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THE EVENT: South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2012, hosted by Melvyn Bragg.
THE VENUE: The Dorchester.
THE FOOD: pick of the season’s vegetable terrine with home-made piccalilli served with a standing salad garnish; loin of lamb en croute with spring vegetables, pomme fondant and olive jus; coffee with petit fours.
TO DRINK: a light prosecco before lunch, followed by a Chilean sauvignon blanc paired with the terrine and a Chilean malbec for the lamb.
THE ENTERTAINMENT: trumpeter Alison Balsom, American tenor Noah Stewart and jazz singer Gregory Porter.
WE LOVED: Rob Brydon’s impression of Tom Jones, which involved lots of well-timed throat clearing.
ON THE GUESTLIST: a Who’s Who of British entertainment, including Jason Isaacs, Eddie Marsan, Dominic West, Melvyn Bragg, Grayson Perry, Tracey Emin, Tom Jones, Kate Bush, Mark Gatiss, Andrew Scott, Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Rob Brydon, Brenda Blethyn, David Attenborough, Twiggy, Tim Minchin, Vicky McClure, Lesley Sharpe, Jo Whiley, Lenny Henry.
This article first appeared in Square Meal Veneus & Events, summer 2012