Posts Tagged ‘menu’

Dîner en blanc hits London

Posted on: August 20th, 2015 by chandco

Imagine a picnic in a secret location with thousands of diners dressed in white, seated at white clothed tables, surrounded by friends old and new. A mass flourish of white napkins signals the start of the feast and then as night falls, sparklers twinkle in the darkening skies as the music and dancing start.

Dreamt up in Paris over 27 years ago, Le Dîner en Blanc has grown from a handful of friends to a worldwide phenomenon, with thousands attending events in cities as diverse as Kilgali and Tokyo.

As appointed caterer for this year’s event, to be held on Thursday September 3rd, Harbour & Jones Events is preparing gourmet picnics to delight the diners. Our Italian Feast, British Picnic and Vegetarian Feast hampers are packed with homemade treats from our Events Kitchen and are selling fast. If you are lucky enough to have a ticket for this chicest of picnics, don’t forget to order yours soon.

Harbour & Jones Events appointed sole caterer at IET London: Savoy Place

Posted on: June 2nd, 2015 by chandco

We are delighted to announce that IET London: Savoy Place is appointing Harbour & Jones Events as their sole caterer.

Providing an enticing range of bespoke day delegate packages, fine dining and event menus to the backdrop of panoramic views of London, we will be serving up to 330 delegates at a time at the IET London’s flagship venue. The announcement comes as IET London moves into the final months of its £30 million refurbishment, which sees the development of a brand new roof terrace that will be available for meetings and private events from October.

Our Director of Food, Gary Mckechnie, will work closely with the soon-to-be appointed Head Chef. They will ensure that menus are carefully tailored to reflect both the venue, and our established credentials for renowned first-class customer service, all-inclusive pricing and innovative event catering.

IET London: Savoy Place has been closed since July 2013 and the major project aims to position IET London: Savoy Place as a first-class event facility and a ‘Global Engineering Hub ‘to IET members and the engineering community.

Sean Spencer, Head of IET Venues and Facilities, says: “Appointing Harbour & Jones puts into place one of the final pieces before we launch this new fantastic product for meeting and event organisers. With the highly innovative and creative approach Harbour & Jones takes to catering we are confident we will have built a first class venue that the industry will enjoy immensely.”

Patrick Harbour, Director of Harbour & Jones Events, says: “We are delighted to be bringing our expertise and  experience in the event catering industry to the fore at the stunning new IET London: Savoy Place. Creating innovative and ethically sound menu options with the best that British produce has to offer, we’re excited to find a like-minded partner in IET Venues and Events.”

IET London: Savoy Place will open its doors for internal events on October 16, with the venue fully opening on 1 November 2015.

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Revel & Reveal at Church House Conference Centre

Posted on: April 27th, 2015 by chandco

It seems like many moons ago that we were wrapped up in our winter coats and excitedly heading to Church House Conference Centre for our first meeting about their annual showcase event.

After months of planning, our collective designs came to life on Thursday 16 April as more than 200 event organisers gathered for a night of fabulous food and entertainment.

The aptly named Revel & Reveal event invited guests to sample highlights from our brand new menus at Church House Conference Centre. Breaking with tradition, the annual gala evening traded its usual sit down dinner for an interactive and experiential reception as guests were taken on a food-led journey through the venue.

Guests were immersed into the streets of London, with food stalls representing Brick Lane and its vibrant street food scene, Borough Market’s local suppliers and distinctively delicious produce, Fish Island with hundreds of freshly shucked oysters and Foreman’s cured salmon. We also paid tribute to best of Bermondsey with a traditional East End pie and mash stall; a nod to Manzes Pie & Mash, a family business that’s still going strong after 100 years in trading.

To top the night off, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) Cabaret brought in a cast of 12 performers to celebrate the history of the West End as our team served bite sized puddings to guests.

Robin Parker, General Manager of Church House Conference Centre, commented: “We decided to do something a little different for our gala evening in order to take guests, especially those who are new to Church House, on a tour of the venue both in terms of the event spaces and culinary experience. Doing this gave us an opportunity to add an experiential element by showing the many different concepts and ways in which the catering provided by Church House and Harbour & Jones Events can be tailored to any event. Entertaining both existing and potential clients is something the whole team can get involved with, and our aim was to celebrate the best of London within the unique surroundings of Church House, and from all the comments we have received it certainly seems we achieved that.”

As in previous years, instead of providing guests with goody bags Church House made a donation to Dreams Come True, a UK charity for children and young people with serious and life-limiting conditions.

We are delighted to have been a part of such a fantastic evening, and you’ll find all of the photos from the night on the Church House Flickr gallery.

