Easter Seasonal Menu Inspiration

With spring in the air, lighter evenings and a little more sunshine, we are all feeling an uplift.  Easter is around the corner and with family gatherings and April events coming up, you may be wondering what to serve your guests.  Well, we have a few menu ideas for you, but first lets see what’s in season…
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April brings us lots of delicious seasonal British foods and plenty of green colours in the food world.  With asparagus, crisp lettuce & salad leaves, peppery rocket and watercress, salty samphire, spinach, crunchy spring onions and wild nettles.  We then have delicious Jersey Royal new potatoes, purple sprouting broccoli,  rhubarb,  spring Lamb and wood pigeon and an assortment of seafood including crab, langoustine, lobster, plaice, salmon and sea trout.

With so many awesome ingredients we’re spoilt for choice when menu planning!   Here are a few dishes to get your taste buds tingling.

Yorkshire roasted pigeon v2Smoked salmon pickled cucumber starterFor those seated lunches and dinners why not try your hand at a delicious starters of Yorkshire Dale roasted pigeon with grilled fennel, sweetcorn puree and micro cress salad 

Or, perfect for family gatherings,  a Sharing platter of Salmon - Cucumber and dill mousse with gravadlax salad, Teriyaki glazed salmon with Chinese cress, ginger and lemon grass dressing and Scottish smoked salmon with horseradish cream

For main course the traditional Easter dish is lamb and this lamb dish will surely please….Cotswold herb crusted fillet with confit of lamb breast Rosemary red wine jus, Fondant heritage potato, Purple sprouting broccoli and grilled asparagus or served up with heritage potato rosti and fresh wild leaves.

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20150127_211323_resized (600x429)Easter is synonymous with chocolate and this dish will certainly place you in a chocolate coma Blackforest stack with poached cherries, cherry gel and bitter chocolate crumble.

Personally, I love Rhubarb, so for me, this would be the way to go…Vanilla pannacotta, poached rhubarb and ginger shortbread with summer flowers.Vanilla pannacotta, poached rhubarb and ginger shortbread with summer flowers

For more menu inspiration for your next event, or if you would much rather we do the catering and take away all the stress, then please get in touch on 020 77315282 or enquiries@cooksandpartners.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you.

Cooks & Partners flying high at The View from The Shard

Cooks & Partners are thrilled to announce their new venue listing with The View from The Shard. As Western Europe’s tallest building you can’t ask for better views than this for your event.

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With a capacity for up to 400 guests for a standing reception in the summer months (300 in winter),  The View from The Shard is a perfect setting for a wide range of exclusive breakfast and evening events including availability to smaller groups for very special private seated dinners .

140929-Variety_Dynamo@TheShard-113 (1280x854)140929-Variety_Dynamo@TheShard-123 (1280x854)As you ascend at warp speed (don’t worry, it doesn’t feel like it) to the dizzying heights of 800ft or 244m, you will exit onto the first of two viewing platforms providing breath taking 360 degree views of London and beyond.  The 5456 sq. ft. of event space is split over two levels with the open air upper deck creating a perfect summer venue.  Coupled with catering from Cooks & Partners we will ensure guests have an unforgettable premium event experience.

To help match the menu with the venue, how about our delicious Burgers in the City selection. Offering a sophisticated and uber cool vibe this is bound to go hand in hand while looking out over the entirety of London town. Or for a taste of summer there’s plenty to choose from our new 2015 menus.

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peanut butter and choc macaroon (1280x915)For further information for The View from The Shard or Cooks & Partners event catering please contact us on 020 7731 5282 or enquiries@cooksandpartners.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

Burgers in the City – summer menu inspiration

The Chefs at Cooks & Partners have been seeking out inspiration for the summer season to help you lighten the winter mood and think ahead to your summer events.  They haven’t let us down in the slightest!

Burgers in the CityWe bring you BURGERS IN THE CITY – classic iconic dishes with a dollop of sex appeal for a 2015 make-over.

These utterly delicious burger menus retain their informal appeal, but with much more class and sophistication, making them perfect for your summer parties and events.

As three-bite burgers they are ideal for standing receptions and garden parties.  If your venue can’t accommodate a barbecue this may just be part of the perfect solution.

