Blog: Dine News
Clients now, more than ever, want to know where suppliers source their produce, or in this case… flowers; Joanna has kindly offered to share her expertise, by opening a little window into her world of studio floristry.
We are delighted to be able to share Keziah & John’s wedding journey with Dine at The Mansion in Roundhay Park, Leeds. Be inspired by their beautiful decorative flourishes and host of incredible suppliers.
Choosing exceptional suppliers is a fundamental part of our success as a business and Lauden are contributors towards the quality of the details we deliver at our events; with Easter fast approaching, we hope that you enjoy reading this!
Alan Gallacher, events & business development manager at Northern Ballet briefed Dine to cater for the VIP event to celebrate the world première of Casanova. With such a high-profile event that would set the stage for the ballet, it was essential that the catering offered matched the exceptional quality of Northern Ballet events.
Revealing what people say about Dine. Recommendations are so important when selecting an event management or catering service. Sharing a few comments from suppliers and clients received in the last few months, offers a little insight in to why people choose to work with us.
Guests arrived at the venue located 15 minutes from Leeds city centre from 5.45pm and were greeted with an arrival cocktail in the Grand Staircase Hall. Guests were offered the opportunity to take photographs with supplied props and the Mad Hatter himself offering an opportunity to post on social media. Those who felt so inclined could test their strategic skills by taking part in a giant chess game in the Colonnades, or have a game of flamingo ‘croquet’.
We developed an indulgent menu, breaking the usual January rules of fasting, dieting and detox… because frankly none of that stuff is any fun at all!
Chef designed a menu fit for royalty, with elements of smoke (giving up smoking), chocolate and fine wines were paired with every dish (dry January – no alcohol).
This lovely couple came to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary with their children, in the place where it all began 50 years ago. We are all hopeless romantics at Dine, so on hearing their story we wanted to do something really special for this couple and decided to recreate their wedding menu from 1966, with a Dine twist!
At Christmas, we all look forward to the annual gathering of family and friends, yet the day itself can be frenetic with all that present opening (if you’ve been good), cooking and hospitality.
The key to enjoying the day is planning, according to Mark Dawson, Head Chef at Dine. Here are his top tips to spice up your festive feast.
An indulgent feast steeped in festive opulence, celebrating the hard work and successes of 2016.
This regency inspired menu was designed with the surroundings and seasonality in mind; taking the traditional values of a Christmas dinner and adding a key ingredient – ‘the Dine difference’ to make it a feast for the memory books!
Nicola & Richard first got in touch with Dine in January 2015; after their tour of Wentworth with Craig (Head of Events at Dine), they knew that this was the venue for them. In April 2015, they booked their wedding with Dine at Wentworth Woodhouse, and from that point forward we took care of the planning of their special day. In the midst of all the excitement of their engagement, they welcomed baby Isaac into the world – a fabulous start to 2015!
Laura and Alex chose to celebrate their special day with us at The Mansion in September this year. The mix of vintage pastels and soft grey colour palette complemented the setting perfectly. This was a day, like many of the weddings we host at The Mansion, charged with emotion and love for the beautiful couple. The Father of the Bride’s face on this occasion says it all….
Sean & Paul celebrated their wedding with us at The Mansion in Roundhay Park, Leeds in June this year. The personal details of their wedding were just lovely, so we were delighted when they agreed to share their wedding journey with us. There are some fabulous highlights from the proposal in New York and honeymoon in Boston, so I would recommend grabbing a cuppa and sitting down to give this a good read – it’s a fabulous story!
We were delighted by the approach from Wellpleased Events to offer the catering and hospitality at such a prestigious event, earlier this year.
The John Lewis store was everything we imagined and more! Feeling very privileged indeed to be doing the catering for the VIP’s, just hours before the store opened to the public, the very next morning – we headed up to the 4th floor with our guest passes, sneaking glimpses of the shiny new makeup counters and beautifully merchandised womenswear department.
Fresh from winning gold and silver medals at the Rio Olympics, followed by a heroic demonstration of brotherly love at the Triathlon World Series in Mexico, Leeds-born triathletes Alistair and Jonny Brownlee joined us last week for a celebratory dinner at The Mansion in Roundhay Park.
We put on a seasonal dinner fit for the Olympic winners, with a Halloween menu of cream of Jerusalem artichoke soup served in mini pumpkins, chorizo and bean casserole served in a cauldron with smoked pork fillet, boudin noir wrapped in pancetta and roasted chestnuts. Dessert served in a witches hat with dry ice was sticky toffee pudding, orange and ginger caramel sauce and baby toffee apple with cinder toffee. Other guests drawn from the Leeds business community joined the duo.
