So come 7.30 we were ready to rock and roll, not sure if what we were doing was going to work, taking a massive gamble (as were our guests) but also incredibly excited for what could be the first of many...
I suppose the best way to describe it is to document the evening through the medium of photos:
Polenta Crostini with Black Olive & Tomato Salsa
Prawn Noodle Gremolata
Smoked Salmon Mousse and Cucumber
Hard at work...
Scallop Tartare with White Chocolate Foam
Cider Braised Chicken with Chorizo & Celeriac Mash
Tarte au Citron (stupid flash)
Coffee and Petits Fours
Cinnamon Palmiers, Strawberry & Vanilla Meringues, Chocolate Truffles. Served on a plate on a notepad.
Our delightful guests
We had a fantastic evening and there were some great surprises. Firstly we expected people would just stick to their own wine but actually they all shared and were able to enjoy each other's wine. Something you wouldn't get in a conventional restaurant. Secondly, people are really interesting. I suppose you don't come along to one of these without being somewhat social and each and everyone of our guests joined in, socialised and seemed to have fun from the off. No awkwardness, just 8 people (ourselves included) all getting involved and sharing something new.
And finally, an interesting point was that people would like to see us sit down with them and eat to involve us more and get to know us. Our the table is in our kitchen/living room so we can join in but I don't think that you do as much as when you sit down. So that may be something to look at in the future.
And to top it all off, Hannah got called into work at 10pm! Just as the coffee was going out.
We will definitely be setting another date for May so watch out!