With the horse meat scandal beginning to recede, it's time to make sense of what implications it has for us as a caterer in Shropshire. Time and time again we're up against people that will undercut a quote to get the business, caring little about the quality of the food that they will serve. It would be wrong as a business owner to ignore the cost implications of over paying for stock, because without profit, there is no business. However, by paying a little extra, taking the time to source reputable meat suppliers and keeping the supply chain as short as possible, the benefit to our customers and their guests is immense. The satisfaction of seeing kids eating hot dogs or serving a sausage and mash wedding and knowing exactly what's in the food and the quality of it, makes me very proud.
I used to work for a local sandwich company that were awarded the best sandwich bar in the UK. In every store the owner hung a sign that read "There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey." John Ruskin. It's meant a lot to me over the years and has served me well. It brings home to me that the suppliers I have chosen are also putting quality first. Our Farm to fork route has one step. I cook Buttercross farm meats, butchered onsite and served up at Weddings and parties throughout Shropshire and the West Midlands.
Going forward, what this scandal has (hopefully) thought people, is that over processed meats, don't have a place at our dinner table. Today's news that processed meats have an early death link ( http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-21682779) should be another nail in the coffin of unhealthy practices of the food industry.
The next time you get a quote for your catering, ask yourself is it worth paying that little bit extra and guaranteeing not only quality but supporting local businesses committed to serving brilliant food.