Corporate BBQ Feedback

Thanks again – everything was great and lots of people have said how good the food was and asked who did it for us.  If it becomes an annual event (which I'm not so sure about having cleared up yesterday!) we will definitely be in touch.

Lynn Watson, QSI, Billingham

Molineux Street NHS Centre Feedback

Great service and a good range of foods, I will certainly keep your details and try and encourage the doctors to use your service (although they always are reluctant to spend)!! ha ha.

It was much appreciated for you to accommodate me also…..Thanks from 1 satisfied customer.
Julian Saul
Practice Manager


Great North Run Prostate Cancer Feedback

thank you very much for all your help at the Great North Run it all worked very well on the day and we have had some good feedback from the runners .

We had expected we would have to go and get the boilers up, set them up and fill them up so it was really fantastic that you did that for us. Your team were really helpful on the day helping us get water, when you have 300 runners and only a few staff at an event it was really brilliant that they were able to help us with all of that and all the staff were really polite and friendly.

I am afraid that I don’t have any testimonials from the runners but if it helps I can tell you that we surveyed our runners about the event and one of the questions we asked was about food and drinks at the tent and we had 35% of people say it was good and 65% saying that it was excellent.

Once again thank you for all your hard work at the Great North Run, the fact that everything ran so smoothly really helped.

Many Thanks.

Natasha Clokey, Prostate Cancer

Alzheimer’s Society Great North Run Feedback

In 2011 Alzheimer’s Society had 3,100 people taking part in the Bupa Great North run, raising funds and awareness for people with dementia and their carers. As part of the race day support provided, runners had the opportunity to visit the Alzheimer’s Society marquee at the finish line Charity Village. The Charity Village is an opportunity for charities to thank their runners and offer them some well earned refreshments. We chose Jacksons Catering to cater for our runners in 2011.

The level of service Jackson’s provided in the lead up to and during the Bupa Great North Run was exceptional. All enquiries regarding quotes and the coordination of logistics for the day were answered promptly and with an excellent level of customer service. On the day, Jacksons arrived on site early and were ready to unload the first round of refreshments on our arrival. Throughout the event, Jacksons were very helpful and vigilant in ensuring refreshments were replenished regularly. The refreshments went down very well and the feedback we have had from our runners since has been excellent.

We were very pleased with the level of service provided by Jacksons Caterers and would definitely use you again.

Lucy Elliott, Events Fundraising Coordinator
Alzheimer's Society

Autumn produce worth trying

by Jenny Myhill


Say goodbye to summer and those crisp and bright fruits and vegetables

But don't worry, Autumn is here and it's the season of deep green, dark yellow and brilliant orange coloured fruit and vegetables. These colours mean the fruits and vegetables are rich in disease-fighting phytochemicals. The more colourful the fruit, the better it is for your health. FACT!


A good source of fibre, vitamin C, calcium and iron. Look for smooth and firm, small to medium sized parsnips for the best quality. Large coarse roots usually have woody or fibrous centres. Did i mention they are deliously sweet when roasted?

Turnips and swedes.

A member of the mustard family, turnips (known as swedes in Scotland and Ireland) have a white flesh with a tough outer skin that ranges from yellow to purple, and a more bitter flavour than potatoes. They are a good source of vitamin C and like their cousins, broccoli, cabbage and Brussels sprouts, these cruciferous vegetables contain the potent phytochemical sulforaphane, which has been shown to protect against cancer, especially breast cancer.

Try exchanging your potatoe for a turnip next time. They work well boiled, mashed or roasted.

Sweet potatoes.

Would you believe me if i said that the sweet potato wasn't actually a potato? Potatoes are classified as tubers, while the sweet potato is a storage root (geeky food stuff here!). Good-quality sweet potatoes will be firm, smooth-skinned and tan to light rose colour. They contain four times the recommended daily allowance for vitamin A and 50% of vitamin C in a serving. You would have to eat 23 portions of broccoli to consume the same amount.

