Telling a love story with food

It goes without saying that cooking is a very special process for me that makes me truly happy and creative. This experience is elevated to a whole new level when curating and cooking a meal for a very special occasion, like the one two weekends ago, marking the love story of a beautiful couple, about to get married. In English culture a hen night as a lot of negative connotations, drunken girls with crowns and gigantic inflatable penises; however, our version of a hen night could not be further from this negative stereotype. Planned as a complete surprise for the bride-to-be the evening took place at a beautiful cosy arts studio/events space, run by a close friend of mine. Green Lens Studios, is a stable conversion and a first sustainable photographic studio in London. It has the most special organic energy about it and as I have now found out, is perfectly well equipped to execute a 5 course dinner for 10. I have decorated the space and laid the table with field flowers, plates in paste colours and lots of candles, of course. The idea was to celebrate the love story with food, marking each of the five stages with a specific course. To accompany the food we had some projections (keeping the KinoVino vibe going) from personal messages from friends and family to some wonderful pictures of the gorgeous couple. A truly European duo they inspired an eclectic mix of Danish, Swiss and Italian cuisine, with dishes like a Kirsch-spiked summer berry tiramisu and an Alpine Rosti with lemon ricotta. The festive mood was enhanced by a bespoke cocktails – Lavender Aperol Spritz, as well as plenty more proescco and lovely Riojas. A truly special night that I am so proud to have co-plotted and catered for!