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There’s something about the fun of a barbeque that lets everyone relax and have a good time. Hernan of Senor BBQ brings to the humble barbeque an extra spark of fun with his Argentinian background of charcoal grilling whole lambs, chorizo, ribs, chicken – even vegetables. There’s nothing like that smokey flavour of food cooked over an open fire by a master of the open flame, coaxing meat to the perfect degree of melt in the mouth ‘done-ness’, topped off with his famous chimichurri sauce all served with a generous dollop of Latin American inspiration and music. Hernan’s motto is “Discover your inner Latino”, so fill up with that Argentinian vibe – your guests will have a great time! Here is Senor BBQ’s story.

What is your background – and did you grow up in a ‘foodie family’?

I’m born in Argentina, where the “Parrilla” (charcoal grill) is a ritual!

How long have you been in this business?

Our humble beginning in Melbourne was in 2006, but I remember serving my first chorizo sandwich at 14 years old at the Buenos Aires carnival celebrations!

Image by David Hannah Photography

What made you decide to set up a food truck specializing in charcoal grilling?

At the moment, I had worked in various restaurants while pursuing an artistic career. Food is a great medium to connect people and I noticed that there was a niche to offer a Fiesta with music, dance and of course the grill.

What is it about food cooked over coals that everyone seems to love?

I think that it connects with something very primal. I believe that humans have a deep memory of our evolution and things like the smell of sizzling meats of a real fire activate that part of the subconscious.

How have you bought your Argentinian heritage to your cooking style?

We cook traditionally, Argentinean way. The secret ingredient is patience!

What is your specialty – what food are you famous for?

Over the last 20 years we I have perfected our famous Chimichurri. Hand Crafted By Senor BBQ, this is a traditional Argentinean sauce that we add to the meats after is grilled. Based on parsley, garlic, oregano, olive oil, vinegar and Italian spices, is the perfect match for those sizzling chorizos!

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Are bridal couples able to request specific meats for you to grill?

We can grill any animal or vegetable! We use a few different methods depending on size and cut: slow charcoal grill, “A la Cruz” (on a cross over logs for 5 hours), Kenka (Chilenian spit roast), etc.

What do you provide as accompaniments to the meat?

We provide a Latin American inspired menu: empanadas, salads, ceviche, paella, offal, sauces, etc.

Do you make things like the chorizo yourself – to make sure that they have that special Argentinian flavor – or do you have suppliers who know how to make them?

After an intensive research, ten years ago found North Carlton Quality Meats and they manufacture an amazing chorizo exclusively for Senor BBQ. Since then we have cooked thousands of them.

Choripan Image by David Hannah Photography

What is a choripan?

When we talk about Argentinean street food, we are talking about Choripan! It consists of a chorizo in a roll, with chimichurri sauce to add.

When in Buenos Aires, go for a walk, follow the scent and you will find a smoky stall offering this popular dish.

How many people are you able to cater for at a time?

We can serve up to 500 guests at the time. We bring grills on trailers and our complete set up to cook from.

Image by David Hannah Photography

What services are you able to offer for a wedding?

We bring a Fiesta! Our cooking is very theatrical, we play with fire on gargantuan grills. While we cook, our crew groove to Alter Latino music.

We offer catering and entertainment with a Latin flavour. Our motto: “Discover Your Inner Latino!”

Please suggest a menu for a wedding feast?

Our most popular wedding menu:

On the grill: Beef ribs, chicken wings, chorizos, pork neck, vegies. We can do also “Achuras”: molleja (beef sweet bread), morcilla (black pudding), chinchulines (chitterlings), etc.

“A la Cruz” (on a cross over logs for 5 hours): Lamb and Piglet. Entrees: empanadas, paella, ceviche, sliders with achuras.

Dessert: Alfajores and cake

Do you travel with your truck and how far from Melbourne do you venture for a wedding or event?

We offer our services in Victoria and have done events in Adelaide and NSW. Even I had fly to Noosa to cook a few animals for a wedding.

Image by Sarah Wood Photography

Do we need a lot of space (such as on a farm) to book your services for a wedding (or are you able to cater a wedding in a backyard in the city for example?

We can cook anywhere outdoors: backyards, carpark, terraces, balconies, etc.

What do you enjoy about running your food truck business?

The variety of people that one comes across, everyday is a new adventure!

Where can we find you most weekends?

Most probably cooking at some market or festival, check on our website for upcoming events.

How do we find you?

I recommend to book as early as possible to secure the date required. We manage our bookings through http://senorbbq.com/, filling the enquiry form which we answer same day.

​​​​We are also famous for our ability to provide catering solutions at short notice.

Image by David Hannah Photography

What do you enjoy about living in Australia?

I love to experiment with cooking and Australia is the ingredients paradise! Cooking dinner with friends and learn from other cultures and then play some fusion, mixing concepts and flavours.​​​​

Thank you Hernan for sharing your story. Succulent food with a dash of Argentinian pizazz and style – yum! To find out more about Senor BBQ visit the website.

Headshot courtesy of Senor BBQ.

