Public Trust Venue is now open

We are so excited to be a preferred caterer at this newly renovated historical venue in Wellington. It is absolutely beautiful!! Perfect for weddings and corporate events. Depending on your catering style, the venue can accommodate up to 300 guests. Please get in contact with us if you’d like more information and we can put you in touch with the venue. The venue is formally named “Public Trust Hall” and it will be difficult to find a more elegant venue in Wellington.

A early photo as the venue was undertaking renovations

A early photo as the venue was undertaking renovations


"Family Style"

Family style is a term we use at NOSH to describe a type of buffet catering. Essentially, food is served to your guests “family style” - bowls and platters of delicious food is served to the table and your guests then help themselves. Here’s some photos to help visualise it.

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family style buffet
family style buffet
family style buffet


Should NOSH supply your beverages, or are you better to organise yourself?

When planning an event one of the many things you have to think about is where your sourcing your beverages. It can be a real hassle to organise - so here are the reasons we suggest you organise your beverages through us, your caterer. 

The main reason people tend to choose to bring their own beverages is that it is normally perceived to be cheaper. This isn’t always the case so I would definitely recommend doing a bit of research and looking into the options we have to offer before buying your own. Normally the pricing is very similar.

Even if it is a tiny bit more expensive to go through your caterer it might be worth it for you to not have the added stress of thinking what everyone would like to drink and how much quantity you need to order? We understand what wines go with different food, which clients might prefer different types of beer, and through our experience, we know what quantities should be ordered. We often see a lot of clients who organise their own either not having enough or, end up with loads of surplus drinks needing to be taken away at the end of the evening (which can be seen as both a con and a pro!!). 

Another stress factor with BYO is that normally you will order a few days before your event, being super organised, which is great, however, do you have the space to keep everything nice and chilled? We would hate to be serving warm beverages to your guests. When clients don’t have the space to chill everything it doesn’t give us enough time to get everything cold enough to serve. When your caterer supplies your beverages we keep it in our big fridges right before we need to transport it to your event. We transport everything in big chilli bins filled with ice and then serve at the perfect temperature. 

Something to remember when planning an event, not just with the supplying of the beverages, is that your caterers are here to help and to make your life easier. When your order the beverages through us we do all of the work! We work out how much you need, we do the ordering, we get it to the event, we also take what isn’t used away for you!! All you need to decide is what you would like. We will also be here to give our suggestions if you need them. Super easy!! 

I would always suggest looking into the different options and packages a caterer has to offer. The most popular choice of package is “charged on consumption”. This means we will normally order a bit extra of everything as a “just in case”, but after your event we will return everything that is unopened and you will only get charged for what you have drunk. This means you don’t run the risk of under or over ordering. We also offer some awesome beverage packages that are definitely worth looking into as well - these are based on a price per guest, no matter how much is drunk, you just get the fixed price which was agreed before your event.


The Great Debate: Round tables vs. Banquet tables

I know this seems like a trivial detail but it honestly takes up a lot of time in the day of an Event Manager or Wedding planner. Deciding the details of your wedding reception takes time and thought. A lot of time and thought especially when deciding where and how all your guests will be seated. Hopefully this can provide you with a little information to help you make these decisions. 

There are pros and cons to both styles of tables and depending on the style and flow of your event depends on what suits you best.  Let's start with Round Tables…

Round tables

Round tables tend to feel more traditional than the banquet tables and while yes they do seem more social as you can see everyone seated at your table technically, however, you are seated further away (it has been measured) from each person. The distance between people sitting opposite each other on a round is quite large and almost impossible to talk (especially over music and people). So the theory that it is easier to talk to every is not entirely true. Round tables for some reason in the event industry also seem to be deemed as more formal. So depending on the style of your upcoming wedding to whether you want a more formal feel. I don’t entirely agree with this but it seems to be the general consensus.


I agree that they do seem more traditional perhaps but this also depends on the placement and styling of your whole wedding. There are a couple of benefits that you get with a round table. Firstly if you are inclined to a larger slightly more extravagant centerpieces then having a round table is definitely more useful as there is more room in the middle for these centerpieces. The other distinct benefit of a round table depends on your venue. If your reception hall or room is oddly shaped or there are random pillars throughout the room, a round table tends to fit more people into an odd shaped rooms, however they do take up more space overall so be conscious of the size of your venue as it fills up very quickly. Another thought on the round table to keep in mind is the costs. Traditional round tables and round tablecloths are more expensive to hire due to the transport and storage of these items. So if you are driven by price this could definitely steer you away from the round table.

