It’s the ‘Taste’ that does it!

Well it’s been an exceptionally ‘tasty’ week.

I started off on Monday with Rachel (one of my team) and I at Lords Cricket Ground getting our wine cellars in shape. There were over 500 wines for us to sample, but needless to say we drew the line at 12 between us.

Tuesday was all about cakes in the London Kitchen! I got some great ideas for sweet delicacies to have with coffee. The favourite was definitely tiny Portuguese custard tarts. Delicious! Reflecting brilliantly the more relaxed and informal dining that we now enjoy.

MacMillan Cancer invited me to one of their legendary coffee mornings on Thursday where I sampled a range of cakes. The winner? Well it was a close one but the Lemon Cheesecake was a clear number one – after a second tasting you understand.

In the afternoon I was back to the London Kitchen to enjoy the last of the summer wine with 30 clients and friends who were wonderfully willing guinea pigs for the new autumn/winter menu.

Finally, this morning (Friday), I was firmly into pie testing. Well, when you are making 2000 of them they need to be right. Mini or regular size – that was a hard decision to make. The steak and ale pie perhaps? Or how about the chicken curry puff pastry pie? Sorry, the jury is still out on that one. Maybe a second tasting is needed next week.

This evening I was due to go to a cheese and wine evening…… No need to explain why, but I shall in fact be going straight home to beans on toast. Bring it on!




Catering at my own party

This year I thought I would have a cozy dinner at home to celebrate my birthday. Well that was the plan anyway. But then my list got a little bit longer than I had anticipated and I ended up with 25 invitations ready to go out. Then I noticed the ‘and partner’ and realised that I had in fact of course invited 50 people.

Intimate dinner at home right out of the window!

Thankfully I do have my senior event planner, Jay Burgesson, and a great team at The London Kitchen, so together we planned an evening of ‘Wine and Friends’ under the railway arches inside the London Kitchen premises on a Friday evening at the end of August.

It really was the most incredible evening, but more about it’s simplicity that anything else. We did not have speeches. We did not have music. We just had a choice of 4 wines from the cellar, 5 courses and friendly conversation. A perfect mix if you ask me.

Thanks to all of my friends from far and wide who came to share my day.

Selection from the menu:

Lamb Tagine Slow Cooked in Honey, Almonds and Citrus Served in a Roasted Sweet Potato Cup with Sultanas

Lamb Tagine Slow Cooked in Honey, Almonds and Citrus Served in a Roasted Sweet Potato Cup with Sultanas

Asparagus and Pea tart With a Heritage Tomato and Buffala Mozzarela salad compose

Asparagus and Pea tart With a Heritage Tomato and Buffala Mozzarela salad compose



Fillet Of Seared Salmon Nicoise Style with Olives, New Potatoes, Sun dried tomatoes and Soft Quails Eggs

Fillet Of Seared Salmon
Nicoise Style with Olives, New Potatoes, Sun dried tomatoes and Soft Quails Eggs

Eton Mess With Vanilla Cream, Mixed summer berries, coulis and crushed meringues
Eton Mess
With Vanilla Cream, Mixed summer berries, coulis and crushed meringues

Individual Cheeseboards

Individual Cheeseboards

Good Friends, Conversation, Food and Wine

Good Friends, Conversation, Food and Wine

We’ve Trademarked Manapés

photoThe London Kitchen have been serving the hunkier, chunkier Manapé for some time now. Our range is growing and so is the appreciation of the snack that is more than just a bite.

Great news today when I opened up the post. We now own the registered trademark of ‘Manapé’. Thrilled to bits with this and so now I’m off to talk to the team about developing the range further.

Watch this space! Have a great weekend.


Summer Loving in Britain

We may have to prepare ourselves for the wettest summer in Britain in about a decade but we are used to that aren’t we? Besides, us Brits have a lot to look forward to over the coming months.

Wimbledon has already begun and with a lot of intimidating opposition dropping like flies the tournament beholds a glimmer of hope for golden boy Andy Murray. Pimm’s at the ready, everyone!

We’re also keeping our fingers crossed for the British and Irish Lions who are currently touring Australia. So far, they have won one out of three test matches. Are we set to become champions in the world of rugby? We shall wait with baited breath.

Alongside these major sporting events, summer 2013 is also a royally busy one. Earlier this month we celebrated the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation. Then, of course, there will be the arrival of Kate and Wills’ bundle of joy. A future monarch.

In preparation of this wonderful event my company, The London Kitchen, have conjured up some Royal Canapés. These noble nibbles will be ideal for a Royal Celebration Party, or indeed any prospective celebration in which we will be able to express our patriotism.

Take a look at our bites fit for a King (or prince or princess).


