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 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

Experienced and Trained Event Catering Team in Hampshire

Brazilian BBQAt Ginger, we offer an exceptional and tailored service for private catering Hampshire, to suit any theme of event or party!

Planning a party always sounds like a fun job! What will your theme be? who can you invite? What songs can you request the band to play? What will you wear… usually then followed by the thought of ‘What should we do about food?’.

Creating a memorable occasion takes time, in considering all of the aspects and making the right decisions. By choosing Ginger Catering we will not only provide you with fantastically tasting conversational food, we will provide great staff to serve it and do our best to match the food to your style to keep the theme running throughout your private party. Look no further than Ginger for all of your Party Catering needs in Southampton and Hampshire.

Our Menus offer a variety of colour and ingredients to tickle the taste buds of any palette, however if there is something in particular you fancy, for example your favourite style of chicken from a popular restaurant or even something a little more exotic such as a beautiful Spanish Paella then just let us know, anything is possible! We want to be your number one choice for party caterers Southampton.

We pride ourselves on delivering the best standards in food and service and look forward to discussing new ideas and putting together suggested menus for you to review. Recently we put together this Brazilian themed menu ahead of the 2016 Olympics:

Spicy Malagueta Marinated Chicken Thigh & Red Pepper Skewer

48 Hour Marinated Chilli & Cumin Hanger Steak

Chimichurri Prawns & Salmon Skewer

Halloumi Kebab with Cherry Vine Tomato, Courgette, Peppers & Cajun Spices
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Lettuce, Watercress, Avocado, Mango & Chilli

Black Bean & Sweet Potato Salad

Tomato & Palm Heart Salad
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Served with Pittas & Sauces:

  • Chilli Mayonnaise
  • Molho Vinaigrette
  • Aji Green Sauce

    Brazilian BBQ 2Guests were thrilled at the sight of the food and were even more excited when it came to eating! If you would like us to work on a themed party menu for you, do not hesitate to get in touch!

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