We were delighted to return to the JCT600 Brooklands Showroom with a custom Italian Canapé menu and cases of Veuve Cliquot for the launch of the GTC4 Lusso. The team at Dine thoroughly enjoy creating and delivering a party to celebrate the launch of a new car – a smart showroom, plenty of lights to make everything shine and a detailed canapé brief all combine to make a fabulous evening.
In 1966, Clive & Angela celebrated their wedding at The Mansion in Roundhay. They recently returned to The Mansion and booked a table in The Garden Room, to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary; the lovely couple had their picture taken on the stair case, recreating memories from their special day – followed by lunch with their nearest and dearest.
We were delighted by the approach to do the catering for this spectacular 25th wedding anniversary. Initial discussions took place in March this year and we delivered the event in August. Relishing the opportunity to work with some other fantastic suppliers, we collaborated to make this milestone anniversary truly memorable.
Emma & Ben’s Marquee Wedding at Beck Bottom Farm was certainly one to remember! Matt (Dine MD) guided this lovely family through the journey of planning their dream wedding and delivered what was promised on the day. Another great example of the Dine difference…
There were a lot of happy faces in the office when Kevin Sinfield (Leeds rugby legend!) accepted our invitation to attend the August Ambassadors’ dinner.
We treat all of our events with the same commitment to exceptional service and great quality menus is part of the Dine missions statement ” Dine, making every event special..”. This evening especially, we wanted to deliver the best of Dine to one of Yorkshire’s treasures (although it should be noted that Kevin and his lovely wife Jayne are from Lancashire).
This week we invite you to celebrate one of our national ‘foodie’ treasures – afternoon tea for two (it wouldn’t be as much fun if you didn’t share the experience with a friend)!
Here at The Mansion, we lovingly prepare and serve afternoon tea for hundreds of customers visiting our The Garden Room café.
We also work with clients on the private event side of our business, to develop and create innovative versions of this much loved treat.
Chloe & Richard’s stunning Marquee Wedding at the end of April. Read about how they created their perfect day here (you may recognise some of the details from our ‘Day in the life of a Dine Events Manager’ feature).
The July Ambassadors’ summer-themed dinner was a celebration of Andy Murray’s Wimbledon win. We invited guest to enjoy the ‘Dine’ take on a traditional picnic hamper – a magical evening!
Dine caters an event at Apethorpe Palace. Matt Jones (Dine MD) tells us about what the Royal guests enjoyed on the evening and why Baroness Von Pfetten chose Dine.
June Ambassadors’ dinner included a lesson on how to make Jus, by our talented executive head chef Mark and a wine experience with Rob Hoult. Every day is a school day at Dine!
Did we mention that we won the CHS16 best outside caterer award?! You have more than likely seen this splashed all over social media over the last few weeks, but we are incredibly proud to have won this award. A testament to the dedicated chefs and events team that work here at Dine. We are incredibly proud to have gained this recognition.
The sun was shining at #Wedstival16 last Sunday – a glorious way to start the day! Capesthorne Hall created a stunning backdrop to this event, the grounds and the hall itself is really very beautiful.
The best way to understand and appreciate a Dine event is to participate.
This is why I naively volunteered to work a wedding on Saturday 30/04/2016, honestly without fully understanding the undertaking… I was a slightly broken, but a very inspired woman by the end of the 17 hour shift.
This gorgeous couple celebrated their wedding at The Mansion in April 2015. Read about what made their day so special and their top tips for future Brides & Grooms….
We hold a monthly Ambassadors’ dinner at The Mansion, to showcase the exceptional level of service and menus we provide here at Dine. These are the highlights from the April, Spring themed dinner.
Working with great people can often be the recipe for success, this certainly plays a big part for Dine. Read more about why we all look forward to coming into work…
The Street Food Trend continues – we show how you can successfully incorporate your favourite food into your next event.
The street food trend that has been gaining momentum over the past few years shows no signs of stopping, with these often quirky little vans cropping up in all sorts of locations – parties, festivals and even high-end shopping malls. Last week the Dine team were thrilled when Gloria, a fabulous mint-green Vietnamese food van rolled up to The Mansion as part of a team food and wine tasting evening. As part of our arduous training (we take our work very seriously!) we got to taste some delicious healthy Vietnamese street food- the chicken satay mini baguette was a huge hit!
