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What's the Best Catering Service in Sydney?

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by Maz Serena Rockers (subscribe)
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Published October 19th 2011

Picking the correct caterer is a must when planning your event. Given that your friends, family or colleagues are going to be eating, it's important to impress them with the best possible food according to everyone's taste and your budget. There are often so many factors to consider such as price, food allergies or sensitivities of your guests and even whether or not to staff your event with a customer service team from the catering company. Nevertheless, there are myriad catering companies available in Sydney and you require just one to suit your needs.

Affordable Catering
The Finger Food Company boasts affordability, with prices starting from $5 a head. Having catered to almost 9000 events, they have experience in providing the food and staffing service. There are different packages available, depending on the number of people in your event and the event type. From formal catering such as corporate, dinner parties, engagements and weddings, cocktail parties and even funeral arrangements; to informal events such as kids parties, hens and bucks nights, Christmas and sports parties such as the grand finals – the Finger Food Company have you covered. You can order from the specialty menus, of which the most popular items include a platter of sweets, a chocolate fountain, sandwich platters, exotic fruit platters and even Japanese food such as sushi and sashimi.

Customisable Fine Dining Catering
Francesca's Fine Cuisine Catering Services boast fine dining for your event. Buffet banquets start from $50 per person, but there are also the degustation and main menus. One feature Francesca's service offers is complete customisation in terms of taste and budget for your event menu. The sample menu includes large pacific oysters and fine cuisine's antipasto tartlets just as an example. The entrée features an Italian antipasto platter and fresh large prawns. Mains include a whole side of salmon baked in puff pastry, roasted Asian spiced duck breast, sautéed chicken fillet, Moroccan lamb and seared salmon fillet. There are plenty of sides on this sample menu, such as herbed potatoes, fresh baby beetroot with avocado and steamed snow peas and honey roasted sweet potato with baby green beans. Desserts are also listed, as well as a fruit and cheese platter. They include a baked Italian ricotta cake, individual Persian orange cake, a petite selection of tiramisu, Pannacota and champagne jelly trifle, a selection of Italian biscotti and treats, a selection of French tart treats, light French choux pastry profiteroles, a selection of mini cupcakes or whole cakes or even an assortment of Belle Fleur chocolates. This was just a sample menu and there are multitudes of options in terms of food for corporate and private clients. There are at least four corporate menus alone and at least six private client menus. If that's not in the least bit impressive for a fine dining caterer, I don't know what is. I'm particularly captivated by the sheer idea of creating my own menu.

Balanced pricing and modern Australian cuisine
If you're after something modern Australian, Catering for Sydney might be the company for you. With a variety of menus for a variety of customers, you might just find what you're looking for. There are cocktail party packages starting at just over $14 a person. The breakfast menu begins at under $23 a person and light meals begin at just over $5 per person. A variety of gourmet salads starting at $35 is available, including a baby chat potato salad with bacon and the usual staples such as Greek salad and coleslaw. There are barbeque and buffet catering packages starting from under $25 a person. The pre-packaged menus include pre-packaged foods such as breakfast from $10.50 per person, sandwich lunch from $12.50 per person and group lunch from $14.50 per person. A variety of platters are on offer, including that of the continental cold meat, seasonal fresh fruit, Australian cheese, fresh fruit and Australian cheese, a mixed platter of the aforementioned ones, decorated crudités served with dips and a Sydney mix cold seafood platter. There is an extensive range of cakes, sweets and Danish pastries on the dessert menu which also features a mixed cakes platter. The sheer variety of modern Australian cuisine and the transparency with the pricing is definitely a strong point of Catering for Sydney.

Whilst there are many different catering services in Sydney, the three discussed are all slightly different and intend to show that when picking your caterer, make sure the feel of the company is suited to your party. Remember to do as much research as possible when it comes to pricing and reputation. You might also wish to check if any of your guests have any alternative dietary requirements such as vegetarianism or food allergies. Happy hunting for your caterer and I hope your event proceeds smoothly.

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Where: Various locations throughout Sydney
Cost: The lowest I've seen is $5 per person
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