FAQs and expert advice about catering

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your London Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@yourlondon.wedding

 

Vibrant menus

Vibrant menus

Q. We want to treat our guests to a menu they won't forget. Do you have any suggestions for food and drink with the added wow-factor?

A. Raef Hamz says: At Leila Catering mix mezze is the dish choice that really has the wow-factor and is popular with most couples for their wedding banquet. There's an extraordinary variety of exciting tastes, colours and textures with this dish and it presents really beautifully for your wedding photos. Guests usually receive a selection of hummus, baba ghanouj, fattoush salad, falafel, cheese roll and batata darna, making for a delicious, shareable meal that'll get your guests talking and bring everyone together in a combination of brilliant flavours.

Middle Eastern cuisine's often forgotten by so many people as a catering option for events. We all love a good greasy kebab on a night out, so why not delve further into the cuisine? The mix mezze allows those who aren't so familiar with the cuisine to explore the incredible dishes and flavours that Lebanese food has to offer. You can't really go wrong when there's such a wide variety of options in this one dish – everyone will find something they enjoy! And the best part is that it's all Halal, so accessible to everyone.

Raef Hamz, Leila Catering
leilacatering.co.uk

 

Catering

Catering

Q. Following the last 18months, how has the wedding industry changed?

A. Eliza Marks says: As always, the attention to detail is key, especially when it comes to smaller, micro weddings. We've found that our wedding couples have more budget to play with when planning a smaller scale wedding allowing for beautiful, personalised touches for table styling and stationery. Think statement velvet bows with embroidered guest initials for place names, personalised guest poems, handmade side plates with the wedding crest or stunning linen, plates and glassware which really add the wow factor. 

Eliza Marks, Social Pantry LTD
www.socialpantry.co.uk

 

To dine for

To dine for

Q. After a lot of sleepless nights, we've decided to plan a micro-wedding in early 2021. What food can we offer our guests to make it extra special?

A. Alex Head says: - Bring the taste of everything you've missed. We've had some really unique requests for smaller weddings, including tasting menus inspired by the clients' favourite restaurants they'd missed during lockdown. I'd suggest making a list of your favourite flavours and cuisines, then consider how this can translate into dishes. Perhaps you've had to postpone your Spanish or Italian honeymoon – so why not honour this in your catering?

- Canapés are a win-win. They're a great excuse to incorporate all your favourite flavours into your day. We've been designing canapé menus that are served in a socially distanced way without compromising on quality or presentation. Think single canapés served under mini glass cloches or individual bento boxes filled with a serving of canapés for each guest. You can pack in more flavours and options for your smaller guest list, as the normal headache of pleasing a large group is removed.

- Focus on delivering an extra-special experience. The budget that would've normally gone into catering for larger numbers can now be focused on quality dishes and a more bespoke, enjoyable offering. It also presents an opportunity to use local ingredients. We source from areas that are rich in quality produce, and you'll be supporting a local business too.

Alex Head, The Social Pantry
www.socialpantry.co.uk

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