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April 2018


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If you are still with us (hurrah), I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend and didn't let the less than perfect weather spoil things too much. Despite the fact that (like all chefs) I love to experiment there are some traditions that are set in stone - and for my family having Roast Lamb at Easter is firmly on that list! With no way to be intensively farmed, sheep farming is a perfect example of how allowing animals to grow naturally and be reared outdoors on a diet of grass can still produce the most amazing (and tasty) results. Over the past 15 years there has been a steady decline in the number of people who are enjoying this amazing meat, but honestly, British Lamb is fantastic, and for those who still eat meat it should definitely be a regular on your menu! Initiatives such as Love Lamb Week (set up by 12 young farmers and shepherds alongside the AHDB's Beef and Lamb organisation) are looking to encourage just that. If you are buying, look for bones that are pink in colour; flesh that is bright, moist and brownish-pink; and fat that is firm, dry, slightly crumbly and not yellow. There are some days when being a pescatarian is harder than others, and resisting the Easter Sunday Roast was definitely one of the latter!

The weather may still be a bit chilly but it certainly feels like Spring at SJHQ where thing are hotting up as the event season begins. We have already had our first wedding of the year at the Horniman Bandstand, with more to follow thick and fast, and this years batch of natural petal confetti has arrived - it is one of the nicest parcels we receive all year!

In two weeks we are hosting an amazing Vietnamese East Dulwich Supper Club featuring Yen Yair - the menu is incredible and I have a feeling seats will not be around for long, so if you are keen to attend be sure to book your place quickly via the link later in this newsletter.

I am feeling especially excited about the Dulwich Festival this year, although it is still a month away planning has been underway for some time and we are proud to be hosting seven magnificent artist exhibitions at fifty seven throughout the festival, alongside five very special, Filippo Berio Sponsored Supper Club evenings when guests will be able to 'dine with an artist'.

Having recently completed the tender process for the Dulwich Picture Gallery I am delighted to be able to advise that we will continue to be on their list of Approved Suppliers. The Horniman Museum and the Dulwich Picture Gallery are of course our closest venues geographically and will always have a special place in our heart. Read on for lots more news and all our latest gossip!

Best wishes,

Suzanne James



Feed Your Elephant at the East Dulwich Business Club!

Last week was particularly exciting for Jim Gant of Feed Your Elephant. After many months of development and tuning his App "Decanter Know Your Wine" went live on the App store! During development Jim spent a good portion of of his time within our fabulous co-working space at Fifty Seven! Members of the East Dulwich Business Club were subjected to gruelling user testing sessions but ultimately rewarded with a fine working knowledge of wine and wine making.

'Decanter Know Your Wine' is an app for learning about wine with an interesting twist, it sometimes won't let you play it! Whenever we try and learn, we have a tendency to do so in chunks: a lesson, an afternoon training, an evening of revision or an all night cramming session!. All the science says we learn more effectively in bite-sized pieces spread out as much as possible. The movement even has a name: microlearning, and there's a big shift towards it in the L&D (Learning and Development) world.

The app is designed for hobbyists, enthusiasts, practitioners and anyone who enjoys learning and for whom knowledge of wine would be useful or desirable. There are over 600 bite sized pieces (questions about wine) broken down into fifty modules, ten of which are free! Modules include winemaking, vineyards, wine law plus regional modules for wine growing areas like Bordeaux, Italy and Australia. The app is designed by Feed Your Elephant, an East Dulwich based app developer, the content has been provided by industry leading publication Decanter Magazine.

Jim said "working at fifty seven is fantastic. It has all the benefits of working from a cafe, but without the distractions. It is a quiet, professional, communal environment, where tea and coffee is always on tap and a healthy lunch is provided. I get the chance to network with other club members and even to brainstorm ideas when needed. When you usually work alone at home having a space like this to come to is worth it's weight in gold".

We decided Jim was the perfect candidate for this months "Keep it Local" interview so follow the link below to find out more about how he came up with such a great idea, and what's next on his list!

Click here to read Jim's interview

Decanter Know Your Wine is available now via the App Store.


September Discount at the Horniman Conservatory

Are you looking for a party venue for Saturday 1st September?

Due to a late cancellation the Grade II Listed Horniman Conservatory is available at a very special rate for one evening only on Saturday 1st September.

If you would like to find out more about this amazing opportunity please call Amanda on 020 8693 6331, or email via the link below.

Email Amanda


Run Olivier, Run!
A Marathon Effort for the Terrence Higgins Trust

Having completed the Amsterdam Marathon in just over 5 hours last year it seems that Olivier, one of our longest standing (or jogging) event staff may never stop running! Over the past few months he has been busy training for the London Marathon which takes place this year on Sunday, 22nd April.

Olivier is raising money for the Terrence Higgins Trust and has already reached his minimum fundraising target of £1,800 which is an amazing achievement.

We are so proud of him and in a bid to make those miles pass just a bit more easily are hoping that between us we can push his fundraising over the £2,000 mark.

No donation is too small so please take a moment to pledge just a pound or two if you possibly can.

Sponsor Olivier


From 11B to No.10

We have always known that Suzanne's son Freddie is destined for success, most likely by taking over at SJHQ (11B Barry Road) but it seems he may have his sights set on a slightly more central address!

