Shropshire Star

Meet the mum who runs a popular catering business with help from her daughters

From weddings to birthday parties, a large part of any celebration always revolves around food.

Tracey Last of The Grazing Brew Box with daughters Hayley Challinor and Natasha Cooke

Ensuring no guest is ever left feeling hungry is always the aim of caterer Tracey Last.

She runs The Grazing Brew Box with a dedicated team including her daughters Hayley Challinor and Natasha Cooke.

The former teacher started her business in 2019 with a mobile bar, which was created by restoring and converting a vintage horse box.

The Pour Horse Bar travels around the county as well as further afield providing a unique drinks experience.

Tracey later began offering grazing boxes made up of locally-sourced cheeses, cured meats, antipasti, homemade dips and chutneys as well as fresh fruit and sweet treats.

This was inspired by one of her family’s favourite meals. “We’ve always done this and called it a ‘choosing tea. It’s grown from that,” explains the 59-year-old.

The family’s social media posts attracted plenty of attention and demand for the boxes continued to grow.

“I started off doing deliveries and when lockdown started, my business really took off. Everybody was ordering food to send to their family and friends,” she says.

Now The Grazing Brew Box, based in Shropshire, has become a popular catering choice for weddings, christenings, funeral teas and corporate events.

Last year, the business provided the food for 46 weddings and already has bookings in the diary for 2024 and 2025.

It was the only Shropshire-based caterer to be named as a regional finalist at The Wedding Industry National Awards, which took place earlier this week. Although the business didn’t win, they were delighted to have been shortlisted.