Whether it’s a wedding, birthday party or year-end function, it is often said that the two things guests remember most is the food and the music. So if you’re planning an event and want to make it a memorable one, don’t skimp on the catering. Here’s a selection of top Gauteng-based event caterers to choose from.
Along with food enthusiast and business partner Desi Ledl, Mulberry Catering is run by self-proclaimed ‘perfectionist’ Debbi Barrow. Debbi started cooking professionally in London where she learnt the importance of working in close partnership with clients, developing custom-designed menus and using only the freshest ingredients.
Mulberry’s style is ‘unpretentious, contemporary and yet rustic’ with tailor-made services catering for corporate events, private celebrations, bespoke weddings, alfresco dining as well as event coordination, function staffing and décor. Mulberry works closely with local artisans and speciality suppliers around Jozi to ensure the finest seasonal produce is acquired.
The team’s commitment to excellence in all aspects of catering includes a promise to create a healthier environment. Striving to become greener, both in the preparation for and execution of events, they contribute to sustainability through conscious day-to-day activities.
Mulberry gives back to local communities and charities by donating still-functioning items and surplus catering. Industry partnerships include a two-year in-house student training programme affiliated with the International Hotel School.
‘…excellence is the only standard we know through consistently providing an unforgettable dining experience at affordable prices.’
THE PICNIC PANTRY
Janine Briner was inspired to found the The Picnic Pantry because picnics are a great way of getting to know each other and can be as simple or as fancy as one desires. Offering custom-designed experiences, her company provides fully-stocked picnic baskets – including catering, biodegradable boxes, blankets, pillows and decor – for a variety of occasions. From corporate and private events, weddings, baby showers, birthdays, year-end functions or just a day out with the family, The Picnic Pantry caters for anywhere in Gauteng.
Hired Goods can either be collected at their premises between Fourways and Lanseria or delivered for a fee. Different menu options are available, such as “Greek”, “London Tea Party” or “Moroccan Inspired” and additional items – such as bean bags, garden games and Chinese umbrellas – are available for hire. For a group of four people and more, The Picnic Pantry offers to set up the picnic at an additional cost. “A picnic can literally happen anywhere and that’s part of the fun,” says Janine.
Cravings Caterers is owned and managed by Jenayne Jenneker and her mum, Odette Jenneker. With more than 13 years of collective experience in the food-and-event-management industry, the mother-daughter duo has worked hard to integrate conceptual planning and events management with a passion for quality customer service and delicious food. But most importantly – as a family-run business – they know how important personalised attention to detail is when it comes to creating a menu for a memorable event. Options include plated, canapé, buffet and harvest table as well as “mommas meals” menus. Whether it’s a unique dining experience, wedding, or just a family get-together, Cravings “has you fed”.
URBAN SPOON CORPORATE & EVENT CATERING
Urban Spoon Corporate and Event Caterers provides reliable and cost-effective external catering services. With high-quality, freshly-prepared food options, they specialise in corporate catering, training and conference catering, as well as event catering. The team believes that only by understanding each individual requirement, can they be truly effective. “There is no such thing as a generic concept and menus are created to reflect the culture, ethos and needs of our clients.”
For both large and small business events, such as office functions, daily corporate lunch buffets and team-building workshops, Urban Spoon offers honest, no-nonsense, quality food with the right amount of love and passion. Training and conference catering is seasonal with a daily-changing, freshly-prepared menu with options ranging from full-day catering to lunch-only.
As event caterers, Urban Spoon provides for many occasions. Whether it’s a 40th or 50th birthday party an anniversary or a party “just for the sake of it”, the culinary team delivers clients’ favourite dishes, or a surprise menu if they wish, to private homes or venues for groups ranging from 20 to 600 people. They can do traditional or themed meals as a canapé, plated, buffet, or braai option, and incorporate Kosher and Halaal, as well as other dietary requirements.
Book them today for your year-end function catering.
PLATES AND PLATTERS
Established 22 years ago, Plates and Platters Caterers has grown from a small family-business into a fully fledged and respected specialist banqueting, outdoor and private catering company. The company is led by Linda Burton-Durham and consists of a close-knit team of self-confessed “food critics” with a reputation for creativity and culinary excellence. They are passionate about creating menus to suit occasions and client’s budgets, and understand how important it is, not only to create exquisite food, but also to present it with flair.
Apart from only using the freshest ingredients sourced from local suppliers, Plates and Platters stays up-to-date with industry trends, has clear-and-upfront costs and offers menu sampling so potential clients can “taste their reputation”. Being flexible in their approach, Plates and Platters’ involvement depends on their clients’ wishes – options range from a drop-off buffet service to an experienced management-and-staffing team to help coordinate the day.
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