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September 2016

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London Fashion Week is almost here, and with it a whole new season of events and new menus to look forward to. Food fashions can vary every bit as much as clothes, but bowl food remains as popular as ever so do consider these delightful, mini meals as part of your event. Slightly more substantial, they work incredibly well served alongside our fantastic new range of Autumn canapes that reflect the colours and designs of the season.

This month our new apprentice chef joined the team. We are loving his enthusiasm and he is already causing a stir in the kitchen - more on that later in the newsletter under "Meet the Team"! I am looking forward to many of you meeting him on our events soon!

Last week we received fabulous news; we have yet again been awarded a Three Star Food Made Good Rating with the Sustainable Restaurant Association.

Our score of 83% overall was an improvement on last year putting us in the top 8% of SRA members in London and the top 19% of members (from all industries) nationwide....how proud are we? Very!

A statement from the SRA says that "We commend Suzanne James Ltd on its sustainability initiatives and commitment to ethical best practices. The areas in which they performed well should be promoted to inspire other UK caterers and to showcase the work they have put into making themselves a leading sustainable catering & events company".

It is no secret that sustainability is close to my heart and as I write this I have just enjoyed a wondeful wine tasting with Nico from Indaba Wines. The tasting included Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Merlot and Mosaic Wines all of which were really oustanding!
We also love the new labelling on the bottles, and Indaba's fantastic ethical credentials, which include a robust approach to sustainablity and an Eduction Fund which has been set up to establish the Indaba Montessori Academy, setting up schools for wine farm workers' children in the Cape Winelands, focusing on the critical early childhood development phase of 0 to 6 years old

It really has been an outstanding Summer, so it is hard to believe that Autumn is just around the corner, but the list of seasonal ingredients from our suppliers tells me otherwise, like it or not. In fact, as a chef it is always exciting to think about recipes that you haven't prepared for a while so I don't really mind at all, especially as I now get to make my absolute favourite beef bourguignon!

Of course, as well as winter warmers and Christmas Feasts we are already working with many couples on their Summer 2017 Weddings, with enquiries coming in for 2018, 2019 and even 2020! Our venues are filling up fast, so please do get in touch soon if you are planning to tie the knot in the next year or two, our team of Wedding Planners eagerly await your call. We are often able to negotiate favourable hire rates for our clients so why not take a look at our venues page for inspiration and then get in touch with us to act on your behalf, it's all part of the service, you may not have done it before but we certainly have!

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I hope you all have a super summer - I am sneaking away for a few days in Norfolk, I hope you all find time to do something relaxing.



Best wishes,


Suzanne James

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Tree Appeal News

Through our association with the Tree Appeal we have now planted over 1,000 native, broad leaf trees in the UK!

Running an ethical, sustainable business that supports the environment is at the very heart of our business and we are incredibly proud of this achievement. Thank you to all of our clients who have helped us to achieve this.

Take a look at our page on the Tree Appeal Website here.

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Meet the Team
Our new Apprentice Chef!

It may say Suzanne James above the door, and on the vans, and on the branding, but when you speak to the lady herself, much as she would love to take all the credit, she will also go to great pains to tell you about the amazing team behind each and every event.

This month we are incredibly excited to introduce you to our new Apprentice Chef, Callum......we are so happy to have him with us and to be helping him on his journey towards being a fully qualified chef.

Read more

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imageKeep it Local
We are proud of our status as not just a sustainable, but also an ethical caterer.

Wherever possible we use small, independent businesses much like ourselves and believe it is vitally important to support one another.

This month we would like to introduce you to Nathalie from Buttercup Bus - an amazing fleet of vintage VW Campers and photo booths!

Read more

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New Year Introduction - up to 20% off catering
costs at your event!


After the bright lights and excitement of Christmas it can be hard to feel enthusiastic about the New Year, but never fear - we have a plan!

We are offering up to 20% off events booked in January and February 2017, so why not get in touch and let us help you to banish those New Year Blues?

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Sparkling Weddings in Greenwich!
Winter weddings are becoming ever more popular & fireworks and winter really do go hand in hand.

One of the best things about celebrating your day at the Queens House or Cutty Sark in Greenwich is that a firework display can be incorporated into your celebration!!!

In October and November 2016 and January, February and March 2017
venue hire for the Queen's House (4pm - midnight) and Cutty Sark (6:30pm - midnight)
is just £6,600 inc. VAT.

For Smaller events and shorter hire periods we are able to offer 10% off the usual hire fee so why not contact us for more details?

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Christmas & New Year at National Maritime Museum

Christmas & New Year Party Offer
28th November 2016 - 3rd February 2017
10% off venue hire at all venues and a complimentary event hour from 11pm - midnight - limited availability remains.

 


Extended Autumn Offer
September - November 2016 and January - March 2017
Event hours 7pm - 11pm
Cutty Sark Reduced Rate £6,500 + VAT
Queen's House £5,400 + VAT
Royal Observatory £4,500 + VAT
National Maritime Museum £8,500 + VAT
Planetarium £3,600 + VAT

Please contact us for more details.

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East Dulwich "Indian Summer" Supper Club
Friday, 21st October 2016


Canapes and pre dinner drinks on arrival followed by a three course meal, coffee and chocolates.

Click on the date below for more details and to book via Grub Club.

Friday, 21st October 2016

Booking Notes
Please remember to add guest names in the comments section and let us know which (if any) of your guests have special dietary requirements. You can also add a note to tell us if you are attending as part of a group so that we can sit your all together. All of this saves us bothering you later, but we will get in touch if we have any queries.

You can read more about Supper Club and view the full menu on our website here.

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Eat Seasonally

Each month we write a seasonal food column for SE21, 22 and 23 magazines. Look out for our recipes which also appear on our website.

Eating seasonal produce ensures that you always get the best tasting, healthiest food available, at the very best prices.

Read more about our own policy on seasonal food, and why it matters here and here on our website.

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imageOut & About!

We are incredibly lucky to cater at so many amazing museums, galleries and historic venues, who also play host to a altitude of exciting events.

Our "Out & About" section offers a monthly low down on what's happening where for all you thrill seekers and culture vultures.

We hope you enjoy it, and please remember that if you are planning an event we would be delighted to see you at any of our venues in order to give you a guided tour while talking through the endless possibilities. We are often aware of special offers on venue hire and can assist in securing special rates when taking clients to a venue.

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Win a Bottle of Fizz!

Here's a photo of one of our waiting team, Ellie Chapman proudly sporting her Suzanne James bag at the site of the Battle of Puebla in Mexico, where she is studying for the next year!

With still have some of these fabulous bags to give away, to be in with a chance of winning send us a photo of yourself on your travels with your Suzanne James bag and email it to
amanda@suzannejames.co.uk

So far our bags have made it to Spain, New York, Thailand & Mexico, where will you take yours?

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