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Rhubarb Revelations

‘Tis the season of Rhubarb and this wonderful and versatile vegetable (but treated like a fruit!) can be used in sweet or savoury dishes. Here are a few of our favourites.

Rhubarb, Apple & Strawberry Crumble

rhubarb, apple and strawberry crumble

Rhubarb, Almond and Honey Tart

rhu, almond and honey tart

Rhubarb Marshmallows

rhubarb marshmallows

Rhubarb Panna Cotta Tart

rhu panna cotta tart

Rhubarb Meringue Cups

rhu meringue cups

Rhubarb Cupcakes

rhubarb cupcakes

Vanilla Panna Cotta with Rhubarb and Strawberry Compote

vanilla panna cotta with strawberry and rhubarb compote

Rhubarb Margaritas

rhubarb margaritas

Roast Pork Belly with Rhubarb Sauce

roast pork belly with rgubarb sauce

Foie Gras with Rhubarb and Duck Breast

foie gras with rhubarb and duck breast

Rhubarb and Chipotle Goats’ Cheese Pizza

rhubarb and chipotle goats cheese pizza

Grilled Fish with Pink Rhubarb

grilled fish with pink rhubarb

Roast Pork with Rosemary and Rhubarb Jelly

roast pork with rhubarb and rosemary jelly

Goose & Berry are a Luxury Boutique Catering, Wedding, Event & Brand Experience Planning & Design company who specialise in Weddings, Social and Corporate Events.  We are based in Marlow & London and cover London, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and the Home Counties.

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Wedding Venues – The search is on!

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One of the first and biggest decisions you make after getting engaged is choosing where to hold your wedding. From choosing whether to have a church ceremony or civil ceremony and then where to have your reception, the options seem to be endless! Do you want to have a country or city wedding? Do you want to have it all at one venue? Do you want to have it in the UK or abroad? So many choices!

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Some of you may already know and have been planning your wedding from a young age. Maybe you are lucky enough to have a huge garden and a marquee may be perfect. If you live in a city, perhaps city chic is the way forward and a beautiful townhouse or town hall may be the ideal option.

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Shortlist

Whatever the choices may be, the best thing to do is to sit down together and draw up a shortlist of wants and likes and also any needs you may have. You can then find common ground and go forward from there. Several wedding venue search sites now exist and there is a whole catalogue of venues nationwide and abroad. Wedding magazines and blogs also have a database and advertisements of several venues, which makes them easy to find and explore. Once a shortlist of wants and needs has been drawn up, you can easily search for venues online or through magazines and a shortlist of venues you like can be created.

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The process of finding a venue can potentially be a lengthy one and most will want to get to the visiting part, however doing your research is key.  Wedding Planners such as Goose & Berry can be the perfect people to assist with this and can save you time and money in the long run!

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It is always advisable to visit venues before choosing and booking them, however I would advise to visit ideally no more than 5. If you are presented with too much choice and you start to see too many venues, confusion happens all too easily and it may hinder you more than it should. Contact the venue and ask for information and dates available to be sent across to you. Have an idea of numbers and dates and budget before contacting them. Once you have the information, you can then choose your top 5 to visit.

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Visit

When visiting venues, it’s always best to have a list of questions you want to ask ready to take with you, so you can compare all venues after. Questions like capacities and costs, menu selections, what is their house wine and champagne, do they allow corkage, and do they offer bedroom discounts for friends and family wishing to stay. Think of everything you could possibly want to know and jot them all down! Another tip is to take lots of photos! Sometimes venues and details can merge into one another, so it’s always great to have photos to match the answers so you can remember what has what, what you particularly liked and can start to picture your day there.

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If you can, ask if it’s possible to visit when they have a wedding on. You may be able to visit and take a look at the set up before the wedding happens. Perhaps avenue has an open day or wedding showcase – these are great because you can get an idea of how everything is set up and may look on the day. You can always meet some wonderful suppliers too!

