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!

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

Comfort Food Ideas For Your Wedding Menu: A Simple Rye Bread For Toasting

slidersYou may think we are clutching at ‘straws’ or we ‘dough’ not have enough material to write another wedding blog but I promise you we have some inspiration that could be just ‘rye’ for you…

You might not have thought about having bread as a part of your wedding feast however we have plenty of food for thought here at Ginger and this one should be considered. We’ve mentioned in our recent blog about the ‘up-rising’ popularity of sharing platters – food that brings your guests together and has that rustic but luxurious theme, and bread certainly fits in nicely with this. Bread is far from boring when you’re pairing it with freshly prepared Anti-Pasti, char-grilled Mediterranean vegetables, or mopping up fragrant, balsamic olive oil with warmed, soft focaccia…….

Picture this….Pumpernickel, Ciabatta and seeded Baguette sliced and served with a selection of New Forest cheeses on an Autumnal late afternoon, post wedding breakfast, illuminated by the warmth of candle lanterns. Making you hungry? It certainly gets our stomachs rumbling, especially that smell of freshly baked goods coming straight from the oven. Ginger catering are all about combining fresh, exciting ingredients and beautiful presentation and our glazed, perfectly baked, flavoursome breads are always a hit! It is also suited to any time of year, it can accompany any plate of food and is enjoyed alongside worldwide cultural dishes. Genuinely, the possibilities are endless and at Ginger we aim to inspire you with our menus and ideas.

“Let us break bread together” 

Already known throughout history as a tradition that people share together, bread is one of the oldest of prepared foods. It has a social and an emotional significance and as well as the perfect texture duo of crusty outer and cloud-soft centre; it’s an ideal food for a wedding or any celebration. Not surprising I’m sure, but we think a lot about food here at Ginger and what it means to people, the way it makes us feel before and after. So if you are looking for a caterer who thinks more than just putting food on the table, at Ginger we believe in the experience, the memories and bonding people together through the love of food.

We’ve been busy this Winter and we are very excited about what’s already instore for 2017, including new and exciting recipes joining our seasonal menus. Having a Hampshire wedding, corporate occasion or private celebration? Ginger catering will be here to serve your daily bread.

Sharing Platters For Wedding Banquets

Let’s break traditional and get intimate. Don’t get me wrong, I do love the elegance of a three course plated meal but there is something quite fun about having an abundance of food delivered to the centre of the table, for guests to dive into. We are not talking about a medieval style self-serve buffet or an even older style banquet of ripping into a carcass, but instead a beautifully plated selection of succulent meats, with a balance of carbs and vibrant salads. But Veggies and Vegan’s, don’t feel that this option is solely for the meat eater, oh no, our vegetarian wedding options are just as substantial and stunningly presented.

At Ginger HQ, excitingly we have already seen the increase of sharing platter enquiries come through and we predict this will be a strong trend for 2017 weddings. There are quite a few reasons for couples to wedding-caterers-southamptonopt for this style of service and we at Ginger Catering Company LOVE the appeal for these following reasons…

  1. We love a New Forest rustic wedding and what a better way to compliment it then wooden boards laden with Charcuterie and it doesn’t stop there, at Ginger we let you choose three main dishes…
  2. Sharing platters create an intimate guest experience. Table awkwardness will be a thing of the past when your guests have to break the ice by sharing and bonding over most people’s favourite past time- eating!
  3. We find it very hard to choose what to eat and this idea gives everyone a wide selection of glorious food to eat as much or as little (as if…) as you wish.

We want your guests to lean back in their seats, wide-eyed and jaw-dropped when our staff deliver your choice of wedding cuisine to the table. We want to see big grins and satisfied tummies with that little spaced put aside to allow room for dessert without feeling bloated – to enable a great night of boogying on the dance floor. If all of that wasn’t enough we can, of course, provide that pick-me-up of evening food which features some great classics and new inspirations.

Remember, although we are mobile caterers in the heart of Hampshire, we bring our services to  wherever you decided to have your wedding across the South Coast. If you wanted a nautical themed wedding in Dorset with a ‘catch of the day’ style seafood platter or the back drop of Wiltshire Countryside complimented with local meats and cheeses to match- anything is possible!

One of the reasons we got into wedding catering is because we get to show you how much we care about food and service. Sharing platters give us the opportunity to match colours, themes and add personality to dishes on your wedding day.  So if you’re currently going through ideas for your wedding and need catering inspiration, get in touch with Ginger. We are excited about our upcoming Hampshire weddings and will be holding another wedding showcase in the New Forest next April 2017 and would love to see you there.

Brand New Marquee Wedding Venue New Forest – Wedding Caterers New Forest, Hampshire

_aak2019We are thrilled to be the preferred caterers for the newest addition to wedding venues in the New Forest, Hampshire – Minstead Lodge!

Minstead Lodge is set in the New Forest National Park, with the marquee for your wedding celebrations nestled amongst the trees in the enclosure, accessed via a short tree lined walk from the main car park and lodge. The marquee provides a blank canvas, which can be transformed and personalised to any theme or décor – the possibilities are endless!

The beautiful grounds to the side and the rear of the lodge provide a variety of locations for intimate wedding photography. Heading back up to the marquee, couples can make use of the arched trees encasing a secret staircase, as well as the tree lined drive leading from the main entrance to the marquee site.

img_1913This fantastic venue is opening its doors to the newlyweds of 2017 & 2018, to showcase its grounds in order to generate funds to support the Minstead Training Trust – a social enterprise charity based at the Lodge. The Trust 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.

Minstead Lodge will be opening its doors for free entry to its first Wedding Showcase on Sunday 9th October 2017 from 11am – 3pm.

Visitors will have the chance to view the stunning grounds and the lodgesliders as well as meet us – Ginger Catering – the exclusive caterers, a wedding PA service provided by Planning by Laurel and the marquee company, Premium Marquees. In addition, there will be a wide variety of industry professionals including VW Wedding Car Hire from Dorset Dubhire, Charly Woodhouse Wedding Photography, Helena Larsen of Sugar Paint Make up, Light Nights providing external lighting to transform the grounds at night, Venue décor by Pomp & Petals and Arcade Flowers. Videography by First Dance Films, Bridle photography by Keith Bridle, tasty treats by Clare’s Cupcakes, Luxury Little Rooms for your convenience and entertainment by Mr DJ and Evertide Acoustic Duo – so much to inspire you!

Ginger Catering Company will be providing a selection of tasty tipples to accompany the sumptuous canapes that we hope you will enjoy trying on the day! We will of course be on hand to talk you through the planning of your wedding and offer advice on all aspects of your reception – our unique and personalised service extends beyond just being your caterer!

The entry is free and the showcase will provide ideas and inspiration, even if you already have a wedding venue booked for 2017/2018.

We look forward to warmly welcoming you to the Newest Marquee Wedding Venue in the New Forest Hampshire. For further information, please email us at [email protected], or check out the event on our facebook page!

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