FAQs and expert advice about catering

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Catering

 

Food, glorious food

Food, glorious food

Q. Can you suggest some ways for us to create a sustainable winter wedding menu?

A. Sarah-Jane Payne says: Meet the expert: Sarah-Jane Payne is the owner of West Country Caterers, a family-run business offering home-cooked cuisine located in Umberleigh, Devon.

Sarah-Jayne says: At West Country Caterers, we pride ourselves in embracing both seasonal and local produce wherever possible. Our suppliers are all based in the West Country which minimises the food travel time. Our menus are designed around using local suppliers and embracing a very British style. Food at this time of the year needs to be warming and packed with flavour. Winter vegetables and herbs from our garden add to the flavour of our home-cooked fayre. We pride ourselves in using suppliers that help to reduce our carbon footprint but still supply great local produce of the best quality.

A sample menu for a winter wedding would be caramelised red onion tart with West Country goat's cheese, Red Ruby Exmoor beef in beer served with a selection of seasonal vegetables, our own sticky toffee pudding recipe for dessert teamed with homemade ice cream, and coffee and Devonshire fudge to finish.

Sarah-Jane Payne, West Country Caterers
www.west-country-caterers.co.uk

 

Food glorious food

Food glorious food

Q. Can you give us some menu ideas for our upcoming micro wedding?

A. Sarah-Jane Payne says: Meet the expert: Sarah-Jane Payne is the owner of West Country Caterers, a family-run business offering home-cooked cuisine located in Umberleigh, Devon.

Sarah-Jane says: I have created some menu ideas to make a smaller wedding day memorable, especially for couples who have had to downsize their celebration this year. I have created a special silver service-style menu that includes the hire of all staff, a drinks service and the use of stylish crockery and glassware. The dishes include seared smoked salmon with avocado salsa, pea shoots and sweet chilli sauce, fillet steak served on a Portobello mushroom, wild mushroom risotto and pan-fried sea bass. Guests with a sweet tooth will love the trio of desserts including crème brûlée, chocolate cheesecake with a cherry compote and meringue topped with mango and passion fruit. Coffee and mints are also included, and we can add a selection of six canapés for each guest served before the wedding breakfast which is usually a choice of two meat, two fish and two vegetarian ones.

At West Country Caterers, we can meet any dietary requirements, and delicious vegetarian and vegan options can be discussed at the time of choosing your dishes. We have considerable experience catering for all types of weddings so if formal dining is not what you require, we can provide a romantic picnic served from luxury hampers for guests to enjoy outdoors, seated on rugs. Street food such as paella is another option, and so is a barbecue with salad, all of which can be served to guests seated at their tables.

Sarah-Jane Payne, West Country Caterers
www.west-country-caterers.co.uk