Event & Wedding Caterers

Dinner Parties Reimagined

ADAPTING TO THE NEW NORMAL AROUND THE DINING TABLE

Navigating the restrictions imposed whilst living in a world suffering a pandemic is a necessary challenge, but for our industry, restrictions have often changed at the drop of a hat, making it incredibly hard to plan any form of celebration – let alone a wedding.

We were kindly contacted in early August by the parents of one of our lovely bride and grooms who have had to postpone their wedding this year. Keen to both support a local Cotswold events caterer and also celebrate their niece’s 40th birthday, they were going to have a small dinner party at home, all looked after by us.

We planned a full service, so they didn’t need to lift a finger and could just enjoy the evening. A chef, front of house staff and wines to complement the menu – a truly special evening.

THE RULE OF SIX

However, the news struck, and following a last minute change in government guidelines, they decided to split one night into two nights, in order to comply with the rule of six.

We swiftly amended their menu to provide a ‘drop off’ option so that we didn’t take a valuable seat at the table, and delivered it to their door for them to heat up when they were ready.

This is an option we have always offered, but one that has proved more popular than ever this year, for obvious reasons! No pre-preparation or shopping, simply place the dishes in the oven following our instructions, and plate up. You and your guests still get to enjoy our award-winning catering, but from a safe distance, and one which does not require us as one of the chosen six.

THE MENUS

Here’s their chosen menus, which we dropped off for them to enjoy each evening.

Friday 9th October 2020

Fizz – Lunatico Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superiore Rive di Refrontolo, Francesca Rizzi 2018

Starter

Smoked Salmon Terrine, Cucumber Raita

Paired with Kumeu Village Hand Harvested Chardonnay, Kumeu River 2019

Main

10 Hour Slow-cooked Beef Bourguignon, Crispy Bacon, Confit Shallots & Mashed Potatoes

Paired with Rully Rouge La Chaume, Claudie Jobard 2018

Dessert

Chocolate Tart, Salted Caramel Peanuts & Whipped Cream

Paired with Coteaux du Layon Saint Aubin Les Varrennes, Domaine Alexandre Cady 2018

Saturday 10th October 2020

Fizz – Lunatico Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superiore Rive di Refrontolo, Francesca Rizzi 2018

Starter

Duck Salad, Crispy Skin, Cucumber, Pine Nuts & Plum Dressing

Paired with Côte de Brouilly, Domaine Gilbert Chetaille 2019

Main

Ras El Hanout Flat Iron Chicken, Crispy Skin, Chilli Strands, Lemon & Herb Yoghurt & Herb New Potatoes

Paired with Schiava Sonntaler, Kellerei Kurtatsch, Alto Adige 2019

Dessert

Banoffee Pie

Paired with DV by Château Doisy-Vedrines, Sauternes 2012

THEIR WORDS

Feedback has always been so important to us, but during this time whilst we’re not able to continue with the large Cotswolds weddings and events we’re used to, it’s even better to hear.

This is what the lovely Mike & Carol had to say about their reimagined dinner party…

‘Thank you very much for all your help and hard work. The food was excellent, everyone was very impressed. Mike and I managed to get it all to the table in presentation form and it was all devoured very quickly. The wine flights were a great success too. It really added to a great atmosphere! We had been looking forward to it for so long and it was worth the wait.’

‘Just to second Carol’s comments, thank you for everything you prepared for our weekend celebrations. The food and wine were both excellent and we were pleased how well the food choices worked in terms of minimal preparation. I suspect my plating skills fell short of those of your staff, but despite that it was a memorable and enjoyable weekend for all.  ☺’ 

Mike – we’re sure your plating skills were top notch!

GET IN TOUCH

If you have an occasion coming up and you’re concerned it will pass by without the fuss it deserves, get in touch with us. We’re here to help you celebrate in style whilst adhering to all Covid regulations, and should things change, we’ll work with you to ensure your new plans are just as special.

Email us now at events@rossandrossevents.co.uk

 

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