toria smith, FOUNDER And owner of grape & fig, not only creates grazing MAGIC, but also loves to get involved in and create a host of other incredible experiences, projects and partnerships:
I CREATE BESPOKE, INCREDIBLE EVENTS UNDER THE ‘GRAPE & FIG EVENTS’ ARM OF THE BUSINESS
i COLLABORATE WITH BRANDS AND MEDIA PLATFORMS TO CREATE meaningful and memorable content, projects and events
I WORK WITH COMPANIES AND brands TO OFFER BESPOKE MASTERCLASSES AND WORKSHOPS on a variety of skills from FOOD ARTISTRY to FLORISTRY to TABLESCAPE STYLING
i TAKE PART IN PANEL DISCUSSIONS AND INTERVIEWS, on topics ranging from the FOOD AND DRINK INDUSTRY, to STARTING A SMALL BUSINESS, to FINDING AND KEEPING AN IDEAL CLIENT
a bit about me
i’m a born-and-raised londoner, thirty YEARS YOUNG
i’ve been married for NEARLY tHREE years to my husband and we are currently renovating our property AND GETTING READY TO BECOME FIRST TIME PARENTS
i’m in a love affair with MARRAKESH, morocco, all things the red hot chili peppers, travelling and photography. oh and love a glass of wine. mine’s a merlot
in 2017, i founded grape & fig, the first grazing caterer in the uk, after seeing the trend/craze in byron bay, australia some years previous. whilst planning our wedding throughout 2016 i quickly REALISED there was a huge gap in the market, so i brought the trend over to the uk and started my own business
FACEBOOK TABLESPREAD MASTERCLASS, JULY 2019
FACEBOOK INVITED US ON THE 11 JULY TO TEACH THE GLOBAL EVENTS AND MARKETING TEAM HOW TO CREATE A GRAZING MASTERPIECE FROM SCRATCH- ONE THAT WAS THREE WHOLE METRES LONG!
CATHERINE AND TORIA SIMPLY INSTRUCTED AND LET THE LADIES, STEP BY STEP, CREATE THE SPREAD THEMSELVES, LETTING THEM IN ON SOME SECRETS ALONG THE WAY.
FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM, MARCH 2019
ON MARCH 11 2019 TORIA WAS ASKED BY FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM TO TAKE PART IN A PANEL LINE-UP ALONGSIDE ELARI EVENTS AND HA DESIGNS. THE THEME OF THE HOSTED EVENT WAS ‘FEARLESS FEMALES’, AND TOPICS FROM HOW TO START UP A SMALL BUSINESS TO OVERCOMING CHALLENGES WERE DISCUSSED with the audience.
INSPIRATIONAL SPEAKER - INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY
COACH, MARCH 2019
ON MARCH 8 2019 TORIA WAS ASKED BY THE NEW YORK FASHION BRAND ‘COACH’ TO COME TO THEIR LONDON OFFICES ON INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY TO TALK (to staff) THROUGH HER JOURNEY TO DATE, THE HIGHS AND LOWS ALONG THE WAY, AND HOW BEING A WOMEN HAS HAD AN AFFECT ON THe way she runs her business.
GRAPE & FIG X ELARI EVENTS, MARCH 2019
FACEBOOK AND INSTAGRAM ASKED GRAPE & FIG AND ELARI EVENTS TO JOIN FORCES ONCE AGAIN FOR A VERY SPECIAL EVENT HELD AT THE GLOBAL BRANDS UK HQ, AND WE SURE DELIVERED WITH A BESPOKE HANGING INSTALLATION (MADE BY ELARI) ABOVE A 5 METER GRAZE, INCLUDING A BESPOKE DESSERT BAR.
SAINSBURY’S CHEESEboard styling MASTERCLASSes, DEC 2018
On Friday 7 December and saturday 8 december, Sainsbury's facilitated a number of masterclasses in London's New Oxford Street as part of the retailer's two-day ‘Christmas Cracker event’. grape & fig were asked to host eight workshops for the public, focusing on building step-by-step and styling to perfection the most ‘INSTAGRAMABLE’ cheeseboard, using all sainsbury’s products. what a joy!
‘‘Luxury caterers Grape & Fig will also be offering plating and pairing advice in their cheeseboard styling masterclasses, while London Craft Club have got Christmas gift wrapping covered in their series of workshops.’’
GRAPE & FIG X ELARI EVENTS, DEC 2018
IN DECEMBER OF 2018 GRAPE & FIG COLLABORATED WITH THE GORGEOUS GIRLS FROM ELARI EVENTS TO CREATE A STUNNING GRAZE LANDSCAPE UNDER A CLOUD OF PAMPAS GRASS, ORCHIDS AND ROSES.
bespoke event management
‘GRAPE & FIG EVENTS’, MARCH 2018
in march toria was asked to EVENT MANAGE FROM BEGINNING TO END A VERY SPECIAL 50TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION IN STOCK, ESSEX. FROM ARRANGING THE PAPAKATA SPERRY TENT, THE NUMEROUS FOLIAGE INSTALLATIONS, THE FOOD, DRINKS, DJ’S AND BAND, TO OF COURSE THE EPIC GRAZING TABLE, TORIA LOOK FULL CONTROL OF THE COMPLETE EVENT, WHICH WAS A ROARING SUCCESS.