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Kalm News :   14 / 09 / 21

We’re Hiring

Kalm Kitchen is a family-run business with a commitment to outstanding customer service. Since our very first event over 14 years ago, we have established a reputation for an inventive approach to food and a meticulous attention to detail.

We’re currently recruiting for a variety of jobs and we’re looking for the BEST in the events business to join our team. In return we offer a fun, friendly place to work and a generous benefits package. Interested in joining?

Full Time & Freelance Event Managers

  • Do you have experience in running exceptional weddings? Do you have a passion for detail, customer service and a desire produce the best day of our couples lives?
  • This role is perfect for an individual who is self motivated, has experience in managing weddings and has exceptionally high standards.
  • To apply please send your CV and covering letter to Victoria, lauren@kalmkitchen.co.uk 

Full Time Junior Chef

  • Seeking a passionate individual looking to develop their skills in a busy event kitchen.
  • To apply please send your CV and covering letter to Andrew, andrew@kalmkitchen.co.uk

Freelance Event Chef

  • Do you have a passion for food and the kitchen skills to execute the finest menus? Come and join our hard-working kitchen team behind the scenes at some of the most prestigious events.
  • This role is perfect for anyone who is a qualified chef and has some experience of working in a professional kitchen.
  • To apply please send your CV and covering letter to Andrew, andrew@kalmkitchen.co.uk

Casual Bar and Waiting Staff

  • Recruiting casual bar and waiting staff for our busy spring and summer season. Locations across Surrey, Hampshire, Kent, Hertfordshire and London.
  • Must be friendly, personable, hardworking and reliable.
  • Must be fit and strong and enthusiastic.

The staff duties on any shift will be varied, but always something to do and new things to learn.

Apply online here.

 

Featured :   28 / 09 / 20

‘The Outdoor Private Table’ at Kalm Kitchen

Welcome to… A whole new, exclusive dining experience in Surrey

We invite you to come and experience ‘The Outdoor Private Table’ at Kalm Kitchen. Open to bookings from 12th April 2021, you will have exclusive use of this beautifully styled outdoor dining room at our headquarters in Puttenham. Designed for a gathering of six people, this intimate space, where you’ll enjoy the undivided attention of your personal chef and waiter, will be yours for the entire night.

Make your way through the doors of our tucked-away, countryside location and into your own private dining room. As you take a seat at our chef’s table, we will serve you with champagne and a selection of canapés. Then, with its view into the kitchen, you will be able to watch on as your own three-course meal is prepared. Kalm Kitchen is known for its creative, luxury events and now you can have a taste of our imaginative food, with a set menu starring dishes made from the best seasonal ingredients.

Magical touches for special occasions

As well as providing wine to accompany your meal, additional luxury items can be arranged in advance if you’re celebrating a special occasion. From floral bouquets to cocktails, birthday cakes or personalised balloons, our team will be on hand to make sure each detail is the way you want it and that every aspect of your evening has a magical touch.

We’ll be opening our outdoor table for exclusive use from April 12th. Don’t miss your chance to sample this luxury dining experience with one table reserved specially for you.

Price for six people is £500 + VAT including wine and champagne on arrival*

Dining time is 7pm – 9.45pm

Book now by calling the team on 01483 813360 or email info@kalmkitchen.co.uk

Where to find us: Unit 5 Lascombe Farm, Highfield Ln, Guildford GU3 1BB

For more details on our location click here.

Further information

In compliance with government guidelines, full Covid safety precautions will be in place. We will send you a copy of the Kalm Kitchen procedures before the evening

Please wear face masks on arrival

Waiting staff and chefs will be in PPE at all times

Your party will have exclusive use of the dining space for the duration of the evening

All bookings will take a holding deposit of £100 with the remaining balance paid on the day

We ask for dietary requirements and guest details upon booking

Each of the available evenings will have its own set menu

Unfortunately, we are unable to make variations to the dietary requirements we have been given with less than 48 hours notice

*Price is based on the maximum booking of six guests

Cars can be left on site overnight (at your own risk)

Your personal waiter for the evening will be happy to arrange a taxi for you

What an extraordinary and wonderful evening. We had an incredible time tonight. The food was out of this world. The service was exemplary and the whole experience was fantastic. SUCH FUN. Thank you. 

Featured :   07 / 04 / 20

COVID-19 UPDATE

Dear wonderful friends, partners, venue teams, clients and suppliers of Kalm Kitchen

These are unprecedented times we find ourselves in, but we hope that you are all safe and keeping well.

