The Special Event Managers’ Forum at Winchester House

We were thrilled to support the Special Events Forum's conference on 6th April at the newly opened Winchester House in Putney.

Events organisers from some of the UK’s leading charities attended for a FREE day of sharing, learning and networking, with themes including social media, immersive events and latest trends. The committee was made up of representatives from ARK, Action Against Hunger, Chickenshed Theatre, Parkinson’s UK, VSO and CLIC Sargent amongst others.

The afternoon seminars were followed by entertainment from Wandering Hands, and dinner, provided by Create. The evening reception began with canapés, including Venison Tartar with chilli chocolate sauce, slow braised lamb faggot, truffled parsnip cream, pea shoots, truffled brie on honeyed brioche, crispy pumpkin gnocchi with rosemary and parmesan cream, seared tuna with tomato marmalade, basil cream cheese and charred smoked mackerel with lime mousse and keta.

The main course was ‘surf and turf’, sautéed fillet of brill in brown butter and sea purslane, merlot braised ox cheek with asparagus, zucchini and borage, or Gnocchi Textures - Poached and fried gnocchi with sweet corn velouté, wild mushrooms, asparagus, peas and pea shoots with shaved parmesan.

An innovative dessert was designed to get guests talking. Guests were served bowls of creamy vanilla crème brûlée, they could then forage in the table centres for their toppings of passion fruit filled chocolate frogs, aerated chocolate sponge biscotti, mocha mushroom meringues, pickled blueberries, baked white chocolate cobbles, fresh strawberries and caramel soil.

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