BACK TO NATURE WITH A RECEPTION FOR SURREY WILDLIFE TRUST

The Trust gave us only a few parameters in which to work. As an organisation that is very conscious of its carbon footprint, we were asked use local produce as much as possible – music to our ears as we always aim to source ingredients locally. More unusually, SWT would supply their own meat, and marshmallows had to be on the menu! Other than the requirement for all items to be easy for guests to eat whilst chatting and circulating, we were free to get creative.

The centre is set in 80 acres of beautiful and ancient oak woodland, so we took inspiration from the environment itself and based the menu on a woodland theme.

the menu

CANAPÉS

MINI BELTIE BURGERS
TOASTED SESAME GLAZED COCKTAIL SAUSAGES
ATLANTIC SMOKED SALMON, WASABI AND CREAM CHEESE ROULADE
HALLOUMI, PEPPER AND COURGETTE SKEWERS (V)
DOLCELATTE AND FIG TARTLET (V)

DESSERT DISPLAY

CANDYFLOSS TREES
MARSHMALLOW ROASTING STATION
STRAWBERRY CHOCOLATE DIP FONDUE

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Testimonials

You really created the WOW factor with your creativity and fabulous tasting food. Thank you so much for caring and putting in so much effort. I absolutely loved the wildlife and nature themed serving ideas.

Surrey Wild Life Trust

And to top it all off, your team were ALL so lovely, professional and friendly. The service you gave our guests was exceptional. I very much look forward to working with you all again.

Surrey Wild Life Trust

MINI BELTIE BURGERS ANYONE?

Surrey Wildlife Trust has its own herd of Belted Galloway cows. They were introduced to the reserves in 2007 as a really effective way of looking after the land by grazing. Needless to say, the meat produced from naturally reared animals is the very best quality and full of flavour. We were delighted to have it on the menu and used the meat to create mini Beltie burgers, small enough to be dainty and big enough to provide a satisfying taste of that delicious beef.

 

and to dessert…

We created a dessert station, which included a tree of homemade candy floss, chocolate-covered strawberries and homemade marshmallows. And the reason behind the marshmallows? Guests were invited to toast their own over an open fire in the woods, a perfect way for everyone to feel connected to the surroundings. As well as providing a little fun, our marshmallows proved a melt-in-the-mouth success.

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PRESENTATION, PRESENTATION, PRESENTATION

How food is presented contributes so much to the sense of anticipation and excitement to try whatever is on offer. Food appeals to all the senses and providing a visual feast for guests’ eyes is the all-important first step towards the final satisfaction of taste. Working to our woodland theme, we used a natural colour palette of greens and browns, serving and presenting the food on an array of wicker baskets, wooden boards and beds of moss for a rustic, yet still sophisticated and stylish, look. Subtle propping, such as delicate butterflies, created a further link to the Trust and its conservation work.