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Vanilla Catering & Events

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Vanilla Catering & Events provides exceptional, innovative food supported by superb, friendly and professional service for every occasion.

With years of experience in corporate events, weddings, the yachting industry and the working office we have tailored our menus and service to suit all destinations.

We would be delighted to discuss any variations, special occasions or particular dietary requirements, and invite you to our premises to meet us and taste our incredible creations.

The Vanilla Team

Sally, The MD,  is the human dynamo that keeps the company powered up. With great attention to detail, a flair for organising, and a passion for working with people, she is always striving to exceed clients’ expectations. Initially trained with Trust House Forte, she has long experience in the hospitality business having spent 20 years with various London based establishments. Besides working in restaurants, she later managed conferences, catering, events, and facilities and is a member of the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM). Before joining Vanilla as a Director, she sailed from Australia to the UK and can truthfully claim to have baked fresh bread daily whilst crossing the Indian Ocean.

Martin is a qualified accountant by trade and likes to keep a sharp eye on the company finances. Besides the vital role of ensuring the financial health of the company, he excels at working with clients to make their function a roaring success. With a distinguished corporate career behind him he brings big company best practices to a small company setting, ensuring exceptional levels of customer service and performance. With his days now filled organising functions, he plays most of his golf in his dreams.

Helen, one of the founding directors, is the daughter of a traditional green grocer and knows a thing or two about fresh veg! This inspired her philosophy of using fresh, quality produce that lies at the heart of the Vanilla ethos. After university she catered for crews on racing yachts around the world. Now, with a background in retail management, she brings her love of food and top-notch customer service standards to Vanilla, ensuring clients have the best possible experience.

Kit, otherwise known as Dr J, is the fixer and sorter of the group. Never known to rush around, he brings a calming influence to the team. Kit brings his CAD skills to each event, carefully devising the best fit in any venue for you and your guests. His geologist background took him to the most remote areas of the world and he is the only one of us who can say they have set up a field kitchen in the wilderness with an unwashed field assistant and a Polar Bear for (unwanted) company!

Lee Butler, our  Executive Head Chef has over 27 years experience in banqueting and fine dining. Prior to joining Vanilla Lee was head chef at Goodwood House in west Sussex. Lee has a passion for fresh local ingredients and is currently developing our secret ingredient - the Vanilla mother dough!



Customer Satisfaction

Vanilla has a wide portfolio of repeat customers. We design our menus to specifically suit each client and event to ensure that the entire customer experience, from initial meeting to the main event, is friendly and relaxed yet efficient and professional. We’re very happy to provide you with customer reference contacts if required.

As ethical suppliers, we care deeply about our social responsibility, and want to make sure that our principles of integrity and respect are acted upon throughout the company.

Our Specialities

Vanilla specialises in catering and events management for weddings, corporate events, yacht charters and private parties, just some of the other areas we specialise in include:

  • Christenings
  • Funerals
  • Business lunches
  • Canapé receptions
  • Picnic Boxes
  • Hog Roasts/BBQs

Whether you desire a traditional or unusual function, just catering or our full events management service, contact us here or call us on 01489 589275 to discuss your requirements.

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At Vanilla we offer high class catering with exceptional event management. With several hundred weddings behind us, we appreciate that every day is different. From our very first meeting, we’ll provide you with as many suggestions and as much guidance as you need to give the peace of mind that this most special day will be perfect...

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Throwing a business social? Planning a launch party? Organising a regional get-together? Vanilla offers high quality catering with full events management, guidance and support.  We can provide everything for a fully managed event, from an exclusive canapé party for clients to a hot, sit down three-course gourmet meal for the whole company...

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Vanilla Catering & Events offers catering and events management services for private parties.  We can supply menus for family celebrations such as christenings and birthdays as well as funeral wakes.

Just let us know what services you require and which style of food you prefer - gourmet meal, buffet, canapés, BBQ or hog roast - and we’ll create a bespoke menu...

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Marquees and Rustic Barns 

We at Vanilla pride ourselves in our ability to produce fabulous food, all served with a smile, in the most difficult of conditions...

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We write to thank you and the staff for helping to make the above wedding a success for all concerned. There was a lovely atmosphere in the Tithe Barn and the staff had worked hard to help create this by lighting all the candles and laying out the tables in readiness for our arrival from the church. We had arrived earlier than expected due to the inclement weather and yet they coped with this admirably. It was due to our early arrival that we ran out of prosecco before the meal and I have to praise Cath for the tactful way in which she dealt with this problem and moved things along as quickly as possible. She was an excellent manager and nothing seemed to phase her.

Roy & Sue, Tithe Barn, December 2017

Can I please express a huge thank you to the team for putting on a fabulous wedding breakfast on what must be challenging conditions on Warrior. You added to a perfect day with everyone saying how good the food was, and I mean that genuinely, so please thank the team (and take the glory too) for ALL that Vanilla did for us before and during this wonderful day for us.

Roger & Dian, HMS Warrior, December 2017