Richard and Anna have been together for 25 years and have been involved with many successful catering operations during their time together. These include running their 16th Century Country Inn and Hotel in the Conwy Valley with high emphasis on food, running a successful pop-up restaurant and numerous catering events since moving to Shropshire. Anna is due to have her first cookery book published, with a further seven in the pipeline, all following a simply approach to basic cookery.
Richard and Anna are both CRB / DBS checked.
Both passionate about food and service they frequently demonstrate their ability to develop professional and dedicated teams in various catering environments. They emphasise a personal approach to catering for events leaving the host to be involved in the planning, yet able to enjoy their event on the day, knowing that Richard and Anna have every angle covered.
“I believe that the kitchen is the heart of the home – it is where everyone comes together and congregates. Every time I bake, cook or do a dinner party – I feel incredibly proud. It must have something to do with good old-fashioned home-making and nourishing your family. You can’t beat that warm, fuzzy feeling - that feeling of satisfaction, providing for your family!” ~ Anna.
It doesn’t have to be intricate – in fact basic, simple and easy will produce more reliable results than complicated, without the risk of it going wrong! Easy doesn’t mean lazy, it means being effective and efficient and more time spent with your family and friends than tied to the kitchen – the best of both worlds!
“The Mission Statement”
Our Mission is to help and inspire people to cook.
We believe anyone - whatever age, gender, social standing, background, experience and ability is able to cook. Cooking is 90% confidence, 9% ability and 1% sprinkling of knowledge.
Our commitment is to continually, consistently, passionately inspire our customers with our knowledge. Thereby with care and consideration, fun and laughter on the journey; fuelled with our energy and the enthusiasm for our cause, our aim is to inspire the nation to cook, one-by-one, building our customer’s confidence, ability and knowledge - learning from mistakes!
ABC - Anyone-can Basically Cook!
Set in a converted barn in the idyllic and tranquil surroundings of Golding, the facility is a light and airy, well equipped, spacious family kitchen.
Conducted in an informal, but structured manner, the sessions are geared specifically to those with little or no experience to give them the skills to confidently produce simple, wholesome, cost-effective meals for themselves or family.
The courses are available any day of the week, offered as 2½ -3 hour sessions, morning, afternoon or evening.
Our Basic Courses are in 6 sessions; whilst our Specialised Courses are in 4 sessions – you are in control, you can take a short time or take up to 6 weeks; whatever will fit into your busy schedule.
All courses start with refreshments and a brief introduction into the session, a quick house-keeping/hygiene/health and safety reminder; before the hands-on practical commences.
Each session would then include a minimum of 3 recipes being produced with tastings; and a minimum of 6 recipes as easy to follow handouts; culminating in a minimum of 24 recipes over the entire course presented in a folder.
With a maximum of 3 people on each session, undertaken in a friendly, relaxed home-kitchen, you can only grow in confidence and knowledge.
We really want everyone to succeed, so a post-course helpline and support is available, for when you need a boost!
“Anna’s cakes are special – having enjoyed a different variety every Saturday morning over the last few years I can really say that she brings together flavours in a truly inspirational way always presented to the highest quality.”
“My husband and I attended a medieval night organised by Richard and Anna. We enjoyed the food and the atmosphere was great. Richard and Anna are lovely people. I would recommend.”
ABC Catering held a medieval themed evening as a fundraiser for a local church. The event was unforgettable, the planning behind not only the food but the whole event was meticulous down to the cutlery we used and the medieval etiquette we were required to practice. The food provided was not only delicious to eat but had been well researched so that the guests were able to indulge in the theme. Anna and Richard don't just provide excellent food, they provide an experience.
“I worked as MC for an event that Anna and Richard catered for They were precise on their timings but where flexible when events between course slightly overran. They were a pleasure to work with and accommodated the needs of all the diners, their serving staff where well briefed and professional in their manner. The food was exciting and beautifully prepared” Tim R ~ MC for a Medieval Banquet
“I can thoroughly recommend ABC catering having used this delightful husband and wife team on a number of occasions for various catering functions from small intimate dinners to larger charity occasions. Living the busy lives we seem to have these days it is so simple to have ABC organise events from start to finish if required or they will organise the food and service leaving me to 'pretty' the tables.”
“I have known Anna & Richard for around 4 years and have dined with them on many occasion. The food is always amazing and they cater for everyone's tastes! Lovely hospitality and warm welcomes every time and always an enjoyable evening filled with great food & wine!”
What a wonderful afternoon we have just had to celebrate the arrival of our daughter, with everything taken care of by ABC and the glorious sunshine was the cherry on top!
Anna & Richard provided an afternoon tea that was second to none and created a beautiful welcome for our guests in a stunning setting.
Every detail had been thought through and taken care of. The selection of food and drink was fantastic and the cakes are still being raved about by our family and friends.
It was a great way to welcome our little one to our family without any of the stress and hassle.
The whole service from start to finish was professional, friendly and something we will certainly use for future events.
Harwood Shropshire Ltd.