“You catered for our wedding, it was amazing. Everyone loved the food! Such a novel idea and it will leave a lasting impression on our families. The food was perfectly cooked.” Chantelle Hernandez-Butterworth


El Chivi offers a unique and gourmet experience for your party or event adding that special touch to spoil your guests.

Our friendly and professional staff provide 3 hours of service ensuring your bellies will be full and satisfied, everything is cooked fresh to order from our rustic food van inspired by the houses of Colonia, Uruguay to add that extra touch to your event.

Our steak is sourced from Central Victoria & Gippsland, bread is delivered fresh each day and we source our vege from local fruit and vege markets.

We have the ability to cook and serve up to 100 Chivitos an hour. Our staff are extremely good at what they do and large crowds is where we thrive the best.

El Chivi is available to hire for large scale events or smaller intimate functions. We offer catering for many other occasions including birthdays, weddings, engagements, markets, festivals, food truck events, private events, corporate events, family fun days, sporting events, expos, car shows, charity fundraisers, school fetes and cultural events..

How would you like to serve your guests? what style of dining would you prefer?

Traditional food truck window service  –  Guests order at the window and wait for their names to be called, a unique experience and something that is becoming quite popular at weddings as the Melbourne food truck scene grows.
Prices are charged at menu price (Please see “Our Menu”) Starting at $13.50 per person
This gives your guest a traditional size Uruguayan steak sandwich otherwise known as a chivito – we have 4 steak options or our very popular and delicious vegan with the option of french fries added to each serve for $2.50 per person. Gluten free and kids options also available.

 Sliders and service  –  One of our friendly waiters will roam your crowd offering a platter selection of your choosing of our sliders & sides menu. Adding that special touch, we take care of everything while you mingle with your guests and food comes to you, causing less disruption and allowing the party to go on without a designated meal break.
Our sliders are a smaller, party dress, one hand friendly option, although smaller than our traditional chivitos they are still a good size.
Slider selection:
El Chivi – Tenderised scotch fillet steak, mozzarella cheese, mayo, lettuce tomato, Spanish onion, El Chivi Sauce and green olives.
El Americano – Tenderised scotch fillet steak, mozzarella cheese, mayo, lettuce tomato, Spanish onion, dill pickles, El Chivi mustard sauce

El Vegan – Fried Falafel, hummus, chimmichurri, lettuce, tomato, Spanish onion, roasted capsicum, dill pickles & green olives.

Options available to suit any budget or party: 

1. x1 Slider and a small side of french fries – $15 per person

2. x2 sliders, small side of french fries and Jalapeno poppers – $25 per person

3. UNLIMITED Sliders, french fries & Jalapeno poppers –  $35 per person

  Extras to accompany: 
– Olive Bar
– Antipasto Platters
– Prosciutto & Olive platters
– Cheese & fruit platters
– Uruguayan dessert selection
* Prices available upon request at time of booking*

Add ons:

– Travel outside of Melbourne Metro*
– Additional hours of service if you would like longer than 3hrs
– Additional waiters if you would like more than 1 roaming with platters
(Please note all of our packages have a minimum spend of $1500+gst, 3hrs includes set up and pack down)


For more information on how we can cater for you and tailor our packages to suit your event, please contact us to check availability and discuss options further 




What we need…  Access to mains power x2 15Amp outlets, a large open area as our van is 2.4m deep x 5.4m length x 3.3m height so we will need clear access to your space with no overhanging cables, branches or trees – please ensure your space is big enough as parking on the street is not allowed under council regulations. We can park on all private property – driveways, front yards, carparks, loading docks.


“You MUST hire El Chivi to cater your next function.
The staff are friendly beyond words, efficient and and an absolute pleasure to deal with but most importantly (sorry guys!) the food is AMAZING!  We are a family of food lovers and I have never eaten anything so delicious in my life. These guys know what they are doing and they’re passion for their trade is evident in every darn bite.
I will be booking El Chivi for every function we host from now on because I honestly don’t believe that it gets better than this. You’re stuck with us I’m afraid!!  Thank you for making yesterday stress free and so very enjoyable. Xx” Rae Willingham 

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