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Sample #Barbecue menus for summer 2014

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Reception drinks to serve with your canapes…..

Wedding reception drinks served with your canapés, subject to the time of year think about what drinks to serve to your guests on their arrival. Summer fruit pimms is very popular made with fresh strawberries & cucumber that day, Champagne is a traditional drink to offer guests and maybe mix a few with cassis or serve a rose Champagne. Consider serving a Cava instead of Champagne, similar drink, not as dry and it can be a 3rd of the price per bottle.

Pre-mixed summer cocktails can really get the party going early, Mojito, Strawberry or Rum daiquir……to name a few

A winter wedding, i know its a little christmassy but you can’t beat the smell of mulled wine simmering away with fresh nutmeg & cinnamon.

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Just another money saving tip if you plan to provide your own drinks, check with your caterer first as most will charge you a corkage fee, (we don’t) it’s your choice I know but when you consider a glass of Champagne will cost you around £3.50 for a mid-range label, compare that to a Cava at around £2.00 per glass (cost prices), multiply that by your 120 guests at 2 glasses each then you could save £360 just on your reception drinks!

Soft drinks for the drivers or the non drinkers, fruit punch offers something different and a recipe we came across years ago and continue to use it to this day is, Orange & Pineapple juice, Ginger ale, topped up with Lemonade served with ice n lemon always a refreshing choice. You could consider providing a cup of tea, maybe not directly at the drinks reception but out of the way from the catering tent, there will always be an auntie who after 2 hours on her feet will beg, steal and borrow to get a brew.

If you want to save some money for the honeymoon and assuming you are having a bar within your marquee, open it early and let your guests help themselves!

More to follow…………..or email the chef@callthecaterers.co.uk or visit us at http://www.callthecaterers.co.uk for more info…….

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Canapes and drinks reception………

Think though your timings for the day; the Wedding ceremony is at 1pm and you plan to eat at 5pm, what are you going to do for those 4 hours in between? Your ceremony may take an hour, yes your photographer will take maybe another hour to get the numerous shots they want to create the best ones for your album but even the most conscientious photographers will do well to stay over 2 hrs. They may have another wedding that day and will need to go but I do know the good photographers will expect to be hired for the whole day and capture the whole wedding day right up the first dance.

Marquee Wedding Reception

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Consider adding a drinks and canapé reception to your plans, when your guests arrive at the venue they will expect to be greeted with a welcome drink and something to nibble on. Drinks can range from Summer fruit pimms to more traditional champagne, TIP 1-if saving the pennies for the honeymoon then consider Cava or Prosecco as a cheaper alternative as I’m sure your guests wouldn’t notice or even care.

Canapés served with the welcome drinks will eat into the budget; they are expensive for caterers to produce and can often range from £4-£10 per person dependent on the final choice as well as the number of canapés you serve.

Wedding Canapes

Quails egg & spiced leek tart canape, one of many canapes served on arrival

TIP 2-Consider simple nuts, nibbles, pretzels as a cost saving option or ask your caterer to make rounds of sandwiches and cut them into fingers, you can now call it an “afternoon tea” style reception.

The time between arriving at the venue and being seated for dinner will determine how many canapés and drinks per guest you need to allow. Some guests may have travelled far and wide and will need topping up if there is a while before dinner.

TIP 3- open the bar early and allow guests to buy themselves a second or third drink if they prefer.

More to follow……………………

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Another testimonial from the Summer #Wedding season

I just wanted to drop you an email before we go on our honeymoon to say how thrilled we were with your services on Saturday. We had so many comments from our guests of how excellent the quality of the food was, and the flavours of the dishes were great. The service we received from the waiting on and bar staff was great as well, they were really helpful and the speed of which they turned out the food was impressive.

On behalf of me and Charles we just wanted to say thank you, we have been told by many of our guests it was the best wedding they have ever been to which is a lovely compliment, and we feel some of that credit goes to you and your team.

The service before the day was also excellent, It really helped put our minds at ease having it all so well organised and the communication we received gave us added confidence that you would deliver well on the day.

I will be sure to recommend you to anyone in the future, as im sure Alex Griffiths will be too!

All the best, Annika & Charlie

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Thanks for the Testimonial…………….

Sorry we have been so slow in getting this to you. I thought we might be able to write in straight to the website but couldn’t find a way to do this, so we’ve just written it below instead.

” We are so glad we picked ‘Catered-Events‘ for our country wedding, they went above and beyond what we had asked, in order to help our day run smoothly. Many people have commented that the food was excellent and we couldn’t have asked for more on taste, quality and value for money. They were very efficient, friendly and helpful before and during the big day, and we would recommend them to anyone wanting great food and good service.”

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Thanks once again and good luck in the future.

Simon & Meex

c/o www.callthecaterers.co.uk

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Menu tasting your Caterer

To further help determine the caterers credentials ask about menu tasting, any self-respecting wedding caterer will offer to menu taste ahead of your wedding reception, some will insist, most will be keen to show off their skills although don’t expect a fully laid up banquet consisting of 10 different dishes for you to pick and choose.

Pan fried Scallop with broad bean & pea shoot starter course

Some caterers may lay on multiple dishes but will charge for it, narrow the menu down to an idea of what you like versus the cost before you arrange a food taste.

We charge for food tastes but also refund the cost upon receiving a booking, we have never had a job cancel after a menu taste so more than happy to offer it for free, although menu tasting up to 8 dishes does carry a non-refundable charge.

Charging for food tastes with a refund will highlight those looking for a free lunch!

If you plan to serve canapes to your guests on arrival then ask the caterer to provide a few sample canapes, you can gauge much about the caterer from the presentation as well as the taste of their canapes, the style of the Chef and ultimately make your decision.

Ask about a wine list, drinks packages and a Mobile bar hire……..

More to follow…………….Dave Image

c/o www.callthecaterers.co.uk

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Suitable Wedding caterer

Some established caterers have relationships with marquee companies as well as mobile bar hire companies, it’s an incestuous business and these organisations often cross paths and work together on a regular basis.

When discussing your plans with either party ask the question regarding the other, its easy for a caterer to work with a marquee company who they know and are happy to recommend.

Event catering starter, £7.60 a course based on 300 guests......

Shredded Duck parcel with an Orange Jus

A quick story about a particular marquee company (not fair to mention names) who forgot to put a power supply in the kitchen! Needless to say it caused a delay while extension leads were sourced and installed, it could have been a lot worse for the bride n groom’s big day but fortunately the marquee company had left their number advertising their business.

Think about your preferred date, the busy caterers take bookings a year or so in advance some even longer, some wedding caterers are limited to one or two bookings each weekend with May, June, July and August being the most popular months.  So book early to avoid disappointment, although we have seen an increase in winter weddings over the past couple of years, put a few extra heaters in the marquee and as it is a quiet time for wedding caterers, ask for a better price!

more to follow………………..or contact us for more info

Dave@callthecaterers.co.uk

www.callthecaterers.co.uk 

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Marquee wedding reception

Marquee wedding reception

Marquee dressed for Sinaed & Simon’s wedding October 13

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Dear Dave I j…

Dear Dave

I just wanted you to know that we were very impressed with the food at the wedding. The venison casserole was very tasty and lovely and tender. I am hoping that you did use my recommended Blackface meat company as I would like to feed back to them what a good job you did.
Everything else was great and I have had very positive feedback from the guests.

Thank you Dave for an excellent meal.

it was a great evening and we enjoyed it enormously so thank you.

Kind regards Sue Stone

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