Christmas is finally over and decorations are now officially down and back in their boxes – as hard as it was to do!
We have seen some elegant Christmas decorations this year, from 10 foot glistening trees, to dancing fairy lights wrapped around antique paintings, across venues in Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Essex as we catered at a number of Christmas weddings, corporate parties and office drinks receptions throughout the festive season.
January is usually quiet in the hospitality world, but the Bigday offices are bustling as we look into 2012 and start to get ready for a very busy year ahead.
Enquiries have been rolling in, and we are arranging tastings and hosting meetings for brides and grooms-to-be, to meet and discuss their perfect wedding meal and to give a sample of our catering. These have been a huge success so far, and we love to meet the couples that we will be working with and go through the day with them in person.
One of our biggest debates in the office at the moment is what the food trends for this year are. We have found that sharing family style roast dinners are becoming increasingly popular. We present our joints of meat on wooden carving boards to each table, followed by bowls and buckets of roast potatoes, fresh leaf salads, steaming vegetables and condiments.
To throw in the fun factor we allocate the nominated ‘carver’ of each table a chefs hat and apron to really get them in the spirit. This fun and relaxed style of dining goes down well with all guests as we have found everyone socialises as they pass around each bowl of food.
Italian influences are also high on the list of requests we have been receiving. Many brides looking for a light summer wedding breakfast have opted for platters of anti pasto including a selection of cold meats, sunblushed tomatoes, juicy olives and mixed breads and oil.
We love these sharing plates as everyone really gets involved but there is still the element of formal dining as all guests are seated at tables for the meal.
On the other hand our traditional sit down meals, hog roasts, bbqs and paellas have all been popular for the summer 2012, so for now the debate will continue…