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How to work Greenery into your event

With Pantone announcing its 2017 colour of the year as Greenery, many of you must be wondering how you can incorporate this in a stylish way for your events. Find out our Top 5 ways to use Greenery this year.Read more

Honeymoon Guide to Berlin

If you’re a bit of a culture vulture and want a honeymoon destination that satisfies your love of street art, museums, music and nightlife then the quirky capital of Germany could be the ideal getaway for you. Read more

Honeymoon Guide to Belize

Once upon a time, Belize was the haven for pirates. A hidden paradise in Central America where the tropical jungle meets white sandy beaches of the Caribbean coastline, Belize is a beautiful, romantic, exotic, with an authentic and untouched feeling.Read more

HostCo finalists in Restaurant & Catering Awards

Restaurant & Catering Australia’s Awards for Excellence provides deserved recognition to restaurants and caterers that excel in their field. Read more

"Something Blue" Ideas For Your Wedding

The old saying, “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” brings a little bit of tradition to the modern era of weddings. Adding a subtle hint of blue can sometimes be a little tricky to tie into your wedding theme so here are seven ideas we’ve put together for you.Read more

Polka Dot Bride Photo Shoot

Recently Polka Dot Bride used our grand Refectory for a photo shoot. Take a look....Read more

Korean-Inspired Lunch Menu

At HostCo we love to try new things and pride ourselves on being flexible in order to meet the needs, expectations and requests of all our event organisers and guests. Recently we catered for a Korean Lunch with lots of delicious dishes. Check them out!Read more

Winter Nourishment

Now that the cooler weather has started to settle in, it’s important to consider your guests’ appetites and what type of catering you choose for your event. Read more

Cocktail Weddings

The last couple of years have brought out the trend for casual weddings and laid back settings for a couple’s special day. Read about cocktail weddings here.Read more

Wedding Stationery 101

When it comes to wedding stationery there are so many designs and styles to choose from, and it’s important to get it right as it’s the first impression you give your guests about what to expect at your wedding. We spoke with Pinnacle Stationery owner Fiona Pinney for some expert insights into getting your wedding stationery perfect.Read more

Real Wedding: Allison & Jorge

Earlier this month Allison & Jorge celebrated their love surrounded by 100 close family and friends in a Spanish inspired wedding held in the grand Refectory. Read more

Wearing Fresh Flowers on your Wedding Day

We’ve come across a new trend of wearable flowers for brides and there are just so many creative ways to accessorise flowers for your big day.Read more

Wedding favour inspiration

We’ve put together some Pinterest inspiration for a wedding favour your guests will love and want to take home.Read more

Balancing Old World Charm

Balancing old world charm in a wedding in 2016 can be a tricky task, but done the right way, you will create a magical setting for your special day. Here are some key element to consider for a wedding full of old world charm with a modern twist.Read more

Honeymoon Guide to Santorini

The Greek Islands are one of the most popular honeymoon destinations in the world and there are few places more romantic than Santorini. Read more

Chef's Corner - Wild Mushrooms

As the cooler days of Autumn draw in and the rains start to fall, wild mushroom season has arrived. Nature’s edible gem is not only a nutritious and versatile ingredient but very delicious! Our HostCo chefs have created the ideal dish of Potato Gnocchi with a Morel Cream Sauce recipe for you to try at home.Read more

Real Wedding: Anthony & Isabella

In January we had the privilege of hosting the wedding reception of Isabella & Anthony in our beloved Refectory. This lovely couple currently resides in the UK but came back to home soil to celebrate their love with their family and friends. The 180 guests feasted over a shared menu, were entertained by a brass band and danced the night away surrounded by the beautiful styling by Anna Wang Stylist. Read more

Planning a special event

Planning a special event is simple if you cover these five factors.Read more

Corporate Event Venue Considerations: 5 must-ask questions

Choosing the ideal venue for your next corporate event is one of the first things to check off your list and is a paramount decision. Here are some questions to consider asking your event planner when choosing a suitable venue.Read more

Honeymoon Guide to California - Part 2

Last month we dreamt of Los Angeles, and now we expand our horizons to see what else lies further north in California.Read more

