Posts Tagged Canapes

Hot! Hot! hot!

Saturday 19th will go down in Kingfisher history as being the hotest ever to day to cook and serve in a marquee! Three very different wedding this weekend for us but all of them professionally executed by the chefs and front of house teams despite everyone feeling like they’d had a fully clothed shower! At least the threatened thunder and lightning stayed away but it left us with soaring temperatures and humidity! It’s not an easy task with ovens and barbecues throwing out heat aswell! So well done everyone for keeping their cool!

So I took off with John and the team to the lovely Sandridgebury Farm in St Albans for Sally & Andys wedding reception. Marquee overlooking beautiful countryside, such a picturesque spot. With Pimms and canapés on arrival, garden games and backing music, the setting was glorious. Even my staff seemed to be enjoying it!

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Speeches started the wedding breakfast and then they all tucked into Rump of Lamb, Colcannon Mash, Asparagus and baby carrots and mint hollandaise, delicious, the bridal party agreed with me, it’s the sauce that makes this dish! Well cooked John!

This followed by a trio of desserts, Dark chocolate torte, orange shortbread, pistachio cream; Raspberry Brûlée, vanilla shortbread; lemon & ginger cheesecake, mint & raspberry Coulis. All washed down with ice cold wine and followed by tea, coffee & petit fours.

Lots & lots of evening guests arrived and danced the night away to a live band, Jodie, Amelia & Kate keep the drinks flowing from the bar with the help of our lovely chef John, who is becoming a bit of a legend behind the bar! Great day!

Ian and his team looked after Craig and Lisa’s wedding set in Tipis at Lavender Farm in Hitchin. Bench style tables set with fresh Lavender set the scene, the bridal party arrived in two white Rolls Royces.

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Canapés and champagne on arrival, followed by a lovely meal exceptionally cooked by MJ and Stewart. The Kingfisher signature trio of desserts was devoured Ian said! Evening food of Fish and chips, with disco dancing and cold beer from the bar made a memorable evening, for all apart from the guests drinking jager bombs, they may not of remembered to much this morning! Great time had by all!

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Team 3 went with a Dan & Seema to Chesham for Akexa & Ryan’s wedding celebrations! They had planned to have a very informal day with canapés and bowl food served to the guests in their parents garden. No particular seating plan was required, just a very relaxed style of service. Unfortunately due to the storm predictions they managed to secure the local church hall and moved everyone there instead, then in typical British fashion it didn’t rain a drop! Great day had by all though, they ate loads and partied hard into the night, with Tom expertly pouring and serving drinks from the bar the day flowed without a hitch!

So another trio for team Kingfisher! Well done to everyone involved, we are making these exceptionally busy weekends a great success! Long may it continue!

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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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Beechwood Park Great Gatsby Ball

Another busy weekend for the KF team, it was Beechwood Park’s school annual charity event raising money for Keech Hospice and BPSPA. This is the second year we have catered the event for over 400 guests and long may it continue!
This years theme, The Great Gatsby, was a tremendous choice, lots of time and care was spent in the planning and setting up of the event. The room looked amazing with floating balloons and twinkly lights, reminiscent of a Jay Gatsby’s famous parties!

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The guests arrived to saucers of champagne, greeted by our lovely KF staff and dancing girls, then made their way through to the marquee.

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PeeWee our lovely presenter & host for the evening started the entertainment either an auction for a bottle of 2001 Chateau Lafite, top London restaurants have this on their wine list for £1000! It finally sold for £1100, not sure that will ever get opened!

Other kitchen team laid out all the starters and my lovely staff, all 32 of them! started serving to tables, the choice was Marinated Vegetable a& Mozzarella a Timbale, Parmesan Shavings, Rocket leaves, raspberry balsamic syrup or Salad of Seared Duck, a Watercress, pink Grapefruit, Honey Lavender Dressing, served with a selection of breads and butters.

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After a few games orchestrated by Pee Wee the kitchen set up to serve main course. 2 stations of chefs, waiting staff lined up and off we went, we managed to serve all 419 in under 25minutes! Well done team! That was some service! They choice was Roasted Chicken Breast, blue cheese dauphinoise, warm salad of green beans, chorizo and chantennay carrots, Madeira jus, or Roasted Sirloin of Beef with blue cheese dauphinoise, warm salad of green beans, chorizo and chantennay carrots, Madeira jus or the vegetarian option of Summer Vegetable Risotto, Pan Fried Haloumi, red chilli pesto.
It looked and smelt delicious and judging by the clean plates that came back it was enjoyed!

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A trio of desserts followed of Lemon and raspberry posset, ginger biscuit, dark chocolate torte, passion fruit meringue pie, all washed down with lashings of wine and champagne! Tea & coffee then, followed by lots and lots of dancing!

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The guests partied hard till 2am, fuelled by the great Metropolis band and a great feel good spirit, the atmosphere in the room was electric at times, a fantastic evening, enjoyed by all!
We look forward to doing it all again next year!

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Triple Weekend! And not a wedding in sight!

Saturday saw a very busy day for the KF team, with 3 different events and over 600 clients to feed, organising everything was a small feat in itself! But once again with the help of a very professional team it went without a hitch!
So Jodie, Holly and Josh helped make Jeremy and Shelia’s joint birthday and ruby wedding anniversary a success at the Holly Bush in St Albans, with MJ cooking the barbecue and serving canapés to 60 guests in the beautiful garden. The perfect warm summers evening was filled with laughter and funny gifts including a blow up Zimmer frame, everyone seemed relaxed and enjoyed the food and the celebration.

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Bruschetta, Vine Tomato, Rocket Pesto canapé
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Dan, along with our newbies to the kitchen, Ian & Rosie served a 3 course meal at a charity event in Stevenage. The marquee looked beautiful and the food delicious. Lots of money was raised for Cancer Research.

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Ian said afterwards “It was a pleasure for rosie and I do ” do something different ” maybe, but I want you back front of house with me next week thankyou!

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Lastly, John and I went to the delightful Samantha & Sean’s beautiful house in Radlett to serve canapés, drinks and bowl food to 120 friends and family celebrating Samantha’s 40th Birthday. We have catered for them before, always lovely to be asked back, makes us sure we are doing it right!
Marquee in the garden complete with cocktail bar, Samantha in a stunning gold dress, sun shining, and my team of 10 fantastic waiters and waitresses, made for a great combination.
Bowl food always a tricky one with lots of prep and hands on for John, but Tom, Joel and Ollie made light work of being sous chefs for the evening! Champagne flowed, the band rocked and everyone enjoyed the celebrations into the early hours!
Of all the mini bowls we served; Sirloin of Beef, Parmentier potatoes, bernaise sauce or Slow cooked Lamb Shoulder, Greek Salad Tzatziki, or Thai Green Curry with sticky coconut rice, always, always the Haddock, homemade chunky chips and tartare sauce is by far the most popular! We had them coming back and back to the kitchen for more until there wasn’t a chip left!

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So another busy week ahead, charity dinner for over 400 this Saturday with a team of 35 front of house staff for me to look after! The bigger the challenge, the higher we jump! Thankyou to everyone who made last Saturday the success it was, let do it all again this week!

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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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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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