Catering Project Sydney

And they’re off! With gatherings now back on the menu, it’s time to throw a Melbourne Cup event with food and drinks that will do justice to this prestigious day on the Spring Racing calendar. Held on the first Tuesday of November every year, Melbourne Cup day is the perfect chance for everyone in the office to get dressed up and socialise together, surrounded by glasses of bubbles and of course, delicious catering too. We can’t all be out celebrating at the track, but hosting a Melbourne Cup function in the office or another venue can still be a great way to make the most of the race season with your colleagues and friends.

So whether your office is large or small, here are some top tips to make your Melbourne Cup party seamless, with food to remember.

Organising Melbourne Cup Catering

Getting a caterer to take care of your Melbourne Cup food and drinks allows you and your team to enjoy your day (and your lunch) without racing around town the day before and on the morning of, making sure everyone’s different needs are met. This means you can focus on pulling together the fun things like decorations and games, without worrying about having to go out to pick up everything, or worse, taking a punt on a pot luck lunch where you never know what people will bring!

As a corporate caterer, we’ll take care of the finer points so you don’t have to. For example, giving expert advice on how much food and drink to order for the amount of people you have, helping ensure you’ve got things like cutlery and plates sorted, and assisting with making sure all dietaries are catered for with a delicious range of options. When it comes to Melbourne Cup catering in Sydney, it always pays to have it looked after professionally, with chef-created nibbles made with fresh produce delivered right to your door, exactly when you want it.

Sound good? We thought so!

Melbourne Cup Food Ideas

There are a number of ways you can go when it comes to the type of spread you put on for Melbourne Cup day. Think about the space you are holding your event in, and what it might be best suited to. Are you going for formal, luxe, or casual? Will you be inside or outside? Are you providing a full lunch, or mid-afternoon nibbles before the race? What sort of budget do you have to play with?

Grazing platters, both hot and cold, make for the perfect Melbourne Cup event menu. An Asian-fusion theme is always popular: try our Combination Rice Paper Roll Platter (think vegetarian omelette, Vietnamese satay prawn, and BBQ lemongrass chicken) alongside our BBQ Peking Duck Pancake Platter, and Signature Bao Bun Platter (pillowy bao filled with chickpea falafel, chilli beef, or prawn katsu). These all come chilled – perfect with a glass of cold bubbly (or two). Or why not turn up the heat by adding the spiced Szechuan Beef Skewer Platter, which comes with black vinegar sauce, lemon wedges and lime mayonnaise.

Broaden your grazing cuisine with the likes of our crowd-pleasing Schnitzel Bites Platter, delivered warm complete with caper aioli, sriracha aioli and lemon wedges. Ordering an option such as our Vegan & Gluten Free Bites Platter of warm truffle and mushroom arancini, corn and zucchini fritters and cauliflower pastry rolls served with vegan herb mayo, cumin spiced yoghurt and tomato relish will ensure plenty of selection for vegetarian, vegan, gluten and dairy-free guests.

For cheese and meat-lovers though, it wouldn’t be an event without the inclusion of a fabulous Charcuterie & Artisanal Cheese Platter. Featuring the likes of Kingfisher Creek double cream brie, Isle of Man Creamery vintage cheddar, goats cheese, Sicilian olives, salami, pastrami and prosciutto, crackers, chocolate bark and more, it won’t just taste delicious, but looks impressive too. Equally Insta-worthy is our Savoury Tart Platter with slow-roasted tomato and almond frangipane with truffle goats cheese and mountain pepper leaves, and roast beetroot with caramelised onion, goats cheese, candied walnuts, chives and truffle oil.

Outside of finger food, it can also be a good idea to include some more substantial options (especially if alcohol is also being enjoyed). Warm Sliders can still form part of a roaming cocktail-style or food station-style menu and are guaranteed to go down a treat, especially in a range of flavours such as salmon gravlax with avocado, jalapeno and preserved lemon, or falafel with avocado puree, iceberg lettuce and garlic aioli. Our Salad Platters also make for a beautiful food station or part of a sit-down lunch.

And who could forget sweets! Any good meal ends with dessert, although it’s a good idea to offer a range from healthy, like our Seasonal Fruit Platter, through to indulgent, like our Mini Doughnut Platter.

No matter what style you choose, if you’re sourcing disposable plates and cutlery we’d recommend making them eco-friendly, like our range of plastic-free utensils, straws, plates and cups.

Melbourne Cup Beverage Packages

When you think Melbourne Cup Drinks, you most likely think bubbles! Ensure you have plenty available on the day (although it’s always best to double check the boss’ comfort level with how much can be drunk in the office).

For those who don’t drink champagne – or don’t drink at all – have alternatives such as beer, wine, soft drinks and water available.

So leave the racing around to the horses – with a variety of menu options to suit all tastes and budgets (or the option to create bespoke combinations), our freshly made canapes and platters will be the perfect ingredient to make your Melbourne Cup function a guaranteed winner. Get in touch now to discuss how we can help!