MCEC launches 2019 menus alongside custom food stations

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has unveiled its new custom food stations, which are ready to showcase its award-winning cuisine in even more creative ways.

The new EAT Stations are custom made with cocktail and conference menus to choose from including an Asian hawker dumpling bar, bloody mary hanging garden and raining charcuterie that literally falls on your plate.

MCEC executive chef Peter Haycroft said the food stations provide a unique alternative to event catering.

“Our new EAT Stations give event attendees a sensory experience,” he said. “It’s elevating food on platters to visually striking stands that people can interact with.

“Our EAT Stations are our way of bringing the outside in. When you visit the stations, suddenly you’re not in a convention centre, you’re transported to Chinatown or exploring the hidden gems of Melbourne’s laneways.

“Whether you’re hosting a small gathering or conference for thousands, we can work with you to shape food experiences that are impactful and memorable.”

The new food stations were launched alongside MCEC’s new 2019 menu planning guides, which focus on bold and exotic flavours, Australian native ingredients and luxe presentation.

“We have added additional options across all menus, with an increased focus on flavoursome food that can be comfortably eaten while networking such as charcoal rolls filled with egg, bacon, kimchi and smashed avo or a lamington tart with raspberry jam, coconut and chocolate ganache,” said Haycroft.

“Our 100 mile lunch menu is inspired by Melbourne. We source all major ingredients from local farms and markets within a 100 mile radius of MCEC.

“By supporting local food producers we aim to reduce our environmental impact by leaving a lighter carbon footprint, as well as championing the incredible produce we have right here in Melbourne.”