There marketing plan is that – it is real food catering and I sampled some just to be sure it was real food. Indeed it was and it was beautiful. I asked Nicky to tell me about the beautiful food they were serving the wedding guests from their mobile Kitchen. She was happy to talk and this is what I learnt.
At Verve Real Food Catering they are passionate about providing real food with exceptional service.
They love being in the kitchen, cooking and creating with an amazing team who fill the day with fun, positive energy and lots of laughter. (I witnessed that in the short time I was with them eating the food as the trays came back from being passed around with a high standard of service). It’s true to say that as well as fresh, they use local ingredients and the food is guaranteed to be cooked with plenty of nutritious fun, goodness and vitality!
Ethical, sustainable, local and supportive of Fair Trade
As a local Christchurch business, they choose to use other nearby businesses as our suppliers, using seasonal, local produce, meats and cheeses whenever possible. Exciting times in 2016 because they are going to be producing much of their own produce.
They also choose to operate in an ethical and sustainable way. They use biodegradable and reuse-able packaging where possible; recycle whatever they can and only cook with free range eggs.
Their breads are baked daily and supplied by local icon Hilllyer’s Bakery, well known for creating exquisite baking using high quality ingredients.
Like fine wines, good cheeses mature and are ready to eat at different times, they rely on the expertise of Canterbury Cheesemongers who provide them with great advice, as well as superb cheese. Likewise, they appreciate the friendly, helpful butchers at Peter Timbs Meats who consistently provide them with quality service and quality cuts. Peter and his team at Peter Rabbit’s Patch Ltd. also help them to ensure their produce is the freshest, and their eggs are laid by the happiest (made me smile) free range hens!
A little bit more about them
Originally Verve Real Food Catering operated out of our Victoria Square inner city café. We served our customers a range of delicious food and beverages, as well as running a mobile food service for CBD office workers. Like so many other businesses in Christchurch’s centre post-quake, their business was caught up in the Red Zone and they had to re-gather, re-group and relocate.
For a hectic few post-quake weeks they were kept busy with volunteer work, creating meals for the fantastic Farmy Army during their cleanup and food distribution efforts. Nicky was able to put her management background and catering skills to good use as manager of the relief kitchen established at the Canterbury A & P show grounds. During this crazy time they were also doing their best to find suitable new premises. Fortunately for them one of their favourite wedding venues, Omarino Wine Park, was able to offer them some space on their property where they have since established their new kitchen.
2016 will see a new kitchen being built.
So why choose them?
Their unique business model minimises many of the expenses incurred by traditionally structured catering companies. This reduction in their overheads means they are able to offer you a higher quality product at a more cost effective price. They will take the time to listen to your needs, then work with you to create a catering solution that will exceed your expectations.
If you’d like to know more about them, or want to find how they can help with your catering for any occasion, please send them an email, or call them on 03 374 6662 or 021 709 220.
Nicky and Steve Geddes, and The Verve Real Food Catering Team
They look forward to being of service and I look forward to being able to enjoy more of their food very soon!