The prestigious Yorkshire Business Leaders Awards 2016 celebrate some of the region’s most successful and dynamic business leaders.
A lot of people don’t understand how vital an Event Manager’s role is throughout the planning process; the hours of detail that go into everything, from getting the timings right so that the couple have enough time with their photographer but aren’t late to welcome their evening guests, to being the only one in the building who knows how to tie a cravat, understanding a couples’ favourite menu or just making sure the Groom gets a stiff Whisky when the nerves finally kick in…
Back in November we were privileged to be a part of Claire and Craig’s Wedding, which they held at The Mansion. It was a brilliant day for so many reasons. Read their story here..
We have added some fabulous new marquee locations to our portfolio recently – from Bolton Abbey to the Lakeside at Carlton Towers, 2016 looks set to be the year for embracing the outdoors!
We wanted to take some time to look back at what has been an eventful year – watch out 2016 we are coming for you. Thanks SO much Teresa for all your hard work.
Liz shares details of her perfect Wedding at The Mansion, Leeds from the Summer. Photographer details, personal touches and her top tips.
We debate the merits of Champagne and Prosecco, and what you should be serving at your next event to ensure it is perfect!
Located at Clarence Dock, Leeds, it really does offer the perfect backdrop for anyone looking for a break from the usual venues, and in search of charm and character!
Tips from the Dine Events Team for planning a stress free Christmas – from menu planning to simple touches to make your event special
Dine wanted to push the boundaries with the next creative idea – and were pretty proud of the results. Read for yourself what the specially selected guests had to say about our latest innovative concept…
The Dine team work hard to maintain our renowned high standards in all that we do, and are therefore delighted to be working with Qwest.
Faced with a national shortage of wedding and civil partnership registrars in the UK, Dine is encouraging couples to innovate in order to ensure the wedding of their dreams.
Dine exhibiting at the annual HHA conference in London – Great day had by all!
As finalists in The Wedding Industry Awards, Dine were thrilled at some of the wonderful feedback we received from our fantastic brides and grooms as part of the judging process.
December is always a colourful and varied month for the hardworking Dine team, so we were pleased to see our Managing Director Daniel Gill’s tips for the perfect Christmas fete featured in glossy Yorkshire Insider magazine this autumn.
The Dine Team are celebrating after having been nominated as a finalist in this year’s The Drum UK Event Awards!
The Garden Room will feature a sausage based special of the day throughout next week, so if you’re a fan and looking to be inspired, keep an eye on our menu.
Dine’s Master Mixologist Daniel demonstrates how ‘The Dine Difference’ applies to even the smallest of details.
On Sunday, the beautiful Wentworth Woodhouse will be dressed with luxury wedding inspiration to showcase this venue at it’s very best, we hope that you can join us?
Our Garden Room Restaurant will host its own pumpkin patch as we open our doors for a day of Halloween fun and celebration.
Dine are proud to be partnering with award winning wedding blog Brides Up North to bring our brides-to-be and potential clients another beautiful Luxury Wedding Exhibition at Nostell Priory, this Sunday 27th September 2015.
Dine are proud that our stunning wedding and event venue Wentworth Woodhouse has been featured in the eagerly anticipated Issue 04 of high end bi-annual wedding magazine, Unveiled.
Dine are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted in the Food & Drink Entrepreneur Of The Year category of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
At Dine we like to deliver a level of service that we call ‘The Dine Difference’ – and that means constantly innovating to stay ahead of the game in the creative food and service industry in which we operate.
Dine are pleased to see our pre-wedding prep tips featured by leading wedding planning website, The Wedding Guide.
…of the Rugby World Cup variety of course! Celebrate England hosting the tournament in 2015 by holding your very own (possibly less strenuous!) fixture.
Dine are proud that our Garden Room Restaurant’s Afternoon Tea for Tots has been included in The Yorkshire Post’s Top Five Afternoon Teas!
Dine are delighted to announce that we have been selected as a finalist in the Best Caterer category in The North of England Wedding Awards 2015!
Dine has wrapped up another fantastic Graduation week for a high profile University client this summer.
Dine at The Mansion’s latest offering – designed to be enjoyed by our younger customers and their parents alike when visiting The Garden Room Restaurant – is receiving rave reviews in the press.
Dine are delighted to be partnering with Leeds Beckett University to provide all food and drink to the University’s Graduating Class of 2015!
Dine were proud to support our colleagues from The National Trust at Nostell Priory’s recent annual Wakefield Armed Forces Day.