In this uncertain situation, our focus is on making sure we continue to thrive as a business, and that means keeping our staff safe, working with our clients to re-arrange their events, supporting our suppliers and venues and quickly adapting to the current and ever-changing situation. We have no doubt there will be more changes to come and we are continually reviewing the business and our operations on a day-by-day basis.

The good news is that this pause in delivering incredible events is not only affording us the opportunity to be even more creative with new ideas, but also with our pricing strategies. We are confident we’ll come out the other side offering an even better version of the Kalm Kitchen experience, level of service and quality you know and trust.

Get in touch

We would be delighted to speak with you about any plans for your day – existing or prospective. And we look forward to arranging your events and helping you have the most incredible celebrations in the very near future. Please feel free to contact the team on info@kalmkitchen.co.uk. Thank you.

Take care and stay safe,

The Kalm Kitchen Team

 

Featured :   07 / 07 / 20

Top Five Grazing Bars

Whether you’re catering for 30 or 300 people, a Grazing Bar is a fantastic, interactive feasting experience for your wedding or event. Kalm Kitchen has developed endless options to provide plenty of tasty flavours and create the ultimate showpiece that makes a real statement. Savoury, sweet or a combination of both, this relaxed approach to dining is a great way of bringing people together to eat, chat and mingle.

Here’s a selection of just some of the amazing grazing displays we’ve had the pleasure to put together.

 

Kalm Kitchen Brunch bar

Brunch Bar

Photography: VLA photography

 

What better way to start proceedings or gather everyone together the day after than with a fully loaded bar stacked with a selection of morning treats. Ours combines healthy, sliced fruits with pastries, granola pots, plus fresh breads, with conserves. Throw in salmon and cream cheese bagels, smashed avocado and continental meats and you have the ideal morning mix. Of course, we also provide plenty of coffee to keep your guests non-stop fuelled up and perfectly set for the day.

 

Kalm Kitchen Luxury Cheese Board

Luxury Cheese Board

Photography: VLA photography

 

This impressive, interconnecting display is no ordinary cheese board. Combining height and depth for a wow effect, a luxurious collection of handpicked cheeses, runny honey and fresh breads is served with dried apricots, fresh figs, grapes, wheat wafers, fig chutney and salted almonds. Ideal for rounding off the meal or as a late night extra, it’s always a total crowd pleaser.

 

Kalm Kitchen Small Plate grazing

Small Plate Grazing

Photography: Anneli Marinovich

 

With a centrepiece of a whole Prosciutto leg, this assortment brings together the best continental flavours. Served up on beautifully designed, individual plates, your guests can help themselves to the following:

Sliced coppa and prosciutto di speck, cornichons, radishes and celeriac remoulade

Chargrilled yellow and green zucchini, violette artichokes, smashed smoked almonds and shaved pecorino

Sea bream ceviche, sliced greens chillies, charentais melon, toasted seaweed and sesame seeds with spring onion

Kalm Kitchen Perfectly Pink Grazing

Perfectly Pink Grazing

Photography: VLA photography

 

Pretty as a picture, our Perfectly Pink Grazing Platter features an array of iced ring doughnuts, red velvet cupcakes, pink wafers, pink and red macarons and waffles. Tucked in amongst the divine treats you’ll also find berries, white chocolate fingers and pink lady apples. It’s a sweet sensation in every single mouthful.

Kalm Kitchen DIY Eton Mess Bar

DIY Eton Mess Bar

Photography: Laura Harvey Photography

 

Our delicious and interactive Eton Mess Bar is just summer in a snapshot. Invite your guests to create their own delightful desserts with a choice of mouthwatering meringues and whipped cream. Accompaniments include rhubarb compote, strawberry coulis, fresh strawberries, honeycomb, macarons and elderflower jelly with wild flowers.

Find more grazing inspiration over on the Kalm Kitchen pinterest feed. Also, follow us on Instagram for the latest inspirational ideas.

For further wedding menu inspiration, talk to one of our team at Kalm Kitchen. Get in touch at info@kalmkitchen.co.uk or call us on 01483 813360.

Main image photography: VLA photography

Featured :   27 / 04 / 20

Live-stream your wedding

Your wedding is a day when you want to gather together your favourite people. But what if it’s not possible for everyone to be in the same room? Current circumstances mean that we’re all re-evaluating how we might meet up and mingle in the future. Thankfully, there are some forward-thinking solutions, such as live-streaming, that mean whether you have older, vulnerable guests such as precious grandparents. Or best friends in far-flung places, they can ALL join in your day using the wonders of technology.

