Stella, the driving force behind Hatters & Co has many years experience in the catering industry as the daughter of an Italian chef and restaurateur with three London restaurants she was brought up around crashing pots, drying pasta and the intoxicating magic of food.
As well as helping in the family business Stella also went on to catering college, and studied food history, she has passions for wild, world and historical cookery so there is not much she can’t turn her hand to.
Stella fell in love with Scotland on her first visit in 2000 and in 2002 she made the brave move to leave London with her fourteen year old daughter and three cats to set up home in what she describes as her tiny dream cottage.
After working for several years in the area within in the catering industry, Stella decided to open her first tearoom and Hatters was born. Situated in the picturesque village of Newburgh, where Stella lives, she quickly built a strong reputation for creative food using local and seasonal ingredients.
Stella was approached to cater for a couple of events and this side of the business took off on its own accord and Stella now also runs the successful Hatters Catering, a bespoke catering business where she caters for everything from dinner parties to weddings
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Hatters Catering Q&A
What’s your signature dish?
A hard question indeed!
I love all food and love creating new dishes, Things I have created and would say I am noted for are.
Lemon Meringue Tiffin, I created this recipe 10 years ago for my first Tea Room
Pheasant, whisky and sage pate,
Lamb, smoked gammon and caper terrine
I make a mean BBQ sauce using Bourbon cask beer for my 8 hour slow cooked pork.
Just a few dishes but so hard to pick one.
How do you go about creating the perfect menu for your clients?
Ideally we can start off with a chat to establish what you are looking for and importantly your budget.
I want to provide the best quality I can for the price you can afford.
I want to provide what the customer wants not what I want to give the customer.
That can be as simple or as complicated as you like, we will always find a way.
What do you love most about your job?
I particularly love weddings but we offer a range of catering solutions to both private and corporate customers, which are designed to suit any budget for any occasion, the business also has an enthuastic team of experienced staff allowing clients to rest assured that their event will be a great success.
We get to help create life long memories for people, that is a special position to be in. Many of my clients keep in touch over the years, it is lovely.
What inspired you to start your own business?
I love to feed people, (think it's an Italian thing!)
By starting my own business I get to make a living from what I love doing.
Why should our clients choose you?
Because you will get a service that is tailored to you.
From simple sandwich platters to an Elizabethan banquet. We always use quality and where possible local ingredients but at the same time offer value for money.