On Monday, 12th March we provided lunch for the education secretary Damian Hinds, chef Ainsley Harriot and others at No 10 for the launch of the Commonwealth Big Lunches project.

Created by educational charity the Eden Project in partnership with the UK Government, The Big Lunch is rolling out to 53 countries this year, encouraging people to get together to celebrate friendship, food and fun with the people they live alongside. Celebrations will be happening across six continents, which is incredible.

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Last Chance to Book Authentic Indian Cooking with Hari Ghotra Sunday, 15th April 2018

We are delighted to be welcoming Hari to fifty seven on Sunday, 15th April for an exclusive Indian cookery class. Hari will share tips and tricks to create authentic Indian food.

The class will begin with tea, coffee and introductions to Hari, the session and the dishes. Each class is a hands on experience where attendees do all the cooking in an informal setting under Hari's guidance so you have the opportunity to ask all your curry questions.

Attendees will cook 6 classic Indian dishes before sitting down to enjoy a relaxing lunch together made up of all the dishes you have cooked that morning including a well deserved glass of wine.

After lunch Hari will take you on a detailed tour of the Indian spice tin in her Spice Masterclass where you have an open forum to talk about spices and how to use them.

You will leave with a printed booklet of the recipes, the dishes you have cooked as well as a Hari Ghotra Curry Kit.

Find our more or book your tickets


Press & PR Workshop for Small Businesses & Start Ups Wednesday, 2nd May 2018

Join us at fifty seven on the above date to discover how to get media coverage for your small business or organisation.

The workshop will be led by experienced journalist and media trainer, Nikki Spencer. She will explore the wide range of media opportunities available locally, nationally and online and the workshop will include hands-on practical session on writing press releases and approaching publications as well as raising your profile though social media and becoming an expert in your field.

The course will run from 10.30am to 3pm and will include a working lunch.

Venue: fifty seven, 57 North Cross Road, East Dulwich, London, SE22 9ET

Please email us to purchase your tickets directly, or follow the link to book via Eventbrite (booking fees apply).

Cost: £60 each, discounted to £55 per person if booking two or more places.

Email us to book your place

Find out more or book via Eventbrite


Vision Board Workshop with Louise Bartlett Sunday, 1st July 2018

Join Louise Bartlett, an award-winning creative entrepreneur at fifty seven and learn how to create your very own vision board. This is a powerful visual tool, a way to transform your dreams into reality.

The two hour workshop includes loads of hint and tips and all materials you will need. It is suitable for for anyone who wants to get clear on their goals and intentions and start transforming dreams into action.

Get ready for a fun day of creativity, connection and inspiration!

The workshop will help you:
Clarify your goals
Define your vision
Discover your unique strengths
Speak your truth
Connect with other like-minded people

The course will run from 10.00am to Midday

Venue: fifty seven, 57 North Cross Road, East Dulwich, London, SE22 9ET

Cost: £20 per person.

Find our more or book your tickets


Moving on Up (the Road)

It has been a real pleasure to host Takes a Village (the supportive space for new parents) at fifty seven over the past few months and we are delighted that their business has been so successful that they now need a bigger space.

Our loss is by far the gain of the Lordship Pub which is where you will now find them every Monday from 10.00am, starting on the 16th April. As always you will be able to catch up with friends and find all your favourite parent & baby classes. We wish the team every success as they provide a much needed local support group.

If you have been to fifty seven to visit these wonderful women, then you will know it is the ideal space for a little ones Christening or Birthday Party so do pop back and talk to us about private Hire

Read more about Takes a Village

Email us to find out about booking fifty seven


East Dulwich Supper Club

Canapes and pre dinner drinks on arrival followed by a three course meal, coffee and chocolates.

Email us to book directly or follow links to book via Grub Club or FeedUp.

Vietnames East Dulwich Supper Club:
Wednesday, 18th April 2018

Dulwich Festival Filippo Berio East Dulwich Supper Club:
Monday, 14th May 2018
Tuesday, 15th May 2018
Wednesday, 16th May 2018
Thursday, 17th May 2018 - Sold Out
Friday, 18th May 2018

Book via FeedUp (booking fees apply)

Book via Grub Club (booking fees apply - Please note that from 9th April Grub Club will become EatWith & booking fees will increase affecting ticket prices)

Booking Notes
Please remember to add guest names in the comments section and let us know which (if any) of your guests have special dietary requirements. You can also add a note to tell us if you are attending as part of a group so that we can sit your all together. All of this saves us bothering you later, but we will get in touch if we have any queries.

You can read more about Supper Club and view the full menu on our website here.


Eat Seasonally

Each month we write a seasonal food column for SE21, 22 and 23 magazines. Look out for our recipes which also appear on our website.

Eating seasonal produce ensures that you always get the best tasting, healthiest food available, at the very best prices.

Read more about our own policy on seasonal food, and why it matters here and here on our website.


imageOut & About!

We are incredibly lucky to cater at so many amazing museums, galleries and historic venues, who also play host to a altitude of exciting events.

Our "Out & About" section offers a monthly low down on what's happening where for all you thrill seekers and culture vultures.

We hope you enjoy it, and please remember that if you are planning an event we would be delighted to see you at any of our venues in order to give you a guided tour while talking through the endless possibilities. We are often aware of special offers on venue hire and can assist in securing special rates when taking clients to a venue.