January Monthly Menus 2019

January Monthly Menus 2019

KICKING OFF 2019 we have launched our new MONTHLY MENU.  Each month we will change, add or introduce Menu products and retail platters based upon time of the year, season. event or occasion. 

Lunch buffets will include Healthy, Hot Street Food, Boardroom, Training and Office Meetings.  For variety check the Monthly Menus Selection for up to date choices when you want to order.

This month we have introduced the following choices:

1. Three new Healthy Buffets
2. Two new Executive Menus
3. Two new Hot Street Food Lunches

So check it out.  Just log into your personalised account at www.buffetsforbusiness.com and choose ‘Set Menus’.
If Street Food is not there just let us know at orders@buffetsforbusiness or 02033257780 and we will switch it on for you.

Best Regards
The Buffets4Business Team

January Foodie Diary

January Foodie Diary

At Buffets for business we regularly blog about our favourite farmers markets in the region, and so for 2019 we have asked our team to open up the ‘foodie diary’ to any local places of attraction for those of us that love quality food and drink – Here are the best suggestions for January 2019…

Windsor Farmers’ Market

Local fresh food and produce market run by Thames Valley Farmers’ Market developed in association with the Windsor and Eton Town Partnership.  Windsor Farmers’ Market offers a wide range of produce and is within easy walking distance of the town centre and residential area. Closest car park is at East Berks College off Trinity Place, a minute’s walk away.

Saturday 5th Jan

St Leonards Road 

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Chewton Glen Classics Cookery Class

Throughout Chewton Glen’s fifty-year history, a great food offering has been at the very top of the agenda. In this class The Kitchen at Chewton Glen reveal the secrets behind some of the most popular dishes served in The Dining Room inspired by Executive Head Chef Luke Matthew.

Thursday 24th Jan

New Milton

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Gardener’s Breakfast and Tour at Sir Harold Hillier Gardens

Enjoy a home cooked breakfast including juice, cereals, toast and tea or coffee. Learn gardening hints and tips from one of Sir Harold Hillier Gardens’ horticultural experts. After breakfast they will lead you on an exclusive seasonal garden tour showing you the very best of the winter highlights before they open to the public. You will then receive free entry to the Gardens for the rest of the day to enjoy exploring at your own leisure.

Throughout Jan

Romsey

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Winery Tour & Tasting at Hattingley Valley Vineyard 

Winery Tour and Tasting: visit Hattingley Valley Vineyard for an excellent appreciation of winemaking in England. They will give you an in-depth tour of their state-of-the-art winery explaining the production processes involved to create traditional method sparkling wine followed by a tasting of their current range.

Selected dates in Jan

Alresford

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Lunch Meeting Tips

Lunch Meeting Tips

We all know that lunch meetings can be a brilliant way of building alliances and successful relationships. What we sometimes forget though is that it’s not just a meeting, it’s a meal too and should be enjoyed as such. Get your lunch from Buffets4Business and you’ll have the delicious food sorted but whilst you may be starving after a long morning of meetings and ready to tuck in, just hang on and digest these etiquette tips to make sure everything goes smoothly…

  1. Get stuck in. Whether you’re a guest or the host, remember everyone will be wanting to eat. If the food has been laid out, people will be hungry and they won’t want to have to wait for an update on the Customer Retention Stats before eating.
  2. Before getting stuck in. If you’re meeting new people over lunch, firmly shake their hand and look them in the eye, it shows character. Then quickly go for the best sandwich.
  3. Absolute no, no’s. Unless it’s absolutely crucial – life, death or about to be fired – texting or answering calls on your mobile over a nice lunch is not the done thing.
  4. A lovely chat. People are people as well as titans of business. So over lunch, discuss the food, the weather, the game or this seasons’ hot colour —just don’t go straight for the business of the day.
  5. And of course, never ever forget what your Mum used to nag you about. Don’t chew with your mouth open, don’t talk with your mouth full and be sure thank your host. That way, you’ll be asked back.

Bon appetit.

 

What food’s in season in September?

What food’s in season in September?

