Tipiak partners with university caterers

We’re delighted to announce that Tipiak has once again renewed its partnership with TUCO – the university caterers organisation.

As a skilled pâtissier with expert bakers and professional chefs, Tipiak supplies its exquisitely French pâtisserie, canapés and gluten-free macarons to university caterers across the UK…providing convenience and quality.

Our authentic ‘thaw and serve’ products are perfect for graduations, receptions, freshers’ and welcome events, open days, buffets and a host of other occasions organised by universities and their teams.

During the last TUCO Conference event, held at York University, we were delighted to receive feedback from our university caterer customers. Here’s what some of them had to say:

I love Tipiak products. They are fantastic. We’ve just used them for our graduations.” Head of events and catering at a UK university

“We use Tipiak pop éclairs and macarons for graduations and events.” Catering professional at a UK university

“Tipiak products look good and they present well.” Chef team at a UK university

“Tipiak products are ideal for events and outside catering.” Hospitality team at a UK university

“Tipiak products are great, and very versatile. They are ideal for freshers’ events, graduations and outside catering.” University food and beverage manager

We have an extensive range of elegant hand-finished savoury canapés, classic mini pâtisserie, sweet petits fours and our famous French macarons, which are gluten free and suitable for coeliacs.

For maximum convenience, each box of Tipiak’s ‘thaw and serve’ pâtisserie, canapés and gluten-free macarons has defrost times clearly displayed, which chefs tell us is super handy, as it helps them to plan and prepare so that the products are served at their very best.

Take a look at our ranges to see how Tipiak could become your perfect partner for catering.

Tipiak launches new Pop Macarons Fruits for UK foodservice

French pâtissier Tipiak has unveiled a new selection of exquisite pop macarons for the UK foodservice sector.

Featuring stunning fruit flavours, the eye-catching Pop Macarons Fruits are gluten free – currently the only gluten-free authentic French macarons available widescale to the UK hospitality sector.

Each mixed pack of pop macarons contains six bold fruit flavours in pastel shades, attractively decorated with contrasting fruit-flavoured lacing. The selection features the superb fruity flavours of blackcurrant, lemon-yuzu, morello cherry, coconut, passionfruit and apricot.

“Macarons have been a huge hit on social media in recent years – introducing a whole new generation to these authentic delights,” explains Charlotte Ganier, international development project manager at Tipiak, which supplies frozen, authentic French pâtisserie to the UK foodservice sector. “More than 5 million photos have been posted on Instagram alone.

“Macarons are now a must-serve ingredient on any afternoon tea menu, as well as being popular accompaniments to coffee or as a sweet buffet option. So versatile, macarons are also used as decorations or as key ingredients in desserts and freakshakes and can even be served as wedding favours.”

The new Pop Macarons Fruits join an existing range of Tipiak pâtisserie and macarons supplied frozen to the UK foodservice sector via distributor Central Foods.

Tipiak macarons have a significantly higher almond content than most other macarons in the marketplace, giving them a superb flavour, and making them less brittle and fragile, and less sweet. This is bang on trend for those consumers who are willing to pay a little bit more for a smaller, better quality, tastier and more enjoyable treat.

Gluten-free, with certification from the French Coeliac Association, the macarons are also suitable for vegetarians.

Tipiak’s new Pop Macarons Fruits are produced in France and are available frozen in packs of 36. Before serving, simply remove from the freezer, leave for one hour in the refrigerator, plus 15 minutes at room temperature.

Celebrate Afternoon Tea Week with Tipiak

Hooray! It’s Afternoon Tea Week…the chance for us all to celebrate and enjoy this popular British tradition.

Afternoon tea has been one of the success stories of the hospitality sector in recent times.

According to OpenTable, bookings for afternoon tea increased by 54% from 2016 to 2018. One of the reasons is that afternoon tea is such a delightful and unique way to mark a number of occasions, whether that’s a birthday, anniversary, baby shower, hen party or some other celebration. And who doesn’t enjoy a celebration?

