Weddings: Fine Occasions and right Royal Days

That was the Winter of our discontent…. no, no, no, that will never do. That was the Winter of our disconnect… still fraught with cliche, it’s not going to work. THAT WAS THE WINTER OF OUR DISCOTHEQUES? Sod it, I have to start some where and so here I will start. Amid a super cold, powder heavy winter we continued to assist revellers in their partying aided by our 4×4 catering van, some expert driving and a steely determination to keep the wheels turning on the hypothetical catering wagon. As we began planning for our first big Marquee Wedding of the year the continued onslaught of Snow seemed to have even the most stoical of Event Planners perturbed. Though January was harsh February seemed to beckon in a milder more considerate climate for the outside caterer. Over the course of two events, a cocktail party and a wedding reception we catered for almost 600 guests suppling some wonderful canapes, venison, wines and more through out.

Carpaccio Cipriani of Hardiesmill Smoked Aberdeen Angus

It hasn’t been all work, work, work, though in the start of 2011. We managed to get along to the belated St Andrew’s Day Dinner (Now held just before Burns Night due to the bad weather in November). It was a great Industry night for local producers and suppliers in the Scottish Borders where some great Local Chefs were recognised for the wonderful food they have been producing  with goods sourced through the Scottish Borders Food Network.

We have been particularly busy dealing with an increase in enquiries for Weddings in 2011 and 2012. I’m not saying that it’s specifically down to this years Royal Wedding or that the long nights at home over Winter produced an especially romantic frisson but perhaps these things and a little bit of our own hard work have inspired more Brides and Grooms than usual to contact us about their own Special Day. Our wedding brochure has been whizzing around the place and gaining a lot of interest. You can download it here and have a look for yourselves:  2011 Wedding Brochure

We’ve launched a fantastic wedding package in conjunction with Mellerstain House for 2012 and we think the menus and excellent value for money make it the perfect marriage of historical atmosphere, fine food and wine. Your very own fairytale wedding of sorts. We also have exclusive rights to Makerstoun House just outside Kelso where we will be developing a number of Marquee wedding packages to allow couples to make the most of the Parish Church on the Estate, the wonderful Tweed-side setting and the seclusion and privacy of that this location brings.

Next up on the Horizon are Potato Day at the Borders Union Show Ground and the Buccleuch Hunt Point to Point meeting where we will be supplying the hospitality in the Lycetts Tent.  We are kept busy with requests for private chefs, dinner parties and  Canape receptions amongst all this. I’d like a holiday, maybe then I could post some more food up on this blog and tell you more about The Scottish Borders Brewery, Tempest Brewery, Citrus Braised Lamb with Shallots, Celeriac Gratin, Apple Malva, Home Made Biltong and much much more. Our Guest blogger Jenny Rhodes will be returning immanently and to the roster I hope to made some new additions.  Over and out.

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