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FAQs and expert advice about catering

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your Hampshire and Dorset 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@yourhampshiredorset.wedding

To Dine For

To Dine For

Q We're having an informal wedding and would love to wow our guests with a tasty menu. What do you suggest?
A Richard Hingston says: Food doesn't have to be pretentious; it must taste good and leave everyone feeling great. While creating menus for all types of weddings and foodies alike over the last 20 years, there's always one requirement − high-quality, tasty food. We recently had a relaxed but trendy wedding with a fantastic menu. On arrival, bespoke bride and groom cocktails were served with canapés of mini-Yorkshire puddings with beef and horseradish filling, prawn and chorizo bruschetta, and mini-smoked salmon and dill bagels. For day guests, a mezze grazing table treated loved ones to a tailored selection of local, quality produce. Evening guests were offered a tapas-style 'food court' with a variety of foods, such as various paellas, gourmet burgers, woodfired stone-baked pizzas, 10-hour slow-cooked pulled pork baps and chicken stir-fry noodles, which can accommodate all dietary requirements. Finally, a cocktail bar made the special day end on the highest note, with in-house creations seeing the couple devising their signature cocktails to be enjoyed by all!

Our aim is to create happy memories by sharing good food and good company. We always succeed in creating smiles

Richard Hingston, P.P. Catering and Events

Cooked To Perfection

Cooked To Perfection

Q We're having a relaxed al fresco wedding; what kind of catering would best suit our day?
A Eleonora Pogany and Andriana Drummond says: When the sun shines and the weather is perfect, we all go crazy for al fresco dining. There's nothing better than enjoying something tasty alongside a refreshing chilled beverage in the open air, surrounded by nature and loved ones.

Paella is a perfect choice for outdoor weddings. The aroma and visual appeal of the paella cooked in large pans will set a casual and inviting tone for your event, creating a memorable and unique experience. The combination of delicious food, a relaxed atmosphere and a beautiful outdoor setting will make your wedding special.

Whether you are looking for a buffet-style service, allowing guests to choose their desired portions while mixing different flavours and toppings or for a more formal setting with individual servings beautifully presented and tailored to preferences – paella is a perfect solution for all!

Eleonora Pogany and Andriana Drummond , Events Kitchen

Food for thought

Food for thought

Q We're having a relaxed and informal wedding and, as we're both real foodies, we would love to wow our guests with a tasty menu. What do you suggest?
A Sally Pickles says: Even if you're having a relaxed and informal wedding, you can still wow your guest with a tasty menu. For a relaxing start to the day, opt for canapés as a roving grazing starter and skip the traditional plated options – just make sure to have extra choices for guests. Mini-charcuterie cones are the way to go, just add olives plus bocconcini and you're good to go!

Sharing-style food makes for a very relaxed main course. So, something like a rump of lamb with a kale salsa verde complemented with bowls of vibrant salads on each table for all to share will always be a winner. Add a few dips and handmade bread – you can't go wrong.

For the dessert, a selection of cute colourful mini pots means your guest can mix and match anything from a lemon posset to a lime and ginger cheesecake. Either set up a dessert station or place them on boards on the tables.

Sally Pickles, Vanilla Catering & Events

What's cooking?

What's cooking?

Q We're having a relaxed and informal wedding and we would love to wow our guests with a tasty barbecue. What advice can you share with us?
A Sayed Soliman says: I believe choice, variety and quality are the key points to consider when creating a tasty menu.

Include an additional barbecue if you're having a hog roast with stuffing, pork crackling, chipolatas, chicken, bacon, veggie platters and halloumi sticks. It's worth paying a bit extra to upgrade to Angus steak burgers, butcher quality sausages and filo king prawns.

Give vegetarians a good variety and incorporate an adjoining accompanying buffet serving a variety of salads, cheese boards, breads, and carrot sticks to give your guests options. All sauces, condiments and disposables should offer a variety and be easily accessible.

Sayed Soliman, Mobile BBQ & Catering

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