Samui Wining & Dining
NIGEL’S NIBBLES
NIGEL’S NIBBLES


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You either cook or you don’t. And if you do cook, you either do it because you have to or because you really enjoy it. If you fall into the latter category, you probably enjoy experimenting and making up dishes with all sorts of different ingredients. When you’re on holiday, the last thing you want to do is worry about cooking. After all, this is your ‘relaxing’ time. So what better time to take advantage of has become a popular catering service on the island?

        Nigel Mills was born and raised in Venice Beach, California, on the west side of the city of Los Angeles. He’s lived on Samui since 2003, after becoming one of many who fell in love with this tropical paradise. Back in the US, Nigel slogged away at his desk for 16 hours a day working for an IT company, and it was only when he visited Samui for the first time that he began to question his career and lifestyle. Luckily fate stepped in, and after a company reorganisation, Nigel was free to return to Samui where, after recently learning about frisbee golf in America, established his own course on the island, in 2005. He started preparing barbecues to attract people to the frisbee golf course and that was when the magic started. News of his tasty

barbecues spread quickly and soon he was being contacted by people asking him to cater for their private parties, and so Nigel’s BBQ and Catering was born.

        Now a successful (and busy) business, Nigel caters for pretty much anything and everything. He is dedicated and passionate about his business, and this is evident when he describes how he makes his ‘beer chicken’ or how he makes all his own spice rubs and dips. He buys everything from the market on the day of the event so you can always be sure that everything is freshly prepared just for you. He makes all his own salads too and along with the favourites such as potato salad, coleslaw, and pasta salad, he can also prepare some more creative salads such as a pomelo salad with toasted peanuts and a Thai dressing.

        His prices include pretty much everything so you don’t have to worry about getting a nasty surprise when the bill arrives. All preparation, food, white linen table coverings, waiting staff (who always look smart in their uniforms of crisp white polo shirts and black aprons), crockery, cutlery, and napkins are included – you’ll need to provide your own tables and chairs though!

          A big part of Nigel’s business is catering for weddings. He has four packages available - Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Don’t for one second think that the Bronze package has snack food and the Platinum package is an excessive buffet. The difference is in the variety of dishes, and it can be anything from simple canapés to mixed seafood or a spit-roasted pig. If you view his packages and want something added or taken away, don’t hesitate to ask, Nigel prides himself on being flexible. He is no stranger to catering for large groups of over 100 guests, so no matter how big or small your group, call first and Nigel will do his best to accommodate you.

          Nigel also caters for birthday parties, anniversaries, celebrations and staff parties - in fact for any event, even children’s parties. He also does cocktail parties with a selection of wines, cocktails and finger food which are great for smaller gatherings or staff parties. His passion for cooking means the finger food won’t be something as simple as sausage rolls, but rather tasty delights such as mini roast potatoes served with crème fraiche, caviar and lemon zest or perhaps a wonton basket with fresh tuna, sushi sauce, wasabi, avocado and toasted sesame seeds. Nigel goes out of his way to provide nothing but the best for his customers.

          He can travel to anywhere on the island and can also hop across to Koh Phangan for you, and even went to Phuket for one event (but obviously his costs are adjusted to include travel).

          At Christmas time, if you give him enough notice, he will prepare a turkey or ham for your Christmas lunch; complete with sides of stuffing, creamy mashed potato, broccoli or cauliflower cheese, cranberry sauce ... you get the picture.

          And when he’s not working for his catering business, he’s cooking food to keep his frisbee golf guests entertained. The course meanders through a large plot of land amidst shady trees and coconut palms and consists of nine baskets (holes) to challenge you. Once you’re finished your game, you can then relax with

          another one of Nigel’s magic creations - pizza! Yes, he offers pizza, chicken wings, drinks, and sandwiches here for you to enjoy before or after your game. If you call up first he can even do his famous barbecue for smaller groups. So if you’d like to combine a party, frisbee golf and a delicious barbecue, then give Nigel a call. It’s guaranteed to be a day of fun.

          

 Colleen Setchell


 


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