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Indian Catering: 5 Signs You Are Getting A Quality Service

Choosing the right Indian catering company for your event is essential. In fact, the food can make or break an event. High-quality dishes can help to rescue a situation, and exceptional catering can become a talking point for a great event. When deciding on a caterer you want to be sure that you are getting a quality service, but what makes a caterer right for your event?

With Indian catering, you want to be sure of an excellent, reliable service and delicious food which your guests will devour. Look out for these five top signs of a quality Indian catering service to help you to make the right decision and make your event memorable.

Five top signs you’re getting a great Indian catering experience

  1. Tastings

When planning an event, you want peace of mind in all areas. One of the best ways to feel reassured by a caterer is by sampling the menu beforehand. When discussing your menu requirements, your caterer should be able to offer tastings. It is especially important to test the meal options if you are undecided on which items to go for. By testing some of the dishes, you can work out the ideal pairings to make your menu selection easier.

Menu tastings are an excellent way to determine a quality Indian caterer. They not only allow you to taste the quality of the food and their cooking prowess, but it will also give you an idea of presentation. As we eat with our eyes first, beautiful presentation is vital and will send your event to the next level.

  1. Knowledge of ingredients

Quality ingredients are essential for delicious meals. One of the best ways to determine a high-quality caterer is by their knowledge and enthusiasm for ingredients. Many top caterers will focus their menus on locally-sourced produce to ensure that they have the freshest ingredients which make a great dish.

Whether you are looking for authentic and traditional cuisines to modern contemporary flavour fusions, the quality of the ingredients will be essential for the flavour and style. Ask your caterer about their suppliers and where they source ingredients from to help you to determine their quality and commitment to providing delicious cuisine.

  1. Attentiveness

Your event is important to you. A quality caterer will make sure that your event is important to them too. When choosing a caterer, look for the ones who take a specific interest in your needs and work with you to offer advice. A caterer should help you to create the best event possible with their dishes. During initial enquiries, a caterer should be responsive and helpful to you. While its expected a caterer will be busy, you should be able to communicate and arrange a suitable meeting time to discuss your requirements.

During a meeting with a caterer, look out for a caterer that actively asks questions. Their interest in your event and wanting to know all of the details is a sign they want to tailor their caterer to meet your needs. These will be the caterers who will strive to deliver top-quality service and be adaptable to your wishes.

  1. Understanding of your event

Some caterers will specialise in certain event types, which means they might not be the right choice for your event. Most caterers will explain what they specialise in, and trusted caterers will tell you what events they are best suited to and whether your event is right for them.

While a caterer should be flexible and adaptable to your needs, they are all built for different markets and service needs. Make sure that the caterer fully understands your style as much as you understand theirs for the perfect fit.

  1. Detailed contract

A good caterer will be completely transparent with their service offering so that you know exactly what you receive. The contract should include every detail of service, beverages, food and additional services they may offer.

For a high-purchase contract for big events, it is important you fully know your rights, particularly in the event of non-delivery or poor quality. A sign of a quality service will be a caterer that is not cheap, but one that provides the best value. It will be these caterers who will strive to meet your expectations and ensure you are completely happy with the contract. Clear terms and a commitment to providing you with the service you have paid for is a sign of a quality caterer that will give you peace of mind before a big event.

8 Expert Tips To Choose A Local Wedding Venue

Out of all the wedding tasks that need completing in the build-up to the big day, choosing the wedding venue seems straightforward. However, there are many elements involved. This means finding your perfect local wedding venue needs to tick a lot of boxes. You may think you’re happy to get married anywhere, but if it doesn’t match your personality or fit all of your guests, then it won’t be right for you.

Pick the perfect local wedding venue by following our eight expert tips:

  1. Budget

Wedding venues that are local to you may vary massively in price. The wedding venue should be one of the main focuses of your budget. While it may be the most significant chunk of the budget, you still need to make sure you have enough money for all of the other elements.

  1. Get a map

The best way to find your local venue is with a map. Print off a large map of your local area and consider how far you (and your guests) would be willing to travel. Once you have decided the distance in travel time that you are happy to make and is reasonable for the majority of your guests, circle the radius on a map. You can then pinpoint all of the local wedding venues in that span and start your research.  Honestly, it’s much easier to visualise this way.

