Catering Services in Norfolk & Suffolk: Funnells Kitchen are proud to be a Future 50 member. Over the past few years Funnells Kitchen has been growing and expanding, this journey has culminated in being chosen as an Archant Future 50 2016 member.
A Catering Services: Our Ethos
Future 50 looks for many attributes in a business and we were very pleased to be asked to be a member. They look for leadership in a business, driving forward performance and engagement. They want businesses that create a well-defined culture that promotes skill development and acquiring knowledge which I am proud to say is a key part of the Funnells Kitchen catering services ethos.
Being named a Future 50 member has allowed us access to some huge benefits. We’ve been able to connect with other Future 50 members offering support and services to one another. A key part of being a member of the future 50 is the access to funding and business support. This has allowed Funnells Kitchen catering services to grow more rapidly than we might have done and we are able to take advantage of our unique position within the corporate catering market place in Norwich.
A Business of Value
I think what has meant the most to me is to see the catering services I have helped build over the last 14 years be asked to stand next to other businesses that are growing and valued within Norfolk and Suffolk. It makes me proud that Funnells Kitchen is there as a business that gives real value to it’s customers and the community and I can’t wait to see where Funnells Kitchen goes next.
I would like to say a big Thank you to everyone who has made Funnells Kitchen the business it is today.
Our catering business has been taken to the next level with our latest marketing videos. We are so excited to show your how we made our catering business’ promotional video. I first met Michael Stiff back in March of this year. The idea of online video being able to convey what makes Funnells Kitchen different really excited me. I knew online video was becoming more and more relevant in modern business marketing and I was keen to keep Funnells Kitchen moving forward with as a progressive catering business.
Catering Business: The Whole Package
At the time we were looking to update our own image, website and branding. Talking this through with Michael he pitched to me the idea of a complete package where he and Aaron Fickling would spearhead a whole project including a brand realignment, a new website, a series of promotional videos and a launch campaign as we opened our second Kitchen in Norwich. I was really excited and we set about taking Funnells Kitchen to the next level.
Over the next few months we worked closely with Michael and Aaron as they began to help us discover what made Funnells Kitchen different in the catering business market place. Through discovery meetings and talking with our clients we built up an even sharper picture of would we are and what it means to be a Funnells Kitchen client.
The Shoot Day Arrived
A big part of our brand realignment and the opening of our second kitchen was a set of promotional videos. It was great when the shoot day finally arrived and our chef’s began making the first of our extensive list of recipes for the two day shoot.
The crew was large and we had photography as well as film to do. The team worked well and the chef’s soon got into the swing of things it was very different from their usual day to day. On an average day our chefs would be making pizza for thirty people on the shoot they made the same pizza thirty times!
I was very impressed with the crew and their devotion to getting just the right shot to show off our food in the best way possible. Everyone worked hard under the direction of Michael with Aaron heading up the photoshoot, together they kept it all on an even keel. It was interesting to see exactly how a film is put together and the time it takes to light, arrange, rehearse and finally shoot each shot. You realise that these guys were professionals and knew how to get the most out of our lovely food.
It’s a Wrap
When the two days came to an end, Michael called “It’s A Wrap” and the crew were very excited to be finally able to try Jamie’s signature donuts. They all set about enjoying something they had watched being made for nearly two days!
The final video really does show what Funnells Kitchen is, what we believe as a company and why our aim is for each of our business catering clients to experience good food. The video has given us a promotional tool that sets us apart from our competitors and shows our clients why Funnells Kitchen is a catering business with a difference. The video allows us to connect with new customers by showing them what is important to us and why we feel quality catering business is so important.
Unexpectedly the video has also given our staff a real understanding of what it means to be working for Funnell’s Kitchen. It’s helped us craft our mission statement going forward, it’s added to our great business culture by helping us to continue to work towards the same goals.
Any business is thinking about video marketing I would say go for it. You will have a lot of fun making it and get a real marketing asset at the end of the experience that will help you drive growth in your business.
Afternoon tea catering doesn’t need to be stressful. Read our top tips for serving the best British Afternoon Tea and give your guests a party to remember!
Afternoon Tea is a great British tradition, introduced in England by Anna, the seventh Duchess of Bedford, in the year 1840. The Duchess would become hungry around four o’clock in the afternoon and would ask that a tray of tea, bread & butter and cake be brought to her room. This became a habit of hers and she began inviting friends to join her and so the traditional Afternoon Tea was born.
An Afternoon Tea party is suitable for many celebrations from baby showers, weddings, birthdays, a graduation or even just a catch up with friends.
The trick to good afternoon tea catering is to have the food prepared before your guests arrive, the only thing you will need to serve is the tea itself, giving you time to relax and enjoy the party.
What you will need for your Afternoon Tea party:
Scones (preferably homemade)
Teacups, saucers and spoons
A selection of teas
Selection of cakes
3 tiered stand to serve on
Preparing for your Afternoon Tea party
Decide on your guest list and send out invites. The invites can be very casual or formal, depending on the type of celebration.
Purchase your Afternoon Tea accessories for your party. You don’t necessarily have to buy your tea set; there are local companies that offer a hire service especially for these types of occasions.
