London is unquestionably the greatest eating city on Earth
With the city already a hub for foodies, London food month 2017 brings presents us with over 400 culinary events to choose from.
Fresh new talented chefs were cooking up a storm in many of London’s restaurants, giving people an opportunity to sample the incredible food and wine, as well as experience unique and must see food and drink events. With the likes of Angela Hartnett, Fergus Henderson and Massimo Bottura getting involved in various collaborations, you know its going to be fabulous.
With perfect June weather for London food month 2017, the highlight event this summer is Taste London held in Regents Park – blue skies and sunshine to add to the amazing warm atmosphere created by the buzz of the capital’s leading food and drink brands. World class chef demos, interactive masterclasses and samples of 100s of different food and drink to try.
Taste is the perfect place to spend summer days and evenings and we are already
looking forward to the autumn/winter Taste Festival in November at Tobacco Dock – another round of fine dining, pop ups, innovative food and drink in the run up to Christmas (Did we just mention the C word?)
The TopHat team are always looking for the hot new place to dine in and have set up a supper club so every few months the whole team experience a new eatery. Next month is taking us to: Paloma
And we cannot wait!!!
Here are some of the places we have visited recently, that we have loved:
TopHat were asked to partner with the Association Celebrity Assistants (ACA) and One Fine Stay, at the start of June, to host a group of exclusive celebrity personal assistants. Held at one of One Fine Stay’s luxury properties located in Knightsbridge, TopHat were very excited about meeting ACA’s members for the first time.
The hottest topic of the night was the name of the top secret film director who owns the luxury home, which can be rented through One Fine Stay for corporate and private clients for short or long term stays in London.
TopHat showcased exquisite canapés to the intimate group of PAs after they were taken on a private tour of the illusive home. The décor of the property was intriguing to say the least; with each room designed with a unique and distinct style as well as the eclectic collection of art and movie props exhibited throughout the home.
The guests were truly impressed by the sensational canapés including spiced guinea fowl with peanut sauce and Cornish crab with avocado puree, pickled cucumber and sea herbs.
Finally, TopHat are proud to be acknowledged as one of the ACA’s partners and preferred caterers on their members only supplier directory.
Within the impressive walls of Victoria House, Bloomsbury, on Wednesday May 2nd TopHat catered for one of their most exclusive and high profile events, working with Big Group and their client to create an evening of elegance and indulgence for luxury brand – Rolex
The evening began with Cocktails, Champagne and Canapés followed by dinner, inspired by the watch brands world of firsts.
Service was slick and our staff were dressed to impress wearing our new ‘TopHat’ grey aprons, armoured with the sophisticated menu.
Guests were served black truffle tortellini bathed in a lobster veloute, charred bavette and aged comte & gruyere croquette and for dessert poached rhubarb and custard tart finished with a Chantilly cream & muscavado crumble.
The evening was a resounding success!
Big Thanks – ‘Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to the project, you were fab and I really enjoyed bringing the vision to life. Such positive feedback from this end, please also pass on our thanks to George, a true gent and excellent food’ Alistair Mawas – Big Group
Last month we opened our doors to the public for a unique dining experience, a Spring themed pop up restaurant held at TopHat headquarters.
The pop up took place over 3 days in April, guests arriving were greeted with a spring aperitif and a delicious section of canapés, followed by a four course tasting menu inspired by all things ‘green’, created by our Head Chef George Haslam.
Our HQ was transformed into a beautiful botanical garden, literally brought back to earth by the Wildabout team with the elegant moss spheres and the succulence and foliage table decorations. Lightning Events whipped up a cool storm by beautifully lighting the unit, creating a relaxed and alfresco like setting, complemented by a chilled out soundtrack. We were also supported by – Jones Hire, Well Dressed Tables, Just 4 Linen, Harry Pfestoudis (Photographer) & Toby Warren (Videographer
This is the 3rd time we have hosted a pop up and it definitely won’t be the last. Watch this space for more details later in the year!
@All Photos courtesy of Harry Pseftoudis
This May, TopHat partnered with the Photographer’s Gallery in honour of the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2017 to celebrate the exhibition’s 20th anniversary and name the winner for this year’s prize. TopHat provided show stopping canapés and bowl food for 600 guests who travelled far and wide to preview the nominees’ contemporary photography at the Central London venue.
The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize was awarded to an exceptional artist last week at the Photographer’s Gallery; Dana Lixenburg.
