Expert advice about catering

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A rustic menu

A rustic menu

Q. We're getting married in September at a rustic barn venue. What food would you suggest to complement our day?

A. Caroline Laughton says: In a barn setting, you'll be looking for a more relaxed feel to the menu while still keeping the wow factor. We'd suggest starting with a farmhouse sharing platter accompanied by fresh vine tomatoes and homemade crackling. To follow, a meat board piled high with two deliciously seasoned choices such as pulled pork, carved beef or slow cooked lamb, which creates a great talking point at the tables. Or maybe your guests would like a barbecue, served at the table with a mix of meats and seafood? Why not throw in a skewer with fresh salads and new potatoes served on a colourful collection of plates to set off the room and table decorations?

For dessert, you could go for the classic brownie or deconstructed mixed berry pavlova, rippled meringue kisses and popping candy.

Caroline Laughton


A way to the heart

A way to the heart

Q. How can I add an element of romance into my wedding day?

A. Nicola Gauntlett says: A Valentine's wedding is always going to be extra special. So, having chosen your fairytale venue it's now the turn of the caterers to create a banquet to remember, after all, food is the language of love!

Your menu should be indulgent, temptation on a plate. So whether you choose a beautifully cooked fillet of beef or a heart-warming plate of posh bangers and mash, true comfort food for the soul, it needs to be a feast for the eyes. Sharing platters help friends and family to get involved and form new friendships.

A subtle introduction of an aphrodisiac into the menu could also fan a spark between your guests. Oysters, chocolate, asparagus, chilli and figs are all foods we associate with romance.

Food can evoke emotions; it conjures up memories and feelings from past events. Couples often wish to introduce foods from memorable moments they have shared together, possibly a holiday or meal in a special place.

Why not, give your loved ones tiny heart shaped boxes of chocolates as favours and instead of numbers, name your tables after famous romantic couples.

Nicola Gauntlett