November 15, 2016
The leaves are dropping from the trees, we’re waking to frosty mornings, winter is on its way – which also means Christmas! It’s a busy time for entertaining, whether it’s office parties or big family events, and everyone in the events industry has been working towards the festive season for months in advance.
This is particularly true of caterers, with extensive planning, experimenting and developing Christmas menus, liaising with suppliers and ensuring that clients will be delighted with their food choices. We spoke to Georgina Goodman, Special Events Manager at At Home, one of Inside Outside’s catering partners, to find out more about what goes into planning their menus and to get a mouthwatering glimpse of what At Home will be offering over the Christmas period.
Georgina told us: “It all starts in the kitchen. Naturally, our chefs take their cues from Christmas must-haves, be that turkey, cranberry sauce, Christmas pudding or chestnuts, and choice of ingredients is very much dictated by what will be in season. We combine that with plenty of creative thinking to find new and interesting twists on traditional Christmas fare, all the while being mindful of the preparation involved – especially important when catering for hundreds of guests – and how a dish will look and taste. It’s an exciting process, underpinned by the practicalities of time and cost involved.”
So how does that translate onto the plate?
How about canapés such as hot smoked salmon with creamed horseradish and cranberry biscotti? Or turkey, chestnut and sage sliders? We’re talking bite-sized Christmas to get the party started! Sweet canapés are a neat idea and we love the prospect of passing around mini mince pies with rum butter and little Christmas pudding brownies.
Bowl food is a really popular alternative to formal seated meals, and it gives the opportunity to try several different dishes without feeling over-stuffed. At Home has created some delicious dishes, including caramelised duck with honeyed parsnips, spiced red cabbage and port jus, and turkey goujons, sweet potato fries and cranberry compote.
Everyone loves a traditional Christmas dinner, but sometimes it’s refreshing to mix things up a bit. At Home has found tasty ways to do just that – stuffing made with dates, oranges and almonds, sprouts given a new lease of life combined with chestnuts, pumpkin gnocchi. And who can resist dessert – well, it’s Christmas after all! From a wonderful interpretation of comfort food such as sticky figgy pudding to mulled winter fruits with cinnamon ice-cream, it’s a satisfying end to a festive meal.
Have we tempted your taste buds? If you’re planning a Christmas party, call Inside Outside on 01372 459485 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll help you create a festive celebration to remember for many Christmases to come!