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!

 

 

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!

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!