Food Focus - December 2018
Each month we’re delighted to provide a focus on the wonderful produce that makes Norfolk such a special foodie place. We are proud to be welcoming our friends at Feast Norfolk Magazine and Proudly Norfolk as guest writers. This month's feature is below...
BURN VALLEY CATERING, IN NORTH NORFOLK, IS THE BRAINCHILD OF STEVE NEWSOME AND HIS PARTNER LAURA ROBINSON. LAURA EXPLAINS HOW THEY’VE BEEN BUSY SETTING UP A VINEYARD ON THE FAMILY FARM!
Who are you and what do you do?
Burn Valley Catering is made up of my partner Steve and me. We started the business in early 2018 and have been steadily growing since. We are outside caterers who can provide delicious canapes, dinner parties, catering for business meetings, or BBQs all the way through to weddings.
What were you doing before you started Burn Valley Catering?
Steve was working for another Norfolk caterer, Julie Abbs, and I have been busy with our twins and setting up a vineyard on the family farm.
Where are you based?
We currently ren our catering business from home in Egmere, near Burnham Market, but plans are in motion for a move to a bigger premises next year.
Tell us abut your catering company? We hear you take particular pride in your canapes, Steve!
Steve has a wealth of experience working in restaurants and catering all over Europe but perhaps honed his amazing canape skills in London, working for caterers Alison Price and the Admirable Crichton.
How busy will you be over Christmas and New Year?
Since starting in March we have been pretty busy, so are taking some much needed family time out and going skiing just before Christmas. We have some bookings between Christmas and New Year, and are looking forward to a function-packed 2019.
What sort of events do you cater for?
We are more than happy to discuss any catering requirements you may have. Be it a dinner party for eight, or a wedding for 100 plus. We like to have a dialogue with the client to make sure their experience with us is the best possible.
We hear you have just planted a vineyard – can you tell us a bit more about that?
Burn Valley Vineyard is my family’s project and began three years ago on the family farm in North Creake. This year we have had our first harvest and will hopefully have some of our own wine to try come May next year. The plan is to run tours and have Burn Valley Catering delivering the food aspect. Watch this space for our first vintage.
How are you juggling twins and your new businesses?!
Yes, having four-year-old twins have its challenges but the main reason we came back from Norward in 2013 (where we were working at the time), was to be with our family and share all the trials and tribulations with them! We are very lucky to have super grandparents who they adore.
How green is your company?
Our ethos is to shop locally, independently and fresh, whenever possible and we keep our food miles down to a minimum.
How has Norfolk Food & Drink been able to help you?
We are all about Norfolk produce and endeavour to go Norfolk wherever possible, supporting local food businesses where we can. Norfolk Food & Drink has been great at putting us in touch with other producers. Some of our favourites are Norfolk Charcuterie, Gurneys Fish Shop, Coles of King’s Lynn, Arthur Howell, and HV Graves.