We sat down with Karinda Mathison, a superstar wedding coordinator, at Showtime Events to find out what inspires her creatively. Here’s what she had to say… 

How do you express your creative style in your work?
Working for two “blank canvas” venues really give you the freedom to continuously reinvent the feel and look of each individual event. Every couple has a unique stamp to place on the space and make it their own, so its exciting to be able to guide and mould their vision and help bring it all to life.

 

How does your creative flair set you apart?
I think is about balancing your “give and take approach” listening carefully to your clients ideas and suggestions, and translating that to create their vibe in a fresh new approach.

What is it about being creative that is fulfilling for you?
What a boring old world we would live in without the excitement of new ideas! It’s all about the process from an idea, to the growth and development, and usually the execution is far better than you envisioned.

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Where will your creative talents lead you next?
Who knows! Isn’t the beauty of creativity that you never know where it will take you…

Ms Zigzag says: I love that the Showtime Events spaces are styled and customised to match each couple’s vision and personal taste – and it keeps the team at Showtime Events on their creative toes.

About Showtime Events: Located on the iconic Yarra River in the heart of South Wharf, is 2017’s BEST RECEPTION VENUE IN VICTORIA’, Showtime Events Centre. This restored warehouse offers the ultimate bank canvas for any urban-chic wedding! With a perfect balance of  in-built charm; the show-stopper chandelier bar and versatile laser cut LED wall panels, contrasted with original timber floor boards, exposed beams and raw industrial vibe, Showtime is the ideal setting for any style wedding.

Image by Sophie Baker via Kelsie & Ryan’s Simply Sweet Elopement

With the festive season fast approaching, Christmas time is one of the most happy, festive and romantic times of the year. Whether you’re getting warm and cosy by the fire with your loved ones or splashing around the pool on those warm and balmy nights, December is the time of year that brings a smile and joy to everyone.

Image by Kylie Knight via Deb and Tim’s Elegant Autumnal Wedding

While Christmas time is the season to be jolly it’s also the most popular season to propose. With Christmas being such a romantic and perfect time of year, there are a couple of rules the guys need to know before getting down on one knee. Tania Alaee and Gloria Gammo from my proposal co. Sydney’s leading proposal planners have got the men covered this Christmas with their tips on the do’s and don’ts of the holiday proposal season.

DO: Remember if you want to propose during the holiday season it’s important to remember that this time of year is all about family and spending time with your other loved ones too. Find a way that either incorporates them into the proposal or be sure to plan a great way on how you can share the news and celebrate with them.

Image by Van Middleton Photography via Jessica & Josua’s Relaxed Watego’s Beachside Wedding

DON’T: Think that just because she’s getting a ring at Christmas means that you get out of buying her a gift. Treat Christmas the same as any other year, especially if you do plan on proposing after Christmas you don’t want to make her think something is up. Whether you were proposing or not you would still be giving her a present, so plan and budget for both occasions and keep them separate.

DO: Work out what she likes. While it may seem like a fun idea to propose in front of the whole family on Christmas morning it may be completely mortifying for her. Plan your proposal well, think about what she likes whether it should be intimate or not. Is New Years Eve a better night or Christmas Eve?. Incorporate her favourite things like her favorite drink whether it be wine or champagne, favourite foods, even take her to her favourite place or incorporate a special location that is sentimental to your relationship.

Image by Bohemian Prints via Simple Beach Wedding Ideas

DON’T: Put the ring under the tree. This will be a sure give away to ruining your great surprise, it is very important to keep it hidden- we all know what an engagement ring box looks like, especially the ladies. If you do plan on keeping it under the tree try using a decoy box or putting the box under the tree the night before and make sure you hide it well under everything else.

DO: Take advantage of all the beautiful decorations around town and even incorporate them into your proposal. This time of year everywhere is lit up, festive, bright and beautiful. Why not all the beautiful scenery for your proposal utilise too, you’ll be sure to save a few pennies on decoration.

Image by Ben White via Unsplash

DON’T: Panic. This can be a big moment for everyone involved especially the one proposing. However don’t stress this is one very special moment and a moment most men look forward to their whole lives. Don’t forget to enjoy the moment and remember this proposal is all about you as well.

DO: Hire a proposal specialist if you are stuck for ideas and how to execute the big proposal.  The best thing about a proposal specialist especially is at Christmas is that they do all the work for you from beginning to end or even as simple as just organising the ring for you. It makes the while process very smooth and easy going.

Image by Etta Photography via The Surprise Proposal of Bekk & Josh

DON’T: Make it too cheesy. Be romantic but not cheesy, there is nothing cute or romantic about Santa getting down on one knee. Incorporate the fun elements of Christmas such as sweet treats, a horse and carriage a romantic picnic. Do not wrap yourself in tinsel and get down on one knee, though that could be quiet comical you still want to keep this romantic.

Ms Zigzag says: This post brings back so many happy memories for me, as my husband proposed to me on Christmas morning. For anyone proposing on Christmas this year, enjoy every moment and brush up on these tips before you drop the knee! 

About My Proposal Co: We believe that your proposal is unique and special, your partner doesn’t want to see the same proposal re-created. We customise every detail of your event from beginning to end.