Banquent / rectangle tables

On the other side of the debate is the banquet table (or rectangle table). While round tables are seen as elegant and formal by some and banquets more casual - I disagree. I challenge people of these perceptions to have a look down a perfectly set and aligned banquet tables. There is nothing more elegant than lines of charger plates and pristine wine glasses, glittering cutlery and your decorations placed down the centre that would send any perfectionist to heaven. Don’t underestimate the ability of a perfectly set table. It will be your photographers dream. Realistically speaking a banquet table is more social, your quests are seated closer together and it is easier to talk through all the noise of a wedding.

Practically speaking these tables are more space conscious as you can fit more people and allows for more guests at your reception. As mentioned above, round tables are more effective in an odd shaped room and sit around pillars and corners to fit more tables into that space. But if you have a nice square or rectangular room banquets work a treat for fitting in those extra people. Banquets can close in a space and make it feel more intimate which can impact the flow of movement around your reception. This is the only real con I can think of for the banquet tables but you if have a good floor plan this can be avoided, talk to your venue manager to see if they have preferred floor plans that could help.

Now a point that will really get people on board the Banquet table train is costs. Traditionally banquet tables are cheaper than round tables even up to 25% cheaper (depending on your hire supplier and choices). This may be up to a variety of different reasons such as easier to transport and store etc. but it is something that you can benefit from. This also leads into the cost of decorating banquet tables, they tend to be cheaper to decorated as most people do not opt for centerpieces as these can be rather expensive instead you can decorate the banquet table with beautiful greenery and accented with sparkling seed lights or floral blooms. Not only are the banquet styles very on trend but they offer more variety of styling options for your reception from beautiful linen covered tables to rustic wooden tones that can really set off the theme of your reception

Ultimately whatever the style of your wedding you can make the type of table suit. But being informed about the pros and cons of each style of table can definitely help you make these choices.

Ashlee
NOSH Event Manager


How many event staff should I have?

As a caterer planning a wedding, one of the main questions I always get asked is “how many staff do you reckon we need?” or “can we lose a member of staff?”. There are so many different things that we have to consider when working out how many members of staff to put on an event. We always aim to give the best service and anything below brilliant isn’t good enough for us. Sometimes that means that we have to have a few extra members of staff than you would think. 

The Number of Guests

This is the most obvious thing that would change the amount of staff we need. The more guests the more staff. We want everyone to receive the amazing NOSH service standard that we expect. If we don’t put enough staff on to serve the number of guests you have attending then the service standards could slip. Also, the more guests = the more mouths to feed. If there are lots of people attending your wedding or event we will need to put more chefs on so that the food is delicious and can be served super quick.  

The Venue

The venue and location you choose can alter how many staff we would put on an event. If you hire a venue where the kitchen is at one end and you decide to use the room that is a football pitch distance away, we will need more staff so that the food can get to your guests within a timely fashion. We would hate for half the room to be nearly finished by the time the other half of the room are just being given their meals. 

Also, the equipment that is available to us within the venue is really important to think about. If, for example, we have instructions from the venue that the hire equipment needs to be picked up on the same night we could use extra hands to help get out as quickly as possible. Or if we are using the venue's equipment such as plates and glasses we have to wash these at the end of the night and put everything back where we find it. One of NOSH’s important jobs is to always leave a venue cleaner than we found it and to do this we will need extra bodies around to help clean. 

The Duration

If you have got a strict time schedule to stick to and, for example, choose 6 different canapés that we have to serve 200 people in the space of an hour - we will need more staff. We might not always put every member of staff on for the whole duration of the event, we could just get a couple of extra pairs of hands to help out with the rush of food service and then send them home as soon as we don’t need them. However, if the run sheet provided doesn’t give us a lot of time to set up or to serve food then expect to see a higher amount of staff within your quote. Again, we only do this to make sure our service standards are kept as high as we want them. 

