A Very Seasonal Stadium: Windsor Park

This year at Belfast’s iconic National Football Stadium: Windsor Park expect some glitz, glamour and grandeur.

Windsor Park is named after the district in which it resides, in beautiful Belfast, Northern Ireland. With a rich sporting history, this venue is nothing less than iconic. As well as a functioning stadium, the building houses state of the art conferencing and events spaces and a museum too: The Education and Heritage Centre tells the unique story of Northern Irish football.

This Christmas, the stadium’s event suites will be transformed into ‘Glitz and Glam’ party areas. Hosted on Friday and Saturday nights in December, guests will be welcomed into the arena with a complimentary glass of fizz , with opportunities to take a pitch-side selfie or two and, of course, take in the epic atmosphere of the 18,434 seat stadium.

A delicious, four course Christmas dinner – made with hearty, local produce by our expert chefs – will be served indoors, in suites dressed to impress. Fuelling up for the party games and dancing to come!

A Windsor Park Christmas is not just for football fans, the grandeur of this setting is awe inspiring for all who visit. Plus, with event guests moving away from traditional private Christmas parties, to unique shared experiences and events, Windsor Park’s party nights are just that – offering a one-off occasion in a one-off space…

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DATES: 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th  December

TIME: 7pm – late

PRICE: £40 pp inc VAT

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Raise stein to Headingley’s Oompah Pah Parties!

Inspired by the famous Christmas traditions of Bavaria, Headingley Carnegie Stadium is hosting a series of Oompah pah parties this Christmas! Let us explain…

The much-loved stadium, home to the Leeds Rhinos Rugby League Club and the Yorkshire County Cricket Club, will be transforming into a traditional German market for three nights in December: Saturday 2nd, 9th and 16th. Alpine-style stalls will serve classic Bavarian comfort food: frankfurters, bratwurst, sweet pretzels and hearty soups, home-made by our award winning chef team. And, at the center of feast will be a whole, suckling pig spit roast, served with sage and onion stuffing, salted crackling and apple sauce in a floured bap.

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A Bavarian feast: bratwurst, beer & pretzels

 

Decorated with wreaths and Christmas trees – the ‘Christmas tree’ originating in Germany as a representation of the biblical Tree of Knowledge, whilst the baubles are the forbidden fruit – the atmosphere at Headingley’s Bavarian Party Nights is joyous. Enhanced further by an authentic Oompah band playing thigh-slapping brass music. They’ll certainly get you in the mood for a jig, helped along by along, in true Oktoberfest fashion, by a stein or two.

Building on last year’s success, this is the second Christmas Headlingley will be hosting their Bavarian market party… and this year they’re going the whole hog.

Dates: 2nd, 9th, 16th December 2017

Time: 7pm – late

Price: £28.95 per person, incl. VAT

Further information is available by calling 0113 203 3899, emailing events@headingleyexperience.com or visiting www.prestigevenuesandevents.sodexo.com

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Be heard. A guide to auditoriums.

Get your message across with drama, clarity and focus with our wide range of auditoria. We can provide auditoria in spectacular settings: from gardens, galleries and museums, to sports stadia and innovative new buildings. With the addition of Peyton Events, there are also a number of central London venues boasting lecture theatres in places you wouldn’t expect…

All of our auditoriums are equipped with state-of-the-art technology and facilities that help ensure a high-quality experience for delegates.  However, these facilities should not be limited to presentations, conferences and lectures – auditoria are ideal for awards ceremonies, exhibitions and product launches too.

So here is a quick round up of all things auditoria. And, we’ve even included a few quirky facts about each of our venues too!

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

The auditoria in The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, is incredibly versatile and boasts an award winning floor design which can be arranged in rising tiers like a lecture theatre (516) or hidden under the floor for a large, flat space which can take 270 for a gala dinner. It also has 3 studios for smaller meetings or break-out sessions and there is a secret door (called the ‘Narnia Door’ by staff) that allows stars such as Brian May and Joan Collins private access to the venue.

 

The Crystal

The Crystal, London, is the capital’s most sustainable events venue, located at London’s Royal Victoria Docks. A striking red sphere at the heart of the building houses the 270 capacity modern auditorium which boasts high ceilings and views of the Thames and Canary Wharf. Guests enter the space through a breath-taking, glass lobby area and by visiting the Crystal Exhibition it adds a totally different dimension to any event being held in the auditoria.

