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Building on a Healthy Heritage

October 21
20:07 2013
Building on a Healthy Heritage

From the outset, the criteria for the healthyliving award was designed to fit a wide range of businesses, and its recent receipt by the award-winning Edinburgh-based caterer, Heritage Portfolio, demonstrates just how flexible the accolade has become.

Catering in Scotland discovers what it took to attain the industry’s most prestigious healthyliving achievement…

Robin Austin, Food & Beverage Logistics Manager, explains why Heritage Portfolio became involved: ‘We looked at the criteria for the healthyliving award and realised that our menus were already aligned in the same direction, and that we could obtain considerable recognition for what we were already doing, without having to make very many alterations to our dishes.

‘We offer restaurant-style fine dining, and have found that a lot of clients actively want to follow a healthier starter and main course with a more indulgent dessert, so we had to think hard about desserts that met the healthyliving criteria but were still appealing. Robbie Gleave, our development chef, has come up with some great fruit-based desserts which are tempting as well as healthy.’

When planning an event, Heritage Portfolio’s designers discuss the menus with the client and talk about the healthier options available. Tasting sessions can help decision-making and provide an opportunity for the caterer to promote their healthyliving choices.

Having devised several healthier choice buffet menus for online ordering through the company’s Beetroot Blue website, Robin and his colleagues are intent on promoting the healthyliving message throughout the industry:

‘We’ve realised that our healthyliving award accreditation has definitely helped us to win business, especially with organisations such as the NHS, for whom healthier catering at meetings and conferences is a priority,’ he says.

‘We are already incorporating the healthy living culture and message into our dishes and in the future we hope that our current and prospective clients will recognise us for the healthier options on offer.’

Heritage Portfolio caters for corporate and private events at venues across Scotland, including palaces, stately homes and heritage sites. Their online ordering facility, beetrootblue.com allows customers to order buffets for smaller events and meetings.

www.healthylivingaward.co.uk

This article has been edited from its original version. For the complete feature, please see Catering in Scotland magazine August/September 2010.

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