Kalm Kitchen has worked with family-run Farnham Sound and Light many times in the past. Now we’ve been looking at how we can make your proceedings accessible to everyone with a range of live-streaming packages. There’s the option of an intimate set-up with a HD camera and microphones linked up to Zoom video conferencing software for up to 100 virtual guests. Or, you can upgrade right up to a full technical crew including sound engineer, making your wedding a totally expert production.

And what about making your guests feel included in every aspect of proceedings? Jen and the team at Kalm Kitchen are working hard to come up with ideas – such as bespoke goodie boxes – so that everyone near or far can share the magic of that special day.

If you want to find out more about how Kalm Kitchen can make your wedding work – whatever the circumstances – do drop one of our team a line on info@kalmkitchen.co.uk. We’re still working hard during this situation to provide you with planning support on every aspect of your wedding or event.

Featured :   27 / 04 / 20

Chelsea Physic Garden

Kalm Kitchen is thrilled to have been recently approved as a supplier at the beautiful Chelsea Physic Garden. This historic garden wedding venue is London’s oldest botanic garden, occupying four acres of land on the edge of the Thames.

 

Chelsea Physic Garden

Where:

Tucked away beside the River Thames and nestled behind walls, the garden has a special, secret feel due to its location. In fact, it’s situated on one of Chelsea’s smartest streets, a buzzing part of London that still maintains a village feel.

What:

With a rich past of providing medicinal plants for apothecaries, today Chelsea Physic Garden is a living collection of around 5,000 different edible medicinal and herbal plants. It is also an exceptional venue for all kinds of events. Light, airy and spacious, The Gallery room is an elegant indoor space available to hire throughout the year. With high ceilings, and an outlook to the iconic gardens, The Gallery can accommodate all types of events, including weddings for up to 90 guests.

Meanwhile, the Garden itself is a beautiful botanical setting with a large marquee as an optional hire. A Wedding Ceremony Room is available for up to 70 guests and blessings in the gardens are welcome. The entire Garden is available to hire exclusively, or more intimate areas can also be booked separately. For instance, the Lower Lawn – tucked away in the South West corner – is a secluded grassy area ideal for small, day-time gatherings of up to 100 guests.

Available for exclusive private hire on Saturdays and on weekday evenings, this outstanding and adaptable venue offers any number of décor and theme possibilities. Exclusive hire means guests are most welcome to explore the pathways and peripheries, loaded with idyllic photograph backdrop opportunities amidst its collection of rare and historically significant plants.

We love:

This magical venue is an idyllic space to hold your wedding. The historic charm of the gardens is quite unique and provides a spectacular yet understated setting for a botanical-themed celebration. Even better, when you hire The Chelsea Physic Garden for an event, your money goes to support the work of caring for the collections of plants and The Garden for future generations.

For more information on hosting your wedding at Chelsea Physic Garden visit their website www.chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk. Email the team on enquiries@chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk  or call on 020 7352 5646.

Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 4HS

Featured :   13 / 03 / 20

60th Birthday Party

What: 60th Birthday Party | When: February 2020 | Where: Private Marquee

This February we had the pleasure of conjuring up a very special menu for a private 60th birthday party. It was a wonderful, celebratory evening with platters of portable food circulated and a whole host of drinks flowing.

Silent Pool party

We had the pleasure of serving up a selection of canapés, bowl food and mini  patisserie desserts as follows:

 

The party hosts contacted us afterwards with these kind words…

“I wanted to say a HUGE thank you to you both and all of your team who helped make Saturday night such a fabulous party!  You were all so helpful, calm and professional. Coming downstairs and seeing all the candles were on and in situ was just the best finishing touch and confirmed that you had everything in hand and it was all going to go swimmingly.  I can’t tell you how many people complimented the food and your wonderful service. There was not one negative comment, everyone thoroughly enjoyed every dish. I couldn’t have wished for a better party to celebrate my birthday, it will stay with us as a very fun and fond memory and that’s down to your collaboration.”

Do you have a special event coming up? Talk to us about how we can create some extra magic. Give us a call on 01483 813360 or email info@kalmkitchen.co.uk.

 

 

 

Featured :   09 / 03 / 20

Micklefield Hall Tasting Evening

What: Tasting Evening | When: Wednesday 12th February 2020 | Where: Micklefield Hall

This February Kalm Kitchen worked alongside Micklefield Hall to conjure up the latest of our regular tasting evenings. The intimate evening – offered to all couples planning their wedding at the Hertfordshire venue – is a showcase for our menus. But it also gives couples a chance to gather plenty of creative inspiration and imagine how their plans in this special space will come to life.

