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Spice caught up with event consultant Tom Rutherford about how venues can bring their A-game to catering. Rutherford shares some of his secrets with us here.
His aim is to ensure your event is special, has unparalleled quality in food and beverages, and with appropriate return on investment.
From chocolate fountains to live cooking stations, oyster bars and everything in between, these industry gurus have seen it all when it comes to event catering.
Sydney catering and events company, Bayleaf Catering, has appointed Tom Rutherford as its CEO and will next year be working with chef Warren Turnbull, of Chur Burger and Assiette fame.
Sipping an Aperitif on a balmy afternoon, it’s easy to slip into holiday mode. It’s the done thing in a Parisian Bistro, or at a cafe on the Côte d'Azur. Sadly we're not although Palmie's not a bad substitute. Were doing Sunday lunch at Bistro Rivage. The bistro is head chef and owner Tom Rutherford's latest passion.
Paris in Palm Beach Authentic French food by the sea? Don’t mind if I do! Sydney haven Palm Beach is now home to Bistro Rivage headed by Tom Rutherford who spent six years at three-Michelin-starred Le Gavroche restaurant in London. It also promises Parisian-style drinks and live music. See you there. bistrorivage.com.au
I’m greeted with champagne, sinking back in my comfy chair. The chanson francaise puts me at ease, and for a moment, I forget where I am. The dogs, too, are in another world: sprawled out beneath the shade of the white-clothed tables at their owner’s feet, lapping up the autumn breeze. No, I am not in the south of France. I am at Bistro Rivage, in the heart of balmy Palm Beach, an hour north of Sydney.....
“I make the best tart tartin,” says Tom Rutherford. With a culinary pedigree as long as your arm, and a correspondingly excellent Tart Tartin ($14), Tom can rightfully command a willing audience, even in the far flung reaches of Palm Beach. I’d drive back, swimming costume firmly in hand, just for another crack at his Steak Tartare ($18.50) – easily one of Sydney’s best. Tom is an Albert Roux protégé - in fact, for three weeks last year, he and Albert “worked, slept and lived together.”
Celebrity chef Albert Roux is hopping on the Sydney bandwagon with plans to open a restaurant in the city.
Rivage is as classic as they come: a classic French bistro that would make you think you were in Paris. With all the classic French menu choices I found it difficult to make up my mind. Truly, I am usually decisive – aren’t I? Yet I just don’t see these classic French dishes often enough on Sydney menues – what a pity – they never date. Timeless And knowing that Chef Tom Rutherford was in the kitchen made my selections even more difficult. For any of you who don’t yet know him, Tom Rutherford cooked under Albert Roux at the famous and fabulous Le Gavroche;.....
As well as being a disruptor to the catering industry, Tom designs furniture, hosts luxury gastronomy and cultural tours to destinations including Russia, Spain and the Napa Valley, is a writer, sailor and a mentor to many.
The world’s most unique caterer, Tom has nearly 40 years’ experience in the industry. He can deliver unforgettable culinary experiences in any venue in the world, from outdoor picnics to three-star Michelin experiences, for two to ‘too many’.