Food & Drink

The Best Gold Coast Caterers For Your Next Event

By Natalie Messenger
12th Sep 2023

arancini balls

There’s nothing worse than throwing a party and then missing the whole thing because you’re spending all night in the kitchen slaving over a hot stove. Take the hassle and heartache out of feeding and watering your guests at your next event by getting in one of Gold Coast’s best caterers. 

Scroll on for twelve of the best Gold Coast catering companies, from dinners for two to large corporate events.

Hummingbird and Co Catering

The adorably-named Hummingbird and Co Catering can cater for any event but these romantics-at-heart just adore weddings. They can do everything from post ceremony grazing and progressive canapé service to relaxed festival style or shared boards. These Gold Coast caterers also love late night feasting platters to get the guests through if you need that little something to dance the night away. 

The team can cater a package to suit just about any event and provide a full-service bar with qualified RSA staff to mix up wonderful cocktails or serve a selection of provided beverages, and their super cute vintage caravan just adds that extra special touch to events.

Ridgeway Catering Group 

a platter full of spooned canapes

Mermaid’s Little Truffle owners Daniel and Ruggie Ridgeway are the brains (and muscle) behind the lauded Ridgeway Catering Group, so you know you’re getting the goods. Oh, and Ridgeway Catering was also the winner of ‘Best Wedding Caterer in South-East Queensland’ in 2021.

They also head up the ever-popular Bin 232 and Palm Beach Avenue, so it’s no surprise these experienced restaurateurs happen to be some of the best Gold Coast caterers around. The highly professional team are adept at dishing up a corporate or event catering package that is guaranteed to blow the socks off your guests. No party pies here.

Three Blue Ducks 

Three Blue Ducks is the lovechild of Masterchef Andy Allen and partners, and their nationwide reputation for incredible feasts is both hard and well earned. It only stands to reason that these Byron and Sydney farmers would take their same high quality, paddock-to-plate philosophy and apply it to their catering side as well. 

With a focus on weddings, events and parties, the gun events team perfects carefully curated bites, such as spanner crab, betel leaf, cucumber, and kaffir lime; duck arancini, mozzarella, charred peppers and citrus; and chocolate parfait, almond streusel, pickled blueberries with matcha. 

The Italian Job Catering 

arancini at an event

Feeding a mob? The Italian Job Catering portable woodfired pizza oven goes everywhere. Enjoy the delectable aromas of fresh pizza being cooked in fire, wafting through your next party, as guests squabble over slices of hot, cheesy goodness. 

If you’re after more than just pizza, you’re sorted. The Italian Job crew also sling homemade gnocchi, loaded antipasti, bruschetta, salads and canapes. 

Joy & Joy

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If you're after a Gold Coast catering and event company which quite literally does it all, Joy & Joy has got you covered. From fully-inclusive sit-down function packages and canape packages with plenty of booze to boxed catering and frozen goodies, your next big event is sorted.

Warm and friendly, the Joy & Joy team  offer a truly tailored experience rather than a 'one size fits all' approach. No matter your venue, the dedicated team is meticulous and provide excellent service—even being able to operate without power. Phew. We also can confirm their Christmas catering is some of the best on the Gold Coast.

Prestidge Catering 

Gold Coast Caterer and award-winning Chef Barry Prestidge presents a unique style of cuisine and Gold Coast catering services that exude a creative modern flair like no other. The skilled team of chefs at Prestidge Catering can deliver pretty much any kind of function food you can imagine, from small bites and fork buffets to multi-course feasts. 

They even do pre-prepared Christmas catering and platters to take all the hassle out of your next family gathering. Need staff for an event? These guys have you covered there, too. It’s a true one-stop catering shop.

In Season Catering 

Craig Weston, owner and Executive Chef of In Season Catering, brings more than 20 years of hospitality experience to the table, having previously owned a successful Paradise Point restaurant. Now he takes that same drive, gastronomic reputation and attention to detail and brings it to your event for some of the best Gold Coast party catering around. 

Their extensive menu includes breakfast buffets, canapes, huge salad selections, lunch platters, grazing boards and even a gelato bar. Pick from the existing choices or design to suit your crowd. 

Catering by Clancy 

Established in 1985 by Clancy and his wife Carol, Catering By Clancy has been looking after local events for a whopping 38 years. That’s some serious hospitality experience. Kick back, relax, and let this family-run Gold Coast caterer take care of all the culinary requirements at your next event with style and flair. 

The full-service crew has a database of pre-designed menus to suit pretty much any occasion, including cocktail, buffet, fork dishes, BBQ, fine dining multi course, plated alternate drop, breakfast, morning teas, lunches, afternoon teas, high teas and dessert. They do themed menus, international cuisines, and supply every piece of equipment you could possibly think of. 

Burleigh Pavilion Catering

burleigh pavilion catering

You might not associate Burleigh Pavilion with catering, but we're here to change your mind. Burleigh Pavilion provides their well-renowned food and service to a wide array of events, such as weddings, engagements, corporate functions, birthdays and everything in between. 

You can choose from pre-made packages or work with the team to create a bespoke food, drinks and catering experience for your special event. Host your event at Burleigh Pav's signature venues (helloooo beachfront views) or the team can come to you and create magic in a venue of your choosing, servicing all the way from Brisbane to the Byron Bay region. With views as stunning as the Pav's, we can guarantee your event is going to be a hit. 

Gathar 

Okay, time to get a little fancy. Forget heading out for fine dining—Gathar brings a private chef to you. Impress your guests with a themed party function, whether it’s a romantic candlelit dinner for two, complete with lobster, or an epic elevated BBQ birthday bash.

YiaYia’s Greek Feast? A trip to Japan? No problem. The Gathar marketplace will be able to hook you up with the perfect team to create your dream event. It’s Gold Coast catering at its most unique.

Kombi Keg 

a green kombi van serving drinks

The super cool Kombi Keg is no ordinary mobile bar. Ruthie (as she is affectionately known) is a fully restored split screen Kombi Keg mobile bar that dispenses almost any beverage you can imagine with the charm and charisma that only a gorgeous turquoise Kombi can provide. 

The Kombi can be self-serve or you can hire staff to serve your event. Bonus: Kombi Keg is a great eco-friendly choice with no need to waste hundreds of bottles, organise eskies or clean up bottle caps the next day. 

VGC Catering 

Whatever you need, the versatile VGC Catering seems to be able to dish it up. This highly-awarded local gem utilises a mix of traditional and modern prep methods as well as adopting an uber-fresh ingredient policy. 

Your budget, dietary requirements and event style will all be taken into account when you meet with the VGC staff, in order to deliver a totally bespoke menu of stunning canapes, entrees, mains and desserts. Whether it’s wedding or party catering on the Gold Coast you’re after, these guys are a real no muss, no fuss option.

The Irish Shakes 

No, we’re not talking about those nuclear-looking green Shamrock Shakes that seem to pop up every year around St Patrick’s Day. The Irish Shakes is a boutique cocktail bar service that rocks up to your event and gives it that extra special touch by providing beautifully presented cocktails to your guests. 

Shaken, not stirred. Well, stirred if you really want them. You supply the booze, they do the rest. The staff are all world-class mixologists and hospitality experts, so you know you’re in safe hands.

Looking for somewhere to host your next party? Check out our round up of the best event spaces on the Coast.

Image Credit: The Italian Job, Ridgeway Catering & The Kombi Keg

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