category Weddings

A Magical French Riviera Wedding

Five years ago we were contacted by a British couple living in the Var who were looking for an English speaking catering company to organise their wedding in a beautiful French Vineyard venue called Chateau Thuerry. The wedding was a great success and ended up with everyone (including a couple of our staff!) dancing and enjoying the great live music provided by our favourite French Riviera band The Blah Blahs. Their website has them down as ‘Probably the best bar band in the world’ and as we always book them for our own parties, we are quite inclined to probably agree.


It was a brilliant wedding and one that has ended up with us becoming best friends with Claire and Paul, the bride and groom that day. Such good friends, that in fact that Claire now works for Red Radish as a freelance chef and we had a great time working together recently on the two week movie location shoot that we recently catered for down in St Tropez.

Needless to say we were both honoured and delighted when one Claire’s bridesmaids contacted us last summer to say that she so enjoyed everything about Paul and Claire’s big day that she was desperate to book Red Radish to help organise and cater for their up own and coming marriage. Helen and Clayton flew over from their home in the UK and we looked at various different wedding venue options together. They eventually decided on another French wedding venue not too far from St Tropez.

Photographers, our friend Peter the vicar, vintage wedding cars, hair and make-up, a DJ, Fireworks and of course the legendary Alan Roberts and the Blah Blahs were soon organised and booked as no Cote d’Azur stone was left unturned in this particular bride’s pursuit of perfection. It was a perfect wedding and even though the Provencal sunshine stayed away it still turned out to be a beautiful day and a great party that Red Radish was particularly proud to be part of. The bride and groom were the loveliest couple and we hope that they will are pretty sure that they will go on to become great friends, just like Claire and Paul.

Why not see some more photographs and what the bride and Groom thought about Red Radish here

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The perfect wedding and people still talk about the cheeseboard now

The team at Red Radish made all the difference to our French Riviera wedding day. Wayne and Lucy had catered a close friend’s wedding a few years before which was so much fun and so well done that the day after I got engaged (and was still on holiday!) I called to make sure they’d be free to do ours.

Lucy is an oasis of calm and immediately knew the feel we wanted for the day and the right food to match…. people still mention the cheeseboard to us now 6 months later! The food was so good I think I am the only bride to have finished her pudding(s). It was 100% more than we could have expected and they had thought of everything. The wait staff were so friendly, which makes a huge difference to the ambiance on the day.

Wayne does an amazing job quietly running the show and when we came in to dinner had even lit extra candles, re-jigged things slightly and ultimately organised the evening even better than I did with my never-ending spreadsheets. He took a huge weight off which is what every bride needs.

They are a lovely, fun couple who are really in their element, which makes it a joy to deal with them – they really do invest themselves 100% in what they do. We wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Red Radish.

Helen & Clayton Bush

 

Rent the Perfect Poolside Party Venue for the evening.

If you are looking for a Provence venue for your wedding, birthday party or corporate event then why not think about renting our very own Red Radish poolside villa on the French Riviera. Available for the day, evening or weekend we can not only offer you the perfect party location but also catering too. Hog roasts, BBQ’s or perhaps a full seven course gastronomic feast to celebrate your special day. Imagine the surprise of your loved one as you turn up at a mystery address to find all your family and friends hiding at the bottom of the garden!

Our prices are probably much lower than you think given that we are only a short drive from Cannes and the Film Festival. We can even offer you and some of your guests Bed and Breakfast in our boutique B & B or even just a great place for your company recepetion or product launch.

You can phone us in the UK on +44 (0)7532 427033 or our number in France is +33 686 795 684. The Red Radish email address is  info@red-radish.com or you can just click on this contact form.

Organising a French Riviera Wedding in Just Six Weeks

When bride and groom Laure and Henrik approached Red Radish about organising their French Riviera wedding in less than six weeks we were initially hesitant as we had just returned to the South of France after a busy summer catering at lots of UK music festivals and events and to be honest were tired and looking forward to a rest and some much needed Riviera sun. However we agreed to meet them down in Cannes for a coffee as we thought we could at least give them some help and ideas with their wedding planning and organisation.

