Saturday, 14 April 2012

The Big Night

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:

Table set...

Table ready....


Lite Bites

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!


  1. Dear Dave and Hannah

    As one of your fascinating guests, I really really enjoyed the night. The food was lovely - my favourite was the Scallops Tartare,with hints of pea shoot as well as the white chocolate foam, but then I have a savoury tooth (although scallops are quite sweet, so a bit of a contradiction there)- but probably as good was the company. It was just great meeting a mix of people you wouldn't probably, normally, meet. And we all had lots to say, didn't we everybody? Topics included food (of course), food programmes on the telly, restaurants, travel, jobs, aspirations, careers, dreams and much more. Thanks so much Hannah and Dave. I loved it!

  2. Thanks very much Paula! So glad you enjoyed it as much as we did! Thanks for coming (we didn't realise how far away you lived!) and thanks for commenting. Watch this space for our next evening in June.