Dine are extremely pleased to announce that The Mansion’s Garden Room Restaurant & Cafe has been awarded the coveted TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for 2015.
Dine are delighted that The Mansion has been lauded as having the “Best Boardroom” in The Conference & Hospitality Show Awards.
The Dine team are all hands on deck today as we provide exceptional event management services at not one but two venues for the same corporate client, Bristol Street Motors at the launch of the new Volvo XC90.
Dine’s stunning wedding and events venue Wentworth Woodhouse is about to hit our screens in the BBC’s new series Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell.
Dine are delighted that The Mansion has been nominated for a Conference & Hospitality Show Award.
We’re delighted to welcome award winning wedding blog Brides Up North back to our beautiful, exclusive use venue Nostell Priory this Sunday 12th April 2015 between 11am and 3pm for our Luxury Wedding Exhibition.
Dine are proud to present a Luxury Wedding Exhibition at The Mansion on Sunday 22nd March 2015, in collaboration with award winning wedding blog Brides Up North.
We have developed one of our most spectacular menus yet with the ‘Dine Elements’ menu, which incorporates some revolutionary equipment and techniques and is guaranteed to make your next event memorable.
Dine are proud to unveil our newly refurbished Garden Room Restaurant at our stunning flagship venue, The Mansion, to rave reviews.
Our Managing Director, Daniel Gill, was honoured to be selected to join a panel of high profile business figures to judge the Business Masters Awards 2015.
Dine were pleased to find the newest addition to our venue portfolio, Braime Pressings, making the news in the latest issue of Belle Bridal Magazine.
We are extremely proud to support Leeds Community Foundation and we were happy to join them recently to celebrate 10 years of excellent work.
We’re planning to get very merry at The Mansion over the festive period, and we’d love you to join us at one of our seasonal events.
Dine are thrilled to be sponsoring this glittering evening including the canapé reception, dinner and extensive event management services.
Dine’s Commercial Director Matt and his fiancee Jude stayed close to home on their big day, choosing our stunning venue The Mansion to host their special celebration. Where else?
We are thrilled to announce that our beautiful venue, The Mansion has been shortlisted in the Best City Venue category in The Wedding Industry Awards 2015!
The Dine team made sure Guy Fawkes Night went with a bang, hosting our annual Bonfire Night at The Mansion.
We organised an informal country type wedding and employed Shades of India to erect the fabulous Indian tents which used for the blessing, wedding meal and evening event.
Dine are thrilled to be working with award winning wedding blog Brides Up North to host our autumn luxury wedding exhibition at our beautiful venue, Nostell Priory.
Dine were happy to sponsor a fabulous Ladies’ Day event in aid of SAFE@LAST at our beautiful venue Wentworth Woodhouse.
Dine are thrilled to welcome award winning wedding blog Brides Up North back to our stunning wedding venue, Allerton Castle for a beautiful Luxury Wedding Exhibition this Sunday, 11am till 3pm, free entry.
Dine are thrilled to be working with top UK Wedding Blog Brides Up North to host another fabulous Luxury Wedding Exhibition at The Mansion.
Dine are happy to have been included as expert commentators in a piece on leading international news site Huffington Post.
Dine were proud to sponsor the launch of Grayson Perry’s celebrated ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ exhibition at Temple Newsam, Leeds.
Dine’s Managing Director, Daniel Gill was proud to contribute as an industry expert during the recent filming of BBC 2’s The Fixer.
Dine is pleased to have been listed alongside other industry leaders as one of award winning wedding blog Brides Up North’s recommended suppliers for couples planning an outdoor or marquee wedding.
Dine and the Dine At Allerton Castle team are proud to be listed as finalists in the North Of England Wedding Awards, which recognise outstanding customer service in the wedding industry.
Dine was proud to complete Leeds Metropolitan University’s Graduation Week 2014 with honours!
We’ve set ourselves some important challenges in this our 16th year in business, and perhaps our most ambitious has been picked up by The Business Desk this week.
Dine’s Mangaing Director Daniel Gill was honoured to be asked to join the Expert Panel in the latest edition of Your Yorkshire Wedding Magazine.
Dine’s beautiful wedding and events venue, Wentworth Woodhouse, is to be featured on BBC1’s Antiques Roadshow.
Dine are absolutely delighted to have been appointed as the official caterers to Leeds Metropolitan University’s Graduation Week commencing on 21st July 2014.
Our Managing Director Daniel Gill knows good hospitality and is a perfectionist when it comes to delivery for our clients.
