No matter how long you’ve been in the job, there are some catering gigs that are just too awesome for words. Like being asked to supply the food for a recent after-show party of the legends that are Metallica.
That’s right: Metallica. Now, I’m a pretty cool-as-a-cucumber type, but I confess to an inner holler of excitement when this order came in. I mean, Metallica!
Catering for music after-show parties is always a great challenge, and one of the things I love most about my job.
Of course, the food has to reflect the style and genre of performer, but that doesn’t mean getting weighed down in clichés or making assumptions.
Our brief was to supply great food to late night revellers at The Scotch of St James nightclub (which also happens to be a pretty awesome venue) following the band’s London performance.
Sliding burgers all night long
When you’re serving food at midnight, you know that no-one’s going to be up for a sit-down affair, so finger food is a must. And it’s also fair to say that after a few hours of revelry, carbs are generally a good idea for most of your guests.
Hamburgers are always a winner here, so we knocked up 150 of them. But if that sounds a little too simple, think again – these bad boys were particularly special, with Black Angus beef sliders, cheese, pickle, relish and glazed buns.
Back to those carbs – we also served cones of triple cooked chips with smoked sea salt along with tiger prawn coconut fritters. Montgomery Melts of aged cheddar rarebit in panko crumbs completed the offering.
A menu like this ticks all boxes: appealing to all sorts of appetites, delicious, simple to handle and substantial enough to keep the party going until the small hours.
Catering for global music legends? Yeah, I could get used to this.