After just five minutes of chatting ideas through with them we were struck by their sweetness and immediately knew that we had to help. We offered to let them have Villa Aurita as the venue for their hastily planned wedding and you can see from the photos below and also their kind words just how much they enjoyed every element of their wedding menu and day.


Thank you for giving us the Perfect French Riviera Wedding and Venue

Henrik and I got married on the French Riviera in September (check out the photos) this year and organized us the perfect wedding and venue in just 6 weeks! Wayne and Lucy have been instrumental in the planning and organisation that made it happen… It truly was the BEST DAY of our lives and the most magical wedding ever!!!

Villa Aurita is just such a perfect venue to have the wedding dinner and party and the fact that the caterers (Red Radish) actually live not only on the French Riviera but also in the villa made it so much easier. We rented it for three days, (Villa Aurita is also a boutique Bed and Breakfast) had our closest family and friends staying with us in the venue and the rest in the Campanile hotel literally 5 minute walking from the villa. We had a BBQ the next day, enjoyed the pool, our guest said it was the best wedding they had ever gone to… and they didn’t just say it to be nice!

 Lucy is a fantastic chef, she understood what kind of food we liked; we didn’t change a thing to the menu she suggested. We had guests from all over the world, from Argentina to Finland and Cameroon  We were 41 people, everyone was served at the same time. We all loved the food!!!

Wayne is incredibly professional, knows his business inside out. He has a great team working with him who took care of absolutely everything on the big day which made it a stress-free day. We really felt like everything was under control and we didn’t have to worry about anything.

Laure and Henrik Moe (Miami) 

Planning your French Riviera Wedding Menu

This is just one of a small selection of wedding menus available if you are planning on getting married in the South of France and are looking for an English Speaking catering company or wedding planner. A French Riviera wedding need not just be a dream and we would love to help make it easy by using our vast experience and contacts to organise your perfect Provençal wedding. We are happy to help plan everything from your wedding photographer, right through to marquee hire, the venue and even a vicar to perform your wedding blessing or ceremony. We hope this menu gives you a few food idea and please don’t forget to look around the rest of our site for more food inspiration.

Wedding Catering

Wedding Menu

Canapés

Lemongrass chicken skewers in Satay sauce

Cumin marinated Lamb skewer, apricot & cherry tomato

Caramelised onion and Roquefort tartlets

Wholegrain & honey glazed pork sausages

Thai fish cakes & sweet chilli

Cod cakes with tartare sauce

Summer roll (rice paper) with tofu, peanut, chilli, cucumber & coriander

Lemon marinated tortellini with basil and sundried tomato

Filo pastry baskets with Satay chicken and toasted sesame seeds

Spring rolls with sweet chilli

Filo pastry baskets with smoked salmon, lime and cracked black pepper

Mini prawn cocktails

Crab cakes with a dipping sauce

 

Starter

 Roasted beetroot and goats cheese salad with local figs and warm vinaigrette

Goat’s cheese and caramelised onion on puff pastry tart with a mesculun salad and balsamic reduction dressing

Twice baked goats cheese soufflé with a mesculun salad and balsamic reduction dressing

A slice of goat’s cheese and mushroom quiche with a mesculun salad and balsamic reduction dressing

 

Main Course

Lamb shanks in a rich red wine and redcurrant sauce

Slow cooked shoulder of lamb marinated in white wine and Herb de Provence

Rack of Lamb with pancetta red wine and rosemary

Pork loin with belly and caramelised apples and Normandy cider jus

Magret de Canard infused with lavender with a honey and fig sauce

Duck leg confit style

 

Vegetarian option

Melanzane Parmigiana – aubergine, parmesan & mozzarella bake with tomato & basil

Lasagne of butternut squash, spinach, ricotta & pine nut

 

Accompanied by

Dauphinoise potatoes

Boulangére potatoes

Roast potatoes with thyme & garlic

Lemon thyme roast new potatoes

Ratatouille

Honey Roasted carrots

Green beans in lemon and butter

Puree of minted peas

 

