Archive for July, 2016
Today we have been at Highfield Park in St Albans for the wedding reception of Hannah & Alex. We served a fork buffet of Beef Chilli & Rice, Vegetarian lasagne, Broccoli & blue cheese quiche, lemon & herb chicken fillets, accompanied by homemade coleslaw, roasted med vegetables, mixed baby leaves and buttered baby new potatoes. This was followed by a trio of desserts of snickers chocolate brownie, Rhubarb & vanilla panacotta and a pimms, mint & strawberry trifle. Delicious!
We left the guests enjoying a very stocked bar and dancing the night away to their DJ. A great day, now getting ready for 2 more tomorrow!
What a backdrop for your wedding photos! Hitchin Lavender Farm; one of our preferred venues. For full details, see our venue pages on our website. We are looking forward to being back on the 6th August!
Saturday 23rd was always going to be a busy one for us. With three weddings across the Hertfordshire countryside, all with 3 course menus, evening food, canapés and drinks and bar service, it took each and every one of us working to our limit, especially in searing heat! But the feedback I have received today from clients and venues alike has made me extremely proud of our team.
Mark, Katherine and John looked after Lauren & Ben in Hertford. A 3 course menu of prawn cocktail starter, chicken breast with a warm salad of chorizo, green beans, butternut and baby spinach, champ potato and madeira jus for main course and a trio of desserts including John’s legendary snickers chocolate brownie, a lemon posset and a pimms, mint & strawberry trifle. This all served by not only our lovely staff but by ‘singing waiters’ who entertained almost as well as they served!
A lively bar followed, with dancing till the early hours; the guests were served an evening menu of hog roast, stuffing and crackling that kept them going! A great day and successful event, well done guys!
Ian & Dan catered for Hannah & Elliott at the beautiful Bellows Mill set in the Chiltern Hills. A beautiful location with a marquee by the lake, made for a very picturesque setting.
Table names reflecting Hollywood blockbusters was their theme with place names on tiny clapper boards made wonderful touches to the beautiful marque.
A delicious 3 course menu was served followed by speeches and then into the old barn for dancing and drinking the night away. Another great successful day!
And finally, Holly, David and myself looked after Mandy and Thomas at Lodge Farm. With their theme following places they had been; their first date, first holiday, where Thom proposed; it was a pattern that continued through to their speeches and left not a dry eye in the house!
With the blessing in the secret garden at Lodge Farm, it started the most magical day! Becketts gin cocktails for arrival drinks, (their favourite), was served with canapés on the lawn. A delicious 3 course dinner followed consisting of twice baked goats cheese souffle, fig, herbs, parmesan cream; for main course they had loin of lamb, saute potatoes, pancetta & rosemary creamed leeks and lamb jus, completed with sticky toffee pudding, caramel sauce and banana ice cream! Yum!
It was very hot in the catering tent, the chefs had their trousers rolled up, and the girls flaked after such a hot service! But the guests ate every last morsel and were very complimentary of the delicious food that we had managed to serve in 30˚+ heat! The ice cream did almost push us over the edge though!
Evening food of fish and chips and mini burgers kept the guests going with lots more Becketts gin served from Maria’s lovely bar. Mandy, Thom and their guests partied hard to a great band, All Covered Up, who kept the party in full swing despite the soaring temperatures!
A truly lovely memorable day that we are so glad to have been a part of, thanks everyone!
And onto next week ! . . . .
On Saturday our lovely event manager Shelley will be walking 30 hours across the South Downs to raise money for Oxfam and The Gurkha Welfare Trust.
An incredible challenge, which will test her both mentally and physically. (A bit like a Kingfisher event then?!) And no, she doesn’t get to sleep! until she’s finished, although knowing Shelley she will be having a large G&T first!
Good Luck form us all at Kingfisher xxx
Finally the sun is shinning and brides are not asking me what my ‘wet weather’ contingency will be!!
Saturday we looked after the lovely Charlie and Mark at Brook Farm. The lake looks stunning now with the island walkway and with all the flowers and trees in bloom it really is a stunning backdrop for your wedding day.
Guests arrived to canapés and Pimms and Prosecco, and relaxed in the summer sunshine, the children had a bouncy castle to play on, it was hard to get them in the Tipis for dinner!
