By Paige Norman (Party Designer)
Great wine is always enhanced by great food and here at deWintons by The AC we provide both of those elements for every event we work at. I have always been interested in food and wine which is one of the many things that attracted me to this line of work
As much as I love food and wine, I had never spent much time learning about them in depth. With the recent addition of our fabulous new Director, Ruth Lawton-Owen with her endless knowledge on the subject, I was inspired to learn as much as I could so I decided to enrolonto a wine tasting course organised by the Wine and Spirit Education Trust Level 1 Award, in which I not only learn about and taste the wines, I also get the Level 1 qualification should I pass the exam.
We started the course learning about the different wine types, from light wines to sparkling wines to fortified wines and about the process of making each of them. This was probably one of my favourite topics. A great part of the course was learning how to distinguish the tastes in a wine, such as the sweetness and body of wines. These terms were all things that I had heard people talk about when trying wines and by the end it was a great feeling to really understand what everything meant. We even did a grape test so that we could taste the difference between tannins (which you find on the skins of grapes) and acidity (which comes from the actual grape juice). We also learnt about the grape varieties, such a white grapes like chardonnay (my personal favourite), Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling and then red grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Shiraz. By the end of the course I was able to identify the different grapes and the qualities they bring to the wine which was a real accomplishment.
An element of the course which I was eager to understand was the effect of wines on different foods and how these should be paired. I knew this would be something that would really help me in my day to day work. As an example, I learnt that when a dish is sweet, a wine will taste dryer and more bitter so it needs to be paired with a wine that has a higher level of sweetness.
After spending the day trying to absorb a lot of new knowledge, I was a given an hour to go over everything I had learnt… which was a lot. I put my revision brain back on and got to work memorising and re-tasting all of the wines. I was sure to use the spittoon, as it would have not been helpful to be tipsy during the exam.
The exam was reasonably difficult with a mixture of multiple choice questions that seemed obvious and some that seemed impossible. I need a score of 21 out of 30 in order to pass and I find out my results this week, so keep your fingers crossed for me!
If you love your wines and would love the chance to show off your wine knowledge to all of your friends, then I would definitely recommend this!
If you would like to enrol, you can visit http://www.wsetglobal.com/ to know more.
We were thrilled to be chosen as the caterers for the The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 London Premiere after party at B1 in Bloomsbury Square. With over 800 guests attending it was an extremely busy night with a huge bar serving cocktails all night to include ‘Ciroc Julep’ which is a stunning cocktail with vodka, grapefruit juice and pomegranate finished with sprig of mint and classic ‘Moscow Mules’ which kept our guests well fueled.
deWintons London event caterers traveled out to Normandy early on Monday morning to be ready for 500 guests on race day starting with breakfast at 5.30am. Staff took trains, planes and ferries to reach Normandy along with hundreds of kilo’s of rice, Arabic curries, Paratha’s and freshly churned ice-cream from Cornwall.
As the event was based in the heart of Normandy we had a fabulous display of seafood to include Lobster, crab, crayfish and an array of local cheeses.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum (UAE) proved unbeatable. Changeable weather conditions, stamina-sapping ground which became increasingly holding as the day went on, and stringent veterinary procedures saw combination after combination drop out of the competition.
The stars of Pride, a comedy based on a true story in the South Wales mining valleys, held it’s Premiere in Camden last night at the Electric Ballroom.
Cast including Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton and Dominic West were there walking the red carpet. It’s set in the summer of 1984 when Margaret Thatcher is in power and the NUM is on strike.
deWintons London Caterers were delighted to be chosen to serve such classics as mini Cornish Pasties, Quail Scotch Eggs, Mini Steak & Guinness Pies and Toad in the hole.
deWintons catered at another seated dinner last week in Central London. This time our client’s theme was ‘Rare’ and they wanted us to create a menu which reflected this. Our creative chefs came up with another spectacular mouth watering menu which included Exmoor Caviar from Devon, Potato & Chive Pancakes and a ‘Tree of Hanging’ Baby Poached Apples filled with Bramley Apple Purée
Gemma Banks was lucky enough to be given a personal tour of the ‘Power House’ which is a fabulous glass box sitting on top of the entrance to Battersea Power Station at the foot of one of the iconic chimneys. The Power House looks directly over the river Thames and Chelsea Bridge with far reaching views down to the London Eye and beyond.
The Power House is designed for drinks and canape receptions for up to 60 guests and sit down dinners for up to 30 guests. This is an amazing opportunity to have a party at the largest brick building in Europe. Please do call if you would like to host your summer party here, perhaps with a few glasses of Pimm’s?
Our team of party planners arrived early in the morning to set up and be ready for Gants autumn press launch, just behind Regent Street.
Guests started with our delicious ginger and pear spritzer followed by chilled glasses of Prosecco. Our executive chef designed a very light lunch menu to include a beautiful range of Sushi.
After the clothes were shown our staff offered guests our fabulous Crème Caramel Profiteroles, you simply can’t just eat one, lucky we’d made lots so everyone could have two!
deWintons London’s top party planning company served over 300 guests at the opening night of Opera Holland Park. ‘Friends of Opera Holland Park’ enjoyed chilled glasses of Prosecco and nibbles, while mingling with fellow guests who include lots of councillors from the Kensington and Chelsea council.