I always love a good gathering - be it with family or friends. And if there is one thing about being Singaporean, it will have to be we all love to bond over food! Truth is, having kids around means we usually have to meet at someone else's home so that everything will not be a rushed affair - kids will be able to keep themselves entertained while the adults get to catch up over a good meal.
Trouble is, the one major grouse I have when it comes to hosting a gathering is the time and effort required to prepare the food. Because cooking for more people does not equate to pressing a magic button. There is so much preparation and work, which usually means the host ends up super tired before the gathering begins. And don't even get me started on the cleaning up!
But life can be made so much simpler, all thanks to the wonderful world of catering.
See how contented and happy everyone is? I think my mother-in-law was the happiest of the lot. You see, my mother-in-law has to do the cooking every time we visit during the weekends and understandably, cooking for 10 people is no joke... especially with my boys' growing appetites!
So when she heard that she would be given a break from the stove last weekend, she let out a 'Yay!' And her saviour? It came in the form of some sumptuous food from Select Catering and Stamford Catering! (Stamford Catering is the Halal arm of Select Catering in case you are wondering.)
Select Catering and Stamford Catering had recently launched their new mini party sets which are suitable for cosy gatherings of 8 to 10 people. There are 20 party sets to choose from, with 15 being suitable for lunch or dinner consisting of 5 items and ranging from Singaporean cuisine to Japanese and Thai food fare. The remaining 5 that are specially crafted for tea time have 6 items each, where you can take your pick from both sweet and savoury nibbles and finger food.
BUT... back to our food! We had the 'Go to the West' mini party set which as the name implies, featured Western food galore. For our set, we had the following:
Spaghetti Aglio Olio with Colorful Bell Peppers
Crispy Crumbs Dory Fillet with Tartar Dip
Grilled Chicken Chop with BBQ Sauce
Sautéed Mixed Vegetables
Dessert was Lychee & Pineapple with Crystal Konnyaku Jellies but quite frankly, who cared about dessert when the main food looked so appetizing??? Certainly not the monkies who got rather impatient with me with all the incessant photo-taking. Oops.
But everything was well worth the wait, as all of us soon found out as we tucked in heartily.
Stand-out dishes for the monkies include the Grilled Chicken Chop with BBQ Sauce and Sautéed Mixed Vegetables. Yes, you read the last portion right. If you know kids, vegetable rarely appear on their must-eat list but for the Sautéed Mixed Vegetables, it was a hit with them. And I agree, as the creamy and buttery gravy complemented the vegetables perfectly.
The Spaghetti Aglio Olio was also a crowd favourite. Initially, I was afraid that my Ah Kong would not fancy the western dishes but it turned out that he too had repeated helpings of the dish.
And as if the mini feast was not enough, we had the 'Fingerlicious!' mini party Tea set too!
Having guests over in the mid-afternoon or holding a mini function in the office? The tea mini sets are great for small gatherings both at home and office. Our mini tea set included:
Mini Swiss Roll
Mini American Walnut Brownies
Golden Mid-joint Wings and Oven Baked Mini Chicken Pies
Chilled Crystal Grass Jelly with Fruit Cocktail Dessert
The fantastic thing about Select Catering's and Stamford Caterings Mini Party Sets is one does not need to have a large gathering to cater good food and even then, it need not be an expensive affair. All of the 20 mini party sets are each priced at $95+ (or $101.65 with GST). With each set serving about 8-10 persons, the cost per head is pretty affordable - considering one does not have to go marketing, prepare and cook AND wash up after that.
So whether it is for a small occasion at home or in office, or even just having some friends over on a lazy weekend, Select Catering and Stamford Catering have left no excuses for almost anyone to claim that they are unable to host and serve up a delicious meal.
Because at the end of it all, nothing beats the convenience of having someone else do the cooking while getting to enjoy the company of family and friends in the most relaxing manner possible.
Congratulations to the 2 winners, who have each won a set of Mini Party Set from either Select Catering or Stamford Catering!
Khor Lee Ling
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP for prize redemption details. Thanks!
Enjoy the convenience of placing your orders via Select Catering and Stamford Catering. Each mini party set is priced $95+, and needs to be ordered about 1-3 days in advance. PLUS, stand to win one of 6 iPad Minis when you order any Mini Party Set between now and 30 May 2015!