Monday, 9 September 2019

Pasta Evangelists in partnership with Clarence Court.

Hello and welcome back

Today's blog features

Pasta Evangelists
In partnership with
Clarence Court

Tonight's dinner is
Asparagus Raviolini with a Quail's Egg Garnish, Lemon Butter, Pangrattato & Vegetarian Italian Cheese.
I'm a huge lover of pasta, mum brought us up to eat it well, eat it right and not leave a smidgen.

I was looking forward to receiving my parcel which turned up on a gloomy Yorkshire afternoon and went to open to box to see some stunning Raviolini.
Beautiful aesthetically and flavourfully, dripping lightly in the lemon butter and topped with a gentle warm quails yoke.

Sumptuously delicate, mouthwateringly divine and most of all it made this Yorkshire girl feel very very relaxed and comforted as all good pasta should!
If you'd like to sample a weeks menu the kind and generous guys at
Pasta Evangelists have given me this code to pass on to you.
10% discount with the code CLARENCECOURT10

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They are called Pasta Evangelists because they are so much more to pasta than most people see.

When pasta is done right, it's the most wonderful food on earth, and it should have pride of place on modern menus.

Their pasta is reshly made by Italian hands, following authentic recipes and using the very best ingredients, our dishes show off the best of what pasta has to offer.

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019


                                                                    Photography credit: Tasha Best and Jose Palmer

Following a highly successful BAFTA screening, Left Hander Films and MMcB Productions are proud to share Spaghetti.

Shot with an entirely female crew; Spaghetti is an uncomfortably digestible light bite, with a splash of dark comedy, dished up to inform and empower everyone when it comes to clearing up consent.

Monday, 13 May 2019

THE BELGRAVIA FLOWER SHOW 2019 Presents The Botanist Garden

THE BELGRAVIA FLOWER SHOW 2019 Presents The Botanist Garden

At Boisdale of Belgravia Monday 20 – 25 May 2019

09 May 2019

Belgravia Flower Show 2019 is proud to announce the launch of The Botanist Garden at Boisdale of Belgravia on Monday 20th May and sponsored by The Botanist Islay Dry Gin to be officially opened by televison and media personality Georgia Toffolo.
Since 1913 every May London has celebrated the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. In recent years, coinciding with the nearby Chelsea Flower Show, Belgravia in Bloom also takes place in shops, bars and restaurants around Belgravia and this year the Scottish restaurant Boisdale will be hosting its own flower spectacular expertly staged by notable florist Lucy Vail, best known for her bold use of colour and theatrical floral ceilings.
The Botanist Garden will be a celebration of The Botanist Islay Dry Gin and Boisdale of Belgravia’s Scottish heritage portrayed through a brand new foraged gin cocktail menu and the restaurant’s floral installation of natural foliage and florals inspired by the 22 hand foraged botanicals from the Isle of Islay, the southernmost of the Inner Hebrides islands and home of The Botanist.
Wild Highland foliage, fragrant florals, blooms and roses will adorn The Botanist Garden to create a botanical masterclass and fill the restaurant with fresh spring scents, whilst guests enjoy a selection of perfectly served foraged gin cocktails devised in collaboration with The Botanist throughout the months of May and June alongside the finest British produce.
The Botanist Garden will see excitement levels peak during the week of the Chelsea Flower Show with national press, the Boisdale friends and community of writers, thespians, rock stars and business leaders enjoying foraged gin cocktails and Scottish canapes to the sounds of live jazz, courtesy of a trio of London’s finest musicians at the launch party on Monday 20th May.
Stephen Busby, Boisdale of Belgravia’s GM comments, “Flowers genuinely create happiness. In every culture, in every country, and in every generation, they have always lifted our mood, so I’m thrilled to be hosting the Belgravia Flower Show in my restaurant. When it comes to enjoying life in London it doesn’t get much better than decadent interiors filled with flowers, excellent food, superb drinks (being British gin is my particular favourite!) and great live music for which we are famous.”  
Notes to Editors:
About Boisdale:
Boisdale, originating from the Outer Hebrides, is a critically acclaimed great British restaurant, providing an eclectic environment celebrating the very best of Britain’s heritage through food, drink and music. With sites in Belgravia, Mayfair, Canary Wharf and Bishopsgate, the restaurants have a unique atmosphere in which to enjoy one of the world’s leading whisky collections and exceptional wine list including own bottled wine and vintage champagnes. Also retailing some of the world’s best hand-rolled Cuban and vintage cigars, each Boisdale restaurant features a bespoke humidor, with Boisdale Belgravia, Boisdale of Mayfair and Canary Wharf also offering discreet cigar terraces.
About The Botanist Islay Dry Gin:
Small batch and hand-crafted, this fascinating, delicious gin uses nine classic gin botanicals, with the addition of 22 others foraged from the windswept heather hills, peat bogs and Atlantic shores of the island. Blended with skill, these elements are beautifully balanced in this fragrant and floral gin. Conceived, distilled & hand-crafted on the Island of Islay. The Botanist is a gin of layered complexity. A progressive exploration of the botanical heritage of our Isle of Islay. 22 hand-foraged local botanicals delicately augment nine berries, barks, seeds and peels during an achingly slow distillation. This first and only Islay dry gin is a rare expression of the heart and soul of The Botanist’s remote Scottish island home.
About Lucy Vail Floristry:
After graduating, Lucy moved to Italy where she worked with the world-famous events florists Tuscany Flowers and Munaretto, in both Florence and Venice. Studying with leading masters of floristry was an invaluable and unparalleled experience that has shaped the florist that Lucy herself has become.
Lucy's personal floral design has developed into an enchanting and creative art form, combining her own theatrical flair and unique vision with all that she has learned from the world's leading romantic style florists. After spending just under 2 years in Italy, she returned to the UK and moved to London, where she started working London's leading florists.
Lucy and her team have worked with some of the top brands and venues in London and further afield, such as Banqueting House, One Marylebone, Mansion House, Whitehall Place and Claridge’s. Lucy's work is renowned for being fresh and visionary, as well as for its bold use of colour.

