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Vanilla Catering & Events

The Countdown to Christmas.......

Hi All

The countdown to Xmas begins and it is never too early to think about festive fun, fine dining and cool canape parties. Here at Vanilla, Lee and his team can provide all of these and we work in a variety of fabulous venues spreading Christmas cheer wherever we go. From dining sky high at the Spinnaker Tower, to having a gin blast at the Bombay Sapphire Distillery, perfect parties at the Port House, Winter Wonderland on HSM Warrior...

Sunday 8th October 2017 - Read More

Where did the last 6 months go ?

It’s been a busy 6 months for Vanilla, hard to believe that we are almost into July.

The year kicked off with the design and launch of our 2017 menus. As always Lee and his team have produced a mouth watering, eclectic, vibrant,colourful menu incorporating as much local produce as possible with local cheeses such as Tunworth, Lyburn, fabulous local trout and we have even sourced butter from the beautiful Isle of Wight, Viking butter really does take butter to...

Friday 30th June 2017 - Read More

Tournerbury Estate - Fabulous New Venue for Vanilla

We are pleased to announce that we are now one of only two preferred caterers at the amazing beautiful Tournerbury estate  

Tournerbury is 50 acres of private woodland, on a peaceful tidal creek in one of England’s most beautiful natural harbours.  It is a unique and unusual wedding reception venue offering access to both woodland and seashore.

Tournerbury has a great sense of space and tranquillity, and offers seclusion and privacy.  Far reaching views across Chichester Harbour with a...

Saturday 1st April 2017 - Read More

2017- hold on tight, here we go !

Welcome to 2017, what a Xmas we had. Last year we catered for over 50 events in December. Xmas parties, winters weddings, corporate dinning, you name it we did it . It was a wonderful whirl from one event to the other. We catered in some fantastic  venues including the Bombay Sapphire  distillery,  HMS Warrior, Royal Marines Museum, The Tithe Barn, The spinnaker Tower, The Port House and Landrover Bar HQ

However now the Xmas jumpers have been packed away...

Friday 20th January 2017 - Read More

New Year , New Menus, New Venues

Happy  2017 to you all

A new Blog will be posted shortly so until then keep checking back 

Sally and The Team 

Friday 6th January 2017 - Read More

2016 - A record Summer for Vanilla

Well what a summer it has been for Vanilla.  2016 has been the busiest summer to date for the company,  it has been a non stop round of weddings, parties and very exciting corporate events.

Whilst most of you have been idling, enjoying the Summer the Vanilla team have been working hard to deliver fantastic food and service to all our clients whether it be a wedding, party or corporate event.

We have catered for over a hundred weddings so...

Monday 12th September 2016 - Read More

A Royal Blog

We are just coming down to earth after catering for Sir Ben Ainlise and his Team for the ACWS.

All the news will be publised in the next week when I have found the  time to put pen to paper including all the exctiment of feeding the Future King of England and his Wife !

Check back soon 

Thursday 28th July 2016 - Read More

A unique Opportinity for you , yes you ! to dine on Nelsons Flagship, HMS Victory !

Our Charity of the year 2016 is a little different in that we are sponsoring Scott Dawson in his bid to swim unaided around the Isle of Wight. Scott Is taking on this mammoth challenge in order to raise funds for Marine conservation Society and Meningitis Now.

This is  where you come in,  how do you fancy the unique opportunity of dinning on Nelson Flag ship HMS Victory ?  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity as this historic...

Friday 29th April 2016 - Read More

We Announce our Charity for 2016

It’s that time of year when we announce our charity for 2016. It is always a tough decision as there are so many deserving charities around but this year we really have latched onto a winner.

Some weeks ago I noticed that one of our new followers on twitter was @scottdawsonswim. When I clicked on this page it become apparent that Scott Dawson was planning to swim non-stop, unaided, around the Isle of Wight in August 2016 for charity. This...

Monday 28th March 2016 - Read More

New Menu soon to be revealed

We are just putting the finishing touches to our 2016 wedding menus. As always we have incorporated as much local produce as possible as we are very proud to be a member of Hampshire Fare.

Our new dishes are fresh, vibrant, eclectic, produced in our Kitchen under our talented Executive Head Chef Lee Butler.

The menus are a team effort, Lee and his team have spent the spring, creating, testing and perfecting in our production kitchens on the banks of...

Saturday 19th March 2016 - Read More

Onwards and upwards into the New Season

The suns shinning and we have a spring in our step at the Vanilla HQ in Swanwick as we look ahead to another busy season.

The new menu will be launched officially at the end of this month and as always we are incorporating an abundance of Hampshire produce from Lavertsoke Buffalo to Lyburn cheeses. Our range of home smoked produce has expanded and we are smoking fish, duck, mozzarella and even ice cream in house.

Lee Butler, our Executive Head...

Tuesday 15th March 2016 - Read More

New Menus, New Venues

Hi All 

It's been a very busy start to the New Year, so much so I have not had time to update you on all the exciting things happening here at Vanilla. Give me a few more day then check back when I will reveal  all about the  exciting year we have planned !

Speak  soon

Sally P 

Monday 1st February 2016 - Read More

Catering for Royalty, Celebrities and the Odd Sir

 

It's been a busy summer so many events ranging from weddings corporate dinners, military dinners, proms, parties you name it we have done it, so  it's hard to pick just one event to talk about but here I go with one of the most challenging, rewarding, stressful, exhausting and enjoyable events I have ever done in my 30 years in the event industry. It involved working 73 hours over 5 days and walking over 77 km I met three...

Monday 14th September 2015 - Read More

The sun arrives -A few Party Tips

Here in the UK we have to be positive about the weather as who knows if a planned garden party can go ahead, however It’s easy to bring a ray of sunshine to your guests by producing vibrant tasty local canapes and desserts. Vanilla’s key ethics are attention to customer service and the use of top quality Hampshire ingredients. These result in bright, modern, food styles, utilizing the freshest of local ingredients, and presented with attention to detail in an...

Thursday 2nd July 2015 - Read More

The Port House is Open !

Summer is almost upon and it has been a mad start to the year for us here at Vanilla HQ  

The most exciting news we have though is Vanilla are the sole caterers at a new venue, The   Port House in Port Solent

The Port House, Marina Keep Port Solent, has just finished a major refurbishment which has seen the venue transformed into a beautiful waterside venue with contemporary furnishing and delicious bespoke Hampshire  food and produced by...

