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Rich5ltr
Typically it's the bigger venues that manage; Waddesdon, Blenheim and Burghley (not an AMOC venue). The smaller more discrete venues like CV really struggle. Personally, I always bring my own picnic because I prefer it. Perhaps just a well run outside tea & coffee stand would help? 
Still burning hydrocarbons just for fun! 

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John Purser
Thibaut wrote:


May be the solution would be to arrange a hamper 'picnic' service, on pre-booking basis only ?
May be that would be acceptable to the smaller venues ?
It worked very well for the centenary event. Doesn't have to be Harrods' quality.

Great idea.
We once had a Fortnum and Mason pic-nic (@ Windsor, after our parade in front of HMQ and Prince Philip)
Was NOT good.
Food for a Boy Scouts camp
Alnwick last year and Le Mans Classic this summer had excellent picnics.


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Lord Rowley
The Rowleys second your Hamper reviews Mr Chairman.
Here, here!
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v12 volante man
Lord Rowley wrote:

The Rowleys second your Hamper reviews Mr Chairman.
Here, here!


As long as its NOT Windsor or CV catering supplied. LOL
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Thibaut
I am sure we could find a decent supplier of hampers. I see an occasion for panel testing a few sample to work out best option.
By definition concours take place where there are substantial outside space and the organising committee always manages to select days where it doesn't rain.
Personnally I try to make concours a family event (got two young boys) so picnic is always the better option than seated inside. Only issue is my better half complaining to have to fix something up at last minute.
Also I'd rather AMOC makes a small margin on the supply of hampers rather than paying full retail price for very average service at the venues.

Practically, we should on board the ticketing and the picnic offer into the AMOC shop. While I very much enjoy speaking to Anne twice a year on concours occasion that must be a very labour intensive process that could be conducted more efficiently on line. For non internet people, obviously they could still call the club.

If you want a few candidates for the hamper testing job, I would gladly offer to help !
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asington
JP - 'The Mayor' also supports the hamper suggestion.
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John Purser
If you want a few candidates for the hamper testing job, I would gladly offer to help !
Joking aside, it is something that could be done at a Club area evening, or the Concours seminar, or where there is a group gathered who can report back objectively. Above all, it should offer good variety, good value.
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v12 volante man
John Purser wrote:

If you want a few candidates for the hamper testing job, I would gladly offer to help !
Joking aside, it is something that could be done at a Club area evening, or the Concours seminar, or where there is a group gathered who can report back objectively. Above all, it should offer good variety, good value.



Club N.E.C stand in November then. Big audience there so plenty of feedback and a perfect opportunity. I gather all the main supermarkets can do really nice hampers with excellent food inside them that folk can relate to and enjoy eating.

Regards,
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Fay
v12 volante man wrote:

Club N.E.C stand in November then. Big audience there so plenty of feedback and a perfect opportunity. I gather all the main supermarkets can do really nice hampers with excellent food inside them that folk can relate to and enjoy eating


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Someone will have to organise the hoovering up after. Domestics are not in my agenda at the NEC. Can only about manage the disposal of empty wine glasses. :-)

Regards,
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geewizzpip
Cafe or even hamper food is not THE THING these days, it's gourmet street food vans.  I suggest the next venue AMOC insists that a variety of these are invited and the ground rent, as suggested, goes to the venue.

I remember when we had a concours at Althorp there was a country fair at the same time and it has a variety of brilliant food available.

Stately home catering chicken has had its day!
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asington
I think the general opinion of 'Stately Home' catering is that it's simply not acceptable - certainly as far as Woburn and Compton Verney are concerned anyway. Perhaps the organising committee could include a statement in any contract when they are planning a visit to a stately home to the effect that the Club reserves the right to claim back all and any monies paid to the establishment if the catering (ie the standard of food and the ability of the staff to serve it in a reasonable time scale) isn't acceptable. The other option of course is as has been mooted by JP - get an outside body (be it a retailer or a specialist company) to supply hamper food to order.
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nmv2and3
Sudeley Castle was the same. Woeful amateurs
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v12 volante man
Fay wrote:




And the empty champers bottles too eh Fay?? LOL.

Andrew, you simply cannot beat good old honest hot/cold food. No need at all to for these so called high class establishments to ramp it up in to something it clearly is not and evidently has not been. I think they just see the Aston badge and the pounds signs show in their eyes.

Its just not acceptable.

Regards,
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asington
Actually I thought Sudeley was the best of a bad bunch.
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v12 volante man
asington wrote:

Actually I thought Sudeley was the best of a bad bunch.


It pays to take your own I think until something better can be agreed upon. Stop at the local " chippie " before entering and wrap em up in foil and place them in the engine bay to keep warm. Just remembering to remove them just as the judge tips up to mark the car. LOL

Could even make a good bribe!!!

Regards,
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Lord Rowley
I believe "Street Food" is the new vogue.
If Mr Chairman Concours has landed in Pattaya yet, maybe he could scope out the deep-fired cockroaches and scorpions, to bring some back as a sampler - ready for a big order in Spring ?
Not that far away, he might also consider popping to Korea to check out the hot dogs ?
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