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YOTS Cafe at Darling Harbour is Named NSW Tourism Awards Finalist

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

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

What are the NSW Tourism Awards?

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

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

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YOTS Cafe

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

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

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Gala Dinner

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

2020 Conference Planning: Start Now

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

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

Why Should You Start Planning Your 2020 Conference Now?

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

Here are the major advantages of starting early:

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

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

Where Should You Start?

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

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

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

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

Contact Laissez-faire today to get started.

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

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

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

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

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

Why Should You Schedule Your Catering in Advance?

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

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

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

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

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

How to Organise Your Corporate Event Planning

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

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

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

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

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

Urban Winery Sydney's Cocktail Christmas Package

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

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

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

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

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What's Included in the Package?

$98 per person | 12pm - 4pm

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

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

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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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.

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

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

How Catering is Changing

Date Posted: 5/03/2019 11:05:29 PM
Posted By: Laissez-faire Catering

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The world of catering and food is constantly evolving and adapting in a variety of dramatic and exciting ways. 2019 brings with it some surprising new trends, which can be used to make your next event truly stand out. Here are a few of the trends that we've found most interesting, both in food itself and in the presentation of it. 

Use Unique and Inspired Plating Techniques

From sauces on painter's palettes to literal buckets of fresh treats, plating techniques are becoming whimsical and dramatic. Rather than using traditional plates and platters, you can think about the types of plating that would best match your cuisine.

If you're going for a luxe look, consider marble slabs. If you're trying to make your event reminiscent of a tropical getaway, serve appetizers in seashells. You can get truly creative about your presentation depending on the theme you're using for your event. With food, presentation is often just as important as the actual ingredients. 

Pair Savory Foods With Fresh, Bright Flavors

2019 is all about mixing comforting standards with bright pops of flavor, such as adding a zest of citrus to a creamy pasta, or pairing fresh fruits with dark, bitter chocolates. For added effect, seasonal produce and more exotic flavors can be used, differentiating foods season by season.

Farm-to-table remains exceptionally popular, which both continually refreshes menus while supporting the local community. If you want to explore new flavors for your next catering event, consider checking with your caterer regarding the items that are presently available in your area.

Create Complete Tablescapes  Rather Than Place Settings

  Rather than thinking of each meal or course as something individual, instead consider the entire service as a single entity. Creative tablescapes  bring together meals, especially when they're shared plates like charcuterie. You can dress up the entire table in an organic, themed design, to really make every element of the service pull together. 

When you create a complete tablescape  rather than individual place settings, you can create larger, more dramatic staging. Not only do you free yourself to be more creative, but you also create something that's an interactive, whole table experience for your guests.

Add Shared Dining to the Menu

Family-style, shared dining platters are intimate, exciting, and fun. And they don't have to be relegated to wine-and-cheese plates. Shared appetizers and even main courses van encourage people to interact with each other, especially at friendly, social events. Not only does this provide some entertainment for them, but they can discuss as well as enjoy the food.

Small plate, tapas experiences are perfect for shared dining. Everyone can enjoy a little bit of everything, rather than having to commit to a single meal. This also means they'll experience more of the delicious food options... and they're more likely to find something they like, if they have a picky palette.

Get  Into the Materials When Building Your Design

Wood, marble, slate, and other brilliant materials  can be used to make a meal really pop. Using different materials for utensils, platters, and plates is a great way to offset the design of your food and really elevate it to another level. Unique types of material are a topic of discussion, and can draw your guest's eye to the decor.

Apart from that, different materials really impart different experiences when it comes to food. Wooden serving boards are often paired with cheese, meats, and earthy flavors, letting everyone take their food from a communal platter. Meanwhile, cold marble is often used to accent desserts, ice creams, and other cold foods, as they keep the food chilled. 

Put  an Emphasis on the Sweet

Finally, every meal should have a sweet surprise at the end. Classic desserts are coming back, but with modern plating and techniques. The last course of the meal is absolutely going to be the thing that they remember most. And since not everyone likes sweets, some more savory desserts can be tested out.

Dessert platters and chocolate plates are becoming an interesting and often discussed replacement for wine and cheese plates. An assortment of chocolates gives everyone the option of choosing the type of chocolate they like most. Pair it with a lovely chocolate fondue and you'll have a menu that is as delicious and fulfilling as it is interactive.

At Laissez-faire Catering, we're not only at the forefront of these trends—we're creating new ones all the time.  Laissez-faire Catering, based in Alexandria Sydney, is right in the middle of it all: events, food, experiences. If you're looking for a caterer in Sydney dedicated to trying new things, bringing that WOW factor, and introducing your taste buds to something new, give us a call about your next event:  (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.

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.

How to Organise Corporate Catering in Sydney City

Date Posted: 11/12/2018 1:43:48 PM
Posted By: Roselen Fernandez

With a thriving culinary scene and fantastic seasonal produce, Sydney City is rapidly becoming one of the best places in the world to organise a catered event. Whether planning a simple corporate lunch or an extensive corporate conference, the basics of organising corporate catering will remain the same.