Thursday 30th April 2015 - Read More

Exclusive Waterfront Location for Vanilla

2015 brings very exciting news for Vanilla as we are pleased to announce we are now the exclusive caterers at a unit in Port Solent. The site was formerly Portsmouth Harbour Yacht and is based in Premier marina with stunning views  over the water.

The club is currently undergoing a major refurbishment which we are all very excited about. It is due to open in early April and I will keep you updated on the progress. The refurbishment will see...

Sunday 25th January 2015 - Read More

We blinked and missed 2014 !

I am not sure  where the year has gone ? Suddenly we have two weeks left of 2014 and now we find ourselves in a round of Xmas parties and winter weddings.

We have had a fabulous year here at Vanilla, it all started by winning the wedding caterer of the Year, London the South East and quite honestly we have not looked back. The summer was a whirl of glorious weddings, corporate parties and military dinners.

In January when...

Tuesday 9th December 2014 - Read More

HMS Illustrious & Vanilla Make History

It's not everyday you can claim to be part of history, but this year Vanilla catered for an event which will go don in history and we were so proud to be involved in it.

This summer the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious stood down after thirty-two years as a flagship in the Royal Navy. The Portsmouth-based helicopter and commando carrier clocked up nine hundred thousand miles on operations across the world. The ship was built by Swan Hunter shipbuilders on...

Friday 26th September 2014 - Read More

Busy Busy Busy

Time is passing me by and here at Vanilla the team have been crazily busy, too busy to blog, but yesterday I was reminded by my team that it is about time I found time to update all our followers on what is happening.

As you know we entered the year on a high as we heard we had won the wedding caterer of the year London and the South East. Since then we have not had chance to stop...

Monday 14th July 2014 - Read More

Too Busy to Blog !

You may wonder why the  radio silence well we just SO  busy busy busy

 I promise a blog shortly until then keep watching our twitter feed for all our latest news , views, events and mouth watering menus.

Bank holiday this weekend with  just under 1000 covers to cater for means we are making a lot of money for our charity of the year as for every guest you invite to your wedding or party Vanilla will donate 20p to Wedding Wishing...

Tuesday 20th May 2014 - Read More

A Modern Day Love Story - Tithe Barn 25 May 2014

With over a hundred weddings to cater for this year we are gearing up for a very busy wedding season here at Vanilla, but this summer is a very special day for one couple and I thought I would share their story with you. Let me tell you a modern day love story, a fairy tale that will become reality at the Tithe Barn on 25 May this year

Emma Williams first came to Vanilla over 6 years ago, she...

Friday 21st March 2014 - Read More

Happy Birthday Vanilla- we celebrate 10 successful years in business

Last Thursday the Vanilla team headed to the Mary Rose Museum in Portsmouth Historic Dockyards to celebrate ten years in business.

Hard to belive that we have been in business for ten years. We Choose the Mary Rose museum as we feel immensely privileged to work in this great new venue. To be able to celebrate along side this historic ship was unique and emotional.

For our birthday bash we invited clients, suppliers, partners, friends, and family.

The great thing...

Friday 28th February 2014 - Read More

A Busy Year Beckons

Its 2014 the year in which August has 5 Fridays 5 Saturdays and 5 Sundays, is this a good thing ? I am not sure but I thought I would share it with you. It does mean more Saturday weddings for Vanilla in this month than any other in our history though so I suppose it is  worth pointing out.

Welcome to 2014, I hope it is a happy healthy successful one for you all.

The Vanilla team are already...

Tuesday 14th January 2014 - Read More

A Bumper Year draws to a close

Well, what an amazing year Vanilla have had. Hard to believe it is nearly over.

The year has passed in a flash so many memories, so many weddings and events it is difficult to know where to begin.

The year has seen us win awards, cater for celebrities, fly to the French Alps to pass on our expert knowledge, get a recipe published in a cook book and  become one of the caterers at the most prestigious museum to open...

Thursday 19th December 2013 - Read More

Award Wining, Ski Loving, Bookworms Vanilla

Greetings from  Les trios valley, France myself Kit, Joe and Lee are currently in France working along award winning ski company SKIAMIS (www.skiamis.com) on their new menus. Our wonderful head chef Lee and his team have devised menus for Skiamis for the new ski season which starts in a couple of weeks. We are taking Vanilla's passion for fresh produce overseas. Any of you who have skied will know that on a ski holiday you need three basic ingredients, good...

Wednesday 27th November 2013 - Read More

Best Independent Caterer London and The South East

It's Official at the Wedding Industry Awards 2014 .........

 

Company Name: Vanilla Catering and Events

Awards Category: Caterer Awards Region: London and South East

 

More details soon but had to share it with you all . THANKYOU so much to all our lovely couples who voted for us.

Sally P and the team 

 

Tuesday 19th November 2013 - Read More

Busy Autumn ahead, Ski Vanilla !

 

Well where to start, Vanilla have had a fantastically busy summer with weddings, corporate events, parties, outdoor sporting events  including yacht catering at Cowes week and the Southampton Boat show. We have not stopped the Kitchen has been in full swing, the smoker has been smoking, the thermomix blending, and the chefs once again have a portfolio of thank you letters from you, our happy clients, these are all available to view here on the website.  Our list of...

Wednesday 9th October 2013 - Read More

Vanilla update

Lots of exciting news to tell you all , I will blog over the weekend, but here is a taster

New menus

New venues

Xmas parties with Vanilla

A cookbook 

and soon to be launched Vanilla Ski menus .......

Watch this space closely 

 

Sally P 

Friday 4th October 2013 - Read More

Too Busy to Blog !

Just a short note this month to say Hello as we have been so busy lately that keeping you all abreast with the latest Vanilla news has taken a back seat.

September is almost upon, where has the summer gone ? well we know it’s gone with a blast with many events catered for by my wonderful team.

The summer is not over by a long shot though and September will be one of our busiest months ever. We have...

Friday 30th August 2013 - Read More

Royal Canapes and Fabulous Customer Service

The sun is here, the barbecues are sparked up and the weddings continue.

The last month we have not stopped, it has been our busiest month ever ! We have catered and managed weddings, corporate dinners, canapé parties, birthday parties and even mixed with Royalty

We were extremely privileged to cater for a canapé party at the New Mary Rose Museum where the VIP guest was the Princess Royal. The Vanilla chefs devised some bespoke Tudor canapes for this prestigious...