Taking a little international inspiration, here’s a taster to whet your appetite:Burgers2

  • The Ibérico Pork and Chorizo Burger: Floured sour dough bap with Gloucestershire old spot pork, dried Ibérico ham and chorizo patty, roasted garlic aioli and rocket salad
  • Feta, Oregano and Chicken Burger: Black olive bun, feta, oregano and char-grilled chicken breast with cucumber, red onion and tzatziki
  • Crispy Sea Bass Burger: Brioche bun with crispy sea bass and shrimp butter, shaved fennel and sweet tomato salad
  • Mexican Spiced Burger: Cornmeal bun with a spinach, fried kidney bean and green pepper patty with guacamole, jalapeno peppers and picked red onions
  • Sweetcorn and Black Bean Burger: Halloumi, sweetcorn and black bean patty with lettuce, red onions and sliced tomatoes

We also have plenty of summer venue inspiration to help you along the way, so please do get in touch for more information…including a FANTASTIC NEW VENUE…watch this space!

enquiries@cooksandpartners.co.uk  T: 020 77315282

Kenwood House Wedding Showcase For All Your Big Day Inspiration

Saturday 7 February 2015 

10.00 am-1.00 pm

charlieJames_265 gallerylkenwood04 Weddings at Kenwood Couples looking for a magnificent and unique location for their wedding day – and inspirational ideas to help make it perfect – can tour one of London’s most prestigious and imposing locations during a free wedding showcase at Kenwood, Robert Adam’s 18th century masterpiece in Hampstead, on Saturday 7 February 2015.

The stunning house will be showcasing a DJ and dance floor in the Old Kitchen and couples will have the chance to view its unique interiors and sample some of the services they could hire for their special day.

From 10am-1pm, top suppliers including caterers, florists, lighting, entertainment, wedding car suppliers and photographers will be on hand to provide inspiration.

Earl grey tea smoked heritage squash, salted west comb ricotta, herb baby leaves and elderberry vinaigrette, toasted seeds Beautifully presented by Cooks & PartnersThe professional English Heritage Hospitality team will be available to offer advice about weddings during 2015 and beyond.  They will also be hosting tours through the rooms, including the licensed Dining Room and Orangery as well as the Green Room and Music Room which are available for drinks receptions and dining for up to 80.  A marquee space outside can also be seen for those interested in a larger occasion, for up to 480 guests.

Kenwood re-opened to the public following a major facelift to its fine exteriors and interiors late in 2013. Its stunning rooms and priceless artworks have been beautifully redisplayed, making it one of London’s most elegant and sought-after wedding locations.

To apply for a complimentary invitation to attend the Wedding Showcase or for further information on the hire of this prestigious location, call 020 7973 3416 or visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/hospitality.

Cooks & Partners will be there to talk through all your catering needs but if you would like to speak to us beforehand to receive an initial quote then please call on
020 7731 5282 or email enquiries@cooksandpartners.co.uk

We look forward to seeing you at Kenwood on 7th February.

 

 

BIG DAY INSPIRATION AT ELTHAM PALACE & GARDENS WEDDING SHOWCASE

Saturday 31 January 2015

11am-3pm

Eltham Palace & GardensCouples looking for a uniquely chic and stunning location for their wedding day – and inspirational ideas to help make it perfect – can tour one of London’s most prestigious and magnificent locations during a free wedding showcase at Eltham Palace & Gardens in Eltham on Saturday 31 January.

During the showcase, the palace will be part-stage set showing a glamorous wedding ceremony with dinner and top suppliers, including caterers, florists, photographers, lighting, entertainment and wedding car suppliers, will be on hand to provide inspiration.

Stunning wedding catering by Cooks & Partners

Stunning wedding catering by Cooks & Partners

The professional English Heritage Hospitality team will be available to offer advice about weddings during 2015 and beyond and give couples full details of great value wedding packages available until March 2015.  They include a £12,500 deal for 100 guests – with exclusive use of Eltham Palace from 3pm to midnight, flower arrangements, a sparkling wine and canapé reception, three course dinner with wine and fizz for the toast and an evening disco.

Couples can tour through the Art Deco rooms including the spectacular coffee and cream circular Entrance Hall – a uniquely special place to exchange vows – and view the medieval Great Hall, where King Henry VIII once feasted, which hosts larger civil ceremonies and celebratory receptions for up to 300 guests.

The childhood home of Henry VIII, Eltham Palace was transformed in the 1930s into a superb millionaire’s mansion surrounded by lovely moated gardens.  It still bears the unmistakably stylish Art Deco stamp, making it one of London’s most elegant and sought-after wedding locations.

To apply for a complimentary invitation to attend the wedding showcase or for further information on the hire of this stunning location call Cooks & Partners on 020 77315282 or visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/hospitality