The Kitchen Table is an outside catering business based in Totnes, serving at events in South Devon since 2011. They are a small outfit of creative and innovative chefs who use seasonal, often organic and beautiful locally grown and made ingredients (from within 30 miles of Totnes) to create feasts, dinners, party food, lunches and so much more! They cater for weddings, funerals, birthday celebrations and office lunches for groups of 8 - 140 people.
One of the many things TKT staff love is the variety of venues they get to visit... from grand houses, to farms & barns, to village halls and family homes, corporate venues and businesses... the variety of clientele is astonishing!
Everything is hand made from scratch, with love, from the ketchup to the stock. With an exciting seasonal menu, TKT works with you to provide a feast with something for everyone.
Sima, who owns and manages the business, has a wealth of travel experience which inspires much of her cooking. Members of her team also bring their interests and experiences to the menu planning and recipe creation from a love of foraging and herbalism to an interest in special dietary requirements.
Sima's background in special needs has led her back, many years after working in respite care to supporting young adults in Totnes to learn kitchen skills with work experience and workshops with Lifeworks, which she is loving!
In addition to the catering, The Kitchen Table unit is open Mon - Fri 12 - 2pm March - December selling lunches for takeaway (or sit in). This is a small part of the business which enables the team to experiment with recipes, use up ingredients or dishes from events and interface with the public on a regular basis. The menu is mostly vegetarian with often-times a vegan option and almost always a gluten free option with cake an occasional treat too! On Tuesdays and Thursdays Beanbug coffee trike parks up outside and serves his delicious organic coffee to lunch customers.
Caring for the environment is at the core of what TKT does; They reduce their plastic use wherever they can; have made some bees wax wraps to use instead of cling wrap, they use recycled parchment paper, foil & washing up sponges as well as only using plant based cleaning products. The ingredients are sourced consciously and with love with some fantastic relationships forged with local growers and producers.
The team make most things from scratch from the ketchup to the butter pastry - they buy just a few things ready made (bread baking has never been Sima's forte! And mayonnaise is cheaper and delicious from Laydilay Organic eggs!) and the team love finding new ways to be better at what they do... be it environmentally conscious, aesthetically pleasing or coming up with new delicious recipes.
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