Royal Fillet of Scottish Salmon with sesame seeds and coriander

  Mini Eggs Royale – Smoked Scottish Salmon, Softly Poached Quails Egg and Chive Scented Hollandaise,

Salad of King Crab and Queen Scallops with Cucumber


Mini Steak Balmoral  – Aberdeen Angus Steaks with Albert Sauce (Whisky & Cream )  Sliced Jersey Royals

King Prawn Canapés with Chilli Salsa

Coronation Chicken Triangles


Bite Size Battenburg

Mini Victoria Sponges

Lemon Queen of Puddings

Mini Eton Mess


Mini Oatcakes with Duchy of Cornwall Cheeses



London FSB Taking Parking Issues to London Councils

I was really interested to see that the London FSB has put a Parking Crowdmap on their site. They are encouraging businesses to report issues of parking in London so that they can feed back the information to the relevant London Councils.

Parking massively affects business in London and I was impressed to see that the London FSB were doing something about it and creating a procedure that allows us as business owners to report issues which not only is informative for other businesses, but which also reports that information on to those who need to know.

Now all we need is for the councils to take note and do something about it!

It does make you think though… Isn’t this the sort of thing the councils themselves should be doing rather than the FSB? I do see though that you can now download an app that bleeps when you are looking for parking spaces in Westminster, so there is hope.

I’m not so impressed with Lambeth Council though who would still charge me the same to park an electric car as they would one of my fridge vans – £600 a year! Not very encouraging or eco!

Have a good weekend.



Have you heard about our Manapés?

The London Kitchen, premium event caterers based in Lambeth, are this coming Father’s Day officially launching their new range of canapés for the heartier appetite.  Manapés by The London Kitchen, have been designed to cater for those who want more than just a bite when attending functions.

Managing Director Damian Clarkson said

‘We have noticed a growing trend as clients request a more filling snack than just the bite size portions provided by traditional canapés. We jokingly referred to them as Manapés and the name has now stuck. More and more of our clients are requesting Manapés per se and so we are now creating a bespoke range of The London Kitchen Manapés and have also applied to register the trademark.’

The first part of the range to be launched consists of three British favourites:

In Cod we Trust
Fish goujons and fries with tartar sauce, served in newspaper like the good ol’ days.

Beef it Up
Mini beefburgers with spicy relish and picked cucumbers.

Up the Steaks
28 day aged steak in a tiny Yorkshire pudding with horseradish cream.

In Cod we trust

Beef it up 1

Up the steaks


Latest Press Release from The London Kitchen


The London Kitchen team, lead by managing director Damian Clarkson and event management specialists Beyond Certainty have announce their exclusive association with St Edmund in the City, a brand new venue situated in Lombard Street close to the Bank of England launched yesterday.

St Edmund in the City, formerly known as the ‘Banker’s Church’, was a medieval church destroyed in the Great Fire of London of 1666 and then re-built by St Paul’s Cathedral architect Sir Christopher Wren. The building is the only church to have taken a direct hit during both world wars. St Edmund’s is full of original features and is flooded with natural daylight. It has space for hosting dinners for 100 and receptions for 150 and the all-weather courtyard garden can be used for alfresco entertaining.
Damian Clarkson, Managing Director of The London Kitchen said: “We are thrilled to be working with St Edmund in the City. It’s an amazing venue right in the centre of the City and makes a fantastic venue for conferences, meetings, dinners and receptions. This may be an historic building, but it is a brand new event venue for London, which is why we are delighted to be offering the event catering from launch on the 21st May until the autumn.”

Mary Penley, Marketing and Events Manager at St Edmund in the City said: “We are delighted to be working with The London Kitchen and Beyond Certainty in this exciting new chapter in the life of this historic city church.”

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St Edmund in the City
Formally known as the ‘Bankers Church’, the first church on this site was founded between 900 and 1100 AD, but destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666. The present church was re-built between 1670 and 1679. Built in the ‘Dutch’ style, the facade is attributed to Sir Christopher Wren. The churchyard closed for burials in 1853 and is now a small private courtyard garden. St Edmund King and Martyr, was damaged in both World Wars by German bombs.

The London Kitchen

The London Kitchen work in over 100 venues across the UK including Old Billingsgate, The Foundling Museum, 35 Millbank and the Serpentine Gallery. This premium event catering company offers menus and service for private and corporate events from conferences and meetings, dinners, parties and weddings and can organise a banquet for 1,000 as expertly as they do a dinner for two.

Beyond Certainty Limited

Beyond Certainty has built a reputation as one of the UK ‘s most innovative event management specialists with a long list of clients. They have organised scores of gala dinners, cocktail parties, conferences and away-days but treat every event as a fresh challenge that requires new solutions and a unique approach.