Trust Fiona Atkins to seat you next to someone fascinating, for an evening of food, flowers and drink embodying the theme: “Flowers and The Art of the Table.” The first, in a new series of curated dinners held at Townhouse Spitalfields.
The way we dine has evolved over the centuries. I’m not exactly lugging my soup tureen to the dining room for dinner parties these days. “There’s a very relaxed, informal feel to modern dining,” as Fiona points out. We might eat in the kitchen and worship the dishwasher. But that hasn’t stopped instagrammers making an art form of adorning tables with fashionable china, crumpled linen napkins and scattered flowers.
Townhouse’s table was artfully dressed with a chic 1960s French table service in verdant green. Frothy vases of modern greenery and tied herb posies by Worm London scented the air. And in homage to 17th century dining, an oil painting presided over a sideboard of flowers, pomegranates and pineapples. The equivalent of parking a Porsche outside the house today.
Season Supper Club served a delicious floral themed menu, beginning with ricotta & honey toasts with peppery nasturtiums over drinks. Delicate stuffed courgette flowers as a starter (light and crisp). Deeply savoury Saffron cod with white beans, chorizo and rosemary for the main course. Rose petal sorbet – best pudding I’ve eaten this year. Followed by moreish cheese washed down with seriously fruity blackcurrant liqueur by Gibson’s Organic (who press all their handpicked fruit).
To book the next suitably themed dinner contact Townhouse Spitalfields. You are in for a real treat!