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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 :   08 / 02 / 21

Micro Wedding

Who: Holly & Will | When: September 2020 | Where: Chelsea Town Hall

 

Tell us more about your wedding planning:

This wasn’t the original plan, like so many couples, we had our big two part wedding all planned for May 2020; a small legal ceremony with just family, followed by a big celebration a few days later with all our friends. When the lockdown was announced in March, no one could have predicted what the future held so, like so many others, we didn’t know whether to hold out, cancel or postpone the wedding.  Initially, with optimism in our hearts, we postponed both parts of the wedding to September 2020, but as the months rolled on, it became clear that we weren’t going to be able to get hundreds of people into a room anytime soon, so we decided to cancel the big event and stick with the plans for the legal wedding, keeping everything crossed that we’d be able to go ahead when the time came and salvage at least some of our 2020 plans.

It was actually a huge relief once a decision was made and all the pressure was taken away. A micro wedding wasn’t what we ever thought we’d have, but in hindsight I’m so glad we did.

 

How did you choose your venues:

Both sets of our parents got married at Chelsea and Kensington Registry Office, a month apart from each other back in 1979, so there was a sentimental aspect to the decision, meaning we never really discussed other options. We originally planned to go to a local restaurant for a meal following the ceremony, but because we were no longer able to have Kalm Kitchen cater at the big celebration and we were desperate to still have their incredible food, we decided to hold the reception at Holly’s father’s home. It worked perfectly for the guest numbers; we had drinks and canapés on the roof terrace and set up a banquet style dining table in the living room for the meal. The kitchen was turned into a dance floor later in the evening.

 

How did you choose the menu:

We knew we wanted an Italian theme running through the meal, as our very initial plans after getting engaged was to hold the wedding in Italy (Thank god we didn’t!). We also felt that, because it was a small event, a sharing meal would work best, as it encourages interaction and connects people, and Italian food lends itself perfectly to the sharing concept. Kalm Kitchen took our ideas and created a completely bespoke vegetarian menu for us and it was perfect! We felt so comfortable in the teams hands so really let them run with it.

 

What was on the menu

 

What was your favourite part of the meal:

We had a bespoke Kalm Kitchen sharing pavlova for dessert, which doubled up as our wedding cake. It was just incredible.

 

What did you have to drink:

We kept it simple with a bespoke Kalm Kitchen drinks package. For the canapé reception we had Prosecco with optional Aperol or Creme de Cassis upgrades, and some bottles of Corona (very fitting). We had red and white wine for the meal and the Kalm Kitchen team made delicious Espresso Martinis and Margaritas for an after dinner “Cocktail Hour”

How did you choose the styling:

We followed Kalm Kitchen’s advice with the table styling. Being a living room, the table surroundings were quite “busy”, so we kept the table decor simple and neutral, with potted Italian herbs rather than flowers for decoration. The styling worked perfectly in the surroundings and was complemented by fairy lights galore.

 

Are you going to have a bigger celebration:

For sure, at some point. We can’t wait to eat Kalm Kitchen’s food again.

 

Would you recommend a micro wedding to other couples:

Absolutely. We are so glad we went ahead with the wedding and had the opportunity to get together with our closest loved ones at a time when we’ve seen so little of them this past year. A small wedding means you get to spend quality time with all our guests on the most important day of your life and that is pretty invaluable at the moment. There was no stress and the pressure has been taken off now, so when we do have the big wedding, we’ll be so much more relaxed and be able to fully enjoy the day.

 

Credits: Sarah Legge photographed the ceremony for us and we can’t recommend her enough. She made us feel so at ease and captured so many beautiful photos. (https://www.sarahleggephotography.co.uk)

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 :   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 :   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.

Kalm News :   12 / 02 / 20

Open Day at Gate Street Barn

We’ll be joining our friends at Gate Street Barn in Bramley, Surrey for their Open Day on Sunday March 1st. This beautiful venue boasting a new orangery and atrium, plus a unique woodland wedding setting is stacked with character.

On March 1st it will be welcoming couples, their family and friends, plus prospective couples looking for a wedding venue, to its Annual Open Day. Kalm Kitchen will be there as we team up with some of the loveliest brands in the wedding business to offer all kinds of wedding inspiration. Lara and Amber will be showcasing one of our imaginative food stations. Plus, you’ll get a chance to sample some of our canapés and signature bowl food creations.

