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Weddings past Sorrento catering

Weddings past with Sorrento Catering have been a joy, we love a happy couple and work alongside all our up and coming newly weds to present a day to remember, here are a selection to understand more about how we work at Sorrento Catering.

Jay and Stine Feb 2014 (feature in toast)
Unique and exclusive waterfront Point Nepean national park on the mornington peninsula was the location for Stine and Jay’s gorgeous February wedding. There ceremony took place on the lawn of the commanding officers house with spectacular ocean views as the backdrop, while the couple had photos, guests enjoyed canapes under the giant fig tree. Dinner was served in a candle lit marquee finishing with a selection of Barry’s gourmet petite desserts. Heartfelt speeches by family and friends was followed with guests dancing the night away.
Our sentiment “Simply gorgeous”

Greta and Adam Jan 2012 (featured in real weddings)
Beach side St Andrews on the Mornington Peninsula was the location for Greta and Adam’s beautiful wedding. Featured in real weddings magazine 10th anniversary special edition. Vintage inspired styling with florals by local sorrento florist hello blossoms made for a romantic coastal wedding celebration. Barrys stunning lemon meringue tartlets were served as the couples wedding cake.
Our sentiment “Absolutely outstanding”

Cindy and Tom (cape schanck)
When Barry was first approached by Cindy and Tom to cater their wedding at the heritage listed property Barragunda in Cape Schanck he knew straight away what the menu should be. The ceremony took place in the perfectly manicured courtyard adjoining the house, post ceremony guests enjoyed Cindy’s signature cocktail and a stunning selection of canapes. A grazing menu was served for lunch in the hanger. Barry created there wedding cake; a classic croquembouche matched perfectly with grazing desserts running along the table for guests to enjoy.
Our sentiment “Impressive to say the least”

If you have a special day and need someone who listens and intuitively matches your expectations alongside your event, then call us and lets work together to express our sentiment on your very special day

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He’s catered events for TinaArena, celebrity weddings in New York and worked as a chef for
royal families at a yachting event in Holland – now celebrity chef Barry Iddles is bringing his magic to Queenscliff.

Iddles, the well-known chef, restaurateur and owner of Sorrento Catering, will reopen the
iconic 360 waterfront restaurant on the harbour at Queenscliff on October 8, and has promised it will soon be the most talked-about venue on the coast.

The Hooked on Fish Cafe Bar and Restaurant downstairs will serve breakfast and lunch seven
days and cater for locals, day-trippers on the ferry from Sorrento and tourists.
However, Iddles says the spectacular 360Q and function space on the first floor is set to be the jewel in the crown of function spaces in the region.

Guests can venture up a spiral staircase to an enclosed viewing deck from which they can enjoy magnificent 360-degree views over Queenscliff’s $38 million marina, the township, Port Phillip Heads and the city of Melbourne in the distance.

“There is literally no other venue like it on the coast,” he said.“It’s very exciting to be relaunching this space, which will offer not only amazing food, winesand service from our established and professional team, but also an incredibly unique experience for our guests.”Iddles says the 140-seat venue is suited to all types of functions, and that the viewing area – which is licensed – is a real drawcard. “We think it will make the perfect spot for photos of special occasions, whether it’s a bride and groom, a significant birthday or an engagement party.”

Iddles says the venue’s reputation is speaking for itself, with several weddings already booked for February and March. “It’s amazing that we have had several confirmed bookings and enquiries already, and the venue has not yet launched.
“We can’t wait to open our doors and get to work creating memorable events for our guests.”

Iddles’ function and event management credentials are impressive.
He not only catered for Tina Arena’s family lunch on her wedding day as well as her housewarming party, he created events in New York for two celebrity weddings, catered yachting events for royal families Medemblik in Holland and has worked as chef for numerous weddings at Sorrento

Sailing Couta Boat Club and at private residences on the Mornington Peninsula. He now owns Sorrento Catering, which has the catering rights for the salubrious Sorrento Sailing
Couta Boat Club, 333 in Melbourne, the Tarnuk Room at Australian Gardens in Cranbourne and
Elk Restaurant in the Falls Creek alpine village.

Both Queenscliff restaurants will be under the watchful gaze of head chef Mathew Hallam, who
has cut this teeth with Iddles’ other successful venues over the past 12 months.
The 360 venue, co-owned by famed local vineyard identity Doug Rathbone of Rathbone
Wine Group, which includes Mount Langi Ghiran and Yering Station in its stable, has been closed since 2014.

