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In America, we call holidays like Valentine's Day, Hallmark* Holidays. It seems it's an excuse to buy cards, for restaurants to charge twice as much or sit home with a pint of Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream. Sound cynical? Well, those that know me, know that I am a hopeless romantic when it comes to food, wine and friends. I thought this year, we'd host a Bring and Share lunch (for those those that have hot dates in the evening you can slip away, and others may want to stay and enjoy the company of friends.
Our bring and share meals are great because it shows the diversity of what people like to cook. And I'll be opening some fantastic wines from my cellar (our last event, we opened around £30 per person in wine - so this event is a real treat)
This event is for both couples and single people who share the love of food and wine.
I hope you agree that this is a nicer, more personal experience than going to a restaurant for dinner. (Not to mention much better wines!)
If you haven't been before, I look forward to welcoming you into the Tastour Family! And for those that have, I look forward to sharing a very special meal with you!!
*A major brand of cards, like hoover for vaccum
12 pm Mulled Wine or non alcoholic warm cider and Canapes
1:00 Supper and wine extrodinare!!! (equilivent to a 4 course meal, but will be informally served)
2:00 Dessert wine and Secret Cupid
3:30 Optional Walk
Please arrive promptly for 12pm for canapes and mulled wine. (If you are running late, no problem, just text.)
Location: 5 minutes walk from Northolt tube station. (30 mins west of Oxford Circus on the Central line)
For Secret Cupid: Please bring one unisex gift around £10 in price (this is optional) I was thinking it would be nice to bring either chocolate, cheese, or and soul warming food that you love. Even better if home made :)
HOW DO I RESERVE A PLACE?
£30 for Bon Vivant members, Save £5 if booked before 7th Feburary
£50 for non members, meetup members, and Bon Vivant members guest, Save £5 if booked before 7th Feburary
This includes: a glass or 2 of mulled wine, fine wine tasting, setting & cleaning up fee, booking fee, paypal fee.
**The wines are going to be extra special and rare, as usual.**
Other Beverages: mulled wine, tea, coffee, water. I will also provide a generous selection of both red and white wine. Posh cordial upon request.
I'll be hiring a few helpers too. (It took 6 hours to clean up the last party - if you would like to volunteer please let me know.)
Comments from last year:
'Many thanks Kelly for being a wonderful host creating such a welcoming, relaxing atmosphere. This was my 1st meetup event and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. It was great to meet everyone and I look fwd to attending future events.'
'Thank you for the wonderful day on Sunday, to everyone I spoke to for their company and secret santa. I thought the way you decorated the hall was amazing. Looking forward to seeing some photos going up.'
Why do a bring and share?
1. We are a group of foodies.
2. There are some very talented people in this group: you either know how to make it or where to buy it... both very worthy talents in my book!
3. In the past, our bring and shares are more like a Jamie Oliver commercial or the BBC Good Food Show, than friends sharing a meal.
4. They are always good fun, the food is always spectacular and the company's even better.
What to bring:
Please bring a dish. Most people will spend around £15 on the dish, however, you can spend as little or as much as you like. I've had some very tasty canapés which cost £2 for 10 of them, so don't feel you need to splash out!
If you do buy it from the store, please only buy from delicatessens / speciality food shops, or make sure it's so good, we won't know the difference (we all have a few of those tricks up our sleves)
If you don't want to bring something, there is an option this year to make a donation and I will glady arrange it for you.
We will have ovens/stoves to heat your dish
About the Walk:
A row of cottages in Northolt: