Inspiration: Party life - Behind the scenes

Getting under the skin of events to bring you the trends in themes, entertainment and food.

FOOD

This month's pick of the party food was to be found at the Brewery, where in-house caterer Ingredients unveiled its autumn/winter menu to a selection of corporate party planners. RSVP was very impressed with the choice of wines and a menu that included duck confit with pomegranate and endive leaves, along with aged chateaubriand served with classic roast potatoes.

Equally as tasty was the food at Evolve Events' seventh birthday party by caterer Table Talk. Canapes, including truffled quails' eggs with a parmesan crust and seared salmon with a honey and miso dip, whetted the appetite before guests enjoyed dishes such as grilled sea bass and salt marsh canon of lamb in spinach. The food fitted perfectly with the cabaret club theme and was one of the event's focal points.

Talking of high-quality food, the Great Taste Awards at the Royal Garden Hotel provided guests with a sumptuous four-course meal that included a trio of salmon and a main course of lamb.

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Table Talk's food, from the canapes to the main course, was not only delicious it was also plentiful and didn't leave any of the guests at Evolve Events' birthday bash with that not-quite-full feeling. For more information on the caterer visit the website at www.tabletalk.co.uk

ENTERTAINMENT

As the popularity of intimate gigs increases, the emphasis is now on booking the music industry's hottest new talent, as opposed to old bands desperate to re-form. Cuckoo achieved this by hosting the latest Death Disco night, run by music mogul Alan McGee. Headline act The Charlatans had the crowd rocking by playing two tracks from their new album and a selection of classic hits. Other performances came from The View's lead singer Kyle Falconer, new band - and one to watch out for -Paris Training, who haven't even released a single yet, and Universal Music's The Puzzle.

From a completely different era, but equally as entertaining, was Suzy and the Supper Club Dancers who performed at Evolve Events' birthday party to tie in with its cabaret club theme.

For those with a classical preference, the Young Guns String Octet is the latest offering from agency Young Guns. They provided a touch of musical finesse as the Brewery launched its autumn/winter menu.

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The may have been around the block a few times, but there is no denying The Charlatans' pedigree as a live act. With a back catalogue of intelligent and sing-a-long tunes they are perfect for any rock or music-themed party. See more at www.thecharlatans.net

THEMES

Diversity is key to the success of any venue that has ambitions to become a creative event destination. Within the space of four days, members' club and celebrity hangout The Cuckoo Club was dramatically transformed. Initially it went rock 'n' roll for The Charlatans' secret gig, with the top floor transformed into a stage and concert arena, while downstairs became the backstage area with the bands able to chill out and enjoy a drink. Later in the week the in-house events team held a members' party under the theme of Alice in Wonderland v Alice Cooper. This saw the upper floor decked out in a fantasy pink style, while downstairs became a dark, gothic haven.

Going back in time, Kent House was decked out in the style of a 1930s supper club to celebrate agency Evolve Events' birthday. Theming on the night included red draping complete with rose petals in the reception area, while the main dining space boasted a cabaret stage and tables decked out in plush velvet.

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Proving it is more than just a cool members' club, Cuckoo can be transformed to cater for practically any type of creative event, from rock gig and intimate dinner to far-out theming.

Check out the venue by visiting the website at www.thecuckooclub.com.


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