Friday 19th July 2013 - Read More

Mary Rose Opening

Summer is finally here and things are hoting up at Vanilla we have had an incredibly busy few weeks and we are well and truly into the season now.

This month we have spent a lot of time at the Historic Dockyards in Portsmouth. We are now one of the preferred caterers here and catering on HMS Victory has been great fun. The chefs have to prepare their creations  on the lower decks between the cannons, the biggest challenge is...

Tuesday 11th June 2013 - Read More

RSM Tenon Award for Customer Service

Great news today we have found out we have been shortlisted for the South Coast Business 2013 in the following category: RSM Tenon Award for Customer Service. So excited to make the final four, fingers crossed we take the Title which will be announced in July.

We blinked and missed it but the bank holiday weather was kind to us which was a relief as we had 6 marquee weddings. No problem’s  with access and getting stuck in the mud...

Thursday 9th May 2013 - Read More

Vanilla & The Wishing Well Foundation

It’s easy to talk about it, but here at Vanilla we do like to give something back. The last four years we have had a nominated charity. For every guest our clients invite to their wedding, banquet or party Vanilla donate 20p to our charity of the year. The first year we did this our charity was Frank water. www.Frankwater.com The money we raised help fund the installation of a clean water project in Andhra Pardesh, India, giving...

Friday 12th April 2013 - Read More

HMS VICTORY awaits the Vanilla team !

British Summer time begins at the weekend and that means here at Vanilla we spring into action as our busy season is suddenly upon us. Who knows where the time goes

April sees us very busy, lots of exciting venues including the Historic Winchester Guildhall where in April alone we have five events. Of course we are at all our old favorite haunts including the Tithe Barn, Farbridge and The Hamptworth Estate. We have so many marquee events this year...

Wednesday 27th March 2013 - Read More

Sopley Mill Weddings

We are well into the year now and although the weather is not hotting up things here at Vanilla HQ are. 

We are excited to announce we will be catering at a new venue this year, Sopley Mill www.sopleymill.co.uk. This beautiful 18th Century watermill, surrounded on both sides by the Millstream of the river Avon closed as a restaurant in 2011.  The owners of the Mill, which has been in the same family for over 150 years, have taken...

Wednesday 27th February 2013 - Read More

Its a nice day for a White Wedding, in the Undercroft

Those of you who are old enough will remember the song it’s a nice day for a white wedding……..

Well is certainly was a white wedding day last Friday when we were catering for Sam and Grahams big day. This was our first wedding of 2013 and we will not forget in a hurry.

Graham and Sam had split their venue for their big day. Canapés, mulled wine and champers were to be served in The Undercroft In Southampton and...

Wednesday 23rd January 2013 - Read More

New Year, New Menus

Half way through January already. Hopefully you all had a great Xmas and New Year

Our last wedding of the season on New Years Eve was a very muddy affair. Francine and Rhys were married in the New Forest. It rained, rained and then it rained, but nothing could dampen the spirits of the guests or the Vanilla team. Did it matter we were knee deep in mud ?  did it matter the vans were stuck ?, did it matter...

Saturday 12th January 2013 - Read More

Festive Thermals and a Happy New Year

Well it’s almost here, and we are still working away at Vanilla.

This weekend we are still busy with Xmas parties and weddings , Good look to Tamsin and Stuart, tying the knot at the Tithe Barn in Ditcham on Saturday. 

All very exciting in that we have a wedding on New Years Eve this year. Francine and Rhys are having a big bash in a marquee in the New Forest, fingers crossed for good weather. I have purchased new...

Thursday 20th December 2012 - Read More

Spring Workshops

Spring Workshops- Last Minute Xmas Presents 

Cool Canape Classes

We will be running workshops in the Spring on how to create your own delicious Hampshire canapes. Using Hampshire produce the team of Vanilla’s professional chefs will demonstrate  how to cook canapés such as Laverstoke Mozzarella & Spinach Mille Feuille on Jerusalem Artichoke Mousse. This is an active workshop so you will get you chance to try your hand at these dishes and take away your creations to impress your family...

Monday 17th December 2012 - Read More

Almost the Perfect 10

The party season is in full swing and suddenly December is upon us.

The past couple of weeks we have been busy testing our 2013 menus, all very exciting. Al, our photographer came down from London and we had 2 days of great fun shooting and testing our new dishes. (have a look at our facebook page for a great mini movie of the chefs in action !)

A new glossy brochure will be published in the New Year and...

Sunday 2nd December 2012 - Read More

Bubblegum Cheesecake and the Historic Mary Rose Museum

Pinch Punch first of the Month. November is here already. It’s the month of comfort food as the nights draw in the weather worsens…… and we all look forward to the Christmas party season.

Great news in that we are very excited to announce we will be one of the recommended caterers at the New Mary Rose Museum in the Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth

The Mary Rose Trust is currently under-taking a £35 million heritage project to build an internationally-renowned museum....

Thursday 1st November 2012 - Read More

Christmas with Vanilla and Wedding Planning Seminars

October, already. The wedding season is drawing to a close and our thoughts are turning to Christmas parties but before I leave weddings I must talk about September

September has been the busiest month Vanilla have ever had with weddings. A few of the stunning venues we have catered in include The Hamptworth Estate, Hill Place Houghton Lodge, Duncton Mill, Tithe Barn, Farbridge Barn, Old Arelsford house, and Chawton House.

However, not only have we been busy with Weddings we...

Sunday 30th September 2012 - Read More

Venues like London Buses

September is here, the nights are drawing in and the mornings are getting chilly, soon I will need my mittens as I cycle around but hopefully we can hang on to our so called summer for a little longer.

 We have catered at a couple of new venues in the past month. Firstly Old Arlesford House ( www.oldarlesfordhouse.com)

Old Alresford House is an historic Georgian mansion, set in 35 acres of gardens and parkland in beautiful rural Hampshire. Both house...

Thursday 13th September 2012 - Read More

Don't mention the O Word !

The excitment of the games has now passed and we can’t mention the O word but we were really chuffed to have been chosen to cater for some VIP events at a rather large sporting events, any guesses ??

It was a real privilege to cater for our sporting heroes, brushing shoulders with O****** athletes was something the Vanilla team will never forget. We gave them gold medal catering and the guests and athletes could not get enough of Lees...

