The Create Collective

The Create Collective is a new series of a bi-monthly events designed to give our favourite clients and suppliers private viewings of some of the hottest venues, exhibitions and happenings in London.

Each event will be unique, with fun and creative take’s on hospitality concepts that are in-keeping with the surroundings.

This January the Create Collective kicks off the year with

Get in the spirit of Ginuary

at the iconic OXO2

The Create Collective: Spirit of Ginuary


Join Create for a gin-tastic time at OXO2, the iconic contemporary venue on London’s South Bank.

Beat those January blues and end dry January with a G&T.

Let’s start the year as we mean to go on!

One lucky attendee will win a visit from the Create Gin Bar. This mobile gin bar will arrive at your office fully stocked for the lucky winner and their team to enjoy. Tag yourself in a social post on the night for a chance to win!*

For more information about these events, speak to Zoe Cook, our Group Client Relationship Manager.


*Terms and conditions apply


Create is awarded Caterer of the Year at the 2017 Event Awards

Following a rigourous selection process involving four other leading caterers, Create was awarded the accolade for the Caterer of the Year. This year’s Event Awards was held at the Eventim Apollo, attended by over 700 industry professionals.

Create hosted the judges’ tasting at the KitchenAid Experience Concept Store. The tasting started with a choice of two bespoke cocktails mixed with Create-made foraged infusions and tailored garnishes. Delectable canapés followed and a seasonal three-course meal was presented alongside a map detailing where all of the locally-sourced ingredients originated from. The table was dressed with fresh produce in celebration of their provenance and, as it was an open kitchen, the judges had a full overview of the whole cooking and plating up process.

Create has been evolving its catering offering with particular focus on innovation, not only through the ingredients used, the cooking processes, presentation and service, but also in the context and the overall experience provided. The dedicated development team is constantly exploring new concepts to push clients’ expectations.
This bespoke approach has successfully secured five additional London venues to the Create portfolio over the past year, the expansion of their wedding planning, which has resulted in a 20% increase in bookings for 2017, and a partnership with Feast It to broaden into gourmet street food.

Create is also expanding into new sectors; most recently the hotel and hospitality sector with the partnership with Apex Hotels and the opening of The Lampery in September 2017.

Barry Vera, MD of Create said, “We are ecstatic to have been awarded the Caterer of the Year. The whole Create team has forged ahead this year and it is exciting to see that all the hard work has culminated into this industry recognition. The upcoming year will continue to bring further new and exciting services and partnerships for Create.”

Raymond Santamaria joins as Group Commercial Director

The Concerto Group has appointed Raymond Santamaria as the Group Commercial Development Director. He joins Concerto at an exciting junction where, under CEO Adam Elliott’s direction, new industry sectors are being targeted for strategic expansion.

Raymond will be responsible for identifying commercial opportunities and driving the future growth of the Group across all divisions for fixed and event business. His role will also focus on forging new partnerships and developing new ventures that offer long-term value for the Group. Concerto is renowned for delivering exceptional event services and this provides the perfect foundation for the Group to diversify into new sectors including hospitality and leisure.

With fourteen years direct hospitality and foodservice experience coupled with six years in retail management with Marks & Spencer, Raymond will be a crucial driving force in the execution of the Group’s strategy.

Raymond joins from The ONE Group where he was Marketing Director for the EMEA region overseeing owned and franchised versions of the US group’s signature restaurant brand STK, as well as the Radio Rooftop and Heliot Steak House brands. The EMEA group operates in the UK, Spain, Italy and the Middle East. Prior to The ONE Group, Raymond was Head of Brand Marketing for three of Mitchells and Butlers’ brands with responsibility for some £370m + of turnover across 330 pubs and restaurants across the UK. Before M&B Raymond worked in a number of senior roles both on the agency side and at blue-chip organisations Nestle, Travelodge and at Elior UK, where he was UK marketing lead for their Concessions division covering visitor attractions, stadia, in-store retail and travel sites in additional to developing and launching the group’s Venue-Elior events business.

Raymond comments: “I’m thrilled to be joining The Concerto Group at such an exciting time. I have been immensely impressed by the skillset of the team and the ambition to take the entire business to a new level. There are big plans in place to grow and diversify the group and I look forward to going on that journey with the whole team.”

“Raymond was handpicked for his extensive knowledge and invaluable expertise in the hospitality industry both UK-wide and internationally. The Group has big plans ahead and with Raymond on board, and an excellent team in place, we are well-equipped to grow and strengthen this expansion,” says The Concerto Group CEO Adam Elliott.

Meet Rachel, Create’s Talented Wedding Planner

Rachel has been in the wedding world for over three years now and loves every minute of her job! Having come from the world of finance, then a brief stint in floristry, Rachel has now found a job that she’s incredibly passionate about could do forever!

Rachel has worked at a huge variety of venues from livery halls in central London to marquees in the countryside, all of which have their own individual challenges.

