Although all the weddings we attend with our mobile creperie are in the UK (but we are quite happy to go on tour around the World if required – please feel free to get in touch if you are getting married somewhere exotic!), not all of the guests we encounter are UK residents.
As we all know, crepes are now widespread throughout the World, and there can’t be too many people who have never seen them before. OK, not everyone will have seen them at a wedding – in fact, statistically speaking, probably a very low number indeed, as Original Crepes is the the only company in the UK to specialise exclusively in crepe catering at private functions – but weddings aside, pretty much everyone knows what a crepe is.
So at our most recent wedding, at a venue in Cheshire, we were not at all surprised to encounter some guests who were visiting from Germany who were well aware of what crepes are all about. Unfortunately we couldn’t offer any bratwurst or strudel flavoured crepes, but our extensive menu was sufficient to keep them intrigued and, ultimately, satisfied.
Unlike most Europeans, their command of English wasn’t that great, but we were able to communicate through means of pointing, coupled with bits of half-forgotten German from long-distant school lessons.
Some menu items needed no introduction – for instance, ‘Nutella’ is the same in every language – but other items, such as Milky Bar or Cadbury Buttons were completely new to our guests so we struggled to describe exactly what these items were. Eventually, we had the brainwave of offering samples of the chocolate. It took us a while to realise that was a much easier way of communicating the taste than trying to describe it. We may be a bit slow to work things like that out, but we more than make up for it when it comes time to serve the wedding guests with their evening crepes!
Ultimately our German friends opted for sugar and cinnamon (great choice) from our menu, but that is a lesson learned for us. If someone wants to know what a particular flavour is, we give them a sample. Sounds obvious, but we got there in the end.