For the love of…
Chats with Firecracker Events
We bloody LOVE food and design and events so discovering the Firecracker was a bit of dream because this dream team do all three. The team will take the stress out of organising any gathering – BIG or small and will make your special occasion one that people will remember.
With a commitment to sustainability and a passion for feeding people the best local, fresh produce – Cassie created Firecracker events. Representing a rustic, palatable and sophisticated style – Think bountiful grazing boards and snazzy donut walls – firecracker seems to just have it all. Did we mention the firecracker logo is P!NK? Yep – we are in heaven too.
Enjoy reading our chat with the talented, Cassie..
Behind the Firecracker brand – who do we see?
My name is Cassie and I am a feeder, organiser, designer and maker at Firecracker. I am 31, 5 foot 2 and can work in high heels!
I trained as a landscape architect at RMIT and worked in Amsterdam and Tokyo before starting Firecracker in 2012. I love the dynamic nature of landscape and how it constantly changes which is why I love events! I was finding it hard sitting at a desk all day and missed the connection / interactions with people. I was teaching at RMIT in 2011 and they asked me to organise a party for the State of Design Festival, I really loved it and thought that this was something I could do. It took some time before I was comfortable and ready to start Firecracker part time. I took the leap and went full time in September 2013 and can’t imagine doing anything else!
Now to learn about your delicious business, Firecracker?
Firecracker is an opportunity to assemble produce, props and people for your special event.
I much prefer to refer to myself as feeding, designing, making and organising rather than catering and event management. I really dislike the word catering – and feel that it implies food that is rolled out in the masses. My style is much more custom, home style and is always made with love. Since going full time in late 2013, I’ve had amazing opportunities to work with some terrific people such as The Design Files, Dumbo Feather, Megan Morton and The School, Frankie Magazine, Kinfolk and Commonwealth Bank Women in Focus. I love connecting with like minded people and find this the most fulfilling part of my work.
How would you describe your menu?
My food is so very simple and I love showcasing good, local produce. My style is very home made, plentiful and abundant. I would say that my favourite thing to assemble is a grazing table. We make them insitu (on site) so it means that each one is different. Other than that, you can’t go past some slow cooked meat with big hearty salads, whether it is served in a picnic pack or on the table – shared as a family.
Where are you based and how do people contact Fire Cracker for an event?
We are in the process of setting up our new HQ in Thornbury and can’t wait to have a little hub where people can come for meetings, tastings, pick up take home dinners and get the full firecracker experience! We are aiming to be set up by the end of April.
I find that most people find me through word of mouth – so that’s the best kind of advertising and endorsement you can have! Generally people get in touch via email and we can go about discussing menu ideas and how we can help you. I love to chat with people or meet up for a coffee to find out how we can help best because sometimes people might want some picnic packs, and then others would like the full package that is feeding, styling, staffing and stationary. We offer a whole range of services which can be really helpful, depending on the scale and scope of your project.
What kind of events do you cater for?
We do all sorts and that’s what I love about it! Launches and lunches, parties and picnics, workshops, weddings – we are really open – and love a challenging brief!
What have been some of the stand outs for you since the fruition of Firecracker?
I have met some amazing people and worked on incredible projects. I love any opportunity to work at the Whitehouse in St Kilda with Tom Organic, Small Giants and Dumbo Feather and they have all been incredibly supportive of me. I loved organising the Frankie Magazine 10 year anniversary party and being a part of the design Files Tasty Tuesday was a real high. I love weddings because each one is so different, you see a space completely transformed, people enjoying it and then it all disappearing again.
Can you tell us something fun about yourself or Firecracker?
I can’t poach an egg. I always get poached eggs if I go out for breakie!
I read my star signs every day!
We love food! Can you share your three favourite eateries wiht us?
I love Small Victories, I have a great routine on a Monday where I treat myself, have breakie and catch up on emails from the weekend!
I’m not sure if it’s considered an eatery but my happy place is at Tamsins Table in Gippsland where she grows everything on site and makes the most incredible shared lunches at her dining table. You sit at the table with strangers and eat the most delicious food and have amazing conversations with people that you might not generally meet.
I love smith st Alimentari for their hearty salads and I love Pho Hung in Preston. We live in Melbourne, I could keep on listing things for days!!
We love colour as much as food – What is your favourite colour and why?
My favourite color would be pink! When I was little, my gran used to say that it suited me. I fought it for so long but for Firecracker – it just seems to work!
I also love a pale peach and navy or deep blue.
Thanks so much for sharing with us Cassie – wouldn’t you agree she’s one clever cook! Can’t wait to watch your business grow – All the best with opening the doors at HQ.. x
Where to find Firecracker…
Instagram – @firecrackerevent
Facebook – Firecracker
Web – firecrackerevent.com