You’re also sure to pick up plenty of ideas from photography to entertainment for your big day. Many other suppliers such as florists, photographers, cake supplier, wedding cars, hair & make-up artists, toastmaster, coaches, garden games, jeweller, hoteliers, a magician & even a first dance teacher will be there.

Chess Disco will be providing the music, while drinks come courtesy of Taurus Wines and Gate Street Evening Bar.

Come and say hello

Do pop along – it’s open to all between 10am – 4.30pm. RSVP to info@gatestreetbarn.com or click HERE. There is no entry fee but the venue does ask you let them know you are coming, the size of your party and at what time you are planning to visit. This is to avoid congestion.

We are looking forward to welcoming new couples who are looking for a caterer for their event or wedding, as well as our happy couples who are already booked in with Kalm Kitchen. Lara and Amber will be delighted to say hello and help in any way.

See you there… Gate Street Barn, Gate Street, Bramley, Surrey GU5 0LR
Sunday 1st March | 10am – 4.30pm

Kalm News :   21 / 01 / 20

Dazzle & Fizz masterclass

**Exciting news** Kalm Kitchen’s very own Jen Middlehurst will be taking part in The Women In Business Masterclass hosted by Dazzle & Fizz. Held on Friday March 13th at The Corinthia Hotel in London, it’s a day that will help you take your business (and professional network) to a whole new level.⁣

Dazzle and Fizz masterclass

⁣Joining Jen in the line-up will be:

  • Amanda Harrington of InParlour and Amanda Harington London
  • Founder of Nail’d It London Donna Mihaylova
  • Charlotte Melia and Christie-Lee Molgaard, owners of specialist luxury events business Dazzle & Fizz
  • Social media royalty & face of Benefit cosmetics Anna Saccone. Hear her awe-inspiring rise to fame & life as a working mum-of-four
  • Plus talks from the founders of global clean beauty brand BYBI Elsie Rutherford and Dominika Minarovic

Included in your ticket price is a full day Masterclass in a five star setting, an exclusive give away bag, all food and beverage for the day, beautiful photo opportunities, top guests speakers and surprise entertainment and treats. Tickets are limited on a first come first served basis. Head here to to find out more.

Featured :   12 / 12 / 19

Emma & Dean

Who: Emma and Dean | When: September 2019 | Where: Hackney Town Hall

When Emma and Dean decided to have their wedding at Hackney Town Hall – one of our favourite venues – we were super excited. This grand East London art deco building is blessed with the most incredible spaces to get married in. The North and South Atria are architecturally perfect with striking sky lights that flood the space with light. In the day it has a beautifully bright feel and by night it transforms into a spectacular outdoor Venetian garden.

Hackney Town Hall

The couple had prepared for the wedding breakfast with long tables festooned with flowers, moss and greenery alongside wooden tables and cross back chairs to create a ‘Woodland Elegance’ theme. We placed terracotta pots of hummus and crudités on the tables along with an assortment of mini Crostinis served on log slices. The starter was an interactive delight, which everyone agreed looked incredible!

After a main course of Chicken Saltimbocca, The Patisserie Bar was the central focus of proceedings, laid out in front of the beautiful architectural wall. With the speeches finished, guests made their way over to our rustic style bar filled with a selection of opulent and delicious desserts.

Kalm Kitchen wedding menu

 

Kind words from the bride and groom

Emma and Dean had the day of their lives and contacted us afterwards with these kind words:

“We really don’t know where to start with thanking you and your team for our day… the catering and the service you provided was absolutely perfect. Thank you for everything you did for us on the day. It all went perfectly and we 100 per cent attribute this to you and your team for putting in so much effort and thought. The canapés at the drinks reception were just so yummy, and the way you decorated the trays with our flowers just made everything tie in together so well!

Everything looked absolutely incredible and so much more than I could have ever imagined. The food at dinner was so good and we’ve had so many people complimenting it. Thank you so much again. We are so happy that we went with Kalm Kitchen for our wedding and would 100 per cent recommend you to anyone.”

Credits… Venue: Hackney Town Hall {www.hackneyvenues.com}. Florist: Annie Jones at Pollen Nation  {www.pollen-nation.co.uk}. Photographer: Mark Bothwell  {markbothwell.com}. Cake: Spooned {www.spooned.london/home.htm}. Food & Styling: Kalm Kitchen {www.kalmkitchen.co.uk}

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Unit 5 Lascombe Estate,
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