Most of us thoroughly enjoy a good dinner party. Delicious food, good wine, great conversation – what’s not to love? But evening get-togethers can also be incredibly stressful, especially if you’re a busy professional and don’t have a lot of spare time to dedicate to preparing an elaborate meal.
If we were all capable supernatural beings capable of whipping up dinners in a matter of seconds, there’d be no need for freezers or frozen meals. But sadly, we’re all just ordinary individuals: we’re busy; we’re often stressed and tired; we have a million things going on; and we need pre-made dishes to fall back on when we just don’t have the time or energy to put together a meal from scratch.
Thank goodness for frozen meals! They’re a real life-saver when you just don’t have the time to cook up a feast for the family or for an upcoming dinner party. But there are also certain risks involved in freezing and thawing food, and if not done correctly, you could wind up contaminating dishes and making yourself and others very ill.
For many of us, the last thing we feel like doing at the end of an exhausting day is preparing dinner. So we resort to grabbing take-out on our way home or we throw something super quick (but relatively unhealthy) into the oven. Home-cooked frozen meals, however, provide us with an option that’s both convenient and wholesome, so the whole family can eat well, while preparation time is kept to a minimum.
Whether you’re readying yourself for a busy week ahead or prepping meals in advance for a big dinner party, our ability to freeze food adds a lot of convenience to our lives. But if you’re going to, quite literally, put some meals on ice, it’s critical that you know how to defrost them properly when the time comes.
Between securing a venue, booking a photographer and designing invitations, it can be easy to forget about the finer details involved in catering for a wedding. Managing the provisions at such a big event entails much more than just selecting starters, mains and desserts off a pre-planned menu. You have to consider budget, quantity, dietary restrictions and logistics, too.
You’ve decided on a colour scheme for your big day, and it’s all-white. Simple, elegant and classic. But now you’re wondering what to do about the food? You don’t want it to stick out too much on a table with white crockery, cutlery and décor. Don’t stress, Food Matters has got it all under control!
Choosing a Winter wedding means choosing warm, cuddly weather and some seriously fun decor options too. Although we don't have Christmas during Winter in South Africa, there are so many amazing options if you're wanting to emphasize the Winter feeling of your big day. Your menu is obviously one of the most important elements of your day, and so is your cake. We know, because we’re experts at both!
More and more people are opting to serve midnight snacks as after-party food as their wedding evening progresses and guests have already eaten all the food that was originally provided. This is an especially good idea if you’re planning on taking the dance floor very seriously, and aren’t in a rush to get the party wrapped up.
Winter weddings can be truly special – not the norm, they offer an opportunity to create a truly unique experience for the bridal couple and their guests. And the menu is no exception. In fact, from decadent delights to cosy snacks, winter wedding food can help set the tone for the whole celebration.
Are you looking to try something new when it comes to the catering for your next big event? Whether you’re helping creating a stunning wedding or hosting a big conference, catering well for large groups of people can be challenging. At Food Matters, we’re always interested in the latest catering trends – especially when they bring that something extra to your event’s food experience.
If you’re an events planner then you’ll know that a ton of planning and preparation goes into creating and executing a big event like a wedding or corporate function. And one of the most important aspects of such an occasion is the catering. Food (and food service) brings people together, helps to create a pleasurable memory for the guests, and can be the reason for the gathering itself.
Whether you’re an events planner or your company’s office organiser, you will probably find yourself hosting a farewell lunch for a client or colleague at some point. Whether they’re retiring or moving on, a farewell event can be a great opportunity to leave a good lasting impression of the person leaving as well as show them (and their colleagues) that employees are valued and appreciated.
If you’re an event planner, you know that creating the perfect event is about more than just one element, whether it is the venue, the service, or the surrounds. You also know that catering is a crucial part of what makes any event a success. And that means the menu can make or break your client’s experience of your venue.