LINCOLN

OF TOORAK

Chefs Best

Chefs Best

Our head chefs have over 50 years of combined experience within the industry and deal every day with the freshest, most innovative ingredients. Today they have shared their opinions on this season’s culinary delights. Working within a diverse kitchen that demands knowledge of all cultural and dietary requirements, it is a must that all chefs keep up to date with the latest trends and seasonal produce. “We eat out regularly in different areas around Melbourne to stay aware of current trends within the food industry. Afterwards, we discuss different ideas and opinions with each other, and other chefs that we have generated strong bonds with over the years.”

With extensive and highly established careers, our chefs share their passion for working in the Lincoln kitchen, “Every day we work with experienced chefs, we learn every day from each other, we tailor our skills every day and get to cook with the finest ingredients – what’s not to love!”

One of Lincoln’s most popular dishes (and a favourite of our executive chef to prepare) is our slow cooked lamb. The most enjoyable part – besides receiving compliments from our guests – is the flavours and aromas it creates. The delicate mixture of rosemary, mustard, honey and sea salt is this spring’s signature dish, especially when accompanied with a glass of aged cabernet sav.

All of our dishes at Lincoln of Toorak are complimented by the ingredients we use. The quality of your ingredients is very important, which is why the chefs at Lincoln pick their suppliers very carefully. The trick to choosing the right supplier can come down to such simple qualities like building a trust and rapport with your supplier, the seasonality of their products and their experience in the market.

Following present trends in the food industry, our chefs are experimenting with smarter and more unusual cuts of meat to tantalise the taste buds. Such styles of meat from ox cheeks and wagyu brisket to lamb collar are popping up in our new menus.

On a final note, our chefs would like to share their secret favourite ingredient for this season….quince! It’s in abundance this autumn, and although it has a popular reputation as one of those ‘hard ingredients to prepare’, it’s actually a fantastic complement to a variety of dishes. It’s definitely worth looking up the best ways to prepare quince – our chefs suggest using it with duck, game birds and desserts.

Perfect Catering

Perfect Catering

It’s always difficult organising all the aspects that come with hosting a gathering or an event. Firstly, you need to work out where you want to hold it, and then secondly what will be on offer. Planning the menu can be hard when you need to factor in seasonal foods, what’s popular, dietary requirements and what you are prepared to spend. Instead of stressing and sweating away in the kitchen reading recipes out of old cook books, why don’t you give catering a try?

Lincoln Catering offers a diverse menu that can satisfy all cultural taste buds. We specialise in a range international cuisine, including Indian, Sri Lankan, Western and European, and can cater for a small group or an entire office building!

Our executive head chef has been working at Lincoln of Toorak for over 20 years and has endless lists of accomplishments (including being a personal chef for the Prince of France). He has decades of experience and knowledge in preparing catering menus that can be tailored for any occasion. He’s even created the menu in serving sizes and group pricing to take out the difficulty of deciding how many portions you need to order.

Have a look at our chef’s menu or our print-ready online ordering form to ensure you don’t miss out on your next event!

Our Wedding Guide

Our Wedding Guide

Planning a wedding can be daunting once the engagement period wears off and you start to crunch the numbers. Each bride has her budget, and it’s important to know what you’re working with when planning the finer details.

Some brides have the luxury of parents paying for their wedding… but not all brides are that lucky. The organisation is key to making sure your special day runs smoothly and your finances are in check so you don’t have any nasty surprises down the track.

Here’s a checklist of what you need to include an consider when planning your wedding.

Venue:

Catering
Beverages
Transport
Centrepieces
Additional decorations
Bombonieres for guests
Linen decor
Reputation of the venue
Deposit cost of the venue
Final cost per guest
Additional decor (toasting glasses, cake knife, wishing well)
Guest seating plan

Suppliers:

MC
Photographer
Videographer
Beauty stylist
Photo booth operator
Cake
Florists
Band or DJ (or both!)

Ceremony:

Celebrant
Florists
Music
Invitations

Bridal party:

Bride’s dress
Bride’s veil
Bridal party dresses
Bridal accessories (handbags, head pieces, shoes, jewellery)
Stylist and make-up artist
Lingerie
Bridal party gifts
Florist
Groom’s suit
Groomsmen’s suits

If you have any questions about planning your wedding, feel free to contact our office at Lincoln of Toorak anytime.

The New Craze – High Tea

It seems to be popping up everywhere, in fact, we are booked out for months on end with this new style of function – high tea!

When asking your bridesmaids to be a part of your bridal party, you can’t just do it via text! It needs to be memorable, incredible, and in the right setting that will amplify that special moment forever. Or what about when you introduce the in-laws to each other and discuss the finer details of the wedding?

Picture this – an intimate setting of scones, savouries, champagne and tea with cute personalised stationary for each guest, flowers and plants surrounding you to make the table settings even more picturesque. What more could you ask for when selecting those special people to be part of your dream wedding?

High teas are the perfect setting to start the planning, who could resist an afternoon tea with delicious light food and a cheeky beverage? At Lincoln of Toorak we have been consistently asked for high tea requests, proving the new trend is in full swing!

How to Plan the Ideal University Event

It’s that time of year again – back to uni! With a long and busy year ahead, it’s important to start planning your university events early. But with so many things to think about, this is no easy task.

A key point to remember when planning a function is that every one is different, and should be tailored to the guests’ (and host’s) needs. This is a crucial factor for success.

Networking lunches and career nights are a great way to help students get the edge they need to further their careers and motivate their study. It’s often difficult to get the balance right for these types of events. Some can be too formal, leaving students little opportunity to socialise with industry professionals, whilst others can be poorly structured with confusing messages about the purpose of the event.

Having access to the proper facilities and services needed to run your event makes all the difference. Introductory speeches are a great way to welcome guests and explain the aim of the event, while information sessions can be easily handled through the use of:

  • Wireless microphones
  • A lectern
  • Projection equipment

Also important is providing a warm but professional atmosphere. This can be achieved with:

  • Cocktail-style finger food
  • Appropriate drinks menus
  • Neatly decorated and labelled stalls

Being able to tailor these options to your needs adds the personal touches necessary to make sure your guests feel comfortable and well looked after, whilst encouraging them to network and socialise.

Similarly, social events such as award ceremonies or balls can be significantly enhanced through the right atmosphere and entertainment:

  • A great DJ
  • Security personnel
  • Personalised food menus
  • Stylish and photo-worthy interior settings
  • Inner-city location

This will help create an enjoyable and memorable night for all and will certainly leave the attendees feeling satisfied and impressed. A central location like Toorak also means you can party all night in the nearby CBD or one of Toorak’s nightlife hot-spots without any transport woes!

Event planning should be fun, so why not let the venue do the hard work for you? A multi-purpose setting is a great way to alleviate the stress of organising events, whilst allowing you to add the special touches that will make any occasion a successful one!

Have a look at what others have had to say about our event planning services!