2014 Catering Trends from Kalm Kitchen

Earlier this week, we got to know more about our catering partner Kalm Kitchen but now it’s time to ask this super creative team for their take on the upcoming trends for food and drink. So, without further ado, let’s cast our ravenous eye over this mouth-watering menu…

“We are finding that more and more of our 2014/2015 couples are choosing not to have a traditional sit down three course wedding breakfast,” Jen Middlehurst, director of Kalm Kitchen explained. “Instead, they’re opting for fun and informal menu options that truly reflect their personality as a couple. Couples are getting creative and styling their food to wow their guests. Some current trends include:

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A popular choice amongst couples is the option to carve at the table. This creates a relaxed, fun and informal feel to the day and ultimately gives guests more control over what they are eating. One guest is nominated as the “carver” and comes to the kitchen to collect their beautiful joint of meat. The waiting staff then follow the guest back from the table and provide all the accompaniments in lovely big porcelain bowls. The carver can even be given an apron and chef hat for an extra personal touch.

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A new twist on afternoon tea, table picnics are set to be extremely popular this summer. Ideal if you are holding a laid back country garden wedding, think long tables with hay bales for seats. Each table is given a picnic hamper filled with deli style eats, fresh bread, cold meats, cheeses and sweet treats – the hampers can be personalised for each table ensuring guests with dietary requirements can be catered for. We love this fun and informal option – a quirky take on a Great British tradition!

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We are seeing a trend for couples choosing to serve a local beverage for their reception drinks – think Somerset Cider or fresh apple martini’s made with apples from a local orchard. One of our favourite ideas is to serve signature ‘his and hers’ cocktails inspired by the bride and groom’s favourite drinks – perfect for a decadent prohibition inspired wedding served from vintage champagne saucers.

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The Patisserie Bar has firmly replaced the sweetie table in our hearts. Offering an elegant grown up twist on the sweetie trend, think glass fronted bars with an abundance of cut glass bowls for a chic contemporary celebration or vintage ladders surrounded by apple crates piled high for a rustic affair. Fill your bar with anything from DIY Eton Mess and Knickerbocker Glories to popcorns in an abundance of flavours. Inspired by this popular trend we have been working on a special project over the last couple of months here at Kalm Kitchen and will have some fabulous news launching soon…watch this space!”

Impeccable service, faultless food, creative styling and menus to swoon over – we are totally smitten by Kalm Kitchen.