  1. Start a spreadsheet

Every local wedding venue will have their information displayed differently. Some will show prices on their website. For others, you may have to ring up or visit for information. While a spreadsheet is not a ‘fun wedding task’ it is an easy way for you to collate information, and make sure you don’t confuse venues. Your spreadsheet can contain information that is important to you. For example, you may need to check on baby changing facilities, nearby or onsite hotels, wheelchair accessibility as well as the obvious cost and capacity.

  1. Revisit the budget

Yes, we’re talking budget, again. Once you have collated the local venues on your spreadsheet, delete the ones that you know you can afford. If you visit the locations that you can’t afford, you’ll probably fall in love with it. You’ll then be broken-hearted that you can’t afford it and other venues may pale in comparison.

  1. Get visiting

Now is the perfect time to visit the venues. You have a clear idea of the initial costs and what you need to venue to provide. Start viewings and remember, take pictures so you can visualise the layout of your wedding. Remember to note your thoughts on your pre-prepared spreadsheet. Be completely honest. The critical little points you have could be the difference between choosing one venue over another.

  1. Add up the actual cost

While you may have had a rough idea before visiting, a visit will tell you the exact price based on your requirements. It is vital to list everything you get included in the price. A local wedding venue may appear cheap, but costs may add up when you consider, drinks, corkage, table and glassware hire, chair covers and the list goes on. Once you have the detailed cost, a more expensive venue may be a better price for what’s included.

  1. Will you come across restrictions?

If your friends are party animals, then you may want to check the licence of the venue and make sure you’ll be able to celebrate until the early hours. Other restrictions you may face include the décor. You may feel that you need to add additional décor to tie your theme into the day, make sure that the venue will cater to your needs.

  1. Is it you?

Finally, it is your special day. Your venue should match your personality. When visiting locations, you’re likely to experience a gut feeling on which one is right for you. Whether you’re after a casual, historical or luxury vibe, make sure that your theme shines at your venue. Don’t regret picking a so-so venue; it is your big day. Help it to be perfect.

Guest’s WOW’d at the Natural History Museum!

Along with our sister company, Silverfox Events, we held a standing wedding reception at the Natural History Museum this weekend. Taking guests from the Drinks Reception in the breath-taking Earth Gallery into the World Famous Hintze Hall for the evening Wedding Reception featuring custom built food stalls accompanied with a decadent selection of our gourmet food, four bars and personalised decor.

Our first large event at the Natural History Museum since the re-launch in early September certainly turned heads, we are still receiving amazing feedback from the guests on the quality of food and service provided.

The Meeting

As the family’s preferred caterer we couldn’t wait to begin organising the most special day of their lives. We met with them in their central London home, allowing us to understand exactly what they want from the day. We set to work finding a suitable venue, amazing decor and most importantly creating a bespoke menu tailored specifically for our client.

The Planning

Taking the client to some of our favourite London venues, we settled on one of the most prestigious and well known, the Natural History Museum. Next, using our client’s brief, we arranged meetings with our hand-picked suppliers. After several meetings with artist impressions, scale drawings and expert advice the theme was set and the planning commenced. With flowers galore, lighting plans and entertainment schedules all created we were ready for the big day! Our Operations and Logistics Managers were then set to work, planning how to load in and out, ensuring all of the suppliers and staff are registered and adhering to the strict health & safety procedures at the venue. With one final suppliers meeting the day was upon us!

The Reception

With 2 hours on the clock, our suppliers along with our 230 staff members entered the Natural History Museum in a whirlwind of activity- laying tables, installing lighting rigs, arranging flowers, creating food stalls and bars and building a kitchen. Just as the last candle was lit and the final checks completed, our first guests arrived at The Earth Gallery and the service commenced. Canapés flowing, drinks circulating, guests mingling and the band playing, created a warm and relaxed ambience. Our management team meticulously briefed the staff on the food, the service and the clients expectations allowing us to deliver service standards surpassing our clients wishes.

Shortly after, our 300 guests move slowly through the mood-lit corridors into Hintze Hall. Gasps ensue, the client absolutely speechless at the grandeur of this national icon. With a 25 metre blue whale skeleton hanging above, 6 custom built food stalls, 4 beautifully crafted bars, and a variety of entertainment, including a live Bollywood singer, the party began with a bang and continued into the small hours.

