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Wedfest 2014!

Saturday we were at the beautiful Sandridgebury Farm for Georgia & Andrew’s Wedfest! The marquee was set out with long bench tables, a huge central bar and flags and bunting outside. Place names were marked with a polaroid picture of each guest with Georgia or Andrew, lovely touch.

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The guests arrived to Champagne and Pimms and were greeted by their guests throwing red rose petals over them as they walked down the carpet to the marquee. Red was the theme with Georgia looking a stunning bride in a beautiful red dress. Rather than canapes they had mini burgers in boxes; cheeseburgers, pulled pork & redslaw and cajan chicken with guacamole, Yum! These went down very well with the guests.


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The wedding breakfast followed with Roasted Sirloin of Beef served whole on a carving board for the guests to share. We put chefs hats on nominated guests to be the carvers. This was hilarious as some took it very seriously sharpening their knives beforehand and carving the perfect slices! Some did end up like doorsteps though! We served this with sides of hand cooked chips, homemade coleslaw, rocket, parmesan and pine nut salad and a vine tomato, boccocini, red onion and rocket pesto salad.

For dessert they had asked all their guests to bring a dessert, this Georgia and Andrew served to them with a little help from KF staff!

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The bar opened, the band played and they danced the night away. A great day had by all.

I must mention our very hard working staff, most of them will leave for uni soon, we will miss them, they have worked so hard over the summer for us, we hope to see you all back at Christmas and next summer! Thanks guys!

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Weren’t they lucky!

Our lovely couples on Saturday! Rain and storms Friday dampened the set ups and today washed out the clear up, but Saturday the sun shone all day with not a spot of rain! Someone was watching over them, they were all so delightful that they deserved the perfect day!

MJ & I went to Sandridgebury Farm for Kathryn & Chris’s reception. The marquee looked stunning with so many flower arrangements that her Mum and friend had made, with potted herbs as favours it looked and smelt fantastic!

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They arrived to chilled glasses of Prosecco and afternoon tea canapés shortly followed by their Lady Toast Master, Joyce Goodwin expertly setting up their receiving line, she politely told them that everyone will want to stand and chat for ages, but we have a feast to eat! So shake hands and pass them along the line, like passing a rugby ball! Couldn’t of said it better myself! Delightful lady, was a pleasure to work alongside her.

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They had a traditional three course wedding breakfast with a choice of Chicken Liver Pate, Spiced Red Onion Chutney, Cornichons, Ciabatta, Rocket Leaves or Bruschetta of Cherry Vine Tomatoes, Garlic, Olive Oil, Shaved Parmesan, Rocket Pesto, that was just for starters!

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Then for main course they had a hog roast, complete with stuffing and crackling accompanied by buttered baby new potatoes and salads of Rocket, Mixed Baby Leaves, Parmesan Shavings, Lime Dressing; Roasted Med Vegetables, Garlic, Lemon and Olive Oil; and Vine Tomato, Feta, Cucumber Black Olives and Rocket Pesto.

But MJ did save the best till last a choice of Eton Mess or Tiramisu, even all the staff’s mouths were drawling! It looked divine and not a bit was left by anyone!

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Dancing followed and a very happy couple started with a dance they had obviously been practising! Very sweet. Evening food of cheeseboards and wedding cake completed the feast! Joyce was right to get them in and moving so quickly! Lovely family, we all enjoyed being part of such a special occasion.

Dan & Ian were at Haileybury School for Lisa & Andy’s reception. Andy went to school here, so it seemed fitting to hold the ceremony there. After getting married in the schools chapel the bride and groom came down a red carpet with their friends and family to be greeted by chilled champagne and Kingfisher canapés in front of the marquee. The marquee sides were pulled back for the start of speeches to allow the sunshine to flood in.

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Another 3 course wedding breakfast was served with a choice once again over the courses. Busy prep week for the kitchen! Well done team and with JV sunning himself it can’t of been a easy week!
They started with Roasted Butternut, Rocket, Sun Blushed Tomato and Devon Blue Cheese Tart, Roasted Pepper Tapenade, Herb Salad or Poached Salmon and Tiger Prawn Tian, Lemon and Parsley Mayonnaise, Bloody Mary Dressing or Ham Hock and Parsley Terrine, Walnut Bread ,Spiced Apple Chutney, Pea Shoots.
Followed by a main course of either Roasted Breast of Corn Fed Chicken, Champ Potato, Warm Salad of Chorizo, Green Beans, Peas and Butternut, Madeira Jus or Rump of English Lamb, coleannon mash, asparagus and baby carrots and mint hollandaise or Black Olive Polenta, Roasted Vegetables and Mizuna Pesto.

