Archive for June, 2017
Fabulous day yesterday at the impressive Brook Farm for Sophie and Josh’s big day! The ceremony took place besides the lake with all the trees lined in pink blossom, which complemented the bridesmaids dresses in soft pink and the groomsmen’s tie’s; it looked absolutely stunning. With a clear span marquee again full of blossom tress it was a breathtaking backdrop for such a lovely couple! A lot of thought and effort had gone into the planning from Sophie & Josh and they were over the moon with the result.
Arrival drinks of Pimms and Prosecco served by the lovely Kingfisher staff accompanied the canapés. Speeches started the meal from Dad, and Josh and then a lovely heartfelt poem written and read by Sophie’s Mum left not a dry eye in the room!
They choose a 3 course dinner with a starter of Salad Of Seared Duck, Pancetta, Watercress, Pink Grapefruit, Honey Lavender Dressing; followed by Sirloin Of Beef, Blue Cheese Dauphinoise, Tender Stem Broccoli, Toasted Almonds, Red Wine Jus; finished with a trio of desserts consisting of Snickers Chocolate Brownie, Clotted Cream; a Lemon Posset Tartlet, Strawberry Sauce and Eton Mess, Blossom Honey, Strawberry Shortcake. Delicious, all the guests commented on how delicious it was, especially the beef cooked to perfection by John, David and Jemima.
An evening band and DJ rocked the night away and with Ian, Rosie & Milly keeping the drinks flowing from the bar it was a truly magical day for them. An absolute pleasure looking after another wonderful family.
The Kingfisher team have been working hard over the last week and in this heat that is no mean feat!
Thursday we did a BBQ at Venue 360 for 200 guests, Jemima and Dan cooked a delicious meal in the summer sunshine. I promoted Kingfisher business lunches at Regus in St Albans, complete with cakes by Jemima, I met some lovely, hopefully, new clients who were blown away by our variety of choices they could have, rather than just being sandwiches!
Friday evening John and I cooked and served Steve & Tracy and their guests at their home in Brookmans Park. This was a private dinning experience that they had won at the auction at the Verulam Ball last year. Its a special service having staff in your home serving drinks and food. They had canapes to start followed by a 3 course dinner of Twice baked goats cheese souffle, figs, honeyed pecans, herb salad, parmesan cream followed by Roasted rump of lamb, roasted chantennay carrots, asparagus, colcannon cake, mint hollandaise. For dessert they choose Glazed lemon tartlet, raspberries, clotted cream, caramelised hazelnuts. Delicious! tea & coffee with homemade petit fours and cheeseboards completed the meal. A pleasure to look after them.
Then on Saturday we catered for Helen & Alistair’s wedding at Lodge Farm. A Scottish themed wedding with the guests arriving to the sound of bagpipes; they were greeted by staff with ice cold Prosecco and canapés and soon relaxed on the lawns in deck chairs and picnic blankets to make the most of the glorious weather!
The kitchen team worked tirelessly in the heat in the catering tent producing the most delicious 3 course meal. For starter they choose Poached salmon and tiger prawn tian, lemon and parsley mayo, bloody mary dressing, pickled cucumber, rocket leaves, followed by Carved Marinated Sirloin of Beef accompanied by Roasted Med vegetables, Asparagus and Green beans; Rocket, pine nuts, parmesan, balsamic oil; and Parmentier potatoes. For Dessert they choose a trio of glazed lemon tartlet, Sticky toffee pudding and Eton Mess.
Evening food of Fish and chip cones and mini burgers completed the menu. With dancing and the drinks flowing from The Tipsy Pony, the family and guests had a really enjoyable day, that once again was a pleasure to be part of for the Kingfisher team, we would just prefer it to be a bit cooler!!
Something different for us yesterday at Lodge Farm, rather than a Tipi or a marquee we set up the wedding breakfast in a Yurt. Very cosy circular space and once decorated it looked amazing.
Jake & Alice had a blessing in the secret garden to start their day, a very emotional ceremony with Jake in tears when he saw his beautiful bride walk down the isle. This was followed by Peach & Raspberry Bellini’s and Canapés served in front of the house. Moving into the Yurt for dinner they opted for their guests being designated carvers. This was so funny watching them in their chefs hats attempting to carve the lamb professionally! They didn’t know they would be picked and one poor lady said she wouldn’t of had so many Bellini’s beforehand had she known! To accompany the meat we served bowls of Greek Salad; Roasted Med Vegetables; Homemade Redslaw and Garlic & Rosemary potatoes. For dessert they had a trio consisting of Dark Chocolate Torte, caramelised bananas, chantilly cream; Raspberry and caramelised pistachio creme brûlée; and Eton mess, blossom honey, strawberry shortcake.
After some very comical speeches the guest moved outside so we could turn the Yurt into and evening space, complete with live band, circular dance floor and flashing lights. The guests all partied hard and had a fabulous evening. Hog Roast and cones of chips kept them going and drinks flowed from the Tipsy Pony!
A fun day with a lovely couple, family and friends, we thoroughly enjoyed looking after them all.
On Saturday we catered for Sam & Jonny’s day at the beautiful Lodge Farm. Sun shinning, garden games, acoustic guitarist, Pimms and Canapés made it the perfect setting for a lovely couple, it looked stunning, what every bride dreams her wedding day will be like!
For the wedding breakfast they had Kingfisher signature BBQ consisting of Pork and ale sausages; maple glazed boneless chicken thighs; chicken satay with peppers and onions; charred and glazed mini beef brisket steaks. All accompanied with Roasted med vegetables, mixed baby leaves and homemade coleslaw. Trio of desserts followed including Jonny’s favourite Chocolate brownie with clotted cream.
Lots of teary speeches followed and evening guests arrived to the resident DJ who got the party going. Lots of dancing and happy faces, especially in the Clara Caravan photo booth, even we made an appearance! Great day had by all, with another wonderful family!