IMG_8875.jpg

TORIA SMITh, creative director and owner

IN AUTUMN 2016 MY HUSBAND AND I GOT MARRIED IN A WATER MEADOW IN COLCHESTER AND THE DAY WAS HEAVILY INFLUENCED BY THE BOHEMIAN LUXE, LAID BACK BUT EQUALLY BEAUTIFUL WEDDINGS OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND. THE HIRE OF TIPEES, WOODEN FURNITURE, ACOUSTIC MUSICIANS ETC. WASN'T A PROBLEM, NEITHER WAS BUYING A VAN LOAD OF EUCALYPTUS FOLIAGE. IT WAS THE FOOD WHICH WE STRUGGLED WITH. 

EXPENSIVE, TINY BEIGE CANAPÉS JUST WASN'T OUR 'THING'. INSTEAD WE ENVISAGED METRES OF SUMPTUOUS, STUNNING AND FILLING GRAZING BOARDS LADEN WITH GORGEOUS MEATS, CHEESES AND ANTIPASTI, WHICH OUR GUESTS COULD DIG INTO STRAIGHT AFTER THE CEREMONY AND WHICH DIDN'T COST THE EARTH. INCREDIBLE PLATTERS THAT ARE METRES LONG IS THE WEDDING FOOD TREND IN AUSTRALASIA, HOWEVER WE FOUND IT VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND A UK CATERER WHO UNDERSTOOD THE VISION. AFTER LOTS OF GUIDANCE, DIRECTION AND DESIGN, THE FOOD WAS PERFECT ON THE DAY, BUT IT WAS CLEAR THAT THERE WAS A GAP IN THE MARKET - A CREATIVE CATERER WHO SPECIALISES IN GRAZING PLATTERS AND BOARDS IN THE UK - AND SO THE SEED OF GRAPE & FIG WAS SOWN. 

SINCE THEN I'VE BEEN CREATING PLATTERS AND BOARDS FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND HAVE RECEIVED SUCH AMAZING FEEDBACK. I'VE ALWAYS BEEN VERY CREATIVE AND I ABSOLUTELY LOVE FOOD, SO WHAT MORE COULD I WANT THAN TO START THIS NEW VENTURE, GRAPE & FIG?! I'M SO EXCITED AND CAN'T WAIT TO BRING YOUR VISION TO LIFE AND CREATE A MASTERPIECE TO REMEMBER FOR YOUR EVENT- BE IT A WEDDING, ENGAGEMENT OR BIRTHDAY PARTY, BRIDAL OR BABY SHOWER, OR CORPORATE EVENT. 

PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AT ALL. 

LOTS OF LOVE, 

TORIA X

 

P.S. YOU CAN SEE OUR WEDDING PLATTERS IN ACTION HERE!