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Prince Philip House hosts ‘Tour of the Senses’ showcase

Posted on: March 28th, 2014 by chandco

Last night Prince Philip House, which is part of the Harbour & Jones Events venue collection, welcomed over 170 industry professionals including Barclays, National Grid, Incisive Media, Kuoni, HSBC, Black Diamond and Melon Events to its ‘Tour of the Senses’ which invited guests to explore the weird and wonderful effects of the senses and their impact on our eating experience.

Situated on The Mall, guests arrived via the grand Carlton House Terrace entrance, they were greeted with ‘champagne and pearls’, a mix of bubbles and blackcurrant and passionfruit caviar pearls, and encouraged to use the new Prince Philip House app, which is set to be the first venue app to ever use augmented reality, before entering the Rolls Royce room.

Bathed in shades of pink and blue, the venue was transformed into an ultra cool evening space with three pop-up bars and luxurious corner sofas giving it an exclusive club-like feeling. Flaring bar staff crafted delicious cocktails of watermelon martinis and homemade lemongrass ginger beer, while waiters brought around bites from the new fine dining menu, including samples from the new eight course taster menu which was designed by Michelin-trained Head Chef, Stuart Cooper.

Opening up the whole of the first floor into one flowing space, guests set out on their sensory exploration. Kicking off with the ‘Hearing’ stall, guests were encouraged to eat soft textured dark chocolate mousse and don wireless headphones while listen to crunching noises, as well as eating chocolate while listening to high and low pitches.

Guest speaker, Peter Barham, who is an advisor to Heston Blumenthal, and also wrote the acclaimed book ‘Science of Cooking’ explained: “Our senses are a very vital part of our eating experience. Eating something soft while listening to crunching noises confuses our brain because it is expecting to feel a different texture. Not only that, but listening to a low pitch while eating chocolate engages our brain and forces our mouth to taste the bitterness of chocolate, switch to a high pitch and the very same chocolate tastes sweet.”

As smoke dramatically poured out of the ‘Smell’ room, also known as the David Sainsbury, guests were greeted with the magnificently pungent scent of basil which they inhaled while eating tomato consommé, creating the unusual sensation of eating the basil.

Continuing the tour, drinkers were given a blind wine tasting session by Jascots, challenging guests to distinguish between white and red without peaking.

Becci Thomson, Prince Philip House Sales Manager said: “It’s been so much fun organising our ‘Tour of the Senses’ and it’s fantastic to see guests gaining as much enjoyment from it as I had hoped. My aim was to not just get guests to come and try our food but to really engage with our chefs, our produce and the whole experience of eating. Every aspect that we’ve shown tonight is also available to event bookers, from the impressive basil smoke bomb to the blind wine tasting, all designed to get a reaction and create a major talking point.”

Showcasing some of the food stalls that are available as event add-ons at the venue, Brindi, the supplier arm of well known restaurant Brindisa, provided ibérico ham that was cut to order, while a cerviche stall served everything from drunk scallops to Japanese salmon and seabass. Adding even more theatre to the event, a liquid nitrogen ice cream stall took centre stage transforming liquid vanilla and chocolate cream into ice cream in front of guests’ very eyes.

Guests downloaded the new Prince Philip House app, which was created by Appsolutely Mobile (www.appsolutelymobile.com), prior to the event in order to post messages and images via the event wall, which were then projected live on to plasma screens around the venue.

Prince Philip House is now offering all event bookers the opportunity to have their own fully branded app to include general information about their event, guest list and use of the interactive event wall.

Suppliers for the evening included production from Velvet Living, EMS, Jascots Wine, Art of Flower, Appsolutely Mobile, Stewart Linton Design and Frasershot.

41 Portland Place, home to the Academy of Medical Sciences, hosts pioneering Music and medicine event

Posted on: March 21st, 2014 by chandco

Last night (20th March) 41 Portland Place, part of the Harbour & Jones Events venue collection and home to the Academy of Medical Sciences, opened its doors to over 200 members of the public for the Academy’s pioneering ‘Music and medicine’ event.

Taking place as part of National Science and Engineering Week 2014, the evening showcased the unexpected links between music and health. The event explored different ways that music can be used to increase our understanding and treatment of disease by bringing together some of the sector’s most highly regarded researchers and musicians including UK beatboxing champion Ball-Zee, and the distinguished Orchestra of St John’s.

Nick Hillier, Director of Communications at the Academy of Medical Sciences, said: “It was a fantastic evening that really captured people’s imaginations. Our guests were fascinated to hear about how music can impact on health and wellbeing, and further our understanding of how the body works.

“41 Portland Place has an amazing heritage as a home for medical discussion, over 90 Nobel Laureates have spoken at events in the building and it’s great to be able to continue that.

“As a venue 41 Portland Place offers a beautiful mix of period and modern architecture, so combining a classical orchestra with a national champion beatboxer seemed the perfect fit for the building.”

Taking over the entire venue for one evening, the Grade II* listed building, which is based near Oxford Street, became a buzz of musical workshops, performances and talks. The programme included an opportunity to hear research from the Royal College of Music into the effects of music in hospitals, how leisure activities – such as listening to music – affect stress levels, and learn about the physiology of beatboxing. The audience was also treated to a very special performance by the Orchestra of St John’s, which holds pioneering musical therapy sessions with autistic children.

The venue’s ultra modern gallery was combined with its state-of-the-art Wolfson Suite to host an exhibition from renowned photographer David Smith and a drop-in film screening.

 

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Video: RSA House hosts Korean & Chinese New Year Party

Posted on: March 4th, 2014 by chandco

On Thursday 20th February, RSA House welcomed 100 industry professionals including representatives from Espírito Santo Financial Group, ECL Global, Hillgate Solutions, Deva Events and Pure Consulting to its Chinese & Korean inspired New Year party ‘Year of the Horse’.

Interested in going Korean at your next event? Find out about the latest food trend.

 

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Leo Rodley joins the team at Harbour & Jones Events

Posted on: March 4th, 2014 by chandco

Leo Rodley, previously Executive Chef at 76 Portland Place, has joined Harbour & Jones Events as Company Chef.

Having grown considerably in the last year, Harbour & Jones Events has created a new role within the company for Leo, he will work across the venue collection to support Prince Philip House, 41 Portland Place, RSA House, St Paul’s Cathedral and Cutty Sark, as well as working on evening events.

“I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in and working on some exciting new food concepts for the summer as well as developing chefs within the business,” said Leo.

“It’s fantastic to be able to work across such prestigious venues and with such a high calibre of chefs.”

With a passion for molecular gastronomy, Leo has been brought on board to offer his expertise in fine dining as well as his creative flair and innovative approach to food. Working at 76 Portland Place for over six years, he helped grow the business to a record breaking £1.1million in food and beverage sales last year, and developed a reputation within the hospitality industry for being one of the best conferencing and events venues in London. Leo is well known within the industry having started writing a regular blog called ‘Real Food’ on Event Magazine and is an avid user of social media, delighting his followers with regular updates from his kitchen.

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