OUR BIGGEST DAY EVER! 19TH MAY 2018!

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Saturday 19th May was a huge weekend for the UK. With people all over the world turning on their televisions to watch Harry and Meghan tie the knot, it was near enough impossible to walk down Lothian Road without hearing someone else talking about the wedding! For Team Pantry Events, this was also a massive weekend where we had not one but THREE weddings to look after, each one completely different from the others. Similar to the Royal Wedding, weeks of preparation, discussion and planning had gone into the execution of each of these weddings and it had come round a lot quicker than we had ever imagined.

 
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Starting in Edinburgh, we were at Portobello Town Hall for Stacey and Phil’s wedding. Stacey was a massive Pantry family fan and had even asked for three takeaway Sunshine on Leith breakfasts from our latest addition, Finn and Bear. We love it when we get enquiries from couples who have supported the restaurants so it was great to hear that our Sunshine on Leith would be the perfect start for the couple’s big day. Stacey and Phil were married offsite and arrived at Portobello Town Hall for their canapé reception. They had chosen arancini, meatballs and sausage rolls for their canapés, these are always a massive hit at our weddings and they were all really enjoyed by the guests. The meal can only be described as a taco feast. Picture bowls of guacamole, salsa, sour cream and slaw all lined up on the tables to go with chicken tingha or sweet potato and feta tacos - yum!

 
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Next up, just over the Queensferry Crossing, we had David and Hayley at Windmill Barn. The couple had a lovely outdoor ceremony in the sun and then it was straight into party mode! The wedding reception was held outside with buckets or Corona, ‘Pimp my Prosecco’ stations with candy floss and fresh fruit and giant garden party games like Jenga! The table decoration was simple yet effective with lit up gin bottles and glass bottles filled with wild flower arrangements. For dinner, David and Hayley had chosen our table picnic (word on the street is that Harry and Meghan had something similar!) They had chosen nachos as an addition to their starters,  any wedding meal that includes nachos is going to be a hit with guests! For mains, David and Hayley had chosen quesadillas and bang bang chicken - a Japanese street food. The party continued on after dinner and even had an appearance from Saltire Beat - the groom was part of this wedding band and they absolutely smashed it!

 
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Our busiest weekend ever wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Cow Shed Crail would it? Team Pantry headed up to Crail for Jen and Sam’s wedding. The Pantry Man had very much been looking forward to getting the BBQ out for this one and it was definitely BBQ weather! Jen and Sam had their ceremony outside followed by a reception that included a scone station! For dinner, the menu included burgers (is it even a BBQ without them?!), quesadillas and halloumi fries. The meal reflected the informal, relaxed, summery vibe that the couple had been looking for and it worked so well at Cow Shed. Dinner finished, dancing started and later on, pizza was served for evening grub! The perfect end to an amazing menu!

 
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All of this and we still had the three restaurants and two private functions happening in Edinburgh! Congratulations to all of our couples from the weekend!

 

Team Pantry Events x

 

IAIN AND SARAH, A CAMBO ESTATE WEDDING

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Wedding season for Team Pantry Events kicked off last Saturday and we were off up to Cambo Estate for the wedding of Iain and Sarah. After a bit of a break over winter for the team, we were ready to get stuck back into it and deliver amazing wedding food.

From the get go, Iain and Sarah wanted a relaxed day where they were able to spend time with their family and friends. Cambo Estate was the perfect venue for this as it allowed some of the wedding guests to stay with the couple for the whole weekend. The celebrations had definitely been going from earlier in the week - there were two hot tubs outside the house when we arrived!

In the lead up to the big day, Iain and Sarah had leant more towards sharing style foods and wanted this from the reception all the way through to the end of dinner. We worked with them to come up with a grazing menu for their reception that included some Pantry favourites like our Scotch Eggs! The guests were all able to enjoy the grazing station outside in the grounds of Cambo Estate in the sunshine too which made it even better!

 
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Iain and Sarah had decided on a Harry Potter theme for their dinner and had four long, banquet style tables each named after one of the Hogwarts Houses. The top table was even equipped with Harry Potter glasses and some wands! Dinner was a two course table picnic which included our beer can chicken, a salmon dish and smoked brisket. Dessert was a mixed berry crumble with a choice of either custard or ice cream. It was great to hear that guests were raving about our food to the Cambo staff - we even had a request for the crumble recipe!

 
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Dinner ended, the banquet tables were cleared away and the room was transformed into a dance floor. We always say that the DJ can make or break us at the end of a wedding day and Iain and Sarah’s DJ absolutely smashed it! When we weren’t dancing in the kitchen, we rolled the Tuck Truck into place and got ready for evening food. Iain and Sarah had chosen posh cheese toasties for their Tuck Truck grub and they went down an absolute treat! We even had people coming back for seconds!

We had a great start to wedding season and we are so excited to get stuck into the rest of it! Congrats again to Iain and Sarah, we hope you enjoyed every minute of your day!

