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Food Porn with Social Pantry

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I am very excited to tell you all today a little bit more about the wonderful catering company that is Social Pantry! After having a few conversations with Alex about her company, the food she creates and her ethos behind her work, I decided that we needed to see things first hand. So one windy Thursday our team travelled down to their Battersea HQ to meet Alex (founder), her chef’s and to see the passion behind the talent.

I was joined by our lovely resident food critic Paul David Chambers; and this is what he thought:

When you meet Alex Head, you are immediately struck by her passion, her sheer effervescence when she speaks of anything food oriented. It was this energy that drove her to sell sandwiches from the back of her push bike at the tender age of 14, then through cookery school in Ireland, to working in and running restaurants before ending up with the delightful and bustling business that is now Social Pantry.

Providing catering experiences for weddings that seek that certain special something, Social Pantry continually strive to push the boundaries with their simple yet sumptuous dishes that are a pleasing assault on the senses. At first enchanting you visually (they believe that you eat with your eyes first), the food continues to enthral and seduce you with it’s fresh and delicious ingredients put together by their skilled and passionate chefs. Natural, earthy, delicate and vital, from the lightest of touches to the downright decadent. Social Pantry insist on sitting down with their clients and working through a taster menu until the perfect bespoke menu is agreed upon matched to their carefully selected wine list! All within the lucky couple’s agreed budget.

When that special day arrives, their seasonal fare is prepared on the premises and served by a friendly and attractive staff all of whom have worked at Social Pantry for years. This perpetuates their passion for perfection, by delivering beautiful food in a fluid manner so that your wedding is one remembered by your guests.

Sample menu:

Beetroot and goats cheese mousse is an awesomely adult dish, beautifully pink and vibrant with a sharp goats cheese assault with smooth earthy beetroot topped with a delightfully delicious edible flower. Lucky guests will feel like their eyes and their mouths have been spoilt.

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Parsnip crisps with carrot soup is a subtle and earthy amuse-bouche, with a buttery and moreish symphony of Autumnal flavours, perfect as an hors d’oeuvre served with a glass of bubbly. Try to stop your guests going back time and time again to dip and savour!

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Seared rosemary infused salmon with beetroot served on a bed of cherry tomatoes, with beetroot and spring onion salad. For the more health conscious as well the pescatarians and meat eating guests, this is a light, healthy tasting meal, with the heavier beetroot carrying the subtle salmon perfectly ; and could be enjoyed with a light white wine or a heavier red to compliment the earthy beetroot.

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Seared sirloin steak with flat mushroom cream on a bed of celeric mash is a melt in the mouth dish that panders to the more traditional palate yet has a modern twist. Earthy natural flavours that compliment each other perfectly, each mouthful a symphony of flavours, matched with a glass of heady Barolo will leave the carnivores amongst your guests dabbing their smiling mouths.

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Chicken curry and wild rice for a lighter option, what it lacks in fat it more than makes up for in taste. A cornucopia of coconut based chicken curry, turmeric, and punchy coriander delivered with wholesome wild rice offers a more exotic option which will leave guests light on their feet for the remainder of the ceremony.

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Pan seared sea bass with potatoes. A dish comprising crushed beautifully caramelised new potatoes holding aloft melt in the mouth fish with the perfect crisp on the skin. A sublime dish, and an obvious favourite that delivers freshness and flavours in abundance with a flourish from the red cabbage salsa. Your guests will adore how it looks then revel in this dish’s layers of wholesome flavours.

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A beautifully light and outstanding dish is thethree tomato salad with mozzarella, that combines green, yellow and red tomatoes, and delightfully light and creamy mozzarella. All  drizzled in olive oil homemade pesto, and garnished with baby coriander. Peppery, crunchy, light yet luxurious tasting, this is a palate cleansing winner for all; don’t save it for the vegetarians. Although a salad based dish, it is one that amazes with it’s complexity of flavours and looks simply stunning.

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Chocolate brownie embellished with edible gold is a rich, dark mouthgasm that’s a Social Pantry closely guarded secret recipe, and rightly so. This would leave the chocoholics in the wedding party thoroughly satisfied (top image).

Chocolate mousse looks divine and tastes devilish. With a heavenly texture, deeply decadent and chocolaty velvet shot through with chunks of chocolate, an amorous assault on the senses!

Delicately plated and beautiful to gaze upon, the lemon pousset is zingy and light. Perfect for the dessert lover, a subtle blend of cream, lemon juice and zest that leaves you smiling with plenty of room for more.

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For more details on Social Pantry visit https://www.mrandmrsunique.co.uk/catering/social-pantry.aspx or visit their website at http://www.socialpantry.co.uk 

A massive thank you to Alex for her amazing sample menu, Paul for his words and to Alexander Zajac our photographer for the day

 

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