How far in advance should I book?
Much like a restaurant, our availability depends on our demand. If you have a particular date in mind, such as an anniversary or birthday, we recommend you book as far in advance as possible as we only take a limited number of bookings each night. We’re happy to take last minute bookings so it’s always worth asking as we may just have some last minute availability.
Do you have gift vouchers?
Yes, you can purchase a Home Plate gift certificate for any amount. We also have corporate rates for bulk purchases. Contact us to find out more.
How far will you travel?
We service all areas of Canberra and surrounds, including Goulburn, Queanbeyan, Jerrabomberra and Googong. If you’re not sure whether we service your area, just let us know your location when you enquire and we’ll let you know if we can travel to you.
What equipment will I need to provide?
Your chef will bring his own cookware and utensils, and all the crockery, cutlery and serviettes required for your meal. You will need to provide a clean and useable kitchen, including a working oven and stove, and a small amount of fridge space (larger bookings will need more fridge space). You will also need to provide all other table settings you would like, including glassware, and drinks for your guests.
Will I need to wash up after the dinner party?
We will wash all the crockery, cutlery and cookware used, and will clean your kitchen to the standard we find it in, leaving you to simply take care of the glassware and any other items you choose to use.
How much time should I allow for the meal?
On average, a three course meal will take approximately two hours from start to finish, and the degustation will take approximately three hours.
How much time do you need to prepare before the first course is served?
This will vary depending on the size of your dinner party, although on average, your chef will arrive two to three hours before you’d like the first course served and will leave approximately one hour after the last course is served.
Do you supply drinks?
No, we do not supply drinks. Most restaurants charge a huge mark up on alcohol, so organising your own gives you the freedom to choose the drinks you’d like, at a reasonable price.
Do you cater for people with dietary requirements?
Yes, we can cater for any dietary requirements including gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian, paleo and more. We know it’s hard to find a menu, let alone a degustation menu, that suits individual dietary requirements, but with Home Plate, your personal chef will tailor the menu to suit you.
How much does it cost?
The cost will vary depending on the number of guests and the style of dinner you choose. Costs are available on the dining services page.
How do I pay for a Home Plate dining experience or gift certificate?
Payments can be made by direct deposit. For dinner parties and personal chef services, a 50 per cent deposit is required at the time of booking and the remaining amount must be paid a week prior to your dinner party. For gift certificates, full payment is required before the gift certificate is mailed to you.
What happens if I need to cancel my booking?
If you let us know more than seven days in advance, we will refund your deposit minus a $50 cancellation fee. If you let us know less than seven days in advance, we are unable to refund your deposit as we may have already purchased the ingredients for your meal and may have turned down other bookings in favour of your dinner party.
Please contact us as early as possible if you need to cancel or reschedule your booking.