Sustainability is a hot topic these days and certainly not one that shows any signs of slowing down. If anything, people are becoming increasingly interested in reducing the impact they’re having on the planet in a variety of ways – and you can do an awful lot of good by reviewing what’s on your dinner plate each and every day.
Eating seasonally has all sorts of benefits associated with it, from reducing the energy and associated carbon emissions required to grow and transport produce to supporting your local economy, reconnecting with the earth’s natural cycle and also enjoying fresher, tastier and more nutritious food.
So, if you’re currently chatting to your local Yorkshire catering company and are keen to present your guests with a seasonal menu at your next big event, it’s worth taking the time to see what’s in season now over the winter months.
You could come up with a really interesting menu with some unexpected delicacies on it – so here are just a few ideas to help get you started.
We’re coming towards the end of November now but that doesn’t mean you’ll be missing out on lots of tasty treats. The likes of cabbage, Brussels sprouts, apple, celeriac, oysters, parsnips, kale, pheasant, partridge, pumpkin, sea bass, venison and more are all in season right now so you could have a very varied party menu indeed.
Chestnuts are also seasonal produce you can enjoy in November and they’d make a lovely festive addition to any event – and perhaps be a bit of a surprise for many of your guests as well. Check out the BBC website for some delicious chestnut recipes if you’re seeking inspiration right now.
Produce coming into season next month includes clementines, goose, cranberry, turkey and swede. A lot of what is in season in November will be good to eat your way through in December as well, so great news if you’re a big fan of festive food and want to devise a Christmassy menu to get your guests into the yuletide spirit.
Pop to the shops and stock up on the likes of blood oranges, clams, forced rhubarb, cockles, pomegranate and wild duck to help you ease your way into the new year. All sorts of delicious food comes into season now so you’ll be able to sort out your Christmas hangovers with some serious style if you have events coming up in January.
Talk to your choice of catering and buffet supplier about the kind of dishes they can produce and stress the importance of eating sustainable and seasonally if this is a concern of yours. We can’t wait to find out what you’ve got in mind for your menus!