Cold Buffet Lunch

As the days get warmer and you might feel like a change from a sandwich lunch or a hot buffet lunch, maybe it’s time to consider a cold buffet lunch. As well as making a change, it can be more substantial and, if entertaining clients, more impressive. One can finish off with a selection of mini cakes as well as a selection of wines, beers and juices

With a wide range of menus to choose from and a large selection of fish, meats, vegetarian and vegan dishes to suit all tastes.

We can mix them around or create a bespoke or themed menu to fit in with what you are looking for.

Displayed and ready to go on china or recyclable/compostable ware, with a choice of china plates, glasses, cutlery and biodeg

radable plates and cutlery too. It’s all available in one place at Maven foods, please get in contact and see how we can help you.

MIRAGE PARTIES

At Maven Foods, we take pride in everything we do and in the food we make for each and every client. Having been in the food trade for over 40 years, we have learnt that our customers and food are our focus.

When it comes to planning an event that requires imagination, flair, and creativity, we at Maven Foods ask that you contact Mirage Parties. They take care of everything from the initial contact to the final guest leaving. You would only want to pick out what to wear and be the perfect host for a spectacular event.

Mirage creates outstanding events, taking party planning to the next level to give an experience to remember.

Mirage has planned themed parties for the past 30 years, starting with corporate-focused events and then gaining a private clientele reputation for seamless production that gives you outstanding and cherished memories of the celebration..

If you have a landmark event that needs to be celebrated, such as a birthday, anniversary, or even a wedding, and are looking to make your vision stand out.

Mirage Parties is the party production company of choice for luxury events. Their production expertise and creative design will give you peace of mind, and they manage everything from the marquee/venue, the entertainment, all the technical specifications and kit, and the vital party ingredients of cocktail bars.

Maven Foods has worked with Mirage Parties over the years, providing canapés, bowl foods, plated dining, and food stations.

Take what you have always enjoyed, from going to the theatre to see a show for the tenth time to a honeymoon all those years ago. To have these visions played out in front of you and your close friends, family and relatives. Bringing this all together with Mirage and Maven Foods.

www.mirageparties.co.uk

 

 

 

BREAKFAST IN THE OFFICE

Having breakfast waiting for you when you arrive in the office can be after you’ve travelled through rain, wind, freezing temperatures or even the odd bit of sunshine this time of year. To be greeted with a warm bacon roll, greek yoghurt topped with muesli and fresh berries, or whatever you have ordered for colleagues or guests is always a nice touch.

A few companies we work with like to offer breakfast once a month for anyone in the office that day. Breakfast is supposed to be an important meal to start the day, but we would say that all foods throughout the day are important.

We have a range of breakfast menus to choose from or even swap around to create your own.

With freshly baked pasties, filled croissants and bagels to juices and filled rolls with grilled bacon, sausage or egg as well as vegan and gluten free options, delivered in a hot box, ready to eat.

FOOD COLLABORATIONS

Well who would have thought that food collaborations would be such a big thing and do they work? I suppose since they do work as to open up to new customers and increase both participating food brands’ presence in each other’s markets.

A lot of these products are not competing in each’s market share, such as Dairy milk collaborating with vegemite. One is aimed at the sweet/chocolate aisle while the other is in the savoury aisle to spread on your toast in the morning, but each came together to give salty, sweet-based chocolate, probably following on from salted caramel becoming popular with chocolate brands.

In another instance, Heinz pasta sauce and absolut vodka come together for a tomato-based pasta sauce with a touch of vodka. They do not clash in the food aisle but after dropping sound bites before release of their product, and given it was a limited run, they managed to increase awareness of each other’s products to new buyers as (well as Heinz having the top selling pasta sauces for that period). Heinz also increased the popularity of their other pasta sauces.

Now it’s not all roses in the garden of collaborations. Kellogg’s and Kit-kat combination… in this day of high-sugar cereals aimed at children for breakfast? For some parties, this might be going a step too far.

Whichever your point of view, they are here to stay in this digital age where being first to have a limited run of food is something to post about, even if it only helps you get a few more followers.

LUNCH BOX IS IT FOR YOU!

Here at Maven Foods, we try our best to accommodate all tastes, from canapes and finger foods to a selection of bowl foods and sit-down dinners.

So when it comes to convenience and wanting more than a sandwich. We can offer rice or baby potato salad and then various fish, meat, vegetarian and vegan options.

As well as this they can be gluten/wheat free, if need be.

With the rice or baby potato, we would add some salads to accompany your fish, meat, and vegetarian choice.

We hope this gives more scope to give to clients as well as being individually packed and labelled, with biodegradable ware. Great for when you have little room or time to deliver lunch or a large number of guests. We would give it to you, you then hand it out to your client, ready to eat.

We have a Mexican box with spiced chicken, roasted sweetcorn salad, pickled onions and guacamole.

With this, we can offer a selection of carton, bottled, or canned drinks as well as individual boxed desserts or sweet treats such as chocolate bars or rich chocolate brownies.

We even have our Japanese lunch box with a selection of sushi, wakame pea carrot salad and seaweed wraps.

Please give us a call or visit our website

When a few canapes will do!

Sometimes, when you just need some little nibbles just to go with a few drinks. Either for a work social, a celebration or entertaining clients after an all day conference. A few canapes as they are convenient, tasty and just enough to have with a drink and can help bring colleagues together to round off a long day. A thank you for their participation as well as providing the opportunity to network or mingle.

