We have the pleasure of including within our website some of the great photographs taken at our events. We’d love to share the photographers details with you – one may be just the kind you’d like to capture your special day:
A TASTE OF WIMBLEDON – By Jane Sullivan, Hampshire Society Magazine
Wimbledon fortnight is approaching but don’t worry if you haven’t managed to secure centre court tickets this year – throw a summer garden party and let Hampshire caterer Emma Way show you how to serve up three winning canapés based on Wimbledon’s favourite foods
As any ardent foodie knows, Britain’s biggest tennis tournament isn’t just about what takes place on the courts; food is an integral part of the Wimbledon experience, with the emphasis firmly on seasonal British fare.
Mention Wimbledon food to anyone, and they will almost certainly think of strawberries – a whopping 27,000 kilos of strawberries and 7,000 litres of cream are eaten during the two-week tournament. But it’s not just about strawberries. Caterers also serve up 30,000 portions of fish and chips, 60,000 sausage baguettes, 190,000 sandwiches and 200,000 glasses of Pimm’s.
Not everyone has the chance to experience Wimbledon first hand, but you can still get a taste of the tournament at home with a little help from Emma Way, of Hampshire-based event catering company Taste.
Emma knows how difficult it can be to rustle up something seriously impressive in the kitchen while still managing to spend time with your guests, so she has designed three stunning canapés based on Wimbledon’s favourite foods that can be prepared in advance and are sure to create a smash hit at any summer tennis party.
After a successful career as a PA within London based investment bank Gartmore, Emma began a new chapter of her life by moving with her young family to the pretty rural village of Chilbolton. In 2006, she began her catering business Taste.
“I started small, making cakes for local Stockbridge and Andover country markets,” says Emma.
“Then friends began asking for platters of food they could serve at business lunches, and I realised there was a growing demand for the good quality, locally-produced food I was making.”
Emma was no stranger to the catering business. “My parents ran a successful catering company in London and I spent my teenage years helping out in their kitchen.”
As Taste began to grow, Emma realised it was time to expand and converted an unused outbuilding at her home into Taste HQ. While Emma is very much in charge of the kitchen and food development, she has the help and support of husband Richard and daughter Verity to ensure things run just as smoothly front of house, together with a large team of smart and friendly waiting staff.
As Taste has developed, so have the type of events it caters for, including weddings, garden parties, drinks receptions and intimate suppers. Corporate catering is still an integral part of the business, as is memorial catering. Emma has not lost touch with her humble beginnings, though, and still supplies local shops with batches of freshly-baked homemade cakes.
“We pride ourselves on our personal service: if you book Taste, you get catering by Emma Way. I particularly love meeting and building a rapport with clients, working with them to realise their dreams for their special event. We believe all events are important, no matter how big or small. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, which probably harks back to my PA days, but I find that helps to ensure that the food and the service are the best they can be.
“It’s great fun experimenting with recipes and coming up with new twists on old classics. Miniature versions of traditional British favourites are very on trend at the moment – like our mini burgers, fish and chip cups, and our Pimms jelly. There is also an increasing demand for a more relaxed dining experience, for example sharing boards packed with local cheese and charcuterie, or sliced whole fillets of beef with all the trimmings.”
Emma is very happy running a successful business, but says: “I want to stay small so I can concentrate on my truly personal service, which is such an important part of my ethos.”
Emma is passionate about supporting local suppliers and producers, and believes providing locally-sourced, sustainable and seasonal food has been key to the success of her business.
Why not take a look at some of our recently uploaded food images on our Pinterest page
Are you in need of a sandwich delivery for your meeting, product launch or family party?
We use only the freshest sliced bread from Burbidges of Andover, butter and locally sourced fillings. Our own home baked ham and pork from Greenfield Pork Products, Free range eggs and Watercress & leaves grown in Hampshire supplied by Kenyons of Andover.
