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Sample #Barbecue menus for summer 2014

Sample #Barbecue menus for summer 2014. google+

 

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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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Selecting the Wedding menu………..

Selecting the right menu for your wedding or event, but first decide the style of the #catering you require, formal or informal? A three course Wedding breakfast serving your guests at their table or a meal served as a buffet ?

If you’re working to a budget a buffet style service will save you some money versus the plated meal option, less waiting staff will be required but the buffet will also offer you more choice on the menu without eating into your honeymoon fund!

Choc Torte, Strawberry pavlova, Raspbery & cider sorbet shot

Assiette of Dessert- Mini chocolate torte/Strawberry pavlova/Raspberry & Cider sorbet shot

Don’t think of a “buffet” as a selection of curled up sandwiches with lifeless fillings (well that does depend on the caterer you choose!), many dishes you see from various menus can be adapted and served as a buffet. Cooking a barbecue menu as seen an increase in popularity over the last few years, again if done properly it can offer some very exciting combinations not normally seen at a traditional wedding.

On a hot summer’s day, why keep your guests cooped up in a warm marquee open up the marquee and allow the smells of freshly cooked barbecue food to fill the tent, cooking outdoors will inspire the party mood feel to any wedding.

Some caterers publish set menus whereas others allow you the flexibility to create your own, think about the menu choice and discuss the options available. Multiple choice courses or menus will cost more than one set menu as usually more equipment and staff may be required. All caterers should offer a vegetarian option and also take the dietary requirements of your guests seriously.

If you establish the menu before you send out your invitations you could firstly, advise your guests of the intended menu and secondly invite your guests with any dietary needs to make you aware, in my experience any guests with any special dietary requirements will be the first to point it out.

More to follow……………. OR chef@callthecaterers.co.uk if you simply can’t wait

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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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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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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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