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What’s hot and what’s not in food and catering!

Food courts are being replaced with food halls, there are lots more farmer’s markets, weekend popup markets, food fairs, food & wine festivals, food trucks and mobile catering.

How did it come to this?

I guess we got wise.  After all we are living longer so we are looking at what food we are putting in our mouths.  Nowadays people are more adventurous about food and fusion flavours – it’s a great way of taking something that we love and making it healthy or tasty. We have also had to take into account the amount of people who suffer from food allergies, so that too has affected our choice of food.

Food halls now offer much fresher product, speciality foods and more memorable eating experiences. As consumers we have become much more savvy – with a large number of celebrity chef restaurants opening up and cooking shows that now grace our presence,  and we are demanding better quality for our money.

Mobile catering is also a great new way to sample great food in yourf home or office.  It’s a fairly new concept whereby you supply the kitchen and your caterer prepares the food onsite for your cocktail, party, wedding or corporate event.

This is a great alternative to spending all day in the kitchen for that special occasion and the food tastes so good, the timing is perfect for when your guests arrive, you don’t have to stress, and you get to choose from a number of set menus that suit your price point and food tastes.  Another great thing is that your caterer (the good ones) will leave your kitchen cleaner than when they arrived.

 

Standing Room Only is a Brisbane Catering Company that provides gourmet, finger food and mobile catering for cocktail, corporate or wedding events.  Contact us now for your next party or cocktail event.

 

About me

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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