The early months of the year always bring a variety of events our way, before the start of the wedding season and the summer parties and festivals. A few weeks ago, at the end of February, we joined forces with Liberty Wines on the first stop of their UK wide wine tasting tour.
The first of four cities in four days was Bristol and the tasting team at Liberty Wines selected Colston Hall as their leading venue. McBaile provided a two course buffet for 100 guests, accomplished without any catering facilities I hasten to add! Our central Bristol location was increasingly paramount for this event as the main course was delivered hot and presented to restaurant standard just minutes before the guests ascended the stairs to the third floor mezzanine for lunch.
To accompany wines from Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, England, Armenia, Chile, Argentina, Canada, Australia and not forgetting Rod’s native New Zealand we provided guests with a choice of dishes. Slow braised shoulder of lamb in smoked herb and tomato with a chestnut terrine, dauphinoise potato and roasted courgette was equally as popular as the roasted salmon with a walnut pepper relish, crushed baby new potatoes and braised leeks.
As always we catered for the vegetarian guests and they tucked in to a crisp puff pastry and slow roasted courgette and pepper cylinder on a bed of salad with aged balsamic dressing. To follow, a second course that works perfectly at a wine tasting, a selection of the finest local and regional cheeses served on wooden sharing platters with water biscuits, homemade chutney, dried fruits and grapes.
Plenty of empty plates and content smiles as guests returned to the wine tasting was a sure sign of a successful event and it was a pleasure to work with both Liberty Wines and Colston Hall. As outside caterers, McBaile pride ourselves on being able to provide a professional and bespoke service to each client, no matter what the scale or location and look forward to organising your event soon!
Laura and Robbie were married at Mapledurham House, Oxfordshire last weekend. The glorious weather added to their perfect day and many congratulations to the couple from the whole McBaile wedding catering team.
A selection of delicious canapés and a Pimms reception was served in the stunning estate grounds, followed by an English themed country buffet and a vintage afternoon tea which was especially appreciated by the American guests.
Sue & Steve ScraceBride's Parents / Wedding @ Mapledurham House
Dear Laura and all your team, I know Laura and Robbie will be writing to you and sending some photos too but on behalf of Steve and I, we would just like to say an enormous thank you for being part of what can only be described as a truly magical day. Without your input it would not have been so successful. You were truly a delight to work with and made the whole event so much easier to organise. thank you so much and if we need to organise another big event (fortunately no more daughter’s weddings!) We will definitely be in touch. Very best wishes Steve and Sue Scrace
The literary lunch was a fundraising event in aid of The Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust. Held at Rainscombe Park, near Marlborough, the event was hosted by Lord and Lady Hiscox with guest speaker Freddie Forsyth .
A canapés and champagne reception in a marquee was followed by three course sit down lunch for 150.
Jennie ShawDirector / Wiltshire Bobby Van Trust
The food on the day was excellent. It was by far the best and the lovely touches were appreciated. We will definitely be working together. I expect that we raised about £12,000 for the charity so a great day all in all.
Confit fillet of Scottish Salmon infused with lemon thyme, salad of young leaf herbs and baby new potatoes in a caper dressing
Chocolate praline mousse with rum soaked strawberries and almond scooping biscuits
Selection of local and regional cheeses with quince, fig chutney, oaten crackers and grape
Tea/coffee and handmade truffles
McBaile Exclusive were working alongside Danco Marquees this year to provide the 2012 jubilee themed hospitality catering at Badminton Horse Trials.
‘The recent exceptional rainfall has left the ground at Badminton totally waterlogged and partially flooded. Further rain is due this week leaving no chance of the ground drying out. Very sadly therefore the 2012 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials has been cancelled.
The McBaile team, along with thousands of other suppliers, exhibitors, riders and visitors were hugely disappointed but we look forward to providing catering at the 2013 event.