As caterers we are asked to provide food for a wide range of events, often with a varied age group.
Trying to find a menu to keep everyone happy, especially at a wedding, can be tricky!
Whilst the bride and groom may have left Devon or Cornwall and spread their wings to a more cosmopolitan lifestyle and enjoy lots of different cuisines, Gran and Granddad probably still eat meat and two veg most nights of the week!
I know my dad, being Devon born and bred, has still to experience the joys of pasta, rice or anything ‘foreign’!
So… what to do…
That’s where we can step in to help and advise. We live in a farming community and yes, Roast Beef is still up there at the top of the list, but you could have beautifully cooked locally produced Devon Beef with a Red Wine Sauce and how about a Horseradish Dumpling or Pastry Croute… this gets you away from the Beef and Yorkshire pudding but Great Aunty Betty from Hatherleigh would love it too!
You can mix up the starters or canapés you choose, a traditional choice with something more modern. Desserts are always another mine field, whilst a Homemade Pavlova is popular still today some of our clients like to mix desserts up with traditional and modern. You may also like to try a trio: one of our recent brides choose a warm Strawberry & Apple Crumble, a Lemon Parfait with a Lemon Confit and a Chocolate & Salted Caramel Brownie, naturally all homemade – they were delicious, even if we say so ourselves!
Recently at a North Devon wedding, as the chosen caterers, we were asked to provide Canapés as varied as Cocktail Sausages with a Honey and Mustard Glaze – perfect as a plainer option – with Arancini served with a Spicy Tomato and Chilli Dip (Deep fried bread crumbed risotto balls) everyone was happy…
The main Course was a sharing menu served to each guests table, the choices varied from Chicken Tikka Masala were we used free range chicken locally sourced from Crediton with all the traditional accompaniments of a curry such as Naan Breads, Poppadoms, Lime Pickle, Tomato and Onion Salad and Mint Raita along with a Rich Beef Casserole, using local beef from here in Devon and vegetables all from the Tamar Valley.
Again there was something for everyone…add in vegetables, roast potatoes (always a crowd pleaser), Purple Sprouting (look it up!), Carrots and Mange Tout…. you can see what I’m getting at.
Desserts are another element that can be tailored to suit everyone’s tastes, from the traditional pavlova to a Tiramisu or Creme Brulee. We offer sharing platters of desserts that work really well and will keep all your wedding guests happy!
As you can see we are asked for many different menus and we thrive on being given a challenge to create a menu that will please all your guests or a dish that you really want on your special day. We have even taken on a vegan Devon wedding (see our google review), a gluten free wedding so the groom could eat everything we served and a Colombian, Slovenian, Japanese, English wedding where we had food stations in a wedding festival fashion from these countries – a challenge to say the least, but one that we all embraced!
If you are struggling for menu ideas on what to serve at your wedding to keep all your guests happy, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to help.
For more information or a no obligatory chat please feel free to contact us now on 01837 55841. Dates now filling fast for 2019 both weekend and for weekday weddings in beautiful Devon and Cornwall.