VOKA Health Congres Lunch – Sir CateringI don’t often write about the lunches at various conferences and events I attend mainly because they’re either totally uninspiring or I avoid them completely. However, as part of my recent trip to Gent I had a lunch that was outstandingly good so it merited a review of its own.
Local caterers Sir Catering had made such a good job of the food at one of the VOKA Health Congres’ organiser’s wedding that she recommended them for this gig.Food pretty much started appearing upon arrival and was still being delivered when I left the place eight hours later.
Prior to the lunch, there were some delicious nibbles including very funky cuttlefish ink prawn crackers. As we moved towards the formal sit-down lunch, there was a delicious amuse bouche of avocado, lime, pumpkin seeds and grapefruit. It struck me then how much more accomplished this cooking was than the meal I’d had at Pakhuis the night before.The lunch began with some words from our genial host, VOKA chairman Rudy Mattheus, then we fired in to an excellent tomato salad with olives, feta, basil and fregola pasta. It was a beautifully coherent dish, packed with freshness and verve.
The main course of chicken yakitori skewers was highly accomplished. With bright zing again to the fore, the accompanying rice noodle salad was packed with fragrant herbs. It was absolutely first class.I eschewed dessert, which was a twist on Eton Mess with blueberry, raspberry and citrus meringues. It was appreciatively scoffed by those who sampled it.
But that wasn’t the end of things, as once the main conference session was over there was a reception with a parade of further culinary treats. These included outstanding pumpkin and coconut soup and some deliciously chunky smoked salmon.
So overall, if you happen to be in Flanders and need the services of expert caterers I’d strongly recommend Sir Catering. Their fresh, seasonal approach is as accomplished as it is charming. The items I was served today were routinely excellent. I’d be delighted if they chose to open an Edinburgh branch.