Background

This event screamed ‘elegant celebration’. Our friends at the Hyde Estate (an absolutely stunning event venue in Sussex) asked us to help with a joint family party. Taking place on a perfect early summers evening to a backdrop of a gorgeous surrounding singing with flowers. Guests were wowed with a four course meal based around the theme of bringing the outside in. The event organisation was headed by the lovely Susie Evans.

Brief

This event was to ooze black tie elegance and sophistication and become folk law in the annals of the family history. Our job was to provide top notch food that represented class and fitted with the surroundings. The grounds of the Hyde Estate are phenomenal; peaceful, celebratory and at this time of year, very floral. We were keen to bring all of those elements to the plates served to guests. On that theme, we suggested that the menu should showcase the Hyde Estate venison, an idea readily embraced.

The Four Gables touch

The event called for a sophisticated, grown up menu focusing on fresh, seasonal produce. Guests loved the canapés of mille-feuille of gravadlax with sweet candied beetroot; Goats cheese lollipops dressed with chilli jam and bresaola and feta parcels. The Hyde Estate venison was served as carpaccio with a garnish of dandelion, blackberries, roasted beetroot and a truffled honey dressing. Guests also enjoyed Banham chicken wrapped in prosciutto with asparagus, watercress and lemon risotto with a jus gras. Followed by a dessert of milk chocolate ganache, passion fruit pollen, fresh berries, chocolate soil, edible flowers and salted caramel ice-cream served as an ‘edible garden’ in homage to the beautiful surroundings.

The hosts were delighted with the event saying, ‘…thank you letters keep commenting so positively on your great food, especially the venison carpaccio, which was succulent. As you know we loved the floral feel of your decoration too, which fitted our theme perfectly!’