- Published: Friday, 30 June 2017 11:28
- Written by Sharon Aitken
Earlier this month, we hosted an evening of full of glitz and glamour as Heritage Portfolio produced an excellent showcase event. Following the event we were keen to hear more about how a showcase comes together, so we spoke with the Heritage Portfolio team to get some insight.
The theme of the evening was a ‘night at the Ritz’ but with a modern twist. Our inspiration was taken from the 1920s allowing us to bring our guests an evening of glamour and glitz, complemented by cocktails and amazing food. Naturally, we encouraged a glamorous dress-code for the evening helping to bring the theme full circle.
The theme of course complemented the awe-inspiring Assembly Rooms Ballroom perfectly, a room which is no stranger to glamour and glitz. Simply standing in the Ballroom looking around, you sense a feeling of being there in the 1920s, shoulder to shoulder with Edinburgh socialites. With the theme and location working marvellously together the design of the evening began to click.
Working closely with Planet Flowers we decided on a banquet table set-up in a cross formation to showcase the Ballroom for intimate numbers It was decorated with a beautiful large central floral arrangement, then trailing onto each sprig with and flowers and candle-light. The table was dressed with elegant French chairs, black linen, crystal glassware and gold charger plates – all tying in with the elegant, indulgent theme for the evening.
The six course menu was designed around classical cooking and techniques that were used at The Ritz in the 1920s. The steaming, grilling, cooking of stocks, British market vegetables and local seasonal meats, really let each element of the plate shine on its own merit. Each dish aimed for true flavours without an over the top array of textures and tastes on the plate. That said, our chef felt a modern twist was required in an aim to lighten some of the dishes and deliver some surprises while striving to retain the classic serving and presentation styles of the theme’s era. Each course was also paired with a suitable wine.
Each course was designed to complement the next; sitting down to a 6 course dinner requires a balanced menu to ensure the guest does not feel overly indulgent or full. The balance to the menu ensures a satisfied, relaxed evening - as they say good food satisfies the soul.
The guests arrived looking glamourous and our cocktail waiters prepared both Apple and French Martinis to order, from the fabulous palm leaf and mirror bar designed by Planet Flowers. The baby grand piano created an elegant mood to set the tone of the evening.
After being shown to their seats, our executive development chef, Brian Canale, introduced the dinner and talked the guests through each course describing how the food was to be cooked.
Frans Mortengren, Heritage Portfolio’s wine ambassador then introduced each wine pairing, perfectly picked to match each course and enhance the food.
The 4 piece live band and singer playing throughout dinner added greatly to the atmosphere.
Our waiting staff are always briefed prior to the start of a service. This ensures continuity and excellence in our service. All guests are served in the same very particular way, plates are set down at a particular angle and food is all presented at the same time before pouring the paired wine for each course.
"WOW! That’s what we have been saying all day after last night’s event at the Assembly Rooms! What a fantastic evening. The food, service, company - everything - was amazing.
Thank you so much for your hospitality."
Gayle Mackail, Marketing director, KD Media PR & Events Ltd
"Just wanted to say thank you very much for a lovely “Night at the Ritz” dinner last night.
Everything was first class and amazing from beginning to end."
Natalie McCandlish, PA to Directors, ARUP Scotland
"We had an absolutely amazing time, even though we didn’t know what to expect from the night, it definitely exceeded any expectations we had!"
Dionne Cunison, Marketing & Events Executive, Balfour & Manson LLP