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Featuring the latest news and events from Berkeley Catering.

Holiday envy is treatable

Stuck at your desk eating a sad supermarket’s lunch deal makes you really miserable?

Surrounded by empty desks of colleagues enjoying their European summer holidays?

How would you deal with holiday envy?

Berkeley is planning to take you on a gastronomic tour around Italy.

Let’s go and meet the “Salumiere”, the salami maker.

Thin sliced dry cured pork with a rustic pugliese bread. It’s a heaven combination.

Let’s grab a panini and let’s jump on the next train to…

Tuscany!

Ready to experience one of the most fascinating social gathering?

Olive harvest.
Let’s pick the most peppery and greenest olives. Once pressed, they give the juiciest extra virgin oil that you’ve ever tasted.

Let’s move on to the next and most desired stop.

Campania!

The land of gastronomic wonders.

Sorrento is our first stop.

Among the local typical products, this southern coast boasts delicious and sweet tomatoes.
Let’s grab and exquisite tomato salad tossed with only basil and olive oil. Delicious.

Cheese lovers, we didn’t forget about you.

This region is the homeland of the Italy’s signature food product: mozzarella cheese.

1 hour of drive and we reached the destination: Cilento Coast.

Lose yourself in the mozzarella production at the “Caseificio”, which is the Italian cheese factory.
The process of mozzarella is made entirely by hands exclusively with Buffalo milk.
A truly unique experience where you can taste the real juiciness of the national Italian cheese.

Time to go home, holiday seeker.

I wanted to show you that you don’t need to leave your desk to taste the real Italian flavours.
Berkeley delivers happiness straight to your desk.

Our antipasto platter is our Italian signature dish.
Our wine pairing recommendation is the Madegrale, Pinot Grigio from Central Italy.

Enquire today at events@berkeleycatering.co.uk, to get a summery quote to treat your holiday envy.

 

Throwback Thursday

Looking back at this time last year, we can’t help but remembering the time that our chefs made us really proud.

Conceived in an inspirational and creative environment, our Celebration of Salmon canapé has been chosen as one of the most creative canapé in 2017 according to SquareMeal official guide.

Our Berkeley’s fish three ways is inspired by the versatility of the popular salmon fish.

Hand crafted, the canapé consists of salmon prepared three ways: poached, smoked and gravdalax. This celebration of salmon is finished with a lime and wasabi liquor topped with Avruga caviar.

Where can you find this?

If you order our “ready to serve canapé menu 1”, a delicious selection of cold canapés featuring our fresh and tasty gem will be delivered to you.

<<Never heard of SquareMeal, what is it, writer?>>

SquareMeal is the market-leading independent restaurant commentator of over 5,000 UK hospitality businesses. Its September exhibition is the most desired destination for all of us, events profs.

<<Not a big deal, dear reader.>>

We seriously cannot wait to get even more creative and present our secret choice of canapé 2017 – 2018 at SquareMeal this September.


Our team of passionate chefs help us produce innovative dishes, combining different elements of modern cuisine.

We are sure that their creativity and skilled hands will make Berkeley Catering stand out from the crowd, again.

 

Contact our events team to enquire about your canapé reception, we are here to help.

Email us on events@berkeleycatering.co.uk, a swift reply is on its way.

 

Berkeley guide on how to plan the perfect picnic

UK summer weather forecast: Britain set for three months of sunshine.
This summer it seems the greatest opportunity to enjoy some al fresco dining.

What’s left do to?
Meet friend to a location of your choice, bring food and drinks, and enjoy!
Easy, no?

Wrong!

Packing a perfect picnic hamper can be a very stressful task.
It takes time, care and creativity.

Do you remember what your mom used to tell you?

“Solid and heavy food on the bottom” “light food on top of it”

“Do not forget a cooler bag for your drinks” “do not forget to bring glasses for your drinks”

You know that she’s right. But how many times you get to the park and you realise to have forgotten all the essentials, again?

Nightmare

Londoner’s life can be a bit hectic at times, so Berkeley has decided to make it easier for you. We will help you to avoid all the stress that comes with the planning.

Easy!

How?

Close your eyes, picture a grassy park and the joys of eating delicious British food accompanied by a bottle of bubbly whilst relaxing on cosy blanket.

Dream

Berkeley team can make that dream happen.

You have three delicious menus to choose from. Each picnic hamper serves two people. The price includes a beautiful picnic hamper for you to keep. Each hamper comes with napkins, disposable plates and cutlery. We also provide a wide selection of drinks to choose from. It is summer, remember: Stay Hydrated.

WOW: why not add a bottle of Cava 'Brut Nature', Dominio de Tharsys for only 10 pounds. Mini champagne bottles and blankets on request too.

