In November we’re all misty eyed about glazing hams and stuffing birds with our bare hands, but, come December, the reality of cooking for our Christmas parties starts to lose its sheen. And don’t even get us started on the stress-fest that is catering for Christmas Day itself.
Standing in front of an oven on a 40-degree day isn’t anyone’s idea of festive, and we’ve found organising enough food to feed a crowd is kinda tough when you’re two champers in. (And we know we’re not alone.)
Because sometimes it’s best to leave it to the pros, here are our picks of Brisbane’s best caterers for Christmas. Whether you’re after party catering, or gourmet, pre-cooked Chrissie fare, these are the folks we call when we’re feeling merry and lazy.
Christmas Party Catering
La Rotisserie | Newstead
Want your party catered? Love meat? Do we have the Christmas caterer for you! La Rotisserie are the slow-cooked meats specialists, and they want to bring some festive cheer to your Christmas event. With their flagship store in Newstead, and a brand new premises in Toowong, they can freshen your party, whether big or small, with their salads, pulled pork, perfectly roasted chickens, slow-cooked beef, and healthy fried chicken (recently named some of the best in town!).
Call the friendly team to organise your party catering, pronto!
Mondo Organics | West End
Organic eaters (and fans of beautifully presented, gourmet party fare) listen up! Iconic West End organic restaurant, Mondo Organics, is also a boutique catering service, and has been making tables groan at weddings, lunches, and parties for years now. The talented Mondo team are pros when it comes to party nosh, and should be your first call for pre-Christmas parties if you’re low on cooking enthusiasm. With a focus on individually designed menus, using only the best local organic produce, Mondo can provide the canapés, salads, platters, cakes, and more to cater your next luncheon or cocktail event. Their catering is to the high standard Mondo fans have come to expect from this fab’ Brisbane restaurant, so you can rest easy on party day.
Harveys | New Farm
Not content with just being one of the best restaurants in Brisbane, Harveys can also cater your next bash. Whether you just need someone else to cook and deliver your meal, or you want food, staff, silverware, and the works, PJ McMillan and his team can bring the festive cheer to your Christmas event. With a repuation as one the best caterers in Brisbane, a party spread by Harveys is sure to impress your guests!
Cove Catering Brisbane | South Bank
Whether your Christmas event is large or small, the talented gang at Cove Catering Brisbane can sort you out. They're the same team behind Cove Bar and Dining in South Bank, and you can expect the same high quality, fresh food from their catering arm. Covering the breadth of events, from cocktail dos to sit-down lunches, Cove are a hot new Christmas dining option. Email Cove here to find out more.
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Black Pearl Epicure | Fortitude Valley
With a focus on the highest quality Australian produce, and the very best gourmet imports, Black Pearl Epicure in Fortitude Valley has your Christmas spread sorted. Everything good you could want to eat this Christmas, they have. Think truffles, caviar, foie gras, meats, French butter, poultry and game, chocolates, and over 40 kinds of cheese. Call the team or drop by their store to place your Christmas order.
Tognini’s Café Deli | Milton
We love how crazy this catering-savvy family goes for Christmas. Pre-order your Christmas spread from Tognini’s, and know you’re going to wow the crowd. Whole turkeys, hams, stuffed quails…Heck, they’ll even sell you a goose! This is the stuff Christmas wishes are made of. They also do salads, Christmas dessert classics, and all the trimmings.
Tognini’s also do a mean range of Christmas cheese boxes, which you can give as gifts, or treat yourself with. Get your order in quick!
Pamela’s Pantry | Petrie Terrace
Forget Santa. The real hero this Christmas is Pamela, and her magical pantry. She’s been dishing up the goods for over 30 years from her cute-as-a-button Caxton Street cottage. The queen of takeaway treasures, like pies, quiches, salads, whole turkeys, chickens, cakes, puddings, and more, Pamela even covers your Christmas treats, like rum balls and sugared and spiced nuts. Yes, she can make your plum pudding for you, and yes it will be awesome. Keep an eye on her website for the full 2014 Christmas menu.
Pamela’s Pantry also do on-site catering, so call to enquire if she can cover your Christmas event.
Homeslice Kitchen | Bulimba
Providores of pies, quiches, take-away meals, and salads, Homeslice Kitchen in Bulimba makes dishes that taste so homemade, you won’t even have to admit you’ve had outside help. They have a special catering menu out for Christmas, which includes smoked hams, roast chickens, turkey, and prawn pies. They also do desserts and baked treats.
Want more? Check out our lists of Brisbane’s best caterers!
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