How to Organise Catering for a Corporate Meeting in Sydney

  • Begin with a thorough schedule. When will the meeting occur? When will you send out invites and receive a final headcount? Having a schedule will help you manage the project more precisely.
  • Brainstorm ideas for the catering. Apart from a lunch or dinner, you will also want to consider corporate drinks and snacks. Is there a type of cuisine you want to feature?
  • Lock down the details. You'll need to know basic information such as how long the meeting is intended to be, what time it is going to be, and what the general plans will be.
  • Contact a caterer. If you don't have a specific venue in mind, you may want to contact a caterer first -- as they may have some ideas regarding the right location. Otherwise, contacting a venue and a caterer should be done as early as possible.

 

Finding a Venue and Caterer in Sydney

Often, a caterer should be chosen early in the process of organising a corporate event. Caterers will be able to work with you to make suggestions regarding the types of food seasonally available and the ones that are best-suited to your event.

Before you contact a venue and a caterer, you should know:

  • How many employees will be attending?
  • How large is the budget for this corporate event?
  • Is there a venue that's already desired?
  • Are you interested in a specific type of food?

Apart from this, your caterer can discuss your needs with you to better determine the right food and drinks for your corporate event. Caterers are able to suggest everything from venues to floor plan, and many caterers will be booked well in advance.

 

Tips for Organising Corporate Catering in Sydney City

  • Consider looking at your caterer's menu in advance, taking notes on the things that you find interesting or appealing. Your caterer can then learn your tastes and preferences, which will aid them in developing your menu.
  • Make sure to pin down the amount of employees early on, as a headcount will dramatically change the amount of food you need -- and consequently the food you can fit into your budget.
  • Don't forget about the drinks. Drinks are often as important as the food itself, as they complement the food. A corporate caterer can give you more information on the drinks available.
  • Consider a good variety of food. When it comes to corporate events, many people have varying dietary restrictions as well as different tastes. Having a large variety of foods is a good way to make sure everyone is taken care of.
  • Choose your venue carefully. If your caterer has a preferred venue to work with, this is usually the best choice -- caterers know which areas will suit them in terms of preparation and service.

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Are you currently planning a corporate event in Sydney City? Before you continue your organisation, contact the catering experts at Laissez-Faire. The dedicated chefs at Laissez-Faire can help you explore your options and simplify your planning.

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How to Organise Sydney CBD Office Catering

Date Posted: 5/12/2018 10:20:41 AM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

 How to Organise Sydney CBD Office Catering

How to Organise Sydney CBD Office Catering

Few things can test your office organisational skills as much as a party or event! Catering is what brings many office events to life -- and it's why a lot of employees attend office-related events to begin with. Sydney CBD is one of the busiest cities for corporates and  that means we see a lot of  corporate breakfasts, lunches and  conferences in the city.   Yet with so many factors to account for, where do you even get started?

Here are our tips to organise office catering in Sydney CBD.

Planning Your Sydney CBD Office Catering for Corporate Breakfasts, Lunches and Conferences

Breakfast, lunch, or dinner catering will all be handled differently. During breakfasts and lunches, a larger variety of lighter fare is often provided. During a dinner, it's more likely you'll be planning a few heavier meals.

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Being in Sydney CBD, it's important that you find a local caterer who can deliver on the day or set up at your office of venue in the city.

Before you make any decisions, consider the following:

  • Is the office event going to have any type of theme? If you already have an idea in mind, your catering company can work with you to plan the perfect menu.
  • What dietary restrictions do you need to plan for? Consider the fact that you don't necessarily know whether some employees may have restrictive diets or need specific types of food. Make sure you ask people to let you know of any restrictions when they RSVP.
  • What type of food does your office generally like? Every office is different. Some Sydney offices are more modern and contemporary while others want comfort foods. A wide selection of food may be called for if you aren't sure.
  • Which beverages will you serve? Beverages are often an important factor when it comes to an event. Coffee, tea, and other beverages will complement your food.

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Once you have a preliminary idea of what you want, you can begin organizing the event itself -- including figuring out how many people will attend and contacting a professional caterer. That's where we come in!

Organize Your Guests for the Office Event

How many people are going to be coming to your catered event? Before you contact a caterer, you'll need to know roughly how many heads are going to be served. It will also be useful for your caterer to know where your office or venue is located in Sydney CBD so they can estimate travel time and whether they can deliver or set up at your office.

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Add the event to the office calendar, email or otherwise contact those involved, and make sure you have a reliable head count for the event. Keep in mind that you'll need a buffer to allow for a certain number of additional people to come.

Contacting Your Sydney CBD Caterer

Once you have your basic information in place -- the type of food you're interested in, the date, and the head count -- it's time to call the caterer. Many caterers are booked months in advance in Sydney, especially during busy holiday periods. Your caterer will be able to tell you what food they'll have available (including fresh, seasonal produce), and make suggestions as to your corporate breakfast, lunch or conference menu.

Contacting your caterer fairly early on in the process is usually advised, as they'll be able to direct you to the appropriate types of food for your service, as well as making suggestions for desserts and drinks that the staff may like. In addition to this, you may need to make provisions for things such as chairs, tables, and serving tables -- many caterers are able to help with this, as well.