Team Building Activity

Stifling hot commutes? We are all familiar with this feeling.
Al fresco dining would be a good opportunity to treat your staff in these warmer months.
Bring your staff outdoors and we will bring the party to you.

 

 

Bonfire Night Sausages

The evenings are drawing in, and Strictly Come Dancing is back on the TV, which can mean only one thing, Autumn is upon us. And Autumn means Bonfire Night, a British tradition dating back to 1605, which celebrates the failed attempt to kill King James 1.

We have asked our Head Chef Darren, for his advice on serving up a dish that will impress your friends and sustain you for an evening standing in the cold staring at the sky.

Traditionally sausages are the food of choice for Bonfire Night.
Allow two to three sausages per person.
We like Cumberland sausages but any will do.

Cooking the Sausages

We're going for low and slow method,
Pre heat the oven to 160.
Tip the sausages into a large baking tin, giving them plenty of room.
There's no need to prick them before hand.
And cook for 15 minutes.

Meanwhile make the Gravy

Use your usual gravy granules from your cupboard,
Make up your gravy as normal.
Add sliced red onions,
Plus a good slug of red wine.
Pour your gravy mixture over the sausages
Cook for a further 15 minutes

To make your Perfect Fluffy Mash

Head Chef Darren recommends using Maris Piper potatoes.
Allow a potato as big as your fist per person.
Tip them into a pan of boiling water.
Cook until soft, about 20 minutes.
Drain well.
Leave the lid off the pan and allow the potatoes to stand for two to three minutes. This allows all the excess moisture to evaporate and should stop your mash from becoming 'gloopy' and reminding your guests of school dinners.

Now get a smaller pan and add
200g of butter,
200g of single cream,
pinch of salt,
shake of white pepper (black pepper shows up in mash potato causing fussy eaters to question your culinary skills)
Add a pinch of nutmeg to bring out the flavour of your potatoes.
Simmer all this gently until the butter melts.
Mash your potatoes and slowly pour in your butter and cream mixture as you mash.

To cook the Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

Allow one per person.
Place them on a baking tray,
Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.
Place in the oven with the sausages for 15 minutes.

To plate up

Simply use a 4 inch or 10 cm biscuit cutter to portion your mash,
Add a sausage and gravy to each portion and top with a cherry tomato.
Garnish with  sprigs of fresh rosemary.

Tuck in!

Then wrap up snugly and head out to one of the many displays around London and enjoy the spectacular colours in the sky above you.

Below are listed some of London's  Firework events.

http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/attractions/london-fireworks-2016-the-best-bonfire-night-displays-around-the-capital-mapped-a3369746.html

 

A magical night overlooking the city of London…

From the iconic shard building, 25 floors up, Berkeley catering hosted one of our fantastic corporate events on a beautiful spring Thursday in March. With a canapé selection including Parma wrapped asparagus with aioli drizzle to Sage Derby with cinnamon infused honey glazed pear, we ensured that the guests taste buds were tantalised, and palates suitably refreshed. We’re delighted to have captured the incredible sunset, our talented chefs in action and fantastic canapés. We think the pictures speak for themselves…… Enjoy

 

A night with rugby legends...

It seemed like a regular rainy Tuesday but it turned out as anything but.

On Tuesday the 8th of September we teamed up with Brand Exchange and co-hosted a fantastic dinner with 40 carefully selected guests and four of the greatest rugby players of our generation - Andy Gomarsall MBE, Trevor Woodman MBE, both 2003 World Cup winners, Rob Henderson Ireland & British Lion legend & Colin Charvis Wales Capt & 94 cap legend.

We served a delicious three course meal for our VIP guests, consisting of a Temple of avocado, crab meat and prawns with sweetcorn and crab salsa starter, a mouth-watering fillet of beef on a bed of pomme rosti with wild mushroom and baby asparagus served with Madeira sauce for main course, and to send off the party in the sweetest way, we cooked up a delightful Mixed berry cheesecake with passion fruit coulis.

We are already eagerly awaiting the next event at this astonishing and beautiful hidden gem in the City. The whole night was captured by our amazing photographer from Tony H Photo.

 

A magical wedding day in July.....

On Saturday the 25th of July, Berkeley Catering took great pride in catering for the wedding of Leanne and Mark, along with their 180 guests. What a day it was! Filled with love and happiness, we celebrated the happy day with Mark and Leanne’s closest friends and family, providing a fantastic barbecue and Italian inspired buffet created by our Head Chef Tarik Mohamed.

The charming vintage themed wedding was held in a hidden forested area near Epsom Golf course with a plethora of activities for both the children and adults. To top off this magnificent event, the sun was shining beautifully from a clear ice blue sky.

The day was captured exquisitely by the incredible photographer Tony, from Tony H Photo. http://tonyharrisphotographer.co.uk

A massive congratulations to Leanne and Mark from Berkeley Catering.