Completed the third iSPYawards ceremony at the Hilton Brighton Metropole. The Hilton catering team always set the bar high, this event was no exception. We had to work around a dodgem set up brought in and built inside the conference centre. With our own vehicles and set up also needing to get inside through a different entrance with limited headroom time was going to be tight. We sent our team in early to assist the Hilton team make the necessary modifications required and we were up and running 'cooking on gas' well within our critical window.
22.39hrs Saturday UK Power Networks called our emergency telephone number to enquire if we could supply 7 Arcotherm indirect marquee space heaters and a Denyo Ultra silent generator at the Henfield Greyhound Racing Kennels. After a short breifing we were on the case and ready to swing into action. I called our on call emergency guys and briefed them on the task ahead. Over the 6 day power outage the kennels lost all their food supplies and heating for the 200 Greyhounds at the Corrals yard.
After speaking to Wendy at the kennels we agreed that we could make a contingency plan which would be easier to implement as and when the next power outage occurred.
We finally got confirmation the Tesco event at Tobacco Dock was going ahead. We quickly gave the 3 tonnes of equipment a final check prior to loading. Lawrence fired up the new LPG 20 chicken rotisserie which was going to be the main centrepiece of the event along with a selection of Turbo ovens and alto shaam holding cupboards. We headed off at 06.00hrs ready to beat the traffic and get in before all the other hire and event companies arrived. Sure enough by 11.00am the unloading bay was totally jammed up and someone parked inches from our tailgate, locked up their car and disappeared....stroke of luck we had finished unloading that van and onto the second van.
The new website is hotcupboardhire.co.uk.
This site focuses on hotcupboards, bain-maries and holding cupboards (banqueting carts to some). We started with just a few of these but after preparing for a few large events last year we now have dozens - all recent models from brands like Williams, Alto Shaam and Lincat.
Our diy-hog-roast.co.uk website just received a well-deserved facelift.
This is the latest of our Hog Roast websites to benefit from a new look ... better organised, simpler options and a tidier appearance. This one is a variaiton of our hog-roast.com design, which we updated in 2012 .. The update last year for hog-roast.com was the first major appearance change for our original website which launched soon after we started providing Hog Roasts in 1999.
The summer event season is on the horizon once again and the Christian Faversham Group (of which the Hog Blog is a part) is looking for reliable staff to assist us during the busy summer of 2013.
For a list of vacancies - mostly near Liphook in Hampshire - please visit our parent company on the Christian Faversham Group website.
If you think you qualify for any of these please complete an online job application.
We have some great mobile catering vehicles for the Fish and Chip catering side of our operations.
So what happens if we need to use our fryers indoors without a purpose-built kitchen area .... for instance at a conference venue? Well - where there's a will there's a way... here are pictures from a recent job at the Hilton Conference Centre in Brighton.
Everyone a little tired after we helped feed 1600 hungry students for a university in Milton Keynes. Luckily the hire side of our company has all the latest gear for this kind of job.
We were able to provide install a complete temporary kitchen with fitted sinks, pass-through dishwashers, stainless steel tabling, Williams holding cupboards, 10 rack LPG and 415v Combination Steam ovens (pictured below). All this required an onsite engineer, even LPG gas cages for all the gas bottles.
Very successful job - Everyone was well fed!