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Winter Weddings – A Stunning Natural Backdrop to Your Magical Day

By Inspiration

Wedding Tips, Inspiration & 10% Seasonal Discount!

Winter Weddings; whimsical, personal, indulgent, magical. There are so many reasons why Winter Weddings are the perfect choice, now more so than ever before.

We are all living in the COVID-19 Pandemic. We all know the effect this has had not only on our way of life, but what it has done to Weddings & Events, crashing couples dream days & generally causing chaos.We’ve already seen a huge spike in enquiries for 2021 and with Summer dates quickly filling up, why not avoid the stress & look at what Winter has to offer.

Summer Weddings are great, don’t get us wrong, but we so often find couples worrying about the busy weekends, the heat, the humidity, the rain!, hayfever, allergies etc etc. The answer? Winter Weddings!

Granted, the weather is a little more unpredictable, but if you expect less, its always a fabulous bonus when that sun comes out. Let the elements create the day for you! If it’s a little grey & rainy on the outside, you can be sure all of your guests will be inside having the time of their lives with you.

Not only that, but you’ll often find that Winter Dates offer more for their money. Reduced venue fees, caterers offering discounts, added decorative features & so on!

From rich & warm autumnal colour palettes, picturesque snow laden countryside & mystical evening sunsets, let nature do its thing, whilst inside, you do yours.

Sparkling fairy lights, star lit cloths, stunning candelabra centre pieces, roaring log fire pits perfect for toasting marshmallows & traditional wooden bars adorned with foliage & candles all add to the magic of your day.

Let your food choices indulge you & your guests.

Choose your favourite winter warmers; Treacle Roasted Fillet of Beef, Rosemary & Garlic Lamb, Slow Roasted Crispy Pork Belly, exquisitely plated with your preferred accompaniments OR served to your tables on a selection of boards, bowls & platters, creating a stunning indulgent feast. Why not follow it all off with a hot toddy from the bar or a Build Your Own Hot Chocolate station.

Fresh Catering & Events is offering a 10% Seasonal Discount from October 2020 – March 2021 (Exc 23rd Dec – 3rd Jan)

For more information & to view our stunning Winter Menus & Offers, please call 01444 211 334 or email enquiries@freshcateringandevents.co.uk

**Weddings & Events are subject to advise & permissions granted from Government. All new guidelines & service standards will be adhered to & followed strictly.

Wedding Etiquette – Evening Food: Do We Have To Provide Evening Food As Well?

By Recipes

There’s always the question as to whether you should provide evening food for your Guests and the answer is more often than not – yes!

Your Guests have feasted throughout the day but don’t doubt they’ll need to refuel once the dancing gets underway and the bar opens!

Whether you choose a gorgeous grazing station of cheeses, charcuterie & rustic breads or hot snacks that are waiter served round your guests, we have a list to ensure your guests don’t go home hungry!

We’ve listed a few of our favourites for inspiration, but our list of what we can serve is almost endless!

BUTERMILK CHICKEN
Crispy fried Buttermilk Chicken, Hot Steamed Buns, Kimchi Slaw, Sweet Chilli

PULLED PORK
Bourbon Glazed Pulled Pork, Jack Cheese, Chipotle Slaw in Soft Flour Rolls

TRUFFLE MAC & CHEESE
Crispy Bacon / Sun Dried Tomatoes / Mushrooms / Shredded BBQ Pork / Jalapeños

FISH FINGER SANDWICHES
Chunky Farmhouse Bread, Cod Goujons, Tartare, Rocket

FISH & CHIP CONES
Beer Battered Cod & Chips, Salt & Vinegar, Ketchup & Tartare

6oz DIRTY BURGERS
Smoked Bacon, Cheddar & Red Leicester, Red Onion, Gherkin, Tomato, Toasted Buns

TANDOORI CHICKEN
Crispy Onions, Salad, Raita, Pitta

JACKFRUIT TACOS
Shredded Lettuce, Charred Sweetcorn, Tomato, Gochujang Mayo

For everything food & beverage related, please call us  on 01444 211334 or email enquiries@freshcateringandevents.co.uk.

Strawberries: The Essential Summer Wedding Ingredient – Our Favourite Recipes

By Recipes

The UK Strawberry Season runs from May-September meaning it is the perfect fruit to enjoy through the Summer!  With the warmer weather we had in April this year, Strawberries are v=already at their best!  And what better time to enjoy them than over the May Bank Holiday Weekend?

We’ve put together a list of our simple favourite strawberry dessert recipes – enjoy!