Meet our Wedding Specialist Tran

Meet our Wedding Specialist Tran who loves helping clients plan the perfect event.Read more

Honeymoon Guide to California - Part 1

California may well conjure up visions of Hollywood stars and tanned surfers, dotcom millionaires and tree-hugging communities, but that’s just the surface. We’ll help you dig a little deeper to uncover the secret jewels and amazing contrasts and discover how California truly makes for a memorable and adventurous honeymoon.Read more

Autumn Bloom

Autumn is fast becoming one of the most popular seasons in which to wed or hold an event. With the gorgeous golden light that autumn brings, the warms days and cooler nights it makes for an ideal time to celebrate any occasion.Read more

Gorgeous gowns by Rosalynn Win

The HostCo team recently had the privilege of hosting a stunning photoshoot in two of our romantic venues. Award-winning Sydney bridal designer Rosalynn Win chose the Drawing and Chancellor’s Room at HostCo to unveil and photograph her latest creations, launching the Joie De Vivre Collection. The two rooms perfectly complemented Rosalyn’s label which is romance personified. Read more

A vintage high tea for the bride to be

Recently, we hosted Sammy’s Bridal Shower on the Holme Terrace on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Sammy was the lucky winner of HostCo’s giveaway at September’s One Fine Day Wedding Fair. Take a look at this wonderful occasion.Read more

5 Ways to create a memorable conference

Modernise your conference experience with these 5 great ideas to spruce up and bring your event to life.Read more

One Fine Flowers

We’d like to take a moment to thank The Flower Room for providing our beautiful floral arrangement for our One Fine Day stall last weekend. Read more

10 Wedding Trends of 2016

Your wedding planning would be well underway (or it should be) if you’re getting married in 2016. Read HostCo’s predictions for this year’s trends and get some inspiration for your upcoming nuptials.Read more

Vice-Chancellor’s Christmas Party

In December HostCo had the privilege to cater for the annual Vice Chancellor’s Christmas Party in the Quadrangle.Read more

HostCo’s 2015 Year in Review

2015 was a sensational year jam-packed with memorable, spectacular, informative, magical and entertaining events. Read more

HostCo at One Fine Day Sydney

Like cake tastings, sample sales and free champagne…each time One Fine Day is in town, brides flock for the chance to explore the nation’s biggest and best wedding fair and this year will be no exception!Read more

Spicing up the menu with Asian Fusion

We love working with you to create your dream event down to the finest details. Recently our chefs impressed us with their skills in the culinary art of Asian Fusion to create a special menu for some upcoming nuptials. The couple worked closely with our chefs to conceptualise a special menu combining Asian flavours with contemporary plating. The end result was a delicious, colourful, contemporary spectacular display of food. Read more

Choosing a Menu to Please the Masses

Special dietary requirements are prevalent in our society due to diverse religious beliefs, moral choices or allergies. Check out how you can incorporate these requirements into your menu.Read more

On the Menu: Sharing and Stations

Spice up your event by offering your guests something a little bit different that will get them talking - sharing menus and food stations.Read more

Planning the Perfect NYE Soiree

The end of the year is nearly upon us so if you’re planning to celebrate and bring in the New Year with family and friends here are some tips to make it a night they won’t forget.Read more

Breakfast Networking Event Ideas

Breakfast is taking over right now thanks to the tempting brekky images which take over Instagram each Sunday and the fact that breakfast is just so damn delicious! Read more

Real Wedding: Samantha and Stuart - A Regal 1920's affair

Early in November we played host to the gorgeous Samantha and Stuart’s wedding reception in the Refectory styled by the super talented Anna Wang. Read more about this glamourous wedding.Read more

Meet our Sous Chef Cris Artuz

This month we’re stepping into the kitchen and talking to our Sous Chef Cris. Read about his culinary history and favourite dishes.Read more

Holiday Cocktails

We’re helping you get into the festive spirit with these delightful and delicious Christmas Cocktails recipes.Read more

