At the Reading Festival, the Black Pig Catering firm WINS

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in Caterers, Catering, Festivals, Food |

black pig cateringBlack Pig Catering is a new catering firm specialized in serving halloumi and chorizo buns and they have lived up to the record by getting the top award for hygiene at Reading Festival this year.

The ‘Reading Borough Council’s 2015 gold Alfresco Award’ was given to this new firm ‘the Black Pig Catering’ after it emerged with top marks.
Black Pig Catering Company with its food truck overwhelmed the council which scrutinizes food outlets at the Reading Festival and provides them a food hygiene evaluation, after attaining top marks in food safety at its foremost arena pitch.

This new catering firm was founded by Adam Blackett in 2015 and the festival was only its 2nd show of 2015. And as a further compensation, Black Pig wins a free pitch at the upper year’s Reading Festival.

This isn’t an easy one to win though, as a firm must get a maximum rating of five in the inspection and be eligible for the award. And catering firms must also pass strict criteria, which include good ethics of hygiene, health and safety and a respect for environmental matters.

To resolve which caterer wins a gold, silver or bronze, the council put forward 13 of the 120 firms qualifying for the award for consideration by event organizers ‘Festival Republic’.

The organizers judge standards such as safety, how staff transport to and fro the festival, and if they use eco-friendly or green cleaning products and how they proceed in recycling waste.

The second place for a silver award was given to Gilcombe Farm, a firm run by Andy and Lisa Portch, providing Hog Roasts in the arena. With this position, it is authorized to a 20% discount next year.

The third place for a bronze award was offered to ‘The Teabag Chiuahua catering company’ which specializes in Mexican food. And with this position as well, it is entitled to 10% off next year.

For the last sixteen years, the most hygienic food suppliers have been giving Alfresco Awards – thanks to this successful and popular scheme run by the council in Readings.

People who find their way to this festival simply want to have fun, and also be afforded the familiarity that they are purchasing food that is of high quality, hygienic and up to standard.

The awards reveal the quality of catering and absolute option of food on offer as with regards to excellent standard of service.

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10 Excellent Yet Cheap Catering Ideas

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Caterers, Catering, Food |

When it comes to organizing an event, a party, or a celebration, often it comes with a price which is anything but insignificant.  If you would like to save some money and still organize a nice party or event, you should consider the following advice.


Saving On Appetizers

You can save a lot of money on appetizers.  For example, you can choose to provide your own appetizers, 3-money-saving-appetizers-white-bean-dipwhich can even be frozen and just warmed up before cocktail hour.  Believe it or not, you can save up to 50% of the cost in this way.


Limit Open Bar

If you want to save some money you could try limiting the open hour to an hour or two.  In this way, you will allow your guests to have a couple of drinks for free and as for those who would like to continue to drink, they should be prepared to pay.


Organize A Daytime Event

And daytime event is much more economic than a night time event.  This is an idea which you should consider when planning a party or an event.


Invite Fewer Guests

If you want to save money, you can always try to invite fewer guests.  Not only that you will cut down the costs of the event, but also you will invite the people who are closest and dearest to you, and avoid inviting random acquaintances.


Serve Smaller Slices

Slider9Even when slices are generous, so much food is wasted at parties and celebrations.  If you serve smaller slices at your event, you will save money, and your guests could always ask for more if they feel the need.


Have Family Cook

Even though it might be easier for you to hire a catering service, having your family called for your event can be very useful for your budget.  If you want to save some money organize your family or friends to help you with the catering.


Choose Your Venue

Some venues are more expensive than others due to the fact that they oblige you to use catering services, or the bar.  If you want to save some money, you can choose a venue other than a restaurant or a hotel.


Serve Wine and Beer

beer-wine-cocktail-copyIf your guests would like to drink alcoholic drinks, serving wine and beer should be quite satisfying for the majority of guests.  If they choose to drink something else, they could pay for it themselves.  In this way you will be able to save some money.


Serve Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Non-alcoholic beverages are much cheaper than alcoholic beverages, and there are also larger quantities of them.


Keep It Simple

You don’t have to go overboard and serve expensive or luxury food and use the services of an expensive catering service at your event.  You can also keep it simple, save some money, and still have a great time.

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