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Venue Spotlight – The Normans Farm

We have the pleasure of working in lots of different venues throughout Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire (primarily) and if you ask the F4D team they’ll all have their favourites. We’re pretty sure that The Normans Farm will feature quite heavily in that list. If you haven’t seen it yet, what are you waiting for?

First, let’s introduce you to these two cool cats – Oliver and Laura (along with Betty the Pug) who are the husband and wife team behind The Normans

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This fabulous photo was taken by Kate Gray Photography

Here’s Laura and Oliver’s story…

‘Our own love story began amidst the bright lights of Dubai, where we worked as magazine editors on leading lifestyle and travel titles before we traded sun, sea and glamour for farm life in North Yorkshire.
While Oliver toiled the land, Laura continued her career as a features editor for County Wedding Magazines (which means she knows more than a thing or two about how to create a show-stopping wedding!)
We love The Normans so much that we wed here ourselves in December 2014. And we weren’t the first – the farm’s set the scene for a number of Robinson family weddings, which inspired us to spend the past year transforming it into a cool, country venue that we believe is unique to the area.
We’re thrilled to announce that The Normans has now been transformed into a fully licensed venue, so you can now book this special place for your own unforgettable wedding. Our bespoke approach means that no wedding here will ever look or feel the same, nor will you be treated like ‘just another bride and groom’. And while we’ll be on hand to share all our creative ideas, we’re just as happy to leave you to it, to create your own dream day’

Every wedding we’ve catered for at The Normans is completely different but they have all had one thing in common – a wonderful relaxed day filled with lots of laughter and fun (and great food of course!).

Here’s just a small selection of images from some this beautiful venue…

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Image Credit Joss Widdowson

The Normans wedding by Toast Photography

The Normans wedding by Toast Photography

Image credit from the fabulous Shelly at Toast of Leeds

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Image credit from the very lovely Olivia Brabbs

If you’re still looking for a venue, make sure you check this one out. Dates for 2019 have now been released and we can guarantee they won’t be around for long!

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Selby Rugby Club Sportsman’s Dinner & Summer Ball

We’re often asked to cater for large scale events and working with Selby Rugby Club recently was a perfect example of this. They held a Sportsman’s Dinner for 476 guests on Thursday evening followed by a quick turnaround of the marquee ready for their Summer Ball for 506 on the Saturday. Events like these are always great fun to work and this was no exception.

They had a fabulous marquee provided by Classic Marquees (it’s always a pleasure to work with these guys) – a marquee for this many people always has to be sizeable and Classic did not let us down. Check out the sheer size of the marquee on this video… (Footage courtesy of Miles Hebden)

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For Thursday’s Sportsman’s Dinner, guests dined on a menu of Pate with Chutney, Rocket Leaf and Croutes followed by locally sourced Roast Beef, accompanied by Mash & Roast Potatoes, Yorkshire Puddings, Fresh Seasonal Vegetables and lashings of Gravy. Dessert was an all time favourite of Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream then a Cheese Board, along with fresh coffee or Yorkshire Tea and Petit Fours.

Saturday’s Summer Ball was a varied menu with guests having advance choices of either a Posh Prawn & Smoked Salmon Cocktail with a Bloody Mary Sauce or a Mezze Plate of Parma Ham, Sunblushed Tomatoes, Olives, Mozzarella, Houmous and Pitta Sticks followed by either Lamb Rump with a Minted Jus, a Pork Trio of Belly Pork, Black Pudding and a Sausage Lollipop or Chicken Breast filled with a Sage and Onion Sausage Meat Stuffing, each accompanied by Dauphinoise Potatoes and Vegetable Bundles. The meal was rounded off with either Banoffee Pie (seriously, our chefs make THE most amazing Banoffee Pies!) or Chocolate Brownie with Vanilla Ice Cream then a Cheese Board served with Coffee, Yorkshire Tea and Chocolate Truffles.

Posh Prawn & Smoked Salmon Cocktails and Mezze’s as far as the eyes can see!

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A huge thanks to the fantastic team at Selby Rugby Club, especially Wendy, Emma & Karen – it was a pleasure working with you all.