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If the event is a complex one, such as an awards ceremony or a banquet that requires catering in Sydney CBD, your caterer will also schedule themselves in a way that will be non-disruptive to the event itself, while helping to plan floor space so that the food is featured but not in the way.

With a little work, you can create an office event in Sydney that the employees will talk about for months to come... as well as ensuring that the office event is as effective as it is memorable. 

What's Next?

For more information about planning the perfect office event in Sydney CBD, contact the experts at Laissez-Faire Catering today. Make an enquiry  or give us a call on (02) 9209 4810.   We can't wait to hear from you!

Sydney Newest Waterfront Destination - White Umbrella Client Engagement Cocktail

Date Posted: 17/10/2018 6:00:00 AM
Posted By: Roselen Fernandez

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Thursday 4 October 2018, White Umbrella, Australian National Maritime Museum and Laissez-Faire Catering partnered to deliver an exceptional event for White Umbrella for their client engagement! The event was designed by White Umbrella along with their impressive new furniture collection. 

Endeavour Pavilion is the exquisite gem of the Australian National Maritime Museum fleet of venue spaces. It’s situated on the pristine waters of Darling Harbour, with breathtaking views, overlooking North Sydney through to the CBD Skyline. It’s positioned alongside an iconic HMB Endeavour, the replica of Captain Cook’s Tall Ship!  

Guests enjoyed a sample of our summer collection menu, which included: 

COLD CANAPÉS

  • Chicken ballotine with truffle mushrooms and parmesan crisp (gf)
  • Poppy seed macaron, beetroot cured ocean trout, lemon creme fraiche
  • Truffle ricotta and rosemary fig jam tart (v)

WARM CANAPÉS 

  • Lamb and rosemary pie, toasted fennel 
  • Sweet potato and ginger wonton, lime and chilli refresher (v)
  • Charred Waygu beef, caramelised onions, roma tomato, lettuce on a milk bun

SUBSTANTIAL CANAPÉS 

  • Beer battered fish and rosemary salted chips, mayo
  • 12 hr slow cooked beef cheek, creamy garlic polenta, chimichurri

The only part of the evening that we missed was the stunning sunset due to the weather! 

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Photographer:   Creative Events Photography

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In Trend: Seasonal Catering

Date Posted: 18/06/2018 7:14:08 PM
Posted By: Roselen Fernandez

Seasonal, farm-to-table catering is an exciting new trend in events and cuisine. Rather than serving the same staple foods every catering event, many are instead moving towards serving foods that are made with fresh, local produce. These are items that cannot be found in the area outside of season and aren't shipped in or frozen. Fresher, farm-to-table produce naturally leads to delicious, impressive food. 

The Benefits of Seasonal Catering

  • Support your local community. Seasonal catering uses ingredients that come directly from local farmers, suppliers, and vendors, increasing your relationships with the community and helping your local community thrive. The more support these small, local businesses and farms get, the better your community as a whole will fare.
  • Give your guests one-of-a-kind dishes. Seasonal catering expertly crafts dishes around what is available in your area. This isn't always predictable; some years some crops fare well while others don't. The side effect is that your guests are treated to fresh, imaginative one-of-a-kind dishes -- meals that they will remember for a long time to come.
  • Deliver healthy, nutritious foods. Seasonal catering is delivered directly from the farm to the table, never frozen, not over processed, and not packed full of preservatives. The fresh foods that are made with these seasonal ingredients aren't just going to be tastier, but they're also going to be healthier.

Creating a Seasonal Catering Menu

Your caterer can work directly with you to create a menu that is appealing to you while conforming to the ingredients that are available in your area. Seasonal catering menus are often themed based on the season, designed with a certain aesthetic in mind. These seasonal menus often showcase their best ingredients, letting guests experience them to the fullest. There are very few things that can't be done inside of a seasonal menu: every season brings with it a wide variety of exquisite seasonal produce.

Seasonal catering menus can help you narrow down to specific flavors or themes for your meals, so you don't have to develop an entire menu from scratch. Your catering chefs can focus on the proteins or highlights that you're interested in, seasoning the foods to your preference, and using the herbs and spices that you desire. All of this will be wrapped around fresh, attractive produce.

Flavors By the Season

Spring

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Spring brings with it many tropical varieties of fruit: bananas, blood oranges, cherries, and grapefruit. These are perfect for the drink list, in addition to lovely and refreshing fruit salads. In terms of the more savory fare, Spring offers artichokes, asparagus, beans, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers, peas, potatoes, snow peas, and tomatoes. These can be used to create nearly any dish.

Autumn

 

Autumn is often a time of warm, savory, and spicy dishes. Autumn fruits include custard apples, figs, honeydew, kiwi fruit, peaches, pears, persimmons, plums, and rhubarbs. For the main course, greens include beetroot, brussels sprouts, carrots, eggplants, parsnips, pumpkins, silverbeets, sweet potatoes, and mushrooms. 

Summer

 

Summer is when you want to keep your flavors light and refreshing. Apricots, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cherries, currants, mulberries, nectarines, and watermelons are all plentiful during this time, and can be mixed into salads and drinks. Summer vegetables include asparagus, leeks, lettuce, squash, and zucchinis, which can be used to create bright, flavorful entrees. 

Winter

Winter is often a time for more hearty foods. Fruits available during the winter include apples, grapefruit, lemons, limes, oranges, pears, persimmons, and rhubarb. For vegetables, your catering will often have available cabbage, carrots, celery, fennel, horseradish, okra, leek, potato, and turnips. These can be used to create thick, hearty fare for your guests. 

Tips for Creating the Best Seasonal Catering Menu

Work closely with your caterer to make sure you're developing the perfect menu. When discussing foods with your caterer, use examples of meals that you've had in the past, and the flavors that you love the most. Let them know that you're interested in a seasonal, farm-to-table menu from the outset, so they know to plan their menu accordingly. Make sure you set the date for your event early on, so you don't need to make any drastic changes to the menu. If your event falls between two seasons, you may find yourself with even more menu options.

Though a seasonal catering menu may sound complex, it's actually a simple way to ensure that you get delicious food in a responsible, sustainable way. By planning out a seasonal catering menu, you give your guests a unique, healthy meal, while also supporting your local farms and businesses. For more information on planning the catering menu for your next event, contact the expert chefs at Laissez-faire.

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Throwing The Perfect Corporate Launch Party in Sydney

Date Posted: 26/04/2018 1:26:24 PM
Posted By: Roselen Fernandez

Launching a new product or service is a big deal for many businesses. After so many hours of research and development have been poured into the project, it’s time to deliver it to clients.

A launch party calls for a bit of excitement and high class event planning! This blog post will give you some expectations for your first launch party and answer any of those burning questions about how to throw an exceptional corporate event or product launch.

If you’re in Sydney, Laissez-faire Catering is the best option to help your product launch be everything you want and more.

First Steps to Planning a Corporate Launch Party in Sydney

Planning an event isn’t easy. The first step is knowing what you want to achieve.

To figure that out, ask yourself these questions:

  • What is the purpose of the event?
  • What does your business expect to happen?
  • What’s the point of your event?
  • Do you want to create a buzz?
  • Do you want to connect with industry influencers?
  • Do you want to get new prospects and take care of loyal clients?

Before you have a meeting with your event organiser and your corporate Sydney caterer, you should be clear about why you’re hosting a launch party.

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These questions can help you in deciding the theme and the size of your product launch. For example, if your primary goal is to convince experts and industry influencers that your new product is the best, a modern showcase with expertly created canapes and cocktails is a great idea. Think premium venues, lighting themes and excellent wait staff.

Alternatively, if you want to create excitement about something new and your target audience is young, a more casual yet still high class atmosphere might be appropriate. A cool DJ or a live band can provide entertainment, while food stations offer canapes and over the top cocktails.

These are just a couple of examples.

Choose a Memorable Sydney Venue

One of the most important aspects of a successful product launch is the location! Laissez-faire has worked with many corporate clients to find the right Sydney venue to suit the theme, style, budget and the guest demographic of their product launch. Involving your caterer in the search for a venue ensures everything goes smoothly on the event day.

Take note of where your guests work or live and choose a venue that will be easily accessible for the majority. Make sure that there is ample parking space or good access to public transport - let your guests know these details when the time comes to invite them all.

La Porte Space is one of our newest venue spaces and is perfect for product launch events. Find more information here.

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Choosing The Right Caterer Matters

Some corporate catering services in Sydney are doing the “one-size-fits-all” approach to their food and service. This will not make your event stand out. Your new product or service is special and should be celebrated with a menu made just for the event.

Depending on your target audience, theme, budget and venue, there are different types of food serving styles Laissez-faire Catering can offer...

Sit-down Dinner

This is the most formal style and has groups of guests seated at tables assigned to them. Each guest is served three courses or more. A plated dinner will need more staff to prepare, plate and serve the dish.

The good thing about this style is it will give your guests more time to mingle and chat with others at their table. It also produces a very classy atmosphere and will impress stakeholders and other guests.

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Buffet Style

If you want to provide a wide variety of food and drinks, then a buffet style is your best bet for your product launch. This is suitable for large parties with 100 and above guests. Plus, the guest will not feel forced to eat something they don’t like because they will have different varieties to choose from.

The service cost is lower and only a few wait staff are needed to serve guests. This style has a more casual feel, but the different types of food on offer will wow guests. Remember to ask us about gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options!

A Standing-Style Party

Similar to a buffet-style serving, high tables may be provided but there will be no seats. If you have 500 young (or young-at-heart) guests or more, this is your party. This type of party will have a livelier feel because your guests can go around looking for different dishes or canapes and can mingle with other guests while eating and checking out your new products.

Cocktails, beers and other types of alcoholic drinks will make this style even livelier. Food stations or food booths can be placed strategically so that all the guests can go around and enjoy while appreciating the launch of your product. This is where a DJ or a live band will come in handy.

