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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 about hiring the Mary Rose Museum is you get a free tour of the museum so the evening kicked off with a bit of history and a tour finishing in the Admirals gallery where our guests were wined dined on the bespoke canapé menu as below


 Finger Canapés

Confit of Duck & Caramelized Onion Pithiviers with Spiced Blackcurrant

Smoked Ham Hock, Onion Chutney on a Cheese & Chive Scone

Hampshire Smoked Trout & Watercress Mille Feuille with Jerusalem Artichoke Mousse

Mini Red Peppers filled with White Crab, Coriander & Cream Cheese with

Polonaise Crumble Topping

Vegetable Tempura with Sweet Soy Dipping Sauce

Smoked Lyburn Cheese Balls with Apple Jelly Celery Seed Cob Crumble


Bowl Canapés

 Slow Braised Featherblade, Old Winchester Mash and Watercress Pesto

Smoked Chicken with Sweet Pepper & Cinnamon Plum Salad

Steak & Chips:

Pan-fried Beef Strips, Rosemary & Smoked Garlic Parmentier Potatoes with Roasted Tomatoes

Blue Vinney Beignets with a Pear & Port Compote

Broad Bean Falafel with Chilli & Coriander

Warm Hot-smoked Salmon from the Vanilla Smokery with Baby Watercress & Cucumber Tagliatelle & Greek Cress


The food was complimented by Hampshire wines, beers and soft drinks as below


Sparkling Wines

Danebury Vineyard ‘Cossack’ Dry Sparkling White 2006

Jenkyn Place Sparkling Rosé 2009- this is amazing !!!


Still Wines

Wickham Vineyard Vintage Selection Dry White 2011

Wickham Vineyard Special Reserve Red 2009



Draught – Bowmans ‘Swift One’

Bottled – Flack Manor ‘Double Drop’

Soft Drinks

Yarty Hampshire Cordials

Hildon Still & Sparkling Water


We were very privileged to have Naomi Thomas as our guest speaker. Naomi founded the Wedding Wishing Well which was our charity of the year 2013 and  e have decided that it will be our charity 2014.  For every guest you invite to your wedding or party Vanilla will donate 20p to Wedding Wishing Well Foundation which organises and funds Weddings for terminally ill people, so the more guestes you have the more money we give to Naomis chrity  Please visit their website for full details of the amazing work they do.


Ten years is a real milestone for Vanilla. We have grown from a small sandwich supplier to a bespoke wedding and corporate banqueting events company. In the last 5 years we have grown the company by over 300% during a period in which the wider UK economy shrank by over 5 %. The Vanilla team of professional chefs, event managers and waiting staff have enabled this growth by their friendly, dedicated attitude, attention to detail and the kitchens passion for using the finest ingredients Hampshire has to offer. I am very proud of them, it is a pleasure to be surrounded by wonderful professionals with a positive can do attitude whose dedication to their profession and Vanilla  have made this possible.

Check out our face book page for photos of the bash and watch this space for our next blog filling you in on what’s happening in the world of Vanilla

More soon

Sally P and the team




Friday 28th February 2014

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