At Complete Function Hire, we love working closely with Melbourne’s foremost caterers, venues and event planners to deliver incredible events. We have the pleasure of working with the best in business! On this week’s blog, we speak to Ren Burton (Customer Relations and Social Media Marketing) from The Catering Company to learn about this year’s trends in catering and to find out what the awesome team of foodies at The Catering Company are up to.
What are the trends in catering for 2017?
We have noticed a big lean towards sustainable driven products. People are becoming more aware of the impact on the environment and as a result bringing this information into the workplace.
At The Catering Company, we always have the environment in mind through all of our operations. We hand pick our own fresh produce from the Epping Markets which allows us to design seasonal menus that are bursting with fresh flavours!. We also love working closely with and supporting amazing local suppliers.
Packaging is a hot topic in catering at the moment and we have eliminated non-recyclable packaging materials and only use compostable products.
How do you accommodate the dramatic increase in special dietary needs and food allergies?
The level of special dietary needs for our clients continues to grow and we are not just talking Gluten Free and Dairy Free but a big rise in Veganism and Paleo diets also. People are becoming very conscious about what they are eating and cutting down on processed sugars and carbohydrates. To fulfil such requests, we have a Nutritionist and Dietary Chef in our team that are continually developing menus for The Catering Company to ensure we are able to cater to all kinds of dietary needs and so that we are at the forefront of food trends.
What are the most popular trends and styles for food presentation?
There is definitely a provincial / handmade trend in at the moment which celebrates the Artisan. This reflects in our food presentation too and we love presenting our food on simple wooden boards to let the food do the talking!
What are the most popular choices from The Catering Company menus?
Some popular canapés of the moment are our ‘Lamb loin, shiso, lotus root, black sesame’ and our ‘Greenvale farm pork belly, black caramel, peanuts’.
The classics are always popular too and our ‘Pulled pork sliders with house made BBQ sauce and coleslaw’ is always a hit. Our corporate clients love the freshness and variety of our sandwich fillings and we can make up to 2000 a day! Our house baked goods from our pastry chef Tisa are always a crowd pleaser. She makes the best baked scones with jam and cream.
What’s new at The Catering Company?
Our weekly buffet specials are new for 2017 which are collated with a theme in mind. Last week we offered a French provincial menu which included a beautiful Grain fed Beef Chateaubriand with bacon and shallots and Confit duck Legs with roast pears, fennel and asparagus. Coming up is our Mexican Street Food Menu which is a colourful and flavourful buffet that will impress your guests. We love providing variety and diversity for our customers and our new themed buffet specials have been a huge hit!
Thank you to our foodie friends at The Catering Company for their advice on the latest food trends!