A Management Dinner

Last night one of the leading banks in South Africa hosted a management dinner at the Sir James van der Merwe venue in Sandton. There were 28 guests in total and the decor was kept classy and minimalist considering the corporate nature of the event.

The guests enjoyed pass-around canapés on arrival in the form of prawn wonton lollipop skewers with a coriander and sweet chilli sauce, beef fillet skewers with an Argentinian chimichurri dipping relish, as well as brie and fig spring rolls.

A plated dinner menu was served including a starter of smoked salmon trout on a warm potato cake served with dill crème fraiche and topped with lemon, black pepper, caviar pearls and micro herbs. For the main course there was an option between a crispy duck leg with gingered sweet potato, fine green beans and black cherry jus, or a rolled shoulder of lamb stuffed with garlic and rosemary and served with a red win jus, crushed potatoes and cinnamon-glazed pumpkin fingers. To finish off this gastronomic menu, we served a chocolate torte with vanilla bean mascarpone, candied orange and fresh seasonal berries. A divine vegetarian starter and main course was available for those guests with dietary requirements.

The decor was handled by the team at Hire Society and we just love how simple yet striking the decor was.

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Until next time,
2FreshGirls


Wedding: Freya & Nick

This past Saturday, 8 February, we celebrated the special union of Freya and Nick with 100 of their family and closest friends.

The ceremony was held at Beechwood Gardens in Hyde Park. The decor was simple yet complimented the natural surroundings beautifully.

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Prior to the ceremony, homemade lemonade was served in Consol jars with colourful straws on a gorgeous French table.

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Canapés were served on plain white serving trays complimented with fresh flowers. Snacks included prawn wontons with wasabi mayonnaise; mini Yorkshire puddings with rare roast beef, cornichons and horseradish creme; grilled asparagus spears wrapped in prosciutto with a lemon aioli; and crostini topped with goats cheese, rocket and fresh fig. Assorted macaroons and mini Eaton messes served in shot glasses were also available.

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The guests then made their way over to Katy’s Palace Bar for the reception celebration.

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Supper canapés and casual party food were served once everyone had arrived. There was fish and chips served in paper cones, baby beef burgers with red onion relish and Emmenthaler cheese, baby chicken prego rolls with perinaise, baby chicken and leek pies, and bowls of Thai vegetable curry with jasmine rice.

For those guests with a bit of a sweet tooth, simple chocolate cake pops were “planted” in green grass.

Until next time,
2FreshGirls


An 80th birthday luncheon

This past Sunday we assisted with a very special celebration, an 80th birthday luncheon. It was held at a private home for 44 guests. We kept the decor very simple and stylish by choosing plain white with black accents and bright summery flowers.

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The lunch included a mezze starter served to the table of assorted dips, wooden boards of proscuitto, salami and smoked sliced chorizo, mini pita pockets, deep fried halloumi fingers and a host of other scrumptious dishes. The main course was setup on a buffet and included sliced rare fillet, sliced glazed gamon, butternut wedges, fresh salads, and garlic and rosemary roasted baby potatoes. For the final course, we setup a selection of cheese and accompaniments like biscuits, fruit and preserves, as well as cheesecakes topped with gooseberries.

We received the most wonderful thank you note this past Monday which really made us smile. A job well done!

Dear Nikki

A very big thank you to you and your superb staff for the exquisite Sunday lunch that you catered for my father’s 80th birthday on Sunday. He was quite overwhelmed by the whole thing but thoroughly enjoyed every moment. He says it was one of the best days of his life.

Everything was organised too beautifully. It is seldom that what is promised is delivered, but you did it. The tables were gorgeous, the food absolutely scrumptious and the service from your staff so very warm and professional. My guests are still exclaiming over the outstanding service. What a lovely team!

With fondest regards from a very grateful and delighted
Tracy Evers

Until next time,
2FreshGirls


Wedding: Alex & Michael

On Saturday we celebrated the wedding of Alex and Michael hosted in the groom’s parent’s garden in Hurlingham, Johannesburg for 100 of their family and friends. The bride and groom arranged their own decor and we can’t wait to see a few of the pics when they’re back from honeymoon.

Canapés were passed around to guests after the ceremony and were also served as the starter. Guests got to enjoy prawn wontons with red pepper relish, fillet kebabs with a béarnaise sauce, and brie and fig springrolls, to name just a few.

The main course was served mezze-style on each table. There were wooden boards with a selection of meat, assorted homemade dips with mini pita breads, green salad with parmesan and avocado, artisanal breads, and other lovely treats.

