What better way to enter the new year (can you believe it’s nearly 2017?) than to be dancing the night away with family and/or friends at the home of Lady Colin Campbell – I can guarantee this has not been ticked off your bucket list.
Castle Goring, definitely knows how to hold a ball and is sure to impress all ticket holders, you’ll be celebrating in style alongside Lady C with cocktails, a 4-course gala dinner, and live music ranging from the 50’s era to today’s chart toppers, including some of the best-known classics!
On arrival, all guests will be greeted with a themed cocktail, whilst being able to take in all of Castle Goring’s beauty, before shortly being seated for a 4 course dinner:
Springs Smoked Salmon, Charred Cucumber, Caper & Parsley Arancini, Horseradish Yogurt, Rye Crisp
To Refresh the Palette
Apple & Basil Sorbet, Apple Puree, Wild Basil
The Main Meal
Beef Two Ways
Thick cut Fillet of Peppered Beef, Braised Short Rib of Beef, Girolles, Shallots & Celeriac Mash, Braising Juices
Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Peanut
Salted Caramel and Chocolate Tart, Peanut Butter Crunch Ice Cream, Berry Jelly, Caramel Sauce
Origin Coffee, Tea pigs Tea, Vanilla & White Chocolate Fudge
But by no means is the end of your meal the end of your night!! Castle Goring will have a fantastic live band set up to ensure your celebrations for 2016 end on a high and you begin 2017 in a way never been done before (apart from maybe having a headache in the morning).
With tickets selling fast be sure to contact the Castle Goring team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01903 790 254 to secure you booking for an end to the year that must not to be missed!
We began this week with 3 slightly burnt and bruised chefs, 2 newly refreshed event managers (after a whole tonne of sleep on Monday) and a warehouse filled with ‘stuff’ – the aftermath of an extremely successful and busy weekend for RED.
Delivering events at a supreme standard is something we pride ourselves in doing here at RED, and to have completed the weekend having delivered 3 beautiful weddings and 2 superb private events, all with impeccable feedback which only encourages us to continue working towards being the best.
Coincidentally, this weekend we had two Tipi Tents at two lovely venues of which we got to show off our skills for the first time at both venues. Not only was it the first time for venues it was also my first time working in a Tipi Tent. At first when we were in the process or setting up the tents the week prior I have to admit, I was a little anxious – there were giant wooden poles and ropes sticking out in all directions, but all my worries were washed away (no not by the rain – may I add we all looked very flattering in our wellies and rain coats!) once tables and chairs were in position, and the bride and groom’s-to-be with friends and family started to add their finishing touches. First things first Heaven Farm; Wow, just wow. What a perfectly picturesque venue complimented by a lovely Tipi Tent. Even with a few minor showers this weekend for our lovely bride and groom, there was no way a little bit of rain was going to stop these newlyweds from celebrating the wedding they’ve been dreaming of.Once the showers had shied away the arrival drinks were in full swing, guests were all offered a glass of prosecco with the possibility of ‘pimping’ their prosecco.
Following shortly thereafter were 5 mouth-watering canapes that went down a treat:
King Prawn and Chorizo Skewer, Mango Glaze
Blue Cheese & Spring Onion Potato Cake, Roasted Garlic Aioli
Smooth Chicken Liver Parfait, Brioche, Orange Jam
Strips of Sussex Chicken in Sesame Seed Crumb, Hoi Sin Sauce
“Cheese & Pineapple” Parmesan Shortbread, Roasted Pineapple, Goats Cheese (v)
So that’s one successful Tipi wedding; The second successful Tipi wedding, after the minor bridesmaid hair setting alight drama was over, was, again, just another muddy field transformed into, again, a beautiful wedding venue – Chafford Park. This particular couple decided to go ahead with having their ceremony in the newly refurbished Hop Barn. It was hay bale galore for this given wedding as the bride and groom had done away with chairs in the ceremony instead hay bales decorated with hessian runners for a more unique feel and also fitting very well with the barn. Whilst the drinking and dining were well underway, what the guests didn’t know was that happening behind the scenes was the 6-hour long cooking process of two giant hog roasts! Hog roasts are not only a perfect way of soaking up the alcohol mid evening and feeding 100+ hungry party animals, some of our bride and groom’s decide to kick of their wedding in style with the chefs on show serving the deliciously cooked meat along with complimentary salads as part of their wedding breakfast.Looking for a way to make your wedding day slightly more special and bespoke, why not get in touch with us here at the office and who knows we could be seeing you in the coming years looking incredible in your breathtakingly beautiful dress or extremely dapper in your suit, celebrating the wedding you’ve been longing for.
