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May 2017

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This is the start of our busiest time of year, and May is jam packed with great stuff to do locally here in South East London too with great food, music, art and local fairs to be enjoyed. If it all gets too much then you can always sneak off to Neverland in Fulham for a few cocktails on the beach........

May(be) I am a control freak?

There, I have finally admitted it! Possibly I have OCD too, or could it be that I simply want everything done my way? Whatever the case I managed to 'let go' enough in April to celebrate my birthday on a beach in Mauritius and that couldn't have happened without the phenomenal team I left behind at the SJHQ. They embraced my application for leave and made sure I was able to go by packing my bags and booking my airport taxi! Hmmm, is it possible they were actually hustling me out of the door?

In my absence all the events ran beautifully and the team didn't rest on their laurels, but also secured another 6 weddings, 14 corporate events and 3 private parties - there is no stopping them! In addition to that my secret "new premises" project didn't come to a halt and I returned to calm efficiency.......one almost wonders why I dont spend more time on the beach?! The good news is that I won't need to get on a plane next time; now that Neverland in Fulham has arrived. I will be going along with one or two bottles of gin to see what clever cocktails their mixologists can create for me, read on to find out more!

So here we are; it's May and in Dulwich that only really means one thing; The Dulwich Festival! This year it will run from the 12th - 21st May and once again we are being given an amazing opportunity to see, feel, hear and taste all things arty. SJHQ have proudly sponsored the launch event for a number of years now. This always takes place a week or so before the official start date, and this year it was hosted by Bell House in Dulwich Village, a well known local landmark, now in use as a centre for educational needs. This grand Georgian house has quite a history to it, having been a Country Retreat for a London Mayor, a Boarding House for Dulwich College Boys and a family home, before stepping into its current role. If you have time do pop along to Bell House on the 13th and 14th May between 11am and 6pm when it will be hosting an Artists' Open House.

Easter has been and gone and I have to offer huge congratulations to those of you who managed to see out Lent before enjoying all of the things you gave up. Spring Lamb is back and tender as ever, as is one of my favourites - English Asparagus (and shhhhh Cadburys Cream Eggs)! Oh no, did I say that out loud?

I met a vegetarian recently who was telling me how incredibly bored she is of uninspiring vegetarian menu choices, mostly made up of risotto, nut roasts and cheese pasta dishes! I took up the challenge, keen to see what her thoughts would be on our own creations and sent our menus over the very next day. The feedback was that our dishes are different, creative and would all be willingly sampled - hurrah!!

Two of our most popular vegetarian dishes recently have been our Parmesan Polenta with Portobello Mushroom, Twice Baked Goats Cheese Soufflé & Wild Garlic Pesto with Pea Shoots (right) (so good a bride wanted to offer it as her only main course option for all!), and the Tomato Tartar with Fine Beans, Smoked Paprika & Creme Fraiche (above). Whatever your guests requirements you can rest assured that we will always adjust our menu to ensure that every single guest will be well fed, and leaving with a smile on their face!

As we are entering the Summer Season there is obviously only one thing to be thinking about; your Christmas party! I know it may seem strange (I hope not too annoying) to hear this, but you will always get a better deal if you book early - so call us now and let us help you plan the perfect event.

There is lots of exciting news this month, so read on, and have a wonderful May!



Best wishes,


Suzanne James

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They did it!

We are delighted to report that our marathon wedding couple, Duncan and Jackie, crossed the line on Sunday 23rd April, raising more than £20,000 in the process.

Asked how they felt about the big day - combining both their ceremony at 7.30am and the marathon - bride Jackie said: 'it really was the best day of our lives. We said our vows among great friends, we managed to raise awareness and much-needed funds for The Willow Foundation and Breast Cancer Care, and London treated us to a street party unlike any we have ever experienced. The support was humbling. We ran to offer people hope (I have overcome both cancer and major hip problems to get to the start line) and just hearing that people have got out of wheelchairs and cancer patients have dusted off their trainers really is the best wedding gift we could imagine. A week later we got to party and eat brilliant Suzanne James food on board the Cutty Sark before our honeymoon charity trek on the Great Wall of China.

All we want to do now is thank everyone who made it so so special. We will never forget the 37th London Marathon. What a brilliant way to celebrate our wedding anniversary every year.'

Congratulations Duncan and Jackie. We hope you have a long and happy life together.

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Our Own Southwark Star

We are so proud of our very own Event Planner Maria who was awarded a Southwark Star Certificate this week for her voluntary work with Theatre Peckham.

Maria attended the awards ceremony at the Tate Exchange at the Tate Modern on Tuesday 2nd May.

The awards celebrate those who take the time to volunteer to support others and therefore help to make Southwark a better place. Certificates were awarded to volunteers who have contributed 100 or more hours to an organisation in the past year.

