Dance-offs, giant desserts and a banana split…

Dance-offs, giant desserts and a banana split…

As birthday parties go, this one was up there! All the suppliers went to town with their contributions and ISES members showed up in force to wish Happy Birthday to the mother hen. In fairness you can hardly fail to throw a party in The Loft, one of EggLDN’s many versatile event spaces (@EggEventsLondon There’s a reason this venue has won multiple Cool Venue awards. We’ve known it for ages but everyone else is starting to find out just how special EggLDN is as a corporate event space. A special mention to the Off To Work team who had a strong presence on the dance floor and also provided some of their fabulous waiting staff to serve our food. As always they were switched on, proactive and full of smiles. Fat Unicorn (what a name by the way) were making dreams come true, cropping us into pictures with our childhood idols using their “green thing.” Obviously the Boulevard team had a snap with S-Club 7, then Mark spent the rest of the night trying to dance like Bradley, however Lowell Cabual of Classico Productions stole the show on that front, I digress…

It was, as always, fantastic to see so many friends and colleagues from around the events world and the vast majority of networking took place as part of a dance-off circle #SHAPES. The most influential shapes award goes to Jason ‘@Penthouselord’ Allan Scott. Special mention to Elena Clowes (@ElenaClowes), Operations Manager of ISES UK, for her exceptional song requests which helped to make the above networking possible.

As for the catering, we decided to test out our new fine dining menus as bowl food portions which really went down a storm. The rabbit croquette with celeriac and butternut squash puree had #eventprofs clambering over each other for seconds. The most popular canapé, by far, was the honey glazed pork belly with black pudding and sour apple puree, comments included, but were not limited to, “the best thing I’ve ever eaten” (Mark Allen, Head of Event Sales for Arcelormittal). Considering it was up against the 2014 winner of the Square Meal Canapé Cup, that’s quite the statement. Maybe we should put that forward for this year’s competition?

The show stopper, however, was without doubt the dessert station. As with the Halloween party of 2015, we pulled out all the stops for everyone’s favourite course. The ISES birthday cake was a giant version of our 00Heaven canapé, the 2015 Square Meal Canapé Cup winner (yes we’ve won it twice in a row, didn’t we tell you?). This was surrounded by the canapé itself as well as giant martini glass baileys, honeycomb and homemade aero sundaes. Check out the picture! The banana split was provided by the legendary Lowell Cabual, which you can see on his twitter page(@lowellcabual).

Thanks again to all who attended and to everyone who made it a night to remember, can’t wait for the 16th birthday!

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Posted by Mark Maher

Mark Maher
I spent most of my youth hanging around the kitchen in our family restaurant ‘Boulevard.’ I was always intrigued by food and how it’s prepared to enhance different flavours and then presented immaculately. I feel privileged to be in the position to be able to work with my family everyday, planning, organising and delivering exceptional events with outstanding food.

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