Expert advice about catering

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Devon and Cornwall 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


Food, glorious food

Food, glorious food

Q. Can you inspire us with some fresh and exciting ideas for our wedding menu?

A. Eran Hovay says: Meet the expert: Eran Hovav is the managing director and head chef of Eran's Kitchen that was born out of his passion for food, travel and life, with flavours from around the world being at the core of every dish. Eran says: I'm always experimenting with new dishes and flavours using fresh raw ingredients from the West Country. I like to fuse modern British cuisine with traditional recipes from global cultures. For couples wanting something a bit different for their wedding, I particularly like the Argentinian Asado that's a wonderful experience for gathering guests together, plus the authentic, popular barbecue experience that can cater for vegetarian and vegan guests, as well as meat eaters alike. Other ideas I see regular requests for at weddings are bowl food, street food and even a Moroccan tagine feast.

Eran Hovay


Food, glorious food

Food, glorious food

Q. Can you inspire us with some fresh and exciting ideas for our wedding menu?

A. Sarah-Jane Payne says: Meet the expert: Sarah-Jane Payne has been running West Country Caterers located in Umberleigh, Devon for 23 years. It's one of the leading Devonbased catering companies and is a family-run business, covering all occasions. Sarah-Jane says: I find it interesting how food tastes and trends have evolved over the years. It's quite often celebrity influenced, with brides looking to them on Instagram and in magazines for ideas in choosing their wedding day menu. Also, group weekends away in a hired holiday home are now more popular for intimate wedding celebrations.

We are continuously researching and following the different trends and food varieties. More recently, there has been an increase in requests for vegetarian and vegan dishes. We have been catering for all-vegan menus which has been both challenging and rewarding, using seasonal vegetables and fruits.

Although some traditional ideas are still popular, we are now specialising in more street food for weddings such as paella and curry. Our sharing platters are ideal because they help create a social atmosphere, as are the more casual ideas such as barbecues and hog roasts.

Sarah-Jane Payne,West Country Caterers


Sweet treats

Sweet treats

Q. We want a fun, quirky idea to surprise our guests at our summer wedding. What can you suggest?

A. Devon Vintage Ice Cream Company says: Meet the expert: Tara Price is the joint owner of the Devon Vintage Ice Cream Van Company with her husband, Andy. Located in Plympton near Plymouth, they hire vintage-style ice cream vehicles for weddings in Devon.

Tara says: It's all about Instagram these days so why not surprise your guests with something fun that they can hashtag? Our two vintage ice cream vans and our quirky ice cream trike look great and also provide mouth-watering treats. From summer sorbets and retro lollies, to award-winning luxurious ice cream in yummy honeycomb, pistachio and salted caramel flavours, to name just a few, there's something for everyone. Why not feed your guests during the reception while you're having your photographs taken or after the wedding breakfast as an alternative to dessert?

Add personalised touches that your guests will remember, such as message bunting and cute accessories. This will provide an Insta-worthy backdrop to some of your big-day photographs, and we will let you hop on board for a few photos or even to make an ice cream or two!

It's important not to forget the little ones if you're inviting them along, and this is where our mini popcorn cart, vintage sweet retreat and chocolate brownies come in.

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Devon Vintage Ice Cream Company


Beer is the new gin

Beer is the new gin

Q. Is beer the new gin?

A. Skinners Brewery says: Meet the expert: Skinners Brewery based in Cornwall produces award-winning Cornish beers and ales. It's a family-run business that offers tours and group visits led by experienced guides (turn to page 61 to read more).

Elaine says: There's been an upsurge of late in the number of couples wanting beer at their weddings. Not only is it a cost-effective solution that will make their bar tab stretch further, and a well-stocked bar is a must, there are so many wonderful ales available that can be enjoyed as a long drink.

From refreshing and fruity golden pale ales and award-winning bitters to deep, dark, smooth-drinking stouts, they can be supplied in bottles, casks and kegs. A few best-selling favourites are Porthleven, a straw-coloured zesty ale with strong citrus aromas, incorporating a dash of lemon, lime and passion fruit that's best teamed with spicy foods and smoked meats.

Lushingtons is bursting with fruit, including lime, mango and lychee. Its creamy texture incorporates a hint of strawberry that's best teamed with white meat or fish.

Hops 'n' honey is a golden honey beer and is a great introduction to fine ale as it balances both bitter and sweet flavours. A spicy tangerine scent hints at a touch of toffee. Its bittersweet finish is best with game, pork and creamy rich desserts.

Sennen is ideal for spring weddings, with the limited edition variety available in April and May. It's a clear, light and crisp beer featuring hints of tropical fruit including mango and grapefruit.

Whatever you choose, make sure that serving the first drink on your special day is as important as cutting the cake!

Skinners Brewery

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