Canary Wharf Flower Show 2019 Exhibit:THE JAMAICA ONE LOVE GARDEN

Canary Wharf Flower Show 2019 Exhibit: THE JAMAICA ONE LOVE GARDEN


10 May 2019

Sponsored by   


In association with
Boisdale is excited and delighted to announce the launch of the Canary Wharf Flower Show 2019 with the One Love Jamaica Garden on Tuesday 21st May sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board and created by Plant Plan.
This will be a totally immersive Jamaica rainforest experience in the heart of Canary Wharf designed by Bruce Dallow, Director of Plant Plan.   
Jamaica – is the jewel of the Caribbean and one of the most influential musical nations on earth, having developed many popular genres, such as mento, ska, rocksteady, and dub as well as the global phenomenon that is reggae.
From May until the end of August the first floor 65-metre terrace will be transformed into the Jamaica One Love tropical Caribbean garden and launched on Tuesday 21st by the universally renowned multi-platinum record selling singer of Jamaican origin Rebecca Ferguson. At the launch party the Blackwell Rum classic Jamaican cocktails and Jamaican canap├ęs will be accompanied by the best of Jamaican music.   
The fully covered and heated 2019 exhibit is the Jamaica One Love Garden which is inspired by the tropical rainforest fringed shores of the famously beautiful Jamaican parish of Portland featuring lush tropical plants and cascading palm trees.
Plant Plan Ltd, experienced interior and exterior landscapers who specialise in bespoke, high-end garden design both for the public and corporate market, have produced the garden design for the Jamaica One Love Garden introducing layers of tropical foliage to fully immerse diners and visitors in a tropical rainforest experience.  Designed by director Bruce Dallow, this scheme mixes vibrant colours, scents and textures to mimic a walk through a lush tropical rainforest.
The Boisdale classic cocktails and delicious bar menu will be available every day and night at the Jamaica One Love Garden.
On Saturday nights the global legends and London's Notting Hill Carnival stalwarts Musclehead Lloyd and Victor Victorious of Saxon Sound Systems will play an eclectic mix of reggae, old skool soul, boogie, cutting edge funk, rare groove and a touch of rub a dub reggae.
On Saturdays Boisdale of Canary Wharf will be providing a genuine taste of Jamaica
with a specially created Jamaican inspired cocktail menu using Blackwell Black Gold Fine Jamaican Rum.  
Christian Layton-Hannam, Brand Ambassador, commented, “For me, the quality of Blackwell Rum is a true reflection of the passion of Chris Blackwell. It is the perfect drink for the most exciting occasions.”
On Saturdays, the Jamaica One Love Garden will also be home to a rich, tasty Jamaican inspired menu, with dishes including jerk pork and chicken, as well as Caribbean specials, such as lobster and shrimp. Some will be served with a Scottish twist. Scotland and Jamaica are well known to each other, 60% of names in the Jamaican telephone directory are of Scottish origin, more than anywhere else in The Commonwealth; the Scottish saltire was selected as the base for the flag of Jamaica after independence in 1962 and Jamaica has its own national tartan!
On the partnership, Elizabeth Fox, Regional Director of the Jamaica Tourist Board says, “We are delighted that the Jamaica One Love Garden has been chosen for the Canary Wharf Flower Show this year and that everyone attending can be reminded of the dramatic beauty of the lush Jamaican countryside and enjoy a sense of its magical musical and culinary heritage. Boisdale has strong links with Jamaica and we are thrilled to be supporting this exciting exotic floral adventure.”     