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There ain’t no party like a F4D party… Babafest 40

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They always say the best parties are in the kitchen and we’ve never been one to argue with that, however Team F4D are now all in agreement that some of the best parties happen in a Serentipi Last Saturday’s Festival themed 40th birthday party for James was absolutely no exception and the team were all sparkly and ready to go…

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We worked with two of our industry faves at this event, Serentipi and Mix & Twist and that alone is guaranteed to make a great party but the entertainment was second to none. Bloxed Beats were brilliant as were Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw and DJ Judge Jules. Here’s Grimmy with the fab guys from Bloxed Beats (trust us, these guys are really good!)…

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Happy Birthday to James. We hope you had a fabulous night – thank you for allowing us to play a part in it.

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Martin House Hospice Glitter Ball

Every year, the fabulous Martin House Hospice host a charity ball to raise much needed funds. Jonathan and Katrina have long been supporters of the amazing work that they do and this year’s Ball was no exception. We love a good party (we’ll attend the opening of an envelope given half a chance!) so a few of us dressed up and headed to Rudding Park to join them and a few of the Emmerdale stars. We scrub up quite well don’t you think?

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Last year, Friends 4 Dinner offered a prize of a dinner party for 6 people, in their own home, with a personal chef and waiting staff and were absolutely astounded when it reached £1800 at auction. So astounded that we offered a second prize and this raised a further £2000. With that in mind, we offered the same prize for this year’s Ball with the hope that we’d at least reach similar amounts. We were completely blown away, and immensely proud for the first dinner for 6 to reach £4000 and for the second to match it, meaning that we raised a phenomenal £8000.00 for this amazing charity. Yes, you read that right – £8000.00! We think that speaks volumes about the quality and high standards of our food and our team and we’re incredibly humbled by this. A huge thank you to both bidders – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Interim reports indicate that the Glitter Ball is on target to raise an incredible £85000.00 from this year’s event and we know that will make a massive difference to the Hospice and their work. If you’d like to know more about them, or want to see ways you can support them, visit their website here

We’re already looking forward to next year’s Ball – if you’d like to join in the fun pop the date in your diary now – Friday 11th May 2018. See you there!

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The Hollytree Foundation Charity Ball

We support a number of different charities and are often asked to cater for Charity Balls which are always such a fabulous way to raise much needed funds. We recently met Zoe and Olivia from The Hollytree Foundation who are organising a Ball at Scampston Hall (a venue that we love!) and we’re delighted that we will be providing the catering for this event. The Hollytree Foundation is such a fabulous charity and we wanted to share a little about them…

‘The Hollytree Foundation Charity supports parents and carers with the emotional, logistical and financial difficulties, that caring for a child in a mental health unit brings.
Children’s mental health units are far and few between and are spread around the United Kingdom. Quite often families have to travel hundreds of miles to visit their children in order to maintain essential contact. Children’s regular contact with family members supports the rocky road to recovery. Many parents and carers find financially maintaining this contact challenging.
The charity aims to support these parents and carers through small grants towards their travel and accommodation costs when visiting their children.
We raise money by fundraising and donations.

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The Story so far…

The Hollytree Foundation was born out of personal experience. Zoe’s daughter Holly has been in several mental health units over the last 18 months: in Liverpool, Manchester and currently Norwich. Zoe soon realised that there was no help with funding for parents and carers like herself unless they are on benefits. So far to date, Zoe has travelled 15,000 miles and spent in excess of £5,000 on fuel alone, currently driving a weekly 440 mile round trip to see her daughter. Hearing stories in the media of families having to travel hundreds of miles with all the expense that that brings, Zoe decided to do something about it and started, with the help of the charity’s Trustees, to set up a charity.
We chose the name ‘Hollytree’ after Zoe’s daughter, Holly, and also that mental health is often a ‘prickly’ subject that is not easily talked about.
Zoe continually tries to raise the Charity’s profile and campaigns for funding for parents and carers.

If you’d like to support The Hollytree Foundation you can contact them via their Facebook page here The Hollytree Foundation and if you would like to attend the Ball please do contact them directly for tickets. It’s sure to be a sell out event so don’t hang around!

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