Thursday 16th August 2012 - Read More

Hampshire Fare Month

We are well into July and I don’t need to tell you the weather is shocking. We have had fun and games over the past month with all our marquee events. Never have our wellies had so much use. I am thinking of issuing them as standard Vanilla uniform next year. The conditions have been challenging but I have to admit we have had great fun catering at all our events. So many muddy fields, so many vans stuck, so...

Monday 23rd July 2012 - Read More

Highly Commended in Two Categories

Exciting news: We have been highly commended in two categories at the South Coast Business Award 2012. The categories are the Smith and Williamson, Growth Business of the Year Award and The Hampshire Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year Award. Feeling pretty pleased about this thanks to my wonderful team who work so hard !

Talking of which it’s a very very busy time for us at the moment, tomorrow we have four marquee weddings in Hampshire, The...

Friday 18th May 2012 - Read More

Mud, Mayhem and a Massive Thankyou

April has been a very busy month for all of us here at Vanilla, it’s also been a very wet month.

Last weekend we had mayhem and mud at our various marquee weddings in Hampshire. Martin lucked out as he was at the Tithe barn on Saturday for Jamie and Liz’s big day. I was at Bragate Manor for Jo and Mark, thankfully Bradagte was not too muddy. Our lovely Emily though was at Guilbert Whites House for Johnny and...

Monday 30th April 2012 - Read More

Reasons to book Vanilla - straight from the clients mouth...ok email !

The Easter bunny has been and gone but we were so busy with Weddings at the weekend that we didn’t even really notice, We were kept busy catering for Tara and Steve, Jenna and Dan and Fran and Jay.

Three very different weddings that all passed by happily and already we have had thanks from our some of our happy newly weds

 

Me and Jenna would just like to say a massive thank you. You made the whole thing...

Saturday 14th April 2012 - Read More

Facing the World - Our New Charity for 2012

April sees the start of a new financial year for Vanilla, why I am informing you of such a mundane event you may ask ?  Well the reason is a New Year means a new charity. Those of you who follow us will know that each year we pick a charity to donate to. We tend to swap between National charities and local Hampshire based charities.  So we say Goodbye to our local charity the Ellen Maccarthur Cancer Trust.

Monday 26th March 2012 - Read More

Spring arrives along with Walter !

Spring arrives next week, don’t forget to put your clocks forward. This all heralds the start of the wedding season. It’s also Mothers Day and St Patrick’s Day this weekend If you want any ideas of scrumptious seasonal food or recipes for Mums day please feel free to give me a call.

Next week sees the Vanilla team in full flow with weddings at the Tithe Barn, and Chawton House to name a few. We also have a very large...

Friday 16th March 2012 - Read More

March Madness

March is almost upon us, soon the clocks will spring forward, it will be light in the morning but still dark when we finish our events. We know it’s the height of summer when we finish work in the early hours and dawn is breaking  but we are still some way off this.

This month we see Dean and Louise, Tori and Niall, Pauline and Greg, Eve and Joe, Jackie and Adam and Michael and Hannah get married. It’s also...

Friday 24th February 2012 - Read More

National Yorkie Pud Day, Tithe Barn and Vanishing Eyebrows !

It’s wonderfully cold and its February, dreaded January is behind us and we are looking forward to a very busy year.

One of our favourites venues the Tithe barn in Ditcham ( www.tithe-barn.co.uk_) held their open day on Saturday. We met with lots of potential bride and grooms. If you missed this do not worry if you want a quote for your Big Day please feel free to drop me  a line or e mail and we will get one organised...

Thursday 2nd February 2012 - Read More

Tithe Barn Open Day

This Saturday ( 28th January) we are at the Tithe Barn Open day from 9.00am. This is without doubt my favourite venue. It’s an amazing barn surrounded by rolling countryside and  we feel very privileged to be one of the preferred suppliers here. Last year we catered for over 30 weddings at the barn so we really know how things work here.

If you decide to book this amazing venue one of the vanilla directors or senior managers will be...

Monday 23rd January 2012 - Read More

January Jollies

Its January again, no need to get down as there are lots of things to look forward too.

Here at Vanilla we are busy preparing for the new year, buying new catering equipment for our ever expanding kitchens,  a new van will also be added to our fleet, any suggestions for a name will be greatly appreciated, so far we have Eric, Terrance, Josephine and Horatio, me thinks the ladies are outnumbered here so please send in suggestions.

We have...

Monday 9th January 2012 - Read More

Happy 2012

Happy 2012 to everyone.

Let's hope its a great year for us all. A proper blog will follow next week with all our news.......

Sally and team Vanilla

Saturday 31st December 2011 - Read More

Another Year Over !

It’s nearly the end of another fantastic year for the Vanilla team.

As 2011 passes we reflect on all the great weddings we have catered for this year. Many many thanks to all the couples who chose us to be part of their big day. We have catered in some fantastic venues for some great couples. From historic Winchester Guildhall to the Tithe Barn, The Cass Sculpture Centre and a field full of cow pats  ( thanks Tony and Rachel,...

Wednesday 21st December 2011 - Read More

Isle of Wight Biltong

Just over a month to go until Xmas and we have our first Xmas party next week.

Things have been busy in the Vanilla kitchens as our Xmas creations are tested and more importantly tasted.

However, even though Xmas is round the corner we are still catering for weddings. This weekend we see Sven and Beccy tie the knot at Hill Place in Swanmore. They are having a wonderful having a 5 course meal with Venison as the main course and...

Tuesday 22nd November 2011 - Read More

The Inclusive Collection

It's 1 November today and it is 18 degrees outside, its hard to think of Christmas parties when the weather is so good, however we are holding a series of Xmas party nights at Winchester Guildhall this year. The Package costs £48.50 and includes a three course menu, half a bottle of wine, table novelties, and DJ until 1.00am.

Of course you don’t have to book the Guildhall to sample our amazing food we will cater in any venue on...

Tuesday 1st November 2011 - Read More

Christmas with Vanilla

It's not too late to book your Christmas party and this year we are very pleased to tell you we are holding a series of party nights at the wonderful refurbished Winchester Guildhall. If you party is large (up to 300) or small (minimum numbers of 10). We can ensure you have a cool yule with our package as below:

Celebrate in Style with us, we were a 2011 finalst for Hampshire Small Business of the year and booking with us supports...

