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Don't mention the O Word !

The excitment of the games has now passed and we can’t mention the O word but we were really chuffed to have been chosen to cater for some VIP events at a rather large sporting events, any guesses ??

It was a real privilege to cater for our sporting heroes, brushing shoulders with O****** athletes was something the Vanilla team will never forget. We gave them gold medal catering and the guests and athletes could not get enough of Lees Featherblades.

A great time was had by all, we got to see some of the racing, our marquee was just a stones throw from the waterfront so we could nip out, we all had ice creams and some of us had a little trip across the harbour, what a fantastic job we have. Have a look at our facebook page for some photos of our time in Weymouth.

We also hosted a Hampshire Ambassadors evening. We opened our doors to the ambassadors they sampled lots of yummy local canapés and local wines from the wonderful vineyards we have here in Hampshire. Joe, our fish expert (two years training with Rick Stein and Chalky !) gave a great demonstration with crab and even better we got to eat it all.

Back at Vanilla HQ the wedding season continues. August and September are our busiest months this year so the guys are working flat out to give our happy couples a menu they will remember.

Here’s a lovely thankyou from one of my brides fathers last week

Dear Sally

I am writing to say thank you for doing such a superb job of catering at Heather’s wedding last Saturday. Everything from the pre wedding advice to Heather and Adrian, and on the day the  table arrangements, welcome drinks, meal and the evening cheeses were fantastic. The wedding breakfast food was truly delicious. Please pass on my thanks to the chef. Personally the duck parfait was my favourite. Afterwards I had lots of people remarking that it was the best food they’d  had at a wedding.

Given there were 120 people at the wedding, the table service was fantastic, and the meal went exactly to time. Your staff were so attentive and are a credit to you. Thanks also to you personally for making it all run so smoothly on the day. 

You made Heather and Adrian’s day even more perfect, so many thanks again.

I would have no hesitation in recommending your services to anyone planning a wedding.

Best Regards


Letters like this make it all worthwhile.

Back at Vanilla HQ Jane is recovering slowly from driving back and forth to Weymouth, we are allowing Emily a few days off before she says goodbye to any kind of life until the end of the wedding season……

Kit continues to spend every Sunday shuffling booze around after organizing the running of the Vanilla bars at all our events.  (Did you know we have several mobile bars available for hire we don’t charge for these, have a look at our website for further details)

Pick up a copy of this month’s Hampshire Life and you will see a picture of me handing our cheque over to the Ellen Macarthur Cancer Trust, they were our charity last year.  This year If you book with us you are helping our Charity for 2012/3. facing the world ( Every wedding or party you book with us for a three course sit down we will donate 20p to our charity. Have a look at their website, everyone deserves the right to smile on their wedding day and Facing the World carry out amazing work helping children with severe disfigurements so that one day they too can do just that.

We also managed to find time last week to bake 250 complimentary short bread toes and Victoria Sponges for toe in the water.

The tri-service initiative TOE IN THE WATER (TITW) aims to inspire the men and women who have sustained often traumatic injuries, including the loss of limbs, to move beyond their disability and to become re-inspired by life. Competitive sailing is a physically and mentally challenging adventurous sport and provides a unique opportunity for injured men and women to sail and race on equal terms with their able bodied contemporaries....

Have a good week for latest news, gossip and information follow us on twitter or face book, we have some great photos on face book of recent weddings, sporting heroes and the wonderful team here at Vanilla.

Sally P and the team




Thursday 16th August 2012

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