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For the final course, a delectable cheese table was available packed with a selection of cheese and assorted breads, biscuits and accompaniments, as well as a gelato bar which added fun to the festivities in the form of various toppings like sprinkles, Smarties, Bar-One sauce.

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Just in case the guests hadn’t eaten their full, or if they had danced off the delicious food, a midnight snack was served of bacon butties and toasted cheese sandwich corners.

Until next time,
2FreshGirls


Liberty Exco Dinner

Last Thursday night we catered a delightful dinner for 50 guests at the Liberty Exco event hosted at a gorgeous house. Decor included beautifully fragrant garden roses finished off with crisp white table linen.

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The menu began with a rosti topped with salmon and lemon crème fraîche served with a fresh lemon wedge. It continued with a classic fillet on potato Dauphinoise with plum tomatoes and a tasty bearnaise sauce for the main course. Finally finishing off with a berry roulade with decorative caramel shards for dessert.

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Until next time,
2FreshGirls


Healthy Does It – Avocado Toast

Avocado is very popular in vegetarian cuisine as substitute for meats in sandwiches and salads because of its high fat content. Did you know that avocados have roughly 35% more potassium than bananas? Or that a high avocado intake diet has been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels? Or that avocados are rich in folic acid and vitamin K, and are good dietary sources of vitamin B6, vitamin C and vitamin E? You can’t go wrong with avocados!

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You can either enjoy this with toasted bread or untoasted bread. Simply slice or mash up some avocado and place on your toast or bread. Season with some salt and pepper and enjoy. If you like a bit more salt, you can add some Marmite spread.

Until next time,
2FreshGirls


Top 5 Spices with Health Benefits

Following our post about Healthy Herbs, we thought we’d do the same for our favourite spices! These special spices also have wonderful health benefits.

1. Saffron
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Saffron is a reddish-golden coloured spice used primarily as a seasoning agent for cooking and a colouring agent. Saffron contains a number of carotenoids which are believed to be the reason for this spice’s health benefits. It is used to relieve stomach aches and kidney stones, improve blood circulation, inhibit skin tumours, improve arthritis, improve eye and vision health, promote learning and memory retention, and assist with the treatment of asthma and depression. If this isn’t enough, it also helps to lower the levels of bad cholesterol, and when applied topically as a paste, it helps relieve dryness and other skin conditions too.

2. Cinnamon
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Cinnamon isn’t just a crucial topping on pancakes, it is also a very special spice that has great health benefits. It can help to lower blood sugar in people suffering from Type 1 or Type 2 Diabetes. A research study suggests that cinnamon may help prevent Alzheimer’s Disease. It also assists in lowering the negative effects of high fat meals, and treating conditions like coughing, arthritis, sore throats, infections and loss of appetite.

3. Ginger
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Ginger is an aromatic and pungent spice and adds a zest to stir-fries and other dishes. Did you know that by eating fresh ginger just before lunch, you’ll stoke a dull appetite and fire up the digestive juices? Or that chewing on some ginger will reduce symptoms associated with motion sickness including dizziness, nausea and vomiting? It’s no wonder that ginger has been used for years to alleviate symptoms of gastrointestinal distress. It also improves the absorption of essential nutrients in the body, aids in treating aching muscles and joints, and clears up your sinuses during “hay-fever season”.

4. Cloves
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Like most spices, cloves are available throughout the year. They have a warm, sweet, aromatic taste and are often used in ginger bread. Their health benefits include temporary treatment of toothache, relief from upper respiratory infections, anti-inflammatory properties, treatment of scrapes and bruises, and improving digestion.

5. Tumeric
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Turmeric is a very common spice used in cooking and has a pepper-like aroma, sharp taste and golden colour. This spice is loaded with many healthy nutrients (Vitamin C, Vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, etc) and properties (antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, etc) which is why it is used to treat a wide variety of health problems. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, it has also been discovered that turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial as a disinfectant for cuts and burns, a natural liver detoxifier, a painkiller, aiding in fat metabolism and weight management, and treating depression.

Until next time,
2FreshGirls


A Mad Hatter Tea Party

This past Saturday we catered a Mad Hatter Tea Party for 100 guests. We created a fun and quirky menu including bright cupcakes, food planted in “grass”, baby lollipops, mini toffee apples and lopsided cakes.

The gorgeous decor was handled by the team at Hire Society. We were really excited to receive these pics from them this morning. Doesn’t everything look fabulous!

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Until next time,
2FreshGirls