Catering for a Summer Garden Party

Catering for a Summer Garden Party

Catering for a Summer Garden Party with Lauren’s Catering

As the warm, sunny days of summer approach, there’s no better way to celebrate than with a garden party. Whether you’re planning a casual get-together with friends or a more formal event, the charm of a summer garden party is unbeatable. At Lauren’s Catering, we believe that great food is at the heart of every memorable occasion. With over 30 years of experience, we are excited to share some tips and insights on how to plan your catering for a summer garden party to make it a hit with our expert catering services.

Setting the Scene

First impressions matter. The ambiance of your garden party should be inviting and relaxed. Start by selecting a theme that complements the natural beauty of your garden. Popular themes include rustic chic, vintage tea party, and tropical paradise. Use decorations such as fairy lights, lanterns, bunting, and fresh flowers to enhance the atmosphere. Comfortable seating areas with cushions and blankets will encourage guests to relax and enjoy the setting.

Planning the Menu

One of the most crucial aspects of any event is the food. When catering for a summer garden party, you’ll want a menu that is light, fresh, and seasonal. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Starters and Nibbles:

  • Canapés: Offer a variety of bite-sized delights like smoked salmon blinis, goat cheese and fig crostini, and mini quiches.
  • Fresh Salads: A selection of colourful salads such as a watermelon and feta salad, quinoa and roasted vegetable salad, and a classic Caprese salad will add vibrancy and healthiness to your spread.
  • Finger Foods: Sausage rolls, chicken skewers, and vegetable spring rolls are perfect for easy snacking.

Main Course:

  • BBQ Delights: Grilled meats and vegetables are a summer staple. Think juicy burgers, marinated chicken, and veggie kebabs.
  • Gourmet Sandwiches: Offer an array of gourmet sandwiches with fillings like roast beef and horseradish, smoked turkey and cranberry, and a Mediterranean veggie option with hummus and grilled vegetables.
  • Pies and Quiches: Classic British pies and quiches are always a hit. Options like steak and ale pie, chicken and mushroom pie, and spinach and feta quiche provide a hearty choice.

Desserts:

  • Sweet Treats: A selection of cakes, pastries, and cookies will satisfy the sweet tooth. Lemon drizzle cake, chocolate brownies, and fruit tarts are perfect choices.
  • Fresh Fruit: A platter of fresh, seasonal fruits is a refreshing end to the meal. Consider including watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, and mango.
  • Ice Cream: Nothing says summer like ice cream. Offering a variety of flavours and toppings will delight guests of all ages.

Drinks:

  • Refreshing Beverages: Provide a mix of alcoholic and non-alcoholic options. Homemade lemonade, iced tea, and fruit-infused water are great for staying hydrated. For a bit of sparkle, offer prosecco, sangria, and a selection of local beers and ciders.

Presentation and Service

How the food is presented can make a big difference. Opt for rustic wooden boards, elegant platters, and colourful bowls to showcase your dishes. Buffet-style service allows guests to help themselves, creating a relaxed and informal atmosphere. Alternatively, for a more refined touch, consider hiring servers to circulate with trays of canapés and drinks.

Special Considerations

When planning your garden party, it’s essential to consider the dietary needs and preferences of your guests. At Lauren’s Catering, we pride ourselves on accommodating all dietary requirements, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and allergen-free options. Be sure to label each dish clearly so guests can easily identify what suits their needs.

The Lauren’s Catering Difference

What sets Lauren’s Catering apart is our commitment to quality and personalisation. We work closely with you to create a menu that reflects your tastes and preferences while ensuring every detail is perfect. Our experienced team handles everything for you, allowing you to enjoy your event without worry.

With 30 years of experience, Lauren’s Catering has built a reputation for excellence. Our attention to detail, passion for food, and dedication to customer satisfaction ensure that your summer garden party will be an unforgettable experience for you and your guests.

Get in Touch

Ready to plan your summer garden party? Contact Lauren’s Catering today to discuss your ideas and get started on creating the perfect event. Whether it’s a small gathering or a large celebration, we’re here to make your vision come to life with delicious food and impeccable service.

Let’s make this summer unforgettable with a garden party catered by Lauren’s Catering!

 

The Brockworth Annual Cheese Rolling Competition

The Brockworth Annual Cheese Rolling Competition

The Brockworth Annual Cheese Rolling Competition: A Local Tradition with a Unique Twist

Nestled in the picturesque Cotswolds, the village of Brockworth is home to one of the most eccentric and thrilling events in the UK – the annual Cheese Rolling Competition. Every spring, locals and tourists alike gather on Cooper’s Hill to witness and participate in this adrenaline-pumping tradition. At Laurens Catering, we not only appreciate the culinary delight that is cheese but also the unique cultural events that celebrate it. Join us as we delve into the history of this quirky competition and explore the intriguing question: does cheese taste better after being rolled down a hill?

