The Best Catering in Melbourne for Your Next Dinner Party
Let the best caterers in Melbourne do the hard work at your next soirée.
We all love to throw a good party, but the endless hours prepping, cooking and plating? Not so much. Let the pros handle it, leaving you time to play host and spend time mingling with your guests. Whether you’re planning an intimate birthday, a cocktail soirée, a big wedding or a major function, these expert catering services know how to put on a good spread – with drinks and service to match.
Peter Rowland is the name in food catering. From high-profile weddings to Spring Carnival, they’re the number that’s on every event planner’s speed dial. Known for creating menus that are sophisticated, beautiful to look at and made from high quality local produce, there’s no event too small or too big for them to cater. For more relaxed gatherings they do salads, platters, hampers, alcohol and those famed chicken sandwiches with only 24 hours’ notice required.
The Atlantic Group is best known for running a string of well-known Melbourne venues – think upmarket seafood restaurant The Atlantic and basement cocktail bar The Den – but they also bring their stellar offerings to you. Whether you’re entertaining 15 people or 500, their catering team will put together a sumptuous feast that matches your mood, preferences and the occasion. You can also hire their charismatic and attentive staff to make sure everything goes off without a hitch on the day.
One of Melbourne’s most reputable caterers, the team at Ed Dixon know how to put on a show. They’re experts at creating beautiful (and Instagram-worthy) grazing tables laden with fine cheeses, meats, antipasti and fresh flowers for that elevated touch. Meanwhile, dining menus can be tailored around barbecued meats, vegan dishes, gluten-free catering and more – they can even put together a killer cocktail list to really wow your guests.
We all love Lentil As Anything for their comforting, wholesome and conscious vegan meals, but did you know that this homegrown not-for-profit also offers catering? For casual, delicious and well-priced food, delivered to you, they’re got you covered. They can prepare delicious canapés like crispy polenta with charred leek and lemon mayo, mini Spanish omelettes and fresh falafel topped with sumac onions, as well as nourishing bowls and sweet treats for a multi-course feast.
Located in the picturesque Collingwood Children’s Farm, this café is not only a beloved local hangout but a classy caterer servicing venues across the city. They source fresh produce from their own gardens to make dainty canapés, gorgeous dessert tables and multi-course menus – they can even create wedding cakes, cheese towers and provide an ice-cream cart that’ll instantly delight your guests.
Taking cues from Asian, Middle Eastern and European cuisine, Damm Fine Food puts together contemporary menus that’ll have people talking. You’ll be free to mingle and entertain while they serve dishes like miso pork belly with tangerine glaze, toasted nori and yuzu dressing, or salmon and crab kataifi with caviar and taramasalata, all with five-star service. Their expert team will bring your vision to life, with the capacity to also arrange venue hire, styling, floral design, AV equipment, photography and lighting.
Yarra Valley Catering services not only the Yarra but also all of Melbourne Metro and its surrounds – meaning you can get their stellar food and service no matter where your event is held. They’ve got a range of options to suit your speed, from casual buffets and grazing canapés to formal sit-down dinners attended to by professional staff and event managers. An eye for style also means that tables are gorgeously set up, ready for photos.
Blake’s Feast is known for their expertise in magical weddings and corporate events, but their catering team can put together a menu that’ll dazzle any party, big or small. Bites, banquets, bowls, beverages, barbecues and buffets – they do it all, and do it well. For larger events you can tap into their gorgeous partner venues, which include the Royal Botanical Gardens and Starward Distillery.
Lush grazing boards and boxes are a sure fire way to feed a happy crowd without the fuss. I Am Board will sort you out with custom antipasto and cheese boards made to order, with plenty of sweet and savoury options to match your tastes. There’s no limit to how big they’ll make them, stuffing every spare inch with locally sourced cheese, charcuterie, dips, quince paste, fruit, nuts, and chocolate, all beautifully styled with Australian native greenery.
With over 50 years in the business, Luckman are a team that know what they’re doing. Their delicious, Asian-influenced food can feed everyone from a cocktail party for 30 all the way up to a formal sit-down dinner for 1500. Snack on delicate prawn and ginger dumplings, Peking duck parcels and nigiri sushi as canapés, or settle in for sumptuous multi-course menus and drinks.
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