Exquisite to look at and delightful to eat, great-tasting, authentic French pâtisserie really hits the spot when it comes to afternoon tea. Try serving Tipiak’s petits fours, mini fruit tarts, pop macarons and pop éclairs as part of your afternoon tea offer during Afternoon Tea Week.

Macarons really are a must-serve ingredient on any afternoon tea menu now. With their pretty pastel or vibrant shades and their super selection of flavours, they suit most afternoon tea themes and sit perfectly on any afternoon tea display. Macarons are also the darlings of social media, with more than 5 million macaron images posted on Instagram alone. Serving macarons are sure to help with those all-important insta-hits.

When it comes to the savoury elements of an afternoon tea during Afternoon Tea Week, why not include Tipiak’s canapés on the menu? There’s a delightful array of different flavours, colours and types, which simply need thawing before serving, and make tasty, bite-sized alternatives to traditional sandwiches.

Making authentic pâtisserie from scratch can be difficult and time consuming, so consider buying Tipiak’s top quality, ready-made frozen pâtisserie for your afternoon tea menu. Defrost instructions are clearly printed on the box, which chefs tell us is super convenient as it helps them to serve the products in tip top condition.

Simply thaw and serve Tipiak’s exquisitely French products for foodservice for any Afternoon Tea Week celebration.

Christmas catering wrapped up with Tipiak

It may be the middle of summer, but now is the perfect time to plan and organise Christmas menus.

Tipiak has a superb range of ‘thaw and serve’ canapés and pâtisserie for the busy foodservice professional.

Choose from a delicious savoury selection which includes products that are ideal for buffets, events and other functions.

Our Tipiak sweet selection features mouth-watering macarons, pop éclairs, mini tarts and delightful petits fours.

Authentic French pâtisserie can be time consuming and difficult to prepare from scratch – and consistency can be a problem.

Take advantage of our Tipiak pre-prepared frozen canapés and pâtisserie for foodservice at this hectic time of year and it will leave chefs free to prepare and cook other items on the Christmas menu.

Serving our canapés and pâtisserie couldn’t be more simple….. just open the box, remove the protective film and slide the products from their tray straight on to the serving platter – et voilà!

Tipiak products have defrost times prominently displayed on the box, and usually take between two and four hours. Feedback from chefs tells us that this is really helpful guidance, as it ensures that they time it so that canapés and pâtisserie are looking and tasting their very best for serving time.

Our products are made in France and hand-finished, giving an authentic, exquisitely French look to our canapés and pâtisserie.

Browse our range and make Christmas catering easier by choosing our delicious pre-prepared frozen products.

Say ‘I do’ to Tipiak as your wedding catering partner

With super canapés and gorgeous macarons, petits fours and sweet treats, Tipiak is the perfect partner for wedding caterers.

Simply thaw and serve our authentic sweet and savoury pâtisserie to create a mouth-watering display.

Using pre-prepared frozen canapés and macarons or petits fours is so convenient – allowing foodservice professionals to spend more time concentrating on other aspects of a wedding buffet or sit-down meal.

And we’ve got a great range to choose from…whether you’re looking for superb savoury canapés or sweet treats to round off the menu.

Tipiak’s canapés are made with the finest ingredients, prepared by expert bakers and cooks and hand-finished, to create bite-sized delights that are ideal for wedding catering…whatever the size or style of the function. Choose from Provencal Bistro, Luxury Temptation, Traditional Chicago, Parisian Bistro, Seafood or Choux Surprise.

Why not opt to create a stunning centerpiece using Tipiak’s gluten-free macarons in a pyramid? Or serve our mouth-watering macarons as wedding favours? They take just 75 minutes to thaw at room temperature and bring a touch of French flair to any event.

To round off a wedding buffet or meal, try the Tipiak Chocolate French or Classic French petits fours. Simply thaw in the refrigerator for two hours before serving.

When love is in the air, Tipiak really is the perfect catering partner for the foodservice professional!

You’ll love our Tipiak range this Valentine’s Day!

