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January 2018

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Happy New Year!

Turn that frown upside down! It's 2018 can you believe it? It's January and we must all have made fabulous New Years Resolutions.....but have you managed to keep them?

This is my 20th year in Business and my 30th year as a Chef - Not sure how that can be true though as I'm only 21! That's what I tell my youngest but pretty soon he will cotton on to my white lie!

One week in and here we all are, back at work and raring to go with bookings for parties, weddings and conferences flooding in. Looking at our diary we have already had to close a couple of prime summer dates so if you need to book us for an event please call in good time to avoid missing out.

The party season may be over for now, but January is our busiest time of year for wedding enquiries, with emails and calls flooding in not only for 2018 but now for 2019 and even 2020, so if you have emailed us about your wedding please do keep in touch and don't delay in finalising your date with us - things are changing really quickly.

I love the 'clean slate, new beginning' vibe that January brings, and with so many new enquiries to talk about there really is masses to look forward to.

So, definitely don't panic if you've got a big celebration coming up this year.......just.....
Keep Calm and let SJ take care of it!

The Bird Table (womens networking group) will be hosting their events at fifty seven from late January onwards - more information can be found on their website here.

To shun any ideas of 'Kick A Ginger Day' (thanks, South Park), Kiss A Ginger Day was born, to celebrate redheads and allow the rest of humankind to spend all day wanting to be just like them. As I am one of this very special breed please don't forget that this Friday 12th January is your annual opportunity to appreciate all things ginger! I shall be collecting kisses this Friday accordingly! #kissagingerday

One of our longest standing waiters Olivier has decided to run the London Marathon this year on 22nd April. He completed the Amsterdam Marathon in just over 5 hours last year and it seems he has well and truly got the marathon bug!

Olivier is running to raise money for the Terrence Higgins Trust. He has a minimum fundraising target of £1,800 and we want to give him all the support we can to help him not only achieve, but exceed that target.

There is no such thing as too small a donation, so please do consider sponsoring him if you possibly can via the link. Sponsor Olivier

Last, but not least if, like me, you are a gin fan then make sure you find time to pop along to The Foundling Museum to see Hogarth's famous Gin Lane Painting recreated in modern day form. It is well worth seeing.

Best wishes,


Suzanne James

 

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How to Hygge the Suzanne James way.....

The Danish word and concept 'hygge' has become quite a talking point recently, and with the dark nights and grey January days ahead of us I can understand why. The word may be hard to define, but it is easy to know when you've got it right. For me hygge is captured by a warm and cosy atmosphere and (obviously) plenty of good food.

Hygge is definitely a feeling I am delighted to have captured at fifty seven, our very own event space in the heart of East Dulwich. We had a whole host of lovely events there in the run up to Christmas and there is no doubt in my mind that it is becoming firmly established as East Dulwich's 'happy place". Make sure you pop in to say hello if you pass when we are open. Read more about fifty seven

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Press & PR Workshop for Small Businesses & Start Ups Wednesday, 28th February 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

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Queens House Greenwich Wedding Showcase Sunday, 4th February 2018

We welcome you to experience the delights of The Queen's House as your perfect wedding venue. This exquisite former Royal residence is set in the green and leafy surroundings of Greenwich park, London.

We will be joined by other expert suppliers from the Wedding industry including wedding florists All For Love London and Karen Woolven Flowers.

Join us on
Sunday 4 February 2017
12:00pm - 4:00pm

Book your place via Eventbrite

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Give a gift that lasts forever.....

Being able to cook is a life skill that everyone should master. I have never met anyone who regrets being able to cook, and once you know the basics there are no limits to what you can create.

Our cookery school will open its doors in 2018 for both adult and children's cookery lessons. The next step is to hold a couple of sample classes with a few volunteers and then we will be able to roll out our classes to one and all - we can't wait!

If you are interested in;
1. Being one of our students
2. Taking classes yourself under our guidance
3. Hiring the space for your own classes

Please get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.

Email us to find out more

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Dulwich Pavilion finds new use at local primary school

Having recently donated to Goose Green Primary School's Green Screen Project to provide a pre grown ivy pollution barrier around the playground we are delighted to hear that the Dulwich Pavilion - a temporary events space built for Dulwich Picture Gallery's Bicentenary year is soon to become the focal point of the school's playground.

Created by young emerging architecture practice IF_DO, the Dulwich Pavilion was the result of a design competition organised by the Gallery in partnership with the London Festival of Architecture and Almacantar.

Designed to be demounted for reuse in order to provide a sustainable legacy, the pavilion has been moved to storage until summer 2018 when it will be rebuilt as a permanent outdoor space at Goose Green Primary School. The school will work closely with IF_DO who will continue to act as design guardians for the newly reinstalled pavilion. Children and parents will also be encouraged to have their say on how they would like the pavilion to be repurposed. While the timber roof is fixed, the flexible nature of the pavilion and its moveable panels means that the school can create a bespoke space.

The addition of the pavilion is perfect timing for the East Dulwich school, who have been liaising with children and parents to improve the current playground area which currently lacks a safe outdoor, waterproof play area and outdoor learning space. They approached the Dulwich Picture Gallery who selected the school as an ideal candidate to receive the pavilion for a clear local community use.

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East Dulwich Supper Club

Thursday, 22nd February 2018

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

Contact us to buy your tickets/vouchers directly

Alternatively tickets will be on sale shortly at Grub Club (10% booking fee applies).

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.

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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 Teddy & Clare from PROP Photo & GIF Booths who have recently been added the Horniman Museum's Approved Supplier List.

Read more

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A New Year
Recital to further the cause of The Music Therapy Charity Dementia Project

Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano) & Julius Drake (piano) are generously giving a new year recital including Elgar's Sea Pictures

on Friday, 19th January 2018 at 6.30pm
at The Priory Church of the Order of St John Clerkenwell
London EC1V 4JJ

Tickets £35.00

Email to book or find out more

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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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