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hints and tips for the perfect christmas party

Saturday 9th December 2017

1. find a date book a date for your party as early as possible and then let people know about it. your potential guests will fill their diaries up fast in the run up to Christmas so be the first to get in there quick! 2. Set a budget. a per head cost or an idea of what you can spend overall is good. companies will want to know weather your budget is including or excluding vat. 3. write a…

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June Update

Tuesday 13th June 2017

We have been having lots of fun catering at some fab events for the past few months. We just thought we would share some with you... May bank holiday proved to be a very busy week with lots of lovely couples getting married. We catered at the lovely Ufton Court in Ufton Nervet several times, Monks Barn in Hurley, a marquee wedding in Shinfield and finished with a beautiful wedding in Shiplake. We served up food from so many of our menus including our family sharing buffet menus where the food is delivered to guests at the tables in bowls and on platters for them to help themselves to whatever they fancy. We served our sharing platter antipasti boards for appetisers, sharing platter mini desserts which we added last year are starting to…

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Shortlisted Bridebook Awards 2017

Monday 6th February 2017

Great start to the week this Monday with the fabulous news that we at Total Hospitality have been shortlisted for the Bridebook Awards 2017. We are immensely proud and so very grateful to those that voted for us. We still have some dates available this year for your wedding catering and…

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Panfried Halibut on Potato Cake, served with Hollandaise & Samphire Recipe

Friday 6th January 2017

Serves 4 Ingredients 28oz / 800 grm Halibut fillet (order fresh from your fishmonger) 7oz pp cut into equal fillets. 50 grams butter Pinch of salt & pepper 50 grams samphire garnish with fresh watercress Ingredients for potato cake; 800 grams potatoes chopped parsley chopped chives pinch salt & pepper 50grm butter Ingredients for hollandaise; 125g butter 2 egg yolks ½ tsp white wine vinegar pinch salt splash cold water lemon juice pinch cayenne pepper 1. Method for potato cake; Peel and chop the potatoes, then boil and mash adding the butter & seasoning. Add the chopped herbs and push into and lined square non stick baking tray. Cook in a hot oven at 180 degree (fan) for 20-25…

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Classic Beef Wellington Recipe

Wednesday 7th December 2016

Serves 4 Ingredients 450g flat mushrooms sea salt and ground black pepper rapeseed oil 2 sprigs fresh thyme 750g prime beef fillet 2tbsp English mustard 8 slices of Parma ham 500g ready-made puff pastry flour, to dust 2 egg yolks Method Finely chop the mushrooms. Scrape the mushrooms with the chopped thyme into a pan & lightly season. Cook over a high heat for about 10 mins to cook out the moisture from the mushrooms then leave to cool. Heat a frying pan. Season the beef and rub with the oil, then sear in the hot pan for 30 secs on all sides. You don't want to cook it through just colour and seal in the juices. Remove the beef from the pan and leave to cool. Brush all over…

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Sharing Platters

Wednesday 9th November 2016

At Total Hospitality we love serving our sharing platters to tables at any event. Whether it be an Italian inspired Antipasti platter or Traditional Farmhouse platter to start with, or one of our sharing platter dessert boards that go down a treat at the end of a meal. We are happy to incorporate bespoke items into your chosen platters…

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10 ideas to make your wedding unique

Wednesday 28th September 2016

1 midnight snack pack 2 confetti bar 3 hangover relief kits 4 cocktail bar 5 personalised converse trainers 6 popcorn bar 7 Surprise guests with a handwritten note in each place card 8 Make sure the dance floor is packed by asking invitees to jot down three favourite songs 9 Order custom labels for wine and water. 10 Hang a series of framed photos of both of you as children at the reception.

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Wedding Trends for 2017

Tuesday 20th September 2016

Rustic Rustic themed weddings are such a great way of introducing some really personal touches to your wedding. Whether it be a beautiful tithe barn wedding or tipi's in the garden, rustic is definitely going to be popular for 2017. Check our Ufton court where total hospitality is a preferred caterer the perfect choice for a rustic wedding of your dreams Ufton Court Weddings We can help with hessian table runners on the dining tables with personalised wedding menus printed. We can offer wooden tree slices as centre pieces and also used for canape service. Our rustic sharing platter options are great for a relaxed start tot he wedding breakfast. sharing platters on pinterest Check our recommended supplier Oakwood events for some beautiful rustic lighting. Oakwood Events For some more inspiration take a look at; bridal guide rustic wedding ideas the knot - rustic weddings Vintage Vintage is a timeless classic and always perfect for an intimate wedding splashed with individuality. The ideas are endless for a perfect family wedding oozing with style. Our Afternoon tea menus are the perfect choice for a vintage wedding served on vintage crockery and tailored to your personal favourites. We also can help…

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Canapes & Cocktails

Monday 4th July 2016

Whether you are planning a wedding, Charity ball or party celebration, canapes and cocktails are the perfect way to start the festivities off. We have an extensive range of canapes to suit all tastes. CANAPE MENU We can also create bespoke dishes to suit a particular theme or even do larger bites to be circulated as a great alternative to a seated meal. BOWL FOOD MENU Our extensive range of cocktails created by a wonderful bar team can also be paired an themed in with the style of your event. COCKTAIL MENU Guests want fresh and local produce and clients are increasingly looking for a menu that will reflect this. They want dishes that are easy to eat, look fresh and exciting to eat and are beautifully presented. Here are some great combos to think about; Sushi & Sake Tuna, Salmon or Vegetarian Hosomaki Uramaki Sushi with soy, wasabi & pickled ginger Selection of Oriental Bites Japanese Breaded prawns Cocktail suggestions; Singapore Sling - Ingredients; 1 1⁄2 ounces gin, 1⁄2 ounce cherry brandy, 1⁄4 ounce Cointreau liqueur, 1⁄4 ounce benedictine, pineapple juice, lime juice, dash grenadine, 1 dash bitters & ice Sake Blossom - Ingredients; HAKUSHIKA Sake…

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BBQ season

Wednesday 1st June 2016

Don't you just love it when we finally start to get some warmer weather with longer nights. May is always our busiest month for BBQ enquiries for clients whom wish to book a BBQ for their party, birthday, anniversary or company do! With June, July and August being clear winners for a day or evening for you to hold your BBQ event. We have menus to suit all budgets and requirements. Take a look at our Menus here. You are welcome to mix and match these to suit your preference and we can cater for guests with special dietary requirements too. Any special requests we are happy to help with our moto being.... 'if we can, we will!' Worried about rain? well we've got it covered. We include pop up gazebos for the BBQ area itself and we can also hire out additional gazebos for your guests which can be added last minute if needed. We can also help with drinks with our bar service including glassware, chilling and…

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