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360Q – Hooked on Fish and local produce

Celebrity chef Barry Iddles, owner of Sorrento Catering, is launching two venues at the harbour on Saturday 8 October .

Restaurant 360Q on the first floor will be used for functions and weddings. Downstairs the more casual Hooked on Fish Cafe Bar will be open daily for breakfast and lunch, and dinner on Friday and Saturday nights until Christmas then nightly till the end of January.

“The local produce from Queenscliff and the Bellarine region is phenomenal,” said Barry. “Under the watchful gaze of head chef Mathew Hallam, 360Q will showcase the regions wonderful produce offering Portarlington mussels, yum cha lunches, farmer’s markets, weekly community events on the promenade in front of the restaurant and regular winemaker dinners.”

“The harbour area is incredibly beautiful but under utilised,” said Barry. “We will strive to work with the community to invigorate the whole precinct and transform it into a place where locals and tourists can meet and eat wonderful food in a scenic location.”

Barry caters for the Sorrento Yacht Club, 333 in Melbourne, the Tarnuk Room at Australian Gardens in Cranbourne and the Elk Restaurant in Falls Creek where he supported fundraising for children’s ski groups and the vital ski patrol on the mountain.

He has cheffed and managed events over the past 40 years for highflyers including Michael Jackson, Peter Allen and Tina Arena. In 2014 he orchestrated the Skinny Duck fundraiser at St Kilda Town Hall raising $131,000 for Melbourne food charity FareShare thanks to its cheeky spin of Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck restaurant. “The highlight of the night was a visit from the famed chef himself,” said Barry.

Barry says it’s his mission to make 360Q the best casual dining and function space in the region – a mission that should bring thousands into the harbour precinct to enjoy the best of the best.

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A collaboration of two talented chefs, Mat Hallam and Zorren Miller, mine host Barry Iddles and Brad Rey, Zonte’s Footstep Vigneron, is the perfect trifecta (or if you want to be picky quadrella) that will combine to create a not to be missed winemakers dinner at the popular Falls Creek apres ski venue elk Restaurant and Bar.

Mark Wednesday 27July on your calendar. That’s when superb cuisine and award-winning South Australian wines will be served to guests during the four-course winemakers dinner.

Rey has carried out vintages in California, Oregon and France before joining the SA-based winemaking company that believe wines are an integral part of daily life to be enjoyed with food, whether you are in Spain, Italy or Portugal…or Australia.

Elk Restaurant’s wine makers dinner
Four- course with outstanding wines created by Zonte Footsteps

Canapes w prosecco seared scallop w green apple waldorf kingfish ceviche

Entree accompanied by pinot gris (a wine with purity of fruit and minimal winemaking interference) grilled scampi w shaved fennel and finger lime salad

Maincourse Langhorn Creek Shiraz (created the vineyard that’s the birthplace of Zonte’s Footstep and has produced exceptional fruit consistently since 2003) smoked duck breast w confit duck croquettes, blackberry jus, potato collar & asparagus, to finish Langhorn Creek Malbec (This grape variety may be the work horse variety of Argentina, but it’s our thoroughbred)milewa cheese w blueberry gel & lavosh

It costs a very reasonable $100 per person for a memorable evening where participants will meet some very passionate people who appreciate excellent cuisine and fine wine.

Bookings are limited. Call Elk Restaurant 5758 3673

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My husband Ben and I recently took our children on a snow trip to Falls Creek in the Victorian Alpine region.  It was a really memorable, magical experience that I would highly recommend. Here are my top tips for a successful family snow trip to Falls Creek:

