A tender document, sent out early last year, received 38 pitch enquiries that have since been whittled down to a list of 12. Caterers that no longer appear on the Natural History Museum's roster are Alison Price & Company, Party Ingredients, Payne and Gunter and Turtle Soup. New additions include Cooks & Partners, Create Food and Party Design, Red Snapper, Rocket, Urban Caprice and Dish.
The review is the first since 2001 and part of a continued campaign to raise the venue's profile as a creative corporate event space. This year it plans to review its production suppliers.
"Our focus was to look for caterers that will help us to deliver the most dynamic events for clients," said Rupert Ellwood, head of events and catering. "We can no longer rely on just being a great venue, and it is what we can achieve within our four walls that will set us apart from the competition.
"We have balanced continuity by keeping some of the caterers on the list who deliver events on a regular basis at the museum, while bringing in caterers that have not necessarily been around for a long time. We owe it to our industry to help new companies get up the ladder," he added.
Dish events director Nick James said: "We are very excited about helping to sell the Natural History Museum. The Earth Galleries excites us too as a package."