 

Are you thinking of having a party, wedding or corporate event? Get in touch with our dedicated Events Team on 0203 150 2520 or 0161 902 0010

Ten Asian Wedding Food Ideas You Need To Steal

For the best day of your life, you want your guests to remember it as well as you do and for all the right reasons. As the saying goes; the best way to someone’s heart is through their stomach, so your wedding needs to wow your guests with a sumptuous wedding breakfast, tantalising canapes and delicious desserts.

Your wedding catering needs to impress, but also express your personality, after all, it is your big day. So how do you make sure you offer something different that gets the guests talking and makes sure that everyone is satisfied?

If you’re stuck for ideas, here are ten of our best Asian wedding food ideas that are guaranteed to hit the mark.

  1. Prawn Roti Rolls

For a delicious appetiser that’s pretty and elegant, take a small roti, add a spiced king prawn complete with garnish in the middle. Roll the sides of the roti up and tie with a chive stem to keep the filling secure. These rolls easy to eat, complete with an impressive filling on display all wrapped up with a pretty edible bow.

  1. Rose and Cardamom Panna Cotta

This delicious Italian-style set cream meets Asian flavours by infusing rose, cardamom and paan into the cream. Depending on your colour scheme, or whether you want the rose or cardamom to take centre stage, you can colour the panna cotta accordingly. The colour options make this dessert stylish and on trend, and this unusual take on a classic dessert will get the compliments flowing.

  1. Samosa Vol au Vent

Taking the classic samosa filling, add it to filo pastry cups and top with spiced crispy mung beans, offering a pretty take on the classic canape with a variety of textures to tantalise the palate.

  1. Mango Kulfi Lollies

Easy to eat on the move, kulfi lollies are great for a sweet treat for the buffet table. The mango will give the lollies a warm sunset glow. To entertain the children at the wedding, offer a range of sprinkles to coat the ice lollies in. Sweeties, edible glitter and crushed pistachios are great to add a little creativity to the menu.

  1. Sharing Boards

Ideal for grazers and to tide people over before the main meal arrives, sharing boards can be stylishly presented on each table and provide a great talking point for guests to introduce themselves over. Choose from a range of crispy snacks, such as crispy chapati, bhakri, naan and poppadum and add a variety of dips such as raita, chatpata chana, tomato chutney and hot garlic pickle.

Asian Wedding Sharing Board

  1. ‘Something For Everyone’ Skewers

It can be hard to please every taste, so the ‘something for everyone’ skewers are perfect for people to be experimental but enjoy food within their limits. Load the skewers with chicken pieces marinated in a range of different spices such as butter chicken and tikka masala, have the pieces arranged in levels of heat and spiciness so people can eat up until their happy and leave the pieces that are too hot to handle. For vegetarians, try using deep-fried paneer coated in spice mixes.

  1. Asian halibut and coconut shrimp

For the main course that wows, try Asian-style halibut, with flavours of ginger, coconut and soy on a bed of bok choy and sesame green beans complete with a coconut shrimp that gives the dish a sophisticated and stylish finish.

  1. Sambar and Heart-Shaped Idli

For a south-Indian flavour, take the classic sambar and refine it into a broth for a starter. Full of flavour, this is a great first dish for a menu, providing you reduce the vegetables and focus on the soup rather than the stew. Serve with heart-shaped idlis coloured with beetroot for a romantic start to the wedding breakfast.

  1. Salmon Chana Cones

Ideal for canapes or the buffet table, these delightful bites are served in ice cream cones, making them easy to hold. The chana masala mixture is kept relatively dry to avoid seepage out of the cones and mixed with chunks of flaky salmon.

  1. Cocktails

To wash down your scrumptious wedding food, why not offer bespoke wedding cocktails? Lychee Bellini, Watermelon Margarita and Spiced Mango Mojitos are perfect for adding fun and fusion to the menu as well as colour to tables. Choose your colour theme and go from there.


Need more ideas?

If you’d like some more inspiration, more Asian wedding food ideas or are looking for a wedding caterer that will provide your big day with incredible food and contemporary menu options that will dazzle your guests, get in touch with Payal for inspired gourmet catering.