Melbourne Cup Catering RECIPE: The Canape that Stops a Nation!

Date Posted: 6/10/2017 12:34:42 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Melbourne Cup Catering: Giddy Up!

melbourne cup canapes2The Melbourne Cup is just about the only day of the year where it is universally acceptable across Australia to host a party during the working day. It truly is the race that stops the nation. But, more importantly, it is the race that gives everyone the opportunity to host or attend a party!

For some people, it is all about getting tickets to the best party in town. For others, it is about taking the opportunity to host an exclusive event for their top clients and staff. For the rest of us, it can often simply be about throwing a few bets down and heading to the boardroom to drink champagne and nibble on some cheese and crackers.

Whatever you prefer, we’re here to help you celebrate Melbourne Cup in style! Whether you are planning an exclusive event or organising an office party with pizazz, check out our hottest canape of the season.

The Canape That Stops a Nation...

These Spicy Lobster Bao Will Blow Your Mind!


  • 6 fresh or frozen Chinese buns (a.k.a. gua bao, folded buns, or steamed sandwiches)
  • 1 stick 250 grams unsalted butter, cut into several pieces
  • ¼ cup Sriracha
  • ½ teaspoon red chilli flakes
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 400 grams cooked lobster meat (from two lobsters), chopped into bite-size chunks (2 cups)
  • 1 generous tablespoon fresh lemon juice 


1. Right before you serve, arrange the buns on a plate, cover them with damp paper towels, and microwave, flipping once, about 1 minute.

2. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat and stir in the Sriracha, chilli flakes, and ½ teaspoon salt.

3. Reduce the heat to low, add the lobster, and stir occasionally just until the lobster is hot all the way through, 1 to 2 minutes.

4. Take the pot off the heat and stir in the lemon juice, scallions, and cilantro. Season to taste with more salt and lemon juice. Cover to keep it warm.

5. Remove the buns from the parchment and put them on a plate. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the lobster meat to the bao buns, spoon on as much of the sauce as you'd like, and eat.

Christmas Lunch Special Offer at ANMM

Date Posted: 27/09/2017 4:29:53 PM
Posted By: Laissez-faire Catering

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.


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


It's The Season for Spring Platters!

Date Posted: 13/09/2017 1:40:55 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Spring Platters


Platter Menu Laissez-Faire CateringToday we feature our delicious Platter menu: perfect for Spring corporate or private functions. Platter menus can be delivered to your event location and are ready to serve.

Let's take a look at the delicious recipes featured on one of Laissez-faire's most popular menus!

The Platter menu is fantastic for outdoor or indoor Spring celebrations and get togethers: from corporate office meetings to private garden luncheons. Pair this menu with some delicious coffee or iced teas and you've got a Spring event to remember.

Australian Cheese Platter  - a selection of soft and hard cheeses served with quince, fresh & dried fruits, nuts and crispbreads.

Cheese and fruit



















Sushi Plate  - California rolls, inside out rolls, sashimi salmon, soy, wasabi and pickled  ginger.
















Spanish Tasting Plate - Chorizo, roasted peppers, garlic mushrooms, polenta chips with sea salt, Jamon, tomato rubbed bruschetta.


Rice Paper Rolls  -  Selection with nuoc cham dipping sauces.

rice paper rolls

Mixed Dips Plate - Assorted dips, crisp pita chips and vegetable crudites.


Charcuterie Plate - Cured and roasted meats, cornichons, olives, chutneys and focaccia.


Peking Duck - Pancakes, with hoi sin and shallots.


Vegetarian Antipasti - Grilled vegetables, feta, mushrooms, artichokes and crust baguettes.














Don't feel shy to contact us if you'd like to enquire about this menu at your next event.


Planning the Perfect Spring Cocktail Function - Corporate and Private Events

Date Posted: 24/08/2017 8:29:08 AM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

As September slowly approaches we can take off our jumpers and welcome the Spring sunshine into our lives. Whether you're thinking about planning a corporate or private event to celebrate the changing seasons, now is the time to begin preparations.

Corporate Spring Cocktail Functions

For a corporate Spring cocktail event,  start collecting RSVPs now to save the date. The first weekend of September is a great time to welcome Spring and celebrate some company milestones.

It's the perfect time to remind staff how much they mean to the team. We're on the home stretch to the end of 2017, and employees can start to feel stressed out and burnt out. Give them something fun and exciting to look forward to.

Book a venue away from the company office - it's not the same if you just bring food and drinks into the office space. Let guests get dressed up (casual business attire) to travel somewhere in the Sydney CBD where they can chat with their friends from work in a different setting. Try to book a venue with plenty of outdoor space and some undercover area. If you want a completely outdoor venue so your staff can get some sun, a great idea is to provide parasols so guests can get some shade if they desire.


Simple summer events #laissez_faire_catering #events #catering

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Check out our listing of venues perfect for cocktail functions.

Corporate cocktail functions should be relaxed, easy and perfect for mingling and nibbles. 

Private Spring Cocktail Functions

For a private Spring cocktail event,  you have heaps of options! If your guest list is small, you could even hold the event in one of Sydney CBD's public parks. If your guest list is larger, opt for a spacious venue with indoor and outdoor seating. Some guests would rather stand and mingle or move around the food and drink stations.

Cocktail functions are great for celebrating any event: an engagement, a graduation, a wedding reception or just getting a group of friends together to catch up over good food and drinks.

Check out our drinks menu and our canapes menu to get some ideas about what to serve your guests.


 Spring Cocktail Decorations

Get into the spirit of things for your Spring cocktail event by including some decorations at your venue. 

Hang some decorative flowers from the roof of an outdoor canopy. The smells will be divine and it will add a rustic beauty to the event.


Spring Cocktails

Don't skimp on the drinks for this event. Think about creating a signature cocktail with delicious Spring flavours. Think grapefruit, lemon and lime, and strawberries galore.

Punch bowls are perfect for this type of event. As well as this, have a drinks station set up with a couple of bar staff so guests can choose their own drinks.


Watermelon margarita #catering #events #corporateevents #cocktails #watermelonmargarita #drinks #laissez_faire_catering #laissezfaire

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Spring Cocktail Canapes and Nibbles

Serve food that is easy to pick up and eat while guests are mingling and also holding a drink in their other hand. Canapes are perfect for Spring: not too heavy but just the right amount of food to stay full during the event. Sushi is usually a great canape option, but we'd advise against it if your venue is out in the open where food can get ruined by the heat. 

Instead, think small bites of cured meats, vegetable creations, cheeses, breads and oils. 


Canapés #events

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Don't forget dessert!

Treat your guests to some sweet palate cleansers after they've had their fill of food and drink. Keep them canape size so guests can hold them in one hand and eat them in a quick bite.


Mini desserts #sydneyevents #laissez_faire_catering #events #catering #sweets

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Another great option is to serve fresh fruits and nuts for dessert. Keep these refrigerated until they are needed. Dried fruits are also just as tasty and easy to serve in the heat.


Delicious fresh summer goodies #catering #sydneyevents #sydneyevents #laissez_faire_catering

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Hopefully, these ideas will give you some inspiration to start planning your corporate or private Spring cocktail event.