 

Hampden Park, Glasgow

Located within the BT South Stand, the auditorium at Hampden Park, Glasgow, seats a generous 250 guests and is renowned for its excellent acoustics. It’s fully equipped with two large projection screens, variable lighting and air-conditioning as well as a soundproof booth, the latest AV and technicians on site to help with any aspect of an event. Recently, it was transformed into a spectacular designer catwalk for a wedding show! 

 

The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh

The newly refurbished lecture theatre at the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, can accommodate up to 240 guests. This light and airy room with a stunning octagonal ceiling also has amazing acoustics and highly sophisticated audio-visual and lighting facilities. Combined with use of the auditoria delegates often complete treasure hunts in the garden and enjoy BBQ’s in the summer months.

 

The National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland recently celebrated its 150th anniversary and completed a £14m restoration of the Grade A listed building. Its 200 seat auditorium boasts a full suite of audio visual equipment and hire includes exclusive use of the South Hall Gallery and Events Space – offering convenient spaces for breakout sessions, catering and exhibitions.

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Southampton Solent Conference Centre

The mysterious red orb at the centre of Southampton Solent Conference Centre is, in fact, a lecture theatre! One of five lecture rooms, alongside 35 classrooms, The Spark has a combined teaching capacity of 1,500 at any one time and is equipped with all the modern gadgetry needed to create an interactive and compelling presentation, every time.

 

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The IWM London

The IWM, once Royal Bethlem Hospital, boasts a beautiful Grade II listed exterior. It’s now a hugely successful visitor attraction and event venue. With a cinema complete with Dolby digital surround sound and a flat floor – allowing total flexibility for any event – and an adjacent foyer, perfect for refreshments..

The National Gallery

The National Gallery houses one of the greatest collections of Western European painting in the world, spanning a period of 700 years. Designed by architects, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, the recently extended Sainsbury Wing offers a modern and sleek entrance and facilities, with four contemporary conference rooms which can be hired individually or combined, as well as a lecture theatre which seats a mighty 328 people. Its mosaic floor on the terrace (also available for receptions and dinners) depicts Greek muses based on celebrities of the day, including Greta Garbo, Virginia Woolf and Sir Winston Churchill.

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The National Gallery, London

The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection, located in fashionable Marylebone, houses The Wallace’s lecture theatre and seats 150 for intimate presentations. The AV is state-of- the- art, being updated in 2015 to include surround sound, and it’s fully accessible with step-free access and an induction loop for the hard of hearing. Ornate frames are hung in the lecture theatre and are considered to be works of art in their own right as they used to house masterpieces of the collection, including the iconic Laughing Cavalier.

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For further information about all of our Auditoria visit our Meetings & Conferences page here: https://www.prestigevenuesandevents.sodexo.com/occasions/meetings-conferences

Arabian Nights at Southampton Solent Conference Centre

Southampton Solent pulled out all the stops (there were camels!) on the 7th September to deliver a themed, Arabian Nights event at The Spark, celebrating their fantastic first year as an events venue.

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Arabian Nights at Southampton Solent Conference Centre

The entrance was decorated in a traditional Moroccan style, with majlis, embroidered rugs and staff dressed in exotic and colourful outfits. Many clients and customers, including couples who were married at SSU in the last year, were welcomed back to the venue to celebrate and share their personal experiences. Canapes and drinks were served upon arrival and guests were greeted with goodie bags and raffle tickets once seated

An array of entertainment was available; including a henna stand, a fancy dress booth, a cocktail bar, a Disco DJ and an Arabian dancer. But, making a real star appearance was a friendly faux camel.

Street food was served by a Gordon Ramsey lookalike from decorated stands, offering a selection of curries, salads and khoubz. A variety of rich cakes, flaky pastries and sticky sweets came after.  Upon request, the head chef even sourced some traditional Kunafa (a Middle Eastern dessert made with cheese pastry soaked in sweet, sugar-based syrup) for guests to try.

After dinner, guests were whisked away to a different climate altogether – the Tea Bar at the top of The Spark. Fortunes were told, ornate Moroccan outfits were tried and queues of nostalgic, sweet-toothed individuals formed by the candy-coloured pick ‘n’ mix.

