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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 a great all weather venue as if it’s raining you need never have to go outside, there is ample room to have the ceremony, drinks, canapés, your wedding breakfast and then your evening entertainment all in this wonderful barn.

Rosie and Nick had picked Upwaltham Barn for their day and Caroline and Ruben choose Grittenham barn. It is the first time we had worked at Grittenham and it is a very quirky place to have your big day. Donkeys and miniature pigs (so cute) occupy the farmyard and Caroline and Rubens guests mingled in all their finery. The donkeys were dressed up for the day in their wedding outfits, the poor things were very wet along with most of the vanilla staff.

Katy and rob had a perfect day though last weekend with their wedding being held at  the Tithe Barn.

Its is the end of the summer and as things quieten down for a month we say goodbye to some of our seasonal staff. Cath is once again heading off to cold climates to work in the Ski industry but she will be back next year .Dan our second chef in command is taking  a short break to attend the Salone del Gusto held in Turin (

As an aside did you know ?

The Salone Del Gusto is the world greatest food fair held from 21-25 October. Its a biennial celebration of food from around the world, organised by the slow Food movement. There will be more than 5000 producers in the vast pavillons at Lingotto Fiere. Most of the food will have been designated presidia  products by the Slow Food Movement which means that are artesian foods of historical importance and have protection orders on them. Slow food originated in Italy in the 80's when activist got together to protest against the opening of Mcdonalds at the foot of the Spanish Steps in Rome. The movement was born three years later and is committed to food production that respects the natural environment, safeguards natural resources and advocates fair trade. Today it has over 100,000 members in 150 countries.

I am very Jealous of Dan’s trip and just hope he comes back with lots of samples ! .

We have a very busy December with a mixture of weddings and corporate parties booked in. We do have a few dates still available so  if you are thinking of having an event and need catering or event management  help please give us a call

Don’t forget that for every wedding or three course corporate event 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 year  this should equate to a lot of people.


Have a good week

Sally and the team



Friday 15th October 2010

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