Bouquet Garni Blog

A blog written by Bouquet Garni Caterers, the leading providers of wedding, event and corporate catering across Essex and Suffolk.

Our events last week

We catered for a variety of events last week starting with the Colchester Royal Grammar School leaver’s dinner, where we served a three course dinner to 160 hungry students.

School leavers dinner in Colchester



A selection fom the menu

Potted Prawns, Lemon Butter Topping, Foccaccia Toast and Baby Leaves


Confit of Duck Thigh, Redcurrant Sauce, Sablée Potatoes


Dark Chocolate and Walnut Brownie, Tangerine Sauce

On Friday we were at the stunning Belchamp Hall, our bride and grooms ceremony was the day before so we were catering at a post wedding party. The marquee had a North African theme as the groom is from Egypt, the rugs and sofas looked amazing and created the perfect atmosphere for a relaxed and informal wedding celebration.

Wedding celebration at Belchamp Hall

A selection from the menu


Naan Bread Crouton with Chicken Tikka and Riatta

Crouton with Crab and Jerusalem Artichoke Salsa

Moroccan Spiced Lamb Served in a Spoon

Battered Smoked Haddock, Pea Puree Dip

Marinated Haloumi Skewers


Chicken and Mushroom Skewer in a Mediterranean Marinade

Peppered Beef Steak

Lamb Skewer with Fresh Coriander, Mint and Cumin

Darne of Salmon with Teriyaki Marinade


Spicy Tabouleh Salad with Butternut Squash, Chilli and Soy

Tomato and Pepper Salad with Feta Cheese and Olives

Sweet and Sour Mediterranean Ratatouille Salad


Dessert Table

Strawberry and Champagne Terrine with Clotted Cream

Rum and Raisin Crème Brulée

Hazelnut Meringue with Chocolate Sauce


Drinks served by our wine team


Orange Juice

Wine, Beer, Spirits and Cocktails served from a bar


4.00pm - Guests to be served arrival drinks, nuts and olives to be available

7.00pm - Father of the bride to welcome guests, cake to be cut, barbeque to be served

9.00pm - Band to begin playing

10.00pm - Evening food to be served, band's first set to finish, wedding cake to be served

10.00pm-11.00pm - D.J.

11.00pm - Band's second set to begin

12.00pm - Bar to close

1.00am - Carriages

Wedding at Belchamp Hall

On Saturday we were catering for three events, two weddings and a birthday celebration. The weekend weather was amazing which made the drinks reception, canapés and photos a highlight in the beautiful gardens at Layer Marney Tower and our marquee wedding in Suffolk.

Wedding at Layer Marney Tower


A selection from the menu


Baby Vegetable Samosa

Baby Peking Duck Pancake with Hoisin Sauce

Vegetable Tempura


Chinese Chicken and Prawn Salad with Oriental Leaves and Aromatic Oils


Thyme Roasted Breast of Chicken, Boulangére Potatoes, Green Peppercorn Sauce


Bouquet Garni Trio of Desserts



                 Layer Marney Tower 

Drinks served by our wine team

Pimms and lemonade

Orange Juice

Red Wine

White Wine

Wine, Beer and Spirits served from our pay bar


1.00pm - Ceremony in Colchester

2.15pm - Guests to be served arrival drinks

4.00pm - Invite guests to be seated

4.30pm - Wedding Breakfast

6.30pm - Speeches

7.30pm - Evening guests to arrive

7.30pm - Evening entertainment

9.00pm - Evening food to be served

11.00pm - Evening food to be cleared away

12.00pm - Bar to close

12.30am - Carriage

Marquee wedding in Suffolk


A selection from the menu


Smoked Duck on Toasted Brioche

Miniature Gravadlax Skewer with Dill Mayonnaise

Crouton with Carpaccio of Beef, Tarragon Mayonnaise


Cherry Tomato, Buffalo Mozarella and Basil Skewers

Foie Gras on Toasted Brioche with Fig Jam

Miniature Yorkshire Pudding, Roast Beef and Horseradish

Parmesan Risotto Balls, Pesto Sauce


Sliced and served on boards at the table

Barbequed, Butterfly Roast Leg of Lamb, Lamb Jus

Salsa Verde


Asparagus Spears with Butter and Sea Salt

New Potatoes with a Mint and Parsley Butter


Lemon Tart with a Champagne and Cassis Sauce, Honey Tuille and Berries


Selection of French Cheese


Drinks served by our wine team



Elderflower Cordial

Non-alcoholic Cucumber Cocktail

Red Wine

White Wine


Wine, Beer and soft drinks served from a bar



4.00pm - Ceremony at the local church

5.00pm -Guests to be served drinks and canapés in the garden

6.45pm - Speeches in the garden

7.30pm -Approximately 50 guests to leave

7.30pm -Remaining guests invited to be seated

8.00pm -Cake cutting followed by the wedding breakfast

   Tea and coffee to be served immediately after cheese

9.30pm -Evening entertainment

Marquee wedding in suffolk

 For our clients birthday celebration our team had set up tables the previous day in their home and delivered rare topside of beef and a succulent Suffolk ham from our delivery menus to feed guests that evening. On the day we served a three course dinner, chosen from our brochure.

Birthday celebration in Essex


A selection from the menu

Delivered the day before

 Honey Glazed Suffolk Ham with Cumberland Sauce

Rare Roasted Peppered Topside of Beef


On the day


Salad of Salmon, Prawn, Grape and Melon, Chive Mayonnaise


Confit of Duck Thigh, Redcurrant Sauce, Sablée Potatoes


Warm Treacle Tart, Orange Marmalade, Crème Anglaise


Drinks served by our wine team


Orange Juice

Wine and Beer served from a bar


6.30pm - Guests to be served arrival drinks outside (weather permitting)

7.15pm - Dinner to be served

9.15pm - Tea and Coffee to be served

12.30pm - Carriages

Treacle Tart

On Sunday we were providing food and service for a christening in Essex. We had catered for our clients at their wedding a number of years ago and were delighted to be providing food for their daughters christening.

As guests arrived we served tea, coffee and a selection of savoury and sweet items from our afternoon tea menus. The chefs had put together a special menu to keep the children (and some adults) happy.

Afternoon Tea

A selection from the menu

Finger Sandwiches


Home Made Pork Pies

Sausage Rolls with Fresh Herbs

Savoury Cheddar Butter Biscuits


Fruit Scone with Clotted Cream and Strawberry Jam

Rich Chocolate Brownie Cake

Almond Macaroons

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