There ain’t no party like a Wandering Kitchen party

June 19, 2014 · 0 comments

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Summer is well and truly with us and we have been out on the road with our mobile catering trailer, ‘The Wandering Lodge’ to the festivals and fêtes of Oxfordshire. We have served up a storm in at Wallingford Food Festival, Witney Music Festival, Thame Music Festival and even served hungry runners at the Wallingford 10KM Thames Run. The rustic charm of our catering trailer has been pulling in the punters and they have been enjoying our venison burgers and pulled pork sandwiches, we’ve even had text messages from happy customers.

Me and my friends at Rosie's Tea Room for my birthday

Me and my friends at Rosie’s Tea Room for my birthday

One thing we didn’t expect to be doing so much of over the Summer was partying. We got asked to cater a 60th birthday party and to be honest private functions were not in our original business plan, but I am of the thinking, nothing ventured, nothing gained. And it turns out that our pop-up concept works very well for private events and we also really enjoy doing them. So much so that I booked us to cater my own birthday party at Rosie’s Tea Room in Abingdon.

We can cater for between 30-50 people for a sit down meal in a village hall or venue of a customer choice or for between 15-25 people in Rosie’s Tea Room on a Wednesday night. It works so well because you can get everyone together and have a space to yourself. Not only the space to yourself but a waitress and a chef to yourself, who aren’t worrying about other tables or orders, you are their sole focus for the evening. And unlike if you put on a function in your own home you don’t have to deal with the mess or the washing up afterwards.

It is the perfect setting for a party.

Rosie’s Tea Room is the perfect setting for a party.

For my birthday Ed cooked us some delicious delights, his gorgeous homemade pâté, venison stew, mushroom wellington, steak and stilton pie and his increasingly popular chocolate brownie with chocolate ganache. It was gorgeous and it was so nice for me to be on the other side of the table for once. Since having our baby 4 months ago I can count the amount of hot and fully satisfying meals I have been able to enjoy on one hand. It was a reminder of why we do what we do, we want to serve good home cooked food, that isn’t over fancy or over priced. Food that is sourced from quality local suppliers and just makes you feel, well full and happy.

Obviously I am a little biased as this is my own company and my partner is the chef but I would thoroughly recommend it and I am not the only one, Andrew who booked us for his 60th birthday told us: “I went to The Wandering Kitchen‘s first event and thoroughly enjoyed it so decided to commission them for a birthday dinner party in my local village hall.  Come the evening the village hall looked wonderful with the decorations they brought and the service and food were better than ever.  The Wandering Kitchen helped to make a significant birthday very special.” And we had the following tweet from another happy private party customer: “Thanks to @wanderingkitch for a great pop-up restaurant experience in North Stoke tonight. Great food, very professional & friendly service.”

Frankie was the only one who didn't enjoy himself as he slept through the whole thing.

Frankie was the only one who didn’t enjoy himself as he slept through the whole thing.

So if you you are getting a bit worried about organising a party for that significant birthday, looking for wedding meal ideas or just want to have a good old knees up then we might be able to help you out. Get in touch with Ed or I by emailing hello@thewanderingkitchen.co.uk or give us a call on 07894 338291. I can even make you a bespoke party playlist.

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 Photos by Vivacious Mel Photography

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