Archive for November, 2017
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.
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!