A Bit About Ginger From The Beginning In 2016 – Up To Now……

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Ginger brings together the combined talents of 2 incredibly creative individuals – Matt is our Chef Director and his passion for food is phenomenal – when he is not cooking, he is researching and experimenting, making his dishes even more of a culinary delight! Sally, is our Events Director, and her creativity and expertise in running weddings and events is second to none. Her ability to make everything look incredibly beautiful (particularly our canape displays), along with the organisational skills to seamlessly run a function, means that together, with over 40 years of combined experience, they are the dream team!

We created Ginger Catering in 2016 and since that point Ginger has gone from strength to strength. The business continues to cement itself as a formidable and trusted supplier in the wedding industry. We take great pleasure in sharing our love for all things ‘catering’ with the world!

How as being involved in the TWIA affected your business?

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Ginger were over the moon to be announced as Regional Finalists (South Central) in the Catering category of the TWIA after such a short time in the wedding industry – which is testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire Ginger team. It is such a prestigious award, that really stands out to couples looking for their dream wedding suppliers. We are so grateful for the opportunities that have come as a result of our TWIA journey.

What is a typical day working in the wedding industry like?

There is no denying that working as a caterer within the Wedding Industry is very hard work – the hours are long and often unsociable, but the pleasure derived from seeing a room full of wedding guests having the best day – laughing, eating and drinking, is just the best! Knowing that you have formed part of a memory bank that people will talk about for many years to come, is a really special feeling. Ginger Catering take a unique approach to the wedding industry, the food forms part of the entertainment, it sparks conversation, it makes people very happy, and we are very proud of our little business.

 

So What Wedding Trends Are Set To Be Hot In 2018?

JenandDavidsWedding519Here at Ginger, we love listening to our next season bride and grooms and truly understanding their food aspirations for their big day. Many of our couples remain traditionalists, opting for the classical 3 course plated wedding breakfast, of course with our Ginger twist – incorporating our creative canape displays and vibrant, fresh flavours. However, occasionally you come across a couple who want a different approach to their first meal as ‘Man and Wife’ – to step outside the realms of what you would expect, to really put their own stamp on their day! We love it when an enquiry email starts with ‘We are real foodies so the food is really important to us’ – here at Ginger, we can relate to that statement wholeheartedly!

At Ginger, we take pride in creating all of our food from the freshest, raw ingredients, sourced locally where possible. This means, that we can create bespoke menus, bringing originality to every plate!

During 2018, we are incorporating a number of menus where the flowers are not just reserved for the bouquets – fresh, floral flavours are popping up in desserts, with hints of Elderflower and Orange Blossom (best recognised in our ‘Edible Garden’) and a delicate hint of rose in our soft, gooey meringue kisses.

Spring Dessert StationBotanicals don’t just stop at the food – infused gins continue to be incredibly popular and offer a refreshing and attractive alternative for reception drinks – Rosemary and Sage work really well for this. Why not offer a selection of infusions and flavourings for your very own evening Gin bar? Ice cubes can be pimped with berries and herbs to add even further layers of interest to quench your thirst on a warm, summers evening.

Feasting or Sharing platters create a fun, sociable and buzzy dining experience and can, in one mouthful, magically transport you around the world – from sunny Spanish climes and the rich and varied flavours of traditional Tapas to the relaxed, Italian Riveria, with succulent Antipasti offerings incorporating sun drenched Olives and freshly baked Ciabatta. Or for something a bit more British, how about a 6-hour slow roasted shoulder of lamb, marinated in garlic and rosemary, so incredibly soft and tender that it just melts in your mouth, served with a selection of sides and colourful, vibrant salads? No wonder this is so popular!