Working four days a week, running a home, juggling two children, and volunteering as well definitely puts Maria in the Super Star category in our eyes - well done Maria!

We would also like to congratulate Linkage Southwark who won Charity of the Year, it is lovely to see such an important charity received the recognition it deserves.

Read more about the Southwark Stars Awards

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Dulwich Festival Artists' Open House

Over 200 artists will be throwing open their doors to you during the two weekends of the Dulwich Festival. This is an amazing opportunity to meet artists and talk to them about their techniques as well as purchasing unique works of art.

All venues will be open on 13th-14th May 2017 from 11am-6pm and many will also be open on 20th-21st May 2017.

You can search for an event, artist or tickets here on the official website.

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Keep it Local
We are proud of our status as not just a sustainable, but also an ethical caterer.

Wherever possible we use small, independent businesses much like ourselves and believe it is vitally important to support one another.

This month we would like to introduce you to Antony Medley, photographer and newest addition to the Horniman Museum's Approved Supplier List.

Read more

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Dulwich Festival Fairs

This year will be the 12th Festival Fair, bringing together the essence of SE22.

We will once again be sponsoring the Goose Green Fair and will be there on the day selling cakes made by Ollie, our apprentice pastry chef, and quite possibly our amazing home made lemonade too. All money raised will go to Linkage Southwark.

There will be three wonderful fairs to enjoy this year;

Dulwich Festival Fair on Goose Green
Sunday 14th May 11am - 4pm

Back for the 12th year running, the Festival Fair on Goose Green is THE event in East Dulwich. The Fair is a wonderful day out for all the family; from bouncy castles to the EDT beer tent, handmade children's t-shirts to homemade cakes, designer jewellery to local photography, the Festival Fair will bring together the essence of SE22. Nibble delicious food from the many food stalls as you listen to music on 'The Goose is Out!' Stage and enjoy a drink from the EDT beer tent as your children have their faces painted for free! Not forgetting the wonderful donkey rides!

Love West Dulwich Fair
Saturday 20th May 10am-5pm

Celebrating the uniqueness of SE21, the West Dulwich Fair will highlight the quintessential character of the area, its people and exciting mix of independent businesses, mixing art, culture, fashion and fun for all the family. Activities will include market stalls, arts and crafts, maypole dancing, face painting, street food, fair rides, farm animals, live music, and in store activities.

Dulwich Park Fair
Sunday 21st May 12pm-5pm

Dulwich Park Fair, now in its 10th year, gets bigger and better each year! It is a traditional country style fair and will have all the popular attractions such as the Steam Fair rides, Vauxhall City Farm, Punch and Judy, the Magician and Maypole dancing. The stage by the café will feature local musicians, brass bands, choirs and dance acts of all ages. The arena will have demonstrations of martial arts, football skills and a surprise show! There will be a great variety of world foods from roast hog to Thai, interesting craft and charity stalls and a chance to sample local craft beers and cider. No parking - please come by public transport.

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St Christopher's Hospice
East Dulwich Supper Club

Last month we hosted a special East Dulwich Supper Club evening in support of St Christopher's Hospice. The evening was fully booked and Suzanne took the opportunity to tell those attending of her own family's gratitude to St Christopher's.

The evening included a raffle which raised £400, with prizes ranging from a large tray of Ferrero Rocher to ten Pilates classes, and a rather fabulous Gin Hamper donated by Suzanne James herself (Gin being one of her specialist subjects without a doubt!).

Overall the evening was a great success raising just over £2,000.00 which will go directly to this wonderful, local charity.

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London's very own beach with street food and BYOB!

This summer's best-value alfresco eating and drinking experience has to be Neverland in Fulham.

Launching on the banks of the Thames on 10th May and running until the 3rd October. We are told there will be white sand and palm trees - as well as a whole lot of street food and the option to bring your own booze (no soft drinks).

General admission is a fiver and groups can book beach huts seating 6-8 guests, for £50 a pop. Lounging day beds are £90 each and can take 12-20 guests.

Large group bookings are best made by email. General admission tickets, beach huts and day beds can be booked online. See you there - bikinis optional!

 

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East Dulwich Supper Club

Our new premises are almost ready.....sorry to keep you all waiting, but we promise #EDSC will be back soon, we know how much you miss it.....

All vouchers will be honoured and expiry dates extended as necessary.

You can read more about Supper Club on our website here.!

 

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Lambeth Palace Garden Open Day

On the 7th April we were delighted to support the Ronald McDonald House Charity when they held a Garden Open Day at Lambeth Palace.

Guests were able to enjoy the beautiful gardens and entertainment whilst indulging in a wide range of refreshments, and craft stalls.

Our donation of several macaron cakes helped the charity to raise almost £4,000 on the day, funds are used to support families with sick children in hospital. !

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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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