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Lastly another Trio of Desserts of Pimms, Mint & Strawberry Trifle, Sticky Toffee Pudding, Salted Toffee Sauce, Clotted Cream & Lemon Posset, Raspberries, Ginger Biscuit! Delicious!

With the bar open and the sun cascading into the marquee, it was only a matter of time before everyone was dancing the night away to an amazing DJ.
With carriages arranged for midnight, the bride and groom and many friends and family made their way to their local hotels to continue their celebrations into the small hours!

So well done to all Kingfisher staff again! a huge effort this week by everyone involved! Here’s onto next week! Cheers!

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It’s the finishing touches that make the day!

Another 3 events completed on Saturday with once again over 600 guests catered for, this is becoming a bit if a habit! A large Charity 3 course dinner at Edgegrove School in Radlett for Dan and the kitchen team, a wedding for me in Olney for 180 guests and another wedding for Ian and team in Chesham.

When I arrived in Olney on Saturday morning, I was blown away by the attention to detail Ros & Mike had applied to their marquee, from bunting & lighting, haybales to Lavendar & wild flowers to Alice in Wonderland style drinking vials, to signposts & postboxes! It looked every bit a country wedding set in the glorious surroundings of Snelsons Farm.

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They feasted on a buffet style menu of lemon Roasted Salmon Fillets, braised blade of beef, root vegetables, red wine & rosemary, breast of chicken, cream, tarragon, field mushrooms & sherry accompanied by Classic Caesar salad, buttered baby new potatoes and lemon & garlic green beans. This was followed by cakes made by friends and family and they then danced ceidligh in the warm summers evening! Beautiful couple, beautiful day!

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Ian and his team catered for Nick & Jess’s wedding in Amersham, they had stunning Tipis in the family garden where they said their own personally written vows to each other in front of family and friends under a beautifully decorated arch. They then dined on hog roast and salads, homemade wedding cake and even an ice cream van visited to complete the meal.
They decorated the Tipis with a 1000 origami cranes folded individually by the family which hung from the beams with fishing wire, the effect was stunning! It is a Japanese legend, that promises to bring eternal good luck for the couple. It takes months and months to do, that’s dedication!

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MJ did Kingfisher proud by cooking up 100 portions of spicy chicken & vegetable noodle boxes from the family kitchen. The smells from the kitchen had peoples mouthwatering and the queue kept growing longer and longer!
The band and following disco kept the guests dancing well into small hours. What a great day!

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Looking at the time both our couples spent planning and decorating their venues made both completely different but still both looking so unique and very special. The whole Kingfisher team worked very hard once again to carry through the commitment that had been months in the planning for our couples. Well done to all! Another successful weekend!

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Sunshine & Showers!

Saturday saw the KF team back at 2 beautiful venues for 2 very different weddings! We managed to dodge the downpours and lay up, by the time the guest arrived the sun made that all important appearance!

Firstly Ian, Dan and the team went to North Hill Farm in Chorleywood for Kristeen & Daniel’s international themed wedding. Guests travelled from far and wide to attend and Portuguese beer was served from behind the bar by Rosie and Francis!

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The 120 guests feasted on Rustic style Bruschetta with vine tomatoes to start followed by Roasted Supreme of Chicken with Honey, Thyme & lemon, Roasted a Parsnips and sweet potato and salsa verde. Finished with a trio of desserts of dark chocolate and candied hazelnut torte, sticky toffee pudding, butterscotch sauce & clotted cream, and Eton mess, blossom honey, strawberry shortbread. Delicious!

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They danced the night away to a live band and enjoyed the evening nibbles of bacon & sausage baps and chips! great day!

Team 2 with me, John & MJ found ourselves at the stunning Holly Bush pub in St Albans for Amy & David’s wedding celebrations. Amy looked stunning in her organza style gown and with David’s vivid blue suit they certainly made a striking pair!