The Set-up

At NOSH we have the most accommodating team you can imagine. Nothing is too much for us to do and we will always, 100%, go the extra mile for our clients. However, if you have intricate table designs and layout, we may have to put an extra person/people on to help with the setup. We are always happy to help and we want to be as involved in making your big day special as possible, but to do this the more staff we have available to help the better. 

The Service Style

Choosing the service style can be a massive decision to make. When considering the options you also need to be aware that different service styles need different members of staff. For example, if you have chosen to go for a buffet option we tend to go for the rule of - 2 waitstaff serving from the buffet, 1 runner getting extra food from the kitchen, 2 chefs in the kitchen cooking up the delicious masterpieces you are about to enjoy. However, if you go for a formal plated option we try and stick to the rule of - 2 tables of 10 people per waitstaff. It could also require 3 chefs in the kitchen to be able to cook and plate up incredible meals for everyone. 

I hope you now have an insight into just some of the different reasons we would put more members of staff on an event. With all of this said, NOSH staff are trained to be professional, hardworking, knowledgeable and full of smiles so however many of us you have got working with you I’m sure you will have a fabulous day!!

Rose
NOSH Event Manager


What food service style to choose for your big day?

When it comes to planning a wedding there is so much to think about that sometimes things like service style can be confusing and forgotten about. Which service style you choose to go with can change the whole dynamic of your big day. Whether you want the laid back, chilled vibe or more of a formal feeling - we can cater for all!


Buffet

The first option that we can do is a classic buffet style. This is great for a casual feeling reception, a really family-friendly kind of service. It works out, normally, to be one of our cheaper options of service which is always great! You can choose however much food that you want and the chefs will work alongside the waitstaff to make sure that there is always an impressive amount of food displayed for your guests to help themselves to! Whether you choose to have the garlic and thyme lamb rump with a minted lemon marmalade or the orange & vanilla braised duck leg with a rosemary & lemon glaze we will always make it look incredible! Having a buffet option also gives a chance for those greedy guts to go up for the leftovers. There are a few downsides to think about before choosing a buffet. You have to be aware that, although we will do all of the hard work by inviting your guest's table by table to come up and help themselves to the food that we will keep topped up and looking lovely, it does require all of your guests to get up and walk over to the buffet station. This can take up a fair amount of time for your guests to get up, join the queue, get their food, and make their way back to the table to enjoy their delicious meal! If you have got a lot planned and a tight schedule to stick to this wouldn’t be the best option for you! It can be a bit disruptive to your day. Also, with a buffet, you have to think about the space that you have got available. We would need a lot of space to be able to set up a buffet station which could take away valuable room in smaller venues with a lot of guests. 


Family Style

If those downsides are worrying you a bit too much I would definitely suggest having a think about our family-style buffet option. A lot of people aren’t aware of what family-style service is. Personally, it is my favourite kind of service. I think it combines the pros of all types of service with a minimal amount of cons. Family style is basically a buffet that we bring to you! You still get to choose 2 different main options and 3 different side options so the quantity of food definitely won’t be an issue!! However, we display the food amazingly on big platters and take these platters to each table and normally serve around 8 people per platter. We include serving utensils on the tables so guests can dig into the deliciousness that is in front of them! If you choose the grilled beef scotch fillet with black garlic & wild mushroom cream or Smoked salmon with horseradish cream, pea shoots & cherry tomatoes your guests will definitely be tucking back in for seconds. Choosing family-style will mean that you get all the pros of a buffet, but your guests and you can stay seated and comfortable and we will do all the work! It really creates a great atmosphere in the room with the smell of our amazing chefs work roaming through the room. I have found that with this kind of service guests tend to eat more as it is right in front of them so this means there will be less wastage and your guests will be happy and full. I suppose the only downside to family-style service is that it is a tiny bit more expensive than the buffet option. It’s worth it to not have to get up and walk again in those heels though!!