A Brief History of Cheese Rolling

The Brockworth Cheese Rolling Competition dates back to the early 1800s, with some suggesting that its roots could be even older. Initially, it was believed to be a way to maintain grazing rights on the common. However, over the years, it has evolved into a joyous and slightly madcap celebration that draws participants from around the globe. Each year, a 9-pound wheel of Double Gloucester cheese is released from the top of Cooper’s Hill, and intrepid competitors race down the steep, uneven slope in pursuit of it. The first person to cross the finish line wins the cheese – and eternal glory.

The Science (or Folklore) of Rolled Cheese

One of the more light-hearted debates among cheese enthusiasts and festival-goers is whether the cheese tastes better after its tumultuous journey down the hill. While there is no scientific evidence to support this, the idea does have a certain charm. Here are a few reasons why some believe the cheese might be enhanced by its adventure:

  1. Tradition and Nostalgia: The sheer tradition and history associated with the cheese rolling competition can make the cheese seem more special. Food often tastes better when it’s tied to memorable experiences.
  2. Aeration: Some cheese lovers speculate that the rolling process aerates the cheese, potentially altering its texture and flavour. While this is more folklore than fact, it’s a fun idea to entertain.
  3. Adrenaline and Atmosphere: The excitement and adrenaline of the event can heighten senses and make the cheese taste more delicious. The communal atmosphere, the cheers of the crowd, and the shared experience all contribute to a unique tasting environment.

A Cheese Lover’s Experience

At Laurens Catering, we understand that food is not just about sustenance but about the experience and the memories created around it. The Brockworth Cheese Rolling Competition exemplifies this beautifully. Whether or not the cheese actually tastes better after being rolled down the hill, what matters is the joy and sense of community that the event brings.

For those inspired by this unique event, we offer a variety of cheeses in our catering services that celebrate local produce and traditional methods. From creamy Double Gloucester to tangy Cheddar, our cheese selections are perfect for any occasion, whether you’re planning a wedding, a corporate event, or a simple get-together with friends and family.

Join Us in Celebrating Cheese

As we celebrate this year’s cheese rolling event, why not bring a slice of the excitement to your next gathering? Laurens Catering is proud to offer a bespoke cheese platter that can be tailored to your preferences, featuring the finest local cheeses. While we can’t promise that our cheese has rolled down Cooper’s Hill, we can guarantee it will bring joy to your taste buds and your event.

So, does cheese taste better after being rolled down the hill? Perhaps. But one thing is certain – the Brockworth Cheese Rolling Competition is a testament to the fun and flavour that local traditions bring to our culinary experiences.

At Laurens Catering, we’re passionate about celebrating the unique and wonderful aspects of our local culture. The Brockworth Cheese Rolling Competition is just one of the many reasons we love being part of this vibrant community. Stay tuned for more local stories and culinary delights from Laurens Catering!

Contact Laurens Catering today to find out how we can add a touch of local flavour and excitement to your next event.

 

7 Ideas to Achieve Your Summer Body Goals

7 Ideas to Achieve Your Summer Body Goals

7 Ideas to Achieve Your Summer Body Goals with Lauren’s Catering: Top Diet-Friendly Lunch and Snack Options

With summer just around the corner, many of us are setting our sights on achieving that perfect ‘summer body’. It’s a time when we become more conscious of our dietary choices, aiming not only to look good but to feel great too. At Lauren’s Catering, we understand that maintaining a balanced diet is key, especially when you’re busy. That’s why we’ve curated a selection of mouth-watering, diet-friendly lunch and snack options that don’t skimp on flavour or satisfaction. Here’s your guide to eating well with Lauren’s Catering, ensuring you can enjoy delicious food while keeping those summer body goals within reach.

  1. The Super Salad Bowl

A Super Salad Bowl is a favourite for its vibrant ingredients and nutritional balance. It includes a variety of greens such as spinach, arugula, and kale, topped with antioxidant-rich tomatoes and crisp cucumbers. You can choose from high-quality proteins like grilled chicken, tofu, or omega-3 packed salmon. Each bowl is dressed lightly with our homemade lemon vinaigrette, offering a low-calorie yet tasty option that’s perfect for lunch on a warm day.