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Corporate Catering Food Trends

To make your party a truly wonderful experience, you can ask your caterer about the current corporate catering food trends that can be incorporated into your event.

Below are some corporate catering food trends that you will see more of this year:

  • Locally-sourced menus will continue to be popular. Some of your guests may be looking for high end locally produced meat and organic vegetables.
  • Artisanal breads, cheeses, beers, pickled olives, pickles and wine. This will entice your guests and will surely be talked about alongside your products during the launch party.
  • High tech, low glitz decorations.
  • There will be fewer sit down, plated dinners. Food stations and hours d’oeuvre are becoming more popular with many product launches paired with artisanal beer, wine and cocktails.
  • Smaller servings and bite sized pieces are easier to eat when walking around a product launch event. Make sure your guests have places to put down their glasses or small plates when they are done with them.

What’s Next?

Looking for food inspiration? We have lots of different menus to suit your event. Check out our canapes, drinks, plated, shared and other menus here.

Need some help planning your own launch party in Sydney? Laissez-faire Catering can do all of the above and more. Just ask us.

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2018 Top Catering Trends for Corporate Events

Date Posted: 18/04/2018 9:31:07 AM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Did you know corporate events that take advantage of catering are often far more successful than events that don't provide guests with food and beverages? When guests attend an event, they want to know their time and presence is valued, and there is no better way to do this than by offering them a variety of food and drink options. 

When you take advantage of catering services, such as those offered by Laissez-faire,  you'll be able to save time and money by letting the professionals handle the food and beverage aspects of your event. More so, you'll have more time to focus on other pertinent parts of your event, such as seating arrangements and speeches. Laissez-faire offers a versatile menu and always pays special attention to detail, both of which are paramount to making a statement that is sure to impress your guests. 

For now, let's take a quick look at the top 2018 catering trends for corporate events. 

Branding and Catered Food

No matter the type of corporate event being hosted, you will want to choose foods that positively reflect your business or brand. And because of this, you will want to invest in high-quality catering, which can also aid in promoting the values of your company. You’ll be showing guests you truly care about them by satisfying their appetites.

 

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Gluten Free

Events offering gluten-free choices are rising in popularity. Frozen desserts that are gluten-free are a great choice for your event because they are convenient: simply thaw them and put them on a plate. They come in all different flavors and are a unique treat that allows you to cater to guests with varying dietary needs.

 

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Bacon Bacon Bacon!

Even if you choose to lean toward healthy catering for your corporate event, you can still take advantage of an all-time favorite food: bacon. Caterers are adding bacon to the menu in a versatile and creative way to spice up food and beverage offerings. For instance, brussel sprouts and scallops wrapped in bacon will add a small amount of flavor to your dishes and soups, bringing out the taste people love in a healthy dose.

Street Food

Food trucks are becoming a popular option for corporate catering. This type of catering goes beyond burgers and tacos, giving you a wide variety of culinary delights to choose from that are suitable for corporate events. The use of food trucks at events helps to combine convenience and the element of fun all while providing guests with tasty food selections. Even better is that food trucks are a versatile catering option for both outdoor and indoor events.

 

Light Snacks

Corporate events can also take advantage of catering services that serve light snacks, such as vegetables, dips, crackers, and cheese. These are ideal for cocktail parties and networking events. Food stations will help keep your guests fed and happy as they  mingle. If your event has a larger dinner planned, snack stations are the perfect option for satisfying guests before the big dinner is served.

 

Upscale Foods

Offering upscale food selections, like shellfish, prime meat cuts, and fresh wines, are great for corporate dinners. Caterers serving these upscale events often keep the menus very flexible, with options such as:

Chicken and Leek Pot Pies
Ocean Salmon Terrine and Apple Martini Recipe

Offering upscale food options is a great way to surprise your guests and do something fancy for them, which as a result,  increases their trust and loyalty to your brand. 

 

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Warm and Hearty Foods

Comfort food is always a big hit at corporate events. Opting for catering services that serve ragu sauces and hearty soup dishes is a great way to provide substantial textures and big flavour to the menu. You’ll also want to make sure you choose a catering service that offers healthy food choices, like lightly fried sweet potatoes, zucchini fritters, and other vegetables that are in season.  

 

Classic foods

Foods like burgers and spaghetti never go out of style; this makes for a safe catering option for your event. With classic foods, you can take your guests back to their childhood and you are sure to satisfy everyone’s taste buds. Even if you are hosting an upscale corporate event, these food choices will work for any formal experience.

 

Cocktail and Food Matching

Another corporate event catering trend that is worth investing in is one that crafts cocktails with the specific flavors and tastes of the food selections being served. Cocktail catering is a great way to reflect a themed event. 

 

The Takeaway

If you would like to learn more about the top catering trends for corporate events, please contact  Laissez-faire today. 

Sydney Wedding Catering - Major Wedding Preparations You Can’t Forget

Date Posted: 4/04/2018 10:10:52 AM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

After the proposal and engagement party is done, taking the first steps to planning your wedding can be daunting. The world of weddings seems full of endless possibilities. You have so many ideas for your wedding reception in a beautiful forest, or maybe you’ll have an extraordinary disco, a big white wedding in a giant hall, or a princess wedding with ball gowns and tuxedos. If you’re thinking of adventure, you may wear your wedding jumpsuits and after saying your “I do's”, jump off a plane and parachute to the ground!

