Complete Function Hire Serving Suggestions – Expert Advice From Guy Grossi

The team at Complete Function Hire enjoys working closely with the best in the business to deliver stand out dining and event experiences all over Melbourne.

We have been honoured to work alongside Australian hospitality icon, Guy Grossi to provide furniture and equipment hire for some truly impressive events at his restaurant and special events.

Guy Grossi and his team know just how to create unforgettable dining experiences. On this month’s blog, we were privileged to interview Guy to find out about some of his favourite flavours and to get some tips on how to create the most memorable special occasions.

What are your favourite flavours of the moment?

I like simple but bold flavours. Like the simple combination of chilli and garlic or good quality olive oil to dress vegetables. I don’t think flavours need to be complicated to be good. I’m loving the produce that’s coming in at the moment as the seasons start to shift. Autumn is the time for delicious produce such as figs and mushrooms.

What will be the prominent food trends for Melbourne events in 2019?

I think it goes back to the simple philosophy, I think we are going to see lots of simple ways of eating, more rustic, home style eating with less fuss.

Events are all about sharing delicious food at the end of the day, it doesn’t need to be complicated, just tasty and abundant.

Serving suggestions – how can people entertaining at home create simple yet stylish ways to impress their guests?

 

 

 

 

 

The best way is to keep it relevant to the dish, if it’s pumpkin tortellini with sage use some fried sage leaves to garnish. You don’t want to garnish for the sake of it. Use fresh lemon if appropriate for fried items, or a simple dusting of icing sugar on a cake, that’s all that’s really needed. I think less is definitely more, let the food speak for itself, arrange it neatly on a plate without going overboard. I’m not into things arranged like a swan.

Thank you to the legendary Guy Grossi for sharing his expert advice on how to impress party guests.

 

For all your party hire needs, the passionate team at Complete Function Hire are on call to discuss your perfect event, contact us today to start your planning.

Serving Suggestions for the Festive Season – Cnk Catering

Warning: Food porn ahead!

Cnk Catering has some seriously good-looking dishes on the menu this party season. We were thrilled to speak to the Cnk team of event addicts to get the low down on their party season must haves plus food styling tips for event planners wanting to impress this Christmas.

What are Cnk’s favourite flavours for event season?

This festive season we’re embracing summer and the modern, outdoor Australian Christmas!

We’re celebrating with seafood stations, piled high with oysters, prawns, mussels and house cured gravlax.

We’re combining this with Nigels’s traditional glazed Christmas ham, and an abundance of fresh and seasonal sides and salads.

Add in a fresh cocktail like a Moscow Mule, and the party is on.

What are Cnk’s style tips and trends for serving up beautiful dishes this festive season?

Less is more! At Cnk we use lots of fresh produce and really let it shine. Serve it up on beautiful, unique platters and you’re bound to succeed. We love garnishing with micro herbs too!

What simple things can people do when entertaining at home to impress their guests?

 

At Cnk we’re big believers in styling with florals! A big bunch of flowers on the table will really go a long way.

We also love using colourful and irregular plates, which is a simple way to bring a look and the dishes to life.

Linen napkins (rather than paper) are a sure-fire way of impressing your guests!

Finally, make your life easy with lots of prep-ahead dishes like salads, grazing boards, and a whole fish that can cook while you entertain – so you can enjoy the party as well.

For catering that is just as beautiful as it is delicious for your next event, contact the team at Cnk

 

 

For all your event hire needs – from crockery and cutlery to glassware and platters (and everything in between), Complete Function Hire is your one stop this Christmas. 

 

 

The Hottest Winter Food Trends – The Catering Company

Winter food has traditionally been synonymous with slow cooking, comfort foods and rich flavours. These days, corporate event planners are looking for tasty, seasonal menu choices with a healthy focus. We spoke to the team of foodies at The Catering Company to find out what’s on the menu for winter.

What are The Catering Company’s favourite flavours for winter?

Since January, our heads of department have all been working really hard at updating our “Build Your Own” menu. We have some new flavours on the menu that are proving to be very popular! Some of our hot sellers for the cooler months are:

Savoury baked bites – Lamb filo cigar with sumac yoghurt.

Golden, fried and crispy – Risotto balls with mushroom, rosemary and garlic aioli (this new flavour is a mouth-watering team favourite!).

Grilled goodness – Vietnamese turmeric and lemongrass chicken skewer with nuoc cham.

 Sliders and burgers – Chicken katsu slider with Asian pea shoot slaw.

Lots of businesses host conferences throughout winter – how can corporate event planners add a special touch to their catering?

Corporate meetings have changed a lot over the years. People are moving away from sandwich platters as they are finding the bread component too heavy to consume alongside cakes, pastries and danishes. Event planners have been halving their bread component and adding our amazing seasonal salads. Our most popular would be the broccoli mentioned below (the tahina and lime dressing is a taste sensation!

Chargrilled broccoli & zucchini salad w tahini, lime dressing which is light, vegan, gluten friendly and bursting with flavour and goodness.

We have introduced poke and Buddha bowls to the menu for corporate catering. It allows for team members to leave the office with their lunch. Removing yourself from the office environment over lunch promotes health and wellness, bringing back to work inspired minds!

Buddha Bowls, are new to our menu. They are big bowls of wholesome goodness. Most are vegan and gluten free.

Tofu & black bean Buddha Bowl – white quinoa, black beans, silken tofu, roast sweet potato, grilled eggplant, cucumber & corn salsa – this dish is a stand out favourite and a hot seller.

Sashimi salmon Poke Bowl – black rice, sashimi salmon, edamame beans, cucumber, slaw, pickled ginger, lemon wedge & wasabi mayonnaise

Also our seasonal buffets work well in the office too!!

Serving suggestions – what are The Catering Company’s top food styling predictions for the cooler months?

Grazing tables for functions are soooooo hot right now!

We think we do them especially well because of our Italian heritage. There is no skimping on charcuterie, cheeses and bread for our spectacular masterpieces, which includes prosciutto carved straight from the bone.

It’s a definite show stopper and really wows all the guests at the party. We head straight to the Epping markets to select green foliage, heirloom cauliflowers, tomatoes and punnets of fresh herbs to complete our tables.

Thank you to the team at The Catering Company for the winter food inspo (and for making our mouths water).

For all your winter event hire needs – contact the team at Complete Function Hire today.