For us, the event highlighted yet another great use for this very modern and versatile space. With Southampton Solent Conference Centre the options are endless, with an on-site team that are efficient, approachable and eager to try new things.

To learn more about this venue visit our website https://www.prestigevenuesandevents.sodexo.com/venues/southampton-solent-university-conference-centre or call the central enquiry hub on 0845 6055 699, or email Venues&Events.Prestige.UK@Sodexo.com

Festive fun (& fundraising) at Newcastle United

Our colleagues at Newcastle United are busy preparing for their second Festive Fayre in support of a local children’s charity.

The event, which is due to take place over the weekend of 11 and 12 November, will build on the success of last year’s event and feature around 100 stalls selling a selection of handcrafted gifts, novelties, outdoor decorations, festive food, live cookery demonstrations and Christmas gift ideas for the whole family.

Santa will be on dropping in to meet young visitors too! Plus there will be live music and entertainment throughout the weekend.

Frankie Angus, general manager at St James Park said: “Our annual festive fayre will give shoppers the chance to pick up gifts, browse some fantastic Christmas decorations and ornaments and, of course, there will be entertainment throughout the weekend to get everyone into the festive spirit.”

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Come meet Monty & Maggie Magpie!

The event will support Metro Radio’s Cash for Kids charity, which supports disabled and disadvantaged children aged up to 18 in the North East. Visitors will be encouraged to donate gifts to the charity’s Mission Christmas appeal, which aims to give all children the chance to wake up to a gift on Christmas morning.

Anyone donating a gift on the weekend will have the chance to go pitch-side and have their photo taken with the Cash for Kids’ mascot Courage the Cat along with NUFC’s Monty and Maggie, while the kids can enjoy a free face paint.

Frankie added “We are extremely proud to once again be supporting Metro Radio’s Cash for Kids as they launch the Mission Christmas appeal. Last year we managed to collect 355 gifts, so this time we’d like to surpass that total. We will be encouraging everyone who comes along to bring a gift, so we can do our bit to improve Christmas for those youngsters in our region who really need it.”

The 2017 Festive Fayre will be held at St James’ Park on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 November from 10am-5pm each day. Admission will be £3 in advance per person and £5 on the door. To buy advance tickets call the events team on 0191 201 8535 or email candb@nufc.co.uk

 

 

 

A Scottish celebration: the history of Hogmanay

As the year draws to a close all eyes are on Scotland and her festivities, and for good reason. Scotland’s notorious New Year celebrations are better known as Hogmanay: for three days, revellers celebrate with street festivals, parties, and fireworks. Join us in looking at the holiday’s origins, traditions and where they apply to modern-day events and venues.

The celebration of Hogmanay allegedly dates back to the Vikings. However, in the 16th Century it gained further importance due to a religious dispute that resulted in Christmas being banned across Scotland. And it continued to be banned for 400 years! Since Christmas was no longer a national holiday, everyone was expected to work through the season and took time off to celebrate New Year instead. Though the ban was lifted in the 1950s, Hogmanay remains a key cultural festival today.

Hogmanay customs differ between regions, within families and friendship groups – some traditions being passed down from generation to generation. One custom you might have heard of is ‘first-footing’, which refers to the ‘first foot’ in the house after midnight on New Year’s Day. The visitor determines the household’s fortune for the year, and it’s customary to bring gifts for good luck. Other Hogmanay customs include cleaning the house to ward off bad spirits, and – of course – singing Robert Burns’ classic, Auld Lang Syne.

Traditionally, Hogmanay is celebrated from 31st December to 2nd January. Luckily, our Scottish venues cater for the entire Christmas season.

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Aberdeen FC in the snow

First up, our Scottish stadiums. You’re promised a party to remember at Aberdeen Football Club. The club is available from November to January for a range of events – from festive gatherings to private dinners to a festive drive-in cinema, showing family friendly rib-ticklers like The Grinch, Elf and The Muppet Christmas Carol. Over in Glasgow, Hampden Park Stadium is hosting masquerade balls and karaoke parties throughout the festive season, including their signature sparkly dance-floor.

