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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?


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.


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!



Behind The Scenes – Meet The Team

We cater for literally hundreds of events every year and to do this, we need a top team on board. We’re incredibly proud of the people who form our business and our team is genuinely second to none. We’d like to share a little more about the people behind the scenes and we’re starting with Olivia (or Liv to most of us!) who is one of our Event Managers.


Liv first put on a Friends 4 Dinner uniform at the tender age of 13 (for the record she’s now 22!) and has continued to be a key member of our team since, despite taking time out to study for a BSc Degree in Sports Therapy (Hons). After achieving her degree, Liv decided she wanted to spend more time doing what she truly loves which is managing events, particularly the weddings and large scale Ball’s etc. and we’re very glad she stayed with us. It can’t have been an easy decision – after all, who wants to massage fit young sportsmen instead of running an event?!


Liv’s incredibly organised and is definitely the ‘go-to’ person, particularly for those clients who organise events for larger numbers on an annual basis. Liaising directly between them and our team here, she’s on hand to make sure that everything runs according to plan, right through to the event itself. She loves what she does and it’s clearly evident – check out our Instagram account (friends4dinner) for lots of fab images of events she’s run and plenty of selfies with the team – she’s definitely our selfie Queen! As we’re heading into an incredibly busy season we’ll be sharing lots more posts here.


If you’re lucky, you might see Liv at an upcoming event – make sure you say hi!

Corporate Events Inspiration Wedding Catering

Honey, I Shrunk the Brunch…


If you’re having an earlier wedding ceremony time of 10.00am or a morning corporate event, what do you serve to your guests as traditional canapés don’t really fit the bill for most? How about tasty brunch canapés such as Mini Waffles with Bacon and Maple Syrup (a favourite at F4D HQ!) or even Mini Pancakes topped with Fruit?


And the ultimate go to Brunch Canape? Bacon Skewers… what’s not to love?


And last but not least, Mini Breakfasts…


We’re full of ideas for fab brunch canapés and these are just a small selection. If you’re wanting something different, try us!


Real Wedding – Bex & James, Hornington Manor


Bex & James
Event: Wedding
Venue: Hornington Manor
Brief: Elegant Country Manor wedding
No. Of Guests: 90

Bex & James were such a fabulous couple to work with and their wedding really was a reflection of that. They married at one of our favourite venues, Hornington Manor, and it was such a beautiful day.

To Welcome: A Selection of Hot & Cold Canapes
Starter: Antipasti
Main: Charred Fillet of Beef with a Rich Red Wine Jus served with Dauphinoise Potatoes and Fresh Seasonal Vegetables
To Finish: Trio of Crème Brulee, Sticky Toffee Apple Crumble and Chocolate Torte

Client’s say…
‘I cannot praise and recommend Friends for dinner enough. We chose them as our wedding caterers in May and they exceeded all expectations. The food was absolutely amazing!
So many of our guests said it was the nicest wedding food they’ve ever had and still talk about it 6 months later. The canapés and steak were just phenomenal and I wish I could eat like this every day! The staff are so easy to work with and helped us choose the perfect menu for our day. They are the BEST!’

The loveliest of testimonials from Bex & James – we hope we’ll get to see with this fab couple again in the future. In the meantime, much love from all at Team F4D.

Images courtesy of Sarah Beth Photography