FOOD AND DRINK
GOURMET FOOD by FREE RANGE chef
Food Glorious Food
Oscar Wilde is quoted as saying “I have a simple taste, only the best”. That’s the starting point for the food service at each wedding for Simply Wed.
In practice, that means our talented caterers, Free Range Chef, using the best ingredients, preparing food fresh, with an emphasis on creating a feast for the eyes as well as the palate.
Choose your 3-course meal of canapes, walk-and-fork plates and themed grazing platters, which are the best of New Zealand and international contemporary cuisine – enough to feed even the extra-hungry.
You can also choose an alternative Simply Decadent barbeque or Ham Carvery menu at an additional charge per head.
All dietary requirements can be met, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free. Just let us know when booking.
Champagne is served with canapes after the ceremony itself. Guests can enjoy a seated layout, “walk and fork” service or a combination of both.
Towards the end of the reception, enjoy a piece of divine wedding cake baked by Jackie King of Cake & Co. A gluten-free cake option is available at a small extra cost.
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What’s On The 3-Course Menu
Style – Contemporary with an emphasis on fresh local ingredients, prepared by the wonderful Free Range Chef.
Canapes – Choose from a wide selection, including dessert canapes and
walk and fork (substantial small plates).
Grazing platters – Several different themed platters served at the tables or buffet-style.
Special dietary requirements – Vegetarian, gluten-free and/or vegan options available
Drinks – A bar tab per person – approximately four glasses of alcohol each. There is also a special rate for Veuve Clicquot or Moet & Chandon champagne. An additional bar tab can be purchased.
Seating – Choose between traditional table layout, “walk and fork” or a combination of both
Extra Food Options
Ask about extra canapes, walk and fork and grazing platters, all at an additional cost, or you can enjoy our Simply Decadent barbeque or Ham Carvery menu for an additional per-head cost.
The Free Ranger
Stephen Weeks, Free Range Chef Founder
Free Range Chef sprung from Stephen’s desire to offer cuisine free from the normal restraints of a typical catering company.
Having built a skill set from extensive experience in many countries it is important to him that he fully utilizes his talents and those of his staff to offer a range of unique packages and services.
“We love working alongside couples on their special day. Over our 5-year journey, we have had the honor to be part of a vast array of weddings in many unique venues and locations across the country. We align with the best suppliers, providing the best produce to ensure you have a dining experience out of the ordinary.”
Let Them Eat Cake
The cakes baked for each wedding look amazing, reflecting the latest in wedding style and cake design. But they aren’t just for show. One bite, and you can tell the quality – substantial without being heavy, tasty without being too sweet. That’s a testament to the work of cake baker extraordinaire Jackie King:
“Our emphasis is on using only the best natural ingredients – free range eggs from happy chooks, spelt flour, NZ dairy and chocolate, fresh organic edible flowers, along with our own special blend of gluten-free flour and we make our curds, fillings, macarons and syrups all from scratch.”
And if there’s any cake left at the end of the reception, you’ll definitely be wanting to take that home. Take it from the members of our team who did the sampling.
Cake Maker to the Stars
Jackie King, Cake & Co. Owner
Paul Henry, Hillary Barry, Lee Tamahori, the Shortland Street cast – who hasn’t Jackie made a cake for? Now the Invercargill-born baker is available to put her talents to work for you.
It’s easy to see why she’s been so sought after once you’ve seen and tasted one of her creations. And it’s hard to disagree with her philosophy:
“Life is about indulging – and more often than not, this involves scrummy sweet delectable morsels that ignite all our senses and make us feel decadent.”
Now For The Sweet Part – Creating the Cake
Cakes come in the four styles shown below, and are large enough to feed the whole wedding party. Once you’ve decided the look, you can pick from four flavours: Raspberry Chocolate, Lemon Meringue and Thyme, Vanilla or Rich Chocolate.
Semi-nude with whites and greens.
Semi-nude with a violet, dark red or burgundy theme.
Classic white styled in creams or white with a hint of green.
Decorated in macarons or profiteroles in whites, lilac or blush.