The Perfect Christmas Turkey

It’s all in the detail – complete your Christmas Day menu with these recipes for the perfect roast turkey. Try our pistachio stuffing, cherry baste and cherry & cranberry sauce.Read more

Honeymoon Guide to Tasmania: Hobart & Surrounds

Tasmania’s beautiful outdoors, eclectic culture, packed event calendar, and fine gourmet food makes it a chic honeymoon spot. Venture down to the south end of the Apple Isle and discover the dazzling capital, Hobart and surrounding hot spots.Read more

A spring sensation for the University of Sydney Union

A traditional event hosted each year to celebrate the accomplishments of the University of Sydney Union underwent a styling makeover this year thanks to the wonderful team from Decorative Events. The gorgeous seasonal décor delighted guests with the bright spring florals and crisp white furnishings, creating a vibrant new look in the Refectory. Read more

Honeymoon Guide to Tasmania's East Coast

Wild and dramatic landscapes, empty white beaches, heavenly food and wine – Tasmania is made for the perfect honeymoon.Read more

The Ultimate Wedding Planning Checklist

If you are recently engaged and starting to think about your big day, congratulations! Planning a wedding can be a little overwhelming at times, so we’ve put together the ultimate wedding planning checklist to help make preparing for your big day as stress-free, fun and easy as possible.Read more

Australia’s Favourite Event

This year, the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Freedom Rides commemorated this significant event in the history of Indigenous Australian civil rights. HostCo provided catering for this wonderful event. Read more

Meet Our Functions Manager Daniel

We love our talented team here at HostCo. Meet our Functions Manager, Daniel. Read more

Chef's Corner - Turkish Stuffed Eggplants

Get ready to travel across the globe with our latest recipe for Turkish stuffed eggplants which comes all the way from Turkey courtesy of our Sous Chef, Shaun’s wife. We hope you enjoy it as much we did!Read more

Honeymoon Guide to Maui. Aloha!

Looking for the perfect honeymoon spot? Look no further, we’ve found it! The locals of Hawaii say “Maui No Ka Oi” which translates to ‘Maui is the Best” and this saying is not without merit. One of the top honeymoon destinations in the world, Maui’s alluring beaches and immaculate resorts also provide an idyllic setting to escape the world and spend time with the one you love. Read more

Honeymoon Guide to Oahu. Aloha!

The beaches, the water, the Aloha Spirit... It's hard to go wrong with a honeymoon in Hawaii. Romance is everywhere you turn. A tropical oasis rich in culture is a traditional, yet still oh-so-amazing destination that we wish to explore further. Read more

Chef's Corner - Filipino Flavours

Our chefs have reached into their heritage and family cookbooks again with their latest recipe for Filipino Chicken Adobo. This is an authentic dish from the heart of the Philippines courtesy of our Sous Chef, Chris’s mother. We hope you enjoy it as much we did!Read more

10 Ideas for the Ultimate Buck's Weekend

Guys, here are ten ideas to help kick-start the planning of your ultimate buck’s weekend with the boys. One or more of these activities is guaranteed to make for a great bucks celebration with your mates! Read more

Planning the perfect bridal shower

Yay, you’re a bridesmaid! You’ve been picked to help support your friend for the most important day of her life and it also means you’ve been given the task to throw the best bridal shower ever! So we have put together some tips for you to create a fun-filled memorable event for any bride-to-be.Read more

5 Reasons to Get Married in Sydney

Did you know an estimated 116,000 weddings take place in Sydney each year? Do you want to know why?Read more

Chef's Corner - Grandma's Chocolate Cake

Here’s a very special recipe from our Executive Chef, Dom’s grandmother, all the way from a quaint little town in France. This is the chocolate cake she served to a young Dom as an after school treat (spoilt!). The best bit – you can try it at home. It’s delicious, trust us!Read more

Honeymoon Guide to Mallorca: A Mediterranean Paradise

Over the years Mallorca has taken on a glamourous style – five star hotels have replaced budget accommodation and the beautiful island of white sandy beaches and soaring mountains is becoming one of the Mediterranean’s chicest holiday destinations. Lying amongst the Balearic Islands of Spain, Mallorca is blessed with stunning natural beauty and glorious weather year-round. Full of history and secluded beaches and coves, turquoise seas and an inland of almond trees this island is an idyllic setting for your honeymoon.Read more

