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.

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!

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.

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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Winter Weddings – Hampshire Wedding Caterers

Capture1A ceremony by flickering candlelight, a roaring log fire and a bouquet filled with mistletoe……just a few of the beautiful elements that could be part of a wonderful winter wedding. Rich, indulgent reds and deep decadent purples look stunning against a white or ivory gown, with the addition of soft fur or silky velvet providing a little extra warmth through accessorising….no wonder many brides choose this option! Winter weddings are magical, romantic and not forgetting budget friendly – many venues offer a reduced venue hire cost outside of the traditional wedding season…..so what’s not to love about a winter wedding celebration?

There are many ideas to make your winter wedding one to remember. Wedding stationery can be adorned with sparkles and diamanté’s, with sophisticated colour schemes of silver or gold. Reception venues can be lit by candles, lanterns, fairy lights, candelabras and as day turns to night, the sky can be illuminated with sparklers or fireworks.

Capture3How about having a pretty basket filled with wraps, gloves and blankets, available for guests to use when outdoor photos are being taken? Champagne can be swapped for warming and spicy mulled wine, to help keep the wedding party cosy too!

There are also other benefits to a winter wedding – it’s too cold to venture outside in the evening which means all of your guests stay in the venue, creating a brilliant party atmosphere and more dancing on the dance floor!

If it’s a little chillier outside, you can afford to be a little more indulgent with your choice of catering for your wedding breakfast too….think rich meats such as slow braised beef or confit pork belly, or how about a gooey sticky toffee pudding for dessert?

If you are considering a winter wedding, we would be delighted to discuss our catering options with you to create your perfect winter wonderland! Ginger are specialist wedding caterers based in Hampshire with over 20 years’ experience in delivering exceptional catering and events. We can also cater to the surrounding counties of Berkshire, West Sussex, Dorset, Wiltshire and Surrey – So contact us today!

New Forest Catering Services – ‘Vintage Style’

tea-cake-standWhen couples contact us about their wedding catering, it’s refreshing that there is certainly no ‘One size that fits all’. Most brides have dreamt about their perfect wedding since childhood, planning their dress, colour scheme and of course, their ideal man! However, the choice of their wedding breakfast is probably not something they have put much thought into, until of course they come to choose their special venue and ultimately the style of wedding they wish to have.

We are finding that now, more than ever, wedding trends are playing a huge part in the choices that our couples make. With websites like https://uk.pinterest.com/, millions of beautiful ideas are available at the tap of a screen – no wonder every wedding feels unique!  One of the biggest trends continuing into 2017 is the ‘vintage theme’.  This can be carried right through from the choice of outfits, flowers, venue decor, transport and in particular, the style of food. Think cute bunting and tea lights, vintage lace and pastel posies.

To compliment the vintage theme, at Ginger catering, we can provide a beautiful afternoon tea style wedding breakfast, served on original vintage China (mismatched of course!) to include delicate cake stands, pretty, individual tea cups and saucers and traditional side plates.

Our team of chefs (who you will be reassured to know are not vintage!) will produce the most delicious home-made indthe sandwich theifividual pastries and savouries, to ensure the tea-stands are piled high with tasty treats. Alongside the savouries there will be a selection of finger sandwiches, made with the freshest of bre
ads and filled with the most decadent of meats, fish or specialist cheeses with the all- important accompaniments to ensure the most vibrant of flavours.

Then comes the best bit………the cake. Everyone loves a bit of cake, whether it be a freshly baked home-made fruit scone piled high with clotted cream and strawberry jam, or a succulent slice of moist carrot cake, topped with a sweet cream cheese frosting. Or how about a totally indulgent chocolate fudge cake…..total heaven. Our chefs literally bake the best cakes!

This style of vintage wedding particularly suits a barn, marquee or Private venue Hampshire and we are blessed that there are many venues where we can provide our New Forest catering services. We would be delighted to cater for your special day if you require Wedding Caterers Wiltshire, Dorset, Berkshire, Surrey, West Sussex or Wedding Caterers Hampshire.

If you are planning your wedding, contact us today and we will ensure that you have the wedding of your dreams, whatever the style!