Eat

Our unique food culture promotes interaction amongst conference delegates.

Our talented team including Katherine Farrugia, Josh Reader, Hayden Brown and Katrina Woods led by Executive Chef, Adam Draper have a food philosophy that is quite simple.

Complement each ingredient, not to complicate it.

Our kitchen believe real food is local, organic, sustainable and has a real connection to the land and community.

Menus are crafted on what’s in season.

A message from our executive chef – Adam Draper

Food is our way of connecting locality, culture and people.

A taste of Spring– 

Put some Spring in your step…

If you’re hoping to expand your notion of seasonal eating, this is the perfect time to start! Spring is the season for young and tender treats right from the garden. Snack on spring foods such as raw peas and radishes, add fresh spring fruits such as berries to cereal, and get ready for crisp salads every day.

Spring is also the favourite season of food foragers. You should be able to find great value for money at local farmers markets this time of year, which means it’s a good time to stock up on items that preserve well and get them into jars before the weather gets warmer. Read more here.

What styles of conference catering do we offer?

Feasting

Our feasting style lunches promote informal interaction between delegates.

We present two separate proteins, accompanied with a hot and cold side, placed in the centre of each table for guests to enjoy and help themselves.

Shared

Our shared style offering allows guests to enjoy a beautifully crafted seasonal menu.

Guests are served an individually plated protein with hot and cold side dishes placed in the centre of each table.

Conference Catering FAQs

Do you cater for delegate with special dietary requirements?

Absolutely, our team can cater for any dietary requirement.

Is morning and afternoon tea supplied?

This is dependent on what package has been booked.

Is coffee and tea supplied during my meeting?

We offer Nespresso coffee and organic LOVE tea in the lounge area, available all day at no charge to guests.

Do delegates get a choice of what protein they would like?

The organiser may pre-select the menu or they can leave this up to the Chef to select.

Can the catering be delivered to our conference room?

Yes of course. We understand that sometimes our groups require the ability to work during a catering break and we can discuss the best option to make this happen.

Can we eat outside in the warmer weather?

You sure can. In the warmer months, we love hosting our groups in the fresh air for breaks. Be it morning tea on the terrace, lunch overlooking the pool or canapes in the kitchen garden.

BISTRO LUNCH & DINNER

Dine in one of our various beautiful spaces around the Estate and in the warmer months you can even enjoy the experience outdoors if you so choose.

Whether it be for a business meeting, informal catch up or meal during your stay, our bistro service is available to all.

The Bistro service offers a small seasonal a la carte menu with main and dessert selections.
Bistro lunch is available 12noon – 2pm Monday to Friday
Bistro dinner is available 6pm – 8pm Monday to Thursday.
Bookings recommended. Groups of 10 or more are required to pre-order, by 10am on the day of dining. The team member taking your booking will forward a menu.

Bistro FAQs

How do I make a booking?

Email us with your reservation details on wpe@deakin.edu.au
or call us on 03 5227 3000

Is it family friendly?

Waurn Ponds Estate is a conference and events centre, with a corporate atmosphere, therefore we don’t cater for children.

Do I have to be attending an event or staying at the Estate to use the Bistro service?

It is open to anyone, regardless of whether you’re attending an event or staying with us.

What is on the menu?

The menu changes seasonally, please contact a member of the team to view the current menu.

What is the price?

Bistro lunch is two course (main & dessert) for $30 per person, with beverages available to purchase.

Bistro dinner is an a la carte menu, priced per item, with beverages available to purchase.

What if I have only limited time for lunch or dinner?

We understand the nature of your visit may be for a business meeting and therefore a limited amount of time could apply. Should you wish to pre-order, we’d be happy to accommodate this. Please contact a member of the team who will be able to forward you a menu and instructions on how to pre-order.

If you would like more information on our conference packages or would like to arrange a site inspection call us.

03 5227 3000

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Our other conference services

Spaces to let you think, discuss & learn.

We provide state-of-the-art and technology rich facilities for meetings, conferences and events.

Your own room to unwind, reflect & relax.

60 fully refurbished and equipped rooms to be your home away from home when at a conference.

Add a Wellness Package to your Corporate Retreat

At Waurn Ponds Estate we understand how looking after the wellness of your team can contribute to success of your business.
Why not add one of our Wellness Packages to your Corporate Retreat?