Well, we’ve had one of our busiest months yet with paella catering for weddings, corporate events and camping trips. At the start of June we cooked paella for Felice and Pete and their 120 guests, who had an informal wedding reception in the beautiful surroundings of Brightling Park in the heart of the Sussex Weald.In spite of the impending storm , the weather was kind to us as we served up three huge pans of delicious paella for them: our pork, chorizo and chard paella – always a popular choice; our Barcelona paella with monkfish, langoustine, king prawns, mussels and squid; and our delicious vegetarian paella with wild mushrooms, asparagus and hazelnuts. Many of the wedding guests tried all three as they came back for seconds and sometimes thirds to scrape the pans clean!Felice was very complimentary about the paellas: “Thank you so so much for coming to cook at our wedding! Pete and I and all our guests loved your food – it was very tasty and it looked great!!! Even more impressive, considering the stormy weather.”
Our next paella party took us to Wowo campsite where we cooked for the annual Balfour school parents and children’s camping trip, organised by Bridget and Justin. Despite the high winds, we cooked a Valencian paella and a veggie one for 60 campers who needed warming up with a hearty meal.
Cooking paella for the Balfour school annual camping trip at Wowo
The children loved it and it was great to see their appetite for seafood as they came back for seconds of the king prawns and squid. This was our second year cooking for their camping trip and it’s always nice to be asked back. Bridget posted a lovely review on Facebook: “A wet and windy camping trip, transformed by the delicious Vamos Paella, served straight to our tents by Melissa. Yum Yum! Thanks again.” Any time Bridget!
The next day we were off to our next event in Maidenhead, where we were the wedding caterers at the reception of the lovely Katy and Paul Donelly, who had their service at St Paul’s Cathedral and their reception in their beautiful garden. The marquee looked stunning as our staff kept glasses flowing and served appetisers to mingling guests.
Again, we cooked up three massive pans of paella along with rustic breads and salads. All three paellas went down a storm as guests came back for more and Katy gave us a glowing review: “Thank you so much for catering on the day – it was fantastic, even tastier than I’d hoped it might be. We had so many good comments from people on the day about the food- I hope they were passed on to you and your team as well.”
With the wedding guests happy, our next event was some corporate catering at Varndean School in Brighton where we cooked for 170 teachers who had an inset day. We’d catered for them last year too, so it was great to be invited back again this year.
With the storms still raging, we cooked indoors this year and served up four large pans of different paellas: our meaty chicken, pork, chorizo and chard; our delicious mixed seafood paella with king prawns, squid, mussels and baby cuttlefish for the pescatarians; our classic Valencian paella with chicken and mixed seafood; and our tasty vegetarian paella with wild mushrooms, asparagus and hazelnuts. All served with a light rocket and parmesan salad.
The teachers got into the swing of it with some Spanish music and scraped all four pans clean. More importantly, they gave us full marks for a tasty lunch and for adding some fun to the day:
“Vamos Paella catered for nearly 200 people at our school’s INSET day. It was a perfect function. The quality and choice of food was amazing. There was service with a smile and one of the visitors started playing flamenco music on his ipad to add to the atmosphere on our table. Something a little bit different and a big hit of an occasion with everyone.” Varndean School, Brighton.
But that wasn’t all for Varndean school. Vamos Paella were back the following week to do a food demo for the students doing food technology for enrichment week. It was great to see the students making home-made stocks and sofritos and learning how to joint a chicken and prepare squid. Some of the students who were a bit squeamish at the outset soon rose to the task, and by the time the paella was cooked, there was no shortage of volunteers to try it!
And then it was a couple more weddings and another paella party at Wowo for the Teddington Rugby club campers before I got to sit down and write this! With July just as busy, it’s been a good season for Vamos Paella.
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