Christmas is often the time when we spend the most time, money and effort on dressing our house and our table; preparing food; and serving drinks. So I was very interested to be invited to attend an event sponsored by Arthur Price, the cutlery people which focused on the getting ready for the festive season.
I’d never been to Wolverhampton Grand, where the event was hosted, before. Growing up in Birmingham we tended to go to the theatre there and it was easier transport wise. I hadn’t realised what a lovely building Wolverhampton Grand was and I was very impressed by Arthur’s Bar, which is sponsored by Arthur Price. Designed in an art deco style, it is the perfect pre-theatre location to entertain family, friends and clients. It is good to know that you can enjoy the red carpet experience with your personal waiter in one of their private booths to enhance your special evening.
To start with we looked at cocktails, after all it’s traditional to offer guests a drink before dinner. We had a skilled mixologist take us through the stages of making these two lovely seasonal cocktails.
Next we took a look at cooking for the big day. Christmas dinner can be a logistical nightmare, so it was good to see some ideas of how to prepare parts in advance and minimise the stress. In 20 minutes, Simon our chef managed to whisk up the starter: a Salmon and Cucumber Gateau, the main: Pan-Fried Turkey Escalope with Cranberries and the dessert: Orange and Mascarpone Snowball. I was particularly taken by the spectacular dessert which was so easy to put together, but looked fantastic and tasted delicious.
Next we moved onto dressing the Christmas table. I really liked the idea of putting baubles into a glass as an easy way of creating a bespoke decoration. The Christmas tree napkins were another nice touch.
Laying the table is the finishing touch to add to the Christmas feast and as well as being a practical thing, it should look beautiful too. I know from experience that it’s very easy to make a table look good using Arthur Price cutlery as we have been using ours daily for the last 12 years and it still looks like new.