It’s undeniably Scottish to share your celebrations with as many loved ones as possible (the more the merrier was never more applicable), and two of our venues have taken this sentiment to heart with their shared parties. In the capital, Edinburgh Corn Exchange invites revellers to join over 850 guests for one of the capital’s biggest parties. This includes a three-course dinner and live entertainment. Hamilton Park Racecourse in South Lanarkshire are also offering shared parties in dates throughout November, December, and even one post-Hogmanay date in January, so you can continue celebrating into 2018. Highlights at the racecourse include their inaugural party quiz, so get your Hogmanay-themed team names ready.

For private events, there’s nothing more magical than a real Scottish castle. Dundas Castle is available for exclusive-use hire throughout December and January. With 17th Century opulence, 5-star service and quintessentially Scottish features, Dundas Castle is perfect for an unforgettable party.

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The beautiful Dundas Castle in the snow

Looking for a traditional Hogmanay celebration on the day itself? Book with Perth Racecourse for their Ultimate Hogmanay Party on 31st December. Highlights include a traditional buffet, ceilidh, and a live piper while the midnight bells ring. Meanwhile in Edinburgh, the Royal Botanic Garden will be holding Hogmanay Dinners on various dates in December. The dinner includes a five-course banquet, after-dinner dancing, and a midnight toast with a view of the fireworks over Edinburgh Castle.

And – if you’re looking to hold a conference before Hogmanay, this year the Assembly Rooms Edinburgh is offering an exclusive day delegate package throughout December, including mulled wine and mince pies, because all work and no play…

However you’re planning to ring in the New Year, Scotland promises the world’s best celebrations, with fun, flair and a few drams of whiskey. We couldn’t possibly be anywhere else.

For more information on our Hogmanay,  Christmas and other seasonal packages, see our brochure here

For more information on Prestige Venues & Events packages call the central enquiry hub on 0845 6055 699, or email Venues&Events.Prestige.UK@Sodexo.com

Top Tips for Planning your Big Day

Today we want to focus on those happy couples in the midst of their planning processes. Whether you’re steadily crossing things off a to-do list, or you haven’t a clue where to start, we’ve taken advantage of our sizeable black book to find out how the best in the business manage the task.

We called on an expert – Jenny Marks, owner of events company, Complete Bliss. Jenny’s wedding planning expertise is highly sought after across the UK. With years of experience planning all manner of events, she’s the safest pair of hands you can imagine.

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Jenny Marks, Complete Bliss

Jenny took a break from her unfathomably busy wedding-season schedule to share five useful tips she always gives her clients.

1.Don’t get bamboozled. With photo-sharing apps at our fingertips 24/7 it’s easy to get overwhelmed with ideas and opinions. Rather than trying to crowbar everything you’ve ever seen on Pinterest into one marquee, Jenny advises couples to take a step back. Focus on the most important things you both want from your day. Once you’ve established your priorities, trust that the wedding vision will fall into place.

2.Be ready for your close-up. Whether you’re camera shy or snap happy, preparation is key when it comes to your wedding photographs. Even if your photographer has shot weddings at your venue previously, it’s a really good idea to meet them at the venue prior to yours. Scope out the best spots together. You’ll be on the same page and save lots of time on the day.

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Knebworth House

3.Don’t be afraid to delegate. Your venue team will be on hand, but your nearest and dearest will be very eager to pitch in too. From helping guests find their seats to picking up flowers at the end of the night, all extra pairs of hands are invaluable. In Jenny’s experience, your wedding party love being given a job to do – it makes them feel important, and they’ll love knowing they’re helping you relax and enjoy the day.

4.Eat breakfast. Even if you’re not hungry. And remember to rehydrate at every opportunity – water, not champagne!

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5.Time flies when you’re the main event. With so many of your loved ones together in one place, it’s easier than you might think to say your vows and then lose track of your new legally-wedded partner until the first dance. When scheduling your day, Jenny recommends couples put aside 15 minutes in the middle of the day just for the two of you – by yourselves – just to bask in the moment together. She promises you’ll be glad you did.

You can find Jenny at Complete Bliss (http://www.completebliss.net/).

To enquire about Prestige Venues & Events portfolio of wedding venues please visit our website at www.prestigevenuesandevents.sodexo.com or call the central enquiry hub on 0845 6055 699, or email Venues&Events.Prestige.UK@Sodexo.com

Al Fresco Yoga at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

By midsummer, our thoughts (and meal plans) revolve around long balmy evenings, bright summer mornings and al fresco dining.

