Private Chef Dining

Cocktail Canapes

$55.00

Gourmet Canapes:

An artful selection of six canapés in a cuisine of your choice. Choose from our unique menu ideas below or let your personal chef create a tailor-made set of canapés to match your event style and unique preferences. Each of these canapés will look as good as they taste, designed to be easy-to-eat and make an impression on the palate. All ingredients used will be hand-selected by your chef and locally sourced where possible, ensuring the highest quality. 

The price is per person, inclusive of GST, a minimum of 20 guests applies, includes an average of nine canapés per person. 

What’s included?

  • 2 varieties of substantial canapés,
  • 3 varieties of smaller canapés,
  • 1 dessert/sweet canapé.

If you would like to book for a different number of people, want to include wine pairing, or have any other requirements, please click here to enquire about a bespoke experience

Your menu will be fully customised based on your requirements by a Private Chef.


Canape ideas

1. Chef Winston’s Asian-fusion Canapes menu example:

  1. Marinated kingfish ceviche, raw coconut, coriander, lime
  2. Asian style prawn cocktails, Australian local prawns, smoked aioli
  3. Lamb cutlets, greek tzatziki dressing, baby parsley
  4. Sweet potato, goat cheese, cranberry jam, caramelized walnuts
  5. Confit heirloom tomatoes, smoked cheese, squid ink waffle
  6. Japanese matcha pannacotta, seasonal fresh berries

2. Chef Robert’s Mediterranean example Canapes menu:

  1. Sydney rock oysters, ponzu, shallots (GF, DF)
  2. Wagyu beef striploin, enoki mushroom, ginger, coriander (GF, DF)
  3. Prosciutto Di Parma, balsamic fig, mascarpone, almond wafer (GF)
  4. Smoked duck breast, apricots and flowers (GF, DF)
  5. Salmon, cream cheese, puffs
  6. Chocolate tube, strawberry mousse, mint

3. Chef Sailesh’s Modern Australian example Canapes menu:

  1. Pork belly slider, pickled fennel slaw (DF)
  2. Gin cured salmon, blini, dill, cream cheese
  3. Moroccan lamb ribs, yoghurt dressing (GF)
  4. Caramelised onion shell, triple brie (V)
  5. Avocado, feta mousse, crostini (V)
  6. Lemon curd, tart, raspberry powder, merengue (V)

Canapés gallery

Next Steps

Booking process

  • Secure your booking by paying in full. If using bank transfer/EFTPOS, please ensure you use the order number as a payment reference.
  • CHEFIN will email you a booking confirmation and calendar invitation. This will include a form to collect your information and particular needs/requirements.
  • Once you have filled in the form and sent it back to us, we will assign a Chef to your booking based on your needs and ideas.
  • Your assigned Chef will design a unique menu tailored to your brief, event, and tastes.
  • You can preview this menu, provide feedback, and advise of any menu & event changes along the way.

What is a canapé?

These bite-sized morsels are a type of finger food that’s often prepared over a small piece of bread, pastry, or cracker. Canapés are a type of hors d’oeuvre or appetiser that is designed to be eaten quickly, neatly, and in one bite. For that reason, they’re often served to guests who are standing or mingling around a room or venue. 

Traditionally, canapés are composed of a base (made of bread, crackers, pastry, or pancake), a spread, a main item, and a garnish. They can be made in both sweet or savoury flavours and come in endless varieties, with various toppings, spreads, and bases used to provide different results. Our chefs create gourmet canapés that showcase their own signature cooking styles and favourite flavours and ingredients. 

When should I order canapés?

A more appropriate question would be, when shouldn’t you order canapés? Canapés make every event a success, whether it’s a cocktail party, book club, workshop, meeting, casual get-together, dinner party, or seminar. Order canapés when you want a small but gourmet snack that will entice your guests and keep hunger at bay at your event. 

Why should I order canapés for my event? 

Wondering why you should get catered canapés? Here are some ways that canapés will be a hit at your event: 

  • They provide entertainment. Canapés provide a form of entertainment for your taste buds. When an event starts to feel a little too long, or a guest has spent too much time standing on their own, canapés provide a welcome distraction in a tasty little morsel. 
  • They’re great for socialising. Canapés allow people to mix and mingle and socialise at an event while still enjoying a little nibble on some food. They also provide a talking point for guests who don’t know one another. This is why they’re especially handy during stand-up receptions, gatherings, and events. And because they’re designed to be eaten while standing up, with the fingers, they’re not messy or awkward to eat at fancy events. 
  • They’re great to pair with alcohol. Canapés are a great companion when sipping on alcohol and allow people to consume a few drinks without worrying about drinking on an empty stomach. 
  • They’re sophisticated. Let’s be honest, canapés do exude a certain air of luxury and sophistication. Canapés show your guests that you’ve considered their appetite and provided small snacks to keep them satisfied throughout your event.

What’s the history of canapés?

The term canapé is French for ‘sofa’, referring to the toppings which are draped over the finger food as one drapes themselves on a sofa. They became popular in the late 1900s, first-served to make use of stale bread that was thinly sliced and toasted before topping with ingredients. Over time, the word canapé came to refer to any small bite-sized finger food, regardless of the base used. 

During the American prohibition era, secret bars called speakeasies began to pop up in place of the pubs being shut down around the country. Most speakeasies were located in people’s homes and basements, and as they were highly illegal, people had to be sure to leave the venue without looking inebriated. To stop speakeasies from drawing too much attention, guests were served canapés alongside their alcohol to ensure they maintained a level of sobriety. These canapés were easy-to-eat and could be consumed with one hand while the other handheld a drink of alcohol. 

Around the same time, private cocktail parties were gaining in popularity and often were accompanied by a range of canapés for the same reason. While prohibition has come and gone, canapés remained a staple of events where people mixed and socialised. Today, they live on as a delicacy served at events, celebrations, and receptions all over the world.