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Sunday, 8 April 2012

SURPRISE!! : ) Birthday Party @ferdiesfoodlab


Well, what can I say what a great party!! On Thursday last just before the Easter weekend, in cahoots with Preet (birthday boy's lovely wife) I endeavoured to put together a fabulous TOP SECRET banquet. I've organised a few surprise parties in my time. I remember one in particular for an old girlfriend. I was getting a few too many calls, generating some awkward questions from my in danger of not being surprised girlfriend!! All sorts of things can go wrong, it's like herding cats, getting everyone in the right place for the right time without arousing suspicion ain't always easy!!!

I'm glad to say Preet managed a very tight campaign!! ; ) All the specials, allergy info and seating plan was done well ahead of time.  All the guest arrived at the main entrance hall well on time for pre-surprise drinks and mingling . . .

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HE'S COMING!!
(MOUNTING THE SURPRISE)
As the time approached the lights were turned off and and folks retreated into the shadows of the large hall assuming their surprise pounce positions . . . whuar har har!! heh heh heh!

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Although they didn't rush him, I think he was genuinely SURPRISE(D)!!! : )

ferdiesfoodlab at Toynbee Hall
Awe shucks : ) thanks Preet!!!

With the pouncing done it was time to show everyone through to the main hall, and to the seating plan. As the guests entered, remarks like "wow what a lovely room", "didn't expect this . . ", "check it out!! where are we sat?" floated around the banqueting hall and as people found there seats I high tailed it to the kitchen to make sure things were running smoothly, which is where I stayed (with the odd check on the hall) until dessert.

ferdiesfoodlab at Toynbee Hall

ferdiesfoodlab at Toynbee Hall

ferdiesfoodlab at Toynbee Hall

ferdiesfoodlab at Toynbee Hall

ferdiesfoodlab at Toynbee Hall

After a couple of courses, with the edge taken off the hunger it's time for . . .

Speech me-thinks!


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and on with the party . . . .

This is what I put on the menu for the night; 

Happy Birthday Rush, from Ferdie and the gang!

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 Menu - ferdiesfoodlab - Early Spring '12

ferdiesfoodlab at Toynbee Hall

ferdiesfoodlab at Toynbee Hall
Salsa Picante!
Sweet Potato Tortilla w/ Oyster Mushrooms Noisette, Rosemary Bread & Salsa Picante(V)
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Pink Grapefruit w/ Star Anise & Basil - Amuse Bouche (V)ferdiesfoodlab at Toynbee Hall

Yum Salaad - Cambodian Inspired Chorizo & Celeriac Salad

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Red Coss & Fruit Salad w/ Mustard, Honey & Balsamic(V)
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(contains: pork)

 























Bacon Swirls and Invisible Tomato (V: Cheese Swirls)
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(contains: pork)


Liquorice Dusted Roast Ribeye of Beef w/ Roasties, Ginger Carrots & Simple Salad, 
White Tomato Sauce & Horseradish Sauce
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(contains: beef, rare meat, raw eggs)
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Sage Infused Aubergine Stack w/ Roasties . . . . as above (V)ferdiesfoodlab at Toynbee Hall


Maple Oaty Cookie Popcorn Ice Cream Sandwich w/ Salted Caramel Sauce (V)ferdiesfoodlab at Toynbee Hall


Black Olive Ganache (V), Slightly Included Schnapps Marshmallows, Salted Lemon Fudge (V)
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After the speech, there was more food and drink, and plenty of laughs by all accounts!

ferdiesfoodlab at Toynbee Hall

ferdiesfoodlab at Toynbee Hall
Uh oh I've been papped! Busted!!         Are you sure it was that big?

ferdiesfoodlab at Toynbee Hall
Thinking: "You're funny!! I don't believe a word of it mind you!!"    You can see someone about that you know!

ferdiesfoodlab at Toynbee Hall
I'm suspicious, really? that big???
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Of course!!! Would I lie to you!!! Heh heh!


It was a fun night, and really lovely to talk to people. I'm so glad everyone enjoyed the food and the atmosphere, what a corker of a night!!!!

Hugs to everyone involved. I hope you all come back soon! (And don't forget to tell your friends!!!)

Simon xx

3 comments:

  1. The best night out this year to date ! Thanks Preet and Simon for making it happen. The people, the food, the service... were absolutely incredibly divine ! Thank you all.. We cannot wait to be back ! Doris and Giles xxxx

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  2. Awesome night! What a wonderful wife I have! And thanks so much Simon... the food was delicious! So inventive, tasty and beautifully presented. We'll definitely be back!

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  3. I'm so glad you had a great time! Makes the whole thing worth while to get feedback like this :) Big hugs and Happy Birthday again!

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