Weddings | Posh Nosh Ireland

Let’s Talk Canapés

A canapé is a type of appetizer served before a meal, a small bite size portion usually decoratively presented. Commonly served before dinner accompanied by a cocktail. Typically known in America as Passed Hors d’Oeuvres.
The traditional technical composition of a canapé consists of a base, a main item and a garnish. For example Golden fried potato bread (base) topped with whipped goats cheese (main item) , pickled heritage beetroot and pearls (garnish).

 

However modern canapés take many forms but the purpose remains the same, to have a tasty bite size hand held nibble which can be easily eaten without the fear of crumbs or spillages while holding a drink. Posh Nosh recommend a glass of champagne or a refreshing glass of elderflower cordial.
Although canapés are not essential they make a welcome addition to any function or wedding. Canapés are usually the first thing that your guests will eat since leaving home. This is all the more reason to whet your guests’ appetite and leave them eagerly anticipating the main banquet to follow.

Fried Potato Bread with Creamed Leeks and Crispy Bacon

A drinks reception usually lasts two hours. In this time we would recommend choosing 3 to 5 canapés per guest. During pre-event planning this may seem like a long time however taking into account that this will be the first opportunity you have to mingle with all your guests. This part of the day will pass in the blink of an eye.
At Posh Nosh we have a selection of almost 30 canapés to choose from in our current brochure. We can also work with you to incorporate your ideas for bespoke canapés at your party.

Posh Nosh Ireland | Marquee Weddings

With marquee weddings on the rise, and the increased amount of marquee vendors in Northern Ireland, you are literally given a blank canvas to build your dream wedding on… although, it’s not so much a blank canvas as it is a patch of land outside your/your parents’ home, if we are being realistic!

When it comes to arranging catering for a marquee wedding, the catering is very much at the forefront of the day as it will be your caterers who essentially run the day, as there is no venue/venue representative to liaise with. So, where do we start? What do we need to think about?

 

  • Kitchen Annexes/Marquees – these are essential in providing catering for a marquee wedding. We need a big enough space from which we can prep, plate and also have our ovens, hot cupboards, fryers etc. Very often, we have to make a little space go a long way! The size of the kitchen annex/marquee required will depend entirely on your menu and number of guests.

 

  • Electricity – do you want hot food? Us too! So, we need hooked up to your supply. A generator (or two!) is your answer, and can be sourced from your marquee company. Again, the usage and overall draw of electricity will vary depending on your menu and number of guests.

 

  • Lighting – especially with a wedding towards early spring/late autumn, please provide us with some lights so we can see what we are doing when it gets dark? How many caterers does it take to screw in a lightbulb, and all that!

 

  • Bins – we remove all food wastage and rubbish from the kitchen, but what about your empty bottles and cardboard boxes from your wine and champagne? You will need to make arrangements for a skip.

 

  • Tables & Chairs – what sort of layout do you want in your marquee? Would you like traditional round tables, or long, rustic banqueting style tables? Don’t forget to speak to your marquee provider about what’s feasible in the space. Also, are you having tables on the dancefloor? Will these need to be removed after the meal?

 

  • Access to kitchen – please provide us with access into the kitchen via a ramp, drive, road etc.

 

  • Water please – you will need to provide your caterer with access to water via your home, a standby water pipe etc.

 

  • Drinks on me! – Are you having an open bar, or a cash bar? In most instances, if you are supplying any of the booze yourselves (wine for the meal, fizz for the reception) you will need to hire in some fridges for these to be chilled in – nobody likes warm Prosecco!

 

Posh Nosh have been catering for marquee weddings with various different vendors for nearly 30 years’, so we know the craic! If you are looking for a marquee wedding caterer, look no further than Posh Nosh. Why not give us a call today, to get a quotation for catering?

Posh Nosh Ireland | Quirky Wedding Show

We recently exhibited at the Quirky Wedding Show, and what a blast we had!

Our experienced and professional team who attended include both our Coordinators Shona and Jade, and our Front of House Managers, Philip and Sean.

 

Posh Nosh have exhibited at the Quirky Wedding Show twice a year for the past five years, and have been an active member of the “Quirky” family since then.

The show takes place in the Waterfront Hall and features lots of amazing suppliers, to include photographers, videographers, venues, make-up artists, hairdressers, florists, photo booths… to name but a few!

The show is a great place to meet lots of lovely couples and answer their initial catering questions. From there, we provide them with a Wedding Brochure and take their enquiry to the next stage.

It’s also a great opportunity to catch up with all of the lovely suppliers who we run into on the wedding scene, and chat about what they have been up to!

Every year, we struggle with the question – how do we showcase our food? How do we capture our brand and our concept to prospective couples at a fair? There’s no real way to show just how delicious our food is without tasting it!

Thankfully, our team love a challenge and we always manage to pull a few ideas out of the bag! The past few years we have had photo displays and pantry ideas – which is your favourite?

Posh Nosh Ireland | Profiles – Shona

Meet Shona, our Wedding Coordinator.

Shona has been our Wedding Coordinator at Posh Nosh for four years, and works primarily in the office dealing with all of our wedding couples, putting together their proposals, operations sheets and developing their menu.

Shona has worked with over 400 couples throughout her career. She is very passionate and enthusiastic about each individual couples and their plans, and loves putting together proposals to reflect their style and requirements.

  1. Tell us a little bit about what you like to do outside of Posh Nosh?

I live in Bangor with my husband, Rafal, and our cat Nala. In my spare time, I am an active member of my local gym and I enjoy (attempting! ) cooking at home, and trying new recipes. For a large part of my life, I ate very bland, uninteresting food, so I am enjoying discovering more about food and trying new things both in work and at home!

 

 

What is your favourite Posh Nosh dish?

There are so many! Tolson’s homemade Gin & Tonic Sorbet has to be up there in the top faves, as well as our Smokey Pancetta and Leek Cream. My overall favourite has to be the Study of Butternut Squash starter – so yum, and it looks like art on a plate!

  1. What is your funniest Posh Nosh memory?

Well one thing that is quite amusing is that clients always think Jade and I are sisters – even when she is from Manchester and I am from here! I don’t know if this is quite a Posh Nosh memory, but one of the main things I always tell my clients is to make sure they eat plenty on their day and to ensure that they make time for it. On my own wedding day during the photos, I was so hungry I began to faint, much to the photographer’s shock! I just remember our Front of House Managers, Philip and Sean, running over with a big basket of Canapes and forcing me to sit down and eat Ulster Frys on a Stick whilst they scolded me!!

 

 

 

4.What is your favourite Posh Nosh memory?

I am going to have to copy Jade on this one and say definitely, the day we served the Queen in June 2014. I remember my hands absolutely shaking with nerves as I walked across the floor of City Hall to serve her starter! It was such an amazing, surreal day and one I will be sure to tell my grandchildren about!

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