We’re also thrilled to present the new menus that are available now to event bookers. The perfect setting for events of all sizes, contact us to find out more about holding your next event at Church House.






RSA House hosts A Night With Nu Bride

Posted on: February 18th, 2015 by chandco

It was a celebration of love at RSA House as Valentine’s Day approached last week. On Tuesday 10 February, the team welcomed wedding planners, journalists and stylish brides-and-grooms-to-be to an inspiring event to celebrate the award-winning wedding blog Nu Bride.

As guests arrived and the band started to play, the Benjamin Franklin room took centre stage following a styling transformation by Jemma-Jade Events. Softly lit with bespoke Nu Bride projections and storm lanterns casting delicate shadows in the corners of the room, the striking floral displays provided a stunning focus point, reaching right up towards the ceiling. An original illustration by Crisi Miki Wiki, showcasing diverse stylish brides was a talking point for designers, stylists and brides alike.

The RSA House weddings team created a tailored , for the evening, featuring Gruyere & truffle tartlets, black pepper macaroons filled with Severn Wye smoked salmon & soft herb cream, and show stopping lime meringue topped mango & passion fruit indulgences. Elizabeth’s Cake Emporium was on hand with an impressive display of tiered wedding cakes, cake pops and delicious cupcakes too.

Nova Reid, founder of Nu Bride, gave a heartfelt speech about her experience as a bride-to-be. She spoke passionately about the wedding industry and her recent Wedding Blog Award, and guests shared their photos and comments using the RSA House interactive Twitter wall. You can see how the night unfolded via #ANightWithNuBride and the atmospheric video created by Urban Cinematography.

The RSA House team is hosting a wedding open day on Saturday 28 February. To book your place, contact Elise on 0207 451 6809, or Elise.Parham@rsa.org.uk



With huge thanks to plenty to declare wedding photography 

The Royal Society of Chemistry hosts Bacardi Legacy UK reveal party

Posted on: June 20th, 2014 by chandco

The Royal Society of Chemistry, part of the prestigious Burlington House in Piccadilly, helped celebrate the winners of the hotly contested UK Bacardi Legacy competition when it held a 1920s themed private dinner for over 70 guests.

Attendees included professional bartenders, as well as the two Bacardi Legacy UK finalists, Nelson Bernardes, of the Long Bar at the Waldorf Astoria in Shanghai, and Sam Kershaw, of Callooh Callay in London, and winner, Tom Walker of the American Bar at The Savoy.

Harbour & Jones Events, who has an exclusive contract at the Royal Society of Chemistry, created a three course menu for the evening, paying homage to the best of British with chicken and duck liver terrine followed by slow cooked lamb. The evening was finished off with a decadent dessert of Bacardi trifle with pistachio crumbs and caramel crackling.

Providing a rum twist to white and red wine, guests supped on either ‘Rojo’, made up of cherry, liquorice, pepper, blackberry and Bacardi 8 Year Old Rum, or ‘Blanco’, a delicious combination of orange blossom honey, fruits and Bacardi superior rum.

Transforming the Library, one of six event spaces at the Royal Society of Chemistry into an art deco dining parlour, production agency Boutique Creative created a unique pop-up bar complete with its own red lamps, old school cocktail shakers and glass tumblers.

Invites and branding for the event used Bacardi’s moto ‘A family that dines together stays together’, and diners were overlooked by draped red curtains that revealed large family portraits from Bacardi’s history – the largest family-owned spirits company in the world.

Challenging the best bartenders in the world to come up with their ultimate cocktail using Bacardi, the Bacardi Legacy competition runs across the globe with winners from each country going forward to the ultimate final which will take place in Moscow during May this year.

Harbour & Jones Events is now offering a special Bacardi cocktail menu inspired by the winning entries, including Maid in Cuba, the winning drink from Tom Walker.

The Royal Society of Chemistry has six elegant event spaces, complete with period features, contact Hannah to organise a show round – 07720 083336.



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Harbour & Jones Events creates the perfect chemistry with new partner

Posted on: September 16th, 2013 by chandco

We’ve been announced as the new hospitality and events caterer at the Royal Society of Chemistry.  Taking over from 1st July, the contract is worth in excess of £1 million over the three-year term.

Burlington House, the Royal Society of Chemistry’s historic central London home, houses its offices, conferencing and dining facilities in the grand surroundings of The Chemistry Centre. It has now become a part of the prestigious Harbour & Jones Events venue collection, which also includes the Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering, RADA and the Academy of Medical Science.

Head chef Alan Sosa has been at the Royal Society of Chemistry since January having previously worked for high profile clients including EMI Records and the Houses of Parliament. Already making his mark with molecular gastronomy, Harbour & Jones Events has been working with Alan to refine the menu even further, creating a strong link between the society’s chemistry roots and molecular gastronomy.

Patrick Harbour, owner and director of Harbour & Jones Events said: “We are delighted to have started working with the Royal Society of Chemistry in their amazing building at Burlington House. As their name suggests we will be including molecular gastronomy and chemistry-influenced items on the menu. Another major part of our focus will be in enhancing the conference and working lunch menus to provide excellent value and consistency.”

The impressive Royal Society of Chemistry library continues the atmosphere of academic grandeur and houses over 20,000 books; it is also one of the most popular event spaces at the Chemistry Centre, attracting a host of high-profile clients including GlaxoSmithKline, Proctor & Gamble, BHP Billiton, BP, AstraZeneca and the London College of Fashion.

Renato Carvalho, Hospitality Manager at the Chemistry Centre, said: “This is the start of an exciting venture together and we look forward to welcoming our clientele who will experience the fabulous cuisine provided by Harbour & Jones Events.”

Harbour & Jones Events will be working on menus with new concepts including interactive ice cream parlours and tapas-style lunches, using bold British, Moroccan, Spanish and Italian-themed menus.

“One of our new concepts will be a sharing British picnic lunch for a more informal style of service during the remainder of the summer,” concluded Patrick.



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Save the Orchards launch event at the RSA

Posted on: June 22nd, 2013 by chandco

We created an incredible pop-up orchard on Wednesday 19th June in the bare brick vaults of RSA House to launch our campaign to save declining orchards to the events industry. More than 190 event industry professionals including representatives from M&C Saatchi, Banks Sadler, DUAL Group, and Industri UK attended.

Giving event bookers the opportunity to sample our new Save the Orchards themed menu, we also launched a new interactive concept – an old fashioned juicer that guests can use to squeeze their own juice and enjoy the sweetness of freshly pressed apples. For every glass squeezed Harbour & Jones Events will be also donating 50p towards saving more trees in their quest to restore 300 orchard trees this year.


WIN TICKETS to our exclusive pop-up orchard event

Posted on: May 20th, 2013 by chandco

19th June 6pm – 10pm

We’re giving away two pairs of tickets to our special one-off VIP event in an underground location in central London. For one night only we will be transforming a historical building into an orchard inspired wonderland complete with a barn bar, signature apple cocktails and even our own set of micropigs called Boe and Gizmo.

Guests will have the opportunity to sample our entire new menu, including canapes of smoked ham hock with English apple and vanilla, Dorset crab with wasabi mayonnaise and apple tea jelly, apple blossom candy floss and mini chocolate dipped apples.


Tweet us @handjevents with ‘I want tickets for #SavetheOrchards’


Email: lydia@harbourandjones.co.uk

Do you know where the best religious venues in the UK are? Conference News reports…

Posted on: April 16th, 2013 by chandco

Hot off the press! Conference News has arrived in the Harbour & Jones Events office this morning and we are pleased to see that two of our venues have been mentioned – 41 Portland Place, for their summer menu showcase, and also St Paul’s Cathedral.

Profiling the best religious venues in the UK, Sarah O’Donnell, a reporter for Conference News, focuses on using churches for meetings and conferences.

Making the pilgrimage to see what the market can offer, Sarah headed to St Paul’s Cathedral, where Harbour & Jones Events are the in-house caterer.

Sarah writes…

St Paul’s Cathedral, London
With five event spaces, including the Crypt and Nelson Chamber, St Paul’s Cathedral is a setting for dinners for up to 250 guests and receptions for up to 350 as well as conferences and lunches for up to 70. The event spaces contain some of the oldest architectural features but have been transformed into venues for corporate hospitality.

The North Churchyard is St Paul’s Cathedral’s newest and first outdoor event space. This can accommodate receptions and BBQs for up to 250 and is one of a few outdoor event spaces located within the City of London.

Guests can also privately access the cathedral floor during their events. Tour guides and musical performances can also be organized.

Most unique event ever held (Also catered for by Harbour & Jones Events):
St Paul’s Cathedral held its first ever fashion show in January. Guests entered the event via the Cathedral floor before moving down to St Paul’s Crypt, which had been transformed into a catwalk. Following the show guests enjoyed a champagne drinks reception in the Nelson Chamber.

Click here to read the latest edition of Conference News.


Interested in looking around St Paul’s for your next event?

Contact Hannah Evans – Hannah@harbourandjones.co.uk or 0203 206 7750


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