Expert advice about catering

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Sussex Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@your-sussex.wedding

 

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
www.thegourmetchef.co.uk

 

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
www.championcaterers.co.uk

 

Winter warmers

Winter warmers

Q. How can I make my big day seasonal?

A. Caroline Laughton says: We think inspiration for a winter wedding breakfast lies in some warming spices, rich flavours and hearty dishes. Canapés with roast beef and horseradish pipette, a white pepper croute with stilton, prosciutto and honey drizzle and a hot spiced lamb meatball really fit the bill.

Starters might include a spiced squash soup or a fun sharing whole baked garlic and rosemary studded camembert with crunchy crudites.

For main course dishes, continuing the sharing theme, meat boards are a great option, with two meats portioned or carved and a choice of traditional or Mediterranean vegetables. A duo of sausages or a shortcrust pastry pie are always a winter winner or perhaps a stew with venison, smoked bacon and juniper berries might suit.

With so many puddings to choose from, a trio of desserts will cover all bases! You might like a theme such as salted caramel or clementine or just a selection of your favourites in miniature for your guests to enjoy.

If you're looking to dance the night away with some late-night nibbles on hand, we think wood fired pizzas hit the spot to complete the menu for your special winter wedding day.

Caroline Laughton
www.thegourmetchef.co.uk

 

Sweet delights

Sweet delights

Q. For our summer wedding what sweet treats can we offer our big-day guests?

A. Allison Knaresborough says: Who doesn't love a sweet treat? I specialise in making French macarons which I believe gives your guests the ultimate sweet indulgence at your wedding. These elegant treats can complement any wedding colour scheme due to the bespoke shades that can be created. Macarons are a sweet treat that look seriously smart, making them an excellent choice when it comes to wedding favours – and they can even be custom-shaped, hand-painted or gold-leafed to make them extra-special.

There are limitless flavour and colour combinations with macarons. Hundreds can be arranged across tiers to create an attractive tower, offering you a wedding cake alternative or a tasty centrepiece on a dessert/buffet table. Your tower will become a talking point as guests will be eager to tuck in and try your chosen flavours.

Summer flavours I'd recommend this year are; salted caramel, vanilla, lemon, raspberry, even cookies and cream – these are all excellent ice cream flavours and work well as macaron flavours too. Finally an added bonus of selecting macarons as your sweet treats is that they are gluten free!

Allison Knaresborough
www.qbtreats.co.uk

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