  1. The Lean Wrap

The Lean Wrap is designed to keep you full and energized without the heaviness of traditional fast food. Wrapped in a choice of whole wheat or gluten-free tortillas, these wraps are stuffed with options like turkey breast or grilled halloumi, a lower-calorie alternative to other cheeses. Layer on hummus for a healthy fat source, and pack in lettuce, alfalfa sprouts, and crisp bell peppers for added nutrients and fibre.

  1. Soup of the Day

Soup ensures there’s always something new to try. Use seasonal vegetables and minimal oil, focusing instead on herbs and spices to enhance the natural flavours. Popular choices include zesty tomato basil, creamy but calorie-conscious cauliflower leek, and a robust lentil spinach soup. Each serving is perfect for a light lunch or a starter before your main meal, helping you manage portion sizes and calories.

  1. Grilled Chicken Caesar

Reinventing the classic Caesar, a Grilled Chicken Caesar salad is made healthier with tweaks like removing the bacon and opting for whole-grain croutons. The chicken is grilled to perfection, lean and juicy, tossed with a moderate amount of shaved Parmesan and a dressing that’s flavourful yet light on oil and egg yolks. This dish proves you don’t have to give up your favourites to stay on track with your diet.

  1. Protein Power Boxes

For those constantly on the move, a Protein Power Boxes are a lifesaver. They contain a mix of satiating hard-boiled eggs, an assortment of nuts for healthy fats, and berries for a low-calorie sweet treat. Sliced carrots and celery add crunch and fibre, making these boxes a balanced snack to power through your day without reaching for unhealthy alternatives.

  1. Yogurt and Fruit Parfaits

Yogurt and Fruit Parfaits serve as a delightful, nutritious snack or dessert. Use low-fat Greek yogurt for a boost of protein, layered with seasonal berries like strawberries and blueberries, and a hint of honey for natural sweetness. A sprinkle of homemade granola adds a satisfying crunch, making these parfaits a favourite for a quick breakfast or an afternoon pick-me-up.

  1. Smoothie Bowls

You can create your own Smoothie Bowl from an assortment of bases such as almond milk, soy milk, or Greek yogurt. Top it with your choice of fresh fruits, nuts, and seeds like chia or flaxseed for an extra nutrient boost. These bowls are not only a feast for the eyes but also a filling, nutritious snack that can easily replace a standard meal, perfect for those hot summer days.

Catering to Your Diet Needs

At Lauren’s Catering, our goal is to make healthy eating effortless and enjoyable. Whether you’re looking to cater a corporate event, a family gathering, or just need a quick and nutritious lunch option at your workplace, we have you covered. Our menu is customizable to cater to various dietary preferences and restrictions, ensuring that everyone can enjoy our offerings without compromise.  +To find out more about booking a buffet from Lauren’s catering visit our website.

Crafting the Perfect Buffet

Crafting the Perfect Buffet

Crafting the Perfect Buffet for Your Event with Lauren’s Catering

When it comes to hosting an event, whether it’s a corporate gathering, a family celebration, or a social soirée, the dining experience plays a pivotal role in setting the tone and ensuring your guests leave with memorable impressions. Crafting the perfect buffet is an art that combines variety, flavour, presentation, and thoughtful consideration of guests’ dietary preferences and needs. At Lauren’s Catering, we’ve mastered this art, ensuring that every event we cater is a testament to our passion for excellence and our dedication to creating unforgettable culinary experiences. Here’s how we approach the creation of the perfect buffet for any event.

Understanding Your Event and Audience

The first step in crafting the perfect buffet is to understand the nature of your event and the profile of your guests. A corporate event might call for a more sophisticated menu, whereas a family gathering might lean towards comfort foods that appeal to all ages. At Lauren’s Catering, we begin by consulting with you to grasp the event’s essence, the guests’ demographics, and any specific themes or preferences you have in mind. This tailored approach ensures that the menu resonates with your vision and delights your guests.

Menu Diversity: A World on Your Plate

Diversity is key to a successful buffet. Our aim is to cater to a wide range of tastes and dietary requirements, ensuring there’s something for everyone. From starters and salads to mains and desserts, each dish is chosen to complement the others, creating a harmonious and balanced offering. We incorporate a variety of cuisines, textures, and dietary options, including vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and allergen-aware selections, making sure every guest finds dishes that suit their palate and needs. Our chefs delight in introducing a mix of classic favourites and innovative creations, adding an element of surprise and discovery to your buffet.

Seasonality and Sustainability

At Lauren’s Catering, we believe in the importance of seasonality and sustainability. Using seasonal ingredients not only enhances the flavour and quality of our dishes but also supports local producers and reduces our carbon footprint. We meticulously select the freshest, locally-sourced ingredients to create dishes that reflect the season’s bounty, offering a taste of the local landscape while promoting sustainability. This commitment to quality and ethical sourcing is evident in every bite, contributing to a dining experience that’s not only delicious but also responsible.