They are ideal for baking, grilling or steaming, and you can substitute them in any recipe that calls for potatoes.


Known more for their Halloween docoration qualities more than their culinary value, it's no wonder it's a popular veg this time of year. Their bright orange colour is a dead giveaway that it's loaded with important antioxidants, as well as being rich in vitamin A and C. Even the seeds are packed with nutritional value. In fact, they are only second to peanuts in protein content and a good source of zinc and omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce your risk of heart disease.

It's great served as a tasty side dish for a main meal and ideal for making hearty winter soups, as well as being baked into bread and pumpkin pie. Remember pumpkins also come canned if a full pumpkin is too much.

Winter squash.

Winter squash develops hard rinds and the tough seeds and fibrous centre are inedible and must be scooped out. Here's an interesting fact – Winter squash is one of the few vegetables that, during storage, the vitamin A content increases, and they already contain more than 100% of the RDA for vitamin A. They are also a good source of heart-healthy nutrients, folate and fibre.

There are several different kinds of winter squash and many of them have a very unique taste. Butternut is probably the most popular squash and easiest to find. Acorn and spaghetti squash are also found quite easily. Buttercup and kabocha squash are delicious as well but harder to find.

Here's a nice recipe for Butternut squash, goat’s cheese and walnut pasties

Apples & pears.

Quite an obvious one, but apples contain flavonoids, some of the most potent antioxidants around and pearsare high in fibre. Very easy to get hold of and transport as a snack. Hundreds of recipes out there, you can use them in low-fat pancakes, sliced on sandwiches or poached and drizzled with syrup for a warm, sweet dessert. 


Cranberries contain anthocyanins, the heart-healthy antioxidants, which are also found in tea and red wine, and the compound that gives them their colour. Only about 10% of the commercial crop is sold fresh – mostly in September through to December. The rest can be found as juice, dried or as cranberry sauce. Cranberries work well added to muffins and other baked goods and in compotes, relishes, chutneys and fruit desserts.

Now for the meat and fish


Wild rabbit meat, which is leaner and tastier than the farmed variety, has a fabulous subtle, gamey flavour. It is available throughout the year but you're more likely to find the best sized rabbits from July to December. Rabbit meat is relatively low in fat and high in protein. It is a good source of niacin, iron, phosphorus, and vitamin B12. Unlike much of Europe, rabbit is rarely seen in UK supermarkets, but is available from many butchers and farmers markets.

Wild Boar

Wild boar is lean meat that should, as a rule, be cooked at lower temperatures than other meats. Avoid overcooking. Wild boar, raised like beef, is range fed and therefore can be served on the rare side. A rule of thumb for cooking wild boar is "low and slow". Wild boar is excellent barbecued. When prepared properly it is flavorful and very tender. Wild boar also makes tasty sausage and ground meat products.


Trout is a relative of the freshwater salmon and is native to Britain. Although its appearance varies, it's typically brownish with rusty red and black spots. It lives in brooks, rivers and lakes, and the saltwater variety, the sea trout, is found in coastal waters throughout northern Europe. It is an oil-rich fish and is a valuable source of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help prevent heart disease. It's also a good source of protein.


A delicious, nutritious and healthy meat. The farmed meat is often more tender than venison from wild deer. The meat is unmistakable – fine textured, dark red and with very little fat on it .

High in protein, low in fat and rich in those Omega 3’s – a very healthy choice and as an added bonus, venison is also a source of vitamins B1, B2, B6 and B12 too. Venison also has traces of iron, copper and zinc. Wow, a super meat!

But remember, if you cover it with rich creamy sauces or baste it with lashings of butter you will undo all that good work.

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North East is leader in ethical movement

If your influenced by the little logos found on many consumer and food products these days you'll be happy to hear the North East is leading the way.

Ethical standards

From Fairtrade and Organic to FSA and energy efficiency, we are seeing these credentials everywhere. Every day products have adopted them because of a growing conscious consumer.