Team Pantry Events x

 
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Supplier Shout Outs

Venue: Cambo Estate https://www.camboestate.com

Photographer: Photos by Zoe https://photosbyzoe.co.uk

Band: Kilter Ceilidh Band http://www.kilter.co.uk

Florist: The Country Garden Company http://www.thecountrygardencompany.co.uk

SPOTLIGHT ON COW SHED

 

Over the past year, the Pantry Events Team have travelled all over the country to bring brides, grooms and guests local, seasonal and tasty food. We have catered in all types of venues, some with fully fitted kitchens and some where the water supply has been the garden hose attached to the side of someone's garden shed! We pride ourselves on being able to cater for anyone, anywhere.

 
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Undoubtedly, one of our (not so secret) favourite venues to work with is the Cow Shed Crail. Based just outside Crail in the East Neuk of Fife, Cow Shed offers couples a blank canvas where they can decorate and style their wedding themselves. One of the great things about this is that each wedding we work is completely different and we’re never looking at the same set up or decorations, each wedding is completely unique.  

The Cow Shed is made up of three different indoor spaces as well as an outdoor courtyard - which is ideal for our Tuck Truck! The benefit of the way in which the buildings are laid out is that the entire wedding can be held in one space rather than couples holding their ceremony in one place before moving everyone onto the reception venue. The Cow Shed has a very relaxed vibe to it and is ideal for any couple looking for a wedding venue where they can make use of the 500 Pinterest boards that they have collated. Everything from the furniture to the lighting is up to them.

Even though we’ve been at Cow Shed several times last year as well as the eleven(!) bookings for this year, we have never had the same menu on the go twice. Whilst the majority of our Cow Shed couples opt for our Table Picnic, we have had some Rustic Buffets and Old Skool wedding breakfasts as well. Some even go for a mix of all three offerings! The flexibility of both Cow Shed and Pantry Events allow couples to have their big day exactly how they want it and this is what makes the two businesses work so well together - both are completely about the couple and what’s important to them.

We’re really excited to get stuck into a busy wedding season and even more excited to be spending time up at Cow Shed!

 
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Catering for dietary requirements.

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At the Pantry we strive to ensure that we can cater for all dietary requirements. There doesn’t seem to be a wedding that goes by that doesn’t have some sort of dietary. Whether it be preference or medical, they all need to be considered. Gone are the days of giving vegetarians some mixed veg on a plate! We want all our food to be delish and as Mrs Pantry herself is veggie, we like to think we do a pretty good job!

We recently did a wedding where the bride was dairy free. She didn’t want to miss out on all of the tasty food so asked if we could whip up all her favourites using dairy free alternatives. It then transpired that there were also gluten free and non alcohol guests. These proved tricky as one of the dishes was Beer Can Chicken with a beer gravy! However, we did our research and voila we found gluten free non alcoholic beer along with gluten free thickener for the gravy. We also made all the lasagnes gluten free as well as dairy free and the nose to tail Ox stew gluten free . The bride and groom were delighted with what we had said we could do and that was one of the reasons that they picked us to be their caterer. It’s so important for everyone to feel like they can be included.

If the couple are happy to provide an alternative option for the individual guests then we still put as much effort into suggesting what can be done………we refuse to serve up bland!!

We have also noticed a rise in more people choosing to go Vegan so we are currently working on some delicious alternatives that would suit both vegan and vegetarian.

Our sharing style of food also works well as the couple can choose a variety of dishes that would be able to work around potential dietaries. As these are all served up in individual dishes on the table, guests can pick and choose!

Top tip from us would be to ask the guests for dietaries quite early on as to establish what impact that may have on the food choice.

If you'd like more information about what we can provide for your catering then just drop us an email!

What a first year it's been!

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What a first year we have had in the world of weddings! We thought Stockbridge on a Sunday for brekkie was the craziest thing but how wrong we were.

We started out small, dipping our toe in with the trusty Tuck Truck. Offering all sorts of tasty delights whilst staying true to our pantry roots. We can turn our hand to pretty much anything but it will always have that pantry feel to it. After our first few bookings people started to ask if we could cater for their whole wedding, then could we manage the day and before we knew it we were also designing the whole shebang (to my absolute delight…..love me some candles, foliage, generally making things beautiful!!)

We have taken on many challenges over the year, weddings in fields, building kitchens in sheds and travelling far and wide but each of them were worth it and we have learnt so much on our journey. I feel so honoured to be part of people's weddings….from the first time chatting with the couple to designing menus and then finally to making all their visions a reality on the big day. Don’t get me wrong there has been many a sleepless night over the packing list being right, whether or not I did indeed give all the staff the correct meeting point and my favourite is waking up from a dream I have had about a bride’s colour scheme and desperately trying to jot down all the ideas before they disappear forever (I am hoping this happens to everyone and its not just me!!)