Presentation: The Art of Display

The visual appeal of your buffet is almost as important as the taste of the dishes. We view each buffet setup as a canvas, where food is the medium of our artistry. From the layout of the tables to the choice of serving ware, every element is carefully considered to enhance the overall aesthetic and make the dishes as inviting as they are delicious. Our goal is to create a visual feast that entices your guests and makes the act of choosing their meal a delight in itself. Through creative presentation and thoughtful arrangement, we ensure that your buffet is not only a culinary highlight but also a visual spectacle.

Attention to Detail: The Lauren’s Catering Touch

The final touch in creating the perfect buffet is our unparalleled attention to detail. From ensuring that dietary labels are clear and accurate to maintaining optimal food temperature and freshness throughout the event, every aspect of the buffet service is executed with precision and care. Our professional staff are always on hand to assist guests, answer questions, and ensure that the buffet runs smoothly, allowing you to relax and enjoy your event, knowing that your guests are in good hands.

Creating the perfect buffet for your event is a complex yet rewarding endeavour that requires expertise, creativity, and a deep understanding of your needs and preferences. At Lauren’s Catering, we bring our passion for food, commitment to excellence, and attention to detail to every event we cater. By choosing us, you’re not just planning a meal; you’re crafting an experience that your guests will remember fondly for years to come. Let us help you make your next event a resounding success, with a buffet that delights, surprises, and satisfies every guest on your list, to find out more just get in touch.

 

Catering for food allergies

Catering for food allergies

Catering for food allergies: Mastering Allergy-Friendly Menus with Lauren’s Caterers

In the world of catering, inclusivity and safety are not just buzzwords—they’re essentials. At Lauren’s Caterers, we understand that behind every dietary restriction is a guest looking to enjoy a memorable dining experience, just like everyone else. That’s why we’ve perfected the art of catering for individuals with different allergies, ensuring that everyone can partake in the joy of shared meals without worry. Here’s a deeper dive into how we achieve this.

Deep Dive into Dietary Needs

The first step in our approach is a comprehensive understanding of food allergies and intolerances. Recognising that allergies can range from mild sensitivities to severe, life-threatening reactions, we meticulously gather information from our clients. This diligence allows us to craft menus that are not only safe but also exciting for guests with dietary restrictions.

Bespoke Menus for Every Occasion

At the heart of our service is the belief that customisation doesn’t mean compromise. Our culinary team thrives on creativity, transforming traditional dishes into allergen-free delights. Whether it’s crafting a vegan, gluten-free wedding cake that tastes as good as it looks or offering a range of dairy-free appetisers that are sure to impress, our menus are a testament to our commitment to diversity and flavour.

Ingredient Transparency and Guest Communication

We believe in the power of transparency. Our menus are designed with clarity in mind, with ingredients listed to help guests make informed choices. This transparency extends to our staff, who are trained to communicate effectively with guests about their dietary needs, offering reassurances and adjustments as needed. This open dialogue ensures that guests feel seen, heard, and catered to in every sense.

A Culture of Continuous Learning

In the fast-evolving landscape of food safety and allergy awareness, staying informed is key. Our team’s ongoing education in the latest culinary techniques and allergy management practices means we’re not just keeping pace—we’re setting the standard. This commitment to knowledge ensures we’re always ready to meet our guests’ needs with confidence and care.

Special Touches for a Seamless Experience

Understanding that dining is as much about experience as it is about taste, we pay special attention to the presentation and personalisation of allergen-free meals. Special touches, such as customised menus for guests with allergies, add a personal note, making them feel truly valued. Our goal is to make every guest feel included in the culinary celebration, without feeling singled out or limited by their dietary restrictions.

Feedback: The Key to Our Success

We see every event as an opportunity to learn and improve. Post-event feedback from clients and their guests plays a crucial role in refining our approach to allergy-friendly catering. This feedback loop helps us to continuously enhance our menus, service, and safety protocols, ensuring that Lauren’s Caterers remains at the forefront of inclusive catering.

The Lauren’s Caterers Commitment

Choosing Lauren’s Caterers means choosing a partner who understands the importance of inclusivity and safety in dining. With our expertly crafted menus, rigorous safety protocols, and unwavering commitment to guest satisfaction, we ensure that every individual, regardless of their dietary needs, can enjoy a wonderful dining experience. We’re not just catering events; we’re creating inclusive, memorable moments that everyone can cherish.

