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Style & Creativity

News

Keeping you up to date with what’s going on in and around the By Word of Mouth office.

New partnership with BADA

By Word of Mouth is delighted to announce an exciting new partnership with BADA, the British Antique Dealers’ Association, at their fine art, design and antiques fair BADA 2017, taking place on the King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 from 15-21 March.

There will be two fresh and exciting dining areas within the fair.  The Pantry will offer stylish, casual eating in a relaxed and informal atmosphere, whilst a more formal restaurant will be housed in the Tatler Dining Room where By Word of Mouth will offer a lunch menu that reflects its exceptional reputation for taste, flavour and visual appeal.

For more information about BADA 2017, please visit: www.badafair.com

A Focus on Fun

Pared back, cool restraint and the uber-contemporary approach that dictated the look and feel of events for several years appear to have been well and truly put to rest in 2016 and replaced with a desire for fun, artistry and a penchant for vivid colours.  To our great delight, fully themed parties have made a bold come back and, in the last month of 2016 alone, we embraced Shanghai Nights, Dinner under the Stars, ‘Christmas Overload’ and Neon as well as several parties where the focus was on family style dining with a genuinely relaxed, sociable vibe.  Clients are being bold and imaginative with their colour choices and luxurious shades such as saffron yellow, Venetian red and mulberry purple are adding a warm and elegant glow, especially in candle light.  We have also noticed a real enthusiasm for all the extra, personalised details that go in to making a truly bespoke event such as embroidered scarves on the back of each guest’s chair, block printed napkins or Murano water glasses in a rainbow of colours sent from Venice to add a jewel like finish to the dining tables.

 

 

LUXX – The best of everything

An early Christmas present for By Word of Mouth was the inclusion in LUXX magazine, The Times’s quarterly publication aimed at featuring ‘the best of everything’.  Quoted in Tony Turnbull’s article about canapes, Justin Tinne, our MD, mentions two of our favourite winter canapes, the Shepherds Pie and the Brighton Blue Cheesecake.  What is it about them that makes them so popular?  It is the imaginative use of simple, artisan ingredients and classic flavours in bite sized canapes that are elegant and visually stunning.  For more information and if you would like to receive our winter season’s canape lists, please contact us.

Inspiration

There is so much to inspire us, whether the beauties of the natural world and its changing seasons or the latest offerings from the flourishing art, design and food scenes. Take a look at what By Word of Mouth loves……

Mad About Metallics

An undeniably enduring trend but with rose-gold and copper currently taking the homewares world by storm, we love the versatility, effortless elegance and reflective qualities of all the metallics and have chosen to use them as the influence for our beautiful range of canape presentation trays for the autumn/winter season.

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National Velvet

This luxurious, regal fabric has always been one of our favourites and we were excited to see GP & J Baker’s collaboration with one of our venue partners, Historic Royal Palaces where we are a cross palace supplier. The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace have provided a wealth of inspiration for the collection and we especially love the Kings Velvet range with its dreamy palette of heritage colours.

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By Word of Mouth’s Festive Stuffing

A great match for your Christmas turkey and equally delicious served cold with some spiced chutney.

Serves 8-10
2 Onions, chopped
25g Butter
800g Sausage meat
1 Bramley apple, peeled, cored and diced
100g Pistachio nuts, shelled
150g White breadcrumbs
A large handful of fresh sage and flat leaf parsley
Sea salt and black pepper

Fry the onion in the butter until translucent. Chop the pistachios and herbs. Place the onion, nuts and herbs in a large bowl and mix in all the other stuffing ingredients, seasoning generously with salt and pepper. Pack into a grease proof tin and bake for 45 mins in an oven preheated to 170C. Make sure the stuffing is cooked all the way through before serving.

Kurobuta

Scott Hallsworth’s casual, contemporary Japanese dining concept was originally a pop up but we are so pleased that his incredibly cool restaurant is now a permanent fixture in Chelsea SW3 and Marble Arch W1.

Think of it as Japanese tapas – little dishes that push the boundaries with their bold and inventive flavour combinations. Salmon gravadlax and avocado maki with dill mayo has a hint of Scandi-chic about it whilst the BBQ pork belly in steamed buns with spicy peanut soy never ceases to have us in raptures. If you needed any more persuasion, some seriously kick-ass cocktails with which to wash it all down are also on the menu.

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Kindred Spirits

English wines are enjoying a surge in popularity and Chapel Down in Kent is one of the best known and most progressive producers, with over 100 acres of vineyards across Kent that enjoy very similar soil and growing conditions to the Champagne region. Two of our event planners, Harry and Georgie, toured the vineyards recently and commented on both the passion that the Chapel Down team put in throughout the winemaking process, as well as the diversity of the range they produce.

“As English wines become more fashionable, it is fantastic to work with one of the pioneers of the British wine industry, who shares By Word of Mouth’s commitment to quality and who continues to push the boundaries of what is possible with British wines, beers and ciders.”

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To Market, To Market...

Just a few miles from our kitchens, New Covent Garden Market, the UK’s largest wholesale flower market, is a hub of exciting ideas and creative inspiration.

Spending an early morning wandering amongst the many stalls, it is impossible not to be excited by the enormous variety of seasonal flowers, foliage, plants, herbs and amazing props ranging from huge cast iron urns and neon pink candelabras to fabulous decorative pieces. Nowhere else could you find feather boas and gold sprayed shells sitting moments away from towering palm plants and stunning displays of flowers, many of which are British-grown. Every visit to the market is an inspiration as well as a great opportunity to pick a few more pieces for our own Aladdin’s cave!

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