Top 4 wedding caterers in Sydney that we love
There’s a lot to think about when you plan your dream wedding! From the decorations and the florals, to the dresses and food, everything may seem like it’s heading at full speed. More and more couples are looking to vendors to take care of all the finer details, and amongst all of this, catering companies have become an increasingly popular choice. It’s no surprise that food plays a vital part of every big celebration, especially when it’s combined with mouth watering menu options and award winning service.
How much food will be enough for all the guests? What if guests are confused regarding the food menu? How many guests need their dietary requirements to be met? Having a catering company from the get go will not only save you from all the chaos of having to manage food for the guests, but they can also help meet your crowd’s tastes and desires.
This is HostCo, one of our favourites
What is included in a wedding catering package?
Generally wedding caterers will cost you on a “per person basis”, and the price will vary depending on what package you decide to select. A standard wedding catering package will include the following options:
A food menu
Whether it be appetisers during cocktail hour or a 3 course dinner, your package will include all the food served to your guests during the reception.
Your caterer can provide non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks for you on the day. Some even do ‘exclusive’ cocktails as a wedding special.
The catering company will provide all relevant staff members that will need to be there on the night. This includes a chef, servers, bartenders and event managers. They will work with you to ensure there are enough people helping out on the night relative to the number of guests that are coming.
Any hired equipment
If you’re having your wedding in a remote location or farmland, your caterer might need to hire some equipment so they can set up and cook for the night. Packages might already include rentals, from cutlery and glassware to ovens and napkins.
What are the different ways to serve your wedding guests?
This is the most traditional of serving styles. Plated meals are a sit down service where your guests will be served the entire portion of their meal on a plate by a server. Options may include a three course meal and alternating plates, and your guests can even order in advance on their RSVP card.
Buffet style servings are becoming more popular for their casual and ‘all you can eat’ nature. Guests will serve themselves from a buffet station set up by the catering company, so there will be no worries of portion sizes and likes/dislikes.
This is similar to plated meals as it’s a sit down service, but instead of individual plates, the food will be served in large platters in the middle of the table. Guests can take what they want and pass the banquet plates around. Think of this as the halfway point of plated and buffet meals.
Cocktail food services involve guests walking around and mingling with others instead of staying seated at their tables. Considered to be a more modern styled service, food will be served in a hors d’oeuvres manner by servers, or at stations around the reception.
Here are our favourite caterers
Urban Tadka have been serving up some of our favourite modern Indian food at weddings and events. The team creates custom menus for every event, bringing classic and authentic Indian recipes and mixing it with modern trends in India. Urban Tadka specialises in grills, tandoori, curries and tapas selections, either served buffet style or plated for your guests. They can also work with you to come up with an amazing canape selection for pre-reception activities.
Not sure where to host your event? Urban Tadka can also act as a function venue, catering for groups of up to 250 guests.
HostCo are renowned for their beautiful venue spaces across the grounds of University of Sydney, but they are also famous for their delicious catered menus. They use fresh seasonal, locally sourced produce in all their food and even grow their own herbs! All their menu selections are flexible, meaning you can select any dish to have at your wedding, or speak to them personally to tailor a unique package to suit your needs.
Now that restrictions are slowly being lifted, HostCo are also offering a limited time private dining package in their intimate rooms. Enjoy a special sharing menu made exclusively just for the offer by Executive Chef, Shaun.
Doltone House are the most experienced caterers in the wedding industry, having won the 2019 Restaurant & Catering Awards for Excellence. The Doltone House menus are inspired by classic mediterranean flavours and the catering team work closely with each couple to bring traditional cuisine with a modern twist. They’re popular for their sit down dinner options, but they also have roaming packages available, allowing guests to enjoy their meals in a cocktail style as they can mix and mingle.
Doltone House also has international catering available for those couples who are having a culturally traditional wedding. This ranges from a bespoke Chinese banquet menu, Indian savoury dishes and sweets, Kosher cuisine and Middle Eastern flavours.
Silver Pearl are best known for their fresh seafood and mouth watering Asian cuisine. They’ve expanded their restaurant to now offer catering from small private events, to extravagant weddings and corporate functions. Operating for more than 25 years, Silver Pearl’s menu emphasises the traditional Chinese wedding banquet menu but served within a modern plating style and setting. Comprising of 8+ dishes, there is a big focus on the freshest of produce, including seafood like abalone, lobster, crab and oysters.
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Our next blog will be a multi-part feature of the above favourite caterers in Sydney and we’ll lay out the things to consider with each catering company, what they specialise in and how to book them in.