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June 2016

Midsummer Madness!

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SJune is upon us and we are as crazy, (or should that be hoppy) as a box of frogs!

This is the time of year when we spend more time at work than we do at home..... in fact home is where the event is, so it is just as well we love what we do and love to share our happiness with you!

May was absolutely a-may-zing this year. We were very busy from start to finish, and with some really wonderful and unusual events.

We got off to a fabulous start by catering the launch of The Dulwich Diverter - a new free newspaper for Dulwich; you may have noticed our double page spread on page 30 and 31?...if not you can catch it on line here!

Hot on its heels came the Dulwich Festival Fair at Goose Green, where we had a stall as one of this years sponsors. It was lovely to be able to say hello and get some festival selfies with so many clients - past, present and future, and we raised £160 for one of our favourite charities Link Age Southwark from the sale of our home made lemonade.

A few days later we found ourselves working alongside Kothu Kothu - a vegetarian, Sri Lankan street food stall, at a festival style birthday party (with our Hog Roast on hand for the meat eaters!), and as a chef it was fascinating to see a different and very traditional method of food preparation. The two food options worked brilliantly together and it was quite funny to see a few people going for the vegetarian option and then adding pork - good food combining!

The month ended with the Clerkenwell Design Week and a gathering of over 800 guests at the launch HQ - a busy evening was had by all, and a few of the waiting team are now saving hard for their dream designs!

I know lots of you are fellow foodies and you may have already heard about the furore over plans to close the BBC Food Website. If not then you can read more about it here.

I do think this is a valuable resource worth fighting for so for those who would like to sign the petition to save the recipe Archive here is the link;

Save the BBCs Recipe Archive!

June is always our busiest month but we are not the only ones to go 'above and beyond' this month - if you get the chance do pop along to the National Maritime Museum's latest exhibition - details are included later in the newsletter - and it sounds really amazing. Amongst all the June madness don't forget it is Royal Ascot from the 14th to the 18th June - so be quick to buy your hat if you haven't already and it is also Father's Day on the 19th June, which can rather creep up on us all at this busy time of year.

As most of you know, I am a natural (if enhanced) redhead. It has been said that every freckle represents a happy wedding - and I have plenty!! But his month the last laugh is on me and my fellow gingers as we can benefit from the generosity of one of our own. A south Wales restaurateur is offering a 20% discount to anyone with orange hair at Ginger's Grill in Prestatyn. It's enough to make the rest of you green with envy!!

Best wishes,


Suzanne James

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Food News National Fish & Chip Day!

Friday, 3rd June was National Fish & Chip Day and we felt it was only right to celebrate by embracing this Great British tradition.

Winston Churchill referred to fish and chips as "good companions" and during the Second World War fish and chips weren't rationed because the morale of the nation couldn't take it!

They were first served as a dish together in around 1860 - in London the Malin family lays claim to being the first, while in Manchester the Lee family believes it had the honour. Whoever you believe, there's no doubting that fish and chips are big business.

FISHY FACTS
There are about 10,500 specialist fish and chip shops in the UK.
Fish and chips were served in newspaper until the 1980s.
Fish and chips appear in Charles Dickens' A Tale Of Two Cities.
British Nutrition Foundation statistics show that an average fish and chip meal contains almost three times less fat (20.6%) than a plate of chicken tikka masala and pilau rice.

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News
Volcano Coffee is moving to Brixton!


Volcano Coffee Works has been a member of the South London community since 2010 when Kurt, who was working as a chef, and Olaf, a war correspondent cameraman, decided to invest into running a small-batch specialty coffee roastery. South London was evidently crying out for this sort of a craft product and service .....
Read more

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Venue Hire at Alleyn's

Set among beautiful open fields in the heart of Dulwich, Alleyn's School provides the perfect setting for any special event and is conveniently located close to North Dulwich station for east access into central London.
Alleyn's has a wide range of spaces suitable for a variety of private events. Read more

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Queen's House Re-opens

After a year long renovation project to celebrate its 400th anniversary, the planned works are almost complete and set to make the Queen's House an art destination for South East London and beyond.

Prior to the official re-opening in October a limited number of events will be taking place and we have just three dates left when wedding clients can host their civil ceremony, drinks reception, wedding breakfast and evening reception from 4pm to midnight for the amazing rate of £5,500 + VAT.

If you'd like to host your wedding at this wonderful venue on Friday 19th August, Friday 26th August or Saturday 27th August 2016 do get in touch.

Corporate clients don't miss the chance to be amongst the first to hold an event in the newly refurbished space after the official October launch. Daytime meetings can now be paired with an evening reception on the lawns with stunning views over Greenwich Park.erever possible we use small, independent businesses much like ourselves and believe it is vitally important to support one another.

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Above & Beyond at the National Maritime Museum

If you are looking for an event space with a twist why not book a private after hours viewing of the amazing new exhibition Above and Beyond presented by Boeing in the National Maritime Museum's Lower Ground Exhibition Gallery.

Visitors will learn to fly like a bird, design and race their own supersonic jet, take an elevator ride to the edge of space and enjoy the view of Earth from above, or go on a Marathon to Mars and see how the body copes on the long-haul trip to the red planet.

Above and Beyond is the most interactive exhibition on aerospace ever to tour. It's packed with immersive simulations, participative design challenges and visionary concepts for the future and features over 10 exciting interactives.

Read more

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East Dulwich Supper Club
Monday, 11th July 2016


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

Click on the date below for more details and to book via Grub Club.

Book Seats for 11th July 2016

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.

Read a blog about our May Supper Club here.

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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.

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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.

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