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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 yard overlooking the medina river , where incidentally the famous race horse Red Rum had slept many moons ago.

The main meal was served in the rustic barn, to start with they had a very summery, roasted butternut squash and raspberry salad with a main course of rack of Lamb with a chilli mint sauce

Aaron is  member of a Band – The Bees who are currently supporting Paul Weller on tour so we had a fantastic private performance and of course he dedicated a song to his lovely new wife Flo ….. it was indeed a romantic day !


As an aside did you know ?

The Bees (known in the United States as A Band of Bees) are an English band from Ventnor on the Isle of Wight. Although their sound is generally classified as indie rock or psychedelic rock, the band have a colourful range of styles and influences, such as 1960s garage rock, country, reggae and jazz.

The Bees have so far released three albums: 2002's Mercury Prize-nominated Sunshine Hit Me (which was acclaimed by critics for being recorded in frontman Paul Butler's own garden shed), its 2004 major label follow-up Free the Bees (which was recorded at Abbey Road Studios), and 2007's Octopus. Their fourth album, Every Step's A Yes, will be released on October 11, 2010.

The first two albums feature songs that have been used in British television advertisements, which are partially responsible for the band's recognition: Sunshine Hit Me's "A Minha Menina", a cover of an Os Mutantes track, appeared in a Citroën car commercial and also an advert for Magners Irish Cider, whilst "Chicken Payback" and "Wash in the Rain", both from Free the Bees, were incorporated in adverts for Sure Deodorant for Men and Sainsbury's, respectively. The official video for "Chicken Payback" features the band in an arcade-type dance game slot-machine in a Japanese video arcade. The lead character, apparently a rock and roll dance diva, dances so quickly that his shoes catch fire.

The Bees supported Oasis in 2005, and Madness in December 2007 during their Christmas tour. They are about to embark on a new tour supporting Paul Weller

Its nearly autumn, my favourite time of year, soon it will be time to think about your Xmas party. Its not too late to book us.

If you are wondering why you should pick us then here are a few of the testimonials we have received in the last week


Dear sally and all the team at Vanilla

Thankyou so much , Food 10/10, Service 10/10, Value  for money 10/10

Everything was PERFECT. Everyone said how devine the food was so hats of to  the chef. Thank you for been so professional so organised and so willing  to go the extra mile. Nothing was too much trouble. If we could do it all again tomorrow we would definitely use your company

 Katherine and Jim- Rookesby School  August 2010


Dear Martin, Li and the Vanilla team

We were delighted with the way everything went at Felicities and Alexandra’s wedding, The food was wonderful and beautifully prepared ,  so many of the guest commented on it. Everybody was most efficient and  charming, helpful and discreet and made the occasion effortless for us and therefore so enjoyable.

 Ashton  wedding, marquee 150 guests August 2010


Dear  sally

Thank you fpr all you did to make the wedding of Serna and  Nicholas so memorable

We have had lost of effusive thank-you letters all making the point of the excellence of eth reception, in particular the efficiency and attentiveness of your staff. We thought the way you handled the trout was outstanding and full of imagination; thankyou for this contribution.

 Dobson wedding- 154 guests Hill place August 2010


Hello Martin and all at Vanilla Catering  (especially Cath and Steph)

Peter and I will be corresponding by letter to you when we return from our holiday at the end of September, but in the meantime, we just want to thank you all for the delicious food, the fantastic service and organisation.   We have received some lovely feed back from our guests clearly indicating that they all enjoyed the lunch from the starters to the coffee.   The organisation when like clockwork, Cath and Steph were superb.  Their professionalism and superb waitress service was exemplary.  One guest said “their smiles appeared to say they were enjoying the celebration as much as we all did” and when one is working, that’s a wonderful compliment.  So all we can say for the moment is …..

Thank you  and  WELL DONE VANILLA


Finally, what a wonderful team you make with Jane at Winslowe House – we could not have been looked after better and Peter and I will be grinning from ear to ear all of September and beyond.

Once again very many thanks – when my letter arrives, please feel free to use it (as advertising)  as you wish…. 

Anne and Peter Virgo- 40th wedding anniversary . Winslowe House September


This  weekend we are at the Tithe barn again to see Zoe and Chris celebrate their big day, Nina and simon are having their party at a private address in the New forest and Katherine and  Newton celebrate their day in Bishops Waltham

I will report back next week with all the details of these events

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, by the end of the summer this should equate to a lot of people.

Have a good week

Sally and the team



Wednesday 8th September 2010

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