for grazing stations

You can easily go casual or gourmet with grazing stations.

Here are some ideas:

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

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

 

 

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

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

Don't miss out on this deal at Harbour 220

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

Harbour 220 EOFY Super Duper Deal!

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

HARBOUR 220

3-hour canape service

4-hour blanc beverage service

venue hire + staff

$89.00pp,  some conditions apply

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

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

Contact Us About This Offer

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Tartlet of baked ricotta, zucchini, lemon thyme

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Breakfast Catering Made Easy

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

Breakfast Catering Made Easy With Our Top 3 Most Requested Dishes

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

 

 

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

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Reasons why many are turning to breakfast catering

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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Breakfast menus you can try

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

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

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

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

Check out our other healthy and flavoursome breakfasts on Instagram.

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

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Hot Venue: Harbour 220

Date Posted: 2/04/2017 2:14:00 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Harbour 220

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

The pillarless ballroom has a capacity of up to 100 guests for a sit-down event, including a pre-drinks bar area designed to welcome and entertain guests with elegance and sophistication. A newly refurbished balcony also features.

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

50off 

As a valued client, we will be offering an extraordinary deal to coincide with our Autumn newsletter. For any booking confirmed before June 30th, 2017,  Laissez-faire will offer 50% off the recommended rack rate of venue hire. 

All day events from 8:00am - 5:00pm $1350.00

All evening events from 6:00pm - 12:00am $1750.00

And to make it that little more enticing... and NO, we're not going to throw in a set of steak knives. We will offer a complimentary upgrade on all beverage packages*.

* Minimum numbers apply to evening events.

Check out these beautiful images of Harbour 220!

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Perfect Venues for your next Product Launch

Date Posted: 20/02/2017 11:24:32 AM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Planning your next Product Launch

A product launch is a great marketing move for any business wanting to get their new product out there and create interest. Take for example the buzz that big companies like Apple and Samsung create for their product launches. They’re huge, classy and cool events that can rake in millions of dollars.

This is because they know how to launch a product and they already have an established name in their industry. How about small, medium and large businesses devoid of the apple logo? How do you strategise, create excitement, attract audience and generate awe during your product launch?

It’s as simple as highlighting the day and the event together with the product. It’s about creating one event that can create impact offline and online. How?

Planning the launch

Generating brand awareness across platforms and channels is a must for any corporation or business planning to launch a new product. This means posting on social media, hinting at what is in store for the future. Get your audience talking about you.

 

 

Scallops #foodmadewithlove #unique #party #events #anmm #laissez_faire_catering #seafood #fresh

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To increase your odds of getting noticed, let’s focus on the planning of the day itself - the venue, the food and the atmosphere. This should all be planned before you start talking about the product launch on social media or in email newsletters.

Use the venue to entice your audience

The event venue can make or break the atmosphere you want to create for your product launch. While many product launch events would suit an on-site atmosphere (in the company office or business place), holding an off-site event can add a sense of gravitas and more people are likely to be interested in attending if it isn’t being held at their regular 9 to 5 office.

Venues create impact. Choose one that can fit your ideal number of guests and consider one which will complement your brand’s goal. Here’s two of our top recommendations for product launches: Cell Block Theatre at the National Art School and Harbour 220.

Cell Block Theatre

The cathedral-like space of this venue is amazing and hard to find elsewhere. It’s historical and interesting. The venue also has an entertaining space outside, so your guests don’t have to be confined to the interior when it’s time to mingle and look around. Accommodating up to 350 for a cocktail event inside and an additional 400 for the courtyard, this venue is perfect for memorable product launches.

The Cell Block Theatre at the National Art School

Find more information about Cell Block Theatre here.

Harbour 220

Harbour 220 on the other hand is an exclusive venue that suits a highly sophisticated atmosphere. This venue boasts impressive view and is well suited for an elegant product launch. It can be a venue for cocktails or even sit down dinners for up to 100 guests.

Harbour 220 Cover Photo

Find more information about Harbour 220 here.

Remember, these are just two gorgeous venues you can choose from. For other recommendations go to our list of stunning and functional venues here.

Choosing the right food and beverage

The dilemma with product launches is that cocktail and sit down dinner events both work. It all depends on what kind of atmosphere you are going for.

 

 

Gin, blackberry and lemon #catering #events #laissez_faire_catering #drinks #gin #gintonic

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A cocktail product launch encourages more socialisation and can feel more casual than a sit down dinner. After all, you need guests to move about and talk about your product right? You can come up with an impressive cocktail menu by asking your caterers for recommendation. Pairing drinks with delicious hors d'oeuvres will keep guests interested throughout the event.

 

 

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

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A sit down dinner product launch can feel more refined, and this means the event must have great food whether it’s platters or a three course meal. Your product demonstration or announcement might come in between meals, and there should be a signature drink you and your caterer have chosen for the event to compliment the meal.

Creating the right atmosphere

Create the right atmosphere with a theme. If your product launch is for a new tech gadget or software, use cool blue lighting and matching minimalist decor. If your product launch is for a new series of fashion items, play popular music and make sure the venue is bright enough to show off your product. Most importantly, accommodate your guests like royalty and they’ll never forget your product launch.

Check out our drinks menu for more ideas

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A Nautical Christmas Party to Remember

Date Posted: 18/02/2017 3:18:00 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Featured Event - Nautical Christmas Party

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Event Brief

To create a cutting-edge End of Year Celebration with the WOW factor.

Our job was to ensure the entire experience was a fresh, upbeat and memorable cocktail party for every one of the 3500 people on the guest list.

The event was also designed to be management’s opportunity to express gratitude for the dedication shown by the staff throughout the year.

The Australian National Maritime Museum was transformed into a multi-zoned entertainment hub, with a central stage and performances on HMAS Vampire and HMAS Onslow.

With something for everyone, guests were provided with opportunities to mingle amongst their friends and colleagues and celebrate the end of a busy year.

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For more information on The Australian National Maritime Museum, click here.

Choosing the Perfect Menu for Your Wedding

Date Posted: 2/12/2016 8:52:12 AM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Menu

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

Establish a budget

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

Plan and start early

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

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

 

 

Season begins #weddingcatering #catering #events #Lovelycouple

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Know your numbers

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

Understand dietary restrictions

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

 

 

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

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Think of a style or theme

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

 

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

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Go for local and seasonal

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

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

 

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

A photo posted by Laissez-faire Catering (@laissez_faire_catering) on

  

The caterer should also care for good presentation

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

Do not skimp on the portions

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

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