Honeymoon Guide to Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast, a collection of small picturesque towns with sensational views overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, secret beaches and shady groves, is a must on any European holiday and here is an insight into which towns to visit on your honeymoon.Read more

Honeymoon Guide to New Zealand, where romance is never far away

Honeymoon destinations need not be on the other side of the world. Just a hop, skip and jump across the Tasman you’ll find a haven of romance, nature, adventure and relaxation. New Zealand offers a huge range of perfect, once-in-a-lifetime experiences set in some of the world’s most stunning landscapes and an ideal getaway for a secluded and romantic honeymoon.Read more

Honeymoon Guide to Marrakech, Morocco

Morocco, a land of colour, contrasts and mystery. Who doesn’t want a piece of this rich and exotic culture? A honeymoon in Morocco offers a piece of African culture combined with Spanish, Portuguese and French influences, a truly eclectic mix. Read more

Chef's Corner - Red Thai Curry Pumpkin Soup

Warm up this winter with our Red Thai Curry Pumpkin soup. Our Sous Chef, Shaun, has taken a spin on a traditional recipe and created a spicy pumpkin soup to heat things up. The best thing – it is super easy so anyone can try it!Read more

Winter floral inspiration with The Flower Room

We sat down with The Flower Room owner, Wayne, to talk all things winter in floristry. Here are his top tips, ideas and inspiration for your next winter event, wedding or simply for flowers in your home. Read more

Chef's Corner - Delicious & Simple Sides

Impress guests at your next dinner party with some easy delicious side dishes. We have you covered with three simple recipes for the perfect accompaniments - potatoes, broccoli and carrots. These recipes are guaranteed to add some excitement to your next meal.Read more

Honeymoon Guide to Dominican Republic

If a grand, tropical honeymoon is your dream, set your sights on the beautiful Dominican Republic. One of the largest islands in the Caribbean, it is full of rich culture, intriguing history, astounding nature and an abundance of beaches. The Dominican Republic is a truly unique destination for you to explore.Read more

Honeymoon Guide to Iceland

Providing breathtaking natural backdrops for your romantic getaway with plenty of sensational activities and spectacular sights, Iceland is the perfect honeymoon destination for those looking for an alternative to the conventional destinations.Read more

Meet our new Executive Chef

We are delighted to welcome HostCo’s new Executive Chef, Dominique Heitz, to our team. Dominique has mastered modern European cuisine, and acquired internationally renowned skills and techniques that have taken him on a worldwide culinary adventure.Read more

Chef's Corner - Roasted Glazed Pork Belly

Winter is the perfect opportunity to spend quality time with your friends and family as you enjoy a delicious home cooked meal and a few beverages, should you please. The traditional Sunday roast is a favourite for many. We have put together a Roasted glazed pork belly recipe for you to try at your next get together. Read more

Wedding Inspiration: Gold Accents

Create an elegant and gorgeous colour palette for your wedding by incorporating hints of gold to your special day. Read more

Chef's Corner - Rhubarb

We just love the colour of rhubarb, and the flavour from this tangy, tart vegetable delights our tastebuds. Nutritionally abundant, rhubarb can be used in countless recipes, both sweet and savoury. Read more

Wedding Inspiration: Winter Weddings

Celebrating your special day in winter is a wonderful excuse to have a black tie dress code. See your guests arrive in their very best threads; flowing ball gowns, fur capes, tuxedos and bow ties. Combine this with the University of Sydney’s sandstone architecture and landscaped grounds and you have the perfect backdrop for the most romantic and culturally rich wedding experience. Read more

Honeymoon Guide to Cook Islands

It is said that “a lifetime of happiness begins here” and it’s not hard to see why. With 15 islands situated halfway between Hawaii and New Zealand, the Cook Islands boast an idyllic climate and a special kind of paradise ideal for your honeymoon.Read more

Wedding Inspiration: An Autumn Affair

Autumn is a beautiful season with a stunning palette of colours to play with. Think shades of red, orange, yellow, purple, magenta, blue and brown – endless opportunities to create chic character for your guests to relish. Read more

