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!
Wow what a great day for Sophie and Emma. We received two separate emails today with cracking testimonials from recent events… Both girls were mentioned by name and were praised highly for their work… It is so nice to receive praise after an event as I believe no one has to do that but for someone to think about it, then write must show that us striving to deliver great events is working!
Well Done ladies… keep up the good work!
Dan & Sophie
I wanted to get in touch with you regarding our event at the Royal Marines Museum on Friday evening and thank you all at Red Anywhere for the truly amazing service you provided us. I have nothing but praise for your staff who were headed up on the day by Sophie. As a military man I like precision and neatness and attention to detail (things that are not often available in this day and age) and I was so impressed to see the girls setting up the tables immaculately to almost millimetre precision. Sophie was excellent and nothing on the day was too much trouble and the waiting staff were professional, polite and a credit to your company. The food was wonderful and the whole event will be remembered for a very long time to come (if a little hazily due to the Port and Wine). Without your staff to assist it simply would have not been possible so I thank you all again for the amazing service we received. Sophie in particular deserves particular praise. I will certainly recommend you to anybody looking to host such an event.
A first class service from a great company. Well done!
To all the staff at red anywhere, Hasler Company Royal Marines thanks you most sincerely for your support to a wonderful
Following on from our event at The Pier for BP, can I please ask you distribute this letter throughout
We would like to thank you and your team for the part you all played in the successful running of the
BP Strategic Accounts General Meeting held at The Pier on Thursday 13th June. The feedback from so
many delegates was that the food was excellent and you and your team were paramount in making the
dinner run so smoothly for them.
The staff on the evening were brilliant so please extend our gratitude to them all. They catered to our
every need and worked so hard. They were a pleasure to work with and really could not do enough for
It’s so nice to get feedback from our clients be it good or bad (very rarely bad) makes what we do even more special…
We recently catered for a lovely couple at the Royal Marines Museum where we are exclusive caterers! Their wedding was a wonderful day, with no rain! lots of laughter and glorious food, drinks and service all reiterated in an email we received yesterday!
Dear Red Anywhere,
First and most important I wanted to say a massive big huge thank you to you and the team for all you did at the wedding a couple of weeks ago. Don’t know if you were actually there or not – certainly don’t remember seeing you, but the team did great and everyone loved the food. Heard nothing but complements all round! So again well done and thank you! Would have no problem recommending you, and in retrospect, having tasted the food and wine, have to say I think the package was very good value especially considering the alternatives we looked at.
Overall very pleased we had you guys over anyone else catering for us, in what was just the best location! Even the weather was even kind :) We had a great day.
This is a long one guys, so grab your hot chocolate (shouldn’t be saying that in July!) and snuggle up for an evening of entertainment with Red Anywhere’s very own Fairy Tale… I am going to chose my favourite parts of each event to entice you with!
Once upon a time in the beautiful seaside town of Littlehampton, two girls could be seen in an office discussing the frenzied weekend of yesteryear (2 days ago). It’s almost like they think it’s not easy to feed 450 people all at once when they insist on being in five different venues across Sussex and Hampshire! But it seems like they all have fun there at Red Anywhere. So hop aboard the magic carpet where Emma and Sophie will take you on the magical mystery tour of Saturday 30th June 2012 and show you just how their weekend occurred. We will begin our journey, starting at the Royal Marines Museum in Southsea.
The Royal Marines Museum is a special venue and one where Red is lucky enough to be the exclusive caterers for. This Saturday, Mark married his beautiful bride, Jozefin before the Red fairies flew into their places at the reception. Pimms was served to the wedding party upon their arrival at the Museum which had been beautifully decorated by our magical event planner friends Jemma and Donna. The best bit about this wedding was the pudding! They had not one, but two of Red’s famous desserts! Banoffee Pie in a Glass and Double Chocolate Brownie.
