It’s Year End Time

We catered a fabulous year end event last night for a corporate client. The event was held at Taboo and 250 guests were in attendance. DJ Fresh, Euphonik and Black Coffee were the night’s entertainment and it was wonderful!

The menu included an array of canapés, mini magnums passed around, a champagne and oyster bar, and a fabulous chocolate table paired with alcohol varieties. Patron and chocolate coffee beans. Strawberries and champagne. Yummy!

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KFC’s Year End Dinner

This past Friday night we catered a dinner for KFC for 200 guests at Urban Tree in Kramerville. We normally show you the end product, the product that you would see as a guest. But this time we’re showing you an inside look into the kitchen and how our delightful food is plated!

We served an asparagus tart for starters. This tart was encased in phyllo and placed on a drizzle of balsamic glaze.

For main course, we served a tender beef fillet with asparagus and plum tomatoes, accompanied with yummy rocket-infused mashed potato.

Last but not least, dessert was a light and delicate lemon soufflé. The soufflé was topped with a fresh strawberry and served with a fig coulis and a chocolate macaroon.

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Top 5 Herbs with Health Benefits

Herbs are not just an ingredient to make your cooking a bit more tasty. These are a few of our favourite herbs and their health benefits.

1. Rosemary

Rosemary is a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. These are thought to help boost the immune system and improve blood circulation. It is also a great herb to improve digestion and to enhance memory and concentration.

2. Sage

Sage has been used in medicine to help alleviate symptoms of digestive problems and mental disorders, such as Alzheimer’s and depression. Sage is also rich in antioxidants and important nutrients, such as vitamin K. In fact, sage has been considered a solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases throughout history because of its wide range of uses in cooking and medicine. Sage is said to help improve memory and information processing, act as an anti-inflammatory, help lower cholesterol levels, and alleviate stomach pains.

3. Basil

Basil has various health benefits! The herb can assist in treating arthritis and inflammatory bowel diseases, helping to reduce inflamation and swelling after treatment, and assisting in anti-aging treatment. Basil is rich in vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, potassium, and calcium.

4. Coriander

Coriander can be used to treat skin inflammation, diarrhoea, mouth ulcers, anemia, indigestion, conjunctivitis, high blood pressure and blood sugar disorders. This herb helps to induce urination allowing the release of excess water from the body. The disinfectant, detoxifying, antiseptic, antifungal and antioxidant properties of coriander are ideal for clearing up skin disorders such as eczema, dryness and fungal infections. Not only does coriander assist in reducing cholesterol levels in the blood, it also helps to raise the levels of healthy cholesterol! In addition to all of these, fresh coriander leaves are excellent appetisers to get your bowels prepared for a large meal.

5. Fennel

Fennel is a highly aromatic and flavorful herb with culinary and medicinal uses. The health benefits include relief from anemia, indigestion, flatulence, constipation, colic, diarrhea, and respiratory disorders. On hte Indian Subcontinent, it is common practice to chew fennel seeds after meals to aid digestion and eliminate bad breath. Fennel, or its essence, is widely used around the world in mouth fresheners, toothpastes, desserts, and antacids.

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Wedding: Natasha & James

Another gorgeous wedding was hosted at Katy’s Palace Bar this past weekend. This time it was the wedding of Natasha and James – a very trendy couple with loads of ideas for their special day! Natasha actually did all the gold bottles and golden fruit with luggage tags! Isn’t James a lucky guy for making this lovely, creative lady his?!

Straight Up handled the bar starting with a refreshing watermelon and rose martini as a welcome drink.

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We created a feast for the 110 guests including canapés served to tables on beautiful heart-shaped boards for the starter course, lychee sorbet lollipops as a palate cleanser, followed by the main course served on buffet tables. We really went all out on the dessert course and served selections to each table as well as creating a buffet station for those with a sweet tooth. Dessert included mini ice-creams in sugar cones, baby toffee apples, baby doughnuts on sticks, and baby perspex cones of candy floss.

The team at Hire Society handled all the decor. Using the bride’s choice of golden bottles as a base, they brought in more gold with the use of candelabra and chairs, and complimented this with white roses and gypsophila with the odd glass laboratory flask. We think the overall effect was just perfect!

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Congratulations once again Natasha and James! We wish you a lifetime of happiness, laughter and romance.

Until next time,

Sunday Lunch at Katy’s Palace Bar

We had another brilliant lunch at Katy’s Palace Bar this past Sunday. We delivered a harvest table of delicious Moroccan-inspired foods for 500 happy guests.

The menu included some of the following tantalising treats:

  • Creamy chicken and leek pies
  • Leafy green salad with celery, avocado and cucumber topped with microherbs and a citrus vinaigrette
  • Assorted breads with dips of baba ganoush, hummus, minted tzatziki
  • Lamb shoulder tagine with preserved lemons and dates
  • Boneless chicken tagine
  • Chickpea, butternut and cranberry tagine
  • Jeweled couscous with seedless grilled grapes, mint, pomegranate rubies and chermoula dressing
  • Tender stem broccoli, green bean, mange tout and roasted rosa tomato salad with Moroccan spices

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Delicious food. Great entertainment. What more could we have asked for!

