The stress of cooking for more than 8,000 journalists at the 2012 London Media Centre has faded into a happy memory and I’ve been wonderfully rejuvenated by the festive break. I’m now full of energy and enthusiasm for the year ahead, even for blogging!

OGGSVenue Salad Menu
Indian potato salad with paneer, cashew nuts and curried yoghurt dressing

January sees the new 2013 catering menu coming into operation. Your old favourites are still there but there are also lots of new dishes to tempt you. If you need guidance on the menu choices for your next event, Perry and his team of event managers will be happy to help.

This year we’ve added a new salad selection to business lunches, the inspiration came from an unlikely source.


The first spark of inspiration happened at a meeting with our representative Rachael on a regular visit. KFF Ltd are one of our OGGSVenue nominated food suppliers.

Rachael told me customers would be asking for ‘Ottolenghi style’ salads within months. I quickly scheduled a visit to their Notting Hill cafe and was suitably impressed with their fresh and innovative food.

Bespoke menu client

The second spark for our inspirational salads came from a client meeting. When I asked if the client had any requests or preferences for her bespoke menu, her first comment was: ‘I would like Ottolenghi style salads. Have you heard of them?’

Thank you Rachael!

2013 Menu creation

Re-writing the menus is one of my biggest jobs of the year. Apart from making the food tempting, we consider sustainability, menu structure, provenance, availability, cost, practicality as well as food fashions and trends.

This year, you have seven new salad selections for the business lunch and finger food menu. If you have a personal favourite for your event, just let us know though.

Our prices have gone up ever so slightly (below inflation minimum) as we want to continue to offer value for money and excellent choice in these difficult times.

A final note on Ottolenghi. I visited their restaurant on Upper Street, Islington with the boss for dinner last week. It is super-trendy with a great buzz and was heaving!

All the dishes are “tasting” size rather than main course, and the combination of flavours is breathtaking. I can’t recommend it enough but make sure you book early if you want to go in the evening.

I hope we have a chance to serve you in our Cafe bar, Brasserie One restaurant or at a function in the coming year.

I’m happy to share any of the newly-featured salad recipes, just send me an email request.

Have a happy and prosperous 2013!

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