With the availability of news and information thanks to the internet, people are more aware of the way consumerism has led to driving the price down at all costs. Usually affecting our environment and the poorer countries in the world that supply and cater for the majority of our consumer needs.

Here are a few businesses and resources that we are proud of having in the North East.

Online retailer Ethical Superstore, is based in Gateshead and is one of the largest retailers of Groceries And Everyday Fair Trade and Ethical Goods. Have a look, you'll be surprised how many of your every day purchases could really help someone or reduce your environmental impact. Ethical Superstore Website

Newcastle's NE1 have launched a City Centre Bike Hire Scheme to encourage people to commute and keep fit as well as taking more cars off the roads.

Established in 1979 and based in Gateshead, Traidcraft are the UK's leading Fairtrade organisation.

Morpeth in Northumberland is one of the few towns in the country trying to ban polluting carrier bags from their shops.

With premises in the Tyne and Wear and Northumberland, we always see a massive effort for Fairtrade Fortnight

At Jackson's we are proud of our commitment to buying local produce. We really are lucky to have the amount of local farmers and businesses on our door step! Too much choice if anything!

However it's not just about buying local, throughout our business we purchase everything with a ethical stance. Ensuring what we do buy is farmed, manufactured and sold in a ethical way and nothing or nobody is short changed or treat poorly in the process. Our carbon footprint and environmental influence is also a big thing for us. At our kitchen facilities and canteens we recycle all paper, cardboard, cans and plastic. And with the amount of packaging we go through we like to think it makes a difference.

If you know of any more ethical businesses or schemes operating in the North East  please let us know and we'll add them to the list. Email kris[at]

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Wedding Catering Client Feedback

Our daughter and our new son in law live in New Zealand and we were requested by them to organize their wedding in Durham (12,000 miles distant).

We approached Jackson's with a view to providing the food for the wedding and our contact was Matt Daniel. Matt was absolutely thorough in his approach to the project – he attended meetings with us at the Parish Hall, (where the reception lunch and later buffet was to take place). He thoroughly checked-out the available equipment and the kitchen and was invaluable in suggesting menus for both the wedding lunch and later buffet.

Peter and I found Matt very approachable, he always did what he promised, was prompt with his responses for information or advice and helped and guided us through an important part of the wedding day. Many times we felt like we were his only customers due to the care and attention he afforded us.

The food and service provided for the wedding were excellent – many people complimenting us in our choice of caterer. We are so pleased that we hope further business will ensue from some of the local attendees at the wedding.

Not only was the food delicious, but it was also very well presented.

We are quite exacting people – but have absolutely no complaints whatsoever with Jackson's and Matt (in particular) also Andy for providing the 'front of house' service. The waiters too were all smart and extremely pleasant and attentive.

We have no hesitation in recommending Jackson's based on our experience.

Our function was for 60 multicultural guests (with various dietary requirements) – all of which had a very enjoyable time.

Ana and Peter Wiles,

Belmont, Durham.

Metro Radio Breakfast Buffet

To welcome Brian Moore, Anna Foster and the new breakfast team to Metro Radio we sent them a breakfast. The buffet included the following:

Fairtrade Tea and Coffee
Fresh Orange Juice
Mini Bacon Sarnies
Selection of mini Muffins and Doughnuts
Pain au Chocolat and Croissants
Fresh Fruit Skewers
They commented on how much they enjoyed it through their Facebook and Twitter profiles.

Good Luck with the show guys!!

Funeral Buffet Catering

July 2011 Customer Feedback

Thanks for everything Matt. All went well and I shall definitely recommend you to others and keep you in mind for any future events, though hopefully something more joyful.

Guy Vincent Thouret

Heaton, Newcastle

Breakfast Catering Services

Client Feedback

Yes thank you I was not in school on Friday but feedback from staff was all positive. Will definitely use you again. Thank you again.

Vikki Kent
Headteachers PA
Hetton School

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