Followed by a trio of mini Puddings
choosen from

Rhubarb crumble

Chocolate profiteroles

Rich chocolate brownies

Strawberry with lime and mint skewers

Eton mess

Pannacotta with caramel or mango sauce

Lemon tart

Chocolate and pear tart

Almond and raspberry tart

Warm chocolate fondant

Lemon meringue pie

Wedding Venues and getting married on the French Riviera

One of our favourite French Riviera Weddings that we planned and catered for in 2012 was in a beautiful Provencal vineyard called Chateau de Saint Martin. It was a spectacular wedding venue for the wonderful bride and groom who had always planned on hosting a spectacular Riviera wedding and marrying in the South of France.  The privately owned property which is just 50 minutes from the beaches of St Tropez and close to so many beautiful French villages was ideal for the 120 guests that enjoyed our usual high standard of wedding catering and service alongside some outstanding rosé wines provided by the vineyard.

This particular wedding was a bit of a joint venture as we helped the bride and groom view countless possible venues with everything from private villas, to chapels, vineyards and even full on beach and waterside restaurants right along the coast between Nice, Cannes and as far down as St Tropez. In the end we feel sure they made the right choice in selecting Chateau de Saint Martin and we were simply delighted to be part of their organising team on their special day.

Of course, once the venue had been selected we got down to planning the food for the wedding party and here you can see some of the great menu choices that the bride and groom had to select from. If you plan on getting married in Provence then make sure you give us a call on +44 7632 427033

Everything you need to know about arranging a wedding in France

Arranging a wedding in France can be easy if you find the right wedding planner to help when it comes to arranging your dream wedding.

That is where Red Radish comes in and we can make sure your special day in France will be the happiest day of your lives. Unlike most wedding planners we are actually based in France (although we also work in the UK frequently) and can therefore be sure to be able to answer all your wedding planning questions directly rather than having to calling in a whole bunch of other suppliers, venues and caterers.  As well as being able to help you arrange your wedding we are also a succesful catering company and even have our own great wedding venue nestled in a beautiful village here in the South of France.

There is lots to know and actually legally getting married in France is not so straightforward but we are here to help you overcome every hurdle. : To get married either the bride or groom must have been resident in a in the same village, town or commune in France for a minimum of 40 consecutive days before they can get married. The application for the civil marriage may be made to the Mairie (Town Hall) once this residency has been achieved.

There is lots more wedding information in English here or you can email or call us up for a general chat about the ins and outs of getting married in France. Whatever happens we can help when it comes to arranging your perfect wedding.

Planning a Shabby-Chic Wedding in Saint Tropez

We are starting to think about planning the exciting wedding in September of a lovely couple currently living in Southern India. The venue will be in an old family Mas just outside St Tropez. There are lots of things to organise and every details of this French Riviera shabby chic marriage promises to be wonderful in every way.  The catering, champagne and wine, photography, flowers, make-up and every tiny detail needs to be arranged to perfection which is why they chose Red Radish

They are looking for a kind of an India-meets-France theme, and the guests will come from India, France and America so are sure to know what is and isn’t authentic. The wedding “ceremony” will be a scavenger hunt/trivia session culminating in the bride and groom’s grandfathers leading the marriage vows.

Red, white and rose wine promises to flow as the guest’s party on down until well after the sun sets on the old port of Saint Tropez. We originally spoke about cooking Dahl, lentils and sambar over an open fire, but their friends in India insisted on one thing: They wanted good French food and where better than at a Red Radish party?

After champagne cocktails and canapés they are dreaming of a sit-down dinner with two or three options. Their brief is something French, something delicious, and (because the groom insists) something cooked on an open flame.

Dessert will be a Tarte Tropezian which is the bride’s ‘favourite dessert EVER’ and where better to tuck into a giant one of these than in St Tropez itself!


The delightful house outside Ramatuelle is not at all equipped to host big parties but that is never a problem to Red Radish as we are used to working in venues with very little catering facilities.  Our chefs often find themselves in the middle of a festival field somewhere so are used to just being organised and taking everything from the tea spoons to the ovens and refrigeration with them.

What the clients can promise though is some beautiful outdoor space, wonderful views and a backdrop that will perfectly suit one of our Shabby Chic ‘Chocolat’ style weddings. It is Lucy’s all time favourite movie (not just because of Johnny Depp!) and we absolutely can’t wait for the big day.

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