Canapés

I produce and serve beautiful platters of canapes for your home, office, or wedding venue, indoor or outdoors, for:

  • weddings
  • cocktail parties
  • business events

My canapé menu is further down this page.

Weddings Canapés and Champagne

Many people choose a less formal wedding, at the unlikeliest of venues. As guests arrive from the ceremony, and the bride and groom are still tied up having their photos taken, it is nice to serve canapés and champagne to keep your guests happy. This is where I come in. Whatever your choice of venue, I can produce platters of canapés, and serve your champagne, helped by my experienced and reliable staff. I have served canapés in barns, gardens, ancient halls, under a railway arch, and even outdoors on the shores of a lake!

I can supply chilled champagne, glasses and waitresses for your function, alongside your canapés - or you can provide your own and we will serve it.

Cocktail Parties

A selection of canapés adds a real touch of class to your party! I will assemble, plate up and lay out platters, producing more platters of freshly prepared and cooked canapés throughout the evening.

I also offer waitress service of canapés and drinks at additional cost.

Business Events

I provide platters of canapés for corporate functions, open days, trade shows, etc. at your office, home or other venue. Cold, or hot/cold, depending on facilities available.

Platters can be laid out "help yourself", or I can supply waiting staff to serve canapés and drinks at extra cost.

I need a bit of space to assemble the canapés on site, as I always make them up fresh for you.

Guidelines on choosing your canapés are at the foot of this page.

Choose from the range below, or let me know your own requirements:

Vegetarian Canapés

Courgette Candles (GF, NF) (cold)
roasted artichoke, cream cheese and sun-dried tomato puree wrapped in
strips of courgette

Fig, Fennel Seed & Red Onion Chutney (NF) (cold)
with Gorgonzola and Fried Sage Leaf, on Crostini

Roasted Squash with Spiced Honey, Ricotta and Pine Nuts (cold)
served on a puff pastry disk, basil garnish

Japanese Goats Curd (GF) (cold)

Quenelle of goat curd with pickled ginger, pickled plum and cucumber, on a rice cracker

Mozzerella, Basil, Tomato & Crouton Skewers (cold)
with a home-made pesto dip

Mushroom and Tarragon Paté with Roasted Pepper on Crostini (NF) (cold)

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  Mushroom, Gorgonzola & Spinach Scotch Egg (NF) (warm)
quail egg wrapped in a rich mixture seasoned with Tarragon

Spinach, Ricotta & Feta Filo Parcels (NF) (warm/hot)
mini 'samosas' seasoned with nutmeg and mace

Green Pea & Sweetcorn Spiced Filo Parcels (NF) (warm/hot)
mini 'samosas' made with puréed peas and sweetcorn, with ginger, chilli and garam masala

Balsamic Tomato and Pesto Puffs (VV) (warm)
Balsamic roasted tomatoes and home-made pesto on a pastry circle

 

Fish & Seafood Canapés

Smoked Salmon Blini (NF) (cold)
smoked salmon, horseradish cream, quail egg on a mini
chive pancake

Prawn Pastries with White Bean & Yellow Pepper Purée (NF) (cold)

Japanese Style Seared Tuna (GF, NF) (cold) 
rolled in sesame seeds, skewered with wasabi, pickled ginger, radish and cucumber

Moroccan Spiced Swordfish Brochettes (GF, NF) (hot or cold)
swordfish steak marinated in a purée of roasted pepper, chilli and mild spices

White Crab with Lemon & Dill Mayonnaise (NF) (cold)
served on a charcoal square

Smoky Tuna on Cucumber (NF) (cold)
tuna blended with spices and smoked paprika, on a cucumber round

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Nicoise Toasts (NF) (hot)
Anchovies, garlic, tomatoes, capers and olive on crostini
topped with Parmesan and basil

Spiced Thai Fish Balls (NF) (hot)
cod with Thai herbs and spices
served with sweet chilli dip

Smoked Haddock Scotch Eggs (NF) (hot)
quail eggs bound in smoked haddock roux and crispy breadcrumbs

Cajun Tiger Prawns (hot)
tiger prawn skewers marinated in Cajun herbs and spices,
griddled then finished with a drizzle of fresh herb butter

Crab and Cheese Tartlets (NF) (warm)
in a light pastry, topped with fried breadcrumbs and parsley

 

Meat Canapés

Prosciutto, Pear & Rocket Rolls (GF, NF) (cold)

Tandoori Chicken with Mint & Yoghurt dip (GF, NF) (cold or hot)

Mini Smoked Pancetta & Pea Muffins (NF) (cold)

Mini Prosciutto Cups with Peas & Parmesan (NF) (cold or warm)

Beef Sirloin, Roasted Pepper & Red Onion Marmalade Crostini (NF) (cold or hot)

Tuscan Chicken Livers & Fried Sage Leaf on Crostini (NF) (cold)
a rich mixture of diced chicken livers, macedoine vegetables, marsala & sherry