Fruit: apples, blackberries, damsons, figs, grapes, melons, nectarines, peaches, pears, plums, tomatoes, walnuts

Vegetables: artichoke, aubergine, beetroot, broccoli, butternut squash, carrots, celery, courgettes, cucumber, garlic, kale, kohlrabi, leeks, mangetout, marrow, onions, peppers, potatoes, radishes, rocket, runner beans, sweetcorn, watercress, wild mushrooms

Meat/poultry/fish: brown trout, crab, cod, dover sole, duck, grey mullet, haddock, halibut, herring, john dory, lamb, lemon sole, lobster, mackerel, monkfish, plaice, salmon, sardines, sea bass, scallops, squid, turbot, venison

Why B4B recommend to eat seasonal…

  1. The taste. There’s no denying, when food is in season it tastes better. Much better.
  2. The cost. ‘Supply and demand’ means that when an abundance of produce is available the cost goes down.
  3. The nutritional value. Local in-season produce will be brighter, more vibrant and packed with more nutrients – studies have shown that the levels in some anti-oxidants such as Vitamin C, Folate and Carotenes rapidly decline when stored for periods of time. Nature also naturally provides us with what we need, for example, winter seasonal foods tend to contain Vitalmin C and summer seasonal foods like salads, cool us down. Clever stuff.
  4. There’s less chemicals. Out of season food has to be imported and some countries have very relaxed laws about chemicals (the majority of which the UK has banned) being sprayed on fruits and vegetables.
  5. It’s better for the environment: Less transportation, less refrigeration, less hot houses, less irradiation of produce and all the time supporting local farming. What’s not to like?

All of these principles are very important to us at B4B when we create fresh daily buffets for our corporate clients across Hampshire, Berkshire, Sussex, Buckinghamshire, and Surrey.

September Foodie Diary

September Foodie Diary

Unsurprisingly, we at Buffets4Business are unashamedly, out & out foodies. During the week we deliver healthy lunch platters and sandwiches packed with fresh ingredients sourced from the best local suppliers, and at the weekend we’re often found sourcing fresh ingredients from the best local suppliers at farmers markets.

We’re massive fans of farmers markets. Not only are you supporting local producers, but you’re getting amazing cheeses, meats, breads, cakes, veg, eggs, jams and chutneys at (mostly) affordable prices.  Whichever farmers’ market you shop at, you can guarantee a friendly smile (and a sample or two) from some passionate producers.

To make it easy for you we have put together a local diary:

Date Name
Saturday 1st September Windsor Farmers Market
Saturday 1st September Byfleet Farmers Market
Saturday 1st September Haven Market, Horsham
Saturday 2nd September Marlow Market, The Causeway
Sunday 2nd September Reading Cattle Market
Friday 7th September Horley Country Market
Saturday 8th September Bourne End, Community and Craft Market
Saturday 8th September Croydon Park Farmers Market
Sunday 9th September Crawley Farmers Market
Sunday 9th September Maidenhead Farmers Market
Sunday 9th September Staines High Street, Market
Wednesday 12th September High Wycombe Farmers Market
Friday 14th September Redhill Farmers Market
Saturday 15th September Camberley Farmers and Artisan Market
Sunday 16th September Ascot Farmers Market
Wednesday 19th September Woodley Farmers Market
Thursday 20th September Woking Farmers Market
Friday 21st September Bracknell Farmers Market
Saturday 22nd September Cobham Farmers Market
Sunday 23rd September Fleet, Hampshire Farmers Market
Friday 28th September Reigate Farmers Market
Why we love the Great British Bake off….

Why we love the Great British Bake off….

Today there has been lively conversation in the Buffets4Business office about The Great British Bake Off as it makes a return to Channel4. Now, we all normally have very different, ahem, tastes in TV, but we all love ‘Bake Off’. Why? Well, we came up with 3 reasons…

  1. It’s so British.

Even with the new presenters Paul HollywoodSandi ToksvigNoel Fielding and Prue Leith, it has retained a tongue-in-cheek humour and production style which is totally unique to our shores. The tent, the disasters, the tears on leaving, the constant rain, and the range of ‘quirky’ contestants all serve to give the programme both a familiar and nostalgic feel which we all love, and which keeps us tuning in.

  1. It promotes fresh food.

It seems in recent years the nation has moved away from convenience food and TV dinners in favour of cooking from scratch with fresh ingredients. And, for those of us who are time poor, there’s been a rise in companies like HelloFresh and Gousto which deliver fresh ingredients and easy to follow recipe cards to your door.

And baking itself has seen a huge rise in UK with Realfoods.co.uk reporting that baking popularity is back up to the same level as in the 1920s! It is a great hobby, and as ‘Bake off has shown, can be enjoyed by men, women, old and young. We can be creative, develop new skills and relax all at the same time – and show off our creations with our family and friends.