These ideas may sound fun and truly unforgettable, but then, you sit down with your bride or groom to be and actually start planning your wedding. All the endless wedding possibilities becomes an endless circle of decision making. Where do you start? How can you afford your wedding? How many guests will you have? What about the food and drinks?

There are many checklists that you can print out to keep up with your wedding preparations. To get you started thinking about the different aspects that make up a wedding, we’ve included the most basic and the most important things that you need to prepare for the big day. Let’s begin.

 

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Set A Budget for Catering, Venue, Decor, Photographers

Setting a budget will get everything rolling. You need to allot your budget for dresses/suits, wedding theme decorations, the wedding and reception venues, food and drinks, flowers, wedding photographers and videographers, entertainment and the audio visual setup.

Make Your Guest List

This is one of the first wedding logistics you should think about after setting the budget. When you know how much money you have to spend, you’ll know roughly how many people you can accommodate for. This may change so don’t make any promises to work acquaintances or distant 3rd cousins who want a wedding invite.

The number of guests will also depend on the season your wedding date falls into and how far guests will have to travel to the wedding venue or reception venue. Once you have a rough number this will give you an idea of how much food and drink needs to be prepared and possible venues that are suitable.

 

Find your Perfect Sydney Wedding Venue

There are so many wedding venues in Sydney that will fit your budget and still come out as a romantic and memorable place for your wedding and reception party. Some good wedding venues include:

  • The Australian National Maritime Museum
  • Harbor 220
  • Prince Henry Centre
  • Barangaroo Reserve
  • State Library of New South Wales
  • The Island
  • Cell Block Theatre
  • Wylies baths
  • Bangarra
  • The University of Sydney
  • Roundhouse
  • Coogee Surf Club
  • Hyde Park Barracks
  • The Royal Botanical Gardens
  • White Bay Cruise Terminal
  • Carriageworks
  • The Venue
  • Chinese Gardens
  • The Freedom Hub
  • La Porte Space

Click here to read the full details about these venues.

 

Choosing The Wedding Reception Style - Your Sydney Catering Options

Whether you’re thinking of an elegant or traditional wedding or a small and intimate gathering with your family and friends, there will be a style that fits your taste. Here are some examples our staff have seen first hand:

#1 Plated Dinner

This is a sit-down dinner, which is considered the most traditional and most formal since each guest is individually served a plated meal. Usually three courses are served; the entrée, main and dessert. The caterer will usually give guests a choice of two entrees which are selected beforehand or guests can swap with each other to get the meal they will most enjoy.

With this style, every guest will get their food at the same time and the caterer will know how much food will need to be purchased since the menu is pre-selected. Catering this way can mean that costs are lower as compared to a buffet or family-style meal.

#2 Buffet

Food   buffets are usually set up on long tables and guests can walk along and serve themselves. Servers can also be stationed behind the buffet table to serve the guests. This style is considered one of the most casual styles of meal service, but it’s also efficient.

This style requires fewer servers, thus you may save money on catering staff charges. Buffets are also a cost effective way of providing guests with a variety of food choices and promotes interaction among guests.

#3 Food Stations

This is similar to a buffet but the food is usually spread out across the venue at different stations. One area may be a carving station for meats, one for desserts, a sushi bar, a tapas station and a beverage station. Portions are served in a food station style, meaning they are on the smaller side which usually takes just about three bites to finish.

 

Just like a buffet, your guests will be pleased with the wide variety of food and drinks being served. Guest won’t have to wait in line since every station is spread all over the reception and people have different tastes. This also promotes a lot of interaction and mingling among the guests.

#4 Family Style Service

Just like a sit down dinner, guests are assigned specific dinner tables and the servers bring large portions of food to the dinner table on serving platters where guests can fill their own plates, just like they would at home.

#5 Cocktail Style

This style features hors d’oeuvres and other bite size offerings served all evening in contrast to a sit down meal. The hors d’oeuvres are usually one or two bite sized portions and can be a combination of hot and cold food options. The bite-sized foods can be served by waiters or they can be at stations for guests to get themselves. This is a good choice for a more casual atmosphere and gives the most opportunity for guests to mingle, meet and talk to each other.

 

Planning the Drinks

Choosing the drinks can also be a daunting task, but you don’t have to worry. Below are some examples of drinks that you can have on your wedding day.

#1 Bubbly

Good ol’ bubbly as a celebratory drink never gets old. You can have a little before your wedding to calm your nerves and celebrate the union by popping up another bottle. Bubblies vary in flavor, so if you can, do some tastings before you decide what bottle to get. Champagne can cost you $12 for a decent bottle and about $60-$250 for the best and top of the line champagnes.

#2 Wines

When choosing wines for your wedding, consider the time of the year and the wedding location. Summer weddings and lunches are best suited for whites, lighter-style reds and rose like pinot noir or cabernet franc. Winter weddings on the other hand are suited for robust merlots and bordeaux. The menu will also play a part in choosing your wine. Your chosen caterer will help you with pairing a great wine.

