circa events: our story

CIRCA EVENTS: EVENT EXPERTS

A word from our Director, Marc Bolger

Circa launched in the year 2000, bringing to Lewes the concept of Asian Fusion Dining. We were soon listed in the Michelin Guide and reviewed in The Times & The Observer. Another restaurant, Circa Fish soon followed, then we took over the restaurant at Pelham House, Lewes. In 2008, we decided to expand the events side of the business. We opened here, in a former milking parlour on Bevendean Farm with a small office, then we built a kitchen and slowly progressed adding on more buildings and storage. In our 20th year of business, we’re lucky enough to include some gorgeous venues in our portfolio and work with some of the best suppliers in the South East.

Our team has grown to include talented Event Managers and Chefs who make it all come together for our clients. Each has their own talents and contribute to what we do here at Circa, using their experience, passion for food and events in their work. We’re still here on the farm, all these years later a little bigger but still holding true to our values from the restaurant days – our passion for good, locally sourced food, served with flair & creativity is and always will be, the driving force behind us all at Circa.

MEET the management TEAM

Marc Bolger

Director

With over 30 years in the catering business, including head chef roles at St. Martins Hotel and Havana Restaurant, Marc spent a year travelling Asia and Australia before opening Circa in 2000 as a pan-Asian fusion restaurant in the heart of Sussex. The restaurant went from strength to strength winning various awards and gaining national press coverage, leading to the opening of two more award-winning restaurants; Circa Fish and Circa Brasserie. Now catering for over 100 weddings a year and managing three exclusive venues, Marc is dedicated to providing outstanding tailor-made menus.

Ben Ranger

Operations Manager

With over 25 years in the business, Ben has managed some of the finest bars and restaurants in the Country from Birmingham to Brighton. Having worked alongside legendary chefs like Marc Bolger, Steve Beadle and Raymond Blanc, Ben is devoted to providing a high end service with top quality food and drink. Ben looks after the Operational side at Circa HQ; each event is different his meticulous eye for detail enables us to meet each clients expectations. Ben is also our resident sommelier and cocktail maker, running Circa Dark Kitchen Cocktails alongside his role at Circa HQ. Ben never stops working, you’ll find him zooming around the farm making things happen!

Olivia Smith

Event Manager

Liv has been delivering well run and expertly planned events for many years, from wonderful weddings to successful corporate events in a variety of venues. It is her eighth season running the events at Circa. Her enthusiasm and meticulous attention to detail will give you the confidence to plan the event you’ve dreamt of. She is creative, detail orientated and above all loves working with people. Her organisational skills, sense of calm and ability to think quickly on her feet make her a huge asset to any event. Having worked on a wide range of projects from large conferences to private parties, she brings with her a wealth of experience and will work with you closely to provide advice, guidance and a friendly face on the big day.

Liv also manages our social media accounts, make sure you follow us for all the backstage photos and videos of our events!

Liv has a son, Jude with her partner Jason (also a chef!) who was born in 2021. She loves mooching around Brighton on wet winter days, eating out, going to gigs and taking Jude for fun days out in Sussex.

Sara Hewitt

Office & Event Manager

Sara joined the team in June 2021 and has been part of the Circa family ever since. Sara has had a passion for events since she studied for her degree in International Event Management and completed a 6 month placement at a wedding venue. Her love for managing events was ignited when she worked on three Great Escape Festivals running her own venue.

Sara says she loves the ‘can do’ attitude at Circa as it ties in with her ethos that what the client hopes for the client should get – and she feels fortunate to work alongside colleagues who always strive to make every event perfect. Sara brings exceptional organisational and problem-solving skills to Circa and her personal skills with all our clients are second to none.

 When not busy planning couples’ dream days Sara loves spending time with her husband, Matt and their 2yr old daughter, Eliza and is also a big fan of a murder mystery, cross stitch, swimming, and live music.

Nicky Adams

Circa Deli & Circa in the park Manager

Nicky has managed our sites at both Circa Deli in Woodingdean and Circa in the Park at Stanmer Park for the past couple of years.
She’s worked for Circa since 2018 when we took on the catering at East Brighton Golf Club and Nicky was the manager – she has also joined us on Events around Sussex, so she has experience in all areas of the Circa Family! 
A lovely friendly face, Nicky loves interacting with customers and makes a very mean coffee (much appreciated by all the team when out on events). Nicky looks after her team at the park and deli, orders all the delicious goodies in the counter and organises all the activities we run from the park. 

When she’s not at work, you’ll find Nicky in the garden or on the beach! She loves going to watch her son Tyler perform gigs with his band whenever she can.

 

Beverley Kirzynowski

Manager @ East Brighton golf course

Bev has worked at East Brighton Golf Club since 2009 and has lived in Brighton for over 40 years so, what she doesn’t know about the local area is probably not worth knowing!

Bev says she finds her job very enjoyable and loves engaging with the members and club visitors, and finds it rewarding to be able to make their experience at EBGC a happy one, whether it be for a round of golf or a wedding or private event.

When not working, Bev loves to spend time with her daughters and twin granddaughters, Eloise and Georgia, and cannot wait to get back to New Zealand to see her other granddaughters Mila and Lily. When the sun is shining and Bev has a day off, you are most likely to find her on Brighton beach.

Nicky Adams

Circa Deli & Circa in the park Manager

Nicky has managed our sites at both Circa Deli in Woodingdean and Circa in the Park at Stanmer Park for the past couple of years.
She’s worked for Circa since 2018 when we took on the catering at East Brighton Golf Club and Nicky was the manager – she has also joined us on Events around Sussex, so she has experience in all areas of the Circa Family! 
A lovely friendly face, Nicky loves interacting with customers and makes a very mean coffee (much appreciated by all the team when out on events). Nicky looks after her team at the park and deli, orders all the delicious goodies in the counter and organises all the activities we run from the park. 

When she’s not at work, you’ll find Nicky in the garden or on the beach! She loves going to watch her son Tyler perform gigs with his band whenever she can.

 

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