If you haven’t heard of Foodie’s Secret Suppers yet, you’re missing out! This series of fun-filled evenings is brimming with intrigue, excellent company, great food and wine and plenty of surprises. For our Christmas 2018 Secret Supper, we wanted to bring our fellow foodies to an especially exclusive venue to round out the year in style – a space so new it hadn’t even opened yet. Is your attention piqued?
“Meet us at Admiralty Centre,” were the instructions to our guests, and luckily, they did. Even though they didn’t know where they were headed, they were an adventurous bunch. They each received a wrapped package that they were instructed not to open until told and had to answer just one important question: do you prefer coffee or tea?
We boarded a bus, walked a bit and then waited excitedly by a quiet alleyway. Apron-clad waiters soon appeared to separately lead the coffee and tea lovers away. We could see the confusion (perhaps even consternation) on some faces – what was happening? Were we even there yet?
Soon alleviated of all worry, our guests were ushered into a warm, contemporary space and greeted with glasses of white wine and the sounds of Christmas jazz in the background.
But there was no time for rest just yet as our guests were put to work learning how to customise their own welcome cocktail, which would be made with a coffee or tea base depending on their declared preference.
With the work done, ice broken and alcohol flowing, our guests sat down to a Christmas dinner treat.
To start, the welcome canapés were designed to contain all elements of a traditional Christmas dinner in one single, delicious bite – a festive treat indeed!
Christmas dinner canapé with turkey, bacon, sausage, chestnut, gravy and Brussels sprout
What followed for the rest of the evening was a combination of delightful British- and Italian-inspired Christmas dishes, in line with the chef’s personal heritage and passion for the festive season.
Amuse-bouche aspagarus cream soup
Three-times-jacked jacket potato with wild mushrooms and aged raclette cheese
Turkey Wellington with Brussels sprouts and roasted potatoes
Christmas mousse cake
The kind folk from Story Wine also hand-picked several Italian wines to pair with the food, and guests were treated to a smooth rosé and a full-bodied yet subtle red. To conclude the dinner, a dessert wine was served to be savoured with the cake.
For the finale, each guest received a number to determine what their Christmas gift would be! Everyone received a present from our Secret Supper Secret Santa, but... had they been naughty or nice? At stake were bonus glasses of bubbly, novelty sushi plushies, a special turkey treat and other goodies.
At the end of the night, we finally revealed the identity of the venue: Caterierge – a catering concierge that assists guests with planning every step of an event, from selecting dishes and drinks, to offering a dedicated event space, to creating stunning table settings and customising decorations, to arranging a professional photographer.
Following another successful Foodie event and starting fresh in 2019, we will be working even harder to curate more exciting Secret Supper concepts (wherever they may turn out to be!).
This event was held in partnership with: Story Wine Caterierge