The Best Catering in Melbourne to Suit Every Occasion
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 of 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.
It’s all in the name at Big Flavours. With customers at its forefront, this all-embracing catering company combines (you guessed it) big flavours with impeccable service. Expect immaculate plates and dynamic pairings when working with the head chef who has graced the kitchens of many of the city’s best dining establishments such as Maze by Gordon Ramsey, Vue de Monde and Circa. With passion and creative flair comes a menu heavy on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients featuring the likes of Wagyu beef burgers, whole King Prawns, fresh salads, cured salmon and smoky pork ribs. Whether you’re after canapes, family-style or a sit-down feast, Big Flavours have a package to suit every event and budget.
Lush grazing boards and boxes are a sure-fire way to feed a happy crowd without the fuss. The Grazing Fox will sort you out with custom boards and tables 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 cheeses, charcuterie, dips, fruit, nuts, sandwiches, sweets and even breakfast bites, all beautifully styled to suit any occasion.
Nem’n’Nem may be based in Melbourne, but their flavours are straight from the streets of Hanoi thanks to the incredible Vietnamese hawker menu. Tasty, vibrant and healthy are the keywords here. Think fluffy baos filled with slow-cooked beef and crispy drunken chicken, refreshing vermicelli salad bowls and crispy dumplings served hot off the grill. Available for both corporate and private functions, Nem’n’Nem offers vegan as well as gluten-free options, giving you plenty of options when it comes to creating the occasion menu of your dreams.
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.
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.
Blake’s Feast is known for its expertise in magical weddings and corporate events, but its 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.
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