Chef's Corner - Brussel Sprouts

Brussel sprouts – extremely good for us yet hated by many. Here is one recipe that will change anyone’s perception - roasted brussel sprouts with pomegranate molasses. Brussel sprouts really can be delicious!Read more

Honeymoon Guide to Tanzania: An African Adventure

Offering the perfect balance between exhilaration and relaxation, Tanzania could be the ultimate honeymoon destination. Imagine a spectacular African Safari searching for the elusive big five (the lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino) contrasted the following day by beautiful white sandy beaches and crystal blue waters to help you unwind from your wedding celebrations. Read more

Tip of the month – Managing RSVPs

Our time spent in the events industry has enlightened us to the difficulties experienced in collecting RSVPs in an appropriate timeframe. We have put together some tips to master this process for all your future events.Read more

Chef's Corner - Chocolate Mousse Spiced Cherries and Anzac Biscuits

With Easter coming up, chocolate is on our minds and we have created an Australian inspired dessert to share with you and satisfy your sweet tooth. Fittingly named “Cherry Ripe” in favour of its Australian influence, this dessert is a dark chocolate mousse with Anzac biscuit crumbs and spiced cherries.Read more

Honeymoon Guide to Yucatan Peninsula, where paradise meets history

Say hola to paradise and visit the Yucatán Peninsula in Mexico; a picturesque honeymoon location with never-ending sunshine, secret beaches and Mayan ruins full of history.Read more

Honeymoon Guide to Paris, the city of love

Could you possibly find a more romantic city to spend your honeymoon in? Paris gifts its guests with beautiful buildings, fine dining, rich culture and endless romance. Everywhere you look, couples are in love. Dining over a delicious meal, holding hands, laughing, kissing, or simply enjoying each other’s company. The passion of the French, in everything they do, is contagious.Read more

A day at Sydney’s One Fine Day Wedding Fair

Recently the HostCo team – Anita, Tran, Louisa and Kirsten, visited the One Fine Day wedding fair in Sydney. We, of course, were excited and ready to absorb all the creative wedding inspiration we possibly could and bring it back to our stunning, heritage venues based at the University of Sydney.Read more

Caramelised figs, orange & feta salad

February offers many in-season delectable delights, including figs, presenting the opportunity to create some wonderfully delicious recipes with these juicy, sweet and fragrant fruits of late summer. Focusing on February’s offerings, we have created a fresh, mouth-watering caramelised fig, orange and feta salad.Read more

All Dietary Requirements

When planning an event, food selection is an important detail to consider as you are catering for a number of varying palates. The most common dietary requirements are gluten free, vegetarian, vegan, lactose intolerant and allergies.Read more

Chef’s Corner - Cucumber and Mint Gazpacho

With the summer being sweltering hot right now, a refreshingly cool dinner is desirable and what could be more perfect than a gazpacho - a soup originating from Spain made from raw vegetables and served cold.Read more

Wedding Planning Made Easy

Wedding planning is often associated with high stress levels and sleepless nights for many brides and grooms. But planning your wedding should be one of the most exciting and memorable experiences of your life. Read more

Chef's Corner - Christmas Pudding

We are huge cherry lovers in the HostCo office which makes us happy that they are finally back in season. Not just a sweet delight, cherries are also low in calories, and a rich source of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Thanks to an old Scottish pastry chef, follow this recipe to make a delicious cherry Christmas pudding and get into the Christmas spirit this festive season.Read more

Meet our chefs

Our wonderful team at HostCo is here to help you create a remarkable event. Our connoisseurs in the kitchen are Executive Chef Gordon Brown and Sous Chef Shaun Johnston. Both chefs share a passion for food and flavours that is beyond words.Read more

Top Tip – Sustainable Event Management

When hosting your event we pride ourselves on meeting the social and environmental responsibilities involved in the management of your event and its impact on the environment.Read more

Welcome to HostCo

We are thrilled to announce our transition into HostCo from The Venue Collection. Watch our teaser video and Read more