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!

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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

We Are Proud To Be Preferred Wedding Caterers!

BT1Our wedding season is showing no signs of slowing but we’ve found time to describe 2 very special and unique venues, where Ginger have the absolute pleasure of being the preferred caterers.

The first is Somerley House, an exquisite Grade II listed stately home situated on the Hampshire Dorset border, surrounded by glorious countryside. This venue can only be described as ‘Breath-taking’. The opulence of this beautiful building is evident in every room, floor to ceiling original paintings adorn every wall, capturing moments of history in gilt golden frames. Rich colours and interesting antiques sit proudly amongst the architectural features that make this listed building so special. Steeped in magnificent glory, the building remains home to Lord and Lady Somerton, who allow private use of the house and grounds for exclusive weddings and private functions. This whimsical setting of sophisticated elegance, along with the beautifully manicured gardens and grounds, provide an intimate, romantic and private wedding venue.

If something a bit more outdoorsy and quirky is more your style, then the Treehouses at Beaulieu provide a stunning and natural wedding venue in the heart of the New Forest. The main treehouse is uniquely nestled in the trees, surrounded by forest wildlife that looks beautiful in every season. By dusk, lighting highlighting the Treehouses and surrounding woodland transforming into a whole new venue, glowing beautifully against the dark night sky. Internally, this venue is a blank canvas, and can be adapted to reflect any colours or theme, the only limit is your imagination!

Ginger will help you create the perfect wedding breakfast menu for whatever venue you choose – whether it’s a stately home or a Tee-pee, a formal affair or a relaxed celebration. Our versatility and creativity ensures that your wedding day catering will be personalised to reflect your own individual style, and we will help you achieve the wedding day of your dreams. We are Now taking bookings for 2018, 2019 and beyond!

Hi Spring, Bye Spring!

Wow! What a couple of fast flying months we’ve just experienced, we cannot believe that’s its now June and Summer is imminent. Do you want to know what’s been keeping the Ginger Catering bees so busy recently? Well here goes…

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Firstly, We’re in! We have our brand spanking new HQ which has been fully kitted out and is now fully operational. Ginger Catering can now be found tucked away along the Waterside, in the pretty village of Hythe – we have beautiful sea views and the Seagull’s tunes. We’ve been working on this new space since January, we cannot say it was easy however hard work, vision and determination has meant that we were all settled in by April and it has been fantastic welcoming our clients to our new home.

What did we do in April? April kicked off with a lovely return visit to one of the private houses in Beaulieu for a Surf ‘N’ Turf style birthday celebration. Tim couldn’t have been any luckier with the weather which enabled us to have the dining table set up in their beautiful garden as we served the food and kept the wine flowing.

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We were also blessed with another sunshine Spring day at the Minstead Lodge wedding showcase. We managed to meet plenty of budding newly engaged couples and had a chance to catch up with some of our favourite wedding suppliers.  In true Ginger style we fed our guests well with a selection of canapes…from Tempura Veg with Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce, Tomato and Mozzarella Aranchini with Pesto Mayo and Mini Pavlova’s with Chantilly Cream and Homemade Honeycomb, all presented beautifully in our unique Ginger style.

A first for us was catering a Hen night with the theme of Murder Mystery, it started with Canapes and then a two course sit down meal with the entertainment of crime solving in between courses. A fun night was enjoyed by all and we managed to escape alive!

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And how could we forget the first wedding of the year at Barford Park. We were absolutely thrilled to be a part of the beautiful Nicola and Ross’s day. The guests enjoyed a selection of Canapes, and then freshly baked bread with dips to start, all vegetarian mains followed with a choice of authentic Rotolo or a hearty Lasagne and the meal was finished with a selection of mini desserts – Chocolate Brownie, Crème Brulee and Eton Mess. We also provided a mini Meringue station with an array of rainbow coloured peaks and candy striped bags to pack them into. For more of the day check out this blog by their incredibly talented photographers Big Bouquet Photography. http://bit.ly/2sEyYBM

May is for Meetings. We’ve been catching up with all the brides & grooms to be, finalising details and tasting menus. We’ve been invited back to corporate offices and prestigious clients to serve canapes and bubbly. We catered for a weekend of Stag celebrations at the stunning Somerley House and we’ve met with a number of exciting new contacts and friendly familiar faces – we can’t help but get excited when plans come together!

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As we step into the wedding season armed with fresh summer recipes bursting with flavour, colour and creativity, we have so much to look forward to with our Brides and Grooms. With themes such as ‘Moroccan’, ‘Woodland’ and ‘Peacock’ to think about the Ginger creative juices are constantly flowing. Our ethos is ‘Anything is Possible’ here at Ginger Catering, so do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like to discuss how we make your event one to remember!

