Your Kent Wedding - March/April 2024 (Issue 113)

FIRST BITE Love at Stuck for wedding catering inspiration? Check out these tantalising ideas When receiving a wedding invite, be it through the door or virtually, page two is always the most exiting... menu choices! And it’s ok to admit that! Once you know you can attend and RSVP, thoughts jump to the food, will it be a sit-down meal or barbecue, fusion cuisine or food trucks? The choice are endless. Here are a few Kent-based suppliers with some delicious inspiration... SIMPLY ICE CREAM Simply Ice Cream is a family run business in the heart of the Kentish countryside. For almost 15 years they have been batch making their luxuriously creamy ice cream with local and fresh ingredients. Simply Ice Cream has won numerous awards for their delicious flavours and can be found in more than 450 outlets throughout London and the Southeast! With more than 30 flavours available they really do have something for everyone, from classics like chocolate, pistachio and mint choc chip to its more seasonal gingerbread, pumpkin, cinnamon, and mince pie ice cream − divine! Catering to weddings and events, Simply Ice Cream, offers its individual 120ml ice cream tubs as an evening treat, or alternatively its scooping tubs or scoop boules make a delicious dessert accompaniment. Top tip: Plan your menu according to the time of year to be able to use seasonal (and the best tasting) produce! Jason Boswell @ stepstoneimaging Getty Images THE INDIAN DISH Award-winning caterers The Indian Dish provide luxury, authentic catering for your special day. It offers a range of set-up styles to suit your theme including hot buffet as well as full table service with sharing bowls. For the evening, guests can enjoy delicious street food served from its pop-up kitchen. Think onion bhaji sliders (triple award-winning!) served with masala fries, or how about hot punjabi samosas served with masala tea! One of the main decisions to make is whether you’d prefer a buffetstyle spread or a sit-down meal with table service. Usually, buffets tend to be cheaper with some of the lowest prices per head. For table service, you will pay more to cover additional staff to set up, serve and clear. The Indian Dish’s most popular dishes are chicken dhansak, allotment vegetable balti, basmati rice with a naan selection. Top tip: Before approaching any catering companies make sure you have confirmed your venue and date. It is also crucial to confirm that your venue allow external caterers. If the venue does allow, then check what is included in the dry hire fee, for example is crockery, cutlery and table linen included? CATERING 83