With starters of Prawn Cocktail and toasted brioche, followed by Slow cooked hog roast with stuffing and crackling, served with Homemade coleslaw, baby potato salad, vine tomatoes, boccocini, red onion and rocket pesto and rosemary and garlic roast potatoes, it was a delicious feast. Guest made cakes which we served as desserts.
With the warm evening we moved tables outside and lit the fire pit, guests enjoyed the dancing and drinks and they partied long into the evening.
Charlie & Mark were so happy and had a fantastic day, emailing us early Sunday morning to thank us! Great day for everyone.
Saturday saw us at weddings in breathtaking countryside. In a Tipis overlooking the stunning Lavender fields in Arlsey and on a sheep farm in Newgate Street Village near Cuffley with stunning views of rolling hills ending on the city of London.
At the Lavender Farm, Dan and Ian served canapés and Prosecco to the guests in the warm summer sunshine after they witnessed the blessing of Hannah & Felix outside the Tipis. They moved inside to a starter of new season asparagus, proscuitto, chervil hollandaise & herb salad. Main course of Spit Roast lamb served with new potatoes, breads & salads followed, rounded off with cherry & almond wedding cake and ice-cream. Delicious!
John & I looked after the lovely Wilshire family, this being the 3rd wedding we have catered for them in as many years at their stunning home near Cuffley. This was the turn of the youngest daughter Lindsay with her marriage to Toby.
Arrival drinks of Apple Cider and Elderflower accompanied with delicious canapés greeted the guests on their return from the village church.
Main course was Sirloin of Beef with Pink peppercorn jus, accompanied by Baby new potatoes, tender stem broccoli, chantennay carrots and lemon green beans.
Dessert was the stunning 5 tier wedding cake that Lindsay’s sister Jasmine had made. Each layer was a different flavour and it looked stunning. we served it with mixed summer berries, coulis and whipped cream.
They enjoyed a live band, dancing, Mr & Mrs cocktails and kegs of Ale, plus evening food of John’s delicious chilli and rice. Profiteroles and cheese boards completed the meal.
A great day had all round, even the boys had time for a little arm wrestling competition!
We’ve been busy bees this week, with two weddings to prep for this Saturday we also had a wedding today and a Prom to keep us on our toes! Chuck in a tasting and the football and tennis to keep up with, it has been a super busy for all!
Hemant & Binita started their week long celebrations of their marriage today with a 3 course vegetarian lunch in a grand marquee at Binita’s parents garden in Watford. A beautiful setting in glorious sunshine, it was a truly memorable day.
We served starters of brie, butternut and sage samosa, tomato chilli pesto and a herb salad; followed by roasted vegetable and goats cheese tartlet, served with rocket, green beans, radishes, cherry tomatoes, lemon & olive oil salad, roasted jersey royals with parsley & sea salt, accompanied with a red pepper tapenade.
Dessert was a lemon posset, ginger shortbread, lavender & honey syrup & summer berries. Cheeseboards were served to finish the delicious meal.
A buffet at Spirella ballroom to feed over 100 is currently being served this evening for a school Prom. Lay ups tomorrow for Saturdays weddings at the beautiful Lavender Farm and in Newgate Street Village. A rest maybe on Sunday to watch the finals?!
Yesterday we catered for Stephen & Jenny Wicks at their beautiful home in Beaconsfield. They renewed their wedding vows along with their three grown up children in their stunning garden accompanied by 150 family and friends.
The guests arrived to champagne reception before making their way into the first marquee for the ceremony. With their son giving Jenny away and their 2 daughters as bridesmaids, they looked the perfect family.
The guests then enjoyed more champagne in the garden before making their way into another marquee, set with mirrored table tops and glorious floral displays.
We served a 3 course wedding breakfast of Aberdeenshire smoked salmon, celeriac remoulade, soda bread, watercress, caper and radish salad, orange dressing, followed by Rump of lamb, boulangere, warm salad of savoy, peas and baby carrots, lamb jus, fresh mint sauce. The vegetarians enjoyed a spinach, pea and broad bean risotto, parmesan crackling, lemon & tomato dressing. A trio of desserts, coffee and wedding cake completed the delicious meal.
With tear jerking speeches, a slight of hand magician, and surprise birthday cakes for Stephen and their youngest daughter, it was a momentous occasion.
The great reveal of the third marquee which had been turned into a nightclub, complete with live band, vodka ice luges and circular bar, it really was a celebration done in style! We left them partying hard still at 2am, I’m sure there will be a few sore heads this morning!