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An Elegant Birthday Lunch

Last Sunday we had the pleasure of catering Vicki’s husband’s elegant birthday lunch in Parkwood for 16 guests. The decor was simple yet beautiful and ensured that our lovely flowers were the centre of attention.





There was chilled champagne on arrival and a classic prawn cocktail as the starter. The main course of Wagyu beef steaks served with Café de Paris butter, crispy potato wedges, roast plum tomatoes and green salad definitely tantalised the taste buds!

For dessert there was a divine dark chocolate and raspberry tart made by Vicki’s daughter Megan. The love of food and great cooking/baking skills definitely runs in the family!


The birthday celebration was exactly what Vicki wanted – great friends, great food, lots of laughter, and lots of chilled wine!

Until next time,

Top 10 Halloween Foods

Halloween is getting more popular in South Africa each year, not only because it’s an excuse to be silly and dress up, but also because it’s a fabulous reason to entertain. We’ve compiled a short list of some of our favourite Halloween foods that are sure to be a hit with kids and adults alike.

1. Apple Monsters
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A great healthy take on this notoriously sweet-filled holiday. Cut apples into wedges. Add almonds as teeth. Use marshmallows on skewers for the eyes. Top Tip: dip the apple wedges in salty water for a few seconds to keep them from going brown. Idea found here.

2. Pumpkin Pops
cookie pumpkin pops

Use Oreo cookies as your base and cover with melted white chocolate coloured with orange food colouring. You could also use orange icing if you prefer. These are really simple to make and are sure to be a hit! Idea found here.

3. Banana Ghosts
banana ghosts

Another healthy snack! Cut your bananas in half and skewer them. Then dip them in melted white chocolate and place them on some wax paper. To create faces, use chocolate chips. Finally leave them out to dry or place them in the freezer to firm up quicker. Idea found here.

4. Frankenstein Cups
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A new take on vanilla instant pudding! Simply add green food colouring to your instant pudding and divide between clear plastic cups to set. Draw scary faces on the cups with black permanent marker. Finally crush up some Oreo cookies or use chocolate chips as hair. Idea found here.

5. Freaky Fruit Kebabs
fruit kebabs

Aren’t these cute! Kiwi, melon and marshmallows make these kebabs just perfect. Idea found here.

6. Ghost Spoons
ghost spoons

These are a simple snack to make. Get some plastic spoons and add some melted white chocolate. Add some eyes either by using chocolate chips or darkly coloured icing sugar. For the spooky outfit, cut out the centres of white paper cupcake holders and wrap them around the spoon. Idea found here.

7. Cupcake Monsters
monster cupcakes

This is the best way to get messy in your kitchen! Idea found here.

8. Skeleton Cookies
skeleton cookies

Use your favourite cookie dough recipe and cut out shapes. It’s best if you use shapes of animals or anything that could have a skeleton. Once your cookies have baked, use white icing and pipe on simple skeletons. Idea found here.

9. Spiderwebs
spiderweb snacks

These are really easy to make and look great. Position pretzel sticks like spokes of a wheel on a piece of wax paper. Drizzle melted white chocolate or white icing in a circular motion over the pretzel sticks. Position raisins or chocolate chips in the centre use some melted milk chocolate to make these look like spiders. Idea found here.

10. Scary Pies
tentacle pie

Create individual pies for guests with this great idea. Cut out the pastry and drape over the sides creating octopus tentacles or spider legs. Idea found here.

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Healthy Does It – No-Bake Brownie Balls

With only 77 calories per brownie ball, why wouldn’t you want to make these as a healthy snack. This recipe makes about 15 balls so you can enjoy a healthy brownie ball every day.

15 pitted dates
2/3 cup cocoa powder (plus extra for dusting)
1 cup roasted almonds (no salt added)
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons water
Icing sugar (optional)

Add almonds to food processor and pulse until ground. Add dates, cocoa powder, honey, and water. Mix until it just forms a sticky mass. Wash hands and attempt to make a ball with the dough (it may need more water to get to the perfect consistency). Put a tablespoon of cocoa or confectioner’s sugar on a plate. Roll balls in your hand and then roll in sugar or cocoa (or both). Eat! These can be stored in the fridge for a week.

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Thanks for the idea Snack Girl.

A lazy & decadent Sunday lunch

Last Sunday we catered a delightfully decadent lunch at Katy’s Palace a 40th celebration. The menu started off with meze tapas of vine tomatoes, olives, tapenade, calamari, zucchini fritti and haloumi. For mains we plated a gorgeous bistecca off the bone with a béarnaise sauce and a side of chips and a green salad. It was a wonderfully fresh, tasty and lazy lunch, just perfect for a Sunday!

The lovely team at Hire Society arranged the decor. Don’t you just love the simplicity and beauty!

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Until next time,