Miso Caramel Chicken Lollipops (GF) (cold or hot)
strips of chicken breast coated in sticky miso caramel
with a miso peanut dip
[contain sesame seeds]

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Mini Duck Parcels (NF) (hot)
confit duck with hoisin sauce, wrapped in filo, topped with
pickled cucumber and sweet pepper

Pinchitos Morunos (GF, NF) (hot)
tender marinated Spanish spiced pork loin skewers
served with spicy Mojo Picon dip


Spanish Skewers (GF, NF) (hot)
chorizo, roasted potato and pepper skewers
served with garlic dip

Mini Lamb Kofta with Mint & Yoghurt Raita (GF, NF) (hot)

Seekh Kebab Wrap with Mango Chutney (GF, NF) (hot)

Mini Yorkshire Puddings, with Roast Sirloin & Mustard Mayonnaise (hot)

Mini Scotch Eggs (NF) (hot)
quail eggs wrapped in your choice of:
- black pudding & pork with herbs and nutmeg
- wild boar
- Lincolnshire sausage
all covered in crispy breadcrumbs
 

Dessert Canapés (all cold)

Lime Curd Tartlets with Mango & Raspberry (NF)

Medjool Dates (GF) (cold)
with Cream Cheese, Orange Blossom Water, and Toasted Almonds

Fig, Orange and Fennel Scones topped with Brie (warm, NF)

Black Forest Fudge Balls 
chocolate fudge, with sour cherries marinated in Kirsch

Strawberries Dipped in White & Milk Chocolate (GF, NF)

Chocolate Beetroot Brownie Squares (GF)

Mini Choc Chip Cookies (GF available)

GF = Gluten Free
NF = Nut Free
VV = Vegan
Sugar Free options available for some desserts - please ask

 

Some selections have seasonal restrictions - I will advise.

If you prefer, a range of other dessert options are available - please ask.

Guidelines and Notes

My canapés are more generous than most!

For a cocktail party where no other food is being served, I would recommend around 8-10 pieces per person.

For a wedding reception or party where food is to be served later, or for a business event, I would recommend 4-6 pieces per person.

  • choose a mixture of canapés: vegetarian, fish and meat; hot and cold; spicy and traditional. Don't worry, I will help you do this!

  • it is usual (but not essential) to select 2 pieces of a particular type per person

  • 6 different types is the norm - more than that and there will be an additional charge
  • think about the dietary requirements of your guests

  • decide whether you want the canapés serving, or just laying out

  • think about what time you would like them serving, and over what period. If you are having a party people never arrive at the time on the invite! Leave at least 30 minutes between finishing canapé service and your main meal

Some canapés require assembly at the venue. I will discuss the facilities available and make sure you choose appropriately. I will also discuss dietary requirements, logistics, timescale for service and everything else that needs to be taken into account to make sure the food is freshly served, looks and tastes great, and everything runs smoothly.

I can cook hot items at your venue in many cases. Don't worry if you don't have cooking facilities, as long as you have an electric socket and some space where I can work I can cope! An indication is given above as to whether the canapés should be served hot, cold, or warm.

I am based in the village of Colne near St Ives, Cambridgeshire, and so am well placed also for Huntingdon, Peterborough, Cambridge, Ely, Bedford, and holiday cottages in Norfolk. See my prices page for more details.

Prices

The price is determined by your selection of canapés, as well as order quantity. Typically an order works out at around 85p per piece for 300 or more items, which includes cooking, assembly and plating up of the canapés at your venue. The price varies dependent on number of items, the number of different selections, and your specific selections.

I can supply waiter/waitress service at extra cost - see my prices page.

A mileage charge may be applicable.

Contact me to discuss your requirements, and get your wedding, party or business event off to a great start.

canape - Courgette Candles

Courgette Candles

swordfish brochette

Moroccan Spiced
Swordfish Brochettes

canape - duck parcel

Mini Duck Parcels with Pickled Cucumber

tomato and mozzarella skewers

Mozzarella, Basil and Tomato Skewers
for Pembroke College May Ball 2013

spiced honey squash 1

Roasted Squash with Spiced Honey,
Ricotta and Pine Nuts

canape crab2

 White Crab with Lemon and Dill

Janapese style Seared Tuna

Seared Tuna rolled in Sesame Seeds, with Wasabi,
Pickled Ginger, Radish and Cucumber

Canapes 5

Prawn Pastries with White Bean
and Yellow Pepper Purée

lamb kofta

Lamb Koftas with Mint Raita

seekh kebab wrap

Seekh Kekab Wrap with Mango Chutney

Canapes 6

Prosciutto, Pear and Rocket rolls

canape - venison scotch egg

Wild Boar Scotch Eggs

pea and sweetcorn parcels

Pea & Sweetcorn Parcels,
Tomato & Lemongrass Dip