As we head towards that most romantic of days, who wouldn’t love a helping hand in the kitchen?

Tipiak offers a superb selection of sweet and savoury canapés and pâtisserie for the foodservice professional…simply thaw and serve.

Authentically made in France – home to the city of love – our products are hand created and are ideal for a range of occasions from afternoon tea and fine dining through to buffets and banquets.

Take a look at our extensive selection of savoury canapés…there’s sure to be something to suit most tastes. Or maybe you’re looking for that special sweet treat? Try our gluten-free macarons or our award-winning pop éclairs.

When love is in the air on Valentine’s Day, our French petits fours are the perfect way to round off a romantic meal.

Using Tipiak’s exquisitely French products couldn’t be more convenient. Simply open the box, remove the protective film and slide the products from their tray straight on to the serving platter – it’s that quick and easy!

Dining plays a big role, along with hearts and flowers, on Valentine’s Day, but we’re here to share the love with those who work in the kitchens too.

Browse our ranges for more details.

Tipiak can help fulfil New Year’s resolutions

If your New Year’s resolution is to make life easier in the kitchen, Tipiak’s range of delicious sweet and savoury pâtisserie and canapés could be just what you’re looking for.

We offer a mouth-watering selection – created using our unique recipes and prepared especially for the foodservice professional by our expert teams in France.

All our products are conveniently frozen. Simply thaw and serve to provide elegant party food, stunning buffets or the key ingredients for afternoon tea.

Try our famous French macarons – which are gluten free – or opt for our gorgeous French pop éclairs, petits fours or mini fruit tarts.

If you’re looking to serve something savoury, Tipiak offers a great range of exquisitely French canapés, which are perfect for catering at any event including weddings, conferences, awards, graduations and other gatherings.

Browse our ranges for more details. For UK sales and information, visit www.centralfoods.co.uk

Prepare for Coeliac Awareness Week 14th – 20th May 2018 …with help from Tipiak

Next month sees the return of Coeliac Awareness Week – run by Coeliac UK.

As well as celebrating their 50th Anniversary, this year the charity is launching their Research Fund with a target of raising £5m by 2020 to invest in research into a cure for coeliac disease, a life-long condition that can be extremely debilitating.

It would be disappointing if having coeliac disease prevented anyone enjoying delicious French patisserie so we’re delighted that Tipiak’s extensive range of gluten-free macarons is accredited by The Association Française Des Intolérants Au Gluten (AFDIAG), the French equivalent to Coeliac UK….making it easy for food professionals to serve exquisitely French gluten-free macarons on their menus.

Marie-Emmanuelle Chessé, International Development Project Manager at Tipiak, said: “When it comes to macarons, food operators are spoilt for choice, with 16 gluten-free Tipiak varieties to choose from, including milk chocolate and passion fruit, blackcurrant and violet, and chocolate and coconut.

“Our range includes premium quality classic French macarons, contemporary pop macarons, and our chocolate macarons collection – and all are accredited as gluten-free. They have an amazing 19.7% almond content – higher than any others in the marketplace and ensuring the best flavour and stability – and are all hand-finished by experienced pâtissiers for authentic French flair.

“Sales of Tipiak macarons across the UK have increased by more than 24% year on year recently … and we’re so pleased that they appeal to diners who avoid gluten, as well as everyone else. We’d be very pleased to hear from foodservice professionals who’d like to find out more about our gluten-free macarons, which are perfect served with coffee, as a dessert sharing platter with dips, crafted into an elegant macaron tower centre piece, as part of your afternoon tea service, as a mini-dessert or for gifting or on-the-go.”

Coeliac UK believes the catering industry is missing out on an estimated £100 million a year by not catering for people with coeliac disease and their friends and family….so it’s well worth food outlets ensuring gluten-free items, like Tipiak’s macarons, are on the menu.