Poached Strawberries with Mint & Champagne

Serves 10

For the Poached Strawberries

  • 1000g Strawberries, trimmed & halved
  • 2 Vanilla Pods, split & scraped
  • 600ml of Water
  • 200g of Caster Sugar

For the Champagne Cream

  • 160ml of Champagne
  • 8 Egg Yolks
  • 150g of Caster Sugar
  • 500ml of Cream, lightly whipped

For the Shortbread Biscuits

  • 335g of Butter, softened
  • 150g of Caster Sugar
  • Lemons for zest
  • 1 Vanilla Pod, split & scraped
  • 500g of plain Flour

Method

  1. For the Shortbread, combine the butter, sugar, lemon and vanilla pods and mix until smooth and pale. Add the flour and mix until just combined.  Press, wrap in the cling film and set aside in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees/gas mark 5. Roll out your dough to a thickened of 0.5cm and place in a shallow baking tray.  While the dough is still raw, cut into small equal rectangles and sprinkle evenly with caster sugar.  Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes making sure the biscuits cook without browning.
  3. To poach the strawberries, combine all the ingredients in a large pan – apart from the strawberries – and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the strawberries, return to a simmer and remove from the heat.  Pour into a suitable container and leave to cool in the fridge.
  4. Start on the champagne cream by whisking together the yolks, sugar, and champagne in a large heatproof bowl. Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water, making sure the water does not touch the base of the bowl.
  5. Continue to whisk until the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat and continue to whisk occasionally while it cools.  Gently fold the cream through the cool champagne mixture.
  6. To serve, place some strawberries at the bottom of tall glasses, together with some of the poaching liquid. Spoon over some of the champagne cream and serve with the shortbread biscuits.

Eton Mess Ice Cream

Serves 6

  • 250g of Strawberries, hulled & sliced lengthways
  • 150g of Granulated Sugar
  • ½ Lemon, juiced
  • 160ml of Whole Milk
  • 300ml of Double Cream
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 50g of Meringue, lightly crushed

Method

  1. To begin, combine 50g of the sugar, lemon juice and strawberries in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate to macerate.
  2. Whisk the remaining sugar into the milk until it has all dissolved and stir into the double cream. Whisk in the vanilla extract before covering to chill for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight.
  3. Churn the vanilla base as per the ice cream makers instructions (normally about 50 minutes). 10 minutes before the end, spoon the strawberry pieces into the ice cream maker, leaving behind the excess juice.  Churn for another 5 minutes, then add the crushed
  4. Depending on the size of your ice cream maker bowl. You may need to fold the meringue in with a spoon to make sure it all fits before churning for the final 5 minutes. Decant into a tub and freeze until needed.  When taking the ice cream out to soften and scoop, because of the meringue chunks it will need less time than expected.

Strawberry Cheesecake Oreo Parfait Pots

Serves 4

  • 12 Oreo Cookies
  • 100ml of Double Cream
  • 100g of Low-Fat Cream Cheese
  • 2 tbsp of Icing Sugar
  • 4 tsp Strawberry Jam
  • 250g of Strawberries, hulled & sliced, leaving 4 wholes for decoration
  • 100ml of Whipping Cream

Method

  1. Blitz the biscuits to crumbs in a food processor, leaving 4 biscuits for decoration
  2. Take 4 jam jars or glasses and sprinkle the crushed biscuit crumbs into the bottom of them.
  3. Whisk the double cream, cream cheese and icing sugar together until light and fluffy; swirl the strawberry jam through the mixture and spoon it over the crushed biscuits. Layer the pots with the cream mixture and sliced strawberries
  4. Whisk the whipped cream until it holds light peaks and spoon over the strawberries and cheesecake mixture
  5. Add a whole Oreo cookie and a strawberry to garnish. Serve straight away.

For everything food & beverage related, please call us  on 01444 211334 or email enquiries@freshcateringandevents.co.uk.

RHS Wisley Garden – A Picture Perfect Wedding Venue

By Venues

Less than 45 minutes from London, & just a stones throw from Sussex, lies RHS Wisley Gardens, a truly remarkable & stunning setting for your event.

Whether you want the Luxurious Wedding of your dreams, a Corporate Dinner to wow your clients & guests or a Conference with a difference, then look no further.

With a choice of locations & venues available from 10 – 250 guests, you’re bound to find something for you.

The Glasshouse

Welcome your guests to the Glasshouse with Drinks & Canapes served on the manicured lawns overlooking the lake.

The huge cathedral-like Glasshouse, covering the area of 10 tennis courts and rising to 12m (40ft) high, is home to the RHS’s world-class tender plant collection and can be transformed into a spectacular backdrop for your special day.

Entering the Glasshouse is like walking into a jungle – tree ferns, tall palms, lush-leaved creepers and dazzling flower displays give a feeling of lushness and drama. As you follow the path, the environment and climate changes gradually, taking you on a tour through the world of plants, including many difficult to grow, rare and endangered species, with the backdrop of your very own gorgeous waterfall.

In these lush surroundings, our waiting staff will wait on you hand & foot, leaving you to relax, unwind & enjoy the moment. Whether you want the BBQ of all BBQ’s, a feast like no other or a traditional 3 course menu of refined & delicate tastes, Fresh Catering has a range of menus to suit.

Capacity: Seated – 140,  Standing – 180.

