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Canapé Company

0278CANAPE  or  027 822 6273

Lisa Locke 027 475 3999

Clare Lowe Van Leeuwen 021 1000 332




The team at the Canape Company, a boutique Wellington caterer are passionate about creating amazing finger food that not only looks sensational, but also delivers on flavour.  With that in mind we don’t see why the growing number of people following special diets should lose out. Gone are the days of only the occasional guest presenting themse... Read more

Canape Company is committed to using sustainable ingredients that are produced in an environmentally conscious way. manner. We choose locally produced products which are in season to reduce our carbon footprint & food miles. We partner with suppliers that share the same ethos to food production. This is why we prefer free range eggs, free ra... Read more

They say the best things come in small packages therefore the ever-rising popularity of canapés and bowl food at Wellingtons private parties and corporate events is easily explained.  These exquisite little masterpieces don’t just look good and taste delicious, but, opting for finger food solves the problem of space and allows your guests to ... Read more

  At Canape Company we have noticed an increase in requests to cater more for the vegan clients, both for our office catering and private catering. Why? We asked the same thing. After doing lots of research as to why more and more people are become vegan, we realized that it was not only for animal cruelty, but it is now more about the health... Read more

A Canape twist on pancakes! Last Tuesday was Shrove Tuesday which is the day in February or March immediately preceding Ash Wednesday, which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes. Pancakes are one of the most simple and satisfying foods enjoyed by cultures all over the globe. Here in Wellington NZ at the Canape Company we have m... Read more

Catering trends in Wellington towards cocktail style events, functions and weddings. Canapé company is one of Wellington’s leading catering companies, we specialise in canape/cocktail style weddings and events which are functions with emphasis on mixing and mingling and replacing the sit down  more formal dinner. One of the greatest adva... Read more

The benefits of Charcoal in our Catering
At Canape Company we have created canapes using the charcoal powder and we hear that it works well at preventing a hangover. However, if you are taking it as a hangover remedy, make sure you drink plenty of water, I’d say between 2-3 litres. This prevents dehydration and helps your body flush out the toxins more efficiently. How often should it be... Read more

Cocktails & Canapés with basil and mint
When you are entertaining it's fun to start by serving a gorgeous cocktail.  Like everything the presentation, attention to detail and styling make such a difference. Your guests will remember the first and last things that you serve.  At Canapé Company we love everything mini and use art deco small glasses serve them on. Think about serv... Read more

Perfect Party Platters
Perfect Party Platters At canapé company we love to exceed our guests expectations and always try to surprise our clients with extra ordinary platters. The perfect platter has a great range of tastes and textures and provides something for everyone. You can have a lot of fun theming platters. We do a great mexican one with chipotle a... Read more

Canapé the word and its meaning discovered!
Canapé is a specific word that describes an item of finger food that is usually associated with cocktail style events, parties or functions. Did you know that canapé is the french word for couch! which draws on the analogy that the garnish sits atop the bread as people do a couch. The toppings are laid as a “canopy” over... Read more

Delicious Duck!
As duck shooting season closes and there is an abundance of the delicacy we would love to share our favourite catering recipe for marinating the duck and ways we like to use it on our canapés.  Whether catering a lunch, dinner or cocktail party this fabulous ingredient can always be used. In the Wellington region there is a great ... Read more

Treat Mum this Mothers day with these delicious fennel cured salmon canapés
Make these fennel and lemon cured salmon canapés for Mum to celebrate Mother's Day and served with glass of champagne. As a Wellington caterer we are often asked for recipes and this one is great it's easy recipe is very versatile. Cure the salmon and serve on mini bagels for breakfast or brunch. It would be equally successful s... Read more

Trend Alert! Cocktail desserts are being served at Wellington Parties
We are noticing a trend in Wellington as a caterer. A lot of clients are asking to serve a sweet cocktail as the dessert. Guests will always remember the first and last things at a party. A round of something sweet and delicious as dessert is always remembered and talked about the next day. As a client remarked to me, “After the round of choc... Read more

Street Art meets Royal Doulton with this fabulous range of serving plates!
Create conversation using amazing serving plates! Street art meets Royal Doulton with this fabulous new collection of limited edition plates by artists Nick Walker and Pure Evil. In contrast to the usual Royal Doulton conservative look these images are of graffiti and graphic stencil spraying. There is an appeal in translating the art work ... Read more

Purple sage, pumpkin & walnut sourdough ciabatta made with love in the canapé company kitchen
The beast finds residence in Kelburn canapé company kitchen In the canapé kitchen we are thrilled to have a gorgeous and very talented new pastry chef Jo. She has developed her signature bread which she is making for us for our  autumn menus being a truly delicious "purple sage, pumpkin and walnut sourdough ciabatta". It ta... Read more

Creating canapés using sticks and skewers
When you are creating canapés, one of the very easiest are skewers using various seasonal produce and other products you may have on hand. At this time of year in New Zealand there is always watermelon and rock melon available. We are making mixed platters in our summer specials menu of watermelon and feta with pink peppercorn dressing an... Read more

Perfecting the Christmas Turkey
Best ever Turkey brine recipe With Christmas approaching all attention is on the food for the day. If you are a traditionalist like me turkey will feature somewhere. The trick I have found to cooking all poultry is to brine it first.  Even if you are cooking a boned bird or a breast some time in brine will add a really wonderful flavour... Read more

Whitebait, Peonies and Asparagus
Whitebait, peonies and asparagus, this is the ultimate time to host a party. In my first blog I was excited about the first meal of the day, breakfast so now I am thinking about the last meal of the day, supper. When you are entertaining and I always share this with my clients, you always remember the first and last things that are served or hap... Read more

Welcome to canape blog
Hi, a big warm welcome to our first Canapé Company blog. This is an opportunity to share my passion for canapés, entertaining creatively with style and a great sense of fun. I would also like to give you up to the minute ideas for entertaining around Wellington and using our beautiful local seasonal produce; so yes also recipes. And ... Read more