Top tips for planning the perfect dinner party menu

Top tips for planning the perfect dinner party menu

Most of us thoroughly enjoy a good dinner party. Delicious food, good wine, great conversation – what’s not to love? But evening get-togethers can also be incredibly stressful, especially if you’re a busy professional and don’t have a lot of spare time to dedicate to preparing an elaborate meal.

Serving lasagne? Get creative with these (not salad) sides.

Serving lasagne? Get creative with these (not salad) sides.

You can’t go wrong with lasagne. It’s saucy, delicious comfort food at its finest. And it’s a great frozen food option that defrosts easily, so you can store a few good portions in your freezer for those evenings when you feel like serving up hearty goodness without any of the effort.

Five tips for dealing with frozen meals

Five tips for dealing with frozen meals

For many of us, the last thing we feel like doing at the end of an exhausting day is preparing dinner. So we resort to grabbing take-out on our way home or we throw something super quick (but relatively unhealthy) into the oven. Home-cooked frozen meals, however, provide us with an option that’s both convenient and wholesome, so the whole family can eat well, while preparation time is kept to a minimum.

Know how to properly defrost frozen food? We do!

Know how to properly defrost frozen food? We do!

Whether you’re readying yourself for a busy week ahead or prepping meals in advance for a big dinner party, our ability to freeze food adds a lot of convenience to our lives. But if you’re going to, quite literally, put some meals on ice, it’s critical that you know how to defrost them properly when the time comes.

Serving take-out for supper? Take these catering tips to heart.

Serving take-out for supper? Take these catering tips to heart.

So, you’ve decided to go the somewhat easier route and serve take-out for dinner. There’s nothing wrong with that – sometimes you just have to be realistic about what you can handle given the time you have, and picking up takeaways will save you many precious hours at the end of a busy day.

Five food mistakes to avoid when catering for a wedding.

Five food mistakes to avoid when catering for a wedding.

Between securing a venue, booking a photographer and designing invitations, it can be easy to forget about the finer details involved in catering for a wedding. Managing the provisions at such a big event entails much more than just selecting starters, mains and desserts off a pre-planned menu. You have to consider budget, quantity, dietary restrictions and logistics, too.

Ditch the stress with our favourite dinner party catering hacks.

Ditch the stress with our favourite dinner party catering hacks.

Having friends or family over for a meal is so special, and so many incredible memories are made throughout the evening. Don’t let stress and poor planning affect how the evening goes, and take you away from spending time with your guests.


How to keep everyone happy when catering for a corporate event.

How to keep everyone happy when catering for a corporate event.

Have a client who wants to celebrate their company’s birthday, landing a big client or a star performer’s huge promotion with an office meal for all the employees to enjoy? That’s great but there’s only problem... Everyone eats and enjoys different things.


Easy after-ceremony snacks to serve at a wedding.

Easy after-ceremony snacks to serve at a wedding.

Are you an events planner for wedding celebrations? Then you’ll know that couples often use the time after the ceremony to take their couple and bridal party photos, meaning guests are left alone for a little while. And what better way than to keep them entertained with delicious snacks?


Three ways with the menu for an all-white themed wedding.

Three ways with the menu for an all-white themed wedding.

You’ve decided on a colour scheme for your big day, and it’s all-white. Simple, elegant and classic. But now you’re wondering what to do about the food? You don’t want it to stick out too much on a table with white crockery, cutlery and décor. Don’t stress, Food Matters has got it all under control!

Too beautiful to eat? Ideas for decorating your Winter wedding cake

Too beautiful to eat? Ideas for decorating your Winter wedding cake

Choosing a Winter wedding means choosing warm, cuddly weather and some seriously fun decor options too. Although we don't have Christmas during Winter in South Africa, there are so many amazing options if you're wanting to emphasize the Winter feeling of your big day. Your menu is obviously one of the most important elements of your day, and so is your cake. We know, because we’re experts at both!


Planning a wedding after-party? Here’s what to do about the food.

Planning a wedding after-party? Here’s what to do about the food.

More and more people are opting to serve midnight snacks as after-party food as their wedding evening progresses and guests have already eaten all the food that was originally provided. This is an especially good idea if you’re planning on taking the dance floor very seriously, and aren’t in a rush to get the party wrapped up.

Five hot catering trends for weddings this winter.

Five hot catering trends for weddings this winter.

Winter weddings can be truly special – not the norm, they offer an opportunity to create a truly unique experience for the bridal couple and their guests. And the menu is no exception. In fact, from decadent delights to cosy snacks, winter wedding food can help set the tone for the whole celebration.

Add some spice to your next event with interactive food stations.

Add some spice to your next event with interactive food stations.

Are you looking to try something new when it comes to the catering for your next big event? Whether you’re helping creating a stunning wedding or hosting a big conference, catering well for large groups of people can be challenging. At Food Matters, we’re always interested in the latest catering trends – especially when they bring that something extra to your event’s food experience.

Corporate Catering checklist for a big event? We've got one for you!

Corporate Catering checklist for a big event? We've got one for you!

If you’re an events planner then you’ll know that a ton of planning and preparation goes into creating and executing a big event like a wedding or corporate function. And one of the most important aspects of such an occasion is the catering. Food (and food service) brings people together, helps to create a pleasurable memory for the guests, and can be the reason for the gathering itself.

How to help your clients choose the perfect wedding cake.

How to help your clients choose the perfect wedding cake.

Whether you’re a wedding planner, events co-ordinator or caterer, you might be called upon to help your client choose the perfect wedding cake for their big day. Between social media ideas and bespoke creations, there are so many options when it comes to today’s wedding centrepiece.


Farewell work lunch? Here are our top catering tips.

Farewell work lunch? Here are our top catering tips.

Whether you’re an events planner or your company’s office organiser, you will probably find yourself hosting a farewell lunch for a client or colleague at some point. Whether they’re retiring or moving on, a farewell event can be a great opportunity to leave a good lasting impression of the person leaving as well as show them (and their colleagues) that employees are valued and appreciated.

Five catering questions clients are sure to ask (and how to answer).

Five catering questions clients are sure to ask (and how to answer).

If you’re an event planner, you know that creating the perfect event is about more than just one element, whether it is the venue, the service, or the surrounds. You also know that catering is a crucial part of what makes any event a success. And that means the menu can make or break your client’s experience of your venue.