Celebration Winter Foods from the Hearth

The idea of a winter wedding in the Yarra Valley ignites my imagination, for the earthy types it’s a welcome change that the season brings. The landscape transforms with pale greys on the surrounding hills and yellows as the last of the autumn leaves settle. Long shadows are cast as the sun sits low in the sky, tranquil light for an afternoon ceremony. An open fire crackles and glows with a warmth that that fills our souls. The celebrations begin, as you enjoy your local choice of stunning wines or sip on a single malt whiskey from Bakery Hill. This is what a Yarra Valley wedding is all about. 

The food opportunities during the cooler season are endless, from earthy root vegetable soups, to slow cooked hearty braises and warm local pear desserts. 


One of my favourite soups is a roasted Jerusalem artichoke served with sour dough. The season is ideal for slow cooked tender warming comfort food and this style of food lends itself to sharing platters, ideal for weddings due to its communal nature. One of my favourites is slow braised Yering lamb shoulder, Basque peppers & paprika jus.

Sean, the Essential Caterer

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