How to turn a simple buffet into a talking point: We speak to Gemma Farres from Create Food


POSTED BY | Will Simmonds

Creative, exciting and diverse, the events industry is one of the most challenging and rewarding sectors. At Glaziers Hall, a leading event venue in London Bridge, no two days are the same as the team delivers small meetings and briefings through to large scale productions for fashion shows and gala dinners. Each client is unique so we work with a list of quality suppliers providing AV, production and catering to ensure the perfect fit.

For inspiration and tips on finding your perfect event menu we spoke to Gemma Farres, Event Sales Executive at one of our partners Create Food, whose passion for food has stemmed from a family of restaurateurs. “With nearly 30 years of experience in catering across London, for Create Food, there is no typical client” Gemma explains as she recounts small bespoke dinners for 12 through to large scale awards ceremonies. “For us, the best events are the ones that challenge us, complex briefs allow us to get creative with our menus and theming. Our creativity, reliability and attention to detail keeps our clients returning to work with us year after year”.

With the vast culinary range on offer in London, Gemma offered advice on key points to consider when picking a menu. “We provide guidance when choosing menus, encouraging clients to consider their audience to ensure a good balance is being served. Focusing on questions such as ‘what time of day?, how long will the event last? And are there any dietary requirements to consider?’, will ensure you nail your menu choices every time”. A focus on matching company values with menus is also considered, ensuring everyone gets the best experience possible.

Not all briefs and budgets allow for bespoke 6 course dinners and clients at Glaziers Hall often ask how to make something as simple as a buffet a talking point. “Buffets don’t have to be boring!” Gemma replied when asked the same, “we love to get creative, theming the stations to match the food. Some of our most popular are interactive stations with chefs producing dishes right in front of guests’ eyes – especially our Tex-Mex, Tandoori Spice and Asian Market offerings”. As a venue, we take pride in sourcing sustainably and locally when possible and Gemma explained that for Create a strong focus is put on sourcing fresh, seasonal and delicious ingredients for client’s menus.

Glaziers Hall and Create Food have been in partnerships for years, we asked Gemma about her favourite event with us to date, “The event which stands out the most is the Kerry Foods awards ceremony last year. The drinks reception in the River Room was accompanied by canapés including pork croquette with kimchee purée, mushroom and truffle rolls, confit salmon, pumpkin ketchup and slow-cooked maple aubergine”. The Banqueting Hall had been transformed from conference set up to decadent seated dinner with tables adorned with giant branch centre pieces, decorated with delicious homemade petit-fours. “The main meal included highlights of duck egg wrapped in kataifi pastry and floral chocolate desserts garnished with mango coulis and micro mint”.

Create Food are just one of the fantastic suppliers we work with at Glaziers Hall, all of which are chosen for their innovative take and passion for events. If you’re planning an event, please do get in touch to see how we can make your ideas come to life.