And so – with this in mind – The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh have embraced sunshine, sustenance and… serenity with their summer series of Yoga Breakfasts.

The first in a series of three took place last weekend overlooking RBGE’s beautiful biodiversity pond and gardens; the sessions are hosted outdoors, on the peaceful and newly refurbished terrace of the John Hope Gateway Restaurant.

The classes have been created in partnership with world-renowned athletic apparel brand, lululemon, from whom we’ve borrowed expert Hatha yoga educator, Pam Echiverria. Hatha yoga focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing, boosting physical and mental wellbeing, and so supports Sodexo’s ethos of improving quality of life.

After a good stretch and gentle meditation, guests indulged in a healthy breakfast. Hosted in the refreshed Gateway Restaurant, the menus included ingredients from RBGE’s very own market-garden, a ¾ acre vegetable plot within the grounds. Their full time gardener grows produce for all catering operations throughout the site and works closely with the team to ensure the finest and freshest ingredients are included in the dishes.

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Yoga Breakfasts are the perfect way to use this new space, to explore and experience the restaurant and gardens it in a way it’s never been experienced before.

Click here to learn more about the Yoga Breakfasts at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

For more summer event options check out our summer brochure too!

Or contact us on 0845 6055 699, or email Venues&Events.Prestige.UK@Sodexo.com or visit www.prestigevenuesandevents.sodexo.com.

Promotion, Pies & the Premier League: Part 2

St. James’ Park stadium, a true landmark in Newcastle upon Tyne, is home to Newcastle United Football Club. The team were recently crowned Champions having secured a promotion to the Premier League after their 4-1 win against Preston North End this April.

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The Newcastle United team celebrate their promotion

The Club’s history has undoubtedly had its highs and lows. This will be the Club’s second return to the top flight in seven years; having previously been relegated back in 2009 and bouncing straight back to the Premiership in the summer of 2010. Six years in the Premier League were then abruptly halted with relegation in 2016. However the club, headed by Rafa Benitez, returned back to the top at the first opportunity, proving that they are well and truly a top flight team in every sense.

Sodexo has provided catering at the stadium for the last seven years and shared this promotion-journey with them. We caught up with Frankie Angus, General Manager, who talked about what the promotion means for the club and the catering team moving forward.

What has the journey been like to secure promotion?

An emotional rollercoaster to say the least! The Championship brings so many more matches to the table.  We have provided hospitality at 27 home games this season including league, competition and friendly matches – far more than previous years in the Premier League. After a disappointing start, we picked up the pace and by mid-October we remained in 1st and 2nd position in the league table until the end of the season.  Our hospitality has always been of Premiership standard and therefore as a catering-provider our service has always remained top flight quality.  Following our match against Preston North End which secured promotion, we were then challenged with the chance of being hailed Champions, approaching the last two games with a 7 point deficit against Brighton. We were crowned Champions on the last game of the season and the celebration roar from the crowd could be heard for miles around.

How has your journey to the Premier League affected day to day operations?

We’ve always thought and operated like a Premier League club so we’ve not really seen a huge difference. From the start of the season, our crowds have always remained high, due to the immense passion in the city for the football club.  Crowd numbers haven’t faltered all season and averaged 51,000 at home games.  Our hospitality numbers have also remained strong all season, however, following our promotion we were completely sold out in all hospitality areas, with over 2,500 hospitality guests attending the last game of the season. We have a very close working relationship with the club and we also have nine years’ worth of intelligence to make sure we forecast and stock up accordingly.

What does being promoted to the Premier league mean to you all?

It’s a big operation here at St. James’ Park. We have a team of 65 and on match day we can have 1000 staff. We all feel extremely proud of the promotion and privileged to have been part of it. When Rafa, our First Team Manager decided to stay at St James’ Park at the end of the 2015/16 season we all knew that we were in safe hands and confident he could get us back to top flight football.  His passion and desire to succeed is emulated throughout our whole business and we all strive to be the best.  Now that we are back in the Premier League we can prove that’s where we should always be.  We are United in every sense and the forthcoming season is going to be very exciting.

Looking forward to next season, what can we expect to see?