Rachel tells us she loves wedding planning because no two days are ever the same. She loves building relationships with amazing couples and their families all the time – Rachel feels emotionally involved in every wedding she does and it’s a real honour to be part of them all.

Of course, Rachel also loves weddings themselves, and seeing everyone come together for such a fabulous celebration. She also loves outfit spotting and never fails to get dress envy! Consequently, her wardrobe is growing far larger than it should!


Bespoke London Wedding | Create Food


Rachel’s strength is creativity and table styling – having come from working as a wedding planner, she has a real love for the small details which she believes makes such a huge difference overall. Rachel works tirelessly with the bride and groom to ensure that the wedding day they experienced is everything they expect and more – from the food, to the florals, to the table details and even the linen- it’s so much fun!


At Rachel’s first wedding an additional 10 guests arrived, despite the guest list already being 250 strong! They were welcomed with open arms and Rachel had to create last minute tables for the new arrivals. Rachel loves marquee weddings, her favourite was a beautiful one in Worcestershire, with simple green table runners, pink charger plates and pink water glasses. What worked so well was a wall of silver birches separating the dining from the dancing. It was so simple but looked incredible – surrounded by fairy lights and hay bales – it was magical at night and such a great party.


Bespoke London Wedding | Create Food


Rachel gets her wedding inspiration from fashion and everything she sees around her. She loves the flexibility wedding theming presents, you can do anything from just hinting at a theme or trend through your wedding styling, to fully embracing it with a completely themed event. Either way, you can create a truly personal day which reflects the couple’s personalities and history.


Some of Rachel’s favourite wedding styling colour schemes include


 Rose gold and copper

Pair some simple rose gold cutlery with classic white, florals and white tablecloths and let them do the talking. Or, embrace them fully, incorporating some amazing white marble, with white marble place settings and rose gold calligraphy names, all echoed through your stationery from the save the date to your order of service. Put in your rose gold cutlery and tea light holders and a beautiful blush pink water glass (who doesn’t love a feature water glass!) and end with an amazing feature cake table with a rose gold sequin linen.



Rachel loves the botanical trend which has gone wild this year! It is so amazingly fresh and can be done in so many ways, from hints of Mediterranean botanicals with beautiful olive branches on your napkin to soft green arrangement, to embracing the tropical side with huge palms and Monstera leaves. This fits in perfectly with Pantone’s Colour of the Year; Greenery 


An amazing way to get these themes into your wedding is with beautiful presentation of your canapés! Rachel recommends using a Perspex box filled with florals and foliage.


Rachel’s wedding must-haves for 2017 include a doughnut wall – one of the most amazing (and delicious) ideas, which can bring so much colour and fun to a wedding. There’s nothing better than making food a talking point and ensuring your wedding has the real wow factor! Another recommendation is mirrored tabletops – they look fantastic and reflect all the details you choose to add to your tables, from favours, glasses and florals to centrepiece decorations.

Wedding Planner Key Trends - Mirrored Table Top


If you’re planning your wedding day get in touch with Rachel to find out more about weddings with Create – we know you’ll be impressed by her ideas!


If  you need a little inspiration for your wedding why not look through Create’s key wedding trends for 2017.


The March Restaurant List

March is here and the first day of Spring isn’t far away! Make the most of the remaining days of winter with a comforting feast at one of London’s best new restaurants. Whether you’re heading out for something healthy or want to indulge with London’s best chops, these are the places you need to visit…

Blacklock, City
Soho restaurant Blacklock is the place to go for all in chops and meaty bread. Now Blacklock’s opening its second restaurant, in the City, and adding a few more dishes to its menu too. The restaurant will even take reservations, so forget queueing the rain!

The Game Bird at the Stafford, St James
The Stafford Hotel is getting a huge refurb and when it re-opens the restaurant will have James Durrant at the helm. Expect a lot of game on the menu, which will be an ultra-British affair.

Maple and Kings, King’s Cross
A second restaurant from the team behind the original Maple and Fitz, this restaurant brings healthy eating to King’s Cross with salad bowls, cold pressed juices and gluten-free desserts.

Pizza Pilgrims, Shoreditch
The latest Pizza Pilgrims is opening in East London. Diners will also be able to bring chocolate bars to be turned into dessert calzones, and the local off licenses has a fridge of Italian wine so you can BYOB in style.

Bubblewrap, Soho
Another street food vendor opens its first restaurant. This time it’s Bubblewrap, a Hong Kong egg waffle stall serving mix-and-match street food from east Asia.

The Cheese Bar, Camden
Who doesn’t love cheese? The Cheese Truck has been roaming the streets of London serving up some of the best cheese toasties ever for years now. This is their first permanent spot, in Camden’s famous Stables Market.

Bon Vivant, King’s Cross
You don’t need to jump on a Eurostar to satisfy your urge to feast on raclette, tartines and croissants. Head to this new Parisian-style bistro just around the corner from Kings Cross.

Did we miss any of your favourite new London restaurants? Tweet us @concertogroup and let us know.