Micklefield Hall tasting Kalm Kitchen

Our team was there to provide advice and get the creative ball rolling for our brides and grooms. This includes all the important touches – such as food, flowers and photography. Meanwhile our couples are free to ask questions and get inspiration on how to make the most of the beautiful venue.

Creative collaborations

This time we teamed up with talented creative Lou Paper, who provided the gorgeous, hand-finished details. Personalised place cards were placed on dusky pink linens and demonstrated how a simple colour palette can weave a theme throughout a wedding day.

Andrew Flemming styled the venue with some incredible blooms. Potted plants and succulents were used to dress the table, interspersed with some early seasonal spring bulbs. As well as table decorations and floral details to show off the food, he created stunning wall and ceiling displays.

Music for the evening came courtesy of The Collective Band – a group of talented and experienced session musicians who are masters at making an event come to life. And finally, photographer Jack Ladenburg captured the proceedings on camera for us.

Food and drink inspiration

At Kalm Kitchen, we relish the opportunity to serve up long-established favourite dishes as well as new concepts on our menu. We kicked off the evening with a tasty selection of canapés, featuring treats such as

  • Monkfish bites with coriander and onion seed crème fraiche
  • Marinated lamb skewers with minted yoghurt
  • Pork belly on creamy apple dauphinoise, with crackling and apple sauce

Also on the menu was our much-loved Mediterranean Platter. Seared Scallops on sweetcorn purée with toasted corn and Parma ham, and Onion and goats cheese tatin with charred goat’s cheese were other highlights.

For dessert it was our Colonial Patisserie Bar. This new take on a much-loved dessert choice showed how imaginative styling can give your food the wow factor. Alongside the Patisserie Bar was our delicious sharing dessert – Summer Berry Pavlova. A feast for the eyes and also packed with bright, summery flavours.

Our happy couples left with plenty of new inspiration for their wedding plans and it was great to hear back afterwards. They told us that not only had the evening been hugely enjoyable, it had also got them even more excited for their wedding days.

For further wedding menu inspiration, talk to one of our team at Kalm Kitchen. Get in touch at info@kalmkitchen.co.uk or call us on 01483 813360.

For further information on Micklefield Hall, visit their website www.micklefieldhall.com.

Credits…
Venue: Micklefield Hall {www.micklefieldhall.com}
. Flowers: Andrew Fleming {www.andrewflemingflorist.net}
Photographer: Jack Ladenburg {www.jackladenburg.com}
. Music: The Collective Band {www.thecollectiveband.co.uk}

Featured :   20 / 02 / 20

Miss Bush Bridal launch

What: Anna Kara launch event | When: February 2020 | Where: Miss Bush Bridal, Ripley

In celebration of its exciting new designer, Anna Kara, Miss Bush Bridal in Ripley held a wonderful welcome launch this February. Kalm Kitchen was delighted to take part in this evening of beautiful styling, good food, music, and of course, fabulous fashion.

Miss Bush Bridal Anna Kara launch

The Anna Kara bridal launch party was a celebration of bohemian, relaxed style with a twist of Polish inspiration as a nod to the brand’s heritage. It’s been quite a few years since Kalm Kitchen catered an event at The Chapel (in fact we worked on Miss Bush Bridals’ first ever Chapel event in 2014!) and we loved being back. We were tasked to come up with a menu that reflected the designer’s eastern European roots. As designer Anna Kara is from Krakow and all of the dresses are handmade in Poland, we opted for canapés and cocktails with a Polish-inspired theme. Our team put together a mouthwatering menu of treats, which included the following:

In addition, we created two inviting grazing plates, which stood on display close to the chapel entrance and were just as beautiful as they were delicious. The savoury tray included beetroot hummus with goats’ cream and honey, basil and cashew nut pesto, sweet potato and flatleaf mini falafels. The abundant platter also included salted pretzels, Norbury Blue and Sussex Charmer cheese, pickled baby garden vegetables, homemade oat cakes, black olive ficelle and bilberries, decorated with pretty wildflowers. The sweet version featured brownies, macaroons, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, edible flowers, passionfruit, kiwi, and grapefruit. We also put together a special cocktail for the evening; the Polish Mule, using Belvedere Vodka, elderflower syrup and sparkling ginger beer.

Partying in style

A truly spectacular floral display by Wild Renata Flowers added to the bohemian spirit. Sumptuous florals in shades of muted purple and pink, antique yellows next to velvety deep red, and wild foliage in a rich dark green and burgundy transformed the chapel’s signature arch. Guests were not only treated to a fantastic fashion presentation, but also a relaxed party atmosphere with tunes from Spin Sisters and fun Photobooth from Boomerang Booth.