Thursday 29th September 2011 - Read More

Gearing up for a busy weekend !

It’s all very busy in the kitchen today as we wind ourselves up for one of the busiest weekends of the year.

Tomorrow we are at the Tithe Barn to see Paul and Ruth celebrate their big day with a multi choice menu,

Tomorrow evening aslo sees the team at Fort Nelson for the opening of the redeveloped Armouries Museum. We are cooking up a fantastic range of canapes all sourced from local producers. Gun firing will announce the start...

Thursday 22nd September 2011 - Read More

Bespoke Trios !

It’s a new academic year and wedding season is continuing. Last week we were at our old favourite the Tithe Barn to celebrate the wedding of Vicky and Josh.

Vicky and Josh had their own personal wedding planner, in the form of Carole, Vicky’s mum who really was an absolute delight to deal with and I think she should change her career and do this professionally.

Luckily it was a fine sunny day and Vicky looked amazing.  I have also...

Thursday 15th September 2011 - Read More

Tipi, UGG Boots and a Venetian Carnival

Question, what’s the connection between a Tipi, bespoke UGG boots and a farmers field full of cow pats ?

Answer: Tony and Rachel’s wonderful wedding on Sunday at Durley.

Tony and Rachel came to see me earlier this year,  they wanted to have their wedding breakfast in a farmers field in Durley, no water, no power …..lot’s of cows and cow pats …..was it possible ? not only that, Tony works in London opposite the famous St Johns restaurant in...

Thursday 1st September 2011 - Read More

Catering for Hollywood Actors

Another Cowes week over, lots of early starts for the Vanilla team ensuring those race boats got their food on time before they slipped lines and battled their way around the Solent.

We had the honour of catering for celebrities crewing in the fifth edition of the Artemis Challenge .It was a near record-breaking day out for Ewan McGregor, Zara Phillips and Natalie Pinkham, who joined world class skippers for the 50-mile sprint around the Isle of Wight.

Hollywood...

Thursday 18th August 2011 - Read More

New Venue- Chawton House Library

It’s August

Where has the last month gone. Hampshire Fare excelled themselves this year by organising a whole range of amazing foody things including our own delicious dessert classes.  We ran these on three evenings and each evening we were fully booked.

Here are a few of the wonderful comments we received from participants;

Thank you very much for giving us (Camilla and me) such a great evening last Tuesday. We really enjoyed making the raspberry roulade, tasting all the...

Friday 5th August 2011 - Read More

Cowes Week Beckons !

It’s July

Hampshire Fares glorious Food month. Our delicious dessert classes are fully booked so I am afraid if you have not already booked you will have to wait until next year !

There are all sorts of wonderful events across Hampshire this month. I went along to Setley Ridge Vineyard and had a wonderful evening of wine tasting and eating local produce We had an amazing array of food prepared for us by Mange Tout catering. We dined amongst...

Wednesday 13th July 2011 - Read More

3 weeks, 15 weddings 2 parties and one prom !

Hi All

It’s two weeks since I have managed to get around to writing my blog. In the last two weeks we have catered for the marriages of Joanne and Chris, Nigel and Sophie, Louise and Steve, Claire and Alex, Nicola and Alex, Ellen and Ricky, Katy and Stuart, Nathan and Vic, Grant and Laura and Vicky and Steve. As a result of this we have donated over £300 pounds to the ellen macarthur cancer trust.

The venues we have...

Friday 1st July 2011 - Read More

Catering for Record Breakers !

Hi All

It’s a rainy Sunday day and I am recovering from a very busy couple of days so what better way to relax than let you have all the latest Vanilla News.

Last weekend we had the great privilege of catering for Dan and Amelia at the Tithe barn in Ditcham.

It was a glorious sunny day with the temperatures reaching the high 20s which was wonderful as Dan and Amelia are a very special couple who deserved to have...

Sunday 12th June 2011 - Read More

Christmas at Winchester Guildhall

Its busy busy. so busy I have not had time to tell you all about the weddings we catered for last weekend, but just wanted you all to know we are still here getting ready for a weekend of serving over 700 meals  so I will do a double blog next week with all our news.

One quick thing to let you knwo though is that we will be catering for Xmas parties at Winchester Guildhall for three nights in December so...

Thursday 9th June 2011 - Read More

Shortlisted for Hampshire Small Business of the Year 2011

We have had a very busy bank holiday weekend here at Vanilla.It started with a bang on Friday for the wedding of Nicola and Alec at our old favorite the Tithe Barn. Saturday saw us there again  for Charlotte and Jamie to tie the knot and we also catered for Charlotte and Will at a private marquee in Liphook. Two Charlottes  in one day !

Charlotte and Will had an amazing marquee in Charlottes parents garden. On arrival the guests...

Monday 30th May 2011 - Read More

Hampshire Food Festival

The crazy wedding season has now started and we are all very excited here at Vanilla , the adrenaline is running, Borris and Thomas our combi oven are full steam ahead, basting , grilling and roasting constantly.

This Saturday we have four major events to cater for in locations spanning from Chichester, to Winchester and closer to home at Netley. We have everything from a three course sit down, a hog roast and an afternoon tea. That is the beauty...

Wednesday 18th May 2011 - Read More

Spring Lamb and Wedding Fever

Royal wedding fever hit the UK last week. Hope it’s inspired lots of you to take the plunge and tie the knot.

We had our own weddings to cater for so there was no sitting in front of the TV for us for us all at Vanilla. Saturday saw Tania and Steve take their vows at Farbrige barn near Chichester. Farbridge is an absolutely fantastic venue, with views of the rolling countryside. This time of year it’s even better as...

Tuesday 3rd May 2011 - Read More

Vanilla & the ellen macarthur cancer trust

It’s the start of a new financial year so a new year and a new charity. Last year for every wedding or three course corporate event we catered for we donated 20p per head to our Frank Water (www.frankwater.com). Every Pound we raised for Frank Water Projects gave one person access to clean water for life, hopefully we made a little difference and we will continue to support them by buying their bottled water.

This year we have picked a...

Friday 15th April 2011 - Read More

The Rural Oscars, Wellies or Stillettos ?

British Summer time is upon us, the days get longer and my free time gets shorter….

The wedding season is in full swing. Last weekend we had a wedding at Hill Place in Swanmore (www.hillplace.co.uk). Hill place is a lovely venue which has only been up and running a year but already we have done lots of weddings there and we have many more booked. The owners, Will and Becks, have created a great wedding venue, in fact you can see...

