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Featuring the latest news and events from Berkeley Catering.

City Dinners

Berkeley catering are continuing to make their mark when it comes to catering within the Square Mile. With events director Mark Pacheco driving this forward we are now able to cater at a number of Livery Halls and other iconic buildings. So if you are looking for an event at Bakers Hall, Armourers Hall, Stationers Hall, Brewers Hall or Glaziers Hall speak to our events team who will be only too happy to help. We can also cater at The Museum of the order of Saint John, The Dutch Hall, Trinity House, The Ivory Vaults and Old Billingsgate. Lately we have also been working on a number of vintage barges moored in St Katherine’s dock.

The other night we catered for the Guild of Entrepreneurs at Bakers Hall, providing a reception that followed the inauguration of new members to the guild. After this the master hosted a dinner for members who dined on smoked salmon mousse with a rocket salad dill crème fraiche

followed by pan roasted Guinea Fowl with a pancetta and cider fricassee, wilted kale and Chantenay  carrots.

then a bitter chocolate tart with mascarpone and a kumquat preserve. Cockburns Port and coffee followed along with handmade hand painted chocolates. After dinner guests retired for a stirrup cup.

So if you are thinking of having a dining experience either in the City, your office or another venue ask to see our menus and allow one of the team to come and discuss things with you.

 

Three New Food Stations and a European display

We are always developing new exciting offers for our clients and with the busy autumn winter session fast approaching, the creative minds at Berkeley Events have been busy working on some amazing interactive food stations. These standalone exciting set-ups offer street food ideas that allow guests to help themselves from an array of themed finger and bowl food items, some offer interaction with chef’s with live cooking taking place. Guests can quite simply walk from one station to the next eating as they go.

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Three of these menus where selected by a leading media group for a lunch break during a conference for their team from around the world who were in London. So for this event we combined a number of offers and served them Bruschetta with tomato and basil along with a three flavoured gnocchi with Kalamata olives, this station was titled quite simply, “The Italian Job”. Alongside this was a Tex-Mex counter called “Let’s meat again” this came with a build your own slider burger concept, with a selection of relishes and toppings ranging from cheese to our house made corn and cucumber relishes. There was also sweet and spicy Dr Pepper flavoured pulled pork, with mini Brioche buns and some crispy fresh salad garnish. Next to this, we set up a nacho table with warm cheese sauce, salsa, guacamole, sour cream and jalapenos this allowed the guests to pile nachos into small hand held bamboo bowls and top with their own selection. You could hear the South American delegates calling “vamos muchachos!!”

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The final station was called “I do like to be beside the sea” this had a mix of seafood delicacies such as bowls of prawns mixed with a rich Mary Rose sauce, blini’s topped with a choice of smoked salmon, smoked trout and gravlax. There were roll mops, homemade potted shrimps and an chilled tuna ceviche along with a mustard and dill potato salad. To top of this stand was a selection of our own sushi selection, an array of sushi rolls such as prawn and tuna nigari, salmon avocado roll, Californian crab roll, Boston shrimp roll, Philadelphia smoked salmon roll, tuna sashimi, salmon ceviche and tataki, served with wasabi, soy sauce, pickled ginger and salad garnish.

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Talk to us and we can tell you about some of the others, like a passage to India, down the chippie and poke man to name but few.

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The next evening we created a delightful cheese and tapas display for an evening networking session. This saw us piling a table high with a selection of European and English cheese, alongside platters of sliced Parma ham, stuffed piquillo peppers with cream cheese, bocconcini, sun-blushed tomato, spicy herb mixed olives with marinated chargrilled artichoke, aubergine, courgette, peppers and a selection of sliced salami, chargrilled chorizo sausages, tortilla Espanola, roasted pimiento pepper in vinaigrette and zucchini fritters. This really was a Continental affair washed down with ice cold Peroni, Prosecco, Sancerre and Rioja. Not a Brexit discussion was heard.

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Our caterers in London pulled out all the stocks for Lavazza coffee’s new head office

Charter Building Uxbridge - Wednesday 4th July

We were delighted to be asked to supply the catering for the opening of the new Head Office for Lavazza coffee in the UK. Our brief was to make it classy and elegant. Events Director, Mark and Head Chef Ronan took up this challenge and with this being for a premium coffee brand decided to give the menu a bit of an Italian theme to it.

Guests were treated to an array of Mediterranean inspired chilled canapés platters, such as Carpaccio of beef with pickled girolles and truffle emulsion, Peperonata with crisp crostini, tomato cone filled with gorgonzola and poached pear with matured balsamic vinegar and a king prawn coated in gremolata. Washed down with Prosecco, Pinot Grigio and Chianti all served in the souring atrium to well over one hundred guests. As the waiting team circulated with canapés, bar staff were busy topping up glasses. Luckily there were magnum bottles of Prosecco to help them.