In catering for people with different allergies, our mission is clear: to provide a dining experience that’s as safe as it is spectacular, ensuring that every guest leaves with a smile. At Lauren’s Caterers, everyone is welcome, and every meal is a celebration of diversity and deliciousness.  To find out more and discuss your individual allergy needs just give us  a call on 01452 382690 or visit our website and drop us a message.

The Top 20 Favourite Snacks in the UK

The Top 20 Favourite Snacks in the UK

The Top 20 Favourite Snacks in the UK

Welcome to a culinary journey through Britain’s beloved snacks! At Lauren’s Catering, we’re passionate about delighting your taste buds with the nation’s favourite treats. Dive into our expanded list of the top 20 snacks that have captured the hearts (and stomachs) of the UK.

  1. Crisps: A quintessential British snack, crisps come in an array of flavours. The classic salt and vinegar and cheese and onion remain favourites, but more exotic flavours like sweet chilli and prawn cocktail are also gaining popularity.
  2. Chocolate Bars: A staple for the sweet-toothed, British chocolate bars range from the creamy smoothness of a Galaxy to the rich, dense texture of a Yorkie. There’s a bar to satisfy every type of chocolate craving.
  3. Scones: A symbol of British refinement, scones are a versatile snack. Enjoy them the Cornish way with jam first, then clotted cream, or the Devon way, cream first and then jam.
  4. Sandwiches: A testament to British ingenuity, sandwiches offer endless variety. The Ploughman’s sandwich, with its cheese, pickle, and salad, is a hearty favourite, while the cucumber sandwich remains a high-tea classic.
  5. Pork Pies: Originating from Melton Mowbray, these cold, savoury pies have a unique hot water crust pastry and a filling of seasoned, chopped pork.
  6. Scotch Eggs: A pub snack staple, Scotch eggs consist of a soft or hard-boiled egg wrapped in sausage meat, coated in breadcrumbs, and baked or deep-fried. They are perfect for a protein-packed snack.
  7. Cheese and Crackers: This elegant pairing can range from a simple Cheddar and Digestive biscuit to more sophisticated combinations like Stilton and oatcakes, offering a delightful mix of textures and flavours.
  8. Sausage Rolls: These flaky pastries filled with seasoned sausage meat are a favourite at parties, picnics, and as a quick snack. They’re equally delicious when enjoyed hot or cold.
  9. Nuts and Seeds: Increasingly popular for their health benefits, nuts and seeds like almonds, walnuts, and pumpkin seeds are perfect for guilt-free snacking.
  10. Fruit: Fresh fruits like strawberries, apples, and grapes are not just healthy; they’re also refreshingly delicious, especially when in season.
  11. Flapjacks: A staple in British baking, flapjacks made from oats, golden syrup, and butter, strike the perfect balance between chewy and crunchy.
  12. Shortbread: This Scottish invention is a buttery delight, perfect with a cup of tea. Enjoy them plain, dipped in chocolate, or flavoured with lemon or ginger.
  13. Fish and Chips: Though traditionally a meal, mini fish and chips have become a popular snack-size option, especially at outdoor events and markets.
  14. Biscuits: A biscuit tin filled with assorted British biscuits like Bourbons, Custard Creams, and Hobnobs is a staple in many households.
  15. Popcorn: Not just for the movies, popcorn is a versatile snack that can be sweet, salty, or both! It’s also seen as a healthier alternative to crisps.
  16. Cornish Pasties: These hearty pastries filled with beef, potato, swede, and onion are a complete meal in a snack-sized package, hailing from the beautiful county of Cornwall.
  17. Yorkshire Pudding: Originally served as a starter with gravy to dull the appetite, Yorkshire puddings are now enjoyed in various sizes, from small popovers to large, filled ones.
  18. Jelly Babies: These soft, fruity, sugar-coated jellies are a nostalgic treat, loved by both children and adults alike for their unique texture and sweet taste.
  19. Cupcakes: The popularity of cupcakes continues to rise, with flavours ranging from the classic Victoria sponge to more adventurous options like salted caramel and lavender.
  20. Hummus and Veggies: Reflecting the trend towards healthier snacking, hummus paired with crunchy vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, and bell peppers offers a tasty and nutritious option.

These top 20 snacks are more than just food; they are a part of Britain’s culinary heritage and contemporary culture. At Lauren’s Catering, we celebrate these diverse flavours and are inspired to incorporate them into our catering services. Whether you’re planning an event or simply exploring new snack ideas, we hope this list has whetted your appetite for Britain’s best bites!  You can enjoy our delicious variety of food by visiting our sandwich shop, booking a buffet or having our snack vans visit your workplace.