Social Catering

With plentiful resources and savvy creativity, iCATER designs memorable solutions for social, cultural and charity events. Whether you’re looking for a seated dinner, canape reception or casual lunch, we offer exquisite flavors and unique options for every client.

iCATER has been in the off site catering business for 10 years, our client list and experience is extensive.

We understand that welcoming strangers into your home for an event can be difficult. We understand the difference between a small intimate party of friends and family and a large gala dinner. This knowledge and experience in different spaces gives us a unique ability to assess a space, its capacity, and the best way to approach an event wherever you decide to hold it.

Planning

What I do.. Provide expert, delicious, ‘fashion current’ catering for your important day Provide staff, crockery, cutlery & kitchen gear Offer you 27 years catering & chef expertise for you to draw from to create your perfect day Provide you with a free detailed quote including event planning to ensure a smooth running day with no surprises Encourage you to voice your ideas, make changes & fine tune until the perfect solution for you is in place Give you professional, friendly, customer driven service Every event is different, so I personally design a solution for each individual couple, in consultation, to best meet your needs and budget I particularly specialize in weddings Planning includes a timeline, responsibilities, equipment and hire goods needed, beverage requirements, staffing, agreed menu, event details and costs etc. How.. We cook fresh on-site Typically we will make the initial food preparations at our base kitchen (mostly all the choppy & fiddly bits), bring to the event in chilled food transport containers, construct, cook and serve as fresh as possible. We bake our breads on-site We will construct an ‘on-site kitchen’, and/or use any facilities available to cook and serve from. All our food is hand made by us. Other solutions are sometimes used depending on location and budget. Where.. We work everywhere Although normally south to the harbour bridge, west to Dargaville, east to HBC/Mangawhai/Matakana/Waipu, north to Whangarei & all points in-between.

Location

Where.. We work everywhere We are based in sunny Warkworth and regularly work south to the harbour bridge, west to Dargaville, east to Whangaparaoa and Orewa and north to Whangarei including all points in-between. We are local to and specialise in the Matakana, Omaha, Warkworth, Wellsford and Mangawhai areas.

Service

We provide kitchen, waiting and bar staff, crockery, cutlery and kitchen equipment. Our food is cooked fresh on site by our experienced kitchen team.

Food

You need to choose what style of menu you want I suggest if there is going to be a period between the ceremony and sitting down for dinner then some canapés, finger food or something as simple as bread and dips to start.

  • Buffet - A buffet dinner can be an excellent alternative to a sit down, plated meal. This alternative is still traditional, and usually comes in at a lower overall price point than a plated menu. The flexibility and choice offered on a buffet means that the variety of food items can reflect you and your guests taste.
  • Family Style - reflects a large family gathering around the table. Somewhere in between a sit down, plated meal and a buffet dinner, this type of service has options for mains and sides and is brought to you and your guests at the table. Dishes of food are passed among the guests at the table, allowing everyone to take as much or as little as they want. Passing and sharing in this way creates an environment for friends and family break the ice while they break the bread. A round table or extra wide rectangular table is required with this option to accommodate the bowls and platters.
  • Plated Seated Meal - a seated meal offers structure and formality to your reception. This can be a more traditional form of service and so guests are comfortable in this setting. You can offer your guests a choice of main with your invitation that can be pre-ordered online,  just be sure to get any allergies and food restrictions before the event! Tables can be round, square or rectangular and can be oriented in many different ways seating 6 to 12 at a table.