We are passionate about every element of the weddings we host, from decor and ambience to food and drink. That’s why we love working with Bumblebee Foods, founded by Katie Kingdon more than twenty years ago. This month, we sat down with Katie, who is based locally in Chew Valley, to ask her culinary questions – read on to find out more!
How would you sum up Bumblebee Foods in a sentence?
Based in the heart of Chew Valley, nestled at the foot of the stunning Mendip hills, we offer great tasting meals using locally sourced produce.
Have you always worked in the food industry?
Food has always been in my heart and the desire to feed people is an enormous passion of mine. I took myself off to The Cordon Bleu School many years ago, to expand my knowledge and I gained experience with different techniques and styles of cooking. The majority of my experience has been by just going out on my own and learning the hard way!
What are the top three trends you predict for weddings in 2020?
1. Keeping it local – I have always been a big believer in the importance of this and even use as many ingredients as possible from my own garden. My meat is supplied by ‘The Story’, an fantastic organic butchers owned by local farmer Luke Hasell who also owns Chew Valley Weddings!
2. Getting personal – I don’t work with set menus because I believe it’s vital to meet every individual client to get an idea of their wants and needs while also of course taking into account practicalities such as allergies and special requirements. It’s great to see this approach being valued across the food industry.
3. Chilling out– I’ve definitely noticed that more and more couples are choosing to have less formal big days, with barbecues and street foods becoming really popular. Of course we also love making clients traditional three course meals, but not every venue can cater to this style so options like street food help us ensure every couple can offer guests really delicious food wherever they get married!
Click to find out more about Bumblebee Foods. Just like them, here at Chew Valley we want to give every couple a unique and personalised experience on their special day.
To find out how we could give your wedding the wow factor with a beautiful and bespoke package, email or call 01761 463695.