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Carfest was certainly one of the most exciting UK festival crew catering jobs we were asked to cater in 2012. The newly devised festival was the brainchild of Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans and took place at the beautiful Laverstoke Park Farm in Hampshire. We were there with our mobile catering set up for nearly two weeks feeding breakfast, lunch and dinner to a hungry team of around 350 crew and artists.

Celeb guests included Razorlight, Mark Webber, Texas and a whole host of others who were all there to support the BBC charity, Children in Need. It was amazing watching this beautiful sleepy farm, so close to London, being turned into a full on outdoor party venue for all the family and we are delighted to have already been booked for the 2013 Festival.  Due to the success of the event we have also been asked to act as a catering consultancy for another exciting new festival being launched in 2014. Thanks to all of the Red Radish crew in these photos that worked so very hard all summer.



UK Crew Catering Menu ideas for the hungry!

Let’s set the scene: You are away from your family, living in an often wet and cold UK field, whilst working sixteen hour days setting up a festival with a team of other crew. The work can be very physically demanding and the three things you need to be able to rely are a brilliant breakfast, a hearty lunch and a great dinner. Catering is quite simply HUGE! How many festival organisers have experienced the wrath of a burly scaff or sparks who are not getting enough good quality food to eat. Everyone know horror stories of poor crew catering and how it can upset the whole spirit of a team who are usually working almost around the clock to make sure everything is ready for the thousands of festival goers and artists who are expecting everything backstage to be perfect for their arrival. These boys and girls had better be getting their carbs or else!

Below is just one sample of a crew catering menu that we will be running at this year’s Glastonbury festival. We can adapt our choices and prices to suit every crew catering requirement and budget so please do get in touch if you would like more information.

BREAKFAST

Porridge

A selection of cereals and Muesli

English breakfast from the following

Sausages and veggie sausages

Bacon

Red Radish Eggy Bread or fried egg

Tomatoes Baked Beans & Toast

Freshly brewed coffee, a selection of teas and Orange Juice

BRUNCH AND LUNCH

Daily homemade fresh soup from the list below

Spicy corn chowder

Leek and potato

Sweet potato and coriander

Carrot and cumin

Celeriac, apple and chickpea

Parsnip and pea

Roasted red pepper,

Basil and tomato

Plus

A rotation of baked potatoes, hot wraps and Paninis packed with

Tuna mayo

Cheese and pickle

Falafel with sweet chilli sauce

Ham and Tomato

Boston baked beans

Red Radish Salad bar with Sauces and Dips

DINNER

Spicy pork and beef meatballs with penne

Butter chicken curry with Indian rice

Sausage and red wine gravy casserole

Roast chicken and mushroom pie with a puff pastry lid

Lasagne

Cottage Pie

Roast pork with apple sauce stuffing and roast potatoes

Chickpea and spinach curry

Squash and ricotta pasta bake

Sweet potato and mushroom risotto

Aubergine Parmigiana

Mexican bean chilli con carne

Cauliflower and broccoli macaroni with a blue cheese gratin

Gnocchi with spinach, tomato and Gorgonzola bake

PUDDINGS

Banoffee Pie

Apple and toffee crumble with custard

Chocolate brownie

Banana bread and butter pudding

Strawberry

Eton mess

Chocolate sponge pudding with chocolate custard

Sticky toffee pudding

French Riviera Catering, Caterers, Cooks and Chefs

So what exactly is the difference between a cook and a chef we hear you asking? The answer quite simply is that we are not actually sure! One thing we do rather sadly know though is that 100% of restaurants in the South of France, particularly Cannes, Monaco and Nice that we visit all definitely have what they call a ‘chef’ and in about 80% of those restaurants we eat and usually end up feeling disappointed by how bad the food was. It is pretty much the same back in the London and the UK. At Red Radish we have both highly trained chefs and experienced cooks and the one thing that we like to think they have all got in common is that they are good, So good in fact that we nearly always  get asked back wherever we go.

‘The books’ describe a Chef as someone who preps and cooks meals in either restaurants or at receptions, villas, parties or events. Their food can often be exclusive to a  region, catering just Provencal for example, and some can be quite specific when plying their trade and deal with individual elements of a meal such as pastries, sauces, soups, salads, vegetables, meat, poultry and fish.

On large scale events, festivals, banquets and weddings, the Head Chef will often be there just to instruct other chefs in preparation, cooking, garnishing and presentation of food as well as managing a team of other kitchen staff responsible for making sure things happen effectively and on time. The Red Radish chefs and cooks often spend weeks planning menus, organising kitchen supplies and making sure they have all the equipment they need to make sure an event goes exactly to plan.

