Racing season, parties and Melbourne Cup lunches - yes Spring has finally sprung

Racing season, parties and Melbourne Cup lunches - yes Spring has finally sprung

With the racing season hotting up and with “the race that stops a nation” on the horizon, the weather is sure to improve and we will no doubt be blessed with a glorious spring day just in time for Australia’s most prestigious horse race - the Melbourne Cup.

What springs to mind when you think of the Melbourne Cup?  

Entertaining in winter - Outdoor parties in the colder months

Entertaining in winter - Outdoor parties in the colder months

In our beautiful city of Perth here in Western Australia, a summer BBQ or outdoor dinner party is a given.  

But just because the sun has gone down, along with the temperature, that doesn’t mean we need to hibernate through the cold winter months.  By making a few adjustments, re-thinking the food and drinks we serve, providing a little bit of forethought and preparation, we can party on right through the year, regardless of the temperature.

The lost art of the at home dinner party

The lost art of the at home dinner party

Not that long ago, in the 80’s and 90’s, progressive dinners, fondue parties, steamboat evenings and traditional home dinner parties were all the rage and whilst I’m not suggesting that we bring back the 80’s, I do have to agree that back in the day, people tended to favour home entertaining for a number of very good reasons

5 of my top tips to help you choose your wedding caterer

5 of my top tips to help you choose your wedding caterer

As every soon-to-be bride knows, there are a million and one things to consider when planning a wedding and it can all get a little bit overwhelming to say the least.  There’s the venue, the dress, the flowers, the cars, the photographer, the invitations, the vows, the seating plan, the catering and the bar, to name just a few. 

Where do you start?

What’s in season? - Summer foods in Perth!

What’s in season? - Summer foods in Perth!

SUMMER…..What better time of year is there for us to introduce a series of posts on seasonal Perth produce?

With most households busy preparing for the Christmas festivities at this time of the year, hopefully I can help take some of the drama out of your shopping and your lunch prep by letting you know what’s in season at the moment, together with one of my favourite recipes that your family are sure to love.

7 Great Christmas Party Venues in Perth

7 Great Christmas Party Venues in Perth

Time is marching on my friends and whether you are organising something for yourself, your workplace or a surprise Christmas party for the family, NOW is the time to get your venue and your chef (hint hint) organised and booked.

To make life that much easier for you I have sourced and researched 7 of the best (in my opinion) self-catering Christmas party venues in Perth.  So, without further adieu and in no particular order - here they are.

Don’t Speak With Your Mouth Full! 4 Rules For Wedding Catering Etiquette.

Don’t Speak With Your Mouth Full! 4 Rules For Wedding Catering Etiquette.

There is no doubt that one of the major highlights of a wedding is the speeches. Its right up there with the bride walking down the aisle, the ‘I do’s’ and the cutting of the cake.

So how do you get it right? You have your speakers all lined up, you have prepped them in advance, they know they have a strict time limit and the best man knows just how close he can get to the line without crossing it. So what are you forgetting?

How Much Does A Wedding Cost In Perth?..And How To Halve It!

How Much Does A Wedding Cost In Perth?..And How To Halve It!

They say you can’t put a price on love, I completely agree, but the most recent ‘Cost Of Love’ survey has quoted the average cost of a wedding for Australian couples is $54,294!

This is an increase of a massive 11% since the last survey and the wedding industry in Perth shows no signs of slowing down.

5 Classic Cocktails For Your New Years Eve Dinner Party

5 Classic Cocktails For Your New Years Eve Dinner Party

It’s New Year’s eve, it’s time to party, but gone are the days when you would line up for an hour outside a club in Perth or Northbridge, only to squeeze in, line up again at a bar that is 10 people deep, and handover a $50 note, knowing you are not getting change from the two cocktails that you ordered.

10 Top Tips To Avoid A Catering Disaster This Christmas!

10 Top Tips To Avoid A Catering Disaster This Christmas!

You have managed to avoid it for the past 3 years, but now the time has come, you couldn’t avoid it any longer. You tried, you really did. You had your excuses all lined up. But they just didn’t fly this year. Time to just accept it and get cracking, there is no getting out of it – you are catering for Christmas this year. Arrggghhh!

Stephanie Alexander book Launch

Stephanie Alexander book Launch

Stephanie Alexander is regarded as one of Australia’s great food educators.

Her reputation has been earned through her thirty years as an owner-chef in several restaurants, as the author of 14 influential books and hundreds of articles about food matters, and for her groundbreaking work in creating the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation.