An interview with… Oxford Fine Dining
It’s been a few years since I started working with Oxford Fine Dining, and in that time I’ve had the opportunity to see first hand how their fantastic team exceed their clients expectations, time and time again.
I interviewed Sue, the Managing Director to find out more about the company, the team behind it and what they’ve up to since lockdown began.
Tell us a little bit about Oxford Fine Dining and the team
At Oxford Fine Dining we have found that our commitment to excellence over the past 13 years has allowed us to become one of the best caterers throughout Oxfordshire and the Cotswolds. The innovative dishes created by our Head Chef are made with the freshest, high-quality ingredients.
Our dedicated wedding team strive to exceed our clients expectations by delivering an exemplary service while serving delicious dishes. From the canapés receptions to 3 course menus, you and your guests’ taste buds will be tantalised with the outstanding flavours.
Our seasonal and classic menus offer a variety of delightful dishes that will make an outstanding impression at your wedding. Our Head Chef and his team are committed to excellence and will go above and beyond to provide you with an exceptional catering experience. The atmosphere created by our event managers will allow you and your guests to relax as you dine on our fine menu selection.
The gift that keeps on giving
Our very own wedding planner will manage your day from start to finish going above and beyond to ensure it is as special and stress free as possible. Starting with a complimentary tasting and initial planning meeting, we are dedicated to realising your vision for the day ensuring your guests are wowed by our delicious food that is styled to perfection.
We create a bespoke design concept for your wedding and style on the day, bringing your vision to life. We will collaborate with you to design a personalised table scape that will reflect you and your personal style preferences by using our creativity and industry knowledge.
Our services allow you to dream big, to create your perfect wedding and a day to remember for all.
Our wedding planning service includes:
- Initial planning meeting at the Bodleian or at our offices
- 3 course wedding menu tasting in a suite at Weston on the Green
- Budget updates throughout the planning process
- Full design concepts with table styling inspiration boards
- Source and recommend suppliers
- Liaising with suppliers throughout the planning process
- Bespoke scheduling for your day
- 6 week final catering details to-do list leading up to the day
- On-the-day attendance and catering management
- Coordination of venue set-up and table decoration based on your vision
- Discreet handling of your Master of Ceremonies managing timings
- Full breakdown of the catering services within the venues timeframe
What have you been up to in lockdown?
Since the lockdown began many weeks ago, we have been supporting Oxford Hospitals Charity. Every day we have prepared and delivered between 50-250 meals, for NHS staff staying in local hotels, as they are unable to return home for fear of infecting their families.
With our unwavering support for the charity, they recommended us to the OUH voluntary services department who approached us to deliver 200 traditional afternoon tea’s throughout Oxfordshire on Tuesday 2nd June 2020. They would ordinarily host an annual afternoon tea celebration to say thank you to the volunteers for the invaluable contribution of their time, supporting health and care services within the community. With this event no longer an option due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the charity wanted to pay tribute to the volunteers by bringing the event to them.
So… we called upon our amazing event industry partners to bring their expertise and time to pull off the challenge.
Millets Farm – Donating 200 homemade fruit scones and 50 punnets of freshly picked strawberries from their farm
Bodleian Libraries – The event staff offering their time to deliver afternoon tea’s
Flowers by Kirsty – Creating 120 mini floral bouquets to accompany the ladies afternoon tea boxes, as well as offering their time to deliver afternoon tea’s
That Event Company (lighting and audio supplier) – The Managing Director offering his time to deliver afternoon tea’s
Grape Minds – Supplying bottles of local craft beer for the gentleman’s afternoon tea boxes, as well as offering their time to deliver afternoon tea’s
Nood Ltd – Baking homemade blondies and brownies
Oxford Fine Dining staff – making 800 finger sandwiches and supplying hand crafted chocolates
We are committed to supporting the NHS through until we are no longer needed.
Why should couples choose Oxford Fine Dining?
Working with Oxford Fine Dining is always a pleasure, their service and attention to detail is second to none. Below are a few recent testimonials from couples that chose Oxford Fine Dining to cater for their wedding.
“We had a wonderful day, a big thank you to OFD and the rest of the team, they were brilliant. We had lovely comments from guests regarding the food and service and I was very impressed. It made our day eve more special.” Rachael and Alex | Yarnton Manor | June 2019
“Thanks so much for all your help on the day and evening. We had an amazing day and you guys played a huge role. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.” Vanessa and Charlie | Marquee at own home | July 2019
“Absolutely brilliant services and deserve more than 5 stars. Thanks for being a part of our special day and helping us create personalised touches.” Ray and Ivy | Bodleian Libraries | July 2019