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The wedding breakfast was served buffet style to them at the tables, so they could help themselves, carve their own venison and pass bits around. It’s a great way if making sure all your guests get chatting early on!
The food looked and smelt gorgeous, it was something a bit different but was devoured by all 160 guests!
So for starters they had;
English Asparagus Spears, Hot Lemon Butter Beetroot, Childwickbury Goats Cheese and Watercress, and Proscuitto Crudo, Smoked Duck Breast, Smoked Pigeon Breast, Cornichons, Marinated Vegetables, and Redbournbury Mill Breads & Balsamic Oil
Main Course was Flaked Sea Trout, Samphire, Dill Hollandaise Roasted Venison Haunch
, and Buttered English New Potatoes, and Roasted Butternut and Courgette, Raspberry Balsamic, Oregano and Shaved Parmesan, and Sun-Blushed Tomato, Caramelised Onion and Gruyere Tartlets.
For dessert they had a big bowl of Hawkswick Lodge Farm Fruit and Pimms Trifle.
Everyone enjoyed the food and after their speeches they cut their doughnut wedding cake! Always great to have something different! The band rocked the night away, the drinks flowed and a great time was had by all.

They even managed to eat all the fish and chips served here by the lovely Joel!

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Beautiful County Wedding!

Saturday we had the pleasure of catering for Alison & Chris’s Wedding at the beautiful Shenley Walled Garden near St Albans. The marquee looked stunning with a country flower theme running through complete with hessian table runners and painted wooden orange crates. Alison had been collecting bits for ages and it showed, her attention to detail shone through.

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In the warm afternoon sunshine the guests arrived to glasses of chilled Prosecco and canapés which we served in the beautiful gardens. John & MJ fired up the barbecue and cooked in view of the guests. The smells from the Lamb, Mint & Feta Burgers, Pork & Apple Sausages and the Honey, Seasame and Soy Salmon was divine! We served all of this on platters to each table and with the accompanying salads and potatoes it looked like a delicious feast.

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The meal was completed with a Lemon Tart & Summer Berry Coulis. All washed down with wine and champagne and of course tea, coffee and biscuits!

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After all that eating the guests made there way outside to a barn dance in the amphitheater, great fun way to get all the guests moving again! After a DJ got the whole marquee dancing the night away! Lovely day, great for us to be part of it!

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Festival Wedding!

Saturday saw us back at the beautiful Brook Farm in Cuffley for Sarah Jane & Matt’s festival style wedding. Unfortunately the weather wasn’t kind, but the rain and wellies just added to the perfect look & feel of the day!

The marquee was complete with a huge stage, strobe lighting and bunting. The floor was even left as grass. Lots of greenery and deck chairs completed the look!

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They arrived in an old MG, Sarah Jane in a beautiful flowing cream dress complete with bare feet, who really cared about the rain!

Guests arrived to glasses of Pimms & homemade sandwiches, then feasted on a hog roast and salads, toasted to a homemade elderflower champagne, and finished on a pork pie wedding cake, delicious, perfect festival food & drink.

After dinner the band played late into the night and the guests danced & danced, I even think everyone forgot about the thunder & rain happening outside! Lovely day had by all, we so enjoyed being part of it, we even served in our wellies!

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Happy Couple, Tipis & Sunshine! Perfect!

We had a fantastic day yesterday for Sally & Terry’s wedding. Tipis set at the top of the hill at North Hill Farm, Chorleywood, overlooking beautiful rolling countryside. The sun shone, the champagne flowed and the food was delicious!

The Tipi was dressed with loads of wild flowers and tree stumps which accentuated the country theme. with hay bales and a bonfire lit after dark it was the perfect rustic setting.

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Their chosen menu was Ham Hock Terrine, Mini Cheese Scones, Candied Apple Purée & Salted Crackling followed by Lamb Kleftico, Roasted Baby Potatoes & Greek Salad. Dessert was a trio of Sticky Toffee Pudding, White Chocolate and Hazelnut Blondie, Summer Fruits Eton Mess, Blossom Honey, Strawberry Shortbread. Delicious!

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After the meal we moved all the tables out into the early evening sunshine for the guests to relax and enjoy the view. With dancing to a live band, a huge chocolate fountain and a bonfire ended the perfect day!

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Oh! And what a fantastic cake!

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Double wedding weekend in the Hertfordshire sunshine!

Saturday saw a busy weekend for the KF team! First double wedding day of the season with big numbers to cater for, but both I’m pleased to say, were a great success!
Ian led team 1 for Hannah & Thom’s wedding at Bayford Hall Farm for 127 guests in the beautiful Tipis.

