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Caterer in Norwich – Funnells Kitchen opens it’s 2nd Kitchen in Norfolk

Caterer in Norwich – Funnells Kitchen opens it’s 2nd Kitchen in Norfolk

Caterer in Norwich: Funnells Kitchen’s success over the past 14 years has allowed us to create great corporate catering for our fantastic customers. We love working with Suffolk’s most vibrant businesses and we are excited to announce we are opening a second kitchen in Norwich to allow us to bring our culinary delights to Norfolk as well.

An Incredible Year

It’s been an incredible year at Funnells Kitchen, we’ve been working hard opening our
second kitchen in Norwich. It’s great to be caterer in Norwich.  Norwich is such a vibrant city and Norfolk is full of exciting and growing businesses, we can’t wait to help them grow and develop further over the coming years. Caterer in Norwich

Our chef’s passion for good food is something we believe we can bring to Norwich and Norfolk. Our approach to good quality food means that we bring handmade food from locally sourced ingredients to create corporate catering like no other.

A Caterer in Norwich: From Strength to Strength

Over the past few years Funnells Kitchen has gone from strength to strength. Being nominated for Archant’s Future 50 showed us just how far we have come!  For us this was a clear indication that our approach to corporate catering is working.  We have always seen our role as support for our clients in the day to day running of their business. Delivering good food, on time for any sized event is our passion.

Caterer in NorwichSetting up our second kitchen means we can bring out unique approach to being a caterer in Norwich . Our Norwich clients have been supportive and delighted with the opening of the second much closer kitchen allowing us to service them more fully and for us to feel truly part of the Norwich and Norfolk Business community.

Strong Long-lasting Relationships

We are looking forward to forging strong long-lasting relationships with the businesses of Norfolk and deliver corporate catering that helps take their business food to the next level.

Our Catering Business Captured on Film

Our Catering Business Captured on Film

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.

catering business captured on filmOver 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.

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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.

Something Unexpected

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.

 

Catering For The Perfect Afternoon Tea party

Catering For The Perfect Afternoon Tea party

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)
  • Jam
  • Cream
  • Finger Sandwiches
  • Teapot
  • Sugar Cubes
  • Teacups, saucers and spoons
  • A selection of teas
  • Cream/Milk
  • Lemon Slices
  • Selection of cakes
  • Napkins
  • 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.

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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
  • The world’s most expensive Afternoon Tea is priced at £550 for two at Cliveden House, Berkshire
  • The Teabag was born in 1904
  • 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.

For more information please visit our Afternoon Tea Page or call Nick on 01502 573457.

Organise the perfect BBQ with help from Funnells Kitchen

Organise the perfect BBQ with help from Funnells Kitchen

Why do the British love to BBQ?

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!

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Funnells BBQs

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.