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All in the Detail :   07 / 07 / 21

TOP FIVE PATISSERIE BOUTIQUES

The days of seated desserts are long gone. Instead, we’re increasingly being asked to create spectacular dessert tables. Why not indulge your guests in one of our stunning Patisserie Boutiques. All our stunning displays include a choice of three beautifully styled, delicious desserts and include macarons and chocolate lollipops.

This wonderful spread of sweet treats gives guests the opportunity to graze long into the night. And they look amazing too! Whether you’re catering for 30 or 300 people, a Patisserie Boutique is a fantastic, interactive feasting experience for your wedding or event. This relaxed approach to dining is a great way of bringing people together to eat, chat and mingle.

Kalm Kitchen has developed endless options to provide plenty of tasty flavours and create the ultimate showpiece that makes a real statement, but here is a selection of our Top Five most popular Patisserie Boutique displays:

Classic

A clean and contemporary collection of tiered acrylic shelves. Let the food and flowers do the talking with this simple and elegant option.

Kalm Kitchen Dessert Table

Flowers: Hannah Berry Flowers

Photography: Marianne Taylor 

Rustic

Rustic props including a selection of vintage crates and scales, for a beautiful summery, relaxed vibe.

Flowers: Carrie Macy-The Topiary Tree

Photography: VLA Photography

Gold

Gold and mirrored elements conjure up a luxurious and elegant visual display

Photography (image 1): Anneli Marinovich

Flowers (image 1): Kate Avery Flowers 

Photography (image 2): VLA photography

Flowers (image 2): Hannah Berry Flowers

Botanical

Three layers of acrylic, circular shelves creates a jaw dropping 360 degree grazing display

Flowers: Hannah Berry Flowers

Photography: Philippa Sian Photography 

Colonial

Colonial styling presented on an industrial structure with hanging rattan baskets and neutral toned foliage

Photography: Hayley Bray

Find more Patisserie Boutique inspiration, head over to 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

Flowers: Hannah Berry Flowers

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 :   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 :   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.

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 :   21 / 01 / 20

Josh

Meet Kalm Kitchen Event Manager Josh Futcher. With a background in hospitality, we caught up with him to find out what his role at Kalm Kitchen involves, and why imagination (and lots of gin) is his secret to a good party!

Q// When did you join Kalm Kitchen and give us a summary of what your day-to-day role entails…

I joined Kalm Kitchen in September 2019. Day to day I look after the enquires for corporate, community and private clients. I also run meetings and manage weddings at all of the venues that we work with.

Q// Tell us a little about what you did before joining Kalm Kitchen.

Before joining Kalm Kitchen I have worked at some great hospitality and events venues including Champney’s health spa, The Deer’s Hut Pub and Millbridge Court. I also studied Criminology and Sociology at the University of Brighton.

Q// What are the things you most enjoy about working with Kalm Kitchen?

What I most enjoy about working with Kalm is the fast pace, ever-changing environment. No two days are the same and I feel like I am constantly learning and growing in my role. I also like the personable environment that Jen and James pride themselves on. It really is a fun-loving team.

Q// What are the particular skills you think you have (or need) that make you good at your job?

I think you need to be personable and confident to make sure your clients feel at ease in your company and when discussing their plans. You need to convey your enthusiasm and excitement. After all, every single wedding is important. I think you also need to work effectively under pressure. There are moments when the pressure is high and important decisions need to be made. It’s best to keep a cool head and remember that there is always a solution.

Q// If you could choose a dream party to plan, what would it be?

As much as I love working with weddings, I absolutely love private events where clients really go wild with their imaginations. My dream party would be:
Who: Anyone who knows how to have a good time. A few celebs too if possible
Where: Private Island (though I am now thinking about how we would get everything there!!)
When: Summer
What: A huge concert with all different forms of entertainment, on the beach with a whole range of food and drink available. Think Glastonbury meets full moon party. I can’t see it ever happening… but a boy can dream.

Q// What’s the most memorable party or event you’ve planned?

I feel the most memorable party that I have planned was my own. I made the executive decision to tell half of my guests it was a black-tie event and the other half it was beach themed. That definitely broke the ice.

Q// What do you think are the main ingredients for hosting a super successful party?

Imagination, definitely. Alongside fun, enthusiastic guests, great food, unique entertainment and lots of gin.

Q// What’s your favourite food, meal and place to eat?

You really can’t beat a piece of rare lamb with all the trimmings to make a perfect roast dinner.

Q// What’s your foodie guilty pleasure?

Chocolate Angel Delight… I know its childish but it is just too good. Let’s see if I can get it on the Kalm Kitchen menu. Watch this space.

Q// What’s the best thing on the KK menu?

I think my general favourites are the canapés. They are all so quirky and aesthetically pleasing served on the theatrical trays and mirrors. The beef shin croquette and mini Yorkshire puddings with roast beef are definitely top two for me.

Q// Are you a good cook? What’s your signature dish – the one you’re most likely to rustle up?

I am known for make a cracking beans on toast with cheese but am yet to master the art of poaching an egg. As I said, watch this space –  I really hope I will be able to have an insight into kitchen life working with this great team.

Q// What do you do in your downtime? Any secret hobbies or pastimes?

In my downtime I love spending time with my family and close friends. I get down to Brighton as often as possible and try out all the amazing bars and restaurants I couldn’t afford when I lived there! I also spend lots of time with my dog. Looking to get her a brother or sister this year too. I am not sure if it is a hobby or an obsession but I also spend more time than I care to tell you watching EastEnders on repeat. I guess I am an old woman at heart.

Q// What did you want to be when you were growing up? What would you be doing if it wasn’t your current job?

Growing up I always wanted to be a chat show host. And to be honest I feel it could still be my calling. I am greatly envious of Graham Norton. His livelihood is sitting on a comfy chair with a glass of Vino chatting to Dame Judy Dench. THE DREAM.

Q// What’s your favourite book… film… and song…?

Book: I don’t read much but the Harry Potter series was a big part of growing up so I guess I would have to say them.
Film: Anything with Melissa McCarthy is always worth a watch.
Song: Mood depending but Adele is my ‘go to’ gal.

If you’d like to speak to Josh or any of our lovely team about planning an event or your special day, get in touch at info@kalmkitchen.co.uk or call us on 01483 813360.

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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