  1. It appeals to the youngsters.

When the show’s on, the kids magically appear (even our teenagers who normally can’t drag themselves away from their iPhone). It’s real family viewing. In fact, we spotted an interesting article in the Guardian , which explained that ‘Bake Off  is the biggest series for 16 to 34-year-olds on any channel this year, with 2.5 million tuning in from this audience, equivalent to a 54.3% share of that market. Have that YouTube!

It is no wonder the show appeals to us, Buffets4Business’ mission is to create fresh daily buffets for our corporate clients across Hampshire, Berkshire, Sussex, Buckinghamshire, and Surrey. So the B4B team can’t wait to see how this season of the lovely British, fresh and down with the kids Great British Bake Off 2018 will turn out!

Proud to be a Foodie in Berkshire

Proud to be a Foodie in Berkshire

Sometimes it’s easy to forget how lucky we are to be part of Berkshire.  Especially being showcased in this wonderful weather.  Close enough to reach London yet surrounded by stunning countryside, Berkshire is ideal for those looking to get out of the city and take in some fresh air. Indeed, this county offers a snapshot of both town and country life: the likes of Windsor and Ascot have plenty to offer in terms of shopping, dining and sightseeing, while those who fancy a slightly slower pace of life can visit tranquil villages such as Bray and Streatley.

This attractive county is certainly not short of royal associations – it is home to the famous royal residence, Windsor Castle, and Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge grew up in a small Berkshire village.  Of course, the stunning Royal Wedding in Windsor highlighted the fact of why Berkshire is Royal

Berkshire is known for its association with foodie royalty too: the king of unconventional cooking, Heston Blumenthal, attracts diners from around the world to his famous Michelin-starred restaurant, The Fat Duck in Bray.

Some big-name food brands have also taken up residence in the county: PepsiCoMarsHovis and Ben & Jerry’s are all based in Berkshire. There are many traditional dairy farming areas as well, and the area is synonymous with cheese production.

It’s safe to say that foodies will certainly not be short of choice here, with everything from traditional pubs like the Shurlock Inn in Shurlock Row, to Michelin-starred restaurants such as L’Ortolan in Reading and The Waterside Inn in Bray to choose from.

EAT Reading food festival last month was another huge success.  Royalty, Food and Drink just demonstrate how fortunate we are being to be part of the Berkshire scene.

THE Queen, Royal Ascot, Fizz, Racing and Traffic

THE Queen, Royal Ascot, Fizz, Racing and Traffic

With one more day to go its been another fantastic week at Royal Ascot.  The weather was great, and ladies’ day was another wonderful occasion

 

Thousands have headed towards to Ascot, Berkshire to either cheer or commiserate as they place bets on the horses and spoil themselves with fine dining and champagne at the biggest racing event of the year.

With members of the Royal family and celebrities making appearances throughout the week, today is set to be just as busy and full of A-listers.

Although the fashion stakes won’t be as high as they were on Ladies’ Day, designer clothes, impressive hats and dapper gentlemen will still be taking over Ascot Racecourse.

It is always a great time for local businesses with the increase of willing customers however for companies like buffets4business it tends to be a real challenge trying to deliver office lunches through the volume of traffic.  Getting to Ascot is always difficult but during the Royal race week it becomes a no-go area!

Traffic apart, Ascot is one of those wonderful occasions in the British diary and reminds us all its great to be British.

As always, The Queen will be leading the Royal Procession at 2pm, with a different colour outfit guaranteed, because Her Majesty isn’t likely to wear the same outfit twice.

Good luck if you are travelling to Ascot and always when betting on the races.

Office Manager – Administrator

Below are the comments about the taster buffet you kindly delivered and thank you.

‘For me the quality was good and if its competitive I don’t mind using them for CustEd courses in UK office.’

 ‘I thought the food was well presented and there was a good variety of rolls, sandwiches and nibbles.  As someone else mentioned the sandwiches were not very exciting but the wraps and rolls were better.  The yogurt pots were also a good idea.  If I were a customer attending a course I would be happy with this food’

‘The little cake thing was moist and flavourful, very nice, not too sweet! I also had a bit of satay/tikka chicken (not sure which it was). A delicious spice mix, not too hot, on perfectly cooked cold chicken. Basically I’m happy.’

 Maxine PA Newbury