Afternoon Tea Catering
Planning your menu is the important part and the most fun. There will be three courses that you will need to plan for;
First Course: Sandwiches
There are no rules when it comes to the sandwich fillings but it’s always best to keep it quite light and delicate so easier to serve. The traditional white bread and cucumber sandwiches are still popular. Other traditional favourites are:
Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese, Egg and Cress, Tuna…
TOP TIP: Use good quality bread and a light spreading of butter to prevent the bread from going soggy. Only serve four to five different sandwich fillings and always cut the crusts off then cut your sandwiches into three fingers.
Second Course: Scones with Jam and Cream
Serve fresh clotted cream with fruit scones and a handmade jam.
TOP TIP: Scones are best served warm.
Third Course: Cakes
It’s entirely your preference when it comes to the cakes. Éclairs are always a popular choice as well as chocolate cupcakes, rich fruit cake and marbled coffee cake.
TOP TIP: The three courses are best presented on a 3 tiered stand.
Selecting the tea itself
Use your favourite tea leaf type in a pot with a strainer, never use teabags. The list below contains some of the top teas to include.
Earl Grey Tea, Assam Black Tea, Darjeeling Black Tea, Chamomile Tea
TOP TIP: Pop in the sugar first, this is because the sugar will melt before you add the cold milk allowing for better taste and ALWAYS add the milk after the tea. While you drink your tea, think superior thoughts and lift your little finger!
A few little facts that you may not have known about Afternoon Tea
As a nation we drink 165 million cups of tea per day
If you would prefer to just enjoy the party (and we don’t blame you) and not worry about planning the menu, we can help.
We have three different but equally delicious Afternoon Tea menus to choose from. Not only do we provide the food, we can also provide the necessary equipment to make your afternoon tea catering experience extra special and so that you don’t have to worry about a thing.
You may not realise this but there are a few things that you will need to think about when booking your business lunch and that’s where we come in to help. We have compiled a list of handy tips that you will need to think about so that you can organise your way to a better business lunch!
Things to think about when booking your business lunch
The time you would like your lunch served
Is it just a lunch that you require or do you also require a breakfast or afternoon pastries/cakes and how many servings of teas/coffees will you need
How many people you will need to cater for
Is there a need for any special dietary food such as Gluten free or Vegetarian/Vegan options etc.
Unfortunately because we don’t get to see the sun as much as we would like to, as soon as it does make an appearance one word immediately pops into our heads…BBQ! We have all done it, rushing to the supermarket as soon as the sun comes out only to find cheap burgers and sausages left on the shelves and by the time we get home the clouds are starting to appear. So why do we love BBQs so much?
BBQs give us the perfect excuse to invite family and friends over for a get together, it is one of the very few meals where it is acceptable to use plastic cups and cutlery, the list of food you can cook on a BBQ is endless and best of all it’s an excuse to have a good time!
Organise the perfect BBQ with help from Funnells. If you love BBQs but would prefer to let someone else to do the cooking this is where we come in.
Here are a few things you need to know about our BBQ service…
We have TWO BBQ menus to choose from, Hunky Dory BBQ and Gourmet BBQ, each served with mouth-watering salads and desserts.
Our prices include condiments and a fully trained chef with a helper to cook and serve.
Set up includes a 3m x 3m gazebo and two 6ft tables with covers. We supply china plates, napkins and cutlery as standard (disposable items are available if requested).
We can cater at all different types of events such as Weddings, corporate events, celebratory events and even school proms.
Most importantly the food tastes delicious!
The food, condiments, crockery and service is sorted so all you need to worry about is the Pimms and having a good time of course.
For more information about our BBQ menus or to book one, please call Nick on 01502 573457.
Pancake Day (or Shrove Tuesday) as it is traditionally known has become extremely popular in recent years with pancake races and pancake tossing competitions being held all across the country each year.
The earliest records of pancakes appeared in the 15th Century but it wasn’t until the 18th Century when we became a little bit more adventurous with our toppings.
So, we thought we would ask the question; What type of Pancake topper are you?
Traditional Pancake topping
The more traditional approach to the pancake topping is lemon and sugar, this is the most recognisable of all the toppings. We think that this traditional topping represents the English Pancake and in our opinion is the best way to top your pancake, after all less is more. Make sure that you lace the Pancake with a generous sprinkle of sugar and a squeeze of fresh lemon and there you have it, a traditional English Pancake.
Ok so we know that Pancakes themselves are not entirely sin free with just one Pancake (without the topping) containing nearly 100 calories! But, why not include a few of your five-a-day as a Pancake topping? Strawberries, blueberries, bananas, raspberries and blackberries all work well as a delicious and healthy Pancake topping.
Chocolate, chocolate and even more chocolate topping
So this option is very calorific but Pancake Day is one of the few days where we can over indulge, don’t you think? We have compiled a list of our favourite chocolate toppings;
Cadbury’s Creme Egg (well it is nearly Easter)
We are not saying to try all these toppings together but who knows it could work… but it maybe best to stick to just one.
If you want to be really adventurous you could add a couple of teaspoons of cocoa powder in with your Pancake mix to make it extra… chocolately.
Savoury Pancakes also date back to the 15th Century and there are some delicious savoury fillings out there to try.
Cheese is a very popular savoury Pancake filling and is also very easy to do. You can use a variety of cheeses from Feta Cheese to Stilton and Brie, delicious!
Meat fillings such as chicken can also be used and are also easy to make. Just think you could even have a savoury Pancake to start and then finish your dinner with a sweet Pancake, YUM!
Have you decided what type of Pancake topper you are?
Good luck to all who will be making Pancakes and please share them with us on our Facebook Page. We look forward to seeing them!