It good to be back at the RAF Club, in the capable hand of our member Peter Owen, after a very generous Champagne reception we went to the Ballroom for lunch. Peter steered clear of Christmas fayre and instead, served a traditional Sunday lunch that was appreciated by all.
Guests thought that the parcel of Smoked Salmon was excellent, whilst we all considered the Baked Vacherin Mont D’Or to be very special. This is the most delicious of unpasteurised cheeses with a very short season; it was served with tomato chutney and Wholemeal fruit bread. My Dining companion confessed that he always spiked his Vacherin with a generous amount of Calvados before cooking. Delicious.
Copious amounts of the clubs Sauvignon Sec and a 2009 Cotes du Rhone were served with the Lunch, whilst the pianist entertained our throughout.
After the loyal toast and santé de Chef the president led the most enjoyable carol singing with a fun rendition of a Partridge in a pear tree. Our thanks go once again to Peter Owen for his generosity and Hospitality.
Chris Brie Edeny
Reunited with the Reunion!!!
No, we are not discussing the membership but the Gastronomes statuette that commemorates members who fell in the Great War. It was traditionally placed before the president at the AGM and annual banquet. Unfortunately it went missing a number of years ago; somewhere between Simpsons and the secretary’s office. Despite rigorous investigation is was never found. In fact such was the intensity of the search that a younger Brain Clivaz was witnessed by committee members entering a cavernous cupboard in Simpsons not to return for a full 5 minutes! Even with Brian’s “inside knowledge” he failed to discover the missing statuette.
A few weeks ago, member Steven Busby, Simpsons present GM contacted past president Chris Briere- Edney to confirm that he had found the box with the missing Statute which surfaced during the Savoy refurbishment. Our sincere thanks to Stephen for his persistence in finding our most important piece of memorabilia. Past president Briere- Edney now has the statuette firmly in his possession and has undertaken, very kindly, to have it cleaned and renovated in time for its rightful place in time of the 2011 AGM. (Trebles all round!!)