Tuesday 29th March 2011 - Read More

The Lost Blog !

How wierd my last Blog that I posted on 18th March I seem not to have posted , so here it is , another one to follow later today, two blogs in one day how lucky is that .........

The week has flown by again.  Last week we were at Farbridge barn ( www.farbridge.org.uk) For Nick and Laura’s big day. This was our pie wedding which was very appropriate as last week it was National Pie week. The pies...

Tuesday 29th March 2011 - Read More

Hamphire Fare Anniversary Party

The last 10 days have flown by, Last week we were at the Tithe barn to see Abi and Mark tie the knot with 150 of their friends and family. It was a great day, 36 children were amongst the guests  so it was a very active day, clowns entertained the children so we could get on and do what we are best at which is providing top quality food.

Talking of which the Hampshire Fare 20th anniversary party we...

Saturday 26th February 2011 - Read More

Aphrodisiacs

Half way through February and the wedding season is in full swing, it starts earlier every year.

Our wedding last week at the Explosion went with a bang, a good time was had by all and thankfully the only spirits we encountered were the ones we were selling at the bar !  

This week we are back at my favourite the Tithe barn to see Abi and Mark tie the knot with 150 of their friends and family.

Next...

Monday 14th February 2011 - Read More

Haunted Wedding Venues and Betty's Yorkshire puds !

January has passed us by and the wedding season is starting earlier and earlier. This week we have our first wedding of 2011. Bronwen and Will will be tying the knot at the Explosion museum in Gosport. The museum really is a quirky venue in which to hold your wedding, they have a civil  liscence so you can also get married there, mind you there are rumours that the venue is haunted !

The museum holds ghost tours which involves a twilight-guided...

Monday 31st January 2011 - Read More

Burns night Supper

January is nearly over. Here at Vanilla we have been busy trialing and sampling our new menus, its  a tough job eating delicious food all day but we are managing quite nicely and soon we will upload the menus and get our lovely photographer Al to come down and photograph our new creations so you can all have  a look at them.

The week it's Burns night so I hope you will all be partaking in a wee portion of...

Friday 21st January 2011 - Read More

2011 - The things to come

It’s 2011, Happy New Year to all of our customers old and New.

As an aside did you know ?

The United Nations General Assembly declared 2011 as the International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests.

Forests cover 31% of the total land area, the livelihood of 1.6 billion people depend on forests and forest are home to 300 million people around the  world.

Forests are also...

Friday 7th January 2011 - Read More

Happy New Year 2011

Hi

Just a quick note to wish you all a very Happy New Year.

I will report soon with news of our new menus and all the  prestigious venues we will be catering in this year but until  then enjoy the rest of the bank holiday !

Speak soon

Sally and the team

Sunday 2nd January 2011 - Read More

Masquerade Ball

It’s nearly Xmas, here at Vanilla things are winding down after a very busy party season.

Since my last blog we have spent a lot of time at Winchester Guildall, we have caterered there the last three Fridays in a row. We were privileged to cater for The Mayors of Winchester (Cllr Richard Izards ) charity ball . The three charities to benefit from his fund raising were:

Help for the heroes ( www.helpfortheheroes.org.uk), The Joe Glover Trust (...

Monday 20th December 2010 - Read More

Haggis

December arrived with a bang hope you were not all too snowed in, here in the  marina it was a winter wonderland, luckily I can walk to work so the Vanilla wheel carried on turning and we managed to fulfill all our commitments for another busy weekend.

Since my last blog Rory and Fiona tied the knot at the Tithe barn, as they are both from Scotland they requested a starter containing Haggis. Our chefs were put to the test...

Tuesday 7th December 2010 - Read More

Beef Wellington or Shiny Boots !

Another weekend is nearly upon us and I haven’t  even had time to tell you about the wedding we catered for last week at Rotherwick.

Clare and Tom picked a lovely menu, one of my favourites of the year  so I detail this below so you can all see what you missed out on.

 Starter

Crab and Prawn salad with a citrus dressing

Main Course

Individual Beef Wellington with a red wine and Thyme Jus

Or

Loin of Monk Fish...

Thursday 25th November 2010 - Read More

The Royal Wedding and Bronze Turkey's !

The Royal Wedding has been announced and we eagerly await news of who the caterers will be, unfortunately we are very busy next year so if we get the call we may not be available………….

Last week we catered for Jen and Paul's Big Day at Farbridge which is near Chichester (www.farbridge.org.uk) This is a great barn and not only is it a wonderful venue but they have 10 rooms so some of your wedding guests can stay the night...

Wednesday 17th November 2010 - Read More

Complimentary Mulled Wine or Glogg ?

Th Clocks have gone back summer is now officially over so now is the time to sort out your Xmas party.

Here at Vanilla we work in many great venues around the area and there are still some dates when we are available. Great winter venues include the Explosion Museum in Gosport, the Tithe Barn near Petersfield and of course your own homes. We are happy to cater for you in your own home, we will bring our professional chefs and...

Sunday 7th November 2010 - Read More

Early Morning Mushroom Foraging !

British summer time ends next week but here at Vanilla we are still busy catering for weddings and parties. Last week we were at  the Tithe Barn to see Rebecca and Tom tie the knot with 120 of their friends and family. It was a lovely autumnal day and we could not have wished for a more perfect day.

Dan our sous chef headed off to the biggest food festival of the year on Wednesday , the Salone del Gusto,...

Monday 25th October 2010 - Read More

Salone del Gusto

Its October, sorry about the lag of blog but I have had ten days away. It was nice to get away to some sun as the last weekend I worked summer was truly over with rain rain and more rain however it did not dampen our spirits as we catered for Helen and Steve, Rosie and Nick and Caroline and Rubens special days. Helen and Steve tied the knot at our old favorite the Tithe Bran in Ditcham. This is...

Friday 15th October 2010 - Read More

Trafalgar Park and the New Guildhall Kitchens !

Autumn is upon us but the weddings are still in full flow. Last weekend we had the  privilege of catering for Caroline and Matthews wedding at Trafalgar Park (www.trafalgarpark.com) this is a wonderful venue near Salisbury with views of the  rolling countryside and the river Avon

As an aside did you know ?