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If the venue you have chosen is going to be a field or garden for a marquee or an outside venue, it’s still worthwhile visiting the location and also marquee company, to look at photos and get an idea of how things will look and work on the day. This may help make your final decision and plan for the style and overall theme.

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Hold the Date

Most venues will ask for a deposit upon booking and a contract to be signed. However always ask if you can hold a date free of charge for a couple of weeks, whilst you are sorting out booking your ceremony – church or civil. Once confirmed, you can then book with the venue. Make sure to read all the T&C’s fully as common practice or ask a wedding planner to do so if you have one.

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Styling

Once the venue is booked, you can then start planning all the exciting details that go with it. If you have an overall style or theme, try to complement the venue chosen. If it is a grand country house, you might want to have grand florals and less rustic, whimsical décor. However these would work beautifully in a barn or even in a marquee, where the base is very neutral and you can decorate it to your taste. We discuss styling a venue in more detail next week…that’s where the fun really starts!

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Goose & Berry are a Luxury Boutique Catering, Wedding, Event & Brand Experience Planning & Design company who specialise in Weddings, Social and Corporate Events.  We are based in Marlow & London and cover London, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and the Home Counties.

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Wedding Flower Focus

With the glamour of the RHS Royal Chelsea Show upon us and the Horticultural and Floristry world highlighting the key trends for the year ahead, we have a focus on all things floral this week.

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Flowers are an important element in any event or wedding and can really bring a room and venue to life, incorporating colours and themes and beautiful scents that envelope your surroundings. If, like us, you adore your blooms then picking the right ones for you can be incredibly important. With endless amounts of choice out there and plenty of inspiration in the form of Social Media, Pinterest and shows like Chelsea, we often don’t know where to begin with so much pretty on offer!

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Finding the right florist is key. Going on recommendations or blogs can be really useful. Or perhaps your venue has a preferred supplier list. If you can see or hear about their work and people have recommended them then it is a sure sign that they are reliable and produce some fantastic floral displays! We advise on meeting a couple of florists whose work and style you love. As important as the flowers are, the relationship that you have with your suppliers is just as important and seeing them face to face can really help.

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Talented and popular florists tend to be booked up quite quickly, so it’s advisable after the venue and photographer are booked to look into booking a florist.

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Before the meeting, it’s a great idea to collect a few pictures of arrangements, bouquets and button holes that you like and perhaps create your own mood board or Pinterest board. Look on some blogs, cut out any inspiration from magazines and bring these with you when you are meeting the florist. The florist can then work with these and any theme, colours you may want and work towards the budget you have chosen.

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Flowers can be quite a costly part of a wedding, especially if you want grand centrepieces, floral arches and flowers here, there and everywhere. If budget is important and you want to keep costs down, then speak to your florist and see what they can do. They may advise to choose seasonal flowers or to use some key flowers and lots of greenery. Another tip is to keep the focus on the most important floral elements you require. Maybe the Bouquet is the most important thing for you, or perhaps the top table centrepiece. Make these the ‘stand out’ blooms and tone down the remaining centrepieces or perhaps have a small posy of gypsophilia for the bridesmaids. So cute and very on trend right now!

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Popular wedding flowers are roses, peonies, ranunculus, tulips and freesias, however there are so many varieties and lots of other stunning flowers to choose from. You may have favourites, or flowers that have sentimental value. Many flowers have meanings too, which might be worth looking into to help you decide on final choices.

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Orange and yellow seem to be trendy at the moment and bright pops of colour work well for a summer wedding. The Trugmaker’s Garden at Chelsea this year features stunning orange and reds and looks fabulous in the sunshine (when it decides to shine!)

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If you are opting to do the flowers yourself, simple arrangements are a great idea, to minimise stress in the lead up to the big day. Perhaps a cute single pot of flowers on each table would look lovely or you might like a selection of flowers you have grown yourself. Wild and rustic has been a key theme over recent years and is continuing to grow in popularity.