Coeliac UK is urging food services and businesses to show their support during Coeliac Awareness Week from 14th to 20th May by making a positive change to either their menu or product range. Further details of Coeliac UK’s Research Fund initiative can be found here:

https://www.coeliac.org.uk/get-involved/coeliac-uks-research-fund

For more details on Tipiak gluten-free macarons – or any of our other delicious, authentic French canapés and petits fours – please contact our sales team at info@centralfoods.co.uk

Tipiak has the perfect ingredients for afternoon tea

With Mothers’ Day, Easter and National Tea Day all approaching, now is the ideal time to take a look at afternoon tea menus.

As an authentic pâtissier, supplying a range of elegant hand-finished savoury canapés, classic mini patisserie, sweet petits fours and famous French macarons, Tipiak has the perfect ingredients for both the sweet and savoury elements of afternoon tea.

Start with bite-sized savoury delights, with all components from the different breads, choux or blini bases to the mousse, cream or sauce toppings prepared and made in-house by our expert bakers and cooks. Tipiak’s canapés are available in a range of selections – including vegetarian and meat-free to fish and seafood – to suit all tastes and budgets.

Then choose from a mouth-watering sweet selection that includes premium quality classic French macarons, contemporary pop macarons, or our chocolate macarons collection….all are gluten free.

Or take a look at our exquisite award-winning pop éclairs, which come in four different flavours. We also offer classic or chocolate French petits fours, as well as superb French mini-fruit tarts, which are made in-house with real French flour and butter and are bursting with flavour.

Convenient for busy chefs and foodservice operators, our products are simple to thaw and serve.  Being hand-finished means they are the perfect solution when time or labour is at a premium in the kitchen but an artisan result is required.

Contact us for more details.

Demand soars in the UK for Tipiak authentic French macarons

The taste for Tipiak French macarons has soared in the UK, with sales increasing by more than 24% year on year.

Ahead of Macaron Day 2018 on 20th March, the pâtissier has reported that if all the Tipiak macarons sold in the UK in 2017 were laid end to end, they would measure 95 times the height of the Arc de Triomphe.

The increasing popularity of the macarons has been attributed to a range of reasons, including the unique taste and recipe used by the skilled Tipiak pâtissiers in France, the different varieties available, which feature classic macarons, contemporary pop macarons, and the chocolate macarons collection, and the current fashion for afternoon tea in the UK.

In addition, the Tipiak macarons are also gluten-free (with certification from the French Coeliac Association) and are suitable for vegetarians, which appeals to those with a range of dietary requirements.

The rise in social media use and the fashion for snapping eye-catching images has also led to an increasing awareness of the delicate French delight, helping to ensure that consumers just can’t get enough of the genuine macarons.

And with Macaron Day on 20th March fast approaching, demand is likely to continue to grow.

“The Tipiak macarons look and taste exquisite,” said Marie-Emmanuelle Chessé, international development project manager at French food producer Tipiak, which supplies frozen, authentic French patisserie to the UK foodservice sector.

“Demand has shot up over the past two years for authentic macarons and we are thrilled to see how popular the Tipiak macarons are in the UK foodservice sector. Because Tipiak macarons have a significantly higher almond content than most other macarons in the marketplace, they have a better flavour, are less brittle/fragile and are also less sweet. This is bang on trend for those consumers who are willing to pay a little bit more for a smaller, better quality, tastier and more enjoyable treat.

“All foodservice operators have to do is simply ‘thaw and serve’.”

Tipiak has a dedicated and passionate team of experienced pâtissiers using their expertise to create and hand-finish the superb range of ‘thaw and serve’ gluten-free macarons in different flavours and finishes.

They are available to restaurants, cafés, bars, pubs, event caterers, hotels, universities, leisure centres, care home operators, garden centres and other foodservice operators through frozen food wholesalers throughout the UK.

For more information visit www.tipiakfoodservice.co.uk

The Macaron Day tradition was established in 2005 in Paris as a partnership among local macaron patisseries to celebrate the French macaron and give back to local charities. In 2010, French macaron shops in New York City also began organising similar events, with other cities in the United States following suit, along with additional places around the world – holding events around the same time in March.