Make mine a kebab. If you're having a kebab, you have to have a beer!
I arrived at the Chandlers around 1730, giving myself plenty of time to get unpacked, set up and organised. Having the luxury of a large kitchen with good oven space and a good hob was excellent. Everything was all unpacked, courses were
laid out in different parts of the kitchen ready for when thy were needed, the plates were in the warmer, lamb sauce was reducing on the stove. Things were looking good, time for a coffee!
Ding Dong! It's time! Heart rate starts
to rise as the first guest arrived and Elegant gins were offered on arrival. The sharing boards were being buit and the start line approached ever so closer and then the host appeared and said they were ready to start with the food. Bang!
The starters pistol went off and the marathon began, remember, it's al ong one this, pace yourself and all will be fine, I said to myself. It's all in the detail and the organisation. I had done plenty of this and was ready to go.
was on the menu then?
With the Aperitifs
Sharing Platter of Scottish Smoked Venison & Gressingham Duck. Iberico Chorizo. Red Onion & Sea Salt Focaccia. Olives
& Marinated Vegetables.
Bread & Butter
Rustic White - Seeded Granary - Cumin, Chilli & Cheese Focaccia. Home churned Unsalted - Bloody
Mary & Roasted Garlic - Kentucky Bourbon BBQ & Smoked Sea Salt.
Tandoori Scallops - Spinach, Fennel, Apple, Cardamon Cream, Curry Oil,
Coriander Cress, Radish.
Make Mine a Kebab
Chicken Tikka, Asian Slaw, Flatbread, Sirancha sauce, Mint Yoghurt.
Lamb, Jerusalem Artichoke, Cavolo Nero, Herritage Carrots, Minted peas.
Textures of Champagne - Champagne
Sorbet, Jelly & Peach Melba Champagne Cocktail.
Bonfire - Toasted Marshmallow Brulee, Cinnamon Doughnut Toffee Popcorn, Caramelised Banana,
Whisky Chocolate Mousse, Caramel Shards.
Lightly Smoked Red Liecester, Mature Cheddar, French Brie, Kinerton Ash Goats, Shropshire Blue, Stilton.
Red Onion Marmalade, Selection of Oatcakes & Crackers.
Bitter Chocolate & Mint Truffle. Cranachan Truffle - White Chocolate,
Whisky, Oat, Honey & Raspberry. Scottish Tablet - As Made By Mrs B, All The Way From St Andrews.
It's any wonder they had any room for anything to drink! I can testify that they managed to leave plenty
room for the drink as well. To be honest there was a fair amount of alcohol within the dishes. Well, it was Hogmanay!! Clean plates, oohs and aahs, calls of "You need to come and eat this before it melts!" all go down as positive points
and that the food was well recieved.
3 hours had gone by and the cheese was on the table. Mission accomplished! Chris, one of the hosts leaned over to me and said "Everything seems to have gone to plan, you wanted
to be at this stage at this tim." I agreed with him as that is exactly where I wanted to be at that point. Food all done and dusted in plenty time for the bells. They can enjoy the party, let their hair down, a little bit more than it already
was. And I can start to get cleared up and go home.
Clearing up, the worst part of the night! Piles of plates, cutlery, pots. Boxes to pack, shot glasses to pollish. Now on the topic of shot glasses,
I planned on cleaning them and pollishing them to put them away. But some had other ideas for them, who am I to argue with that? It is new year after all and a round of Tequilla ready for the bells seemed like a better idea than packing them away.
Everything was all packed away and I was ready to load up the car. The bells had just struck and great merriment was in progress in the lounge. The bass was thumping as the New years mix resinated from the subwoofer
in the kitchen. I swear it lifted me off the ground and through the house with my kit it was so deep! A glance as I passed the lounge wilst walking down the hall, party poppers popping, hands aloft, lights flashing, dancing on the chairs, everyone
was there. I turned back and carried on towards the door and smiled to myself and thought, success! The night had gone well and the party was in full swing, what more could I ask for?
All I can say was that it was
a really successful inaugural outing for B13 Bespoke Catering!
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