31 July 2011

BBQ BIRTHDAY MENU, David and Sharon Leach.

I catered for a BBQ this weekend for a great group of people that were celebrating the Birthday of David Leach. I am very proud that I was contacted by a work colleague of David's through a recommendation from a Previous Dinner Party. It is always a great feeling when I get asked to do a function through word of mouth. We initially spoke over the phone before we met at David's house near Bournemouth to talk about the menu and how the day would plan out. Both David and Sharon are very lovely people and it was a pleasure to meet them and I immediately felt at ease talking about their day and my business venture in ChefGary

David was really impressed with my previous BBQ functions from my blog and gave me a few dishes that he particularly liked to include in his menu. I came up with the rest and they were more than happy with the final choices, having allowed me a flexible budget to work with. We also chose some great desserts to finish the day off which I always love to do.

When the day came I was greeted very warmly by David and Sharon and I unloaded the food and my equipment. The weather was a bit cloudy but it soon cleared up and the sun came out, enhancing the fantastic gardens and grounds. David was very easy going and I used his own BBQ to cook on which is an amazing piece of equipment. He was a very generous host and it was a pleasure to have a beer with everyone as I cooked up the lunch menu.


On Arrival,
Crispy duck spring rolls, sweet chilli dip,
x x x
BBQ pitta bread and chilli and basil hummus.

Whole roast loin of pork, rubbed in Chinese 5 spice and sea salt,
x x x
Chicken breast skewers, wrapped in smoked streaky bacon, marinated in honey, mustard and soy,
x x x 
BBQ Chicken drumsticks, ground cumin, paprika and brown sugar,
x x x
Chicken thighs, Tikka marinade,
x x x
Chinese 5 spice chicken wings,
x x x
Pork belly ribs, barbecue sauce,
x x x
Butchers handmade assorted pork sausages,
x x x
ChefGary's beef burgers, chilli, basil and shallots,
 x x x
 Monk fish, Parma ham and red peppers skewers,
x x x
King prawn and chorizo skewers, garlic and chilli.
x x x 
Freshly baked cheese and blush tomato bread,
x x x
Cajun potato wedges,
x x x
Celeriac coleslaw, potato salad, tossed salad,
x x x
Wild rice salad: red onion, sultanas, peppers, fresh coriander, chilli and toasted almonds.

Banoffe, chocolate and Bailey's cheesecake
Fresh strawberries and cream.

Crispy duck spring rolls
Cheese and blush tomato bread
Tikka marinated chicken thighs, pork sausages
Monkfish, Parma ham and red pepper skewers
King prawn and chorizo skewers
Chicken breast and smoked bacon, marinated in soy, honey and mustard

"The food was truly exceptional and was the highlight of the party. Everyone commented on the excellence of the food and the variety. They also said that they thought you were a perfect gentleman and helped make the party special. We hope to use you again soon and I know a lot of our guests will be in touch with you at some point to cook for them. A date for your diary will be the 20/04/2012, for our daughters wedding, at the house again, so please do provisionally book this date! You are truly exceptional and you deserve to become renowned for what you do and as we have said, everyone was raving about your food and your courteous nature"

"Thank you again for making our birthday BBQ party special" 

David and Sharon 

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  1. True, nothing beats the feeling of being recommended by your past client to another, since you can prove them that they are your satisfied customers. Aside from that, looking from those pictures of the food you served made me drool and want to grab a bite of those!

  2. Thanks Austin,
    All of my functions have been booked from word of mouth in one form or another. ;-)