Lemon Zest is an award winning, family run, luxury catering company. Their philosophy is that nothing leaves a more lasting impression than good food.
We couldn’t agree more and in choosing Lemon Zest as your wedding caterers, you can rest assured that they will use the finest ingredients to create the very best contemporary dishes for your wedding, working with you every step of the way.
In addition to their wealth of wedding experience, Lemon Zest cater for world class professional clients. With such outstanding experience and food that’s prepared, cooked and served beautifully, you’ll be in super safe hands. Over to Amy now for an inspiring insight into the delicious world of wedding catering and more.
Tell us a little about yourself and your business
We are a multi-award winning family business founded in 2002. Run by Natasha Steiner and her dedicated team, all of whom are passionate about food.
Working closely with your ideas we strive to create the perfect menu to complement your big day!
What motivated you to start your business?
Our Director, Natasha has over 20 years’ experience in the catering and hospitality industry. After training at the world-renowned Christina Martin School of Food & Drink in Durban, South Africa and spending many years within motorsport, Lemon Zest Cuisine was created from her home kitchen in 2002.
Developing from a small canapé distributer, growing to the servicing canapé receptions, leading to offering the full shebang of three course wedding catering. Voila, here we are 15 years later!
Tell us a little more about the day to day activities of your business
Setting up a wedding the day before is a godsend, it means some of our set up is complete and the Bride has seen all of her hard work pay off and minds are at ease ready for the big day. We arrive at Lemon Zest HQ to carefully pack our produce and equipment before heading to the couples chosen venue.
Onsite, it’s time to unload, prepare canapés and drinks, and add the last few touches to the wedding breakfast tables. Service approaches and we say hello to our fabulous team of ‘Lemons’ to help the day run smoothly.
Sometimes we are lucky enough to be part of the evening shenanigans too by offering our evening food services!
If our readers were to order from you, what can they expect?
Our ethos is simple; ‘to consistently deliver inspiring menus and first-class service, to ensure that your wedding is one that both you, and we, can be proud of’.
How can couples judge if a company is the right fit for their wedding?
We love meeting our happy couples at venue open days, wedding fairs and menu tastings held at HQ. We love the idea that a couple isn’t sold purely on our food and what our catering options can offer, but that they are sold on us as a team too.
We like to get to know our couples, offer our help and guidance through the catering journey and to be a familiar friendly face on their big day too!
What are your favourite moments from previous weddings you’ve been involved with?
We surely can’t pick just one! Each of our co-ordinators work closely with individual couples on the run up to their big day and all have favourite aspects of these weddings.
We have seen some fabulous Tipi / Festival style weddings this year with a Bride ticking all the detail boxes. (Tick!) One Bride had also bought the outside in to her venue with 6ft tall blossom trees filling the room; that was a jaw dropper!
The bigger picture – does your business offer goods/services outside of the wedding world? Tell us more
We also cater for many corporate events, some within the local Formula Teams, and also for some great local businesses. Alongside this, we run a small café in Oxford! Phew!
What have you got planned for the next 12 months?
Catering for some fabulous weddings within our favourite venue and marquee sites!
And finally, what or who inspires you and why?
We love hearing original ideas from our bride and grooms, this has certainly inspired to tweak dishes on our menus, or to even add full dishes!
We have tried to be more involved in the ever growing world of social media too, this certainly keeps us on our toes with food trends to tantalise our taste buds.
All images courtesy of Lemon Zest