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Now that the 2014 Wedding season is slowing it allows me a little more time in the office. I plan to pick things up with the blog where we left off and post information and photos from some of the Weddings we catered for throughout 2014.
Going back to February this year, Libby & Aiden were married in the historic town of Stratford upon Avon. They hired the town hall for their reception which was great, perfect town centre location, ample hotels within walking distance and a kitchen for us the caterers to use. The couple live in London but I believe the bride in particular grew up in Warwickshire, and wanted to have her wedding reception back home in the town.
They arrived in style click here to see the wedding car, WOW.
110 guests were invited to share in the celebrations with the menu in particular taking on that sharing, social feel with mezze platters arranged as the starter course.
We served the starter of Anti-pasti designed on sharing platters made up of- Artichoke hearts & anchovies, cured meat selection of prosciutto, parma ham & salamis, stuffed green & sliced black olives, sun-dried tomatoes with roasted peppers. A smaller cheese board top accompany of goats cheese, mozzarella & grated parmesan served up with warm baskets of sliced ciabatta, brown Italian & flat-breads finished off with balsamic & olive oil dipping pots, yum.
Just a point to mention, when considering this style of service do ensure the dining tables are either large enough or not over crowded with flowers, decorations……. serving food in this way requires plenty of space.
The main course swiftly followed, again with the emphasis on sharing, passing food around the happy couple asked for pie ‘n’ mash, not sure if it was a London thing or bias but we duly obliged. Now, they wanted a choice, which was a little tricky as there were only 8 guests on each table, we had to make smaller pies just big enough to provide four portions, x 2 pies per table gave the 8 guests a choice of either Chicken, ham & Leek or Steak ‘n’ Ale (the steak pie was incredible) pie. We included a vegetarian option and served individual ones to the relevant guests, 4 in total if memory serves.
All family served up with bowls of mash potato and vegetables to each table.
Now the dessert course took on a slightly different manner, each guest or group of guests were asked to bring a cake, they wanted to create a buffet table of sweets (unfortunately we didn’t get a photo of this,) In addition to this we were asked to provide a further selection of Sticky toffee pudding (apparently the grooms fave), Lemon tart, Strawberry cheesecake, and a mountain of profiteroles, we would also serve up the wedding cake with cream & fruit compote. It is staggering how many wedding cakes go to waste, what a great idea to cut it up and serve it alongside the dessert.
Late into the evening we kept the guests going with cheese boards & biscuits while they partied the night way.
Congratulations to you both and best wishes for your future together.
Dave and Team at Catered-Events & Bars
This blog is written independently to showcase a few of the weddings we cater for. We are established wedding and event caterers and offer a totally flexible approach to catering, whether a corporate event, a wedding or private party.
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.
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……..
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