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!

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.

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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!

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!

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

Private Parties – Event Caterers Hampshire

southampton-caterersAs the leaves turn brown and we all challenge ourselves as to how long we can hold out before putting the central heating on, our attentions soon turn to the impending festive season and the fact that Christmas is less than 9 weeks away (cue feelings of panic!).

Planning the office Christmas party or a seasonal family get-together can be stressful – the same-old meal and disco doesn’t always appeal to everyone. Maybe you are just bored of the standard offering and fancy something a bit different and a little quirky?

At Ginger, we have put our creative minds together and have come up with a festive package that is definitely a change from the norm! Our ‘Cocktails and Canapes’ offers the fun of being a mixologist, and under the creative guidance of our resident cocktail making supremo, allows all attending to make their own delicious and boozy combinations (and don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten the drivers and non-drinkers – there will be an array of non-alcoholic options or cute jars provided so cocktails can be taken home).

catering-hampshireAlongside the cocktail making, our friendly waiting staff will offer a selection of vibrant, festive and tasty canapes, made from scratch by our Chef Director Matt in our production kitchen. A few examples from our Christmas canape menu include Gin cured salmon, croustade, horseradish crème fraiche, tonic and citrus gel, radish and dill salad or Crispy turkey, cranberry, stuffing spring roll and cranberry ginger relish……..just a small teaser of what you can choose from!

The beauty of this package is that we come to you. You do not have to worry about finding a venue – our package works brilliantly from within a boardroom, office reception area or domestic kitchen!

caterers-hampshireThe best bit is that all of this comes at the exceptional price of starting from £19.95 per person, based on a minimum number of 10 attending your party or function. As professional private party caterers Hampshire, our experience in delivering exceptional events is second to none. We also cover the surrounding counties of Dorset, Berkshire, West Sussex, Wiltshire and Surrey, so if you or your company are based in any of these areas, we can do it!

If you would like to find out further information about our Cocktails and Canapes package (or any other catering requirement that you have) then please contact us at [email protected] or phone us on 02380 019009 and we would be delighted to discuss the options!

Wedding Breakfast and Catering Trend Predictions 2017–New Forest, Hampshire Wedding Catering Company…Ginger.

metallics-picAs we approach the Autumn, now is a good time to start thinking about what will be the ‘hot’ trends of 2017, as these trends may influence the choices our couples make when deciding on their wedding catering. Here at Ginger, we love creating food that inspires and ignites the imagination, and taking a couple’s ideas and transforming them into delicious, culinary reality. We think that Julie Gray of Bovingdon’s has pretty much got the predictions spot on in her article below. We invite you to have a read to see what trends you think will be popular into 2017 and beyond!
Styling
We are seeing that wedding styling is becoming a key feature of the day for our wedding clients. Couples are choosing a ‘style’ and this is being reflected across all aspects of their day. Canapés, bars and evening food stations are great ways of incorporating your look.
Metallics
Where fashion starts weddings follow – straight from the catwalk we are seeing metallic hit weddings in a big way, allowing couples to have fun playing with their styling through glassware, gold mirrored table tops, gold cutlery and tablecloths. Silver and bronze dusted chocolate truffles are a key part of this.
Sequins
No, we are not talking about the tacky sequins of the past. Sequins are returning in beautiful shades of rose, gold and champagne, some with bold, geometric shapes in tablecloths and more – a truly elegant way to complement any look. Sequins and food, however, don’t mix!
Out with the old and in with the new
No more pub food! Casual dining is OUT and fine dining is IN. This does not need to be all foams and pearls, but a more refined plate that still sustains your guests.
We are seeing a resurgence of old and delicious classics like Beef Wellington, or vegetable lasagne for your non-meat eating guests. Game is also becoming more popular, and I think in winter 2016/17 we will be serving much more venison, rabbit, pheasant and wild boar.
British all the way
It is fabulous that people are championing local food and produce as they become more aware of food miles, and this is reflected in menus offering delicious variety throughout the seasons. Asparagus in May/June, Strawberries in July/August –you just can’t beat local, seasonal fruit and vegetables.
Cocktails
More and more we are seeing cocktails playing a large part in weddings, and we do not expect this to dissipate, but we are also seeing the cocktails cross over to the food. Who wouldn’t want to end the meal with a mojito cheesecake, cherry martini torte, margarita tart or gin and tonic sorbet? It is a great way to signal that the party is about to begin.
Let them eat cake?
wedding-cocktailsThe importance of the wedding cake seems to be waning, with couples spending less and less budget on this part of the wedding, and more importance placed on the evening food and keeping guests happy right to the end. A larger number of savoury cakes are being requested that can then double up later in the evening as food to keep the guests dancing into the wee hours. A fabulous British artisan cheese table is hard to beat; a still life of heavenly tastes that expresses the maker’s passion, combined with local chutney, British apples and pears, and amazing wheat and oat wafers.
Bubbles and more
With the British viniculture being so good at the moment couples are looking closer to home for their fizz. With some stunning award-winners coming from Nye timber and Chapel Down competing against the Champagne region, why would you look further afield?
Out with the new and in with the old!
More and more couples are asking for old world wines to complement their menus, with a resurgence in the sales of French and Italian wines. C’est magnifique! Si! I think this goes hand in hand with the return to fine dining.
Stylish soft drinks just as important as the fizz
A delicious alternative to alcohol is hugely important. It not only keeps people hydrated it also tells your non-drinking friends that you really care about them. Couples get more adventurous in their choices, such as thyme lemonade, strawberry basil-ade, peach melba and grapefruit cooler, and ginger and basil spritzer.
If you would like to incorporate any of these ideas into your wedding catering, contact us today, we would be delighted to help!

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