A weekend like no other… until the next time. This weekend just gone marked a first for RED Anywhere; Months and months of organisation, discussing menu choices and finalising timings, exchanging emails/calls with suppliers and being followed by a camera crew (thankfully myself and Sophie had filed our nails before being recorded folding napkins and setting up the marquee), allowed for the RED team, full of determination, to deliver our first Castle Warming Ball. As you may be able to imagine it was slightly chaotic at times.
Castle Goring, as you may already know if you’ve been following us on social media, is our current ongoing and exciting challenge. Our biggest challenge yet, we hope, has been marked with a huge green tick, on behalf of ourselves and Lady C – To deliver Lady C’s Castle Warming Party with unsurpassable everlasting impressions for Lady C and her guests. The party was in fact the first time that Lady Colin Campbell has ever experienced our food and what we do, which meant that our game faces were worn from the moment we stepped out of bed (after an added caffeine boost).
Praises were sung highly throughout the evening as guests were delivered sublime courses. Take a look at the bespoke menu designed for Lady C:
Foie Gras Pate, Smooth Foie Gras Pate, Toasted Brioche, Kumquat Chutney, Herb Salad
Duo of Guinea Fowl
Confit of the Leg, Breast Roasted and Sliced, Fondant Potato, Sussex Asparagus, Morel Mushroom Sauce
Theme on Chocolate
Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart, Double Chocolate Brownie, Chocolate Crumble, Raspberries and Raspberry Sorbet
Flower displays created by Jay Archer Floral Design, complimented the castle immensely!! The thought that went into each display was apparent to all guests who attended from the moment they walked through the castle doors, viewing the beautifully decorated stair case, to the entrance into the marquee (provided by our sister company Blank Canvas Marquees) for dining where the table centers were very cleverly thought out for the round table dining style.
Now this is me slightly going off on a tangent, but the spiral staircase decorated elegantly with foliage and dotted with lanterns/candles, has to be, for me, one of the top unique selling points for the castle and all it has to offer – just imagine the possibilities for photographers to be able to capture the stunning brides and handsome grooms.
So with the tables laid for service, flowers arranged and great food to come, there was only one thing needed to complete the feel to the event. Sophistication and elegance were two themes Lady C, Sophie and myself had been insuring we worked towards and we wouldn’t have been able to create and/or perfected this feel if it wasn’t for Elegant Stationery, who captured exactly what we wanted through table numbers, menus and name cards.
Lady C’s certainly knows how to host a party, once the alcohol had started taking effect and the dancing antics were in full swing, instead of the music coming to an end and guests departing, Daniel Clarke, our very own Master Chef of Great Britain, was on show cooking breakfast (Springs Smoked Salmon & Duck Scrambled Egg) at 2:30am, helping to soak up the alcohol already consumed to allow for more drinking and celebrations to continue into the even earlier hours of the morning.
It would be unfair of me to finish this blog without giving congratulations to all of our kitchen/back of house/front of house staff who helped us to not only deliver Lady Colin Campbell’s Castle Warming Party, but two beautiful weddings; one on Friday, which with the lightning and thunder storm takes the phrase ‘angels confetti’ to a whole new meaning, and another on Saturday for yet another stunning couple who’s big day was well and truly celebrated by all guests invited! So a big well done to all of the team and I’m sure you’ll be hearing from me soon with more updates about our busy and event filled weekends to come!
‘What shall I do for the last half hour Sophie?’ I ask willingly anticipating her reply.. ‘BLOG’ oh the joys.. Now don’t get me wrong I do enjoy writing the blogs for you RED followers but I am honestly not lying when I say I can easily sit here for half an hour and write 100 words. wedding writers block..
Can you believe its nearly the end of May already, that’s almost half a year that’s flown by, oh and nearly two months completed at Red HQ for me, still avoiding the QRS_UVWXYZ duties!!
The end of last month marked my first event since starting in the offices and wow is it a stunning venue; Northfields Country House, located in Eastergate, Chichester, West Sussex.
Northfields could possibly be the ideal setting for your wedding reception, parties or corporate events if you are after somewhere a little more private and tranquil. Together with Northfields, Red and Blank Canvas (Red’s sister company) the venue is able to offer the perfect setting for a marquee wedding or party on the lawns.
Having worked this venue a few times now in the past 2.5 years, I can quite easily say the new curved roof marquee with a clear view has got to be my favourite style for this particular venue. The clear/open sides allows newlyweds, with their desired table arrangement, to look out and over their guests and onto the house itself (which has a lovely family/friendship history), decorated with a beautifully scented climbing Wisteria that has naturally entwined itself around the windows and door.
The Marquee’s interior is a neutral cream(which is a ‘blank canvas’), easily allowing for brides, grooms and party holders to customise the marquee to their desired colour scheme or themes, meaning you can put your own stamp on your day!