#3 Beer and Non-alcoholic Drinks

Serving good beer is an easy option and can be great for rain, hail or shine. Also since, you’re a responsible host, there should be also plenty of non-alcoholic drinks like juice, non-alcoholic cocktails, punch, sparkling mineral water and sodas.

 

Incorporate an Audio-visual System

The size and equipment will depend on how big the venue is. Hotels and other large venues provide their own AV system which is usually included in the package whenever you rent one of their ballroom or event spaces. If not, consider hiring only the essentials. Maybe you want some lights to hit the dancefloor?

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You can hire a DJ or a band to provide entertainment for your wedding party. Most live performers will bring their own equipment to the venue. But mostly all the other PA systems like speakers and microphones will be provided by the venue or you can also hire a 3rd party sound system company if the equipment provided by the venue is not adequate.

As always, 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. Good luck.

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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! 

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Finding The Perfect Sydney Venue For Your Event

Date Posted: 19/03/2018 9:40:28 AM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Deciding upon the best event space or venue is very crucial to your event’s overall success. It may be a corporate party, a wedding, a birthday or an awards night. Whatever the reason, the venue will hold everything in place. Although finding a venue takes time, it doesn’t have to feel like a daunting task.

Let’s say you have already identified the type of event you’re planning and the purpose of the party - now all you need is the venue. There are different factors you need to consider when selecting the right venue for you. Before we discuss some of the best venues and event spaces, let’s go through the factors you’ll need to consider when choosing one.

#1 Know Your Target Audience and Guests

When choosing a venue, knowing who your guests are and how many will be attending the event will give you an idea of the capacity you need. You have to make sure that you know at least an accurate estimate of the number of guests since this will limit your venue options. The venue should also reflect the guests taste and expectations.

#2 Check Your Calendar

Timing is a big factor when choosing your venue. The date of the event will be the next limiting factor. Depending on your event, you may be either flexible with your event date to get the venue you want or you have to be flexible with the venue of your choice in order to get a date that works.

#3 Know Your Venue Budget

With an open-ended budget, you will have hundreds of venue choices, but it is more likely that your budget may be limited. So, you should be aware of your budget limitations beforehand, but you can always plan a great event within a reasonable budget.

#4 Venue Location

After having the number of attendees and the possible dates narrowed down, it’s now time to know the locations of the venues on your list. Other than hotels and event conferences which are very popular, you can further narrow down your options to which venue is the most convenient for your guests or to a location which will increase the RSVP rate.

#5 Venue Space

The venue that you will choose should also have the appropriate space for the type of event you’re planning. Also, does it have a space for a dance floor, does it have their own PA system? What kind of table setup will you require? Does the facility’s condition reflect your standards? Does the venue meet the criteria of the event?

The venue should also have ample parking space (or easy access to public transport), offers good security, possibly offer services like catering, tables, chairs and linen rentals or floral arrangements if needed.

#6 Venue’s Reputation

A venue’s reputation is sometimes the difference between holding a good event and having a truly great event. You can see it by how the venue manages their staff, facilities and their clients. You will feel they care if they treat you like a VIP or the venue is flexible to your requests. Schedule a site visit to actually see the venue and see if it fits your criteria for the overall feel of the event. Ask for a tour around the venue including the entrance, the different spaces available, bathrooms and parking lot.

Examples of Great Sydney Venues

Below are 3 examples of spectacular venues that might be perfect for your event:

Roundhouse at UNSW

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The Roundhouse is the venue of choice for the biggest music acts and has evolved into accepting a range of events. The Roundhouse can do concerts, conferences, product launches, dinners, parties and weddings.

The venue has a capacity for 10 to 2,200 guests with a panoramic room that can seat up to 1,000 guests or 500 individuals for a banquet style party.

The venue also provides a cutting edge AV system with a modular stage and PA systems with 50 years of experience in creating a great production. It also offers a 360 degree balcony with 8 flexible breakout rooms with built in AV systems. These spaces can be customised with removable walls, thus you can combine all rooms into one.

The venue is suitable for:

  • Company parties
  • Business conferences
  • Product launches
  • Mini concerts
  • Formal dinners
  • Weddings
  • Exhibits.

Menu types can be formal plated, buffets, canapes, cocktails and food stations. Drinks could include bubbly, beer and non-alcoholic drinks since the venue is suited for big parties to small intimate gatherings.

The Freedom Hub

Freedom Hub

The Freedom Hub is a 100 year old warehouse event space located in the suburb of Waterloo, Sydney. The venue is constructed with high ceilings with black steel beams which are perfect for hanging gardens, festive lights and bright flowers. The cement floor is hand made of hand smashed river pebbles with white wash walls and large windows that add to the beautiful natural lighting.

100% of profits from The Freedom Hub supports victims of modern slavery & human trafficking within Australia. Their slave free supply chain and preferred suppliers ensure that they run ethical events, ethical weddings and your guests will love the feel good factor.

