When I set up Fitzers Catering in the late 1980s, house parties and catering for gatherings of families and friends were our bread and butter, up until we entered the film catering business in 1993. Being the second youngest sibling in a family of nine, my catering expertise was often called into favour to cater for our own family get-togethers.
Many of my nieces and nephews were born in the early 1990s, and I quickly found myself regularly catering for baptisms, first holy communions, birthday parties and confirmations. My late father was a greengrocer and all my brothers and sisters work in the food business and I quickly found out what dishes were all-time favourites and what meals did not do it for them or did not quite hit the mark.
Every year we have a big Kris Kindle celebration for all the family, in-laws and the grandchildren and despite the large number of people present, the serving of the food always runs seamlessly with no stress.
The recipes we have included are incredibly tasty and they cater to the fussiest of eaters. To this day a honey-glazed ham, a tray of gratin potatoes, a pot of beef stroganoff, a green salad, a basket of fresh bread, and a gorgeous pavlova bejeweled with fresh fruit are mainstays of any Fitzpatrick family gathering.
Fitzers Family Gathering
Honey-baked ham Beef stroganoff with rice
Poached salmon in baby gem cup with fresh salsa verde
Caprese salad with pesto
Green salad with avocado and toasted pinenuts
Baked potato salad
Crowd pleaser cheeseboard