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Arrival cocktails, Gin & Elderflower Sherbert & Madras with a selection of canapés welcomed the guests upon arrival.

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Kingfisher signature Slow Roast Hog followed served with bowls of salads & potatoes, finished off with their wedding cake, made it a perfect meal. The Tipi rocked the night away to a Madness tribute band, playing not only ‘one step beyond’ but many 80’s tunes. It was encore after encore!

Team 2 were at the beautiful Brook a Farm for Heidi & Nick’s wedding. Laying up in the rain on Friday no one could of predicted just how beautiful the day would turn out! The marquee looked beautiful but not as beautiful as the bride and her bridesmaids, all in light olive green, they complimented the decor beautifully.

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Champagne and canapés for arrival, followed by Kingfisher BBQ of Beef & Sun-blushed tomato burgers, Piri Piri Chicken Skewer, Haloumi Cheese & Vegetable Skewer, served with Cajun sweet potato wedges, baby new roasted potatoes, Greek Salad, vine tomato, baby mozzarella, red onion & rocket pesto salad. Delicious! Cooked to perfection by our lovely John!

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Desserts made by family & friends followed by a lot of dancing, helped along by drinks flowing from the bar!

Great day had by all, Well done everyone for helping to make both days a big success, especially our ‘newbies’ Dan, Anna, Chloe, Anton, Toni, Helen, Georgia and Emma!

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1st Wedding of the Season!

Yesterday saw the Kingfisher team back together for the wedding of Michael & Madeleine at the beautiful Nether Winchendon House. We were all so excited! Ian & Rosie, Jodie, Amelia, Josh & our newbie Anna, front of house, John & Stuart cooking up a scrumptious wedding breakfast out back!
Bride was traditionally late, making poor Michael even more nervous than he already was! The ceremony took place in the barn which we then had to clear and lay up very quickly for them to be seated for dinner. As usual the team worked their magic and we did it with time to spare! It looked beautiful with all the bunting and wild flowers!

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While we set up they enjoyed Canapés of Crispy Pork Belly, Spiced Bramley Puree; Mini Yorkie Pud, Beef Fillet, Horseradish and Watercress Cream; Cumberland Sausage, Honey and Beer Mustard; Tempura Tiger Prawns, Sweet Chilli Bruschetta, Vine Tomato, Rocket Pesto (v) Vegetable Spring Roll, Plum Sauce, all washed down with chilled Prosecco.

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They then enjoyed a three course Wedding Breakfast of Roasted Butternut, Sun Blushed Tomato and Goats Cheese Tartlet, Roasted Pepper Tapenade, Rocket Leaves, followed by Braised Shank of Lamb, Buttered Mash, Redcurrant and Mint Jus, Crispy Leeks, Buttered Vegetables, and finished with a Trio of Desserts consisting of Treacle Tart, Eton Mess & Lemon and Blueberry Cheesecake. It looked and smelt delicious!

We then cleared the barn again for the evening entertainment to begin and drinks and dancing completed a very happy day!

All of us agreed it was great to be back doing what we love so much! I think we enjoyed the day almost as much Michael & Madeleine!

So onto next week now, 2 weddings this Saturday, one at Brook Farm and one in Hertford! Busy busy for the team, let’s hope they are a great success like Saturday! Well done everyone!

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Xmas party, 3 courses for 720 people!!

Back at Wrest Park this evening for Whitbread’s Christmas Party, last week saw us serving a delicious 3 course meal to 250, this week we are serving 720!!
The kitchen once again have worked their magic to prepare the following menu! A starter of Roasted Butternut, Sun-Blushed Tomato and Devon Blue Cheese Tartlet, Red Pepper Tapenade, Rocket Salad; followed by a Main Course of Roasted Breast of Chicken with Honey and Thyme, Roasted Parsnips, Potatoes and Carrots with Salsa Verde, with Black Olive Polenta, Field Mushroom Crumble, Sweet Potato Fondant for the vegetarians.
Mini Desserts finish off the meal of White Chocolate and Hazelnut Brownies, Mini Citrus Tartlets and Mini Meringues, Passion Fruit Cream and Popping Candy. Sounds delicious!
With over 70 staff working tonight, it’s going to be a challenge, just because of the numbers, but we’ve done it before! We are a good team!
These are some pics from last weeks event, will post some from tonight tomorrow.

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