We recently spent 3 days at the National Wedding Exhibition in Birmingham’s N.E.C. There was an unbelievable variety of offerings. Everything from whitening your teeth to having someone write your best man’s speech and coach you how to deliver it!
We were exhibiting on the stand of an agent we work for regularly, in my occasional break I wandered around looking for ideas. To be honest there wasn’t much we weren’t already doing, but one idea I came across I really liked. This was from Cancer Research U.K. and was a way of providing little wedding favours, in the form of quirky lapel badges, which included a donation to the charity.
You then had little cards with the favours attached and a note saying that a donation had been made in your name to the charity. Much better than some trinket that would probably get tossed away.
This is something that will do some good but still please your guests at the same time.
With our candy floss carts we have a number of quite regular clients. We like this because as well as a steady income stream, familiarity makes the job easier. One such gig is the Caramello party nights at the Rock City night spot in Nottingham. A nice 3 hour job, albeit unsociable hours.
The staff are always remarking on how busy it is, so we took advantage of our sister companies kit and borrowed a Go Pro time lapse camera to see what our candy floss operator actually does.
The video shows 2 things, just how hectic it is, and that a Go Pro camera battery doesn’t last 3 hours. We haven’t actually counted how many candy floss were served, but it was in excess of 400.
Vapshots Vapour Shots, A New Concept In Drinks Delivery
Vapshot is another new line we are launching. These are Vapour Shots, alcoholic drinks delivered under high pressure into a specially sealed container. When you pop the lid a portion of the drink instantly vapourises, you suck the result up using a straw. This delivers an instant alcoholic buzz. A stunning new concept in drinks, perfect for student events, military balls and general fun and games throughout the known universe.
What Flavour Vapshots Can I Have
Basically any type of shot is turned into a vapshot using our machine, whisky, taquila, gin, jagermeister, the list just goes on and on. Our machine has two delivery nozzles so you can have 2 seperate shots on tap.
This is a stunning new party line, with nothing else like it on the market.
Travelling the length and breadth of the country we come across some really quirky venues. I remember the looks in London asking people on the street for directions to the “House Of Correction”. Turned out to be the former underground cells for Clarkenwell prison. I still think it sounded very much like I was looking for a brothel!
We have just supplied frozen cocktails and hot dogs to a party at the Biscuit Factory in Edinburgh, this was, as the name suggests, a former biscuit factory for the firm of Crawfords, now part of the United Biscuits Group
, it has been purchased and turned into an arts house type events venue, on the ground floor there is even a set of stills, I thought at first the arty types were perhaps producing moonshine, but turns out to be a proper pukka operation called Edinburgh Gin
Anyway, the venue was an interesting one, though rather chilly, due in part to there being no heating. The number of missing window panes didnt help either. We were operating a couple of Victorian style carts, which fit in with the event perfectly. On the 3rd floor where we were operating, the centerpiece attraction was parts of a 1960’s Morris Mini Deluxe car hanging from the ceiling. Well the seats sat on the floor, but the bonnet, boot and 2 doors were hanging from the ceiling. I could have done with the drivers seat to replace the one that was stolen from our classic mini cooper, but there weren’t really any chances to smuggle it out.
We have offered a range of fun catering carts for quite a while now, including Victorian style, modern contemporary, Winter Alpine mini huts, even wild west style chuck wagon. However we are now updating and broadening the range we offer, we have commissioned a number of new themed carts which will be launched over the coming weeks, we are also adapting a number of our vehicles for catering use.
Fun Catering From An Indian Tuk Tuk
Imagine you could have your coffee served from an authentic Indian tuk tuk. Or what about pretzels served from the back of Del Boy Trotters three wheeled van? Our aim is to offer the most complete choice of catering carts in the industry.
To celebrate surviving another ridiculously busy December, we have decided to get our entire team fit. To this end we have bought a number of FitBit trackers. Along with automatic scales and food tracking software to keep track of every-bodies progress. Some of us have even joined a local gym, the MD (yours truly) being one of them.
I have to say that the fitibit Eco system is turning out to be quite impressive. The food tracking app makes it easy to monitor the calories your taking in. The nutritional information it lists makes it really easy to see what foods are best to eat at any particular time of the day. To be honest one of the biggest surprises has been just how nice some of the good foods are, after a December long diet of McDonald s your taste buds eventually become numb, and eating fresh fruit and vegetables seems to reawaken them.
The gym has even began to become a little easier. The first days visit left most of us unable to walk properly, much left lift anything, but now it has become quite invigorating, in fact getting up at 6 to hit the gym for 6.30 has meant that we are seeing earlier starts in the office and getting more done.
Kulfi ice cream, is a version of ice cream that originated in the Indian sub continent. Unlike Western ice cream, you don’t whip kulfi to introduce air into the mixture. So it tends to be a much more solid and dense mixture, which takes much longer to melt.
Reputedly it was invented in the 1500’s in the Mughal Empire, dense evaporated milk was already a popular dessert, when it was mixed with additional flavours, packed into metal cones and immersed into slurry ice resulting in Kulfi.
Traditionally in India vendors called Kulfiwallers sell kulfi ice cream, serving it on a leaf or frozen on a stick.
We have a range of various catering carts available for hire, most of the catering items we offer can be supplied on the whole range of carts, so there should be something to suit everyone, if there isn’t we can always custom design and build a cart for your event.
We have just come back from the Latitude festival in Suffolk, 5 nights camping in an Indian tipi whilst we covered a job for a corporate client.
A fabulous festival, with some great acts, and enough catering to feed an army. We snapped some of the more striking catering units whilst we were there, too big for the jobs we do, but really well presented.
We’ve been on standby for the last fortnight waiting upon the arrival of the Royal Baby. Our job was giving tea and coffee out to the paparazzi camped outside the Lindo wing of the hospital.
As it turned out we had just got back from bloody London when it was announced Kate had gone into labour. We promptly dashed back upto the smoke to get ready for the Royal arrival.
On arrival we discovered that we didn’t actually have a site for the coffee cart sorted out. Basically we were setting up just around the corner from the Lindo wing. Hoping the Police didn’t move us on.
We sent the Prosecco out to the paparazzi first, as princess Charlotte had just been born. Then began assembling the coffee cart in the midst of numerous police officers walking around armed with sub machine guns, to be honest I am surprised that we were pretty much ignored by the security services and set up without any problem. At one point Prince William drove past us about 3 feet away, so hopefully the security services had somehow ascertained we were no threat without us realising, if not then security was rather lapse.