From gift buying to Christmas parties, the festive season can be a slightly stressful time of the year for some (read: all). Here to help you are the best Melbourne caterers for Christmas. Who needs elves when you’ve got cooks like these?
Damm Fine Foods has got you damn well covered
If your experience with fresh seafood mostly consists of the odd fish ‘n chips basket and poorly cut sashimi, your Christmas party might not be the best place to start learning. The caterers at Damm Fine Foods will be happy to deal with your lack of fish-y knowledge, with an extensive menu featuring yellow fish tuna tataki rice paper rolls, lime cured ocean trout, salted cod, and WA rock lobster brioche rolls. If you want class without the potential knifey accidents, give Damm Fine Foods a ring.
Damm Fine Foods | 03 9281 1400
Variety of catering menus available.
Let a region come to you with Yarra Valley Catering
Offering festive Christmas catering packages to get your party into a jolly mood, there are fewer fuss-free options than Yarra Valley Catering. From providing regional Yarra Valley produce, to waiters, chefs and cutlery – spend less time fretting over BBQ smoke these holidays. Options may include a traditional Christmas buffet with tender turkey and crispy pork, or a classic Christmas BBQ with porterhouse steaks, and fragrant turkey and sage sausages!
Yarra Valley Catering | 0417 928 338
Various packages available for pick up and onsite catering.
Bring the smoking guns with Smokin’ Barrys
Smokin’ Barrys cook their sticky pork ribs, tender beef brisket, and crispy citrus chicken low and slow, making them some of the most finger-licking meats in Melbourne. So if you’re willing to stray a little from a true Aussie roast (HEAR ME OUT PEOPLE), Smokin’ Barrys offers a buffet range of American-style barbecued meats with salads, sides, and your personal smokin’ cooks for the day. If you’re going to defect this Christmas, Smokin’ Barrys ain’t a shabby option.
Smokin’ Barries | 0409 601 810
Catering is per head, various packages available.
Skip the sad salads with Lentils as Anything catering
One of Melbourne’s home-grown not-for-profit organisations, you won’t need to feel guilty about skipping kitchen time this Christmas with Lentils as Anything catering. Boasting buffet-style, finger food, and multi-course options, you can customise catering orders to fit your kind of Christmas festivity. Vegetarians, vegans and the gluten-intolerant will certainly be pleased to have food to really celebrate with Lentils As Anything.
Lentils As Anything | 0468 346 737
A full catering service is available off-site and for pick up
Get Gas Eatery's GAS-ping canapés
You’d be wise to enlist Santa’s little helpers for a little Christmas party magic this year. Run by the Maskiell sister trio, Gas Eatery’s delicate 72-piece canapé menu includes pulled pork, potato and caramelised onion croquettes, roasted pumpkin and sage tartlets, and spanakopita triangles! More a burger kind of fam? Think mini chicken, bacon and avocado brioche bun sliders to kick off a merry afternoon.
Gas Eatery | 03 9690 0217
Available for delivery or pick up. Platter hire is available.
And because Christmas must have cheese
One of Melbourne’s best cheese shops, Milk the Cow, is a wondrously dairy-filled heaven boasting some of the richest hard, and blue-ming good, soft cheeses around. This particular fromagerie offers cheese hampers available for delivery or pick up. Curated by the wise cheese men, different selections of cheeses are paired with matching wines. Christmas hosting doesn’t get easier than this.
Milk the Cow | 03 9537 2225
Available for delivery or pick up at Milk The Cow, each hamper serves ten people generously.
Classic chrissy desserts at Tartine
If you’re a touch too impatient for baking (who has time for measurements really), enlist Tartine as your Rudolf this Christmas. Covering every festive staple from buttery Christmas fruitcake to champagne jelly and berry trifle, go crazy on the cakes without the crazy in your kitchen. Offering a range of sizes to suit your party, remember that more is merrier these holidays.
Tartine | 03 9822 8849
Orders can be collected up and until 24 December, provided notice is given.
Blackheart and Sparrows
If you’re after some truly unique wines, bubbles, or ales, swing by one of Blackheart and Sparrow’s seven Melbourne venues. Known for impeccably knowledgeable service, you could recite your entire Christmas menu to this team for a list of perfectly paired drinks. Maybe don’t be that person, though.
Blackheart and Sparrows | various locations
Backup booze from Deliver Me Drinks
Running low on booze during your Christmas party? Before a riot erupts, call up Deliver Me Drinks. With promised delivery in under an hour to Melbourne’s inner northern, southern and eastern suburbs, order your favourite wines, beers, champagne, spirits and snacks with delivery to your door!
Deliver Me Drinks | 0456 731 861
Orders can be made online or via phone
The Whole Lot
Use Bright Young Things’ very bright idea
Forget leaving cookies and milk out for Santa, after Bright Young Things has taken care of the best chrissy party of the season, you’ll be sending them your thanks. Offering full service catering including waiters, bartenders, equipment and (most critically) food, choose between Bright Young Thing’s seasonal spring table menu or their summer party menu for fuss-free Christmas planning. They’ll even style the venue, if you’d rather be binging on Netflix’s this summer.
Bright Young Things | 03 9429 6001
Full service option.
Ed Dixon’s deliciously ED-ible ideas
Summer is made for lazy days spent sitting on your butt, so why should Christmas be any different? Ed Dixon’s little elves have you covered this Christmas, providing a full service catering menu or pick up option. Menu ideas include the festive grazing table with beautiful featured share-plates like prawn and oyster platters. The Ed Dixon elves become busy little red bees in December, so order early!
Ed Dixon | 03 9419 4502
Full service, delivery or pick up options. Christmas orders to be placed by 13 December.
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