Trafalgar Park was originally known as Standlynch Park when it was built for Sir Peter Vandeput in 1733 to designs by John James of Greenwich. In...

Wednesday 29th September 2010 - Read More

Barra and Chips ?

The summer is drawing to a close but we are still very busy with weddings. The last couple of weeks we have seen Zoe and Chris and Craig and Nicola tie the knot at the Tithe Barn near Petersfield. Nina and simon had their party at a private address in the New Forest and Katherine and Newton celebrated their day in Bishops Waltham.  When Craig and Nicky came to see me a year ago about their wedding they wanted a...

Monday 20th September 2010 - Read More

Venturing overseas

Last week we are ventured overseas  to the Isle  of Wight where we are catered for Flo and Aaron.

This is the first time the Vanilla team have catered for a wedding on the Island and it was indeed a great day. The private barn that Aaron and Flo had booked was a great fun filled venue. They had a very informal blessing with all the guests seated on bales of hay. Drinks and canapes were served in the stable...

Wednesday 8th September 2010 - Read More

Bands and Bees !

Hard to believe it is September already, soon the nights will be drawing in and before you know it will be Xmas !

Last weekend saw Laura and Jack, Alexandra and Rob, Clare and Warren and Andrew and Jennifer making the big leap into marriage and using our services for their catering.

Setley Ridge Vineyard was the setting for Laura and Jack, It was a gloriously sunny day in the New Forest and this was a great venue with the...

Friday 3rd September 2010 - Read More

Smoked Trout from the River Nidd

The past two weeks have been extremely busy here at Vanilla,  the  wedding season really is in full swing. We have catered for weddings at the Tithe Barn, Bradgate Manor, Houghton Lodge and in numerous private residences. If you need any information on any of these great venues we work at please do not hesitate to contact me.

We have had every manor of wedding from four course extravaganzas, to afternoon teas, to hog roast and barbecues. The English weather...

Monday 23rd August 2010 - Read More

Too busy to blog !

It’s a very busy time for us at Vanilla at the moment so no time to write a full blog this week.

However all went well with our five weddings last weekend, even the huge downpour at Bradgate manor where Nicky and Darren were getting married did not spoil the festivities, mind you Dan, one of our wonderful chefs who is originally from Australia, was not happy as just as he was about to begin the barbecue the heavens opened !!

...

Wednesday 18th August 2010 - Read More

Lobster, Deer and entertainers galore !

Not only was it Cowes week last week but we had 6 weddings and a large party to cater for .

Whilst the spinnakers were flying across the solent the Vanilla team were busy creating various delights for our diverse mix of customers.

Cowes week is always a biggie for Vanilla and the lack of a corporate sponsorship for this famous event did nothing to dampen the spirits this year. Once again the anonymous donor paid for the fireworks display...

Monday 9th August 2010 - Read More

Cowes week

Hi folks,

We are gearing up for a super busy weekend so just a quickie to say Good Luck to Erica and Mike who are having a reception in a marquee in the New Forest, Leanne and Brett at Southsea castle, Kelly and Dudley at Houghton Lodge, Christabel and Jamie at Horsebridge Road station, Matt and Nikki at the Tithe  barn and Mark and Sarah at the Tithe ….whew . I will report back with details of all the glorious...

Wednesday 4th August 2010 - Read More

Canapes Galore

At our last master class on Tuesday we had lots of budding chefs emerging from the woodwork. I have a picture of   Sophie from Hampshire fare with her creation which I will uploaod shortly.The classes were extremely successful and we may run some in the autumn so if you are interested drop me a line and I can get some dates organized

This weekend saw Felicity and Alexander, Rosey and Gerry and  Keiley and Adam all celebrating their weddings with...

Monday 26th July 2010 - Read More

Castles, Guildhalls and Ghosts !

July is in full swing and the master classes we have held have proved to be a huge success, We will definitely be holding something similar next year, here’s another thank you note we received today.

 Dear Li and her “A” team

We would like to thank you for a very enjoyable and interesting cookery evening on the 13th July. It was extremely good value for money – apron and delicious desserts as well as a wealth of tips. It...

Monday 19th July 2010 - Read More

Tree Houses and Delicious Desserts !

We have had another busy weekend here at vanilla.

The week commenced with our first Delicious Desserts Masterclasses where our team of professional chefs demonstrated  how to make our bespoke desserts at home. It was a roaring success and below is an e mail we received the  day after from a couple of satisfied customers

Katy and I just wanted to say a BIG THANKYOU for last night's masterclass. We had a lot of fun and your staff were absolutely lovely-...

Wednesday 14th July 2010 - Read More

Hampshire Food Festival begins

It’s July, the month of Hampshire Fares 10th food festival. Have a look at their website www.hampshirefare.co.uk to see what foodie events you can participate in.

Here at Vanilla we are holding Delicious Desserts masterclasses where our team of professional chefs will show you how to make our bespoke desserts at home. However if you have not already booked your place I am afraid it is too late as they are all fully booked, next year remember to book...

Monday 5th July 2010 - Read More

Our busiest weekend to date

Sorry about the delay in my blog this week we have just been so busy it has taken me until now to catch up with things ! It was a very very busy weekend with four weddings and a corporate party to cater for.

Kate and Kevin and Kate and Phil held their wedding receptions in marquees and what a weekend it was for a marquee wedding, nothing but sunhine who said that we never have a summer here,...

Wednesday 30th June 2010 - Read More

2000 canapes on one fine day !

Summer has finally arrived and it was a glorious weekend for the four weddings we catered for.

Once again we were at the Tithe with three weddings in a row, Nina and Gary, Nick and Laura and Emma and Gavin all chose this spectacular venue. Anna and Jenn, had their reception in a marquee in deepest Hampshire.

Over the weekend we made over 2000 fresh canapes for our weddings, stuffed 170 chicken breasts, made 400 fantastic bespoke desserts, and baked...

Tuesday 22nd June 2010 - Read More

Cocktails, Hog Roasts and Xmas approaching !

Another fun packed week here for the Vanilla team. Yes you guessed it, once again we were at the Tithe Barn for Jenny and Tom to celebrate their special day.

The sun was out, the shades were on and Cosmopolitan cocktails were served on the lawn along with a host of delicious canapes including freshly perepared sushi.

It did not take long for the cocktails to get the guests in the party mood the starters of either chicken sate...

