The charity, which funds world class research into the causes, prevention and treatment of arthritis in the UK, is holding a lunch at Marco on 21 May as part of their show garden launch. Executive Head Chef, Roger Pizey has crafted a bespoke menu which reflects the garden’s three distinct sections - the Veiled Garden, Lucid Garden and Radiant Garden, each of which represents the journey and emotions a person with arthritis experiences.
The menu consists of a starter of king prawn ravioli with scallop mousse served with micro coriander and sorrel flowers. Like the Veiled Garden it invokes themes of enclosure and unveiling. This is followed by a main course of lamb served with spring vegetables, pea shoots and broad bean flowers. Like the Lucid Garden it invites the diner to imagine walking through a spring garden, with ingredients representing newness and openness. Finally, guests will be served a Champagne jelly with red fruits, viola flowers and a raspberry jus, representing clarity and brightness.
Steve Cope, special events manager at Arthritis Research UK comments: “Marco is a fantastic location for our event and Roger Pizey has been very thoughtful with his menu creation and design. The RHS Chelsea Flower Show continues to be great opportunity for us to raise awareness of our charity, and the launch event at Chelsea Football Club acts to further enhance all the work and planning that has gone into designer Chris Beardshaw’s garden creation. We look forward to the lunch, especially after having our menu tasting quite recently!”
Arthritis Research UK will have a reception in Chelsea Football Club’s Delta 360° Lounge, followed by the lunch in Marco before heading to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The charity’s show garden represents the emotional and personal journey someone diagnosed with arthritis may experience, from early confusion to the ability to manage their pain. It includes a number of plants with medicinal properties proven to help relieve pain and inflammation, such as rosehip, pine bark and blackcurrant shrubs.