FAQs and expert advice about catering

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Food for thought

Food for thought

Q. We're looking for the perfect caterer, what should we be aware of before committing?

A. Libbi Coldicott says: To ensure your catering is perfect, start by checking that your supplier can provide what you want. Schedule a call or video chat before booking to get a feel for what it will be like working together.

Don't be afraid to ask for examples or photos of their work. Check that they can cater for dietary requirements, provide serving staff and the timeframe they need to serve your guests as there's nothing worse than some tables eating dessert while others haven't received their starters.

Make sure they have the relevant food safety certificates and insurance, and always read the terms and conditions before you pay any money.

Discuss what would happen if you needed to change the number of guests, any dietary requirements or if you need to postpone/cancel for any reason. Make a note in your calendar of the deadline for changes and when the balance needs to be paid. If anything changes, give your supplier plenty of notice.

Libbi Coldicott, Cranberry & Thyme


Drink it all in

Drink it all in

Q. We want to hire a horsebox bar for our upcoming wedding and would love to incorporate the time of year into our drinks. Do you have any suggestions?

A. Christianne Hemming says: Christmas is the most amazing time to get creative, and it's our favourite time of the year. It's simple to evoke all the senses with a festive-inspired drinks menu. Why not start with a delicious mulled wine or hot spiced apple juice as your welcome drinks? Not only will this warm your guests, but it smells amazing.

If you're looking for an alcoholic drink, one of our favourites is our Christmas FizzGINgle Cocktail, which is a generous measure of winterberry gin, topped up with prosecco and a sprinkling of fresh berries. Other options include a salted caramel espresso martini or even a white hot chocolate with a white chocolate liqueur to finish off the evening.

Christianne Hemming, China Grey


Seasonal fare

Seasonal fare

Q. We had planned a summer wedding which we have now postponed to December meaning we now need to rethink our menu choices. What do you suggest we could choose for the time of year and it now being a sit-down meal rather than sharing bowl food.

A. Mike says: It's really disappointing for many couples who have had to postpone their wedding day this spring and summer – it's great to hear from couples that have been able to re-arrange their wedding day for this year though and a winter wedding will be just as beautiful and special. Head chef at Caviar & Chips, Mike Scott, has put together a delicious three-course menu that gives guests a choice between a meat, fish and vegetarian or vegan dish using some fresh and seasonal ingredients that will be perfect for this time of year

Chicken & Black Pudding Terrine
Served with Piccalilli Vegetables, Celeriac & Frissee Salad & Toasted Ciabatta

Smoked Haddock Fishcake
Served with Mustard Creamed Leeks

Breaded Camembert
Served with Fig, Pickled Red Onion, Rocket & Hazelnut Salad

Loin of Venison
Served with Potato Fondant, Bacon & Hazelnut Savoy, Parsnip Purée & Blackberry Jus

Pan Fried Cod Fillet
Served with Chorizo & Chickpea Stew, Crispy Kale & Lemon Aioli

Mushroom & Leek Crumble
Served with Sage & Parmesan Crumb, Pickled Mushroom, Herb & Crispy Shallot Salad

Mulled Winter Fruits
Served with Grand Marnier Cream, Orange Crisps & Spiced Caramel

White Chocolate & Winter Berry Bread & Butter Pudding
Served with Raspberry Sorbet & Candied Pistachios

Salted Caramel Tart
Served with Dark Chocolate Truffle, Honeycomb & Toffee Sauce

For more menu inspiration visit www.caviarandchips.co.uk or check out @caviarandchips

Mike, Caviar & Chips

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