Who are you reader? If you've stumbled here, perhaps you've been delegated the slightly mammoth task of organising the office Christmas party. Maybe you're the hostess with the absolute mostess or maybe you’re tying the knot and going the DIY route—either way, no one wants to be slaving in the kitchen for every man and his dog for two weeks straight for their event.
Well, imagine a glittery fairy descending from the sky, waving their wand and magically creating a spread that gives the great feast from Harry Potter a run for its money—that's catering. Get your best (most glamorous) entertaining outfit on and prepare to host the party of the century, with the help of course of the best catering in Brisbane, which you'll find in the list below.
For The Fancy Pants
In a rather online-dating esque way, Gathar finds out what sort of event you want to do, what sort of food you need and even your budget and matches you with the perfect professional, or as they like to put it—culinarian. From canapes to caviar, wine matching and even equipment, the team can add those special touches to make your culinary experience fabulous. You can even get your special person the gift of a luxury meal cooked at home with a private chef with a Gathar gift card. Brownie points plus 10.
These guys are go-to luxury catering aficionados—any and every event you could ever think of, Dalton Catering is ready to cater for. Think canapes, grazing tables, intimate shared table dining, fine dining, high teas, lunch and corporate catering, breakfast and even something they call a fire dome—an outdoor fire-pit grilling station that serves as entertainment for your guests and delicious grilled veggies and meats to boot. Within each of these categories lie more options like a live oyster shucking grazing tables or canapes from the farm (or sea, or garden for vegans). On top of all this (we told you they were pros) they can also supply and sling a mean cocktail. It's downright decadent.
William Wallace Group
They say you should never trust a man with two first names, but frankly, we’d trust William Wallace Group to cater any event on our calendar. Whether you need a spread of restaurant-worthy sandwiches, salads, pies and sweets to keep a corporate horde happy or you’re planning a lush wedding, William Wallace has you covered with a flexible, talented team that can literally do it all. You can even book in a private degustation to share with your nearest and dearest if that floats your boat—hello next milestone birthday plans. Check out everything they offer and chat to them about your next event here.
Cuisine On Cue
Cuisine On Cue is a breath of fresh air to the more civilian-esque party thrower—i.e you don't own 43 investment properties and just want a quality spread without breaking the bank. These guys do literally everything—you want a box of party pies or sandwiches? You got it. Bite-sized canapes served with style throughout a party? They can do it. A three-course dinner? Just pick your courses and leave the rest to them. We'll just list out the rest of their options or we'll be here for days: food stations and grazing tables, shared dining menus, buffets, conferences, breakfasts and more, for every occasion and every event.
Wine & Dine’m
Okay, we have royalty in the house. Wine & Dine’m has not only been around for more than 20 years, but has also won over 10 awards for their exceptional catering. The team is super passionate about taking events to the next level and their extensive and utterly delicious menus are a testament to this—you can even request a menu tasting so everything’s perfect for that special day. Amazingly, they also have heaps of drop-off options at lots of different price points so you’re sure to find the perfect option.
The Jills of all trades at Chez Nous are truly your one-stop-shop for everything special occasion. Starting with a budget, the team can create a custom menu, organise the venue, photography and videography, invitations, flowers, cakes AND style the whole thing. With an impressive seven page menu with delectable eats and location connections like The Joinery at West End, you are sure to be not only taken care of, but be the topic of the group chat for at least the next three months.
Philip Johnson Catering
The hoards of reviews that Philip Johnson Catering catering has acquired over their 20 years of operating is truly proof that they are in the big leagues. The gallery on their website is honestly hard to believe, the food looks so perfect that it really does leave you gobsmacked. From plated menus to canapes and share plates, you're sure to get restaurant-quality food at your special day or even the comfort of your own home. Along with that 20 years of experience we were talking about, the team also boasts many awards, and of course a wide array of catering options for weddings, christmas, corporate and the most fancy-pants private function that you'll ever throw.
Some excellent greenies have put together Holistic Hospitality—your go-to catering with a side of environmental consciousness. The gang gives not-for-profit organisations a discounted rate on their delicious spreads, and said spreads come in fully biodegradable packaging. They also prepare food in order to reduce equipment usage and storage needs, grow their own herbs and vegetables, use paper products that are recycled or sourced from sustainable forestries AND make sure food scrapping is composted back into their gardens. Guilt free snacking and schmoozing if we ever did see it.
Garnishes Catering has been around since 1980, when it was started by foodie icon Spiro Levanes—it has since been taken over by a new team, but current owners husband and wife Chris and Sarah Stowe and business partner Glenn Jones have been running things for 19 years now, so you can be assured they really know what they're doing. Having won multiple awards for their culinary arts, they can cater for everything from weddings and cocktail parties to conferences and working lunches—if you attend a function at the University of Queensland or the State Library you'll most likely be fed by Garnishes. Whatever your vision, they'll make it work, whether that's a buffet on a boat or wine and cheese in your backyard. They can even take care of the drinks—so start planning here.
