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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 was good to see how to present food in “final presentation” stage and it was fun to have a go at curling tweezels but we have a long way to go till we reach Daniel’s expertise !

Could you add our name to your mailing list if you ever have a savoury/and or canape evening

Caroline and Vicky

So it looks like next year we will have canape maser classes  but book early to avoid disappointment !

This weekend we were at Southsea castle where Melissa and Sean held their wedding reception. This is a great venue but it can be a tad windy as we all found out on Saturday.

As an aside did you know ?

Southsea Castle is one of Henry VIII's Device Forts, also known as Henrician Castles, built in 1544 on the waterfront at the southern end of Portsea Island (an area that later became named Southsea after the castle). The castle was built to guard the eastern entrance to the Solent and entrance to Portsmouth Harbour. Henry VIII watched the Mary Rose sink from near this location.

Southsea Castle was one in a series of forts constructed in what was the most ambitious scheme of coastal defence since Roman times. The castle was built in great haste, prompted by the King's fears of a French attack on Portsmouth. Said to have been planned by the King himself, the castle's design incorporated the latest plans for artillery forts.

On 18 July 1545 the King's fears were realised. The French fleet approached Portsmouth and landed near the Isle of Wight. Although the English were greatly outnumbered, King Henry's proud warship Mary Rose defended. On the first day of the Battle of the Solent, neither side took much damage. But the next day in a sad twist of fate Mary Rose capsized and sank as she advanced on the French. The castle itself has been no stranger to tragedy - in 1627 it was gutted by fire and in 1759 an accidental explosion blew up a large part of the castle. In the early 1800s, Southsea Castle underwent a large renovation to accommodate more guns and include a full garrison during wartime. Then in 1860 its gunpower was augmented substantially when new gun batteries were constructed at either side of the castle, as a result of the Royal Commission on the Defence of the United Kingdom.

One hundred years later, the castle was withdrawn from active service and its long and fretful history has given way to countless reports of paranormal phenomena


Well just as well I never passed this fact onto our staff !

Today we see Mary and Graham tie the know at the magnificent Winchester Guildhall where we are proud to be one of their bespoke caterers. The Guildhall is undergoing a major refurbishment project at the moment so in the autumn it will be an even more spectacular venue in which to hold your wedding reception or corporate party.  Please call me if you want to discuss this further.

We have a corporate barbecue to cater for this week, then at the weekend we see Felicity and Alex and Rosey and Gerry tie the knot at private venues.

On Sunday I will  be at the Winchester Food and produce show at the Guildhall,  this is the final finale for the Hampshire food festival month, we will be selling some of our produce and we will have a display of our fine food. If you are thinking of booking Vanilla this is a great opportunity to come along have a chat and meet some of our team. You can also enter a competition to win one of our hampers.

Don’t forget that for every wedding we cater for, we donate 20p per head to our nominated charity Frank Water (  So the more guests you invite to your wedding the more money we donate.. Every Pound raised for Frank Water Projects gives one person access to clean water for life,

 Have  a good week, more soon

 Sally and the team




Monday 19th July 2010

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