Impress Your Guests with These Top 10 Sydney Caterers
‘Tis the festive season, and Sydneysiders are gearing up for a full social calendar. If you’re putting on a party, why not call on a caterer to take care of the food, so that you can give your guests all of your attention? Whether you’re planning a casual, cocktail-style or sit-down event, there’s a personal chef who will cater to your needs, and put on a delicious, beautifully-presented spread people won’t forget.
To take your tastebuds on a trip to Spain, book Paella Amor. The team will show up with a pan, handmade stock, and a bunch of fresh ingredients, and whip up an authentic paella right in front of your guests, be it 12 to 150 people. The chefs also offer a tapas menu of delights like jamon iberico (Spanish ham), prawn skewers, and slow-cooked pork belly with stewed cinnamon apples.
How would you like a two-hatted chef to be your private chef for the night? Thanks to Dining Abode, you can treat yourself and your guest to a fine dining meal courtesy of chef Thomas Johns (ex-Pello restaurant). There’s a range of catering packages available, such as share platters, tasting menus, degustations and themed food stations. The team can take care of space hire, crockery and linens, and also has event stylists on hand to take your event to the next level.
The Italian Job is basically a woodfired pizza oven on wheels. They’ll roll up to your event to serve up classic Neapolitan pizzas straight from the oven, and topped with fresh produce and ingredients imported from Italy. You can add salads, slow-cooked meats and canapés to the order – just tell your guests to save some room for dessert, because the Nutella, Oreo and apple crumble pizzas are to die for.
Planning a party for more than 30 guests? Call on the wildly successful Surry Hills restaurant for help. Longrain is known for its aromatic, flavoursome South East Asian fare, and they’ll make your event a feast for the senses. The catering team can accommodate buffets, barbecues and sit-down dinners, with cocktail, wine and wait staff options also on offer. If that’s a little too involved, they’re also happy to simply deliver the dishes to you, ready for you to serve.
85 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills
With locations all over Sydney, About Life is a wholefoods mecca – and you can call on them to cook up a healthy feast fit for a Queen. Servicing the metro Sydney area and Wollongong, the team can cater everything from cocktail events and dinner parties to breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea with raw cakes and treats. Naturally, they can cater to any and all dietary requirements, so none of your guests will go hungry.
There are grazing platters, and then there’s The Platter Project. Run by the ultimate foodie, Libby Gardener, the platters are bright, colourful and completely Instagrammable. There are small, medium and large platters on offer, which can be piled high with decadent French cheeses, fruit, nuts, antipasti, dips, cold cuts, sushi or finger sandwiches. Gardener can also create sweet treat platters with macarons, lollies, M&Ms and doughnuts.
For all things Italian, Salt Meats Cheese is a foodie paradise – and the catering menu is just as dreamy. Along with pizza, gourmet salads and sandwiches on crusty bread, the chefs can whip up baked lasagne, slow-cooked meat or a whole porchetta, and round off the meal with a tiramisu tray, or a selection of ricotta-filled cannoli for dessert.
Hire a Messina gelato cart, or the mint-green van if your guest list runs in the hundreds. Pricing starts at $2200, which includes enough of Messina’s famously creamy gelato for 150-200 people, plus a server for up to three hours. After you’ve locked down your vehicle and hand-picked from the huge selection of flavours, your job is done, so you can sit back and watch your guests’ faces light up when they arrive.
It doesn’t matter if you’re celebrating with a big or small group – a spit roast is always a good idea. Stuffed with garlic, herbs and seasonings (try the Texas BBQ), The Pig Baron’s pigs are slow-cooked until the meat is tender and juicy, and the crackling golden. The chefs cook on-site for the theatrical factor, and stay to carve the meat, serve your guests, and offer homemade sauces, salads and sides. If pork’s not your thing, you can ask for lamb or beef.
To serve up home-style cooking without touching the oven, call Grandmas. Based out of their Alexandria kitchen, the chefs make crowd-pleasers. Order a slew of share plates, such as lamb kofta, bruchetta and crispy zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta, or go for the chef’s station for something more interactive. Be sure to grab a box of cookies from the bakery on the way out!
140-142 McEvoy Street, Alexandria