Tuesday 15th June 2010 - Read More

Triple Whammy at the Tithe Barn,

We have had an extremely busy week this week with five (yes thats right five !) happy couples using Vanilla as their caterers.  It was a triple whammy at the Tithe Barn where we catered for three weddings in a row . Thursday for Lyndsey & Tim, Friday, Suzannah & Andy and Saturday Rachel & Andy.

 As an aside did you know ?

A tithe barn was a type of barn used in much of northern

Sunday 6th June 2010 - Read More

Pie and Mash Rules !

Another busy week for us here at Vanilla.  Congratulations to Janet and Niall who had their reception at the Tithe barn, Tim and Anna at Sorbeton and Karl and Helen at Winlsowe House.

The rain managed to stay away for janet and Niall’s big day at the Tithe barn. It was a wonderful social day, their guests shared antipasto platters with delicious freshly made foccacia with flour from Bursledon Windmill.

For the  main course they had pie and mash !, We...

Sunday 30th May 2010 - Read More

Red Caviar, Duck breasts and Li in her whites !

What a Glorious sunny weekend it was. We could not have wished for better weather to cater for Henry and Elena and Mike and Jenn’s Big day’s

 A marquee in the picturesque New forest was the setting for Henry and Elena .

The guests were treated to canapés on the lawn including Red Caviar , especially brought in from Russia  

 As an aside did you know ?

 Caviar,is a luxury delicacy, consisting of processed, salted, non-fertilized...

Monday 24th May 2010 - Read More

Zulu Dancers, Beef Wellington and Good Luck to Li and Gill

We have had a very busy week catering for four weddings this week each one very different.

Congratulations to Louise and Georgios, Sharyn and Mark, Samantha and Luke, and Lizzie and Paul who all celebrated their marriages this week.

Once again  we were at the Tithe Barn in Ditcham, this was the venue for Sharyn and Mark. A great day was had by all, the sun made a rare appearance. Zulu dancers performed for the guests and an absolutely amazing...

Sunday 16th May 2010 - Read More

Jazz Bands, Yorkshire Puddings and Submarines !

Two weddings and a private dinner kept Vanilla busy this weekend

Congratulations to Sam and Chris, and Bill and Anna who tied the knot yesterday.

 Sam and Chris

Once again we were at the beautiful Tithe Barn in Ditcham with Sam and Chris. We had to adopt indoor weather mode as it was a grey day outside but this did not detract from a fabulous day of fun and fine food. A Jazz band entertained us during the drinks...

Sunday 9th May 2010 - Read More

Plantain Crips, Key Lime Pie and a Hog Roast !

It was a busy May Bank holiday weekend for us at Vanilla. The weather may not have been great but the food shone at the three weddings we were catering for.

 Congratulations to Nick and Shona, Lauren and Tim and Gem and Chris who all got married this weekend.

 Saturday saw Lauren and Tim feasting upon Honey Roast Duck Breast with a Plantain Crisp followed by a Stuffed Chicken Breast and a  delicious Tiramasu with a Pecan Biscotti. The reception...

Monday 3rd May 2010 - Read More

Hampshire Food Festival

Vanilla are pleased to announce we will be holding Delicious Desserts Master Classes in early July.

Learn how to cook amazing desserts for your dinner parties with our professional chefs.

The courses will run on Tuesday 6th and Tuesday 13th July from 17:00 – 20:00,  Booking is essential.  £12 for adults and £10 for friends of Hampshire fare.

To book please call our mainline, places are limited so early booking is advisable.

 Hampshire Food festival is a month long showcase...

Tuesday 13th April 2010 - Read More

April News

April is upon us and the wedding season is now in full swing. Congratulations to Nick and Helen and Emily and Alex who got married at the  weekend, thankfully the rain managed not to spoil their days .

 

We look forward to an exciting month as we get into full swing in our busy kitchen. The team is nearly up to full strength again, we have  lots of last years staff members returning for another summer and a few...

Wednesday 7th April 2010 - Read More

Winchester Guildhall Preferred Supplier

We are delighted to announce that we have been invited to become a member of Winchester Guildhall's preferred supplier list.

2010 is a very exciting year for the Guildhall as £3.2m is being spent on a major refurbishment programme.

If you would like to hold  a corporate event or your wedding at this historic venue please contact us for further details .

 

Sally and the team

Wednesday 31st March 2010 - Read More

Perfect Picnic with Radio Solent

 

If you want to know how to produce the perfect picnic, listen to what I had to say on Radio Solent this morning.

Follow this link to the Sally Taylor Show and move forward to 2 hours, 5 minutes and 30 seconds !

 http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p006zs9v/Sally_Taylor_27_03_2010/

 

Saturday 27th March 2010 - Read More

March News

Its has been a busy  couple of weeks at Vanilla. Our new  premises in Swanwick  Marina were officially opened with a canape and champagne party, hopefully you saw our photographs in the  paper.

We were featured in the Daily Echo’s eat local campaign and congratulations to Mrs Perry from Hedge End who won our deluxe Hamper packed full of home made Hampshire goodies.

 In this months Hampshire Society we have a small article about our wedding catering have a look on p...

Thursday 25th March 2010 - Read More

Wedding Shows

If you have recently met us at one of the wedding shows we have attended please feel free to contact us for further information or a provisional quote.

Our next wedding show is on April 17th at Swanmore e mail us for futher details

Sunday 7th March 2010 - Read More

Frank Water Projects

As a team here at Vanilla, we are very conscious of how lucky we are to live in a great area of the South Coast of England, with everything on tap. As keen long distance sailors, one issue that has highlighted itself to us, is how precious a commodity fresh water is. Therefore, we have taken the steps to give a little back and are working with a charity Frank Water Projects (www.frankwater.com)

Frank Water works closely with Local Non...

Wednesday 10th February 2010 - Read More

Careers

We are currently recruiting for the Summer Season. Have a look at the positions we have available on our careers page.

Tuesday 9th February 2010 - Read More

Vanilla Bars

Vanilla is fully licensed to supply alcohol, so why not let us take the worry of chilling, storing and ensuring that you don't run out, or are not left with 100 bottles of 'cote de bargain'! We also have a range of great seasonal cocktails and non-alcoholic punches.

We don't believe in charging hotel prices either. So call us on 01489 589275 to discuss your needs and we will send you our bar price list

Alternatively if you are sourcing...

Wednesday 3rd February 2010 - Read More