FAQs and expert advice about catering

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your West Midlands 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@yourwestmidlands.wedding


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


Winter menu

Winter menu

Q. We want a winter menu for our wedding in February, what types of yummy food would you suggest?

A. Richard Cummins says: Here's the perfect winter menu that has received a great response from before, it's from an competition earlier this year to raise money to support Anthony Nolan, a charity that helps people suffering from blood cancer. It was a prize for six people who raised more than £1,600 on the evening.

This five-course menu was written specifically for February and includes a hot starter featuring chicken and chorizo roulade, a beautiful winter warming dish of slow-braised beef in ale and with Burton-on-Trent just up the road, good ale is a no-brainer! This was paired with roasted winter roots and everyone's favourite – a velvet-like buttery mash with just a pinch of nutmeg and garlic.

For dessert an indulgently rich chocolate marquis with a smooth mascarpone to cut through that rich Belgian chocolate is perfect.

Rich desserts and the odd cheeky reminder that summer's just around the corner, such as our pina colada parfait for amuse-bouche. We tend to offer this complimentary on our menu's and keep this a secret for the evening, giving customer a surprise and the chef a chance to go off script and do what their best at.

Richard Cummins


Warming canapés

Warming canapés

Q. For our winter wedding we want to have warming canapés to give guests some tasty snacks for the drinks reception. What would you suggest?

A. Satnam Kaur says: When asked what starters or canapés we'd serve at a drinks reception it has to be chaats. In India, chaat is a word that describes more than just snacks and canapés – it's a way of life. The crispy, crunchy, spicy and tangy snack is down-right addictive!

We serve a wide variety of chaats, vegetable ones and non vegetable, which are great for starters such as Pani puri, a spherical fried crisps filled with potatoes, chickpeas, onions, and chutneys, served with tamarind flavoured water. To eat a golgappa, you spoon a little bit of the water into the centre of the crisp, it's truly a sensational experience. Another great chaat we serve is samosas chaat – this is a dish that gets taste buds dancing and is made of a base of chopped samosas, topped with chutney, yoghurt and sev. Our aloo tikki chaat is always a talking point which is spiced potato patties topped with a punjabi garnish and when dipped liberally with the cilantro and mint chutneys gets lips smacking.

Here at Urban Spice Box, we're a family-operated mobile catering business based in the west midlands who's expertise come from the streets of Punjab to the British wedding scene where we bring you Indian flavours with the best British ingredients. From starters to desserts we've got it!

Satnam Kaur


Festive menu

Festive menu

Q. For our winter wedding we'd love to have a festive menu. What foods would you suggest?

A. Julie Collins says: Winter is such a lovely season for delicious heartwarming meals made with local produce. We suggest a delicious roast root soup with locally sourced artisan bread to start – or maybe a trio starter with all of your favourites including a warm scotch egg, British fishcake and goats cheese bon bons. It is up to you to decide what you love to eat and our chefs will deliver.

For the main course you cannot go wrong with roast chicken, pigs in blankets and traditional stuffing, roast root vegetables and your choice of potatoes. Mine would be dauphinoise or classic roast. All finished off with a deep flavoursome jus.

Dessert would be a salted caramel garden pot to add some fun to the meal or a sticky toffee apple pudding and custard served in a kilner jar for something warm.

Finished with tea and coffee for guests if they fancy it. We believe in giving you what you love and going the extra mile to help build a menu together that speaks about you as a couple.

Julie Collins