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Guests later moved up to the 5th Floor where out on the open terraces they were being wined and dined under several marquees with:

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A cocktail bar serving two special cocktails designed for the evening. A Salted Fennel Martini made with vodka along with a fennel syrup and a Strawberry Torino which had Martini Rubino mixed with Gin, strawberry puree and balsamic vinegar topped with tonic water.

A drinks bar that was serving more of the wine from Tuscany, along with ice cold Peroni, just the thing for a warm evening and as the evening went on frozen shots of Limoncello.

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BBQ catering in full swing cooking up a relative feast that included handmade Pork and beef slider topped with Mozzarella and pesto, Char-grilled vegetables drizzled with rosemary infused olive oil, Italian sausages that had been butterflied open and filled with a smoked Povalone cheese as well as prawn, salmon and calamari kebabs. There was a large buffet packed with salads, breads, olive oils and a variety of vinegars and those guests that had kept room for dessert were served mini pots of summer berry Panna Cotta and espresso cups filled with tiramisu from trays filled with coffee beans, whilst on the buffet, they could find platters of, fresh fruit, a decadent rich chocolate torte, plus freshly whipped pistachio cream, biscotti, panetone slices and poached plums.

 

A swing quintet kept everyone entertained playing a mix classical and easy listening tunes.

All in all it was a great night!

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Our caterers in London specialise in providing impressive office catering and superb bespoke event catering.

Contact us today on 020 7837 6853 to find out more. You can also email us on info@berkeleycatering.co.uk.

 

Canapé platters that are made to serve.

After having the team at Square Meal rave about us in their latest update on their website and in particular our ever so special “ready to serve” canapé trays, it was about time for Ronan, our Events Head Chef, to put some new summer tweaks to our amazing canapés platters.

Our handmade canapés platters are perfect for every occasion, so whether you require a few trays dropped off to your office or larger number for a party that we can send out to be served by our efficient and friendly staff. Our London caterers have a great selection of canapés platters that will guarantee to satisfy your guests. These bite size morsels come ready to serve, presented on our bespoke and contemporary trays to give your event a Wow factor.

So today, see’s Ronan and his team working hard to present their new summer ideas to the events director, Mark Pacheco. One of these ideas is hot smoked salmon in a charcoal cup with smoked salmon mousse and keta caviar; the smokiness of the charcoal cup blends perfectly with the salmon and the caviar gives it a real lift. Another is spiced chicken suya with crisp vegetables and sesame seeds in a filo basket. Suya is a spicy West African peanut marinade. To get you in the mood for that summer holiday to Argentina, how about a beef empanada with a green chimichurri salsa? There are many more additions to our three trays, so have look at them next time you need canapés catering service.

Mark is also working with many Mixologists, to create some delightful cocktails to further enhance your enjoyment of our platters- how does a “Freedom 360” sound to you? It’s made with Belvedere vodka, Blue Curacao, lemon juice, fresh lychee juice topped with soda and garnished with a sprig of rosemary and a lemon twist? Or why not just have a jug of Pimms? We can do traditional jugs of No 1 cup or the new - Pimms No. 6 Vodka Cup – OOOOH! Pimms No. 6 was actually launched way back in the 1960s, but was later discontinued. But, we've heard news that they're bringing this delightful drink back this year due to popular demand. Yay!

So there you have it- new canapés platters and new drinks, what better way to enjoy the summer. Please feel free to browse some of our great canapés platters.

 

Berkeley Events: our first showcase

We are excited to announce that our first Berkeley Showcase for the unveiling of Berkeley Events has been an enormous success.

On the 12th of October London & Partners, one of the lovely venues we work with, has opened its doors to all our guests and contributed to its success.

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With an outstanding view from the Tower Room, our guests were delighted by delicious hot and cold canapés, followed by bowl food and dessert canapés paired with the finest wines.

It was our pleasure to find among the numerous guests, some of our dear clients: Lumière London, China Britain Business Council and Greater London Authority.

Lucky

It is not a celebration without a treat!

Each guest was treated with a goodie bag at the end of the evening and they also took part in the “The Fish Bowl Game”.

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We kindly asked all our guests to place their business cards into a fish bowl.
The big prize for the drawn card was a Picnic Hamper delivered straight to the winner’s office!

We shook the bowl, drew the winning company and... congratulations to JPC Law!

A picnic hamper stuffed with sweet treats and bottles of bubbly is on its way.

A big thank you

We want to thank all our curious guests for making the effort to come and learn more about Berkeley Events.

If you missed it out, do not worry.

Another showcase set in another outstanding location is in our planning.

In the end, the best way to multiply your excitement is to share it with others!

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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.

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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?

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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.

Canapés platters
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.

Picnic hampers in London

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.

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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

Picnic hampers in London

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.