  • Organise appropriate clothing– I invested in thermals for all of us and good quality ski socks. We borrowed all the ski gear from friends, including pants, jackets, beanies, gloves, goggles and snow boots. Layering in the correct insulated gear was the secret to keeping us warm and comfortable, which meant maximizing our time outdoors.
  • Be prepared for the car journey – We broke-up the long trip with a stop offs for lunch and a stretch. During the trip the kids entertainment involved playing the iPad that was pre-loaded with their favourite shows and apps, kids CDs in the car stereo, plus timeless car games like eye-spy and storytelling where you take it in turn to tell add a sentence. We also had them take in the beautiful changing surrounds by asking what they could see. Make sure you have their comfort items for sleeping. Finally, packing healthy snacks and drinks that were accessible and agreeable on their tummy’s considering the windy roads.
  • Book family friendly accommodation – We had the pleasure of staying at one of the most family friendly places we have stayed at anywhere – Trackers Lodge. Right from the outset Brian the Lodge Manager made us all welcome.
    As we arrived at dinnertime, the kids were taken off our hands and fed while being supervised by a lovely nanny at the Lodge (Abbey). This gave Ben and I the opportunity to have a pre-dinner drink at the bar at the other at the other end of the dining room and meet other guests around the open log fire. After the kids’ dinner they all moved onto the Kids Club room to watch a movie, do some craft and eat popcorn. With the kids sorted, Ben and I were treated to a lovely degustation dinner. It was nice to have some quiet time together after the 5-hour car ride with the kids. Over dinner we had a good chat to Brian, who was the perfect host, answering all our questions and making us feel right at home.
    With our hunger satisfied, we retired to our family bedroom, which consisted of bunk beds for the kids and a king-size bed for the parents. Our bathroom was newly renovated and the bath was impressive. Perfect to soak in after a day out in the snow. The best part was the view over the Village Bowl – stunning!
    Breakfast at the lodge was perfect, ranging from continental to full hot breakfast (and everything in between).
  • Enroll the kids in Ski school – Renault Ski Club was awesome and enabled Ben time to get out and enjoy the fantastic ski slopes. Our kids absolutely loved the Club as it was their first time skiing and they learnt so much in one day, due mainly to the fantastic instructors. There are half day and full day programs available. To find out more and book, visit the Renault Ski Club website.
  • Don’t try to do too much in your day – Being in a cold environment at altitude can be tiring for anyone. Stop for breaks and afternoon naps if need be. You want to make the most of your time, but you want it to be quality time, with happy kids, not tired grumpy ones. This is the big advantage of having accommodation on the mountain.
  • Choose Child Friendly Dining – We loved Elk at Fall restaurant. With a wide range of mouth watering and affordable options, you are spoiled for choice. I highly recommend the Sri Lankan chicken curry and Ben loved the pork belly. The kid’s meal options were the best on the mountain, real food that appealed to their taste buds. They most enjoyed toasting marshmallows on the open fire. Pencils and Paper were provided to keep them busy and we were made to feel very welcome by Barry and all his friendly staff. I’d recommend booking during peak times to ensure you don’t miss out, however they are open all day, so stop in anytime.


We had such a great weekend at Falls Creek, the family friendly ski resort certainly provided us with memories that will last a life time. We will definitely go back, especially since it has the best skiing in Australia. To help a lucky reader make their own life-long memory, I have teamed up with Trackers Lodge and we are giving away two nights free accommodation for a family of four. To enter visit my Instagram page.

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The Sorrento Catering Company, a locally-based and family owned and operated company, took over the lease of the café in July and their chefs, led by Barry Iddles, are looking forward to the challenge of catering for visitors during the busy spring and summer seasons.

Sorrento Catering make everything on-site at the Boon Wurrung Café and with a focus on local produce and wine, and on providing exceptional food and service, visitors to Cranbourne Gardens are in for a treat.

A new menu has recently been introduced, with gluten free and vegetarian options and with a range of daily specials there is plenty of choice.

The kiosk at the northern end of the Australian Garden, also managed by Sorrento Catering, will be opened every day during spring and summer offering beverages, cakes, pies and sandwiches.

Look out for new menu surprises in the coming months!

Sorrento Catering at the Tarnuk Room

Along with the Boon Wurrung Café, Sorrento Catering Company have also taken over the catering contract for the Tarnuk Room, Cranbourne Gardens function and events centre.

An increasingly popular wedding venue, the Tarnuk Room overlooks the Australian Garden and has a capacity for 150 people at a sit-down dinner or 250 people for a more informal stand-up cocktail party.

For function enquiries or bookings contact, Sorrento Catering Company

M 0400 414 173
E enquiries@sorrentocatering.com.au

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Barry Iddles at Elk at Falls Creek is a stand out, stirring the resort pot last year with Shank Off lamb shank with mash nights, 12-inch breakfast toasties, Boner Thursdays (t-bone steaks), $20 mains, Sunday roasts and Eat the Pantry dry at the end of the season. Food is hearty, honest and tasty and made with love, with more to come in 2015, reports Rachel Oakes-Ash Jun 24 2015 in the Traveller

Known for his ideas and design work with Share The Word Design Studio 2015 sees a second season of a marketing campaign for Elk at Falls. Driven by Barry’s ideas on what people really want to see in a traditional Australian Snowfields experience. A fantastic working relationship with his designer Josie Jones, Elk delivers a head turning campaign for 2015.

