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. 

Winter Event Style Trends – JAK Creative

The Complete Function Hire team LOVE being part of winter events in Melbourne! On this week’s blog, we were thrilled to chat to our dear friend’s at JAK Creative to find out what makes winter events so cool and what the hot event styling trends are for the chilly months ahead.  Here’s what Kerryn Howell, Creative Director and guru of all things event styling had to say about winter event style.

“Winter is a great time to get creative especially at JAK Creative. In Winter, we get to spend time rugged up at our desks (in our colour coordinated Ugg Boots and fingerless gloves) trawling the world for inspiration. This year there has been some wonderful trends coming through that you’ll be able to see in our work later in the year. And there are also trends that we are dying to embrace, just waiting for the perfect briefs to unleash them on!

Over the past couple of months there has been an influx of inspiration from overseas.  The world of Design and Interiors has been busy with loads of international fairs and showcases and we recently had Denfair right here in Melbourne.

There is some real stand out trends which will effortlessly translate into super stylish event spaces. Some of them make great hybrids too. Most of them will transition right through into the new year and beyond. I also expect to see some of these looks emerging through Spring Racing Carnival 2017.

Here is our top Winter Trends. I hope they inspire you too!”

Timber

Timber is being appreciated in every which way right now. Stacked, cut, joined or moulded. Rings exposed or grains exposed. Raw or polished. High-End design or timeless Scandi style are all perfectly acceptable.

Add fire or candle light for the nights. Add botanic touches and organic details for day time. Raw linens and fur throws add texture, softness and neutral tones to keep it feeling classic. Bold colours and graphics bring it into the now.

Winter Event Style Tips from Complete Function Hire and JAK Creative.
JAK Creative’s Viking theme featuring raw cut timber stacks, candle light and fur with faux deer antlers.

Green & Gold

This combination used to be something I avoided at all costs (I think it had something to do with merchandise from Australia winning the America’s Cup in the 80’s). Later in life I learned that green could be foliage or a cushion and gold could be furniture, a vase or charger plate. This changed everything and I now find them quite enchanting as a combination. When in doubt, change the context!

Complete Function Hire's Winter Event Styling Tips with JAK Creative.
JAK Creative’s Botanical and Gold table setting featuring Complete Function Hire’s Gold Charger Plate. Floral by Floretta.

Again, greenery and foliage are the heroes of this trend and work as a print or graphic as well as actual plants. Secondary elements like concrete and marble are great additions too.

Pantone’s colour of the year ‘Greenery’ has been a big influence on this trend across all design industries from print and fashion to interiors and technology.

Be sure to watch out for the next instalment of our winter style blog featuring more hot winter event style trends from the team at JAK Creative.

For all your winter event hire needs, we can’t wait to talk to you – call the friendly team at Complete Function Hire today.