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Taste of Christmas 2011

6 Dec

Saturday 3rd December was the crisp afternoon on which the Ladies Wot Brunch embarked on their first day trip – Yippee!  Over the past few months we have met for Brunch and a few weeks ago, we even threw in a dinner date for good measure.  So when the opportunity arose to get together and eat as usual, but do so in a totally new way, we jumped at it.

Taste of Christmas saw some of London’s best restaurants, bar services and entertainment come together under one roof to offer the public samples of their award winning cuisines and beverages with a Christmassy twist.  There were several celebrity appearances including Jamie Oliver, Rachel Allen, Mary Berry and Gary Rhodes ready to sign cook books and give master classes and tips to thousands of visitors helping fine tune festive menus in preparation for the dinner party of the year.

There were also several local businesses showing off and selling their produce, giving avid foodies even more Christmas gift options.

The Brunch Club highlights were –

  • Feature in a Jelly Belly promotional video:  Yes!  We were that energetic and enthusiastic about the product that the salesman asked to record us!  Look out for our cameo appearance coming soon…
  • Gary Rhodes: I don’t know what it is about the Ladies Wot Brunch, but we seem to give off good vibes any and everywhere we go!  During a very busy book signing event, I simply raised my camera (bearing in mind I was standing about 6 feet away) and the Michelin chef actually stopped what he was doing, paused the eager foodie who was next in line for a photo opportunity and boldly and candidly posed for my camera and then sealed the deal with a cheeky grin and wink.  Ha!  The fact that the lemon tart with chocolate and mandarin sauce (the best thing in the expo), came from his Rhodes W1 kitchen, makes the experience even sweeter!

We had a delicious afternoon, sampling the free food, drinks and cocktails and spending our crowns (Taste of Christmas currency) on the more exquisite mini meals on offer.  We’ll definitely be going back next year, but perhaps with looser fitting trousers as the tasting opportunities are NOT to be missed!

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