Credits:
Photography: Sophie Duckworth Photography {www.sophieduckworthphotography.com}
Floral Design: Wild Renata Flowers {www.wildrenataflowers.com}
Glassware: Couvert {couvert.co.uk}
Catering: Kalm Kitchen {www.kalmkitchen.co.uk}
Biscuits: Dolly Dewdrops Cake Art {dollydewdrops.co.uk}
Make up: Carolanne Armstrong {carolannearmstrong.com}
Hair: Sharon Roberts {sharonrobertshair.co.uk}
Photobooth: Boomerang Booth {boomerangbooth.co.uk/}
DJ: Spin Sisters {www.spin-sisters.co.uk}

Do you have a launch or private event in mind? Talk to us about how we can elevate your event with imaginative food and drinks. Do get in touch at info@kalmkitchen.co.uk or call us on 01483 813360.

Featured :   15 / 02 / 20

Milk Street Kitchen

Founded by Cordon Bleu trained pastry chef (and former Kalm Kitchen team member) Ellie Rymer, Milk Street Kitchen specialises in creating beautiful and tasty cakes and pop-up patisseries for weddings and events. Taking inspiration from classic patisserie and the wonderful flavours and colours of the English countryside, Ellie’s cake creations are a sight to behold. We caught up with her to chat about her passion for baking and what’s catching her eye in the world of cake design.

Q// How did you start out in cake making, and is it something you always wanted to do?

I’ve always loved cooking and baking but in 2012 I decided I wanted to make food my career. I left my job in PR to retrain as a pastry chef at Le Cordon Bleu. I loved it and after I graduated I happily began getting requests for wedding cakes from friends and family – that was the unofficial start of Milk Street Kitchen!

Q// What are you most known for, and how would you describe your signature style?

My signature style is natural, bountiful and full of flavour. I specialise in buttercream cakes and use lots of fresh flowers and fruits to dress my cakes as well as other patisserie items such as macarons and meringues.

Q// Who and what inspires you in your work?

I always take inspiration from the clients I work with and their style. I also get a huge amount of inspiration from modern patisserie and foodie fashions. For my flavours, I’m always inspired by seasonal ‘hedgerow’ produce.

Q// How did you come about working with Kalm Kitchen?

I actually first started working with Kalm Kitchen as part of their patisserie team! It was a fantastic place to learn. Everyone at Kalm Kitchen is incredibly professional and has an amazing eye for detail, whether in the kitchen or running events front of house. The creativity and care they bring to weddings are second to none. I feel very lucky to now be one of their recommended suppliers.

Q// What has been the most memorable creation you’ve ever had to come up with?

Towering croquembouches are always pretty memorable. They are a bit of a race against the clock, as I fill the choux buns with flavoured creams and construct the tower with caramel as close to delivery as possible. They are slightly nerve-wracking as well as great fun to make!

Q// What would be your dream event to work on, and what would you create?

My fantasy would be to be commissioned to bake on location for a wedding in a French country house. I’d create a classic buttercream cake accompanied by a bountiful display of macarons, madeleines and chouxquettes.

Q// What is trending right now in the world of cake design?

I think it’s really exciting at the moment as there’s so much variety in the world of cake design, so you really kind find the perfect style for your event. Tall tiers and nice sharp sides are definitely still the way to go but I’m really seeing couples feeling confident about using more texture and colour too, which is exciting.

Q// What advice would you give to couples who are currently choosing a cake or sweet showcase for their big day?

Work with your designer to create something that is perfect for your day. Something that suits the style and feel of your wedding and, most importantly, that you know your guests will enjoy tucking into – after all cake is made for eating!

Q// Got any exciting future plans for Milk Street Kitchen?

Yes! This year I’ll be building on the success of my newsletter which is filled with baking inspiration using the best freshly picked seasonal ingredients – suitable for beginners as well as those wanting to expand the repertoire in the kitchen. I’ve also got some exciting collaborations and workshop plans. Keep an eye on my Instagram (@milkstreetkitchen) for details!

Q// And finally, what’s your favourite thing to bake at home?

One of my absolute favourite thing to make are shell shaped madeleines – subtly flavoured with lemon and honey. They are amazing straight from the oven with a really good cup of coffee.

To find out more about Milk Street Kitchen and see more of Ellie’s creations, visit her website milkstreetkitchen.co.uk

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