The Smell of a Great Caterer

Wedding Caterers SouthamptonLast month Ginger were privileged to cater for a new car launch at two dealerships in Hampshire. We provided a selection of sumptuous canapes and soft, sparkling refreshments to the prospective customers interested in the newest, most technologically advanced, motor vehicles coming to market.

Whilst we were there, it got me thinking about how much of a role our senses play in making decisions in life. Quite often we think it’s our heart or our head making the call, but ultimately there are many physical and emotional stages that we each go through before finally take the plunge!

Take purchasing a new car for example……….

  1. Touch – The polished super shiny body work, the sumptuous, supple leather seats and the latest technically advanced gadgets – all the things that we would touch (and fiddle with!) on a new automobile.
  2. Hearing – How soft is the engine purring? How loud can the Bluetooth speakers go? Are the indicators silent or do they click-clack?
  3. Sight – Is the bodywork sleek, sexy and sophisticated, sporty or business-like? How about the colour – stand-out bright illuminous pink or subtle jet black? Alloy wheels or chrome exhaust?
  4. Smell – The smell of a new car is so utterly, wonderfully distinctive. Enough said.
  5. Taste – Now here comes the tricky one. OK, so you can’t taste a new car, but there is certainly something satisfying about having the latest, newest model on the road.

When it comes to catering for a function – we look to entice and excite all of the 5 senses to provide an all-encompassing experience. The most obvious of course being taste, the way each mouthful coats the mouth and sets your taste buds tingling…..This in turn sends messages to your brain of pure unadulterated joy!

Sight – We take great care in how we present our food and we think the ‘Ginger’ way is pretty special. We will always take on board the theme of a corporate event, wedding or party and adapt our versatile presentation to your own individual style. We add props and fresh foliage where we can – this ensures that the food becomes part of the entertainment and is a remembered feature of any event.

Smell – This is a biggie! Imagine the waft of freshly baked bread, spicy marinated aromatic lamb shoulder that has been slow cooking for hours or the zesty, zingy citrus fragrance of a lemon meringue pie. I’ll leave you with that thought.

Touch – Soft, flaky cod in a crispy beer batter, fleshy summer fruits and fresh vibrant salads, bouncy breads, wobbly, slippery jellies, or velvety smooth chocolate torte – our fingers are also the vital transport of food from plate to mouth……

And finally ‘hearing’ – Apart from the crunch of our sensational walnut shortbread (topped with whipped goats cheese and a beetroot jelly) and the delightful fun of a mouthful of chocolate popping candy, most of the ‘sound’ of our food comes from the great atmosphere and laughter generated from an event where customers are relaxed, safe in the knowledge that we have everything under control, and that their guests are happy and relaxed too.

We stand by the great quote ‘Laughter is brightest, where food is best’.

If you would like to find out more about the great service that we deliver as Hampshire and New Forest Caterers, we would be delighted to talk to you!

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We Are Going Totally Potty For Small Pots!

Here at Ginger HQ, we are going totally, madly potty for little pots and small plates!

This concept of sociable sharing food in smaller portions can either be served by our attentive waiting staff – carried on trays to be chosen and eaten by your guests whilst standing and chatting at parties or corporate functions – or displayed in bountiful measures on rustic tiers and shelves, to be devoured by guests like excited children in a pick’n’mix sweet shop!

Why settle for just one main meal? With this casual dining arrangement, 2-3 small plates equal a hearty main course, but with the benefit of flavour variety and taste combinations to appeal to all palettes. You really can have it all! Examples from our current menu include The Best Shepherd’s Pie, Beef Rendang and Hanger steak, Blue Cheese and Crispy Onions. Yum.

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The real fun comes with the puddings! Struggling to decide between a fruity number or decadent chocolate dessert? Don’t panic – have both! Here at Ginger we have a beautiful, rustic sideboard that can provide the perfect backdrop for displaying little portions of Eton Mess, Lemon Meringue Pie and Double Chocolate Mousse to name a few. Of course, the possibilities are endless. Have a favourite not on our menu? Leave it with us and we will create a dish especially for you. Weddings symbolise the love of two people for each other, so why shouldn’t the celebration include two, much loved desserts? No need to compromise here, in fact, go mad and choose a third! Why not score brownie points with the mother-in-law and choose her favourite too!? This arrangement means that there will be a sweet treat to suit everyone – we think it’s pure, culinary happiness in a pretty tasty little pot.

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If you are interested in exploring this option further for your wedding or event, we would be delighted to discuss the options with you. We pride ourselves on not only offering the best catering service in Hampshire and the New Forest, but we go one step further by incorporating your themes and ideas into our presentation styles, to ensure everything for your wedding, party or event, is just right. Check out what our clients have said about us so far…. http://bit.ly/2mf2hK8

Wedding Trending 2017/18 and into 2019!

