Team deWintons headed up with big boss, James Symington, flew to Dubai for a hard week of work setting up their hospitality suites before the big day on Saturday 29th March. James took with him his most trusted team from London to continue building on our relationship with the Meydan Racing team. James was there to manage the smooth running of the big day, where they key sponsors for the Dubai World Cup were Emirates and Dubai Duty Free.
Gemma Banks, our senior event planner, was in charge of our team of duty managers to ensure a seamless night at the Launch party for the Dubai World Cup, on Thursday 27th March. The team managed 1,200 guests on the beach, under the stars in the presence of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, ruler of Dubai. It was a glamorous evening of music, dancing and the most magnificent fireworks.
Our executive chef, Cris Macis, assisted their vast brigade of chefs, in their huge kitchens, which took 10 minutes to walk from one end of the kitchen to the other, a lot of tired legs after a week of running back and forwards between oven and fridges.
Don’t feel too sorry for them though as just look at the weather.
Our chefs are playing around with presentation ideas today. What do you think of this beautiful spoon of 5-spiced duck with soy and honey?
Or how about char-grilled cauliflower for one of our salads for tomorrow night’s client dinner. It’s not the first vegetable that springs to mind to put on the griddle or BBQ for that matter but it seems to really work, especially when mixed with beetroot and hazelnuts.
Last night team deWintons chefs and The Admirable Crichton chefs headed out for an evening of food and wine on the King’s Road. They feasted on the full menu, at London’s latest Pop Up restaurant, ‘Kurobuta’, what a truly delicious evening of food they had. Below are a couple of shots of the food. Boy the cocktails were amazing too, not sure I can tell you what they’re called, as they are far too rude. You’ll have to book a table and find out for yourself!
On the next door table was Professor Green and his wife Millie Mackintosh, who were so friendly they even joined in with the team selfie!
On my way home from work I had an amazing time wandering around Brixton Market, there must be at least 30 restaurants, with little tables inside and out. The aromas wafting through the market were tantalizingly good… how on earth do you decide which one to eat in?
There were loads of fresh fish on display with, Yams on every stall. It was almost like stepping into a Souk, all that was missing was the heat! Actually I had such a good time I’m going to take the team there for a treat. Apparently Salon is the best one in the market. We are off there next week.
We were very proud to serve our delicious Street Food inspired menu last night for Stewarts Law. It was held at the RCA Secret Postcard Exhibition in Battersea. It’s the 4th year we have looked after all their lovely guests, what a great party.
Stewarts Law were so happy that here is what they emailed us first thing this morning;
“We really think we have created the ‘law firm party of the year’, and it’s all thanks to your help!”
ARABIC STYLE SHAWARMA FLATBREAD
Fragrant Spiced Grilled Chicken with Middle Eastern Spices served in a Flatbread with Salad & Tahini Sauce
California Sesame Seed Sushi Roll with Crab & Avocado Served with Soy, Pickled Ginger & Wasabi
Inside Out Sushi Roll with Pickled Cucumber & Avocado, Served with Soy, Pickled Ginger & Wasabi (V)
BRITISH FISH & CHIPS
Newspaper Cones filled with Beer Battered Fish & French Fries, served with Malt Vinegar & Sea Salt
deWintons were delighted to assist Stewarts Law in launching the exhibition ‘Stewarts Law RCA Secret 2014′ last night.
Our charming waitresses served a delicious selection of street food; USA Gourmet Slider with Smoked Apple Wood Bacon & Monterey Jack Cheese, Steamed Siu Mai Dumplings with Prawn, Pork & Ginger, South American Empanadas, Japanese Sushi and Vietnamese Banh Mi filled with Marinated BBQ Grilled Chicken, Cucumber, Chilli, Pickled Carrot, Coriander & Mint.
From the beautifully lit glass bar, our bartenders served champagne, pink lemonade and a delicious selection of cocktails; The Atlantico with Chivas 12 Scotch Whisky, The Jinx with Havana Sugared Bitters and The Whisper with Beefeater Gin and Thirteen’s Pear Tincture.
We all know coconut water is good for us but now coconut flesh, coconut butter and coconut oil are good for us too. Coconuts are packed with good fats, keeping us full for longer and providing high-quality calories. Here are 7 keys facts as to why we should be eating coconut flesh and drinking coconut water and milk.
- Rich in nutrients
- Aids in weight loss
- Picture perfect skin
- Boosts hydration
- Reduces blood pressure
- The ultimate hangover remedy
- Facilitates digestion
Above is one of our favourite canapés of the moment
‘Violet Macaroons filled with Coconut Cream’
COCONUT THEMED CANAPES
Thai Coconut Chilli Chicken with a Tamarind and Coconut Dipping Sauce
Grilled King Prawns Glazed with a Caramelised Coconut
Crab and Coconut Cake with a Hot Chilli Sauce
Scallops with Coconut Crumb Crust served on our Tear Drop Spoons
Violet Macaroons with Coconut Cream
Chocolate Tart, Candied Orange and Coconut Shavings
Coconut Ice Cream Bombs coated in White Chocolate
Last Thursday deWintons catered at The Vinyl Factory for Autotrader. Over 200 guests attended the event. Spectacular blue and red cocktails were served from our bars and interactive canapes were circulated by our charming waitresses.
The Vinyl Factory
Blue Zest Cocktail
“Inject Your Own” Fragrant Thai Beef Rolls with Thai Vegetable Salad & Crushed Peanuts, Served with a Syringe of Coriander, Soy, Chilli & Lime Infusion
deWintons were very proud to be working with the Brontë Society last night at Christie’s. It was a beautiful night with the society re-launching the Brontë Liqueur which hasn’t been on the market for 30 years.
Guests were treated to a rare glimpse of the art collection from the Brontë archive which included a MINIATURE portrait of Mrs Hudson by Charlotte Brontë, which was recently purchased by the society. Mrs Hudson of Easton Farm, Bridlington, was referred to by Charlotte Brontë in a letter to her friend, Ellen Nussey, in 1839.
The Brontë Society, believed to be the earliest literary society in the English speaking world, is now a thriving organisation with an international membership devoted to the legacy of the famous literary sisters from Yorkshire.
As requested by the Society all the canapes were based on food from Yorkshire to include:
Yorkshire pudding, rare roast Dexter beef, horseradish sauce
Tea smoked free range duck breast, parsnip puree, poached black cherries
Leek and cheese tart, red onion and thyme puree
Yorkshire beetroot gravadlax and grain mustard butter bagel
Grilled Ribblesdale goats cheese, herbal pesto, parmesan biscuit
Wensleydale blue cheese, fig and Pedro Ximenez jam, toasted walnut bread