H+J launched its new fashion themed spring menu and showcased its innovative on-trend food in an evening of style and creativity at Dartmouth House on Thursday 6th April. Over 80 guests attended ‘A Taste of Fashion’ at the historic Mayfair venue, home to the English Speaking Union, where H+J provides a complete catering and sales service.
On arrival, guests were treated to canapes, which included Pimm’s bubbles, diced cucumber, strawberry gel and a mint leaf, as well as a pink Prosecco espuma and a curated aperitif bar which featured Berkeley Square gin and H+J’s own botanical tonic waters. A non-alcoholic option of Seedlip gin was also offered.
The evening, held in the French chateau-style courtyard, Small Drawing Room, Long Drawing Room and the Churchill Room at Dartmouth House, kicked off with a unique fashion installation from student designer George Chaffey, who is studying at the world renowned Central Saint Martins (CSM) and who won 2014 Young Designer of the Year: UK South.
Guests sampled H+J’s newly created bespoke menu devised by Head Chef Joseph Fisher and inspired by the iconic British fashion houses situated close to Dartmouth House’s Mayfair location.
The experiential fashion themed meat-free menu included some unusual flavour combinations such as seared tuna and curry sponge with a coriander cress, crab bonbons with a bisque mayonnaise and lavender sorbet with soubise apricots. Other dishes included ceviche scallop and seawater bubbles with a seaweed crisp and cockle popcorn buckets. The highlight of the evening was a mannequin centrepiece unveiled in the Churchill Room which was decorated in multi-coloured, mirror-glazed puddings and based on the fashion theme of ‘punk’.
H+J Director and Co-Founder Patrick Harbour comments: “It’s a very exciting time for H+J as we head into a very busy spring and summer season and we are thrilled to have showcased our newest dish concepts at the stunning venue that is Dartmouth House. At H+J our motto is that food is like fashion, it never stands still and Dartmouth House: A Taste of Fashion has given us the ideal opportunity to demonstrate how we strive to stay ahead of the curve in event and venue catering.”
Photographs by Matt Chung