Think we are all well aware that in 2020 the dreaded Covid – 19 pandemic hit and along with many other industries and organisations, event and wedding catering came to a stop at the end of March with immediate effect. Nearly twelve months has passed now and still we are not allowed to cater for a wedding or an event.

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In October last year we decided to start serving takeaway meals on a Friday evening. We set out not knowing what to expect and within a few weeks we were asked to cater for Okehampton Rotary annual Christmas Lunch for the elderly and less privileged which is kindly supported by Okehampton United Charities. Obviously this was not going to be the normal Christmas Lunch events that we are used too with Covid present and the whole lunch was to be served by takeaway in foil boxes which the Rotary members delivered. We felt very honoured to be asked to help and gladly accepted the challenge.

After lots of logistically planning, it was time to start cooking for these 100 lunches, we had not cooked for these numbers since February for wedding catering and the beginning of March for a corporate dinner. It was good to be back!

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Keeping with tradition as much as we could we served roast Devonshire turkey, with homemade stuffing, gravy, chipolatas from our butchers AL Martin in Okehampton and all the trimmings….

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Of course this was all packed in foil containers so it could be delivered easily. For dessert, as Christmas pudding is not to everyone’s tastes we made a fruit and date toffee steamed pudding with sauce.

After lots of preparation and peeling, cooking and packing, labelling and bagging, we were ready….

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At 11.30am we welcomed a team of Rotarians who each collected a number of meals to deliver to various households around Okehampton and the neighbouring villages.

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In the afternoon we received many calls and messages from people who enjoyed their lunch and were glad of a friendly face at the door to deliver the Christmas Meal.

In a year that has been so hard for many and continues to be, it was wonderful to help spread a little Christmas cheer by catering for all these people. We thank Okehampton Rotary for giving us the opportunity to cater for this special event.

If you would like to hear more on catering, takeaway meals that we are offering during these Covid times please do not hesitate to contact us on 01837 55841.