Each month we like to get to know a supplier even better and bring you snippets you won't know about them from their page. This month, our supplier of the month is Hey Pesto Catering, an award-winning catering and event co-ordination company based in Gloucestershire.
Hey Pesto Catering pride themselves in offering food that is always freshly prepared using locally-sourced, high quality ingredients, to ensure your Wedding Breakfast is simply spectacular! Not only will you receive the greatest quality catering, their friendly and personable wedding co-ordinators will make sure you are supported the whole way through - From day one of making contact with them, right through to set up and co-ordination of your big day! It's not often you'll find a service like that!
The team at Hey Pesto Catering say 'We know that your wedding day will be one of the most important and unforgettable days of your life. That makes it important to us too and our team will be there to ensure it runs smoothly'.
Here's what they had to say when we quizzed them...
Who runs Hey Pesto Catering and how did you start out in business?
Hey Pesto started in 2001 with Chrissie Creed & Symon Gallagher working from a small kitchen in the house. We have now expanded and have our own unit which we work from. We provide corporate catering for over 200 companies in Gloucestershire and are currently set for over 50 weddings this year. Our team has also now grown to 9 outstanding employees and are undergoing an office expansion this month too!
What is your greatest fear when you are working on a wedding?
Our greatest fear is forgetting things! It’s so easy to do, especially when we work at so many different venues with different requirements. We hire all of our equipment, from tea spoons to ovens, so it is very easy to miss something off the list. Luckily we have a fantastic team who all help each other to find mistakes in orders - Luckily we're amazing at making something out of nothing!
What is your greatest extravagance that is invaluable to Hey Pesto?
Definitely 2 computer screens! Being able to have the quote and the plan open at the same time is life changing!! Georgie has managed to convert everyone in the office and we now have 6 screens going on at once!
What is the best theme you have seen at a wedding?
Our favourite themes are the ones that make no sense to anyone else apart from the couple! We had one wedding where the table plan was filled with their favourite things, from olives to peonies, Lemons to the number 7! Each table then had a centre piece inspired by these and it was very random, but looked absolutely stunning.
What is the hardest thing a couple has ever asked you to do for their day?
It’s always difficult to keep to timings of a wedding, so it’s hard when couples ask you to get it to the minute, it’s almost impossible. You can never know how long it will take everyone to be seated, to eat, or even the speeches. We certainly do our best, and like to advise our couples on keeping it rough, so fingers crossed they do.
When was the last time you laughed out loud at a wedding? What happened?
The best man speeches always get us! It wouldn't be appropriate for us to divulge, but we love a good rude joke!
Also we had a wedding last year where the grooms father paid to have singer waiters, it was fantastic and the whole room was laughing and dancing, great touch!
What moment are you most proud of in your profession?
We honestly feel proud after every wedding & event we do. We forget that it is such a hard job to do, but it really is worth celebrating after each one.
We also love our reviews, every time one comes through, the whole team get together to read it, which is so lovely for us!
Where is your favourite setting for a wedding?
We did a wedding in 2017 in the middle of a little patch of wood. The brides dad had planted the little forest when she was born and it is called Birthday Wood. Her fiancé proposed to her in the woods and they then cleared the middle section to put a Tipi in there along with a sea of fairy lights. It was beautiful!
What is the one thing you can’t live without in your job?
Our team! We honestly don’t know how it would be possible to do the work we do without one another. We all have such different strengths that when combined, make a 'super-wedding' team!
What is the most embarrassing thing you have seen at a wedding?
One of our lovely brides got bird poo on her dress, however we managed to clean most of it off before anyone saw, so it probably wasn't too embarrassing.
Also, a couple of Speeches we've heard have been rather embarrassing - more awkward than award winning!
What question do you wish every couple would ask you when you are meeting with them for the first time?
Will this work? rather than presuming it will work!
At Hey Pesto we can do everything and anything, however that doesn’t mean it all works well. We pride ourselves on not saying no to our couples but sometimes it would be good if they asked!
Where do you draw inspiration from for your work?
PINTEREST! As part of the job description, you must have a Pinterest account and actively use it! It’s such a great tool for being able to get new ideas and see the trends.
We are also very lucky that our bride & grooms are able to give us ideas which we can then run with.
What would people be surprised to learn about Hey Pesto Catering?
We don’t use headsets! People always say, oh you plan weddings, you must be like J-Lo in the film! We neither have a headset, or a body like hers!
What's your top bit of advice for couples planning their wedding catering?
Canapes, Canapes, Canapes. Never underestimate the power of a canape!
It is your first taste of food as a married couple and the first thing you guests will try, so make them good, and have a lot.
Sweet canapes are also amazing. Any chance your guests get to mingle and chat to friends is always a bonus, and so let them get up and wander around instead of sitting for dessert.
How amazing do Hey Pesto Catering sound - not only is their food exquisite, it's clear that their team are a 'super-wedding' combo too!"
If you're searching for an award winning catering and events team then look no further then Hey Pesto Catering. From concept through to completion, they make sure your day is as special & memorable as possible. They can provide you with bespoke menus and dedicated coordinators, to ensure you day is simply perfect!
Why not have a swoon through their Pinterest boards, social media pages and their useful blogs and real wedding inspirations over on their website... it's filled with images that'll send your stomach grumbling and mouth watering!
Blogs and Real Wedding inspo: https://heypestocatering.co.uk/news-blog
If you love everything you see and read, head over to their Directory Page HERE to discover even more about this extremely professional and passionate catering and events team that provide nothing but the best!