Private Chef Mansfield – Tips For A Fab Christmas


December is hurtling ahead with the festive period firmly upon us. Whether you’ve managed to avoid it for the past however many years, or you’ve simply run out of excuses it’s time to accept it and get cracking- you’re catering for Christmas this year! But don’t panic. We’ve got some great tips to avoid a catering nightmare this Christmas.

Here’s my top 6 tips for a successfully catered family Christmas:

Christmas Catering Tip #1

Set the table the day before and forget about it. Any additional time you can buy yourself on the day will result in fewer meltdowns! You want to spend your morning focusing on the food, not running around looking for those Christmas napkins you had left over from last year.

Christmas Catering Tip #2

In the same vein as the first tip, consider making dessert one or even two days prior. Something like fresh berries or mangoes with a scoop of decent shop bought sorbet can be a very easy and refreshing way to finish a heavy meal. Otherwise a high quality Christmas pudding is very easy to find from a good retailer if you cannot face making one yourself.

Christmas Catering Tip #3

A lot more people are going gluten-free these days or have particular dietary requirements. While that may be a slight exaggeration it pays to find out before the day if any of your guests have allergies or dietary requirements. Good organisation prevents culinary disaster!

Christmas Catering Tip #4

If you follow just one tip from this blog, I urge you to remember this one. Don’t use this occasion to try that new recipe you’ve been pondering. Stick to what you know when entertaining. Always. Seriously, I know it looks easy when Jamie Oliver does it on TV, but play it safe for a guaranteed delicious Christmas feast!

Christmas Catering Tip #5

I am pretty sure if you watch any of the cooking based reality shows on TV you will know this one. Use the best produce you can afford. Seems obvious however the difference between good food and great food often comes down to using fresh fruit and vegetables as well as freshly caught seafood and local meat. By swapping your usual choices for the real thing you will really lift the quality of your Christmas catering.

Christmas Catering Tip #6

Some final words of wisdom. Never let your ambitions outweigh your capabilities. Entertaining in the festive season should be about relaxing with friends and family rather than panicking in the kitchen! While anyone wants to impress when catering for their friends and family over Christmas, just remember, they have not come for the food. They have come for the company. So spread the love this Christmas and enjoy being with the ones you love!

So see how it goes, and hey, if it doesn’t work out so well, just give Square and Compass Catering Ltd a call and book us in for next year!

With a wealth of experience in the catering industry and operating across the whole of Nottingham and the East Midlands region, Square and Compass Catering Limited is here to help. Offering private chef services across Nottingham, Mansfield, Derby, Matlock, East Midlands, and the South Yorkshire​ regions we’re here to help make your Christmas a little less stressful and even more enjoyable. And of course, if you have any questions do not hesitate to get in touch.

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