Unveiling new edible pudding wall conceptOn Wednesday 22nd June 2016, Harbour & Jones Events held a showcase dinner at their in-house venue 41 Portland Place to unveil a new event food concept. Forty of some of the industry’s most prestigious events professionals arrived at the central London Grade II listed townhouse to feast on a rainbow-inspired menu and discover a much anticipated surprise for pudding.
The venue, home of the Academy of Medical Sciences, combines traditional architecture with sleek refurbished features and boasts an outdoor terrace that holds up to 75 guests for a reception – a sought-after space in such a prime location. Guests enjoyed the outdoor space with canapés of crab disguised as mini apples, chicken liver parfait in the form of baby oranges and creamy mozzarella made to look like cherry tomatoes, washed down with peach bellinis and rosewater and pomegranate martinis.
Music for the evening was performed by a DJ and saxophone fusion playing contemporary house music. Guests were seated at long tables adorned with flowers in all shades of the rainbow and served an amuse bouche of bright orange carrot and coriander gazpacho in a shot glass. The yellow starter shone with roasted yellow pepper, endive, pickled yellow carrots, burrata, and yellow pepper jus. The main was purple themed, featuring slow cooked cannon and shoulder of lamb, beetroot puree, roasted baby beets, purple potato cubes and crispy purple kale.
Having eaten their way through the rainbow course by course, guests moved through to the John Newsom-Davis Council Chamber for the grand finale – a 2 by 2.5 metre edible pudding wall. A colourful structure with integrated Perspex shelves adorned with scores of rainbow-coloured cakes and puddings which guests could dress with fruit coulis and butterscotch sauce dispensed from taps. Treats included blueberry cheesecake slices, raspberry macarons, lemon posset, iced pistachio sponge and lemon drizzle squares.
Catherine Thomson from Client Earth said of the evening: “we were really impressed with the food, decor and entertainment. Also, the pudding rainbow was a stroke of genius – I have never seen anything like it!”
Constantly developing creative and innovative ways to wow guests, Harbour & Jones Events created the wall to be adaptable to any style of event. The rainbow artwork and ‘Eat the Rainbow’ lettering can be changed to match any branding or event design – a concept that produced considerable interest amongst guests as they imagined all the possible ways to use the wall to make their event a showstopper for their companies and clients.
Emily Deacock, Sales & Marketing Executive at Harbour & Jones Events, said “we were delighted to show how we are forward-thinking when it comes to food, always trying to push the boundaries. It was great to show our events professionals possibilities they might not have imagined and opportunities to wow.”