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!
McBaile Exclusive were very proud to be a part of the Wildscreen festival that descended upon Bristol in October. The wildlife and environmental film festival was a huge success, highlighting conservation issues and holding workshops on wildlife filmmaking. Principal sponsors, the Discovery Channel, held a screening at Colston Hall one evening and as recommended caterers McBaile were called upon to supply some tempting canapés.
The film focused on the North American landscape and its wildlife, so to remain in keeping with the American theme the menu included mini pumpkin pies topped with whipped cream, blueberry curd and marscapone tartlets, micro red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and last but most definitely not least, gingerbread and vanillia cream Whoopee pies. Displayed on slate platters, beds of woodland moss and rustic wooden boards the canapés were being devoured in record time, but as always there was plenty to go around and the drinks were flowing.
McBaile also provided an event management service, working with local suppliers to bring the wilderness to Colston Hall in the form of earthy tone linen and furniture, with tundra inspired flower arrangements. The venue looked brilliant inside and out, accentuated by the vivid green façade projected onto the exterior and guests mingled comfortably whilst discussing the night’s entertainment. With more events at Colston Hall in the New Year, McBaile Exclusive Catering Company are looking forward to continuing a successful relationship.
“It was an absolute pleasure working with you and among all the other challenges we had, your team made the reception seamless and wonderful. The small bites you catered were delicious and your staff attentive and professional. You guys did an awesome job and I would certainly use you for anything we have in the Bristol area again! I hope you have a great fall and I look forward to working with you in the near future.” - Andrew Shortell, Director, Discovery Communications
October may have been a dreary month for many but McBaile Exclusive brought some South African sunshine to Bristol for the spectacular wedding of Simon & Charlie. Striking Bristol venue Circomedia played host to the vivid black and red decorated wedding, for which McBaile supplied the catering. Guests arrived and were welcomed in to the cathedral with cocktails and a selection of warming canapés that included mini Boerewors hot dogs with mustard & ketchup, Brazilian spiced chicken empanadas and filo pastry cones of whipped goat’s cheese mousse & chilli gooseberry relish. Mr & Mrs Lowthian entered through a cloud of smoke, provided by a smoke machine of course, before watching an aerial performance by one of Circomedia’s talented performers.
Following a distinct ‘Rock & Roll’ theme, guests sat at tables named after rock songs such as ‘nothing else matters’ by Metallica before tucking in to an opulent buffet. The roast confit leg of duck in a madeira sauce reduction and braised shin of beef with duck fat roasted new potatoes were popular options, with guests coming back for second and third helpings. With the live band ready to go and a vibrant Bride & Groom ready to initiate an evening of dancing, mini melktert and dark chocolate & orange mousse cup desserts were promptly served with the colourful rainbow wedding cake by our attentive and professional staff.
All in all, a very cool day and night with much fun had by everyone who had the pleasure of being there. Thanks to Circomedia, we look forward to the next event!
“Good to catch up with you yesterday to discuss how the rest of the wedding went on Saturday. Just to confirm that Charlie & Simon Lowthian were really pleased with their wedding party which is great. One of the key benefits of working with McBaile is the event management and professionalism that is guaranteed with every event” - Julie Higgins, the Front of House Manager at Circomedia
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.