Another reason as to why this Marquee structure is so special at Northfields is because you can have it customised to however big you want it. Extra bays can be added, creating the perfect space to allow a dancefloor for yourself and your guests to dance the night away once the dining formalities are over (not forgetting that the food element to your event has got to be by far the best bit, unless you’ve just got married of course, that’s got to be up there with being one of the best feelings, not just satisfying your stomach).
And who said your wedding day or big event only has to be the one day; newlywed couples or avid party goers can easily continue the after party and celebrate with their family and friends the whole weekend at Northfields House – just another brilliant reason as to why Northfields would be the perfect venue for you.
Red Anywhere is now working together with Proto Restaurants and we are now able to provide our clients with a very unique and quirky style of catering…
Fish and Chips, but with a rather large and exciting twist…
Yes, you have seen correctly, and no, I haven’t selected the wrong image, inserted above is a photo of a converted Horse Box – a Fish and Chip Horse Box! Different, right?
You can just picture it, and possibly taste it, whether you’re hosting a birthday party, a celebratory event, or a wedding, your special occasion is most definitely going to be remembered for its funkiness and individuality. Not only would you get to say you have experienced having food cooked for you from a Horse Box, you and your guests will also have experienced an exceptionally high standard of food all freshly prepared and cooked by our chefs here at Red!
A few ideas of what we can serve from our new Fish and Chip Horse Box are:
• Sussex Beer Battered Fish & Triple Cooked Chips with Chunky Tartar Sauce
• Sesame & Five Spice Chicken Strips, Paprika Sweet Potato Fries
• Crispy Coasted Chicken Wings, homemade slaw & Red’s BBQ Sauce
• Cinnamon Doughnuts
Sounds good? If this is something you could see working for yourself get in touch to see if we can help perfect your event.
It’s Friday afternoon; it’s been raining all day; it’s dark, dull and gloomy, but it’s nearly the end of another busy week here at Red, (and of course, its nearly the weekend) which means we are edging ever closer to a very busy, but very exciting weekend at the end of April, with some fantastic weddings at fantastic venues and lovely couples!
Seeing as I have completed my mountain of duties (might I just add my tea making tally is still incredibly low, although apparently I don’t make a bad coffee), and in-between holding interviews for some new and keen front of house staff, I have decided to create a blog post that’s slightly more personal to me and something I have a very good eye for, and taste..
For me, every event I have worked at for reds you can almost guarantee I’ve managed to get a sneaky photo, or have befriended the cake maker, whether it be an outside company or the mother of the bride! You can also verify this with my mother, but I can pretty much guarantee the opening sentence in the morning when I see her is ‘You should have seen how beautiful the wedding cake was!!’ continued with a nice long rundown of the day and then I’d go on to ask how her how she is.
I don’t even think I can begin to imagine how hard it is to come to a final decision on ‘the’ wedding cake for ‘the’ big day, I’m already considering having multiple if I get married, cakes that is.. not weddings. However three styles that are really standing out for me this year and next are:
Ruffles – Simple, extremely detailed, and not forgetting, elegant!
Wedding cakes are there to be looked at and admired, and for me this style has me in awe every single time. I haven’t yet mentioned but I do have an inner, fairly artistic, baking flair, and have made cakes for birthdays, private events and even my cousin’s wedding cake. There’s many different ways to achieve a ruffled affect but every way takes tonnes of practice, patience and an extremely steady hand. But you can guarantee whether you keep it simple or have a slightly more intricate design, you and your guests are going to be amazed.
Metallic – stylish and trendy combined without being too OTT.
I think we’re slowly saying goodbye to the use of silver coated sugar pearls, however metallic colours/tones are an easy way to incorporate you wedding colours and themes without the cake being too busy and over whelming. The effect I’m talking about involves the use of an airbrush to create a beautiful, almost vintage, trendy look. You could go all out metallic, with all tiers decorated in a similar style or keep it simple with one or alternate tiers being decorated in a metallic look. Not only can you use metallic tones with the colour of your cake but the use of ribbon and piping embroidery are also equally as stunning.
Naked – understated but by far my current favourite!
So you’ve probably clicked through thousands of wedding cake photos but perhaps are getting a little tiresome of all the over glammed cakes and just want something a little more natural to fit in with your special day. Whether you celebrate your wedding in a converted barn, stately home or even a marquee I honestly don’t think I can fault a well-formed naked wedding cake. And to be perfectly honest the one thing your guests are going to be wondering is whether the cake tastes as good as it looks, so why not add a small teasing element and allow them to see how amazingly gold the sponge is or how rich and moist the chocolate sponge is throughout your day. For me personally the perfect ratio of cake : butter icing : fruit : flowers, would be the only way to go if I was planning my wedding for this year or next.
Oh and just a quick question, what comes after ‘S’ in the alphabet?…
Well I suppose I should offer..