What’s your signature dish?
It would be really hard to pin me down to one dish, I love all the items on our menu and when we work with clients to create great food.
The number one thing for us is ingredients, they are all locally sourced, which makes all our food taste wonderful, I love bright fresh food and ensure all our clients are well fed.
How do you go about creating the perfect menu for your clients?
Our reputation has been built on the simple concept of old fashioned hard work, and striving to do as best as we possibly can in everything that we do. We create delicious food and we listen to our clients. Each and every event is unique and we work closely with individuals to ensure each menu is tailored to suit their needs.
The B&R Dining ethos is simple: local, fresh and seasonal. We create stylish and vibrant food that tastes delicious and looks wonderful. Director and Head Chef Pete McAleese has worked hard over the years to build strong relationships with local quality producers; this is reflected in the freshness of ingredients and seasonality of the menus. We want to do more than simply feed your guests, we aim for our exciting food to be the highlight of your day.
Pete possesses a talent for combining flavours and creating exciting food; this originated from growing up in the heart of Cambridgeshire and cooking with home-grown produce sourced on his own East of England doorstep. Years of building our exemplary reputation, training chefs to Pete’s exacting standards, and insistence on using only the best ingredients makes B&R Dining the caterer of choice.
Over recent years Pete has travelled much of the world. Food is naturally top of the agenda and his culinary discoveries make some appearance within our varied and exciting menus.
What do you love most about your job?
We love meeting people and giving them what they want in terms of food and service, its a great feeling knowing that you have bought happiness by providing great food and service. Our number one goal is to ensure all our clients have a great experience.
What inspired you to start your own business?
Our reputation as one of the best wedding caterers in the region means we're the best choice for your special day.
Our many testimonials, message and cards from couples we have catered for are proof of the extra distance we go to ensure your day is perfect in every detail.
We are a small company, with a very personal approach entirely tailored to you. We never dictate how things should be, instead we work with you to explore all your ideas and ensure your personalities and dreams are reflected in the menu, timings and the styling of the day.
On your wedding day we are usually the first to arrive and last to leave, so our team has an incredible role to play. We provide extensive assistance to ensure everything runs in a precise yet natural way, allowing you and your guests to glide through the day, everything seeming to happen at just the right time.
We work at the most prestigious venues in the region but we are equally a home in your garden or marquee and can offer our knowledge and experience to help you find the perfect place to celebrate your big day.
Our menus showcase the finest ingredients and provide a truly remarkable dining experience. Food is sourced from carefully chosen suppliers. We place high quality seasonal produce at centre stage, complementing fantastic ingredients with unique flavour combinations and picture-perfect presentation
Why should our clients choose you?
I was asked the other day what does Bespoke Weddings mean and why are you any different than other caterers. When we started Beetroot Dining, it was important to me & Denise (My partner and life partner) that beetroot stood for fantastic food and Service and that cost and profit were not the deciding factor.
I had worked for a high end catering company were profits came before quality and service and trying to have one size fits all, Beetroot needed to stand for more than that. It needed to put the clients at the front, middle and last of our thinking and work with them to create the that special day.
Planning a wedding is a minefield of difficult decisions. Choosing a caterer can be tough. I am of the opinion that choosing a caterer is often overlooked. The people you choose to cook all the food for your big day have a huge responsibility.
Choosing someone you like to be around and that you feel you can talk to is crucial – as caterers, we are present for approximately 80% of your day. That’s a sizeable chunk – we’re kind of a big deal! Our style of service is simple. We are there to help, we smile, we do our job to the best standard possible and we smile a little bit more.
The B&R Dining team have a passion for delivering faultless events every time. However, we do things a little differently here at B&R Dining; we don’t have set menus, such as menu A, B or C, Bronze, Silver, Gold - no-one wants to be a bronze! Instead we create menu U.
It works like this: you know that little idea you thought no one could pull of? That idea that everyone else dismissed as impossible? Well at B&R Dining... “If you can dream it, you can do it” !. In this case if you can dream it we can do it! Together, we create a menu designed around you, your personalities, your theme, your favourite foods and your venue.
I have put together some menus with ideas to help get your imagination going. I would hope that in the very near future we can sit down together, have a piece of cake and a coffee. You might want to pick a handful of bits from each selection and combine them to create your menu U or start from the very beginning. Enjoy this experience - it’s only going to happen once! I’m lucky, we get to do this all the time and we love it!
That’s what Bespoke means to us.