Smoked Salmon Platter

Dessert Stations, are surely, pudding heaven! Sweet and rich mini pots of a variety of desserts allow you to cover all bases when it comes to the taste buds of your wedding guests. Some prefer to finish a meal with a decadent millionaire shortbread style layered dessert with caramel and popping candy, for others a tangy and sharp lemon posset, with blueberry compote and a white chocolate and lavender crumble, offers just the right amount of sweetness to finish off the wedding breakfast. The beauty of a dessert station is that you can offer both, and even throw a third into the mix! We display our dessert stations amongst props and botanicals that can be tailored to your theme, adding an element of theatre to the day, and offering yet another reason why choosing Ginger for your wedding catering will be incredibly memorable!

The ‘Ginger’ Guide To A Culinary Christmas!

IMG_1301It’s here! Its Christmas! It’s that very special time
When families and friends get together to dine,And Christmas Day really is the ‘lunch’ of the year…..and it fills most people with terrifying fear!
How long to cook the turkey? Will it dry out?What if my guests don’t like Brussel sprouts?So here is our guide, so you can prepare,To ensure you dazzle, with culinary flair!

To start – Sophisticated canapés, lining the way
With glasses of bubbly, after all it’s a special day!

IMG_1257Pigs in blankets, fluffy roasties, all cooked in goose fat,Stirring the rich gravy (add the meat juices), in your designer paper hat!
Honey glazed parsnips, buttered carrots and peas,Enough for seconds? Oh go on then…yes please!
Followed by dessert after dessert of sweet mini pots,Christmas cocktails and a few naughty shots,A rich glass of port and a huge board of cheese,

Chocolate mints, petit fours, posh coffees and teas. For the evening, a decadent buffet, a feast before the eyes Christmas cake, Christmas pudding and not forgetting, mince pies!Sweets and chocolates, bowls of nibbles and nutsPork pies, quiche and hams – of all different cuts,So sit back, relax, it will all be fine…..everyone will love it, after a few glasses of wine!

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Food makes us happy, and that’s why we’re here….At Ginger we all love Christmas – it’s that crazy time of year!

 

 

What It Means To Us To Win The Hampshire Wedding Suppliers Award For Best Wedding Caterers 2017……….

Overwhelmed, Ecstatic andThankful. And that’s one roller-coaster of emotions for one Friday night to take in so quickly! We had an absolutely wonderful evening at the awards ceremony, it was such a great way to reflect on the year so far by meeting up with some of the fantastic suppliers we’ve had the pleasure of working with. And even better to see everyone get the recognition they deserve for the hard work and dedication to their business – we were all truly winners.
Party Caterers Southampton“A company that shows so much love what they do, it’s clear that they are achieving great things, their images made our mouths water….”

As you already may know, Ginger are the new kids on the block, having only been created in  April 2016. To be acknowledged this early on our journey means the world to us and gives us the confidence that we are moving in the right direction. Obtaining this award has set in stone the standards we uphold of quite simply, fantastic catering and service.

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We had the pleasure of sharing tables with Simon Clarke DJ (hiresimon.co.uk), Kimberley Garrod Photography(kimberleygarrod.co.uk) and Carol from Laurel Designs (laureldesignstudio.co.uk) we cannot recommend their businesses or thank them enough for sharing this journey with us. There is a network of brilliant wedding suppliers out there who are dedicated to making sure your day goes beyond your expectations. We would always recommend someone if we feel they would be right for you and your wedding day.

We are already so excited for 2018, we will be revisiting some of our favourite venues and going in as fresh faces to some new. However,it’s not over yet, we are also Regional Finalists for the 2018 Wedding Industry Awards. We feel honestly blessed with the responses from our 2017 couples, we loved working every single one. 2017 really has been a year of celebration and amazing parties and we are so happy to have been apart of them.

A massive thank you again to everyone who has been with us along the Ginger Road so far.

With much love, Hampshire’s Best Wedding Caterers 2017, Ginger Catering Company x

Gingers ‘Top Tips’ For Staying Cool And Calm This Summer!

We know how important it is to have some “WooSah” when things get hot and workloads seem heavy, so we’ve put together a couple of our favourite things to help you chill out -either before a big event or post reflection.

