May 23, 2018
Congratulations to our new Duke and Duchess of Sussex – it was sublime! And what a wonderful day it was – the sun was shining and England’s green and pleasant land glittered in every aspect. From Meghan in her heart stopping ethereal Givenchy dress, those bridesmaids, the music, the everything – we loved it all and the Indulgence team were watching the proceedings with goosebumps, excitement and wondering how this wedding will impact upcoming trends in ‘all things wedding’ as a result of such a beautiful and historic, yet informal occasion.
But of course at Indulgence what we really wanted to know about was what did they eat ……?!
The Royal couple had an informal reception for a very lucky 200 evening guests at Frogmore House in Windsor Great Park.
Meghan and Harry opted for an informal reception which we think totally reflected the style of the whole day and the guests were served an assortment of bowl food and sweet and savoury canapés;
Scottish Langoustines wrapped in Smoked Salmon, Citrus Crème Fraîche
Grilled English Asparagus wrapped in Cumbrian Ham
Garden Pea Panna Cotta, Quail Eggs, Lemon Verbena
Heritage Tomato and Basil Tartin, Balsamic Pearls
Poached Free Range Chicken, Lightly Spiced Yoghurt, Roasted Apricot
Croquette of Confit Windsor Lamb, Roasted Vegetables, Shallot Jam
Warm Asparagus Spears, Mozzarella, Sun-blush Tomatoes
10-hour Slow Roasted Windsor Pork Belly, Apple Compôte, Crackling
Fricassée of Free Range Chicken, Morel Mushrooms, Leeks
Champagne and Pistachio Macarons
Orange Crème Brûlée Tartlettes
Miniature Rhubarb Crumble Tartlettes
The food they chose is a luxurious and very classic menu and not only do lots of these dishes feature on Indulgence menus already but we know that our very own Royal Warrant Holding Butcher Aubrey Allen would have supplied the meat, as they source from the Royal Estates! It goes without saying, we totally adore the idea of champagne and pistachio macarons, which are definitely going to be a new addition to our menus.
The Informal Style
It is interesting that the couple chose to not have a sit-down meal but lots of delicious morsels and little bowls whilst standing, allowing guests to mingle and chat. This is much easier way of socialising, the Bride and Groom would not have been constrained to sitting at a top table and this style of wedding catering might be particularly helpful if there are family conflicts, without the restriction of a traditional seating plan.
It will be interesting to see if more couples take up the idea of this way of informal dining. This would certainly be a very fun way of celebrating with friends and family and eliminates any formality. It is clear this couple are going to do things differently in many ways and we are watching this space to see if others follow suit.
We love looking after Royal guests at Indulgence, last year we had the great honour to cater for the Duke of Cambridge, now we are all wondering if and when we might have an opportunity to cater for the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – the team will be queuing up to work at that event!
Photo Credits: Lucy Davenport