New York Christmas Ball at Heaton House Farm

We’re delighted to announce that we’re catering the Fairytale of New York Christmas Ball at Heaton House Farm! After the roaring success of last year’s ball we can’t to head back for another magical Christmas party.

We designed a fantastic 4 course menu for the event back in January, so we’ve been looking forward to the date all year long. Come along to enjoy a fabulous evening and celebrate Christmas in style! The barn is an amazing place to be at Christmas, especially if it snows. You’ll really get into the festive spirit when you are surrounded by decorations, great food and entertainment.


You will also be treated to the sound of the award winning musicians, The Toni James Band followed by a DJ, so you can dance into the night. We’ve seen The Toni James Band perform on many occasions and they are truly entertaining, you are in for a treat! With so much going on in one evening you are sure to have a wonderful time and create memories that last. But, we can’t give it all away just yet, there are plenty of surprises to come on the evening… Are you excited? We are!

So don’t miss out, you can book your tickets by calling 01260 226203 or send an email to, click here for more information. Get ready to dance, party and enjoy a wonderful time!

Stuff the Turkey

Turkey is the nations favourite bird when it comes to the Christmas centrepiece. Saying this, some people do like to try an alternative every now and again as people can find it a bit too dry.
We love a good old traditional Turkey for our Christmas meal here at Vanilla, but we also like to source new ideas and recipes whenever possible to make sure that we have a wide range of menu choices to offer our clients.
We’ve managed to locate some of the tastiest substitutes to Turkey to share with you in case you fancy a bit of a change this Christmas.
Beef Fillet with Horseradish & Prosciutto
You might be thinking “But we have Beef most Sundays”. Not like this you don’t. Wrapping the Beef in the Prosciutto Ham protects the meat resulting in an extremely tender cut of Beef. Well worth trying out. Check out the recipe here.
Goose Stuffed With Parma Ham & Parmesan
Goose is a great replacement for Turkey, especially as it’s reported to be at it’s best in Mid-Winter, whereas Turkey is farmed all year round, like Chicken. It’s lovely surrounding of fat also make for the best Roast Potatoes. Follow Rick Stein’s recipe for a more flavourful Christmas Dinner click here.
Roast Suckling Pig
Go the whole hog and get that celebratory look and feel this Christmas by presenting the table with a beautifully crisp Suckling Pig. With very little preparation needed, this great alternative will serve 8-10 people (based on 1 Suckling Pig weighing 5-6 kilos). Refer to Mark Hix’s recipe to really deliver this Christmas Day here.
Whatever you end up having this Christmas, we hope you have a great day!

Christmas Recipes

Get in the festive spirit with our Christmas themed recipes here:

This week we are sharing our vegetable recipe, there will be more to follow.

Brussels sprouts – a delicious idea:

Why not make a change to your brussels sprouts this year?


Simply follow our instructions below for a fabulous twist on a Christmas classic:


1 pound of small brussels sprouts, rinsed

2 TBS extra virgin olive oil

1/4 pound of thinly sliced prosciutto ham

1 pinch of coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Next you slice the brussels sprouts in half, lengthwise. Don’t trim the ends as they will hold together better with them. Toss the sprouts on a rimmed baking sheet with the oil and a good generous sprinkle of the salt and pepper. Bake for 40 minutes total, but start to check then around the 25 minute mark, toss them around too. In the meantime you can chop up your ham into small chunks. Heat a frying pan over medium – high heat and add the prosciutto & sauce for about 5 minutes until they are nice and crispy. Then set the ham to one side. Next, remove the sprouts from the oven and let them cool for around 5 minutes or until they are cool enough to handle. using toothpicks slide on half of a sprout followed by a slice or 3 of the ham, then bookend with the other sprout half. Continue until you have around 32 mini skewers. Arrange them on a platter and serve immediately. There we have it, a lovely tasty twist on your Christmas vegetables. The classic brussels sprout served with a twist. Brilliant!

Portland Wine

Portland Wine specialise in high quality wine & beer from independent producers. It is a nice idea to purchase your wine from them to try something new – don’t get stuck with the same tipple! Try something different and exciting, you never know, might just find your new favourite. Head over to their website here.

You can choose wines from around the globe, as you can search for wine by region on their site. This is particularly useful when choosing your wine to make sure that you get the right taste just for you. Or you can try something different, and select a wine from a region which you may not have tried before & have fun with it. It is interesting to know about the origins of wine, as they ways in which they are made make such a difference to their taste, so it is best to know about their manufacturing. They also have great special case deals which can be found on their website here!


You can contact Portland Wine by telephone on 0161 928 0357 to get your orders in and have your wines ready for you this Christmas. They also provide a free delivery service for all orders over £50. When have you ever had a better excuse to order more wine? So go on, try something fabulous and purchase your speciality wines today. This is a great opportunity for you to stock on on your Christmas supply! 

Head to Portland Wine for your specialist wines & beers. They also stock spirits too!

Christmas & New Year Events

Now, we are aware that we don’t want to be those people who remind you of Christmas when you are busy packing your suitcase to the brim of suncream for your Summer holiday. So, this is why we have waited until the end of September, Autumn time to let you know. However, the Fall is upon us and the weather is starting to get slightly wetter and colder, and the nights are getting longer. But, get ready because we are about to do it… Christmas is on its way!


We are sorry for the reminder that many people don’t like hearing. Now, this isn’t due to people being Grinch-like but because Christmas can be a very busy and stressful time for many – including us! This is why we are reminding you of this wonderful time of the year as we want to cater for your event. we really don’t like having to turn down catering for you as we love providing a high quality service and don’t want people to miss out!


So, if you would like us to cater for your needs over the Christmas and New Year period then do not think that contacting us now is too early. After all, next week we will be in October – the months roll by so quickly! We are more than happy to chat a talk with you and create a bespoke menu for your wants and needs or if you would like to select one of our menus we would be happy to oblige either way.


We look forward to hearing from you!

More than Mince Pies

The festive season is abundant with culinary delights for everyone to enjoy.
These dark and cold December days call for warmth and comfort!

Christmas nibbles don’t have to be limited to traditional mince pies,
our friends at Bramhall Bakery have created some fantastic alternative festive treats.

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Fresh festive scrolls and Jubilee loaves.

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Their festive scrolls include an enticing addition of marzipan and their jubilee loaf
is a sweet bread with mincemeat running through the center. We just can’t resist them,
freshly prepared and warm from the oven. Simply Delicious!

So delicious in fact, that they have been featured in the December issue of Cheshire Life magazine.
Well done Bramhall Bakery team!

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We work closely with Bramhall Bakery for many of our events,
check out our suppliers pages to see who else we like to work with.

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