Formal plated

The next option I would like to discuss with you is our most formal type of service. This is the option of plated meals. There are different options to choose within our plated option: whether you choose 1 main meal from our menu that we will serve all of your guests, whether you choose 2 different options that we will serve as “alternative drop”, or whether you choose to put a menu together of 2 different items and let your guests choose what they wish to eat on the night. There are big pros and cons to choosing this option. As I’m guessing you can already tell, there is a lot to think about with our formal plated meals that it can sometimes cause more stress than you already have! It almost always works out as our most expensive option. It also takes the longest so if you are scared that that certain family member will bring out the hour-long speech I would certainly recommend choosing a different style! Serving food this way requires more members of staff to ensure the food is served in a timely fashion which works out more expensive for you and means there are more of our wonderful staff walking around. However, the pros can sometimes be worth it also. You get to offer your guests a choice of what they would like, and there is no moving involved for anyone. The Nosh team are there to do all of the hard work and take away all of the stress! It really creates a formal feeling, almost as if you were in a restaurant! Also, with our incredible menu consisting of things like Free range pork belly with carrot and star anise puree and balsamic glazed vegetables and Beef rump cap served medium rare, chunky crispy potato, black garlic butter, pan-fried seasonal vegetables your friends and family are certain to enjoy whatever you choose.


Canapés and Tapas only

If after reading all this you still haven’t made a definite decision and nothing has grabbed your heart then there is one more option for you to have a think about. If you want something really casual and you’re more concentrated on your guest's mingling and dancing than you are in having a sit down dinner then this is the way to go! Our canapés and tapas menu is, if I do say so myself, amazing! If you have your heart set on a smaller venue that won’t fit in big tables and chairs this would be an ideal type of service. Our canapés get served on gorgeous platters and our amazing waitstaff will walk around offering them to all of your guests. After an hour or so of canapés, we will then offer tapas dishes around. Our tapas gets served on a variety of small plates and bowls with a tapas fork. It is delicious and bite-sized so is super easy to eat whilst standing talking to that uncle you haven’t seen for months. You can choose from a variety of meals including our homemade gnocchi, roast pumpkin & pea, sage butter sauce or our lamb tagine with date and preserved lemon couscous served with mint & cumin yoghurt and I guarantee everyone will love it! This is one of our mid-range price options with canapés working out more expensive than if you were to have platters to start with, but tapas working out cheaper than any of the other main options. One of the cons of having this service is if you have got guests that tend to be super hungry this runs a risk of not filling everyone up as much as you would like. 

Now you have been informed about all the different options of service that are available to you, all you need to do is give Nosh a call and get booked in!

Rose
NOSH Event Manager

Sandwich platter in a box

We’re thrilled to introduce our new sandwich platter available from 12th August 2019. The platter includes 25 individual items hand selected by our chefs, ideal for large groups … or extra hungry small groups :-) Priced at $100+GST

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New menu for office catering starts soon..

We’re really exciting by our new menu launching on 12th August 2019. We are changing it up and will no longer offer a different menu each day, instead we will offer one comprehensive menu that is available each work day. The items we’ve selected we hope will suit many different tastes and diets, including a large variety if dietary requirements. The online order form is available here

Wellington Wedding Show

Yesterday we had so much fun at the Wellington Wedding Show and met so many great couples trying to out their wedding plans. Lots of great Wellington wedding vendors out there :-) Here’s some pic of our stand. Most of the gear is from our friends at Wellington Event Hire

Our Bluestone plates

Our Bluestone plates

Tongue and Groove walnut table

Tongue and Groove walnut table

Oatmeal table with maroon napkins

Another new Wellington venue ...

We are delighted to announce we have been chosen as a preferred caterer at Wellington College’s newly renovated venues. A great option for larger corporate events or weddings. We’re really excited to be able to offer our customers this new venue option. Please get in contact if you’d like us to arrange a site inspection for your next function. So many great Wellington Venues for hire, check out our venue page here.

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WOW Air New Zealand

We’re busy at NOSH with the World of Wearable Arts festivities. Lots of great functions with some great clients. We were so excited when Air NZ asked us to cater their WOW party. We managed to take a couple of photos of just some of the canapés made for them. I hope they loved it.

 
Grilled green beans wrapped in prosciutto with hollandaise GF

Grilled green beans wrapped in prosciutto with hollandaise GF

 
Beetroot, gorgonzola and candied walnut tart V

Beetroot, gorgonzola and candied walnut tart V

Beef kebabs marinated in orange, honey, chilli and coriander GF DF

Beef kebabs marinated in orange, honey, chilli and coriander GF DF

 
Marinated salmon, wakame, chili, lime, served in an Asian spoon GF

Marinated salmon, wakame, chili, lime, served in an Asian spoon GF