Uncertain times call for positive focus and that was our approach to 2019, nurturing working relationships, developing our sense of team and delivering the incredible levels of service and quality for which we are known. The result was a year we are proud of, with some spectacular events held the length and breadth of the country coupled with several exciting forays onto the international scene.
On what was ironically one of the coldest days in January, we created a stunning Victorian style hothouse in our kitchens and welcomed guests to the hottest ticket in town: our infamous Chef’s Table. Plated in front of the guests, the menu for the evening included hothouse tomatoes (with a surprise filling of Dorset Crab), Royal Parks venison and an irresistible homage to the classic Victorian afternoon tea.
Other highlights of the first quarter of the year included helping the Washington Wizards celebrate bringing the NBA to London with a sparkling dinner at Kensington Palace, a trip north to Skibo Castle for a Highland style birthday party, an evening in the company of HRH the Duchess of Cambridge and an array of VIPs catering for the National Portrait Gallery‘s glittering Gala Dinner and a morning at the Science Museum with Her Majesty the Queen as she opened Top Secret: From Ciphers to Cyber Security and sent her first ever Instagram post.
The spring quarter saw the launch of our new season’s menus, packed with stunning ingredients, exceptional flavour and exquisite presentation. The world’s most famous flower show heralds long standing events at The Royal Hospital, Chelsea and the Chelsea Physic Garden and we were honoured to cater for the annual King’s Presence Chamber dinner in the majestic Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace. Of the many events taking place throughout the year at the National Gallery, a spring themed dinner in May was one of the prettiest we have seen, with a palette of pastel colours looking glorious against the backdrop of masterpiece paintings.
The summer season was a whirlwind of weddings and events, one of which took place with our friends Bellini Travel over in Italy where Lake Como sparkled under the glorious Italian sun. Back in the UK, we were proud to cater for the launch of Junya Ishigami’s Summer Pavilion at the Serpentine Gallery – always a greatly anticipated unveiling and one we were delighted to support. We headed to Northern Ireland (for the British Open) whilst, closer to home, we delivered events at numerous venues including Guildhall, Kew Gardens, The Museum of the Order of St John, Sir John Soane’s Museum, the British Museum and many more. No summer season is complete without a visit to the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts and this year we immersed guests in the culture and cuisine of modern Japan – sushi, sake and soft-serve!
As the days shortened and the autumn/winter season menus were launched, we welcomed over 150 brilliantly enthusiastic guests to our hotly anticipated apres-ski themed Halloween party, an absolute blast of an evening with raclette, waffles, boozy hot chocolate and the inevitable shot-skis. Our vans continued to roll the length and breadth of London (and beyond) whilst a small team headed back to Italy – to Tuscany – for a beautiful wedding in a palazzo. The opening of the extraordinary Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh exhibition at Saatchi Gallery meant that we were regular visitors to SW3 as one of the recommended caterers for events held during the exhibition and we took time to marvel at the collection of extraordinary treasures making their last tour of the world.
And so, to the end of a successful year and the joy of heading off for a couple of weeks’ rest and recuperation. Looking forward now that we are well and truly into a the new year, the BWOM team has kicked things off with great enthusiasm, an exciting charitable initiative in support of City Harvest London, new ideas aplenty and a collective commitment to delivering excellence throughout the year and beyond!