No one ever teaches you how to organise a wedding, it’s not covered in the school curriculum and it can be a minefield of friends and relatives all telling you how to do it, in their experience. Food choices for your guests can evoke strong emotions, trying to keep multiple generations happy, and styles of service come and go, with our food choices now being multi cultural also it can become a real web of confusion.
As caterers we are asked to provide food for a wide range of events, parties, corporate functions, business receptions, board meetings, delivered events and weddings, often with a varied age groups and guests with differing tastes.
Trying to find a menu to keep everyone happy, especially at a wedding, can be tricky!
Whilst the bride and groom may have left the area 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!
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 for a main meal, but you could have beautifully cooked locally produced Devon Beef with a Red Wine Sauce and how about a Horseradish Dumpling or Pastry Croute or Fillet of Beef served with Dauphinoise Potatoes?
You can mix up the starters or canapés you choose, a traditional choice with something more modern. We are huge advocates of choosing a real mix of canapes on arrival, you can be adventurous and safe with your choices here! But if Mum and Dad want a lighter three course option, antipasto boards really go down a treat, a great sharing vibe-these also work well for Charity or Corporate Events where you don’t want to do a preorder.
Desserts are always another mine field, whilst our Individual Homemade Pavlova’s will always be popular, 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 events that we catered, for corporate clients in Exeter that chose a warm Strawberry & Apple Crumble, a Lemon Parfait with a Lemon Confit and a Chocolate & Salted Caramel Torte, naturally all homemade – they were delicious, even if we say so ourselves! And what is more elegant, but satisfying than this one, Chocolate Brownie, Baby Raspberry Pavlova and Tart au Citron, classy, tasty classic but actually everyone loves to eat them and they are a safe bet.
Another modern trend at the moment are sharing platters, we can cater starters, main courses and even desserts in this format which works brilliantly and will keep ALL guests happy! Lots of different selections to choose from, with many desserts adaptable to bitesize portions. We are providing many events with this format of event catering at present.
Recently at a North Devon wedding, as the chosen caterers, we were asked to provide Canapés as varied as Mini Jacket Potatoes with Cream Cheese and Chives – perfect as a plainer option – with Arancini with a Tomato and Chili Dip (Deep fried bread crumbed risotto balls) everyone had something they enjoyed…here you can see veg samoas, chicken satay and fresh and summery bruschetta, a really nice balanced choice.
A barbecue can be a popular choice for a more relaxed vibe, a big hit with the younger crowd too…a careful selection can please everyone, jerk or cajun chicken, local butchers burgers, delicious veg and halloumi kebabs, you can add steak, the humble but delicious sausage, pork ribs..the list is endless..
Again there is something for everyone…add in salads, coleslaw (always a crowd pleaser!) our delicious Tabbouleh and a Beetroot, Feta and Walnut, Artisan Breads … you can see what we are getting at!
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 catered for a fully vegan wedding, so rest assured all your guests dietary requirements will be catered for.
For more information feel free to contact us, we believe we can create a balanced menu for any Devon/Cornwall event for corporate functions, weddings, charity events or parties. Dates now filling for 2022.