Dine were thrilled to be announced winners at The Cost Sector Catering Awards 2014.
Dine recently to provided event and catering services for a very special party celebrating over 125 years of engineering excellence at the Braime Pressings factory at Clarence Dock in Leeds.
The Dine At Allerton Castle team were pleased to see our lovely couple Morven & Stephen’s beautiful wedding featured in “International Magazine Of The Year” Hello! this week.
Dine are thrilled to have been shortlisted in the top three in the Event/ Stadia/ Arena category in the Cost Sector Catering Awards 2014.
Roll out the bunting! Emily & Mike opted for a “Chintzy Vintage” theme for their stunning September wedding at Allerton Castle.
Charis and David wanted a memorable English wedding to stun and surprise their American guests and hosted their perfect celebration with Dine at Allerton Castle.
We were thrilled to be featured in top UK wedding blog Brides Up North’s selection of Yorkshire’s best wedding venues for the 5th Birthday edition of Belle Bridal Magazine, spring/ summer 2014.
We are proud to welcome award winning UK wedding blog Brides Up North back to Nostell Priory as we host our fifth luxury wedding exhibition here.
Helen and David loved their wedding at The Mansion: “We chose it for the beautiful interiors and the stunning views. The first time we went inside we knew we wanted to get married there.”
Dine catered for 1000s of guests at the Leeds Film Festival, transforming a plain conference room into an inviting atmosphere and delivering a complex menu in less than an hour.
Pace PLC, the global set top box provider Dine with a challenge: Hosting a Lunch at their offices attended by Her Majesty the Queen and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh during her Jubilee Tour.
Rachel & Nick had set ideas of what they wanted for their special day and worked with their Dine Event Manager to give their 160 guests a wedding they would not forget.
The arrival of our new Group Executive Chef has inspired us to offer a series of wine-tasting dinners at our award winning Leeds venue, The Mansion this spring.
Stacey and Oliver used Allerton Castle’s stunning state rooms to great effect for their fabulous “Vintage Glam” styled wedding celebration. “We couldn’t believe how beautiful the building was.”
Dine were proud to see our stunning stately home venue, Wentworth Woodhouse, featured in Yorkshire Life this month. After 60 years this sleeping giant is finally opening up to the wide world.
We are proud to host the Brides Up North Luxury Wedding Exhibition at The Mansion
“Allerton Castle wowed us from the moment we walked in. It’s such a beautiful place, inside and out. Allerton was actually ours to use, not just get photos in front of!”
Alice & Gareth contacted Dine to help them organise their dream wedding. We were with them every step of the way and the end result was amazing – we’ll let the photos do the talking.
Dine were delighted to work at the prestigious launch of the new Football Association Training Centre which showcased the new state-of-the-art facilities in front of 600 guests.
Guests enjoyed substantial canapés of Demitasse of Lobster Bisque on this perfect winter day. Then the party went on until 2am closing with sparklers as the guests left.
Like at many of the weddings we’ve looked after at Nostell Priory, the bride and groom fell in love with the Nostell Priory and were keen to make the most of the grounds.
Dine organised Andy and Hannah’s reception at Nostell Priory. Nostell Priory is a stunning venue and location, after visiting once they knew it was the perfect venue for them.
To celebrate the launch of their new showroom at JCT 600 in Leeds, Ferrari hosted an evening for 200 of their clients and Senior Event Management team from Italy.
Over the last 15 years, Dine has worked on some of the finest venues in the country. That’s what makes us unique – we don’t just provide sound advice, we put it into practice on a daily basis.
Dine were delighted to receive the Yorkshire Pride Award at the Yorkshire Business Masters Awards 2013 for our fundraising efforts so far this year.
We are absolutely delighted to announce that Dine at The Mansion are a regional finalist in The 2014 Wedding Industry Awards entirely voted for by our previous brides & grooms.
In order to celebrate 15 years of success our Managing Director, Daniel Gill, decided to thank the entire Dine team with a party with cutting edge cuisine.
One happy couple wanted to veer away from the traditional ‘Hotel’ style wedding and wanted something different to all the other weddings they had been to. Dine fulfilled their wishes!
The Corporate Events Team at HSBC asked us if we could deliver a Michelin Star quality lunch in new data centre. Location: TOP SECRET! Dine special events agents were on the case.
A wedding at Allerton Castle with Dine was the only venue Olivia and Phil looked at and from the moment they stepped through its gothic doors and met the team, they knew it was the one.