Member get Member Supper
Monday 20th January 2020
L’oscar Hotel, Southampton Row, London
The Member Get Member Supper took place at L’oscar Hotel, following the Committee meeting where 15 new members were elected to the Réunion.
L’oscar is a boutique style hotel, created from a Baroque-style, grade II listed former church in Holborn. More information on L’oscar can be found at: https://www.loscarlondon.com/
A range of canapés was served together with La Farra, Valdobbiadene, Prosecco Superiore, DOCG
Fresh and youthful, this dry, highest Italian quality level Prosecco, comes from the Nardi family’s La Farra Estate.
Moving through to the Supper, members and guests were welcome by the Vice President Alison Frith and Director of Sales of L’oscar, Aditi Secci-Moretti who gave an introduction to the background to the hotel’s development.
Following Grace, 14 of the new Réunion members were introduced and, presented with their badge, ribbon and the Blue Book.
First Course – Coal roasted beetroots, goats’ curd, pink grapefruit and dandelion
Very refreshing and flavoursome starter.
Peyrassol, Côtes de Provence, Réserve des Templiers, Rosé 2018
Crisp, dry, top-flight rosé made from a blend of Southern Rhone red grapes (Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre). A silky wine with a rich palate, produced by Commanderie de Pervassol, which was founded by the Knights Templar.
Main Course – Cornish halibut, caramelised Jerusalem artichoke, golden chanterelles, and sticky beef cheek
Generous positions of halibut served with a croquet of sticky beef cheek.
Paxton Kellerman Limited Release Chenin Blanc 2018
Straw coloured, fresh, dry white wine from Alheit Vineyards in Western Cape, South Africa.
Dessert: Manjari chocolate pot, cherry sorbet, almond biscotti
Indulgent dessert with Single Origin dark chocolate, made from rare Madagascan cocoa beans, balanced against a deep flavoured cherry sorbet.
Elysium Black Muscat 2017
Glorious Californian fortified sweet wine, made from the black skinned Muscat Hamburg grape. This perfumed and deep coloured red wine certainly lived up to its Elysium (heaven/paradise) name.
The Loyal Toast was proposed by the Vice President, Alison Frith, who also proposed the santé du chef et du service. Appreciative thanks were given to Michael Voigt, L’oscar General Manager for hosting the event, and to Chef Ben Floyd and his team and Lorenzo Scarano and his team in the room.
The full set of the traditional Réunion toasts followed: The Guests, The Retired Members, The Town Members and The Country Members.
Text by Gastronome John Cousins