“Schools out for Summer” – Celebrate with ‘At Home’ this August

“You can plan the perfect picnic but you can’t predict the weather.” – Unknown

Whether the weather is perfect for a picnic or not this August, ‘At Home’ have the answers to your summer event. Entertaining a few close friends and family? Want to impress your new beau with a romantic picnic for 2? Planning a gargantuan summer soirée in a venue or your home? If you do nothing else remotely ‘foodie’ this month, checkout your options below for how to truly enjoy your summer holiday at home, with ‘At Home’.

 

Picnic Hampers

Who: Couples, Small Groups

Where: Garden, Day-Trip, Boat-trip

How Much: £25pp+

What: Choose from a range of delightful picnic hampers for a weekend in your garden or to take on a day out across the bank holiday.

 

The Glyndebourne – Includes salmon fillet, goats cheese & pesto tart, salads, sourdough bread, Pimms jelly, champagne & elderflower

The Lords – Includes chunky sandwiches, sausage rolls & scotch eggs, sticky drumsticks, lemon drizzle cake & chocolate brownies, cheese & crackers with Bordeaux & Crabbie’s ginger beer.

The Mediterranean – Tomato gazpacho, salad nicoise, ciabatta of parma ham, mozzarella, tomato & basil, tiramisu and a bottle of Pinot Grigio.

The Henley – Includes potted crab with soda bread, chargrilled coronation chicken & brown rice, cherry tomato & green bean salad, Eton all-messed-up with hazelnut brittle, Cornish blue with grapes & crackers, Pimms & homemade lemonade

The Ascot – Quartet of canapés, smoked salmon, asparagus and quails egg salad, herb crusted fillet of beef with new potatoes & baby summer vegetables, gooseberry & frangipane tart with almond cream and a bottle of champers.

The Afternoon Tea – Cocktail finger sandwiches, freshly baked fruit & plain scones with cream & preserve, fruit tartlets, éclairs, meringues, petit four glace, chocolate delice & Victoria sponge, selection of tea & Laurent-Perrier.

 

Barbecues

Entertaining & barbecuing go hand in hand, but not if you’re the host and the chef! From as few as 10 guests, ‘At Home’ will come to you, prepare and serve a feast, serve drinks and tidy up whilst you ensure the champagne is not left unattended!

Who: Intimate Garden Parties, Corporate Events of (10-5000+)

Where: Anywhere outside!

How Much: £120pp+

What: Classic barbecue fayre such as handmade burgers and ‘posh dogs’ to beef fillet, whole seabass, leg of lamb, spatchcook chickens & whole roasts.

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Evening Celebrations

Summer evenings are meant for al fresco dining and ‘At Home’ can create stunning evening receptions with everything from canapés & bowl food to formal dining and everything in between. We are caterers and event planners so leave the marquees, entertainment and décor to us and we’ll arrange everything for you and your guests – hassle free.

Who: Small groups, Large Parties, Corporate events (minimum 10 guests)

Where: Venue, Private Home, Garden, Boat, Anywhere really!

How Much: £70pp+

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‘Team-Time’ Birthday News

Amidst the cakey aftermath that June brought us with 5 birthdays in the team, July is a little more sedate and allows us opportunity to exercise away our new-found ‘poundage’. Happy birthday to Hannah, our newest member of the sales team who celebrated on the 26th of July and to Jeremy in the kitchen who celebrated yesterday on the 28th! (Wonder if he made his own cake?…)

 

‘Griddle’ me this…

What is a honeymoon salad? (Answer: Lettuce Alone, little or no dressing.)

Send your guesses to Hannah@athomecatering.co.uk to get a shout out on our social media channels and in our next blog!

 

Bizarre Bites

Mmm, a nice hot bowl of soup. Soup is often an afterthought but there are few pleasures in life as good as a nice hot bowl of your favourite blend with a crusty loaf of bread. Next time you’re in the mood for a drop of the good stuff, why don’t you try this Chinese delicacy – Birds Nest Soup! As caterers and event planners, we see a lot of food, but even an image of this bizarre dish gets our stomachs moving. Made from the birds nests of swifts who make their humble abodes using their own saliva. Yep, bird spit soup – bon appetite!

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3 thoughts on ““Schools out for Summer” – Celebrate with ‘At Home’ this August

  1. Lovely selection of menus.
    The conservatory table setting is very beautiful.
    I note one or two vegetarian items but not specifically a vegetarian menu; perhaps it might be possible to suggest an interresting vegetarian menu which avoids the time-honoured (read: boring) stand-bys of rice, pasta and pastry-heavy quiche.

  2. Thanks for your comment and enquiry about our vegetarian menus! It’s often a common pitfall that vegetarian food is sidelined and many dishes are loaded down with thick pastry and pasta as an easy option. Here are some dishes below to substitute bland veggie menus:

    Picnics:
    Butternut, beetroot and goats cheese salad with rocket & balsamic salad
    Courgette & tallegio frittata
    Watercress & brie puff tartlets

    BBQ:
    Sweet romano peppers stuffed with duo of cheese & cherry tomatoes
    Aubergine wraps filled with Mediterranean vegetables & pear chutney
    Halloumi kebabs with spicy mushroom & tomato salsa

    Sit Down Menu:

    New season asparagus spears with truffle, poached duck egg & hollandaise sauce
    Heritage tomato salad with burrata, tomato caramel, black olive crumb & tomato crisp

    Thai red squash, spinach & coconut curry
    Chestnut, spinach & blue cheese en croute

    I hope this helps and if you’re in need of some of our superb vegetarian deli items, just give us a call to find out our selection!

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