Mixing it up in the Countryside: Cocktail and Sit-Down (Share Plates) Wedding Catering


It was all in the details for this beautiful romantic garden wedding. Erin and Matt were a delight to work with. We couldn’t help but share more details about their beautiful wedding. White Magazine recently published a blog article about their wedding too, which you can read here. The amazing photography skills of Jess from Brown Paper Parcel get us every time.

Given we are a mobile caterer, with a food van in tow, this allows us to pop up and do classy wedding catering for a country wedding, romantic garden wedding, backyard wedding or other DIY wedding styled event. This can reduce a lot of the stresses associated with a destination country wedding. We offer a no fuss full catering experience no matter what the venue or location - as long as it is somewhere in Melbourne or anywhere in Victoria (we haven’t quite crossed the state border with the van yet).

Erin was such an organised and relaxed bride. She brought so much creativity and thought to planning her big day and it shone through on the day and into the evening. We were thrilled to cater their Melbourne wedding, serving a selection of canapés from our Fancy Cocktail Menu to start and some delicious slow-cooked meats and tasty sides from our Wedding Share Plates menu, to their 100+ family and friends.

Share plates, otherwise referred to as grazing table platters, work beautifully for a more informal sit-down wedding. This style of wedding catering provides you with the best of both worlds. It is priced similarly to cocktail style wedding catering (canapés) and does not skimp on generosity, and of course, allows your guests the opportunity to relax, mingle and thoroughly enjoy their meal.

It’s easy to see why wedding share plates / grazing tables are a really popular wedding catering choice. We all know that sharing a meal with friends and family promotes a great atmosphere. Just like dinner parties with close friends – sharing food in good company creates a relaxed, happy, chatty, communal vibe. That’s why we decided to focus on offering share plates as our main wedding catering option. We love to see guests in full conversation and delight in their meal and the couple they are all their to celebrate.

We collaborated with Erin and Matt to make sure the menu suited exactly what they wanted. This of course involved chatting back and forth over email and phone. We also hosted a tasting for them, to assist in narrowing down some of their options. From there, we decided that canapés just after the ceremony would work well – allowing guests to take in the beautiful countryside and have a few champagnes post-ceremony whilst they went and got their couple’y shots done. This worked beautifully. We had wonderful waitresses serving, which made the whole thing a breeze.

For canapés, we served the following from our Fancy Cocktail menu:

  • Roasted pumpkin tartine with chilli oil and fetta
  • Prawn brioche rolls
  • Pulled pork sliders
  • Slow roasted eggplant pita parcels

Following canapés, guests headed inside to the amazingly transformed ‘tin shed’ (as Erin called it), for speeches prior to us serving dinner. As you can see, Erin’s attention to detail was above and beyond. It’s hard to believe a professional wedding stylist wasn’t involved!

Just as speeches were wrapping up, we snuck in and served our plated mains.

For mains we served (from our Wedding Share Plates menu):

  • Pulled lamb leg with salsa verde
  • Spiced roast chicken with yoghurt and tahini sauce
  • Beetroot salad with an abundance of fresh herbs and seeds
  • Cypriot grain salad with cumin and honey yoghurt
  • Green bean and potato salad with herbed mustard dressing

Top Cat and Head Chef Adrian, along with Erin and Matt’s input, designed this menu to be slightly left of field, gorgeously presentable, flavour packed and familiar enough that everyone at the wedding could appreciate their meals.

So if you’re planning your location wedding in Melbourne, the greater Melbourne region or anywhere across Victoria, hit us up! We'd love to work with you.