UKHospitality and The Nth Degree Club joined together to host the first annual Restaurant Association Gala Dinner, Celebrating Excellence in Food & Wine Service on Monday 25th February 2019 at The Savoy Hotel. The prestigious event was held with the support of headline sponsors No.1 Botanical Soda with guests including the Roux family in attendance who were honoured with a special award. The event raised £48,000 from the Auction going to The Springboard Charity, which is the leading charity of the sector that helps young people achieve their potential.
Guests enjoyed cocktails by No.1 Botanical Soda mixed with Kew Organic Gin. Guests enjoyed No.1 Fennel Soda, Kew Organic Gin and Ginger Liquor Lemon. Their second cocktail was a No.1 Olive Leaf Soda, Daylesford Vodka with Lemon.
The menu has been designed with a starter and dessert to showcase the Headline Sponsor. Loch Duart Scottish Salmon was cured in “KEW Organic – Explorers’ Strength Gin”, Juniper Berry Crust and Baby Leeks Cooked in No.1 Juniper Soda. Dessert was an After-8, an Intense Dark Chocolate Ganache, Crispy Pearls, No.1 Mint Soda infused Mint Stracciatella Ice Cream.
Guests enjoyed an Intermediate course of Native Lobster, Norfolk Vegetables Blanquette, Micro Cress and Edible Flowers, followed by a main course of Grassland Beef Oxtail 52° Celsius Cooked Beef Filet, Potato Confit, Heritage Beetroot, Coffee Teriyaki Sauce.
Guests which included Raymond Blanc OBE, Shaun Rankin, Brian Turner CBE, Fabrice Lasnon, Richard Corrigan, Francesco Mazzei, Richard Shepherd CBE, Martyn Nail, Claude Bosi, Chris and Jeff Galvin plus Lisa Snowdon and Gizzi Erskine took away a bag filled with No.1 Botanical Soda goodies.