For The Corporate Events
Keep everybody satisfied next time you need to cater a do and order from Milton’s iconic Tognini’s. These guys are absolute people pleasers who are more than happy to whip up custom packages to suit any taste, budget and dietary requirements. Their endless options range from simple fresh fruit and vegetables platters to boxes of sandwiches, mini croquettes, brioche sliders, antipasto, donuts, scones and more . Whether it's just a finger food selection, a decadent Melbourne cup lunch, or an all out Christmas dinner, they have got you covered with a unique menu just for your special occasion.
Got a long business meeting you need to cater for? Marco Polo are the experts in corporate and office catering and have your solutions for any work event. They offer a quality supply of platters and sweet treats from morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea—the foodie options are never ending. Conferences? They have you covered. Boardroom meetings and seminars? No stress. You can order from a large menu of options. There are breakfast boxes that include delicious bacon, egg and hash brown rolls, mini pastries, mini pots and juices. Lunch is sorted with their various gourmet sandwiches, bowls and wraps. Finally, for those short events, the morning and afternoon tea menus are full of mouth-watering sweet and savoury pastries, scones, bagels, tarts and more.
This New York-style deli sure knows how to pack a punch, with amazing sangas you can order in bulk to feed the office troops or fuel your next weekend picnic. Not just a banging spot for lunch, Joe’s Deli now offers catering, with boxes of their favourite deli rolls able to be ordered for pick up from their CBD location.Don’t worry, there’s vego, vegan and gluten-free options too, not to mention sides of classic crisps and pickles and even a two tone cheesecake for dessert.
New Farm Deli
Seriously, is there anything better than a deli-style grazing platter? New Farm Deli has got your antipasto, canape and sandwich catering sorted with their delectable menu of foodie goodness. These mouth-watering platters and boxes are perfect for any occasion. A picnic at the park, birthday celebrations, house-warmings, you name it. Choose from a range of antipasto platters brimming with all kinds of meats, cheese and crackers, or take a bite of their canape range which includes crispy risotto balls, quiches and sliders. Tie off your feast with some fresh, authentic salads, a seasonal fruit box or even their sweet box to treat yourself with some artisan pastries. New Farm Deli has it all, so why choose one box when you can try them all.
Did someone say French catering? Oui. You cannot get much better than a full spread of Parisian pastries for breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea. Mica Express is your French bestie when it comes to catering and their range is simply to die for. If you’re needing a morning spread, their breakfast selection does the trick with a mixture of mini pastries, fruit platters, vegetarian and meat croissants, as well as a selection of juices. Lunch is similar, but add in some tasty pies and sausage rolls, as well as artesian sandwiches. Don’t forget a mixture of sweet treats to bite into for afternoon tea and you’re set to say c’est la vie.
Who needs Euro summer when you have Newstead Locale to cater for your next event. Expect an insane Italian feast with this endless catering menu which you can customise to your event and budget. From a romantic dinner for two and small gathering to a large formal dinner, Newstead Locale has you covered. You are bound to get raving reviews with their range of antipasto spreads, beef and vegetarian arancini, pesto pasta, veal scallopini and more. No plane ticket is necessary, the wafts of Italian flavours at your next event will absolutely transport you to the Italian Riviera.
For Something Different
Imagine this: the light summer breeze wafts aromas from a giant pan that smells so good it's almost hypnotic. No, you're not in Spain, the legends from Spanish Paella are just catering your event. Let the Spanish professionals wow your guests with a hearty and filling feast that is sure to fuel them up for the night's debauchery ahead. With more than three flavours to choose from (even a vegan option, wow) and the entertainment factor of watching the pros at work right in front of you, your event is sure to leave a lasting impression.
Ok so here's something you don't see every day—not a food truck, but a food combi. Specifically, a pizza combi. Yep, our ears pricked too. Pizzantica roams around with a woodfired pizza oven mounted atop the tray of a combi van. The vehicle itself is a marvel in its own right, but the pizza is what coaxes guests off the dancefloor. Sometimes when people’s feet are hurting from their heels and the bubbly is well and truly flowing, the mini canapes of roe and cream cheese just don't cut it. In that instance, everything fades away and something like the prosciutto crudo pizza is the only thing for it—think tomato, mozzarella, parmesan, prosciutto and rocket atop a bubbly woodfired base. Drunk feast: unlocked.
The Bun Mobile
A bao bun catering food truck. What an absolute dream. Why did we just picture having bao buns at our actual wedding—and frothing it? Once again we are amazed by hospo peeps and their bloody good ideas, and one that takes the cake is The Bun Mobile. Book them and feed your guests mouthwatering buns like the pork bun with twice-cooked pork, hoisin sauce, sakura pickled cucumber and shallot batons or the chicken bun with chargrilled teriyaki chicken, slaw with julienne carrot and mint, Japanese mayo and lashings of hoisin sauce. So drool-worthy, and roves of people seem to agree with us—the reviews of The Bun Mobile are fives across the board.
Ok: Grazing boats. Yep, that's the whole first line. What is this you ask? Well, you're better off asking the legends at Say Cheese Brisbane, who have created a solution to standing around at a party holding a singular piece of salami. Inside little paper boats, sits your own portable mini charcuterie board with all the usual offenders on-site. They also do sweet and savoury platter boxes and grazing tables that are downright editorial. All you need to do is have a stalk of their Insta and we are sure you’ll be booking the goods that very same day.
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