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.

Catering Services Funnells Kitchen | A “Future 50” Company

Catering Services Funnells Kitchen | A “Future 50” Company

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.
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Advantages

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.

Find out more at Future50.org

 

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.

10 questions to ask your wedding caterer

10 questions to ask your wedding caterer

Choosing a Wedding caterer can be difficult. When planning a wedding it is essential to ask your potential wedding caterer as many questions as possible so that you are 100% sure that you will be choosing the right caterer to use for your special day.

Making a list of questions to ask your wedding caterer is something that we would highly recommend and we have come up with ten questions we get asked on a regular basis and we hope these will also help you.

10 questions to ask your wedding caterer…

  1.  What is the maximum amount of people they can cater for?

    It’s really good to know your wedding caterer’s limits. You need to find out if can they manage your size of wedding.

  2.  Do they have a vegetarian, gluten free, wheat free options?

    Even if you have not sent out invitations to your guests it’s good to know if a potential wedding caterer can cater for all dietary requirements.

  3.  Would you have to provide equipment such as cutlery, plates etc. or would the catering company provide this?

    Planning the logistics of the big day can be a difficult, it is good to know if the wedding caterer does supply equipment and what the costs are.

  4.  Do they provide catering staff?

    Make sure you understand if you will need to bring in other people to staff your wedding. Often a wedding caterer will supply their own staff (we do), but this is not always the case.

  5.  How far are they willing to travel to the venue?

    This is a really good question to understand if the wedding caterer is the right fit for you and your wedding. Some wedding caterers will travel far, but charge travel expenses. So do check this before choosing them.

  6.  Can the set menus on offer be modified?

    It’s good to understand how far a wedding caterer will adapt their menus for you. Most will but understanding the cost implications to the changes is important as costs can soon jump up when you have 30-100 guests on the day!

  7.  What is the cancellation policy and would you have to pay a deposit?

    It might feel uncomfortable to talk about canceling, but understanding what the terms/costs involved in this can set your mind at ease. Any respectable wedding caterer will not mind this conversation. Trust us it’s worth the question!

  8.  Does the cost also include clean up after the wedding?

    Asking about the clean up allows you to know if there is another job for you to organise. Most wedding caterers do, some charge more for this. It’s worth confirming this ahead of time.

  9.  Do they have any testimonials about their service/food that they can send over?

    It’s good to research your wedding caterers asking for testimonials is one way to understand their past experience. If you are unsure ask for previous clients contact details most caterers will be happy to share this!

  10.  What does their insurance policy cover

    Better to be safe than sorry. Check that your wedding caterer is covered for your type of event. Even better get them to confirm it in an email so you have a record of it, incase the worst should happen.

 

These ten questions to ask your potential wedding caterer will really help you find the right fit for you. At Funnells Kitchen we believe that a wedding caterer should remove the stress leading up to the wedding and make your special day something to remember.

We hope that these questions will be useful to you and please feel free to share these to any brides-to-be that you know.

Find out more information on what we offer in our wedding menus.