Our Stadium Manager is constantly refurbishing the stadium both on the concourses and in the hospitality areas, so this year is no exception.  Plans are in place to refurbish 3 of our hospitality suites and also to improve our onsite car parking areas surrounding the stadium.  Less matches in the Premier League doesn’t mean we will be any less busy.  Plans are continuing to expand on menu offerings on matchdays while ensuring our hospitality remains second to none.

For more information about St. James’ Park visit www.nufc.co.uk

Driving away inequality with Edinburgh Food Social

We recently teamed up with partners Edinburgh Food Social (EFS) and unveiled a brand-new food truck to tackle food inequality in the Scottish capital.

This exciting, new project between ourselves and EFS aims to provide cookery education to schools and communities in Edinburgh.

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Edinburgh Food Social © Lesley Martin 2017

The social enterprise was set up by City Businesswoman, Eleanor Cunningham, who also runs the Edinburgh Larder cafes and catering business in the city. Eleanor successfully launched a crowdfunding campaign last year to raise funds for the project, raising a total of £10,000. We also pledged our support behind the venture by providing a financial donation, as well as forming a long-term partnership with the not-for-profit organisation. The relationship will see our chefs and catering staff leading workshops and sharing their knowledge with participants of the food truck initiative.

Eleanor said: “We want to encourage young people and their parents to cook more and found that many families felt they didn’t have the skills to prepare a wholesome meal from scratch using accessible, fresh ingredients. We want to give people the confidence to cook again and to teach them that healthy eating does not need to be expensive. So far we’ve been able to deliver healthy eating and cooking programmes to six schools in Edinburgh, as well as taking part in the two-day ‘Power of Food’ festival which celebrates community gardens and seasonal produce. We can now expand the initiative and will be unveiling a series of workshops, cookery classes and school visits later this year, where the food truck will act as a mobile classroom and provide a purpose-built kitchen.”

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Founder, Eleanor Cunningham

Our very own Sandy Robson, who is working on the project with EFS, also commented: “At Sodexo we are passionate about local food and sharing our skills with the next generation. Learning to cook can be the first step in developing a passion for food, this in turn can lead to a rewarding and diverse career in hospitality. We hope that together with EFS, we can extend beyond simply improving the quality of dishes that families cook together and encourage some of the young people to consider a career in hospitality.”

The food truck was officially launched with the help of Gracemount High School, whose pupils have already benefited from the exciting project.

For further information about the initiative visit www.edinburghlarder.co.uk/socialenterprise/

Mystery fine-dining experience showcases familiar dishes with a twist

Sodexo’s Craft & Innovation chef team created a fine-dining experience with a difference at the Edinburgh New Town Cookery School, for a select group of corporate and venue guests.

Led by Sodexo Divisional Executive Chef, Stephen Frost, the showcase dinner featured a mystery eight-course tasting menu, which was kept secret from guests until after the final course. The thinking behind this was to prevent individuals being influenced by some of the more unusual ingredients.

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Dishes were created specifically to mimic familiar flavours but given a twist, with chefs incorporating some quirky additions.

Highlights of the tasting experience included:

  • ELT sandwich – classic BLT ingredient bacon, was replaced with eel and served alongside lettuce, tomato and mustard, encased in a brioche bun
  • Tuna & corn – the tuna was seared and served with a very unusual sweetcorn sorbet and tuille
  • Rack of lamb – roasted and then served with wild garlic pesto and white asparagus – the perfect spring dish
  • Truffled Clava – the wheel of Scottish brie style cheese was sliced in half, stuffed with truffles and roasted; before being served alongside grapes sautéed in sherry

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Guests were also invited to take part in a canape masterclass with each member of the group provided with ingredients and encouraged to develop their own style and flavour before being judged by the Sodexo chefs.

Featuring fresh and local produce, the dinner aimed to showcase the best of Scotland’s larder and reinforce the fact that seasonal ingredients are always at the heart of Sodexo’s approach to menu creation. This experience not only demonstrated the talent and skill of our chef team, but celebrated our belief that creating a fine-dining occasion starts with great ingredients, used simply.

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For further information about fine dining contact our team on 0845 6055 699 or email VenuesandEvents.Prestige.UK@Sodexo.com They can create bespoke dining experiences at a number of stunning Scottish venues including Blair Castle, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh Assembly Rooms and Dundas Castle.