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Fine Dining In Style - private catering

Name of company

Fine Dining In Style

What type of activity is it?

Gourmet private caterers who are capable of preparing anything from a meal for two in your villa up to a wedding for 300. Nothing is too small or too large and the service, quality of food and attention to detail is what keeps pop stars, footballers and a very loyal clientele of Algarve homeowners and holidaymakers returning year after year to help make holidays even more fun and relaxing.

What makes it special?

Excellent food and wine, attention to detail, and the unobtrusive manner in which they deliver the experience. The team all come from top restaurants and catering companies, so the level of training is sensational. All clients are appointed an event manager to make sure your every wish and desire is catered for. They don't only look after the food, they can help with all aspects of any celebration, from wedding planners, florists, musicians and limousines. 20 years of top-class service have given them contacts all over Portugal.

Got to do?

Book them for a day, a week or just a one-off special occasion. They can send you a private chef to cook for your whole family for the holidays. It's very unobtrusive and the chef works out menus on a daily basis depending on your own needs. They also cater for one-off occasions, a special BBQ, a sit-down 6 course meal, or a delivery service that you can hide and pretend you cooked yourself! They also do a full take-away menu which is fabulous for the start of your holiday, when the last thing you want to do is queue in the supermarket for the first day! You can choose what you want and it will all be waiting for you in your holiday property.

The facilities?

Everything is done for you. If the kitchen of your villa or apartment is well stocked, no problems. But if not, Fine Dining can bring everything in with them, including cooking equipment, crockery, cutlery, glasses, tablecloths, etc. - and even better, they clean up like a dream. Its like the fairies have been!

The menu

Fine Dining can suggest set menus, work together with you on food and wine ideas, or cook to order if you have a definite idea of what you want. An example menu for a celebration dinner may be:-

Canapés

Foie Gras and fillet of venison with red wine reduction

Herb soup and essence of saffron with prawns

Sorbet of cranberries with pink champagne

Sea bass with Thai asparagus and risotto

Crepe with sour cream mousse, chocolate parfait, Christmas cake and crumble

Fully complemented by the wines:

Graham Beck Brut Rosé 2007 (Robertson & Stellenbosch, Western Cape, South Africa)

Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2008 (Marlborough, New Zealand)

Cedro do Noval Cuvee 2006 (Quinta do Noval, Douro, Portugal)

Why do you love it?

This is a very personal service and will vary depending on what you want. It's the opportunity to stay private and be with your family, which is something holidays are designed for. Most of us have experienced 'home catering' and it can be a bit amateurish, and done by enthusiastic but part-time cooks. This is the real deal - fully qualified professional chefs who know how to put on a show. The food is exquisite, the service top-class and the involvement of the client is something the company fully appreciates.

When to book?

Anytime you feel like enjoying a special meal, and don’t want to go out to a restaurant or have to cook it yourself. Perfect for occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, and so on, but a treat whenever you want it.

Insider knowledge

Fine Dining also runs a series of cookery schools and masterclasses, and caters for a wide variety of business and social events. They also have a private dining facility at their Almancil headquarters which can be booked for small private parties and business events. See the website for full details. 

Location

Within reason, they are able to cook for you almost anywhere in the Algarve, whether it be your main or second home, or a house, villa or apartment rented out just for your holiday.

Cost

Prices obviously depend on the numbers involved, the choice of food and wine, and the location. It is often the same price to use this service as it is to go to one of the better restaurants in the area - without the hassle of crowds or taxis/driving. And of course it's all personalised for you.

Everything is fully costed out for you in a detailed proposal and you can discuss any detail directly with your personal event manager, who will come and see you or deal with you online in advance of your holiday. Personal service is the key here.

Fine Dining In Style - private catering

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