Step 1: Pick a theme
The important part about a degustation is choosing a consistent theme. Whether you want a Moroccan-inspired evening, or keen for every meal to include a cheese element, one theme is the key to success. Choose a theme based on your culinary skills and go from there!
Step 2: Start with the mains
While each meal will only be bite-sized, pick your breadwinner first. By choosing the most impressive meal of the night to begin with, you can hand select other dishes to tie in perfectly with the flavours of your main dish.
Step 3: Choose your drinks
Once you’ve decided on your dishes, it’s time to pick the perfect drinks to accompany them. Choosing great wines, beers or spirits to match isn’t as hard as you would think. Some great pairings are:
– White meat & white wine
– Red meat & red wine
– Spicy curries & India Pale Ales
– BBQ food & stouts
– Use meal ingredients in cocktails for a perfect pair!
Step 4: Decorate
A degustation is all about creating a sensory experience, so make sure to decorate your dining area to match the food and drinks. For example, if your dishes are mostly light and fresh, then opt for some ambient lighting and put fresh flowers on the table to make the area feel airy and open. If you’ve picked a theme such as tropical food, decorating is pretty easy—bring some palm leaves inside, whip out those coloured fairy lights and give everyone leis!

Still struggling? If the thought of hosting and cooking your very own degustation is a little overwhelming, why not opt to hire out a restaurant or some caterers to assist you? We’ve found some great Fraser Coast restaurants and caterers to help you out!
Gatakers Landing Restaurant
Dinner and a view, Gartakers Landing Restaurant - Point Vernon
Dinner and a view, Gartakers Landing Restaurant – Point Vernon

Offering fantastic dining options year-round, the team at Gatakers Landing Restaurant can help you impress your guests with their function area. Situated overlooking the water in Hervey Bay, the team can help you plan the perfect sit-down dinner, from entrees and mains through to desserts and even drinks. They have a huge range of fresh seafood dishes on their menu, including fresh oysters to start and pan-seared barramundi for mains. Call the team to start planning your function today!
Address: Gatakers Lane, Point Vernon QLD 4655
Fraser Coast Catering
Trust the professionals with your food,
Trust the professionals with your food, Fraser Coast Catering – Fraser Coast

If you still want to host dinner at home, but need to leave the stress of cooking up to someone else, call in the professionals at Fraser Coast Catering. Whether it’s an intimate table of 100, or a party of one hundred that you’re hosting, this team can provide top-quality food! You can choose just to order finger food and small dishes, or splash out with full meals and even hire them to serve the alcohol at your main event! Speak to Fraser Coast Catering to start building your menu and planning your degustation today!
Servicing: Maryborough & Hervey Bay
Have you planned a degustation before? Let us know your tips and tricks in the comments below!