Blog: Private Parties

Dine’s Taste Test! Ambassadors’ Dinner

A Walk to Autumn: Chef create a deliciously luxurious menu and our events team delivered flawless and stylish service on the evening of September’s Ambassadors’ Dinner.

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Rosie’s 90th Birthday Bash at Wentworth Woodhouse

Rosie Harrison’s name was up in light’s on the day friends and family gathered to celebrate her 90th birthday! We had the pleasure of arranging this spectacular bash with Rose’s lovely daughter, who had set out to create a magical day for her mother at Wentworth Woodhouse.

Virginia & Tom’s Scottish Marquee Wedding

London based couple, Virginia & Tom, celebrated their elegant marquee wedding at Tom’s family home in Port Logan; the day was full of character, sentiment, laughter and the finest food, drink and entertainment. Read more…

Howsham Hall – NEW Dine Venue

It was love at first sight when we laid eyes on Howsham Hall and we are so proud to announce this venue as part of our portfolio of venues for private hire…

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Bolton Abbey Weddings by the Waterside

We teamed up with Bolton Abbey, Shades Marquee’s and Brides Up North, to showcase this spectacular riverside marquee venue on the 4th June 17.

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Northern Ballet VIP Event – Casanova

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.

Valentine’s Theme Ambassadors’ Dinner

Valentine’s themed Ambassadors’ dinner “three steps to your heart” menu, with the intention to delight our carefully selected guests.

Dine with Flowers in your Hair – Ambassadors’ Dinner

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).

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A Golden Wedding Anniversary Celebration at The Mansion

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!

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Five Top Tips to Spice up your Festive Feast

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.

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A Regency Christmas Feast, fit for an Ambassador!

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!

Brownlee Brothers Join us for October Ambassadors’ Dinner

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.

Drinks & Canape reception at JCT 600 for Ferrari Launch

Dine Launch the new Ferrari GTC4 Lusso with JCT600

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.

Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – 25th Wedding Anniversary Celebration

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.

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Katherine Jenkins Concert at Bolton Abbey

We were delighted when Bolton Abbey invited us to offer VIP hospitality at the Katherine Jenkins concert. This would be the first event of this scale at Bolton Abbey, so we were thrilled to be involved.

August Ambassadors' Dinner at The Mansion

August Ambassadors’ Dinner at The Mansion

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).

Celebrating national afternoon tea week

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 Marquee Wedding at Home

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).

Ambassadors' Picnic Dinner

Ambassadors’ Picnic Dinner

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!

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Dine Caters at Apethorpe Palace

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.

Dine Ambassadors’ Dinner – June

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!

Dine’s excellence was recognised at an awards supper

CHS16 best outside caterer award winners!!

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.

Dine Ambassadors' Dinner - April

Dine Ambassadors’ Dinner – April

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.

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Working at Dine – why we love it…

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…

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Food Trends for 2016: Street Food rolls on

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!

Daniel shortlisted for Yorkshire Business Leaders Awards

Daniel shortlisted for Yorkshire Business Leaders Awards

The prestigious Yorkshire Business Leaders Awards 2016 celebrate some of the region’s most successful and dynamic business leaders.

Dine – Celebrating 18 years

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…

Outdoor & Marquee Events with Dine

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!

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Dine 2015 – A year in pictures

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.    

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Champagne vs Prosecco

We debate the merits of Champagne and Prosecco, and what you should be serving at your next event to ensure it is perfect!

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Spotlight on our Venues: Braime Pressings

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!

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Have yourself a Merry Dine Christmas

Tips from the Dine Events Team for planning a stress free Christmas – from menu planning to simple touches to make your event special

Dine's Afternoon Tea with a Twist

Dine’s Afternoon Tea with a Twist

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…

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Break The Traditions!

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.

Caterer Of The Year!

Dine Nominated As Event Caterer Of The Year!

The Dine Team are celebrating after having been nominated as a finalist in this year’s The Drum UK Event Awards!

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Dine Are Shortlisted In The Great British Entrepreneur Awards

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.

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Dine: Staying On Top Of The Foodie Trends

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.

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Barbecues, Beers & Balls…

…of the Rugby World Cup variety of course! Celebrate England hosting the tournament in 2015 by holding your very own (possibly less strenuous!) fixture.

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The Dine Difference: See Our Event Theming Come To Life

The Dine team pride ourselves on being able to transform any venue into a truly unique event space. Watch our video to see the transformation take place before your eyes!

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Disco Makeover! The Mansion Is Studio 54… For One Night Only

A recent private event saw our beautiful venue in the heart of Roundhay Park transformed into the legendary New York night spot Studio 54!

A Spectacular Menu Launch & Dine Elements

A Spectacular Menu Launch – Dine Elements

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 Sponsor The Help For Heroes Ball

Dine Sponsor The Help For Heroes Ball

Dine are thrilled to be sponsoring this glittering evening including the canapé reception, dinner and extensive event management services.

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Planning The Perfect Party…

Dine’s MD, Daniel Gill, wants your parties to be spectacular, and these are his top tips for putting on a bash that’ll be memorable for all the right reasons.

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Dine’s Elegant Downton Abbey Soiree

Dine were glad to host a Downton Abbey themed event for an esteemed private client, celebrating several landmark birthdays and a very special wedding anniversary.

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Dine In Wonderland!

When a client wanted to celebrate a joint birthday at their private estate, it was the perfect opportunity to bring Dine’s event planning and theming skills to bear.

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A Private Party To Celebrate 125 Year Of Engineering Excellence

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.