How can you diversify a catering business, and what marketing strategies will help?

I have been putting a lot of hours into diversifying our business this week. Chancellor Rushi Sunak's announcement that the government is going to spend £30 Billion to try and… Read More

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How can a catering business assess the viability of a takeaway sandwich kiosk?

Until we have a vaccine or develop successful treatments Covid-19 is here to stay. As such, each industry, business and sole trader will have to adapt to this new world.… Read More

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How do I plan the catering for my wedding day?

I don’t know about you, but I need something to look forward to at the moment. As I write this we are into week seven of Lockdown. So, it was… Read More

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How will Covid-19 change the catering industry?

As time passes and the government keep their plans for lock-down reversal under wraps, a lot of businesses are starting to think about how the economic landscape will be changed… Read More

What can we learn about leadership style from the coronavirus lockdown?

It’s starting. Slowly the names of high street retail brands are appearing in our news feed. Headlines like “High street retailers call in administrators” are going to get more prolific.… Read More

The impact on social distancing.

How can small businesses survive social distancing?

In the course of a week the aviation, heritage, hospitality and leisure industries have been brought to their knees. Social distancing has removed any chance of people meeting together and accessing… Read More

How quickly life (and blog posts) can change – catering during the start of a pandemic.

Last Friday Evening... I am not going to write about Coronovirus. Not yet, anyway. Eventually, I know I will have to. I will have to write about catering during the… Read More

Why every small business should use a good example.

I prefer less choice in my life. That’s right: less. I remember back when I first had my first baby; I was so exhausted my mother-in-law kindly took me to… Read More

Tomato Salsa Vegan Canapés

Easy Exciting Vegan Canapé Recipes

A recent poll said that by the end of 2019, over 600,000 people in the UK were following a vegan diet (source: What with concerns over the impact of… Read More

Birmingham’s best catering service: Carl Gauntlett.

Introducing our new unit

A new year, and a new chapter in the life of Just Catering Midlands. While most people were tucking into their chocolate selection boxes over the festive season, we have… Read More

How to not get a job.

We tried to hire a technician this quarter. With all the help of online sites, social media and advertising, you would think that it would be easy to find someone… Read More

What questions should your wedding caterer ask you?

How do you know whether the wedding caterer you are asking to serve you on your special day is going to deliver what they promise? Ultimately, you can’t know for… Read More

Just Catering Midlands are Recruiting

We at Just Catering Midlands are looking for a new food technician to join our dynamic and ever developing event catering company. If you want an exciting, people-focused role in… Read More

How to cook a curry base sauce.

I had an absolute treat today. I spent the afternoon with the dynamic, enthusiastic Carl Gauntlett from Just Catering, learning how to make a professional curry base sauce. Carl has… Read More

How to stop vegetables from being boring!

Recently I have been trying to up the number of vegetarian meals I serve my family. I normally cook our meals from scratch anyway and always include two portions of… Read More

Luxurious, Indulgent and Decadent

Christmas. Does the word evoke joy or dread in your mind? In all honesty, I love Christmas. I love the nostalgic feelings that the lights, sounds and familiar flavours instil… Read More

Design your own canapé menu!

Here at Just Catering, we are proud to introduce our new looking canapé menus. Designed with the customer in mind, we are keen to make your experience as smooth as… Read More

How can empathy help your business grow?

I learned a lesson this week. I was emailing a prospective client back and forth, checking details and dietary requirements, when I realised that a lot of the questions she… Read More

How to teach a child to prepare a salad safely

I am not going to lie, it is very easy to entice my children to help out in the kitchen when a chocolate cake is in the offing. They eagerly… Read More

A Different Kind of BBQ

Ah, the summer! Rain, sand, sun cream and after-sun! And what could be more British than a BBQ cooked under an umbrella and eaten in the living room on your… Read More

Canapés in the Summer? Game, Set and Match

Here we are in July and Summer is upon us. It actually is too: we have sun and everything! Here at Just Catering, we've been enjoying the great British tradition… Read More

How to get your kids to eat healthy stuff.

I have to admit something here, something I’m very proud off, but also don’t share around too often as I don’t want to make other people unnecessarily guilty: my older… Read More

How not to succeed at business!

The internet is awash with self help guides on how to grow your business. Just type in “how to” and there will be millions of hits promising you the “top… Read More

How poetry can help us create more immersive experiences

What makes a good event? I have written a lot about this in my blog. As a caterer, I see a mixture of good and bad in my line of… Read More

How to design your own canapés at home.

Canapés frighten people. Not the eating of them mind, but the creating the and cooking of them. To some extent you can understand this; the best and most sophisticated canapés… Read More

Shhh! My secret recipe.

This month I thought I’d share the most versatile recipe I know. I use it for all sorts of things in my cooking. It’s a basic tomato sauce, but simply… Read More

The Surprising History of Easter Food.

Here at Just Catering we have been preparing for a plethora of Easter celebrations. We get very excited when our clients request seasonally themed treats as part of their order… Read More

A Three Course Meal

Last month we were delighted to provide a three course meal for the Warrant Officers' and Sergeants' Mess at the 202 Midland Field Hospital. The dinner was to celebrate the… Read More

What I Learned From My Window Cleaner

I’ve been looking for a good window cleaner. It may seem like a small thing, but you have no idea how difficult I’ve found it to try and get someone… Read More

Experiential Catering

Some would think that hosting a good party is just about getting the right food, enough drink and a half decent DJ. Not any more! More and more, people are… Read More

How To Plan A Wedding

Some people know exactly what they want for their wedding day. They have already picked out the dress, know exactly what flowers will be in season and have written their… Read More

Planning a Children’s Party on a Budget

So Christmas is over and a new year has begun. I get very blue in January. So to beat this I start thinking about my son’s birthday in March. This… Read More

What makes a good host?

What makes a good host? I've been to a lot of events during my time with Just Catering; all sorts of different occasions and celebrations. Obviously, my role is to… Read More

Our Festive Canapé Menu

Our canapé menu is crammed full of mouth-watering finger food. It is busting at the seams and boasts a wide variety of options. For just £9.50 per person you can… Read More

New festive menus

We are delighted to announce our festive menus which can be used for your christmas event to really make it an event to remember. Our christmas catering is based on… Read More

An Open Letter To All Our Customers

Allow me to take this opportunity to thank you for choosing us as the caterers for all your events. We really value you, and as such I am excited to… Read More

An Indulgent Marriage

Don’t get me wrong, I love a classic egg mayo sandwich. There’s reason classic combinations like ham and tomato, cheese and onion and chicken salad are ‘classic’. The ingredients work… Read More

A Difficult Choice

Often when I’m first chatting with a client they will ask me what I recommend from our menu. It can be quite hard to decide, as I’ve so many favourites,… Read More

It’s people that matter

What is it that inspires you? What gets you out of bed in the morning and means you return home, exhausted but satisfied? What gives you enthusiasm and motivates you… Read More

Rocky Road – not only a sweet treat for Just Catering

Rocky Road – not only a sweet treat for Just Catering What does my life, chocolate, marshmallows, and biscuit pieces all have in common? They are part of what makes… Read More