Whilst Barry is know for honest tasty meals, he is also known for his proactive approach to raising monies for Fareshare on behalf of Skinny Duck where recently the organisation raised $84,000 towards the Feed Melbourne Appeal.

Barry and his team at Sorrento Catering Company offer many years of experience in the food industry with expressions in food that will  have you in awe. Travelling often, Barry is exposed to many cultures and cuisine, in which he displays a photographic style memory for retaining the details of each dish. This knowledge is then carried  to his team who are able to deliver a wide range of dishes to suit any occasion or dietary requirement.

Join Sorrento Catering company on Facebook or Elk at Falls and follow their food experience alongside their marketing campaigns




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John Trevorrow is known to many, but for those who don’t, he is at Leader Community Newspapers which started Feed Melbourne as a modest appeal in one leader newspaper Maroondah Leader 2008.

John writes to Barry

Dear Barry,
Thank you for all the hard work you and your team and supporters put in recently for the Skinny Duck Flies South event in aid of the Feed Melbourne Appeal.
I was at the first event in St Kilda Town Hall and saw the energy and excitement in the room. It was great to know you were prepared to put on another event at Sorrento for this year’s Appeal.
A family commitment meant I couldn’t get to Sorrento, so I was delighted when Marcus said the event raised about $20,000 and then two incredibly generous people — I understand they are friends of yours — matched that amount.
Once this is again matched by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Fund, there is potentially an $80,000 result for the 2015 Appeal.
Having started Feed Melbourne as a modest campaign in one Leader community newspaper, Maroondah Leader, in 2008, it is incredibly fulfilling to see how it has grown to become an all-Melbourne entity which has raised $2.4million (so far) and has helped more than 125 local community groups and charities deliver food assistance to those who can’t always afford or access three meals a day.
The work you have done has added to that enormously, so on behalf of Leader newspapers a very heartfelt ‘Thank you’.

To date Skinny Duck has raised over 210,000 to assist in feeding Melbourne. We thank you for your support in helping us achieve these remarkable milestones and in turn helping others.



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Thinking of a wedding that will have your guests raving?

Sorrento Catering offers and experience that you and your guests will not only find to be healthy and delicious, they will also be entertained as they watch Barry combine all the essentials that make a fantastic Paella.

What a feast Barry put together for Terri and Jamie’s wedding, with antipasto, seafood paella and a spectacular grazing buffet for dinner. Follow the link to see more of this wedding.

Paellas are a perfect choice for that all important evening meal. Your guests will really be blown away as they watch the huge Paella pans on site and serve delicious Paella to your guests, whilst giving the option to choose from the grazing buffet

Barry you did it again!

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The North East is renowned for its gourmet produce, excellent wines and spectacular settings.. And what a day it was for the 2015 Regional Longest Lunch at Wallace’s Hut combining all three in a memorable culinary experience.

Beautiful weather, magnificent backdrop and wonderful company along with an amazing line up of food and wine. “Barry Iddles and his team did a great job – thank you! How lucky were we to have a fully catered ‘picnic ‘at one of the oldest huts on the high plains.” says Deb Howie of Snow Donuts

Catered by renowned Falls Creek restauranteur Barry Iddles (Elk at Falls and Sorrento Catering), the event incorporates a delectable three course set menu, drinks and canapés. All of this takes inspiration from quality gourmet producers and growers in the region.

The location for this tremendous event will be the grassy grounds of Wallace’s Hut. Sip champagne and dine in style alongside one of the oldest structures in the Alpine National Park in one of the most unique settings for a long lunch.

What did our guests enjoy?

A Duo of canapés

Entree – Double baked Milawa cheese soufflé (David Brown select cheddar) w tarragon sauce (gf)

Main course – Baked chicken breast w a fresh local green herb sauce (gf)

Dessert – Chocolate pave made of chocolate from Bright chocolate factory

Accompanying by Dal Zotto Wines, that everyone enjoyed.

Come and join us next year to help raise worthy proceeds from the event,  donated to 6 worthy causes across the Resort, Falls Creek Primary School, the CFA and SES, Falls Creek Childcare, Falls Creek Ski Patrol and historical society.


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