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November is such a strange month in the year- the wedding season is drifting to a close and Christmas hasn’t quite begun. So it was the perfect time for us to get together with some of the country’s top wedding planners, florists, stylists and other wedding professionals for a spectacular evening of wining, dining and socialising!
The event began with guests arriving at Rise Hall for afternoon tea in the fabulous Georgian library. However, this was no ordinary afternoon tea! A range of exclusive teas, courtesy of Dine’s partnership with the London Tea Exchange were offered. The food, served bowl-food style by butlers, consisted of re-imagined afternoon tea favourites: a mini cheese scone was served with braised beef & horseradish cream; beetroot macarons , with smoked salmon, truffle cream cheese & keta were served on scallop shells for a real impact. Desserts were bite-sized sticky toffee puddings and individual lemon possets, delicious!
The evening entertainment began in the Drawing Room, where the guests gathered for cocktails and canapes. Acoustic duo The Rhodes Brothers provided a wonderful setting, whilst the guests enjoyed delicate cones of truffled goat’s cheese with date tapenade, truffled scrambled egg served in egg shells, and our favourite: king prawns in black sesame tempura with miso mayonnaise.
Once the canapes were consumed, the party moved into the grand Orangery. The Dine team had created a magical winter wonderland: trees and lanterns were wreathed in pine-scented mist, and a central table was lit by custom-made antique candelabra lanterns created by Shades. Floristry by Flowerstyle Beverley and Styling by Belle Bijoux added the final touches to create a real impact.
The meal continued to wow the guests, with a starter of sous vide crab roulade, avocado mousse & cucumber sauce.
The main course of fillet of angus steak was seared & marinated in ginger, lemongrass, fennel & sichuan pepper, and served with oyster & enoki mushrooms, baby pak choi, saffron turned potatoes, and a sticky teriyaki beef wonton. The real showmanship came in the accompanying Asian broth infused with gold leaf, which was poured from a glass teapot.
For dessert, what could be better than pear & blackberry crumble? However, this take on crumble was a showstopper! A blackberry dome was filled with pear mousse and accompanied by cinnamon crumble and blackcurrant jellies.
After all that deliciousness, it was off to the library for coffee, chocolates and catching-up in front of the fire before retiring to bed.
For those still hungry in the morning, there was a hearty breakfast: Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon, French toast with crispy bacon & maple syrup, smoked haddock & eggs florentine, and filled savoury croissants, all served bowl food style. Copious quantities of coffee and tea and our guests were ready to step out of wonderland and back to the real world.
Until next time!
If you’d like to join us at one of our Ambassadors Dinners, contact us with your business details
Stunning photos by Aaron Morris Photography