TopHat presented a few of their own masterpieces on the night; seared sea trout on colcannon, tender stem broccoli and beurre blanc and pressed Agria potatoes, carrot and rosemary puree with raw heritage carrots.
Lixenberg was chosen from four other wonderfully talented finalists; Sophie Calle, Awoiska van der Molen, Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs, whose work will remain within the London gallery until 11 th June, after which the works will move on to MMK in Frankfurt, Germany and Aperture in New York.
TopHat too were honoured to have been a part of the special night dedicated to celebrate innovative photographic talents from all around the world. Our team appreciate the importance of artistry and aestheticism and were pleased to present their delicately designed canapés in support of the art surrounding them.
As of June 2017 TopHat have now been appointed as one of the venue’s preferred caterers and are very excited about working with the gallery. The event spaces are contemporary and stimulating, not to mention located perfectly for accessibility. With state of the art galleries and studio space for hire, the venue is versatile, making it suitable for anything from product launches to corporate dinners.
@Photos courtesy of Heather Shuker
First stop Marylebone.
This month the TopHat team were lucky enough to get a spot at the creative hub that is Carousel London. The team decided they wanted to experience dining out together every few months, so have set up the supper club to find out what’s hot, explore new food trends and get inspiration for what they love – food.
Carousel are the people bringing chefs from all over the world to London with a carefully curated programme of chef residences they are creating superb dining experiences for Londoners.
This month’s resident was Portland based chef Karl Holl delivering a ‘New American’ style tasting menu. A tour de force of big ideas and gutsy flavours from someone who lives and breathes the farm-to-table-movement. Famous for his dynamic and innovative cooking he doesn’t just take a trip to his local farmers market he grows and raises what he cooks.
To top off the amazing tasting menu the team at Carousel beautifully paired wines for every course – Delicious!
Country Life Magazine ran an article at the end of April listing the Top Ten in each supplier category for weddings. We were delighted to be in the listing as one of the Caterers. High praise indeed.
Within the luxury setting of recently refurbished 18th century Mayfair townhouse, TopHat collaborated with Mason Rose and Bridelux to host an intimate reception amongst industry friends.
Located at 13 South Audley Street, the new venue boasts multiple event spaces accommodating up to 30 guests, a private garden patio and lavish accommodation for up to 12 guests. In addition to full access to this stunning townhouse, a head butler, a roof terrace, Bentley Flying Spur with chauffeur for 8hrs a day as well as a housekeeper are all inclusive.
That evening TopHat showcased some of their most popular and delicate canapés amongst some of the most well known event planners in London. With head chef, George Haslam working from an open plan kitchen, guests were able to interact whilst patiently watching the sensational canapés being created.
The menu featured classics including beef tartare, fried quail’s egg, smoked salt on sourdough. The most devoured canapé of the evening was by far the crisp pork belly skewers, Bramley apple puree with shards of homemade crackling – a TopHat favourite!
Robin Ball Photography
Whilst saying adieu to the chilly wintery months and warmly welcoming in Spring time, TopHat would like to congratulate Managing Director Hattie Mauleverer-Jones on giving birth to her newborn son.
Montague Godfrey Mauleverer-Jones was born a healthy bundle of joy on the 24th March, perfectly timed a curt two days before mother’s day.
We wish Hattie a wonderful and exciting new journey filled with health, happiness and much giggles with her new baby boy.
The TopHat team are eagerly awaiting Monty’s first visit to the office in London!
For one night only TopHat threw caution to the wind for a highly rebellious event hosted by A+E networks UK and created by Rita Ruparelia and Laura Hatton. Celebrating the launch of Britain’s Next Top Model Series 2 airing on the Lifetime channel, hearts seized and all were held in suspense as the model contestants paraded the scaffolding built catwalk, set in the former beautiful Victorian warehouse, Village Underground.
The blank canvas atrium was transformed in all its glory by production company Light Motif, with formidable lighting and dramatic staging. Guests not only held their breaths at the beauties center stage; there were many animated reactions to the ironically inverted canapés offered by TopHat.
Briefed with ‘RIOT’ as the theme, TopHat’s head chef created a controversially daring menu for Britain’s Next Top Model. Of the canapés presented on the radical menu, the ‘Ferrero Rocher’ made with chicken liver parfait, cherry and chocolate gel and toasted hazelnuts left the greatest impression that night. Another special mention must be made for the ‘Oreo’ cookie baked with squid ink, oyster emulsion and preserve lemon. The confusion and delight was enough to start intriguing conversations under the ten meter high glass panelled ceiling in the heart of Shoreditch.
harry pseftoudis photography