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Photographs will capture treasured memories, but we are also seeing brides drying and pressing their flowers or turning them into paperweights, which is a beautiful idea and wonderful way of keeping wedding flowers.

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Whatever you may choose, make it personal and meaningful. Keep an eye on the trends and what is most popular, but always be true to yourself and choose flowers that you love and want to have surrounding you throughout your special day.

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Goose & Berry are a Luxury Boutique Wedding, Event and Catering company who specialise in weddings, social and corporate events.  We are based in Marlow & London and cover London, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and the Home Counties.

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British Tomato Week

This week celebrates the wonderful British Tomato! This staple and incredibly versatile fruit can be used in so many ways. We show you a few of our favourites!

Tomato, Onion and Roasted Lemon Salad

Tomato, Onion and Roasted Lemon Salad

Tomato and Halloumi Salad

Tomato and Halloumi Salad

Asparagus Caprese Salad Sandwich

Asparagus Caprese Salad Sandwich

Balsamic Vinegar Tomatoes

Balsamic Vinegar Tomatoes

Puff Pastry Tomato Tarts

Puff Pastry Tomato Tarts

Panzanella

Panzanella

Ricotta, Spinach and Tomato Frittata

Ricotta, Spinanch and Tomato Fritatta

Potato and Heirloom Tomato Salad

Potato and Heirloom Tomato Salad

Bruschetta

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BLT Bowl

BLT Bowl

Tomato Chutney

Chutney-Jam

Pasta Sauce

Pasta Sauce

Tomato and Basil Soup

Tomato Soup

Goose & Berry are a Luxury Boutique Wedding, Event and Catering company who specialise in weddings, social and corporate events.  We are based in Marlow & London and cover London, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and the Home Counties.

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Astounding Asparagus

It’s the season of Asparagus and it is one of the tastiest Spring veg around. Here are 20 delicious ways to eat this wonderful produce.

Roasted Garlic, Asparagus and Feta

Roasted garlic asparagus with feta

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

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Asparagus and Tomato Salad

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Chicken, Bacon, Avocado Salad with Asparagus

chicken, bacon, avaocado and roast asp

Herb Crusted Cod with Asparagus and Poached Egg

herb crusted cod, with asp and poached egg

Seared Sea Bass, Basil Pea Puree, Crispy Potatoes and Asparagus

sea bass, basil pea puree, crispy potatoes and asp

Salmon, Asparagus and Cous Cous Salad

salmon, asp and cous cous salad

Asparagus and Mushroom Risotto

asparagus and mushroom risotto

Warm Asparagus Salad

warm asp salad

Balsamic Steak and Spring Veg Medley

warm balsamic steak and spring veg medley

Spring Pizza with Egg, Prosciutto, Asparagus and Cheese

spring pizza with egg, proscuito, asp and cheese

Asparagus Soup with Fried Scallops

aspa soup with fried scallops

Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Pea, Avocado and Lemon Basil Dressing

quinoa salad with asparagus, pea, avaocado and lemon basil dressing

Potato Salad with Green Beans and Asparagus

potato salad with green beans and asparagus

Kale Salad with Quinoa, Asparagus and Avocado

kale salad with quinoa, asp and avocado

Avocado, Asparagus, Pea and Radish Sesame Salad

avocado, asparagus, pea & radish sesame sald

Fresh Pea and Ricotta Tartines with Spring Veg

fresh pea and ricotta tartines with spring veg

Spring Tarts with Asparagus, Pea and Mint

spring tarts - asp, pea and mint

Orzo Pasta Salad with Asparagus and Artichoke

orzo pasta salad with asparagus and artichokes

Chargrilled Asparagus with Halloumi and Roasted Tomatoes

chargrilled asp with halloumi and toms

Goose & Berry are a Luxury Boutique Wedding, Event and Catering company who specialise in weddings, social and corporate events.  We are based in Marlow & London and cover London, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and the Home Counties.

www.gooseandberry.co.uk

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