Afternoon Tea at the Dorchester for the Chelsea Flower Show 2015

May 18, 15 Afternoon Tea at the Dorchester for the Chelsea Flower Show 2015

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The Chelsea Flower Show is this week and as they’ve done for a number of past years,  The Dorchester has partnered with Laurent-Perrier Champagne to create a breath-taking show garden, marking Chatsworth’s debut at Chelsea for the 2015 show.  The tea will be held in The Dorchester’s Promenade and will be served with Laurent-Perrier’s favourite champagne; Cuvée Rose. It will be an afternoon featuring the decadent but oh so delicious cakes inspired by the Laurent-Perrier Chatsworth Garden, sandwiches and of course Champagne. The afternoon tea has been created to celebrate the collaboration between Laurent-Perrier Champagne and Chatsworth at Chelsea Flower Show. The teas will be available to the public throughout Chelsea week from 18th – 24th May. Laurent-Perrier and Chatsworth have a shared heritage in gardens and nature, the garden, under the artistic direction of award-winning designer Dan Pearson, promises to be an awe-inspiring experience for visitors. Phil Hammond will instil the essence of the show garden into his floral displays at The Promenade at The Dorchester and Henry Brosi has created a selection of delicate cakes inspired by the plants and flowers of the garden to give guests a memorable guest experience. Priced from £59 per person, the Laurent-Perrier Floral Afternoon Tea will be available in The Pavilion at The Dorchester during the week of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, with 5 daily sittings at 1pm, 2pm, 3.15pm, 4.30pm and 5pm. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInPocketRedditGoogleTumblrEmailPrintPinterestLike this:Like...

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Mother’s Day Food, Drink and Travel

Feb 27, 15 Mother’s Day Food, Drink and Travel

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I’ve been turning my attention to Mother’s Day lately. Thinking about where I would go and what I would do in an ideal world. There would have to be plenty of wine or champagne involved of course. Feel free to leave a comment with your suggestions. It would be interesting to hear your thoughts on how you would pair some delicious wines with food, drink and travel. Here are a few of the ideas I’ve come up with so far. Mother’s Day in Brussels. A little bit of luxury is a wonderful thing. Booking a holiday with a reputable company like Venere could be a good option to begin with. Finding somewhere that looks luxurious and suits your budget is the perfect starting point. Brussels is the perfect place for a relaxing getaway. You could even head to Paris from there and sample some fantastic food and wine from the many local restaurants. A Home-Cooked Meal Cooking a meal and spending some quality time with your mum could be the perfect way to spend Mother’s Day. I’m a big fan of traditional, hearty food. A roast dinner is the perfect choice. Get your hands dirty and get in the kitchen yourself. Cooking up a storm on Mother’s Day and giving mum the day off is a fantastic way to spoil busy mum’s who don’t get much time to themselves. If your mum prefers fish, then serve up delicious poached cod with new potatoes and a cool and crisp Chardonnay. Sweets and chocolates There are lots of ways to spoil your mum with a sweet treat. One perfect way is to take her to a chocolate masterclass. This is a great opportunity to get out and do something fun together. Getting hands-on and creating something together is a good bonding experience. Chocolate can also go well with wine if it’s done correctly. Come home and cook her a meal. Desert can be paired with a good quality red wine or for those who prefer something...

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Forbidden Fruit (liqueur that is) at The Dorchester

Aug 23, 11 Forbidden Fruit (liqueur that is) at The Dorchester

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Although my remit is wine, I do like a good cocktail, my favourite being a perfect Manhattan on the rocks. I don’t however, restrict myself to Manhattan’s, which is how I found myself at The Bar at The Dorchester with the very charming and legendary Bar Manager, Giuliano Morandin explaining to me how he recreated the lost recipe for Forbidden Fruit liqueur. The Forbidden Fruit liqueur was first invented in the early 1900’s and was hugely popular in the US, of all places, until Prohibition came round and that was the end of that.  The original recipe disappeared in the 1950’s and no one has been able to replicate it since. The Dorchester of London cocktail  made with Forbidden Fruit was originally created by Henry Craddock and is even included in an old drinks recipe book but after the 1950’s, with the liqueur lost, it was impossible to make. Until Giuliano heard about it. He wanted  a special cocktail to mark the 80th anniversary of the Dorchester and thought recreating a “lost classic” would be perfect. He was fortunate to find a bottle of the original Forbidden Fruit at a private sale in the States and brought it back to London. He then  took it upon himself to recreate the liquor and, after 7 months of experimenting, was finally satisfied with the result. I really wonder what that forbidden fruit is or was. The liquor itself smelled like honey but tasted like a licorice grapefruit, very interesting indeed. It had a hell of a kick to it! I got to try the original Forbidden Fruit which was full of maple syrup flavours, much less honey but still very sweet. I can see why Giuliano tweaked the recipe as I think modern drinkers probably wouldn’t appreciate it as much. The resulting cocktail is quite simple once you have the liquor, just add Bacardi rum and gin, shake over ice and then serve straight up.  All the cocktails at The Bar are served straight up unless...

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Paris comes to London,winetasting at The Dorchester with Le Meurice

Jul 13, 11 Paris comes to London,winetasting at The Dorchester with Le Meurice

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Walking into The Dorchester, I was on time for once. No, I was early! And why was I early? Well, when Le Meurice of Paris says don’t be late on the invitation, one does not want to risk being left out in the cold. Le Meurice is part of the luxury hotel group, The Dorchester Collection and the Head Sommelier of Le Meurice was in London to give us a taste of their monthly wine tastings, held on the first Tuesday of each month. This being Le Meurice, it’s not any old winetasting but a tasting led by Estelle Touzet, the aforementioned Head Sommelier paired with canapes created in conjunction with the hotels Executive Chef, 3 Michelin star rated, Yannick Alleno. They call it Les Nocturnes du 228 because the hotel is located at 228 rue de Rivoli and the event is held in the evening, obviously. Estelle was extremely friendly and easygoing, full of information about all of the wines we tried as well as the food paired with it. Originally from the Loire Valley, Estelle started out in the kitchen before switching over to be a sommelier. She told us that she and Yannick work closely together so that each pairing is a seamless mouthful. Where does the wine end and the food begin, is the question. As Estelle is French and the hotel is in Paris, I thought all the wines would be French but I was wrong. Estelle is a young, adventurous sommelier and she likes to push the boundaries of the wine world. She has not only an extensive list of French and European wines on her list but also goes out to find new and exciting wines from Australia, America and New Zealand amongst others. We blind tasted four wines, 2 whites and 2 reds, along with 4 matching canapes. Estelle would give us hints and try to draw us out but even us seasoned wine pros were hesitant to begin shouting out names and places but after...

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