Pimp Your H2O

Keeping yourself hydrated and encouraging your guests to keep the alcohol/water balance seems obvious but when there is so much going on around you it can easily be forgotten. ‘Help yourself’ Kilner jars on the bar side with infusions of Mint and Lime (the water Mojito) looks instantly refreshing and appealing and no need to queue to be served. The Water ‘Pimm’s’ with Strawberries, cucumber, Mint and Lemon looks beautiful and tastes glorious on a hot summers day.

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Love Where You Live

Be it a 10-minute walk to the nearest park, or a 20-minute drive to the nearest seaside, we are so lucky in the UK to have so much within our reach and really, we are utterly spoilt here in Hampshire for what we have in our area. We’ve been to so many locations recently that we are grateful to have been invited to. The most recent of Newhouse Estate, a privately owned stunning little wedding venue with a pond and beautiful gardens. It only takes 2 minutes to look around and smell the roses and appreciate what summer brings to light.

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Fresh Ingredients

The season of English fruit and Veg is just booming now and we whole-heartily believe in incorporating freshness into everything we do. We encourage you to use that £1.20 Basil on your kitchen windowsill that looks so pretty but honestly tastes even better added to a fresh tomato salad. And check the garden for herbs and flowers that can add excitement to your dishes.  Did you know you could eat those bright orange Nasturtium flowers? They make great decoration and we eat with our eyes! Or why not pay a visit to your local farm shop or market to see what amazing produce there is out there now. Food makes us happy J

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Stay Cool, Eat Ice Cream

Okay, it’s not for everyone – we know! But ice cream just puts a smile on our face. Again, we are lucky to have so many great ice creams made locally around us…… New Forest Ice Creams, Jude’s, just to name some and you may be able to dig out that old Christmas present and have a go at making it yourself. We recently served cupcakes and ice cream as a wedding dessert and served the ice cream in ice bowls to keep it fresh and melt free with an option of two flavours to enjoy. Matt (our Head Chef) makes a fabulous Raspberry Sorbet which is perfectly zingy, delicious, and hits the spot on a hot Summers day!

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There you go, top tips from us at Ginger Catering Company on how to get your calm on this Summer. If you fancy big bowls bursting with vibrant salads, zingy slaws and fresh spices (and they are just the sides!), hearty foods to power you through the night and array of pop up bar refreshments tailored to your event – we are here to make it all happen!

Are You Planning a Pre-Hen/Stag Do, End of Dry January Celebration? Well Hopefully This Will Help!

At Ginger Catering, we love to make you smile, and with this cheeky offer, we are going the extra mile!
We wish we could give you, your journey for free, But the best we can do is start with a ‘G’
We’ll save you some pennies, we’re not going to lie….
So the next letter you need is definitely an ‘I’ You might be on a bender or planning bed by 10, and to help get you home quicker,
the next letter is an ‘N’ Perhaps out dancing or dinner at West Quay,  The next part of the code, is the awesome letter ‘G’!
We like to make people happy and it’s really plain to see
That the next letter in the sequence, is a cheeky letter ‘E’
If you’ve attended a Ginger function, we hope you liked our bar?
Which takes us to our next letter, a rather lovely ‘R’
So a discount on your journey, a saving on the fee….
We are really rather generous, by giving you a ‘C’
So what do you think about Ginger? We’d really like to know!
And to say a great big ‘Thank you’ the last letter is an ‘O’!
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over!
Having a ‘Pre-hen-doo’ use our code and get £15 off off your Uber ride home

If new to Uber downlUberoad the app and sign up with the promo code: GINGERCO to receive up to £15 off of your first ride.

(code valid until Feb ’18)

 

 

 

 

Minstead Lodge Wedding Venue New Forest National Park

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Early in the Spring as the buds were just starting to come into blossom we met with the lovely Dawn and Liz at Minstead Lodge to discuss the potential opportunity of working together and making use of the lovely grounds of the Lodge to help generate funds for the Trust. Now that the leaves have changed to vibrant yellows and deep reds we can reflect on successfully holding their first Wedding Showcase back at the beginning of October.  We are now looking forward to the Spring Wedding Showcase on the 2nd April and the first wedding at the venue in Summer ’17.

