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Vanilla Catering & Events


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 to come up with a way of making haggis both appealing to the  eye and the palate. The result was a starter  of Haggis filo parcels with a plum sauce- Yum

 As an aside did you know ?

Haggis is a dish containing sheep's 'pluck' (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally simmered in the animal's stomach for approximately three hours. Most modern commercial haggis is prepared in a casing rather than an actual stomach.

As the 2001 English edition of the Larousse Gastronomique puts it, "Although its description is not immediately appealing, haggis has an excellent nutty texture and delicious savoury flavour"

The haggis is a traditional Scottish dish memorialised as the national dish of Scotland by Robert Burns' poem Address to a Haggis in 1787. Haggis is traditionally served with "neeps and tatties" (Scots: swede, yellow turnip or rutabaga and potatoes, boiled and mashed separately) and a "dram" (i.e. a glass of Scotch whisky), especially as the main course of a Burns supper.


After the snow hit we were anxious that an Xmas party we were catering for at the Guildhall would  be cancelled. Our suppliers managed to make it through the treacherous conditions so our fridges were groaning with racks of lamb and sea bass fillets so we were mighty relieved when our client decided to go ahead. Holding  your party/event at Winchester Guildhall is a great idea, lots of space, fantastic kitchens and right in the  center of the town so good transport links. 

On the Saturday we were back at the barn again for Lucy and Andy, thankfully most of the  snow had gone so the day went ahead without a hitch.

This week we are privileged to be catering for The Mayors of Winchester (Cllr Richard Izards ) charity ball . The three charities to benefit from his fund raising are:

Help for the heroes ( www.helpfortheheroes.org.uk), The Joe Glover Trust ( www.thejoeglovertrust.co.uk) and Winchester Live at Home ( www.wlahs.org)

Watch out for news of this event in the local press

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 (www.frankwater.com) 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



Tuesday 7th December 2010

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