Delivered on platters ready to use, with a wide choice of flavours, including vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian. If you were after more substantial foods, why not try finger food. This would be a better option if you wanted to provide more filling food. We have a menu to suit your needs and a variety for all tastes; all can be mixed and matched for you.

There is always the option of waiting for staff to help serve the canapes as well as a chef on site to put some choices of canapes as well as prep hot canapes.

We can supply drinks if needed.

Please visit our website or give us a call to see if we can help.

What are we scared of!?

 

When it comes to October, Halloween is just around the corner, when we can become creative, dressing in a fashion that would make you think, “Is that a real zombie!”

You know that it is not real; it is not going to harm you. Is that the same as riding on a ghost train, that you are in a safe place, you are strapped in. Yet when it’s dark with eerie noises, subdued lighting and an ominous figure would jump out and make your heart pound and fingers clench tight, wanting this to end.

Yet here you are, wanting that feeling, wanting to be frightened, wanting to be spooked. So why do we become unnerved by new foods? What happened to eating offal or seafood that might not have been heard of? Are we losing touch with eating all that a sheep might offer?

Do we just go for the start-forward steak or chicken supreme because it’s easy or just safe? All the off-cuts become disguised as something else, such as sausages or pate. Are we losing the real street food?

On a trip to Sicily, we ended up in some back street restaurant ordering food, what? We did not know, but surely that is not the point, it’s the taste, using the whole of the animal, the heritage behind these dishes.

This is much like, “I’m a celebrity; get me out of here.” They are not going to feed you something that would cause any harm. So if you are given a broomstick that’s made of food or stuffed braised lamb hearts, explore, taste and enjoy; it’s not going to hurt you.

Deciding on what suits you, we can help guide you.

We only say this as we had been asked how much food one needed and what they should order for a birthday reception. This may sound easy as we are caterers, but this was a question from a friend who was arranging an evening at a restaurant in the city. They were given a list of canapes and costings and asked to decide on which they would like.

We advised them on our thoughts, but then that got us thinking. Are we beginning to be helpful enough? How many canapes should we have, bowl foods or finger foods? It may be an odd question, but when you are arranging food and drinks for an office meeting, a celebration, lunch, canapes or even a dinner, it can be quite daunting.

Here at Maven Foods, we hope to find a menu on our website, and if not, we can make a bespoke one for you. If ever you are unsure on whether you would like canapes or finger foods, a cold buffet or individual lunch boxes, then please give us a call or drop us an email; we are always here to help you and guide you through all our food options.

Take bowl foods; how many are needed per guest, and what does that relate too. We would say, three bowls food for each colleague, which amounts to a light meal.

When it comes to drinks, you might have an idea on which you would like: bottled beers, prosecco, red, white wines or some cocktails. We would give guidance on quantity, but always bring a little extra if needed – we would inform the organiser before they are used. Ask questions, look at our Instagram pictures, and go to our website.

www mavenfoods.co.uk.

 

Cold Buffet

 

A cold buffet laid out on a summer evening, placed on a table at the office, for guests to help themselves at a party or even a wedding. The buffet or even sharing platters ticks a lot of boxes; once set up, it can be grazed on over a period of time or ready for the lunchtime break for an all-day conference.

Whether it’s sit down at laid tables – we can help there too – or fork food as space is limited but would like to offer a more substantial meal. With a selection of desserts or even mini desserts to follow, the choice is ther

When planning a cold buffet, try to have a mix of colours and textures, even if you are having a cheese buffet. Select hard and soft cheese, blue and colourful cheeses. A variety of flavoured biscuits – beetroot, charcoal, herb flavoured, bread, rye, seeded, ciabatta, homemade crisp crostinis sprinkled with smoked paprika, sea salt and cracked black pepper.

Mini pots of pickles and relish, grapes, apples, strawberries, apricots and dates and, where possible, a sprinkling of nuts. And that’s just cheese, or maybe not just cheese!

With meats, fish, vegetarian dishes, and salads of all tastes and flavours. Dessert tables, too, all there to be enjoyed.

If you are in need of staff, chinaware or glassware, get in touch.

 

BURGERS?

Burgers, where do we start? The choice is no longer between a cheeseburger or non-cheese burger or, come to that, seeded or seedless bun. There is a myriad of fillings; patty, beef, pork, lamb, vegetarian, vegan, fish, and not forgetting chicken. Then you have tomato, salad, mushroom, pickles, slaw, sauces and a variety of cheeses. Buns?

Brioche and charcoal are up there. This could go on and on, but I think you get the idea. To start, a good cut of minced meat, one of our favourites is a beef patty with chorizo. This gives it that little bit of extra taste, with cheese, sliced beef tomato, roasted peppers and salad. Finished with our own special sauce. Korean fried chicken with slaw, crispy onions and spiced flavoured kewpie mayonnaise.

Baja style fish burger, marinated and in a beer batter. Very tasty. Now it’s coming up to summer, and outdoor dining can begin, whether it’s a bbq or mini-sized burgers served from a food station. Having a selection of fillings, flavoured burgers and buns coupled with salads or just tray-served burgers is popular and not going away.

As a part of a selection of other mini foods, such as baby fish and chips, tempura prawn dogs are finished with mashed avocado and Asian slaw. With some vegan burgers and buns available – gluten-free too – there is something for everyone.