Welcome to Catering Northern Beaches!
A specialised home catering service, Catering Northern Beaches is owned and managed by one of Sydney’s brightest and most successful young chefs, Vicky Harris. Vicky has been catering exceptional cuisine for for Sydney’s Northern Beaches for over 20 years.
Imagine exquisite professional catering in your home or choice of venue, for any event, large or small, from a dinner with friends to a large scale function like a wedding, 21st, 40th, 50th, 60th or any other function where exquisite food is a must.
Chef Vicky Harris has her own scrumptious signature menus, or if you prefer, she will cater for your specific preferences and/or dietary needs
With Catering Northern Beaches you will receive reliable, world class catering that won’t break the budget.
We offer high end home and special event catering for the Northern Beaches, Sydney, Manly, Seaforth, Brookvale, Dee Why, Fairlight, Balgowlah, Clontarf – Weddings, Parties, Birthdays, Engagement Parties, Board Room Functions, Cocktail Parties and more.
Head chef - Vicky Harris
Chef Vicky Harris began her training as an apprentice at Manly Pacific Hotel. She continued her training at Bayswater Brasserie, and Dean’s Verandah, before gaining a place in the kitchen at The Rockpool where she concluded her training under the guidance of Neil Perry.
After a couple of years travelling and gaining valuable experience working in London as a chef at Harvey Nichol’s Restaurant, she returned to Sydney and was invited to return to the pretigious Rockpool, this time as 3rd chef.
dessertIn 1994 she became Head Chef at Manly’s then most popular restaurant-Brazil.
In 1996 she teamed up with pastry chef, Nadine Mc Cristal, to open TWOCAN in Belgrave St, Manly-for five years a very popular Manly eatery which received many rave reviews and excellent ratings in the “Sydney Good Food Guide”.
The arrival of the first of two children meant Vicky had to redefine her priorities as duel role of proprietor and head chef or motherhood.
Since then she has focussed on less demanding part-time positions at several Northside restaurants, whilst developing her catering business. Vicky Harris has catered for every type of occasion-from large corporate functions, shipboard buffets and weddings, to intimate home dinner parties.
Who is the Right Caterer for me?
Unfortunately anybody can become a caterer. As much as we have rules and regulations (let’s face it, it’s not that tightly regulated).
So what do you need to know before you make a decision?
Have an idea of budget in mind? Once you have spoken to 2 or 3 different companies you can get an idea whether your expectations are realistic.
Be wary of anybody who is super cheap! They are possibly just heating and serving mass produced frozen food. You can do that yourself, and more cheaply!
Ask friends for recommendations and have a look online.
Once you have found a few ideas, start to enquire:
How long have you been a caterer?
What is your background or prior employment history?
What are your qualifications?
And then look at the customer feedback.
Don’t forget, it’s okay to ask for samples, to meet up and to frequently liaise.
Do you cook all of the food yourself?
Ask lots of questions.
Remember that you are the potential client. If you don’t feel comfortable from the start, perhaps you need to look elsewhere.
It’s important to get several quotes and also feel like you are valued!
If you are hiring out a venue that has preferred caterers it doesn’t necessarily mean you must use those mentioned.
Often the ‘preferred caterers’ offer a discount if use them, but that doesn’t automatically make them the most reasonable option. Shop around as you may find there are better or more cost effective caterers that serve your needs better.
Nothing is 100% guaranteed, but if you at least do your homework, I guarantee you the odds are going to be better and your function will be a success!