As always, we like to keep ahead of the game to try and prepare ourselves for the upcoming bride and grooms requests. So, we have done a little research which might also give you some inspiration if you are planning your 2017/18 wedding or beyond.

There are lots of ongoing trends which haven’t quite made the ‘out of season’ pile yet including the vintage look, shabby chic and the pastel parade. We think one of the main reasons for those still keeping their popularity is that they give you flexibility to add and remove details and put your own unique mark on the theme. We still love the elegance of an afternoon tea style wedding breakfast, tiers upon tiers of plates laden with scrummy sweet and savoury treats, mmm yes please!

During the research we were of course happy to see that “Creative Catering” appeared on the list of 2017/18 must haves. We don’t mean to blow our own trumpet but being innovative, adding theatre, surprise and impeccable taste is another day in the office at Ginger Catering. Creative catering keeps that wow factor going throughout your day, a meal not just for feeding, for the excitement of ‘what’s next’, for the turning heads and the moans and groans of mouthgasmic (yes – that’s definitely a word!) flavour.

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Now we haven’t had the pleasure of attending one of these venues yet but we are intrigued and excited at the idea of “Industrial Luxe”. Think exposed copper piping, worked wooden features and naked light. We think this could be the upgrade from barn weddings, a little less country rustic and a little more rough and shine. Now also with this search we couldn’t find anything in Hampshire or our neighbouring south counties that had this edge, however please do let us know if you found one! And even better if you want us to cater for it too.

One thing we truly love at Ginger is COLOUR and we picked three colour pallets from the many popular ones currently out there we love and added some ideas of how to bring these to life-

Bronze + forest green +black

We’re thinking, personalised bronze wax stamp details like these ones you can find on ETSY http://etsy.me/2lqXu9I Bringing the outside in, the colour of luck and new beginnings. Using ivy or fern as a table runner is plain, simple and beautiful and right on our doorstep here in the New Forest. A classic chalk board menu for your bar or table. Black is bold and works with almost any colour scheme.

Rust + Copper + Aqua

The seasons collide with this beautifully unique colour combination, I urge you to type these three into your search engine and be inspired by these happy, happy colours! They just really make us smile.

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Cantaloupe + Honeydew + Pistachio

We might have chosen this one just because we can think of all the lovely food that would compliment this scheme but you can’t really blame us, I mean we are a catering company after all… For us these colours also make us think of summer, refreshing the senses and not being afraid to stand out and steer away from the traditional.

So there it is, a little insight to a couple of the trends that might inspire you in your wedding planning. And you never know, we might have picked one of these to showcase at our April showcase at Minstead lodge. http://bit.ly/2lKWeu9

The Next Wedding Showcase

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We can’t believe that January is over, 2017 is fully underway and so are the plans for this year’s spring ‘Wedding Showcase’. We don’t want to give too much away but we have decided on a theme which we absolutely love and the location couldn’t be more fitting for this theme. We met up with Kirsty from Planning by Laurel and Dawn from Minstead Trust this week to nail down on some details. There are so many decisions to make whilst planning a wedding, whether you’re getting married this year, the next or you just can’t help but make a secret pinterest board (don’t worry we won’t tell anyone!). This is why we want to go ahead and plan another showcase, with extensive knowledge and a long history within the industry we bring together some of the best suppliers in the business who we trust and adore.

As you know we have paired up with the newest addition to New Forest wedding venues – Minstead Lodge, choosing to have Minstead as your venue gives you a versatile scape and a blank canvas for creation. Minstead are blessed with the beauty of their surroundings and throughout the year the seasons add stunning features to their grounds.  It also couldn’t get better in terms of wedding logistics for travel and accommodation. Its just off the M27, nestled nicely within the New Forest and local town Lyndhurst which is only a stones throw away, is full of many places to put up your guests for the evening.

Last time we went very glam with our theme so this time we want to get back down to earth, here’s a couple of hints to get your imagination going… Greenery, naked wood and golden light. A simple but elegant feel with natural elements entwined; perfect for the wedding showcase this spring. We don’t need to look far for the companies who bring all of this together, we’ve been blessed by being able to work with so many great people on our journey so far.

You might wonder why as a catering company we care about trends and fashion predictions but use imagery to add theatre to the way we present the food. I mean seriously, we can’t serve something as beautiful as a gin and tonic salmon with horseradish creme fresh jewelled with caviar on just a wooden board- no way, Jose!

At Ginger Catering, we love the idea of being close to nature and we incorporate this feeling with your food to form as part of the entertainment. Our Edible Garden is getting quite famous now, have you seen it? Mini flower pots with edible soil and lightly pickled vegetables, quite the colourful array.

Whether you’re planning from scratch, adding the final touches or just want a chat with some fantastic businesses who can paint the picture for you, come see us all in April. We are the New Forest and Hampshire Caterers that you want to be talking to!