The corporate cocktail canapé that everyone’s talking about

It takes careful thought to design a great cocktail canapé. It needs to be easy to hold, look gorgeous and have broad taste appeal. If it can be consumed in a single bite, fantastic! If two bites are required, the canapé needs to stay intact until totally consumed. There’s nothing worse than a piece of savoury frivolity that falls apart in your hand before you can get it into your mouth.

There is no company that knows more about canapés than Seasoned & Dressed in Wellington, operated by Laurence and Trish Benson. They’ve been creating, delivering and serving gourmet corporate catering for more than 12 years, and during that time they’ve always stayed up with canapé trends.

Right now, the canapé that’s getting the best feedback is their ‘Chicken Caesar Salad in a Tart’ – a magnificent mouthful that involves a miniaturised salad of cos lettuce, roast chicken and anchovy dressing atop a crisp pastry shell.

One corporate party goer describes it as: “A canapé that goes beyond the call of duty. It delivers easy-to-handle deliciousness that doesn’t end up down the front of my dress.”

The team behind the tart

Between them, Laurence and Trish have more than 30 years’ hospitality experience. They’re backed by a super-efficient team of young chefs and kitchen assistants. Everyone at Seasoned & Dressed is obsessed with great food, especially the kind of food that gets dished up at corporate events.

In the past, Laurence has worked in Michelin-starred hotels where attention to detail is as natural as breathing. He designed the ‘Chicken Caesar Salad in a Tart’ as an edible work of art that can be politely eaten on the hoof.

Trish keeps Seasoned & Dressed customers on track with their ordering. She is super-friendly and happy to chat for as long as it takes to ensure a perfect corporate function menu.

While finger food for cocktail events is a strength for Seasoned & Dressed, the company is also adept at buffet breakfasts and lunches, as well as multi-course fine dining. Plus they can come up with inventive dishes that fit with conference themes, whether that means super foods for a SuperHero theme or organic edibles for an event that’s all about sustainability.

If you have a corporate event or conference coming up that requires food, check out the menus at Seasoned & Dressed.