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September 2018

The start of the new term is here already and we can’t believe how quickly the school holidays just flew by! Every year we plan all the projects and ideas we want to work on over the summer and every year September seems to appear very quickly!

We now have a very tidy and organised office as we have had a therapeutic clear out. The shredding machine has been kept very busy and all our thermometers are calibrated and ready to start work. We have been busy getting ready for some new contracts that start this month and we have been designing and fitting out some lovely vibrant signage packages to enhance the eating and socialising experience for our young diners.

Rushmere signage

The summer is also the time of year when the Norse Group organises its annual get together for all Managers across the group. As it is our 30th anniversary this year, the focus was all about the journey of the group and the people within the group who make it so successful and an enjoyable company to work for. This year Lola Maxey shared her Norse journey on the big screen, telling us how she joined Norse Catering in 2011 as an Assistant Cook at Mile Cross Primary School and after three promotions she is now the Manager of our prestigious catering facilities at County Hall.

Lola on screen


We recently received the wonderful news that one of our Cooks has reached the final in the National Association of Care Catering Awards (NACC) – Debbie Wright, who is the Cook-in-Charge at Munhaven Care Home will be a finalist in the “our Care Catering Hero” category for all her extra activities with her Brownie group, the Archie project, her dementia sessions and so much hard work in the kitchen! A fantastic result for Debbie and we all have our fingers crossed for her. The final will be held at a prestigious event on the evening of the 4th October.

We have been busy over the summer in our care home kitchens — our new Assistant Cook, Ashley enthusiastically made a lovely cake for one of the residents at St Edmunds Care Home in Attleborough. He has now set the standard for resident cakes in the future and everyone loved his passion and big smile!

As you all know, we are very passionate about the source of food and passing knowledge on to the next generation. So some of our team spent some of the summer planning a special lunch around Harvest Festival—this event will take place across primary schools on the 27th September. There was a lot of laughter as they practised baking bread and putting together some wonderful displays to show off the wonderful food coming into season—these works of art will be replicated in school to celebrate the Harvest Festival.

Harvest festival breads - portrait

We had the absolute joy of preparing the catering for one of our lovely residents in one of our Care Homes to celebrate their 106th birthday! Sharon Burrows baked and decorated a lovely birthday cake and all the residents helped Maud celebrate her big day with a party and then they all enjoyed the cake for tea!

Cake for 106 birthday for web

September is the month that blackberries are in their prime. Savouring the intense flavour of a glossy fat blackberry straight off a British hedgerow has to be one of life’s classic simple pleasures. Time to get picking!

Until next time,

The Catering Team