I was really excited last week when I saw that a wedding enquiry had popped into my inbox. That isn’t really big news, it happens quite a lot (funnily enough!) But this enquiry was for a wedding in a marquee.
We love marquee weddings here at Red – we’re all about creating something from nothing and there is no better opportunity to do that than when you’re faced with… a field. Where do you make the crispy duck canapés?! What about keeping Sussex Ice Cream Company’s Orange and Honeycomb masterpiece frozen?! Team Red to the rescue!
In fly the little Red fairies and tinker away to build an entire kitchen, complete with ovens, fryers, electricity and a washing up area (plus whatever else the Chef’s require to create a sublime menu for the client).
The enquiry last week looks as if the menu is going to be delicious! Canapés include Crispy Duck with Hoi Sin Sauce, Shredded Smoked Chicken with Mango Salsa (Emma’s personal favourite) & Mini Thai Fishcakes with Tomato and Chilli Dip. For main course, the likely option at the moment is Rump of English Lamb, Colcannon Mash, Asparagus and Mint Hollandaise. Not possible in a marquee, I hear some of you cry! That is where you are wrong – when you have Chef’s as talented (and modest) as ours, the fact that it isn’t possible doesn’t even cross your mind.
Dessert for our lucky clients include a trio of Double Chocolate Brownie, Orange and Thyme Creme Brulee & Salted Caramel Ice Cream.
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).
It was no mean feat getting everyone in the same place at half six on a Saturday morning – 6 chefs, 16 waitresses, 5 bar staff, all the behind the scenes people and food for 250 crammed into one mini bus, three cars, three vans and a trailer. Surely there is a joke in there somewhere…?
The slightly confusing convey and a few wrong turns off the M25 were worth it though when we finally got to this amazing venue!
The Decorium in London was a brand new experience for chefs and front of house. The high ceilings and mirrored walls provided a dazzling venue that needed not much more than some lovely tables and amazing food. That’s where Red came in…
Weather forecast 14 ºC already sounding like a wonderful Sunday to head to a wedding fair at one of Red’s Favourite Sussex wedding venues to cater at… Grittenham Barn
As a new addition to the Red Anywhere family, this will be my first visit to the beautiful Antique barn!!
Already approaching spring (wow where on earth has this year gone?!) I am realisably informed that there will be the occasional sheep roaming around the woodlands and orchards and a few friendly donkeys!
Armed with Red Anywhere broachers, banners, heads full of exciting information and tasty treats for our prospective couples to enjoy, I still might just find room for a few carrots and sugar lumps for the donkeys! If not they may like our famous Double Chocolate Brownie…
So if you are in the area… pop in, I will be the one near the Donkey’s :)
Sussex Wedding Venues
After a year in the role as operations director one of my responsibilities is to look and find new venues! I now feel sufficiently experienced to share my opinion on the various wedding venues in Sussex. The trend nowadays seems to be steering away from the traditional Church wedding with Hotel reception, people now seem to opt for a civil ceremony & reception under one roof.
Detailed below are three of my favourites which meet these criteria and cover all corners of the Sussex countryside: