Fabulous birthday degustation dinner
Our client is a very passionate food-lover, and decided to celebrate a significant birthday with great food and wine with 25 friends and family. He wanted a "high impact venue" and for his guests to enjoy a sublime evening with impeccable style and service.
We recommended the Majestic Suites, 28 floors above Willis Street with panoramic views over the city as a stunning venue.
Deciding a degustation (or tasting) dinner gave maximum opportunity to enjoy food matched with some of the host’s own cellared wines, supplemented with wine from Paul's cellar. Ruth created a menu selection for nine small but perfect courses, following passarounds served on arrival with Champagne.
Guests were seated around one very large square table so they could all see and talk with each other, as well as admire the view.
Each course was "announced” by Ruth as head chef, with comments about the food and wine pairing and about the origin of many of the ingredients. The very best Grand Vin wine glasses helped show off the serious wines.
We provided the table and exceptionally comfortable padded chairs, linen, glassware, crockery and cutlery. For the highest service levels there was a function manager, three food and beverage serving staff and three chefs.
And the host? He and his guests were enthralled by the selection of exquisite small tastes and presentation, and the superb matching of wines with local seasonal food.
We don’t have standard menus or catering packages, as everything is custom-made to suit. Please call us on 06-364 3161 or email email@example.com to talk about your event and how we could help you. We can give you indicative prices to help you plan your budget, as well as other practical suggestions to make your event a success.
Passarounds with Champagne
Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin
Chilled Asparagus Soup
with Smoked Salmon and Salmon Caviar
Cloudy Bay 2006 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Tasting plate: Tuna Tartare with Wasabi Paste and Japanese Seasonings;
Sauteed Whitebait with Zucchini Carpaccio; Scampi Tails with Lime Wasabi Dressing
and Karengo Fronds
Dirler Tokay Pinot Gris Schwarzberg 2003
Seared Coromandel Scallops in Carrot Juice Reduction with Fresh Herbs
Lapeyre Vitage Veilh Jurancon sec 2002
Home Smoked Duck and Witlof Salad with Macadamia Dressing
Olssens of Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2001
Pinot Noir and Raspberry Sorbet
Hawkes Bay Lamb Racks with Tawari Honey, Lavender and Pinot Noir Glaze
with Kumara Miso Mash
Domaine Faurmarie L’ecrit Vin 2002
Leyden Aged Gouda with Apple
and Apple Syrup Dressing
Berry Tasting Plate: Blackcurrant
and White Chocolate Crème Brûlée;
Champagne Jelly with Raspberry Bavarois; Frozen Strawberry Parfait
with Rhubarb Rosemary Syrup
Alpha Domus Leonarda
Late Harvest Semillon 2004
L’Affare Plunger Coffee/Loose leaf tea/Mint tea
Chocolate Tasting Plate:
Chocolate Ice Cream; Marbled Chocolate Mousse; Chocolate Truffle Cone
Andrew Harris ‘Double Vision’
Sparking Shiraz 1998