Our sandwiches are delivered chilled on lidded platters ready to serve. We can also provide them individually wrapped for a picnic or on the go lunch. Enjoy our sandwiches with crisps, home made cake and a selection fresh fruit or add a couple of items from our finger food range.
If you’re having an early business meeting, why not order a selection from our Breakfast menu.
Taste is an event catering company, providing fabulous food, talked about long after your guests have gone. We have experience of working at many of the most popular local venues. Whether you dream of an English country scene with our delightful afternoon tea, the fun of a village fete with the spectacle of a hearty hog roast, or a sophisticated five course dinner in the splendour of a grand house, we know the location. Equally, with good equipment hire contacts it is surprising where you can set up a temporary ‘field kitchen’. We’re entirely flexible and happy to help you to make that dream day possible. In terms of what you will be eating, we use local producers and suppliers to ensure the freshness and quality of everything that we prepare for you.
As a popular and busy catering company we have just a couple of spaces in our diary left for 2015 and are now fielding enquiries for 2016 and 2017.
Let us share with you some top local venues:
Cottonworth – home to Cottonworth wine and also to the Liddell family, who have farmed here for five generations, has three equally beautiful but distinctive sites for you to consider for your wedding. The river site is a real cracker, perfect for daytime or evening functions. The river Anton is a tributary of the river Test. Cottonworth think the Anton has a little more mystique and magic about it. Your marquee will be nestled in a nook of the river, giving a full on river view.
They have planted vines in a wonderfully secluded spot with a jaw dropping view at the vineyard site . This is perfect on a balmy evening, when you can totally lose yourself in the nature rich valley. Your marquee sits at the top of the vineyard with the vines falling away to the bottom of the valley. Finally, why not consider the maze, Cottonworth decided to plant a maze using their three grape varieties. The space in the centre of the Maze is large enough to erect a marquee or an impromptu stage, or even a few market stalls – great for weddings. On the way around the Maze there are strategically placed rooms where you can get lost – intentionally or not!
Horsebridge Station – an unusual and truly romantic setting, deep in the Hampshire countryside, that will make your wedding day memorable. The venue has a charming atmosphere evoked by a bygone age, lovingly preserved in this secluded corner of the Test Valley. This faithfully restored Grade two listed Victorian Railway Station offers a personal approach to entertaining, in one of the most exclusive and unusual venues to be found in the South of England. With not a house in sight and away from any roads, you and your guests can enjoy the privacy that the station offers. Set in two acres of secluded grounds, incorporating beautifully laid out gardens; guests can look across at the stunning views of the river Test and surrounding water meadows.
Receptions drinks can be held on Platform One, which has a covered canopy. The station faces west and is in full sunlight. It is a delight to wander around the gardens and see the 1922 London & South Western Railway carriage, signal box, signals and all the railway memorabilia that has been collected over the years. A must for all railway or vintage enthusiasts.
Longford Barn is situated within easy reach of the beautiful Cathedral City of Salisbury and is set in a rural location on a working farm. The Barn is also home to Kismet Photography who are the resident, experienced, professional wedding photographers.
The Barn is thought to be over 300 years old and sits proudly on mushroom shaped saddle stones and has the most amazing cathedral-like, oak beamed roof. This rustic gem offers a blank canvas for anyone wishing to design their own unique celebration space. The Barn is perfect for the smaller more intimate wedding. Equally, with the addition of a marquee or yurt, it is also a great space for a larger celebration.
Longford Barn shares a large yard with the adjacent farmhouse and has a field next to the Barn which completes the venue space. Both the yard and field are great places to put your marquee, yurt or tents to add that little extra space for hanging out or sheltering from the sun, and are ideal for a drinks & canapés reception. The location offers plenty of interesting photographic opportunities, many of which Kismet Photography will embrace when photographing your wedding.
The Manor Barn – Winterbourne Stoke is a privately owned and exclusive wedding and events venue, offering a flexible and personal approach, located 9 miles from Salisbury, Wiltshire.
Set in the grounds of a 17th Century Manor House, the brick and flint stone barn has been sympathetically restored to the highest possible standards. Modern conveniences have been incorporated while the historic character of the building has been retained. The Manor Barn is a family run business that strives for exclusivity encouraging every couple that books to relax and enjoy their day, without the feeling that they are on a conveyor belt.
Imaginatively restored and redeveloped, the extremely popular, Old Dairy at Hatherden is less than 10 minutes drive from Andover. The Old Dairy at Hatherden Farm offers a charming wedding venue and has a range of bespoke accommodation for your exclusive use.
The Old Dairy provides all the facilities to enable a successful occasion and every comfort for the bridal party. The main room is light and airy with a traditional ambience, providing seating for up to 140 guests at 6 foot round or trestle tables. A paved patio provides a pleasant outdoor reception area. A standard function package offers use of the venue for 3 days and use of the upstairs double bedroom for the bridal party or guest changing. We understand that a new beauty room is to be added shortly.
Sarah and John assure you of a warm and friendly service at Parsonage Farm. Their family run, working farm, is located in the rural triangle between Marlborough, Andover and Newbury. It is an idyllic location deep in the countryside and a superb venue for a marquee wedding, whilst their large rustic barn area can be used for village fete style refreshment stalls, dining or even as a dancefloor. It also provides the perfect retreat from the sultry summer sunshine.
Parsonage Farm is well suited for any size gathering, with ample parking in their top fields. The level marquee area is approached through a spectacular tree lined avenue, which is also great for welcoming your wedding party. There are fabulous countryside views with cattle gently grazing in the nearby fields. For events that roll on into the evening, their fire pit comes into its own adding an exciting element to the event.
Penton Park was first tried out as a wedding venue by the owners Guy and Danielle and immediately showed what a great place it could be for celebrating in style. Located in stunning rolling Hampshire hills, moments’ walk away from the 14th Century village church, and entirely south facing it is a fabulous place to spend celebrating your wedding day.
Even on the dullest of winter days Penton Park rises to the occasion with roaring log fires and candelabra’s glittering throughout. Total privacy is guaranteed should you choose to spend your wedding reception at Penton Park, only your guests and the appropriate staff will be present during your big day. In addition Penton Park aims to make your ideas a reality, whether it is your favourite dog attending photo shoots, or a Steam Traction Engine in place, they aim to make it a reality.
We have a beautiful collection of sparkling fine English bone china available to hire, which can turn your function into an unforgettable event. Think quintessential English afternoon tea. Once you’ve gone to the trouble of hiring the china, why not compliment it with our magnificent vintage cutlery too – we have an eclectic collection of silver, bone and mother of pearl cake forks, butter knives and teaspoons, not to mention silver cake and sugar tongs, as well as crystal cut glass dishes for that homemade jam and both vintage and cut glass cake stands to fill with gorgeous sweet treats.
We thought we would introduce you to a relatively new concept in entertaining – Bowl food is a great alternative to fork buffets and removes the need for queuing at a buffet station. More substantial than canapes, but just as beautiful – Our bowl food is served in small china bowls, which fit neatly into the palm of your hand. We have created some small and delicious dishes which can be circulated to your guests on trays by our friendly & knowledgeable staff. It’s the latest way to feed any number of people informally without the need for formal seating plans, in fact no seating is required at all!
Here’s a glimpse of our new bowl food menu for 2015.
