Expert advice about catering

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To dine for

To dine for

Q. We're having a relaxed marquee wedding. What catering should we choose to suit this?

A. Thomas Jones says: What better way to enjoy your wedding breakfast than with a sharing picnic in the comfort of your marquee? It's the ideal catering to start conversations and get your guests mingling over delicious sharing food. Guests can delve into their beautiful wicker picnic baskets to find a whole range of treats, including the following:

- Homemade scotch eggs, sausage rolls and pork pies

- Goat's cheese and caramelised onion quiche

- Dressed salmon platter - Selection of sandwiches

- Homemade salad jars to shake up with a dressing

- Cakes, scones and other treats

Thomas Jones,PTJ Catering


Food for thought

Food for thought

Q. What should we consider when looking at caterers?

A. David Swade says: The wedding feast plays an important part in the day and you want it to be memorable. Here are our top tips for getting it right:

- Budget. A good caterer will work to your budget, whether modest or blowout, but you do need to know a figure before you discuss menu options. Simply divide your budget by the number of guests so you have a price per head to discuss with prospective suppliers.

- Format. Consider your preferred style and timetable for the day. Are you planning a seated meal or a buffet? Will you have two courses or three? Or something quirky like a hog roast?

- Quotes. It's a good idea to get quotes from three different companies. Make sure you have them in writing or by email, not just over the phone.

- Experience. Assuming you've already decided where you're tying the knot, make sure your chosen provider is familiar with it. Find out if they've worked there before and if they know how to get the best from the setting.

- Reviews. Your venue or friends may have recommendations for a caterer. You can also check online for testimonials and feedback. Consider the firm's credentials and the experience of the chef(s).

- Licences and certificates. Check the company has the appropriate legal requirements such as Food Hygiene from the Food Standards Agency and a licence to sell alcohol.

- Staff. When comparing quotes, find out how many staff the company is planning to provide. The higher the number, the better looked after your loved ones will be. Ask how many are employees and how many are drafted in for events. Remember, a professional team that works together all the time is likely to be slicker.

- Sampling. Good caterers will give you the opportunity to try selected dishes to help you make your choice.

- Instinct. If you find a firm to be responsive, friendly, willing to help and keen to make suggestions, then it's likely their passion and service will shine through on the day.

David Swade


Delicious dishes

Delicious dishes

Q. What catering will suit my August marquee wedding?

A. Alice Falkingham says: When planning an outdoor event, your catering options are so exciting and varied. As a bespoke caterer, my first question to couples is always, “What do you like to eat?” Sociability is at the heart of each of our menus, and in summer you want your friends and family to be full of energy for dancing!

I'd suggest a series of tapas-style sharing plates so you can get adventurous with each course. Start with something light such as Italian meats and pickles before diving into a tasty fish course with crowd-pleasing options such as fishcakes or roast salmon. After that, indulge in steak sliders with blue cheese and rocket followed by a pork platter with sticky chorizo sausages, Asian pork shoulder confit and fresh raw mango salad on the side. Finish it all off with a selection of mini desserts.

You'll find that after this, your loved ones will have experienced a fabulous array of flavours, which flow seamlessly between courses. It's so relaxed and sociable – the perfect al fresco dining style.

Alice Falkingham

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The Pretty Little Treat Company
Outdoor 365 Group
The Pretty Little Treat Company
Outdoor 365 Group