Now if that isn’t enough to get your taste buds excited I don’t know what is. The night went down well, and before you knew it, Red Anywhere were out and flying down the A27 towards Chichester for an evening of more Red fun…
Farbridge is our second stop of the evening, where you can see the beautiful barn nestled in the Sussex countryside, surrounded by baby lambs and daisies (or it would be if it was… you know… the right time of the year for baby lambs. But this is a fairy tale so go with it). Emma and Paul were a lovely couple to cater for on what was a rather wet and windy June day. But this didn’t stop our chefs and staff putting on a tip top show. I don’t want to say that the canapés magically appeared because the chefs actually put a lot of hard work into delivering such tasty food. So… after a lot of huffing and puffing, the canapés appeared in a flurry of ‘Oohs’ and ‘Ahhs’ from the excited guests. Crispy Duck with Spring Onion and Cucumber Salad with Hoi Sin Sauce, Leek and Potato Soup served in a shot glass with a straw and finally Flaked Salmon, Horseradish, Lime and Dill on Toast. This was a beautiful wedding, with the Bride and Groom looking amazing. When the clock finally struck 12, Red Anywhere was away as if they had never even been there (minus the full stomachs and happy guests).
2012 It’s Such A Big Year…The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, The London Olympic Games and Red Anywhere’s Busiest Season Yet!
Perhaps you were wondering why we have been neglecting our blogging responsibilities recently… well that’s because we have just begun delivering events again. In the past 3 weeks we have been flat out in the Kitchen, Warehouse and most importantly the Office, making sure every ‘T’ has been crossed and ‘I’ dotted to deliver 16 events in 10 days – which was no mean feat!
We began, (what feels like years ago now), at Lancing College on 19th April. It was such a beautiful setting for Becky’s first event and for her to observe ‘The Red Way’. After a lovely reception in one of the many grand rooms Lancing has to offer, the guest departed for a short lecture, after which they returned to a splendid dinner of ‘Poached & Smoked Salmon Riette’, ‘Duo of Guinea Fowl’ and a delicious ‘Bakewell Tart’
after wowing the guest and VIP’s with our impressive service and food we departed leaving the school as though we had never been there.
Next was an intimate dinner for 30 at the Royal Marines Museum in Portsmouth, one of our exclusive venues. The guests were part of the ‘Worshipful Company of Plaisterers’ most of whom had been involved in the re-plastering of all the ceilings within the museum.
Then, we were off to the first wedding of the summer, which was for Rob & Heather Calver (as they are now know) at Grittenham Barn near Petworth. To say they had put thought into the day would be the biggest understatement of the century. It has to be the most beautiful I have ever seen the Barn. They had old fashioned lamp shades hung from the rafters above the centre of each table
, a tea and cake station being run from the garage as guests arrived and handmade crochet table runners for the centre of each table. It was all very rustic, and in keeping with the Barn, the couple and their guests were even dressed on 1950’s entire. The happy couple have emailed since and said
‘Thanks again for all your help, particularly making it all run so smoothly on the day. Everyone thought your food was amazing – I don’t know if you noticed the big round of applause when I thanked you during my speech?! We, and everyone there, will surely be recommending you to any friends getting married!’
The following week we were at Farbridge for the wedding of Matthew and Claire Jolly. This was a magical day with wonderful food and wine. The menu consisted of a ‘Classic Bruschetta with Warm Goats Cheese’ to start, followed by ‘Pork Belly’ (one of Dan’s Favourite cuts of Meat) and a wonderful Duo of ‘Sticky Toffee Pudding & Bakewell Tart’ to end the meal. The guests partied on late into the night, and were all up for a walk the next morning (organised by the couple themselves) and for those who were a little worse for wear and weren’t up in time there was a rendezvous at a pub half way where they were able join the happy couple.
Following this we were at the Ocean Suite, another of our exclusive venues, where we catered for the Mayor of Eastbourne’s Thank You Party.
We were then back at Lancing College for their Summer Ball where parents and teachers purchased tickets for an evening of Great Food, Service and Music (I am relieved to say we didn’t have to deliver the later, otherwise there would have been all kinds of problems :)) to raise money for charity. Red donated our ‘Master Chef Experience’ which entitles the highest bidder and 9 guests to a night of gastronomic excellence, the winning bid for this was an astonishing £1700.00!
Finally, this weekend we were at a beautiful venue in Chidham, nestled down a country lane surrounded by water, for the Wedding of Neil & May Copsey. When they first came to us they had a wonderfully unique idea for a menu, which I very proud to say we delivered on…. it was Indian themed! To start the couple had Pappadoms with a selection of sauces, a mezze of Bhajis, Somosa’s, Minced Lamb Skewers & Tandori Chicken. Followed by both Chicken Jalfezi & Vegetable Curry in HUGH bowls to the tables with rice, Tarka Dahl, Lime Pickle, and Flavoured Naan’s – it truly was a Feast!
So, anyway that’s why we have been neglecting our Blogging, however I do think it’s justified, don’t you….