15th May 2018

Spring’s Amazing Ingredients

Both food and cooking can be slightly drab and grey during the early months of the year. When Spring finally arrives this time of the year yields some amazing ingredients. It’s that invigorating feeling of new ingredients immerging in their prime, ready for the pot or, in some cases, not requiring cooking at all. A time when we break away from the colder weather and finally see the blossom on the trees and the shoots emerging from the earth, a genuine sense of hope prevails...

April sees wild garlic fully flourish and come to an end, significantly this is the first ...

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1st September 2016

Inn or Out Events invades Canada!

It is a very exciting time for Inn or Out Events as our Development Chef, Mark Andrews, has been selected to compete in the Garland Canada International Chef Challenge being hosted in Canada! The competition takes place as part of the 19th annual Prince Edward Island International Shellfish Festival held in Charlottetown on Prince Edward Island. http://peishellfish.com/the-garland-canada-international-chef-challenge/

Mark was part of a team which delivered the prestigious Atlantic Canada event held at Canada House on Trafalgar Square in April this year. He and his team impressed the Canadian chefs present to such an extent that he has been included in this competition ...

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12th August 2016

The best tips for booking your ideal event venue

Location – this can be key if you have people traveling from all over. It needs to be easy to get to and then get home from afterwards. Unless it is absolutely obvious, I would always include a map and simple directions for every delegate.

 

Size – might sound simple but think about any spaces you might need outside of the main room. Do you need breakoutareas, rooms for VIPs to get away from it all, areas for performers to change in? Are they essential of just a desire?

 

Style – what is your event all about? What do ...

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27th August 2016

5 foodie reasons to look forward to Autumn

Autumn

I have highlighted below the ingredients I most look forward to in late summer and early autumn, including some of the lesser known which can provide some surprises. Allowing your cooking to be guided by the seasons, like all good things, will deliver far more satisfaction in both approach and flavour.

1.Foraging

As we find ourselves on the brink of autumn, I can’t help but think back to some of my most cherished mushroom picking sessions. Most have been in early September when I have foraged for English ceps or late girolles in the far north of the UK. I have had ...

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5th August 2016

A love of food journey with Nicky Pratt, Head of Business Development

For this weeks blog, I am proud to be interviewing Nicky Pratt, Head of Business Development.

Nicky has a wealth of knowledge and expertise from previous senior event roles. Whilst highly passionate about great customer service and business, I was eager to find out how her ‘foodie’ side of events began.
What is your earliest memory of food / kitchen?
Definitely ‘helping’ my mum with baking our all-time favourite family chocolate pudding, knowing that if I hung around long enough and could get there before my brothers, I would get to eat whatever of the mixture was left!
What ingredients / items are always ...

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29th July 2016

Event food trends not to miss

So what are the latest trends in the foodie world and how are they being used in event catering? Don’t forget it isn’t as easy as picking up a concept from a restaurant or retail outlet and putting it straight into an event for 200 people.

The soft drinks explosion including coconut water and other healthy drink options has fuelled a desire to have interesting and creative drinks, being both during daytime events and also when not choosing to drink at an evening event. “Adult” soft drinks from the likes of Fentimans, have raised our expectations and given us a taste ...

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1st July 2016

A Hall that is worth its Salt

I was delighted to have attended the launch evening of Salters’ Hall on the 22nd June.

Salters’ Hall has undergone an incredible refurbishment programme and has recently opened its doors for hire. It is a modern building with beautiful artefacts and memorabilia of ‘the importance of Salt’ from medieval London times to the present day.  It makes this venue an outstanding location to host any function.

This Grade II Listed building is located bang in the centre of the City a few minutes’ walk from Moorgate tube. The selection of rooms for hire range from the lavish Main Hall to the court ...

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23rd June 2016

Making the most of the summer bounties

Summer is supposedly the season of sun and therefore all things green and vibrant. While this mantra holds true for many chefs; my personal highlights come in the colourful forms of rotund outdoor strawberries, Kent cherries, raspberries, loganberries and blackcurrants (now hard to come by, as a well-known juice maker has most of them spoken for!). Summer berries are a much anticipated and incredibly rewarding treat, so much so that it seems only fitting that they serve as inspiration for an entire summer feast! Often so magnificently flavourful that they rarely need more than a fork to enjoy, it has ...

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3rd June 2016

Pintxos – Memories of summer

 

Summer is certainly here. Whenever I think of this time of year I cannot resist thinking of beautiful lazy gourmet ‘hangout’s in the old quarter of San Sebastian, Spain.

When I first visited, almost a decade ago, I had no idea what a great culinary centre this Basque city was. The informal tradition of eating ‘Pintos’ whilst catching up with friends was such a local ritual that it was an easy habit to adopt along with enjoying the charm of the Belle Epoche Architecture of the Old town. Everything about this place was idyllic.

Pinxtos are local snacks usually held together by ...

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17th May 2016

Salters’ Hall – An Historic Event

And here it finally is! Almost 16 months after being awarded the honour of the exclusive caterer at the refurbished Salters' Hall, this month saw the first internal dinner.  As in most building projects, the home stretch had not been without complications. However, despite last minute challenges both Salters' and Inn or Out Events pulled out all the stops to ensure the Masters & Clerks Dinner was delivered with brilliance in the decadent surroundings of the Main Hall.

Bringing this together in normal circumstances would in itself be a challenge.  However the barriers our teams faced would have truly tested ...

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