Simple and Delicious Wedding Food

Handmade French patisserie desserts and intricately crafted Belgian delicacies that will delight your tastebuds. Offering myriad taste sensations in an environment unlike anything you have experienced before, Shocolate represents the evolution within the rapidly expanding world of chocolate. Specialising in handmade French patisserie desserts and delicacies, intricately crafted Belgian couverture and masterfully concocted hot and cold beverages, these quality, mouth-watering delicacies are guaranteed to leave your guests wanting more. The company’s wedding services offer a chocolate experience that will be talked about long after the special day. Pamela, Shocolate’s chocolate wedding event coordinator, will sit down with each bride and groom and discuss their vision for their chocolate and dessert tables, bomboniere, wedding cake or chocolate centrepieces. These edible masterpieces will not only tantalise the tastebuds, but are also a distinctive visual feature that will perfectly complement your chosen wedding theme. The history of Shocolate Inspired by the world of couverture and with a passion for hospitality spanning more than 20 years, brother and sister team Nick Yannopoulos and Pamela Raschella founded Shocolate in 2008, originally testing and creating their extensive range of products in their home kitchen over several months prior to opening. Once they had a menu fit for any Belgian couverture connoisseur, Shocolate was ready to open its doors to the Melbourne public in October 2009. Shocolate is a multi-award-winning chocolatier. It was the 2011 Australian Champion for Assorted Chocolate Range, the recipient of the NGV award for Best Chocolate Macaron, as well as being praised for having Melbourne’s best hot chocolate in the Herald Sun. The chocolatier prides itself on having the creative curiosity and the professional knowledge to push the expectations of its clientele, creating a chocolate wonderland for every season and occasion.

Perfectly Crafted Wedding Candy

Something sweet, small and special … There is a uniquely special quality to these small gifts, which are the brainchild of David King and all handcrafted with love, devotion and pride. “Sticky sugar art is a beautiful and cost-effective way of bringing something delicious and fun to a day built on — above all else — celebration,” says David of his 13-year-running sweet wedding favour business. “It is a small, and every time unique, way of saying thanks to the people you have decided to share it [your wedding celebration] with,” he explains. The concept is not a new one and David shares that for centuries, couples have been saying thank you with bomboniere. Although traditionally sugared almonds, Sticky has taken the idea of bomboniere to a new level enabling couples to put their own stamp on the gifts, while still giving a nod to the traditional artisan skill. These particular favours lend themselves beautifully to weddings and there is a special something that shines through with the small, delicate designs. The same special something shines through from the creators themselves, who fashion these tokens with love and passion and, furthermore, adore receiving visits from newlyweds-to-be as it means the couples can peruse the craftsmen’s previous creations, try some flavours and, most importantly, watch them work. “We are proud of what we do, and doing it in front of you is a big part of what makes us special. On a personal level, it is very satisfying to be a part of what for many is one of the most joyous times in their life. It’s also lovely to think that sometimes you can take some of the stress out of the preparation,” says David. Having recently opened in Los Angeles, Sticky has made candy for a number of celebrities, including Disney, Katy Perry and Elton John. Sticky’s run of personalised sweets is $295, which buys 8kg of the sweet stuff, unpackaged.

A Venue with Italian Fare and a View

Celebrate your special day with Italian fine dining and spectacular Sydney views at this elegant wedding reception venue. Cucinetta Ristorante and Bar is renowned for its sweeping panoramic views of Sydney Harbour, its critically acclaimed modern Italian cuisine, and its friendly service. Located in the premium and private locale of Woolwich, looking out towards Cockatoo Island and the harbour, the venue is sophisticated yet maintains a warm and relaxed atmosphere. Since opening its doors in 2006, it has hosted numerous beautiful weddings to suit various budgets. The picturesque Harbour and city skyline views can be enjoyed outside in the garden as well as inside the venue's elegant sandstone building, which has floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Guests can enjoy canapes and refreshments on the reserve. Cucinetta offers a three-course dinner of fine Italian cuisine, prepared by chef Vincenzo Mazzotta. Your menu might include an entree of pumpkin tortellini with burnt butter and pine nuts, followed by crispy skin barramundi with fennel and pecorino, and a dessert of vanilla bean panna cotta with strawberries and balsamic vinegar. Wedding menus are designed with input from the bride and groom and are styled specifically to suit each couple's needs. This stunning venue offers space for ceremonies and photos. There is also a church located nearby. The backdrop is ideal for wedding photo opportunities. The venue also has an experienced wedding co-ordinator to help with preparations and provide helpful advice to make your dream day a reality.

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There are three basic types of wedding catering as a rule when you're planning to tie the knot. There's the in-house wedding catering that covers all of specialized venues that deal solely with weddings and functions, for example, hotels or restaurants. There are the independent wedding catering companies that will travel to your venue whether it be beachside or in a barn.

Then there's that home planned wedding catering affair that is only for the braver ones of you out there! Let's take a sneak peak at what type of thing you'll need to be considering when choosing your wedding catering style.

In-House Wedding Catering
Ideally, this is the simplest form of wedding catering that you could possibly find. Before you've booked your venue, you'll have a vague idea of its style and ambiance. Ideally, you should dine at the venue before you begin to ensure that their standards and food types are to your liking, and after that, it's relatively plain sailing. Once you’ve established your budget per head, it's all down to tasting and selecting your sumptuous and delicious wedding caterer.

Independent Wedding Catering
If you've chosen somewhere for your wedding venue where you're going to need to organize your own wedding catering, there will be a good number of questions for your wedding catering company that you'll need to ask: • Are you available for wedding catering on my wedding day

  • Will you cater elsewhere on my wedding day?
  • Have you done wedding catering at my chosen venue before?
  • Do you have all wedding catering licences including one for serving alcohol?
  • Do you specialize in certain types of wedding catering, i.e. fusion, European cuisine etc?
  • Where do you source your wedding catering food?
  • Is it homemade wedding catering that is prepared fresh on the day?
  • Can you deal with last minutes wedding catering requests?

There will undoubtedly be further questions that you'll wish to ask concerning your wedding catering that are personal to your own design and preferences. Ensure that you research and speak to one or two wedding catering specialists.

DIY Wedding Catering
So you're planning to Do-It-Yourself! Wedding catering for yourself is not for the faint hearted, yet some of you insist on making it a family affair. Usually it's for those casual weddings where you're intending to light a barbecue in the back garden or pack a picnic hamper up and take it to the beach. If this is your wedding catering plan then ensure that you:

  • Budget your wedding catering carefully
  • Give yourself a wedding catering contingency budget of 15% for sundries
  • Research the cost of ingredients for affordability
  • Double and triple check your catering list!
  • Stick to your wedding catering list when purchasing
  • Rope in as MUCH help as you can on the big day! It's not for the faint hearted and you'll need all of the best wedding catering luck that we can offer!