Event Catering

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.

Frozen food options that you should always keep in your freezer.

Frozen food options that you should always keep in your freezer.

If we were all capable supernatural beings capable of whipping up dinners in a matter of seconds, there’d be no need for freezers or frozen meals. But sadly, we’re all just ordinary individuals: we’re busy; we’re often stressed and tired; we have a million things going on; and we need pre-made dishes to fall back on when we just don’t have the time or energy to put together a meal from scratch.

Three big no-nos when it comes to frozen foods

Three big no-nos when it comes to frozen foods

Thank goodness for frozen meals! They’re a real life-saver when you just don’t have the time to cook up a feast for the family or for an upcoming dinner party. But there are also certain risks involved in freezing and thawing food, and if not done correctly, you could wind up contaminating dishes and making yourself and others very ill.

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.

Aftershock: How the exchange rate has impacted the catering industry.

As depressing as it is, the undeniable fact exists, that along with everything else, food prices are rising sharply. 

All caterers find, over time, that some people are surprised when they receive a quote, thinking the cost is higher than they had anticipated. 

One really needs to consider the expense of food as well as other costs to the caterer. 

Everything is climbing rapidly and sharply – the price of electricity, wages, rentals, travel, and especially food. 

Some categories of food have become pretty much a luxury today, for example, Crayfish – so it really is not too surprising that if you want a caterer to provide crayfish for you, that the price is going to be relative to the cost of crayfish.

It is often a good exercise to calculate the cost of catering for yourself – research the cost of all the ingredients, take into consideration the cost of all the extras, like hiring, electricity, wages, dishwasher, water, transport – then add to that the stress and responsibility and all your time – I think you will come to the conclusion that the quote you were given was more realistic than you thought and not so surprisingly high!

A headline in The Mercury, Tuesday, December 8th reads 'Food prices go up in multiples' - MULTIPLES, that's big! 

In the past few months, cauliflower has increased in price by 10 times, tomatoes by 4 and potatoes have doubled.  

There is a shortage of fresh produce as more and more small farmers go out of business as the drought gets worse. Our economy is also really not so healthy so everyone is having to pay more for what they used to get for less. 

So, with the current food price on the hike, we ask our loyal clients to please remember this when planning your next function. While the food prices are on the up, there are many advantages to enjoy by bringing in a caterer.

Consider the following:

  • Time – you are not using your own time
  • Convenience – just arrive at your function
  • Equipment and serving vessels – you don't have to get any, borrow any, buy any, transport any....
  • expertise – there will be no flops!
  • Travel, electricity, water and labour costs – you will not be burdened by these costs
  • Cleaning up and returning equipment – this is the best part if you are hosting a function – when you are tired, you just go home, and bask in the fact that you and your guests have just enjoyed a successful, happy stress-free occasion!

Let us discuss your next function and how we can help you.

TWBA Hunt Lascaris Cocktail Party

TWBA Hunt Lascaris Cocktail Party

Food Matters was very excited and honoured to be commissioned to cater for the TWBA Hunt Lascaris cocktail party, and we so loved the combined theme of Out of Africa and White Mischief. We were delighted to have the opportunity to cater for an African theme as it allowed us to showcase local ingredients which are always special and of huge importance to us - sustainability wise and pride wise!

CIROC Product Launch | Food Menu

CIROC Product Launch | Food Menu

Last week we set the scene for one of our latest Specialised Catering events; The Launch of Ciroc Pineapple Vodka. Today we would like to take you on a culinary adventure as we delve a little deeper into the menu that we created to support the this exciting specialised eventEverything was a taste sensation and an oozing satisfaction to the palette. Food Matters carte was perfectly complemented by the fresh, invigorating taste of drinks made with CÎROC® Pineapple Vodka.