Now that 2017 has been and gone we have been looking back on the trends for the year and what new ideas 2018 is going to bring. We have LOVED all the foliage, so simple yet romantic all at the same time and let’s not forget its far friendlier to the budget. I think I am safe, in the warmth of my foliage cape, that the trend is carrying on. We have also loved the feel of the rustic trestle table layout mixed in with a tonne of awesome candles and a hint of copper for good measure! It’s like the wedding trend gods were looking down on the Pantry in our first year as all these things fit right in with us. In amongst trends there has also been a big shift towards couples finally taking the reigns and doing THEIR wedding THEIR way. Gone are the all formalities and in steps the more relaxed and personal vibes. No more of Stuffy Susan telling you that you must get married at 12.37pm on the dot in function room 4 or that you have to eat specific food in said function room 4 with all the chip shop lights on and that you can only light one small candle per table for health and safety reasons………….what a kill joy Susan is 😉

In the year of 2018 we are seeing a rising interest in our grazing tables. Who doesn’t love the sound of grazing ha. Instead of canapes during the drinks reception our couples are going all out and having a big spread on offer instead. Think meats, cheese boards, halloumi fries and bread baskets galore! It’s a great way of keeping a hungry crowd satisfied (and is less likely to cause elbowing injuries to our staff he he) along with being really cost effective but most of all it looks great! Our Table Picnic style is still a firm favourite too. It allows you to offer more choice, looks fantastic on the table and gets the guests chatting!

We cannot wait for the year ahead and we are only a couple of months away from our first wedding of 2018. For now I am already thinking about what my new notebook will be for all the scribbling I will be doing with all new couples booked in and oh yeah how much is too much time on Pinterest?!

Team Pantry Events

 If you did....then you know who to call! Team Pantry Events x

If you did....then you know who to call! Team Pantry Events x

Ian and Ashley's wedding, Ravensheugh

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Since the Pantry branched out into Weddings we are delighted and honoured to have been asked to be part of so many of your special days. From weddings in your neighbours amazing garden to marquees down south, we have loved them all.

From the onset we wanted the Pantry’s rustic, homely feel to remain the heart of what we do in our wedding adventures. Our offerings of gorgeous mis-matched cutlery, table picnic style menus and Tuck Truck are perfect for all the DIY couples out there!

Last summer flew by in a whirlwind of wedding love. Gorgeous brides, laugh out loud speeches, grooms shedding tears and drunk uncle dancing ……….we have seen it all. The one wedding that stands out however was that of Ian and Ashley. It was attending by two alpacas, had an enormous tree swing, flamingo cake topper, bingo after dinner and surprise singing waiters!! As you can imagine, guests left having had the time of their lives. From our initial meet with Ian and Ashley, we knew it was going to be awesome. Ashley had so many amazing ideas for how she wanted the wedding to look and we couldn’t wait to help her make them real.

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The venue had a stunning beach view, log cabin, romantic twinkling lights spread all around outside, a flower crown station and don’t even get us started on the fire pit with sparklers!!! Oh yeah and let’s not forget that beautiful flower wedding arch!

Following the ceremony, they had chosen to have a mix of some of our yummy canapes…..mull blue mouse and fig pastries, pork belly with apple, blackcurrant and vanilla puree and scallop lolly pops with hazelnut brown butter. All washed down with fizz served by our team! Cue the Alpacas entrance, one with a pretty flower crown and the other a dickie bow tie (you couldn’t make this up!) photo ready and eager to please……..wedding pros!!

Inside the marquee was table foliage to trump all foliage. With gold cutlery entwined with a blush ribbon and candelabras galore. Ian and Ashley had picked a sharing starter and a table picnic style main course. Perfect to get your guests chatting and relax into the meal. The starter included our famous antipasti, miso glazed short ribs and haggis scotch eggs (Ian and Ashley later informed us that the guests said they were the BEST scotch eggs they had tasted!). Mains were a mix of beer can chicken, smoked brisket with chorizo hot pot and mushroom, feta and butternut squash strudel. A sign of a good meal was being asked by one guest to leave him a bowl of the chicken as he couldn’t bear to part with it!!!

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After dinner, a game of bingo ensued. With flamingo hats, whoopee cushions and inflatable dolphins for prizes. After the first dance was some amazing sax playing and then onto the DJ, who was smashing out some 90’s hip hop classics (and no way would you have found Charlotte and Jenn busting out a move or two behind the bar 😉 ) The bar was fully stocked by the Pantry to include some of our favourite local spirits and bottled beers. The night was in full swing!

Later in the evening, led by a gorgeous trail of tea lights in the trees, our trusty Tuck Truck was lit with more romantic candles as we served out some tacos.

From beginning to end, Team Pantry had Ian and Ashley covered. We set their tables, laid out their sweet treats table, served up the food, made sure their grannies had cushions on their chairs, topped up drinks and kept the bar going into wee hours, which made for a completely seamless day!

And just when you thought the day couldn’t have gone better one of the guests informs you that “you are like Monica Gellar times a hundred, but hotter”. I mean if that’s not the bells and whistles of compliments, I don’t know what is!

We would like to thank all the couples who have picked us to help them with their day and we cannot wait to be part of all the weddings coming up in 2018!

Team Pantry Events

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