Butterfly Lovers Pavilion

The Butterfly Lovers Pavilion sits on the lawns of Seven Acres overlooking the lake and provides the perfect focal point for you to make your vows to each other in front of all your guests. With drinks served from a dispense bar, and Canapes making their way down the lawns, your guests won’t have to go far for refreshment, meaning, they can simply catch up with friends, old & new in the spectacular surroundings.

Capacity: Seated – 150

Waterlily Pavilion

The Waterlily Pavilion provides a beautiful setting for a blessing ceremony, with the iconic Laboratory building and canal providing the perfect backdrop for your vows.

Capacity: Seated – 100, Standing – 150

For more information regarding Wisley Gardens, please visit their website or call the venue on 01483 212 349.

For everything food & beverage related, please call us  on 01444 211334 or email enquiries@freshcateringandevents.co.uk.

Let’s Get Quizzicle, Quizzicle

By Just for Fun

With boredom & frustration well & truly setting in, lockdown still enforced & with time to kill, House Party & Zoom quizzes are still happening globally, we know from first hand experience!

What better way than to keep you entertained & keep your bridal party guessing, than to spring a (pre-arranged) surprise wedding quiz upon them!?

Hover over the questions to reveal the answers!

1. What is the traditional colour of a bride’s dress in China?
Red.
2. In which year did Lady Diana Spencer & Prince Charles Marry? (bonus point for the venue!)
1981 (St Paul’s Cathedral, London)
3. Which Comedian once said ‘Marriage is a wonderful invention but then again so is a bike’?
Billy Connolly
4. Which American fashion designer designed Victoria Beckhams dress? And who was David's best man?
Vera Wang / Gary Neville

5. In which city did George & Amal Clooney marry in 2014?
Venice
6. Why is it called a Wedding Breakfast?
It’s the first meal as a married couple, traditionally after Mass when guests had fasted.
7. Who wrote 4 weddings and a funeral?
Richard Curtis
8. In the Film Bridesmaids, what are the girls doing when they get a sudden case of food poisoning?
Dress fitting
9. Duke & Duchess of Cambridge celebrated how many yeas of marriage last month?
9 years
10. Which actress played the emotionally unstable nymphomaniac in the film wedding crashers?
Isla Fisher
12. The most expensive wedding on record in todays money is 110 million dollars and it took place in the UK. Who was it for?
Prince Charles & Lady Diana

FYI, 2021 Has Not Been Cancelled!

By Company News

Whilst 2020 might be a write off for many, 2021 is certainly not and already things are looking rather busy! We’re gearing up for a busy Autumn & Winter with Winter Weddings, Private Parties & Fine Dining Dinners. Whilst you may be limited on guests, you’ll want to impress!

With countless new enquiries & of course this year’s postponements, we’re advising people to get in touch & start planning as soon as possible. With key dates already being booked up, we simply wouldn’t want anyone to miss out.

We are still taking enquiries, and we are still working hard! So, if you’re already booked & confirmed with us, keep in touch & lets keep the momentum going. If you’ve recently got engaged or simply wanting to celebrate the end of lockdown, a belated birthday or anniversary, let us take away the stress & hassle, whilst you unwind over a glass of fizz & dine on our delectable canapes or mind blowing bowl food.

So, get your enquiries in, get your tastings booked in, why not get in touch to see what we can do for you! We’re here & looking forward to speaking with you.

Bank Holiday Barbecue Bananza!

By Company News

Avoiding the Supermarkets?

Celebrating a special occasion or just fancy a relaxing, thought free weekend to de-stress & unwind or simply wanting to surprise your family?

Avoid the madness, don’t run the risk of your BBQ favourite being out of stock & leave it all to us. You choose exactly what you want, pay, & collect from our quiet, rural production kitchen location, just 8 minutes from Burgess Hill, in Plumpton.

We’re so excited to finally launch our bespoke luxury BBQ boxes for the May Bank Holiday weekend.

With our superb local Butchers & Fruit & Veg suppliers, & we’ve created a stunning, flavourful “choice” menu to tempt your taste buds. Our wedding & event clients swear by them!

With no set menu, you get to choose, what you want. We’ll prepare the salads, marinate the meats & dress the dressings, all ready & packaged for you to collect, safely from our production kitchen.

All you need to do is get the Wine & Beer chilled, Fire up the BBQ, serve & then feast until your hearts content

We can provide additional Antipasti starters, perfect for grazing over, or a simply delicious dessert with berries & cream. All portioned, no waste.

We’ve also team up with the gorgeous Fellows Bakery in Ardingly & can now offer their gorgeous rustic loaves for you. The perfect accompaniment to serve warm with Oil & Balsamic.

For more details / menus, please see www.freshcateringandevents.co.uk or email enquiries@freshcateringandevents.co.uk. Tel 01444 211 334.

Collection days are Saturday 23rd / Sunday 24th / Monday 25th May.

Orders must be received no later than 12pm Thursday 21st.

Collection is from Fresh Catering & Events, The Old Brickworks, Plumpton, BN7 3DF