First impressions are so important and can really set the tone for your special day. In this line of business, when every penny counts and all of the crucial decisions being made can really affect the overall picture, we start to look at the parts of a wedding that could be superfluous. In my experience when working alongside couples, canapés are the first thing to be discussed. Does the couple really need them? Will they make enough of an impact to justify the price? Will my guests be expecting them? Are they worth the cost?
The straightforward answer to this is yes!
After hours of getting ready, feeling stressed, searching maps on how to get to the venue and potentially battling with various types of weather, guests have forgotten to eat and so by the time the vows are all said and done, bellies are starting to grumble. There is nothing worse than miserable wedding guests, who are not concentrating on the venue, nor the catering, décor and other bits you have spent thousands of pounds on: they are too distracted by them being ravenous! There is no doubt in our minds that wedding guests, especially ladies, will not have eaten anything.
What better way to keep all guests content than with small mouthfuls of what is to come: especially to soak up the booze from many glasses of sparkling wine whilst standing in the hot sun?
With London caterers offering such delicious and exciting morsels of food, it would be a shame not see what they can produce. Whether you are hosting your special day in the cold wintry months and need a warm mini beef Wellington with redcurrant jam, or a summer inspired asparagus tip on a bed of Mascarpone and brioche crisp, the choices are endless.
In the U.K. we celebrate Valentine’s Day each year on 14th February. Hearts and red roses are everywhere and boxes of chocolates and flowers are given to that special someone in your life. In the Seasoned office we have all been anticipating what our partners will be surprising us with this year!
Many other countries celebrate Valentine’s Day too but not in the same way that we do. We have had a look at the traditions of some other countries around the world.
Valentine’s Day has only been celebrated in Denmark since the 1990’s but the country has really embraced February 14th with a bit of a twist. Rather than the traditional roses, friends and lovers exchange pressed white flowers called snowdrops.
Valentine’s Day is a popular holiday for young couples in South Korea, and is actually celebrated in both February and March. The celebrations start on 14th February, when it’s up to women to give their men chocolates, sweets and flowers. The roles reverse on 14th March, a day known as White Day, when men not only give their partners chocolates and flowers, but also a gift.
Valentine’s Day celebrations in the Philippines are similar to how we celebrate in the U.K., there is one tradition that has swept the country and led to thousands of couples sharing their wedding day on 14th February. Mass wedding ceremonies have become increasingly popular in the Philippines in recent years where hundreds of couples gather at malls or other public areas around the country to get married together.
As a wedding caterer in London we wonder if the Philippines’ tradition of mass weddings will make it’s way over here: that would make for a very interesting day!
Chinese New Year is one the world’s most colourful events and is celebrated all across the globe. If you were born in 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970 or 1958, this is your year!
As always, in the Seasoned office we are getting involved in the festivities of the Chinese New Year! As a London caterer and having done a few Chinese inspired menu’s this year already, we wanted to have more of an insight on dishes that are eaten during the celebrations of the Chinese New Year.
We wanted to share some of the tasty treats we will be enjoying over the festive period, compliments of our Chef! We hope that this mouth-watering menu gets you inspired to have a Chinese feast of your own!
Spring rolls *yum* – Most of us are familiar with the deep-fried version, but these can be steamed or baked and can be created with the filling of your choice. Spring rolls can be served as an appetiser, snack or even a dinner dish.
Dumplings – Dumplings are most significant during the Chinese New Year. By eating dumplings, you are sending away the old and welcoming the new!
Noodles – There is great flexibility for ingredients for noodles, and many of the ingredients have symbolic meaning (interesting!) such as:
Eggs: big and healthy family
Fish: surplus and wealth
Tofu: happiness and fortune for the entire family
Steamed fish – This is a must for the Chinese New Year! Even though the whole fish is steamed for New Year’s Eve dinner, only half of the fish is eaten for dinner and the second half the next day – this is to prolong the surplus and to make the future prosperous as well.
The best bit, dessert – Nian Goa – Also known as a rice or New Year cake. The sweetness of this cake means the next year will be sweet & successful!
*Just in case you were wondering what Chinese Zodiac animal you are, click on the following link – https://goo.gl/QeQntH
Pancake Day is upon us and we have the frying pans ready to cook up a storm of mouth-watering pancakes.
Here at Seasoned we have been discussing our favourite toppings and it seems that Nutella & strawberries, lemon & sugar and ham & cheese are the top picks in the office!
As an event caterer we love any day dedicated to food and Pancake Day has to be one of our favourites.
When is Pancake Day?
Pancake Day, or Shrove Tuesday, is on the 13th of February this year, it is always 47 days before Easter Sunday.
What is Pancake Day?
Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday which is when Christians start celebrating Lent and give up certain foods.
Traditionally Christians would fast from these foods for 40 days and would therefore use up whatever they had left on Shrove Tuesday such as eggs, fat and sugar.
Perfect fluffy American style pancake recipe:
We love French style crèpes but thought it would be nice to share one of our favourite American pancake recipes with you!
With heart-adorned cards, boxes of chocolates plus red and pink everywhere, 14th February, also known as Valentine’s Day, the day we celebrate love, is fast approaching! If you want to surprise your loved one with a romantic homemade meal instead of going out this year, then we must start thinking about the menu! As event caterers in London, we are always looking at our menus and how to include some seasonal and trendy recipes.
Each one of us from the office here at Seasoned, has chosen a dish we’d like to share for your V-Day menu inspiration. We have included some of our favourite recipes for you, including some vegan options, in case your loved one decided to continue with veganism after veganuary!
Love heart egg toast
This is a nice and easy recipe: toast your bread, cut out a heart with a heart shaped cookie cutter, place in a frying pan and crack an egg into the hole.
Classic Caprese salad
Marry sliced tomatoes with a touch of green pesto, cut the mozzarella into hearts with a heart shaped cookie cutter then drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
See recipe below – https://www.rachelcooks.com/2014/01/13/lentil-bolognese/
Choose your favourite dessert nachos from these delicious recipes!