Basically, the next time you need caterers, cooks or chefs for your catering, and don’t want to do it yourself then give Red Radish a call. We are happy to look after as little as 6 guests in an exclusive French Riviera villa, as we are 1000 festival goers in a Greenfield site. Just make sure you let us know if you require a chefs or cooks. We may well end up sending the same people but at least we will know what to put on your invoice! We also promise you won’t be disappointed.

For for a free and competitive quotation call or email Red Radish today!
or call  UK +44 (0)7 532 427 033

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

For for a free and competitive quotation call or email Red Radish today!

or call  UK +44 (0)7 532 427 033

Crew Catering at Festivals and Sustainability

UK Festival crew catering and sustainability seem to go hand in hand these days, and as lovers of the world and parents to five children, we try to think hard about everything we do and its possible impact on the environment.  As a responsible catering company working all over Europe at festivals like Glastonbury and Electric Picnic there its lots we can do to make sure we work responsibly and do our little bit to help a huge global problem.

It begins with the sourcing, wherever possible, of local (after all, who actually likes Tesco! ), organic and Fairtrade products, being aware of all our packaging, the disposable crockery we are sometimes forced to use, right through to our cooking methods and ultimately the disposal of everything we do not need or use.

If you have and, ideas or suggestions how you feel that Red Radish can improve or do more to help then please do get in touch.

You can read and download our full Hospitality and Catering Sustainability and Environmental Policy. 

UK Festival Summer jobs at Glastonbury and more!

Festival Jobs galore! Red Radish are fast becoming the number one choice of festival organisers for all their crew catering requirements. This means we urgently need wonderful people to join our ever expanding team of chefs, front of house staff, kitchen porters, waiters and waitresses. We have got both temporary and Casual jobs and there are some great opportunities for students looking for summer work at places like Glastonbury where we will be crew catering at two of the coolest areas, Shangri-La and The Common.

We will also be catering at many of the big UK festivals this year including Electric Picnic, Carfest, Secret Garden, Lovebox, Wilderness, Somersault Boomtown and the already mentioned greatest festival of them all, Glastonbury. The list of big festivals is endless, with great events like Bestival, Creamfields, Rewind, Camp Bestival, V- Festival, Isle of Wight and Download all sharing centre stage.

To fit in with the Red Radish crew you will need to be ALL of the below. Please DO NOT waste your time (or more importantly ours) by applying unless you can definitely tick all the boxes!

  • Brilliant at your job (like us)
  • Happy and Smiley
  • Keen
  • Trustworthy
  • A Foodie
  • Reliable and Punctual
  • A Camper
  • Fantastic at your job
  • Slightly bonkers (like us)
  • VERY hardworking (lazy people are just no good to anyone)
  • Happy and Smiley (This one is important)
  • It is not worth telling us you can do something when you obviously can’t. It will take us about two minutes to work it out and then you will end up with a long hitch-hike home.

    On the other hand, if you do tick all these boxes then we would love to hear from you and can promise you a brilliant festival filled summer and something great for your CV

    In the first instance please send your CV to wayne@red-radish.com

    Catering Company in Cannes

    The next few weeks get very busy for most Cannes based catering companies as first MIPIM and then MIPTV hit the South of France.  MIPIM, which the organisers bill as the leading international real estate fair, used to be known for its excessive throwing of parties and cocktail receptions, and the drinking of copious amounts of champagne has quietened down a lot since the world property crash, although there are always still enough events to keep many a chef busy preparing everything from gala dinners through to canapé and bowl food receptions. We also often get involved in helping clients find large villas or yachts when they are in Cannes for their corporate events.

    MIPTV kicks off at Cannes Palais des festivals (home to the world famous Film Festival) in early April and is one of two Cannes bases events (MIPCOM being the other) where media luvvies from all over the world gather to sell TV and online content.

    Being Cannes based and English speaking ensures that Red Radish gets plenty of enquiries and bookings for all the Cannes festivals and we have lots of catered dinner menus and canapé and bowl food lists dotted around our website.

    For a free and competitive quotation call or email Red Radish today!

    or call   FR +33 (0)6 86 79 56 84   ::   UK +44 (0)7 532 427 033  

    UK Crew Catering in a Royal Park

    We have finally found five minutes to put up the photos from our crew and artist catering job at the Hampton Court Palace Music Festival. It was a true honour to feed the hardworking crew in such great surroundings as a Royal Palace and park, and one we are looking forward to repeating this coming June at the 2013 Festival. Being asked back means we must have done a good job and we can’t wait to see everyone again at what has to be one of the swankiest venues in town.

    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

     

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