Would you describe yourself as a foodie? Perhaps you have a passion for cooking? Or maybe you appreciate fine food prepared by top chefs in restaurants or hotels? Well-prepared food can be time consuming and even a bit of a faff, but never fear – help is at hand!
During the pandemic and ensuing lockdowns, eating out was impossible, but pioneering chefs devised a way of preparing restaurant quality food to be delivered to our homes.
Caper and Berry is one such company. Back in 2000, Tim Brennan had an ambition to become one of the best premium catering companies in London and the South East. All of their ingredients are sourced as locally as possible from artisan producers which are sustainable and environmentally friendly. In November 2019, Caper and Berry won the London Catering Awards including Best Wedding and Party Caterer. 2020 was set to be a brilliant year for them, but then the pandemic struck.
Forced to diversify, they provided over 10,000 meals for key workers in their local Surrey hospital and vulnerable people in the area. Next they started Chef’s Table at Home which I was lucky enough to try at the weekend.
The food arrived all neatly packed in separate containers. It was almost like cooking for dummies, or cooking by numbers. Detailed instructions ensure that nothing is left out. Each course was beautifully prepared and needed minimal cooking. Our menu consisted of two canapes – maple glazed butchers sausages with a mustard and cider dipping sauce and compressed watermelon with whipped barrel aged feta, black onion seeds and baby basil. Everything in each box is numbered and they supply lots of pictures to help you with plating. Now I like cooking, but I do lack presentation skills… Nothing to worry about with Caper and Berry though as they have absolutely everything covered, down to the last micro herb.
Our starter was Serrano ham and truffle – shaved Serrano and aged Manchego finished with home-dried tomatoes, chargrilled globe artichokes, truffle aioli and summer herbs. All I had to do was plate it up!
Next we had Xo Duo of Lamb, which consisted of roasted rump and slow cooked shoulder of lamb served with a confit barrel potato, vibrant pea puree, asparagus spears, lamb jus and a xo salsa verde dressing. 15 mins of preparation from start to finish!
By this stage we were feeling quite stuffed, but we valiantly carried on. Ginger cake and pear was next – sticky ginger cake, pecan nut crunch, vanilla cream, vanilla poached pear and a honey and ginger syrup. Again very clear instructions on how to plate and we ended up with a restaurant quality looking dessert!
Finally, and I have to admit that by this stage we simply could not eat anything else, we were supposed to eat a Hampshire Tunworth soft cheese served with truffled honey and artisan sourdough bread. The Tunworth is similar to a camembert and is baked for 10-15 mins. Cut it open and eat the oozing delicious cheese with the bread. This we kept until the next day!
This was my first experience of having any sort of food delivered, other than from the local takeaway, and I can highly recommend it. It was a real treat.
Of course this is only part of the story – Caper and Berry cater for all types of events and outside catering and come highly recommended.
They are based in Godalming, near Guildford in Surrey and they cover all of London and the Home Counties. If you have an event to plan and need a venue and a top notch caterer, get in touch with us today.
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