Mary Seacole Charity Ball

Another Charity Ball last Saturday for us at Venue 360. The room was transformed into a glittery arena for what was a very successful fundraising evening. Mary Seacole was a nurse during the Crimean War and although her rich patients paid, she treated the poor for free. Sponsored by Elmecom, the charity provides housing for single homeless people within the community amongst many other homeless projects.

The guests arrived to a champagne reception then took their seats for an evening of entertainment and prize giving. They chose a meal consisting of Leak & Potato Soup, Gruyere Toasty and Crispy Leeks; followed by a choice of Roasted Chicken Breast, Sage & Onion Stuffing, Bubble & Squeak, Seasonal Vegetables, Red Wine Jus or Roasted Salmon Fillet, Bubble & Squeak, Seasonal Vegetables, Dill Cream. Desert was a Vanilla Cheesecake with Raspberry Coulis and Honeycomb Shard.

An auction followed to raise money and then dancing completed the evening till they took their carriages at 1am. A great evening for us to be part of.

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A Wedding & a Glitter Ball

A beautiful crisp Saturday found Dan, Ian and their team at Hinwick House in Northamptonshire to cater for the wedding of Samantha and Oliver.

They had their ceremony in the stately home and then a reception of Prosecco outside in the stunning grounds.  This was accompanied with a cheese and wine tasting banquet in one of the many reception rooms.  

Two starters were chosen during the tasting session.  So the guests had a choice of  baked goats cheese soufflé with figs, honey pecans , herbs and Parmesan cream, or a roasted butternut some blush tomato and blue cheese tartlet with herb salad and roasted pepper tapenade.  Hard to choose!

Main course was a medium rump of lamb served with mint dauphinoise, pistachios and winter vegetables, with lamb jus.  The Vegetarian option was a black olive polenta, sweet potato fondant, field mushroom crumble and sweet pepper coulis.  A trio of desserts completed the meal.

Fireworks and a signature hog roast was served in the evening.  The band ensured the celebration continued late into the night.  A “winter warmer “ of a wedding in a stunning venue.  A delight to have been part of the happy couple’s day.

Dave, Tim, Holly and myself looked after the 150 guests at the Verulam Glitter Ball. This is the 4th year we have catered at this event. A very lively evening with a magician, plenty of games, an auction and lots of dancing! The food is served by the pupils of the school giving the young boys and girls an insight into catering. Great fun as always, thank you for having us!

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Autumnal Wedding

On Saturday we catered for the lovely Whetstone family to celebrate the wedding of their daughter Tanya and her husband Sam, at their stunning home in Ampthill. An autumnal feel both in the marquee and outside with fallen leaves, pine cones and pumpkins, it was the perfect setting.

Almost 200 hundred guests made their way back from the church and were welcomed with glasses of Cremant Champagne and canapés served by our attentive staff, including a hot Pumpkin Bisque Shooter With Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, very warming.

They then moved into the marquee for some warmth and a delicious three course dinner, prepared by John, Dan, David, Tim & Phil. The menu was started with Roasted Sea Bass, Wilted Spinach, Broad Bean And Tomato Veloute, Lemon Oil, Soft Herbs served with warm flavoured breads and butter. For main course they chose Beef Wellington, Roasted Artichokes, Celeriac Puree, Madeira Jus; served with Sautéed Leek, Peas , Savoy Cabbage, Julienne Carrots, Toasted Hazelnuts accompanied by extra jugs of the delicious jus.

 

After a speech from Martin, Tanya’s Dad and from Sam they tucked into a signature trio of desserts of Sticky Toffee, Butterscotch Sauce; Chocolate Salt Caramel Tart and a Passion Fruit Posset, Pineapple Compote, Coconut Shortbread. Tea & Coffee was served along with a dessert wine for those who wanted that extra sweet taste.

A Best Man’s speech left everyone crying with laughter, and we opened the bar to serve Expresso Martini’s and Dark & Stormy cocktails along with the usual beers, gin & tonics and wines. Fireworks and open fires set the theme for the evening and a live band kept everyone dancing till the early hours, a wonderful celebration.

We had lots of fantastic comments about the food and our ever accommodating staff which meant so much as the family have been in the hotel and catering business for years! If we managed to impress them . . .

So happy to of been a part of this wonderful day.

 

 

 

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Harpenden Wedding Fair at Rothamsted Manor Sunday 5th November

Join us at The Harpenden Wedding Fair, Rothamsted Manor. The Manor is a beautiful historic wedding venue, a hidden jem in the Hertfordshire countryside with beautiful grounds designed by Capability Brown.

Come and meet over 30 quality local wedding suppliers and enjoy two fashion shows at 12.30pm and 2.30pm in this period venue.

Open from 11.00am – 3.30pm with free admission and car parking.

We look forward to meeting you at this unique wedding fair.

Roth Open day 5th

 

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Tipi4hire Open Weekend at Rothamsted Manor

We’ve had a lovely weekend meeting new clients at Rothamsted Manor. Having set the Tipis on the main lawn and setting up internally in the Manor, there was a lot for potential couples to see. They can book either inside or out depending on the type of day the want, so much potential and this truly stunning venue!

John cooked his signature braised beef and root veg in one of our big pans and served it with warm crusty bread. It was delicious! Everyone commented on how good it tasted and how it suited the autumnal afternoons.

Thanks for having us @tipis4hire and @RothamstedManor, we look forward to working with you all in 2018 and beyond. We also look forward to meeting again all the lovely people we met and hopefully to be part of their big days!

 

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2017 Weddings at Lodge Farm

What a year we’ve had! Thank you to all our lovely couples for choosing @LodgeFarmBandB and @KFisherCaterers. We hope we did you proud and made your day as magical and as special as you!

And here is just a snapshot of some of the delicious food they enjoyed cooked by our fantastic chefs! Well done team! And thank you Lodge Farm for having us, roll on 2018!

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Last wedding of the season at Lodge Farm

Yesterday we catered for the lovely Lizzy & Joe at our final wedding of the season at Lodge Farm. Over this summer we have catered for no less than 17 couples here, a stunning venue with the added benefit of the Lodge that sleeps 14 overnight.

Lizzy & Joe had a church wedding in their village and then arrived at Lodge Farm to be greeted with Pimms and canapés before heading into the warmth of the Tipi. They had decorated it with an autumnal theme, complete with conkers and leaves collected during the week before.

A three course feast was cooked by John and his team in yet another very damp catering tent! What is it with rain and Saturdays this summer? They started with Roasted Butternut, Sun-Blushed Tomato And Blue Cheese Tartlet, Herb Salad, Roasted Red Pepper Tapenade followed by Sirloin Of Beef, Blue Cheese Dauphinoise, Seasonal Vegetables, Toasted Almonds, Red Wine Jus with a Roasted Vegetable And Goats Cheese Open Lasagne, Herb Salad, Hazelnut Pesto for the vegetarians. A Trio f desserts completed the meal made up from a Dark Chocolate Torte, Caramelised Bananas; a Sticky Toffee Pudding with Salted Caramel Sauce and a Passion Fruit Posset, Pineapple Compote and Coconut Shortbread. It was delicious, the beef cooked to perfection the guests commented!

The evening entertainment got underway with All Covered Up lead by Adam, with a fantastic 2 singers and a saxophonist who was playing amongst the dancers on the dance floor! Everyone dance the night away and had a brilliant day! Lizzy & Joe were so happy!

What a great weeding to end the season, although they have all been great. A mix of people and themes, but all a pleasure to work with. A big thank you to Maria and her team for having us as their preferred supplier, it been great; roll on May 2018 when we can do it all again!

 

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