It’s so lovely for us to be able to offer the grounds of the lodge to brides and grooms for their special day but the reasons for this opportunity is due to a decrease in government funding. By choosing Minstead Lodge as your wedding venue you will not only receive an exceptional level of service, you will also be generating funds to help keep Minstead Trust operating and helping so many people who, without the help and support wouldn’t have the chance to live independently.

Minstead Trust is a social enterprise that supports people with learning disabilities and autism, who want to develop and maintain their skills for life, skills for work, better health and wellbeing.

They also offer support for the individuals who want to move away from home for the first time, by supported them in their own home or in a house with other people.

Today we were invited to attend the open AGM of the trust to hear about all of the new ways in which the trust is expanding. 3 months ago they launched two new venues in Portsmouth to help adults in the local area become more independent. These venues have come a long way in such a short space of time and have received glowing audits from the Portsmouth council.

The aim of the social enterprises at the main base of Minstead Lodge is to enable the students to have jobs within the maintenance and upkeep of the beautiful Furzey Gardens, the wood work team with their production of items to be sold at craft fayres as well as their new online shop and also within the lodge itself by providing hospitality services for conferencing day delegates and for the future, even catering for their own wedding receptions.

We need to raise awareness for those who live more challenging lives and rely on the support from the local community and volunteers to be independent, who take pride in the challenges they face and overcome when doing something most of us would find a mundane daily chore. We must give thanks for what we have and give back where we can.

We will soon have photos of this charming venue in all of its wedding glory in the meantime please visit our facebook page www.facebook.com/gingercateringcompany for some sneaky peeks of the wedding showcase at the beginning of the month and for inquiries and to view the new Minstead Trust website visit www.minsteadtrust.org.uk

Ginger at Hampshire Chamber of Commerce

 

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We are delighted to be the new member of Hampshire Chamber of Commerce and are looking forward to the forthcoming networking and exhibiting events at some prestigious venues in Southampton and Portsmouth.

We are also in the early stages of planning a Wedding Show Case at a New Wedding Venue in the New Forest amongst the calming big trees and the opportunity for Bride’s and Grooms to have their intimate photos taken in their private gardens. More details to follow and information of this venue is available on our facebook page. www.facebook.com/gingercateringcompany.

Thursday 7th July 2016, It’s National Chocolate Day!

So while you’re indulging in our all time guilty pleasure here are some facts to keep your mind active:

The smell of chocolate increases theta brain waves, which triggers relaxation

It takes approximately 400 cacao beans to make one pound (450 gr.) of chocolate.

Eating dark chocolate every day reduces the risk of heart disease by one-third.

White Chocolate isn’t technically Chocolate, as it contains no cocoa solids or cocoa liquor

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Stunning New Wedding Venue in the New Forest

We have the delightful pleasure of announcing the use of the grounds at Minstead Lodge, a charming marquee venue in the Heart of the New Forest.

Minstead Lodge is situated just off the M27, conveniently located for local churches and registry ceremonies and set amongst the beautiful greenery of the Forest on the outskirts of Minstead Village. The grounds of the Lodge provide the perfect setting for your wedding reception, private party or celebrations.

Minstead Lodge is a social enterprise, which helps to fund the work of the Minstead Training Trust, a charity based at the Lodge, which supports people with learning disabilities to lead more independent and fulfilling lives. By choosing Minstead Lodge, you are making a real difference to someone’s life.

This beautifully versatile venue has ample car parking with picturesque land surrounding the marquee, allowing you plenty of room to incorporate your theme, use for activities or simply take in the calming majestic location. Newlyweds may also have access to the private grounds of the Lodge for more intimate photographs.

The New Forest is a magical backdrop for your wedding and whether you live in the New Forest or further afield this is the ideal location for the reception of your special day

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