- Roasted lamb loin, minted potatoes, braised leeks and a rosemary gravy
- Steak and chips, skewers of griddled beef fillet with handcut chips and béarnaise sauce
- Scallops, pea puree, fried chorizo and a rich port glaze
- Thai green chicken curry, mini poppadum’, sticky rice, kachumber salad
- Belly of pork marinated in cider, sage and honey, with apple sauce and spring onion mash
- Chicken Basque, paella with peppers, chorizo, orange flesh and olives
- Asian-spiced crab cakes with mango, coriander, chilli and lime salsa
- Pasta tossed in a tomato & basil reduction with baby artichokes & black olives
- Pea and feta risotto with smoked paprika
To find out more contact Emma Way
We have had a busy and thoroughly enjoyable wedding season. Amongst other wonderful weddings, we staged a fabulous vintage afternoon tea, using our exquisite bone china during the height of the summer. This was in a 13th Century medieval barn close to Fareham, reputedly visited by Henry V on his way to the Battle of Agincourt. Whilst the sun was still shining in late September we catered a beautiful summer buffet in a magnificent marquee. This was situated in a specially planted maze at a local vineyard and provided a wonderful secluded & dreamy setting . Throughout the summer we have catered a number of seated wedding breakfasts at some local venues in the area, notably The Old Dairy at Houghton, which we’d highly recommend.
One of the lovely notes of thanks we have received – ‘I am writing to thank you most sincerely for all your efforts on our behalf on the 9th August. From our point of view the day went perfectly and I don’t believe we could have had a better caterer for our special day. The care you took to get everything right showed right through from excellent food to dignified and respectful service. Thank you so much for making the day memorable ‘- Mr and Mrs Hassell, Southampton August 2014
An example of a delicious summer menu:
- Laverstoke farm buffalo mozzarella with a pea shoot, mint and edameme bean salad
- Chicken breast, wrapped in finely sliced pancetta, served on a celeriac puree, with sautéed potatoes, fine green beans & wild mushroom jus
- Lemon cheesecake with raspberry coulis decoration
Why not visit us at The Lights, Andover, Wedding Fair on Sunday 26th October and ask us about our experience, try our food and be assured our team will make your day relaxed and hassle free.
It is not too late to make your own Elderflower cordial. Elderflowers bloom around the end of May, but it is a short season, so get out now and make sure you pick the most beautiful blooms. Follow this simple recipe, we have tried a number and found this to be the best, and you will be assured of some fabulous cordial to serve at all your summer parties. It will keep for 2-3 months in the fridge, or alternatively, freeze it in plastic bottles for an all year round supply.
1.5kg caster sugar
50g citric acid
25 elderflower heads
Sugar and 1.5 litres of water into a large pan and bring to the boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and cool slightly. Slice the lemons and put into a large plastic bowl. Add the washed elderflower heads to the lemons, with the citric acid*. Pour over the cooled sugar syrup. Cover and leave overnight. Sieve and strain through muslin into sterlised bottles and store in the fridge.
To serve, dilute to taste with still or sparkling water. Or add to Champagne for a special occasion.
*Mary Berry recommends adding 2 Campden tablets at this point, they are used in home beer making to kill bacteria and inhibit wild yeast and will extend the life of your cordial.
It has been a year since we hosted our sold out vintage afternoon tea, in aid of Naomi House & Jack’s Place. As we have had so many requests to host another, we thought we would offer you two opportunities to relax and enjoy our afternoon teas.
Our first event – we will be opening a vintage tea rooms on Sunday 8th June 2014 from 11am till 2pm – at The Manor Barn, WInterbourne Stoke . Hampshire Bridal Boot Fair will be hosting their first Bridal Boot Fair in Wiltshire and we will be offering all their weary buyers and sellers a well earned cup of tea and slice of our delicious homemade cake in our ‘pop up’ tea room. We will be showcasing our beautiful vintage china, which is available to hire for all types of parties including weddings.
Our second event – will be by kind invitation of Oaktrack Smallholding, Charlton Down, SP11 OJA. Tina Wells and family will be opening their small holding to the public on Tuesday 1st July between 12 noon and 3pm and we will be offering afternoon tea in the orchard (or in the beautifully cleaned out piggery if the weather’s inclement!). Once you’ve had all you can eat and drink, Tina will show you round the smallholding and you’ll have the chance to purchase her plants, preserves and beautifully hand reared meats.