The venue is best for these styles of events:

  • Drinks and canapes followed by a speech or presentation
  • Dinner events for up to 100 guests
  • Breakfast seminars or brunch events
  • Cocktail events for up to 150 guests.

La Porte Space

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La Porte Space is a multifunctional and unique space that provides luxurious creative spaces for leading industry businesses.

La Porte Space is located within the walls of a restored 1930 heritage building which offers a range of Scandinavian designed studios and concept spaces perfect brand showings, fashion shows, cocktail parties, media dinners and small corporate events. The venue can accommodate up to 400 guests with 5 function spaces.

The venue is best for:

  • Formal dinner events
  • Art launches with drinks and canapes
  • Cocktail events
  • Big family dinners
  • Reunions with buffet style dinners.

Click here to check out other excellent venues for your next event or party. Enjoy!

Need a Mid-Year Office Celebration? Start Planning a Christmas in July Party!

Date Posted: 9/03/2018 3:01:20 PM
Posted By: Tara Connolly

Towards the middle of the year, employees can start feeling a little fatigued. If it's all just work, work, work, their attention will start to drift, and they may not be as attentive or productive as they could be. Having a celebratory party can give employees something to look forward to, show them they're recognised, and encourage them to work harder. "Christmas in July" is a fun and festive theme that everyone can enjoy.

Why Plan for  Christmas in July?

Christmas in July is a creative, quirky excuse for a celebration that comes with an easy, preset theme. Rather than having to plan everything out of whole cloth, you can simply take a page from any holiday party book. Christmas in July is also something that everyone understands and that everyone can get excited for!

Just like any party, you're going to have to get together the decor, food, and activities. Think about some of your prior year Christmas celebrations for some easy ideas.

Harbour 220 Sydney Christmas Party 

Pictured: Harbour 220

Choosing the Right Venue

Though holding a celebration in your office is convenient, it really just surrounds you with your work. Choosing an off-site venue gives your employees the opportunity to experience something new and truly relax outside of the day-to-day operations.

Ideally, you want a venue somewhat close to your business; you don't want to make employees commute too far.  Luckily, it's often fairly cheap to book a corporate venue in off months -- far cheaper than during  actual holidays.

la porte space Christmas Sydney Venue 

Pictured: La Porte Space

Get the Decor Just Right

A Christmas in July party is more fun the more "all out" it is. From fake snow to mistletoe, go wild with the decoration.  At the start, you can create a "Christmas planning" party that's filled with volunteers. The more the employees   want    to participate, the better a job they'll do. 

Don't forget that Christmas means different things to different people. If you want your holiday celebration to go over without a hitch, encourage employees to add to the decor and to pitch in their own ideas. In the spirit of inclusivity, you can ask them what the holidays mean to each of them.

And don't forget the fun holiday themes. There are many "tropical party" Christmas themes and "futuristic" Christmas themes, which you may have discounted for your actual holiday parties but can be acceptable for a Christmas in July.

The Venue Sydney Christmas Event 

Pictured: The Venue

It can be difficult to find Christmas decorations during the off season. Look at wholesale outlets and online stores for deals -- or ask for donations of old decorations from employees. If Christmas in July becomes a regular thing, you can reuse decorations from year to year. Some tinsel and bright lights, and you'll be set for at least two holidays every year.

Spring for Some Festive Catering

Food is what makes Christmas truly feel like Christmas. From eggnog to peppermint bark, there are appetizers,   drinks  and desserts that people crave throughout the year. During the holiday season, these foods are often made  by family members and friends, contributing to the loving atmosphere of Christmas. At your party, they can all be provided through catering. 

canape Christmas in July menu 

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Though pot lucks are fun, they also often come with additional work for employees. Employees may stress over their dishes -- and the dishes themselves could represent liability concerns, due to unsafe food handling and allergies. Overall, corporate catering services are usually the safest and most convenient option.

Consider building your menu around your employees, by asking them questions such as the following:

  • What are your favorite holiday foods?
  • Are there any foods that you're allergic too?
  • What drinks make you think of the holidays?

These questions will help you personalise your Christmas in July party for your employees, increasing their enjoyment. Many employees go to corporate events primarily for the food, and it's food that they're going to be thinking about later on.

Shared Menu Christmas in July event 

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Use the Time to Encourage Your Staff

Set aside some time during your Christmas in July party to give awards and gifts to your staff members. Recognition matters. Give gifts based on longevity and merit and employees will be more likely to work hard for the rest of the year. 

Holding some raffles throughout the event is also a good way to encourage employees to stay and enjoy the party throughout, as it adds to the festivities. For a Christmas in July event, you want to stagger events throughout, so employees constantly have something going on.

Endeavour Pavilion Sydney Christmas Event 

Pictured: Endeavour Pavilion at ANMM

Some team-building activities can include building a gingerbread house together or playing some casual party games. This helps employees get to know each other in a professional environment, encouraging them to work better together and learn about each other's idiosyncracies.

As long as you have everything planned out, Christmas in July can be a great opportunity to both reward and motivate your employees. With activities, catering, and awards, you can turn it into a mid-year productivity boosting event.

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