ESSENTIAL catering

The ESSENTIAL deli team have put together these menus to help you cater your next function. You can mix and match tasty treats from any of the menu selections or, if you prefer, come in and discuss your requirements with Adrienne and we will put together a bespoke menu that not only reflects your event, but helps enhance it.


When you book your catering we would like to know about the venue, the type of function, the time frame and your quests; all of these elements help us put together a successful menu to fit in with the occasion.


At ESSENTIAL deli, we are ethically minded so, in keeping with our values, we only use free range eggs, bacon, ham and chicken in all of our food. Furthermore, all of our culinary delights are prepared with intricate timing so all of our food is at its best for each function. Our adaptablilty allows us to vary our menu items to fit in with your requirements and means we can alter ingredients or size to suit you.


Please feel welcome to discuss any special requirements or any inspirational ideas that you would like our help with.


To print out a copy of our catering menu, please scroll down to the bottom of the page and click 'Download Menu'.


ESSENTIAL casual fingerfood

$3.00 per item (minimum of 12 per item)


spinach & feta / capsicum & pinenut


Mini tartlets: 

bacon & leek / ham & tomato / spinach & feta / salmon & capers / red capsicum & zucchini


Bite size sausage rolls


Thai fish cakes with dipping sauce


Mini savoury muffins topped with red pepper pate


Mini sandwiches:

ham / smoked salmon / chicken / feta & roast capsicum



Mini tortilla wrap with a variety of fillings


Vegetarian samosa


Crumbed prawns


Falafels with hummus


Vegetable spring rolls


Blinis - smoked salmon


Devils on horseback: moist prunes wrapped with bacon



ESSENTIAL premium fingerfood

$3.50 per item (minimum of 12 per item)

Risotto balls:

Lemon chicken / beetroot / green pea & pea / tomato & basil / pumpkin & risotto


Profiteroles filled with chicken liver parfait



Zucchini & haloumi / sweetcorn & chilli / sweetcorn & bacon topped with salsa



Chicken & bacon rolls / empanadas


Mini pies:

Steak / chicken & leek / butter chicken



Chicken satay / prawns / teriyaki beef / lamb kofta / chicken with orange, basil & garlic 



Fresh salmon / seared tuna with artichoke salsa / thai chicken salad 


Meatballs with dipping sauce:

Lamb / Moroccan beef / chicken and bacon

Fresh asparagus spears wrapped in 

proscuitto (seasonal)

ESSENTIAL cocktail fingerfood

$3.00 per item (minimum of 12 per item)

While many of our fingerfood items are suitable for cocktails, the following range are designed as tiny taste sensations.



St Agur with quince paste / asian guacamole with prawn & ginger


Lebanese cucumber with salmon pate


Figs stuffed with blue cheese pate


Buffalo mozzarella with basil and cherry tomato


Deep fried popcorn haloumi

Delice de Bourgogne on gingerbread

ESSENTIAL sweet fingerfood

$3.00 per item

Divine valrhona chocolate brownie (GF)


Lemon curd tarts (with fresh rasberry/blueberry - seasonal)


Mini melting moments


Tiny rose & pistachio meringues (GF)


Mini tart with chocolate & cointreau ganache with orange marscapone cream


Fresh dates filled with chocolate & orange (GF)


Valrhona chocolate afghans


Wicked chocolate caramel slice (GF)


Fresh fruit skewers (GF)


Passionfruit marshmallows ($1 each)




Please contact us to discuss pricing options

BEETROOT salad: baby spinach, feta, caramelised onion (V/GF)


CAESAR salad: cos lettuce, free range bacon & boiled eggs, parmesan cheese, aioli (GF/DF)


POTATO salad: chorizo, artichoke, red onion, sundried tomato, caoers, baby spinach, aioli (GF/DF)


ORZO salad: roasted red capsicum, orange, feta, mint (V)


GREEK salad: tomato, cucumber, feta, kalamata olives, red onion (V/GF)

COUSCOUS salad: tomato, cranberries, feta, baby spinach, pistachios (V)


ROAST CHICKEN salad: spaghetti, walnuts, brie, sundried tomato, rosemary.


CARROT salad: cranberries, pistachios, poppy seeds, spring onion with a Moroccan dressing (V/GF/DF)


GREEN BEAN salad: baby spinach, roasted pumpkin, cherry tomato's, cashew nut pesto (V)


PUMPKIN salad: blue cheese, caramelised red onion, sundried tomato pesto, baby spinach (V/GF)


KUMARA salad: pumpkin, red capsicum, baby spinach, thai coconut and sweet chilli dressing (V/GF/DF)


GREEN salad: green leaves, tomato, cucumber, avocado, balsamic reduction (V/GF/DF)


CHICK PEA salad: roasted pumpkin, courgettes, feta, red capsicum, baby spinach (V/GF)



V = Vegetarian (NB - some cheeses may not have vegetarian rennet)

GF = Gluten free

DF = Dairy free


Salad ingredients may vary from time to time, subject to market availability and price. Not all salads are made every day but may be produced at 48 hours notice.







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