Earlier this year we were thrilled to be listed as an accredited caterer at the spectacular Royal Academy. This iconic venue is a very welcome addition to our list of stunning venues, and what better way to launch our partnership with the Academy than an intimate dinner for clients curated by our Creative Director Angela Hartnett MBE.
Guests were welcomed into the Fine Rooms for a glass of Prosecco whilst enjoying the beautiful harpist from SNAP Entertainment and marvelling over the beautiful blooms from Pinstripes and Peonies. This was also a perfect opportunity to share with the guests a few of our favourite Winter canapes, including tempura prawns and mini cheese on toast. Even in the finest surroundings, comfort food is a winner!
After enjoying a wonderfully insightful tour of Dali/Duchamp by art historian Linda Bolton, guests were called through to dinner in the General Assembly Room. Here it was over to Angela Hartnett and our Executive Chef David Ridgway to do the talking so to speak with their wonderful menu of:
Lombardy Squash Soup with toasted chestnuts
Devon hand-picked crab salad with avocado tartare, peanut brittle, sea vegetables
Burrata, pickled Treviso, pear, White balsamic, pangrattato (v)
Wine pairing: Vermentino de Sardegna, More & Memo, Sardinia, 2015
Calabrian Bergamot and herb crusted Cod fillet, samphire, white bean croquette, Datterini tomatoes, red wine sauce
Pan Roast Gnocchi with Jerusalem artichoke, Collard greens (v)
Wine pairing: Lugana 'Santa Cristina' Vignetta Massoni, Veneta, Italy
Juniper syrup compressed cucumber, Hendricks gin jelly and cucumber granita
Valrhona bitter chocolate torte, miso jam, yuzu curd, black and white coconut
Wine pairings were chosen by our dear friends The Vintner.
It's always a sign of a good meal when guests are busy snapping away photos and sending them there and then to loved ones!
Thank you to the Royal Academy for hosting such a wonderful dinner with us, The Vintner for their delicious wine pairings, SNAP for the beautiful musical accompaniment, and Pinstripes and Peonies for the stunning flowers.
Photography by Benedict Johnson