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New Years Eve Catering Ideas

New Years Eve is just around the corner, and private parties can be one of the most enjoyable, affordable and stress free ways to welcome in the New Year with the people that matter most. Unless you’re planning a dinner party, finger food is often the focus for the food side of things during New Years. Not only is it faster to prepare it can also complement the many different cocktails, champagne and other aperitifs you’ll be enjoying throughout the night. As one of the leading catering companies in Brisbane, the team at Standing Room Only share some fuss free food creations and food matches to celebrate with this New Years Eve.

Food Matches with Champagne and Sparking Wine

Bubbles are a celebratory New Years Eve must have and the good news is that there are many foods that perfectly complement the light fizz of Bruts, Proseccos, and of course Champagnes. If this is being served, think these ingredients and foods to provide the perfect palate pairing.

  • Seafood Dishes – in particular oysters and smoked salmon
  • Grilled Chicken and other poultry
  • Hard cheeses with sourdough bread
  • Salads especially those which contain cheese, seafood or chicken and egg.

New Year’s Party and Finger Food Ideas

Bruschetta of tomato, red onion & basilPrawn Cocktails A favourite for the Australian Summer prawn cocktails are elegant, fresh and full of flavour, especially with a complementing chopped salsa.

Tomato, Basil and Red Onion Bruschetta A zesty and fresh favourite, a chunky tomato, basil and red onion salsa is quick and easy to whip up and stacked up on toasted baguette makes a classic (and very popular) bruschetta that guests will quickly grab.

Food is only half of the New Years Eve equation. Don’t forget to pick up other supplies such as drink decorations or olives for your martini, cucumber for your gin, and lemons, limes and other fruits to dress up cocktails. Pickled hibiscus flowers available in jars make the perfect decoration for sparkling wine as they slowly unfurl in the glass. Always have plenty of different juices, and mixers on hand for provide your guests with their favourite drink choice.


For gourmet finger food made from an eclectic array of ingredients and only the best fully catered service at your next private event, get in touch with the crew at Standing Room Only on 0433 822 280

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Andrew Marno ☞

Andrew Marno has worked in the hospitality industry for 35 years. His career began in Noosa Headsworking in establishments such as Anita’s, The Lobster Trap and the 5 Star Sheraton Noosa. While living and working overseas he broadened his knowledge of and experience with international foods and ingredients.

Soon after returning to Australia Andrew opened his first restaurant, ‘AndaVanth’ in Milton, Qld with executive chef and business partner David Farmer, of Mount Lofty House (Adelaide Hills). AndaVanth was credited with many accolades over the years including a perfect score from the Courier Mail’s restaurant review in its opening year. It became a very popular Wedding Venue, in particular for Cocktail style receptions.

After 5 years he ventured to the West End district to open a more challenging establishment, ‘BIN 220’ Wine and Tapas bar. An extensive and international wine list, carefully selected by an award winning sommelier, complimented a refined, sophisticated menu. The modern offering in West End quickly became a popular venue for locals and others appreciating fine food and wine in a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Following this business Andrew opened the award winning ‘Seagrass’ Fish and Chippery, also on Brisbane’s
West End/South Brisbane border.

In 2008 Andrew was approached to cater for a ‘stand up’ cocktail-style function on a luxury vessel on the Brisbane River. This experience inspired him to meet a growing market for events designed for guests and hosts alike to mingle while still enjoying their food and beverages. ‘Standing Room Only Catering’ was born.

Now in it’s tenth year, Andrew works with Michelin star chefs and a highly experienced service team, and is constantly researching local and international trends in order to offer contemporary menus. He and his team pride themselves on the delivery of outstanding customer service from the initial enquiry, working to ensure a seamless and delicious event for every client.

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