Owner of Boisdale Restaurants, Ranald Macdonald, has taken inspiration for the launch from his annual trips to Jamaica and love of Jamaican culture, food and people, “Boisdale is a natural home for the Jamaica One Love Garden even if the climate is rather different! Jamaica is a stunningly beautiful country full of amazing people. Jamaica is there to be explored and enjoyed as a tranquil adventure of both the senses and the mind. In fact, I would be hard pressed to say which is more completely charming the landscape or the people. If you have never been, I suggest you get yourself down to the next best thing, our Jamaica One Love Garden at Boisdale of Canary Wharf which will give you a flavour of this amazing island and hopefully inspire you to make a visit to the island of One Love”.
Notes to Editors
About Jamaica Tourist Board
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. JTB offices are also located in Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam and Mumbai.
TripAdvisor® ranked Jamaica as the #1 Caribbean Destination and #14 Best Destination in the World in 2018. Also this year, the International Council of the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) named Jamaica the Best Destination for Adventure Tourism and TravAlliance Media named the JTB the Best Tourism Board Overall. Additionally, the JTB has been declared the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards (WTA) for twelve consecutive years between 2006 and 2018. Jamaica also earned the WTA’s award for the Caribbean’s Leading Destination, Leading Cruise Destination and Leading Meetings & Conference Centre 2018 for the Montego Bay Convention Centre. Jamaica is home to some of the world’s best accommodations, attractions and service providers that have won several awards throughout the years.
For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the JTB’s Web site at  or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at +44 207 225 9090. Follow the JTB on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube. View the JTB blog at
About Blackwell Rum
“Blackwell Fine Jamaican Rum is very much the dream and taste of visionary music entrepreneur, cultural pioneer and innovative hotelier Chris Blackwell.  Blackwell founded the influential independent label Island Records in the early 1960s and introduced the best of reggae to the world, including Bob Marley and the Wailers, Black Uhuru, Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals.
Blackwell Rum reflects his passion for the island’s special culture and spirit, and his determination to pack its vibrancy and flair into one rum. It’s a way of sipping the history, the spirit, the spectacular energy and heat of the island, and of tapping into its lively soul.
The Rum is Chris Blackwell’s very personal way of introducing you to the authentic life force of the island he loves and knows inside out.”
About Boisdale of Canary Wharf
Boisdale of Canary Wharf described as “London’s No 1 jazz venue” by Tatler Magazine is well known for its music credentials. The venue, one of the first buildings erected on the Canary Wharf island, used to be a music hall and since its conception as Boisdale and under patronage of Jools Holland it has been presenting the very best in jazz, blues, soul, pop and rock’n’roll in the restaurant and music venue on the second floor. 
In addition to being a music venue Boisdale of Canary Wharf comprises an award winning restaurant, four private dining rooms, The Oyster Bar, Grill & Terrace, the world’s most extensive whisky bar (over 1000 malts and blends), and a stunning walk in cigar humidor & shop.
The food offering ranges from an excellent value bar menu with a wonderful selection of burgers starting at £9.25 to an a la carte selection celebrating great British ingredients with flair and imagination. The dry aged Buccleuch, 50-day matured steaks are simply amazing. You can also enjoy fabulous cocktails, a good selection of real ales and draft lagers as well as an outstanding wine list with over 200 bins, not forgetting the best views of the City of London’s skyline on the island.
Location & transport:  Boisdale of Canary Wharf’s first floor Oyster, Bar, Grill & Terrace Cabot Place, Canary Wharf London, E14 4QT (DLR, Jubilee line & River Bus RB1 / Canary Wharf Pier.   
Dates: Jamaica One Love Garden - Tuesday 21 May until 31 August

Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Australian VR tech features at the Venice Biennale

A massive visual art installation incorporating virtual reality technology from South Australia will be exhibited as an official Collateral Event at the 2019 Venice Biennale.

Adelaide-based VR production business Jumpgate VR collaborated with artists James Darling and Lesley Forwood to bring their immersive work Living Rocks: a Fragment of the Universe to life for the prestigious event.
Jumpgate VR Managing Director Anton Andreacchio said the art project provides a platform for the company to further develop their technology for a range of applications in the creative industry.
“We supported this first and foremost because it enabled us to step into a place where we would never have been able to go,” Andreacchio said.
“This is a chance to be at the forefront of tech, not pixels, but on the conceptualisation of what tech is and how humans can interact with the technology.”
“Quite a lot of the time we put the technological cart before the horse of human experience and to have [Darling and Forwood] at the helm of this essentially asking questions that weren’t limited by their understanding of the tech, it was just what they believed and what they envisaged, then it was up to us to push our boundaries to figure out how to rise to the challenge.”
The installation in the Magazzini del Sale depicts an origin story of life on earth. Its centrepiece is thrombolites sculptures hand-made from mallee roots by Darling and Forwood. Thrombolites are microbial structures that were the only living organisms on earth for three billion years and created the beginnings of the planet’s atmosphere. The thrombolites used in Living Rocks are based on those found at Lake Hawdon in South Australia’s south.
Andreacchio said the 3D VR projections, which play on a 20-minute loop, are designed to compliment the sculptures to deliver an immersive experience for audiences.
“Our primary role was the development of the moving image, so interpreting James and Lesley’s vision, but not just creating it as a once off [and] giving them the time and space to explore things has very much been a conversation on what’s possible as the project evolved,” Andreacchio said.
“This has included construction of what the world used to look like in 3D which has been a big challenge considering we’re rendering this in 26K, whereas films are typically between 2K and 4K.”
“We went out to Lake Hawdon and used photogrammetry to reconstruct the thrombolites that were out there, taking photos from multiple directions then reconstruct the 3D geometry as well as work closely with the scientists that James and Lesley were consulting with to get their feedback on the work as well.”
As part of the showcase, the thrombolites slowly emerge from a shallow 30-metre-long pool filled with water that is surrounded by an expansive ...


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Tuesday, 7 May 2019

#SilenceIsNotConsent - actor's LA experience prompts film and campaign

  • UK short film Spaghetti uses humour to tackle consent in the aftermath of #MeToo movement.
  • Inspired by actress's personal experience.
  • Shot by all-female crew in London earlier this year.
  • Launch screening, Q&A and champagne reception at BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, 9 May.
A new short film about consent aims to empower men and women, and spark a wider conversation about the issue. 
Dark comedy Spaghetti is written by Mary McBain, who stars in the film alongside Dan Burman. McBain was inspired to shoot the film after two uncomfortable experiences while working in Los Angeles in recent years.

She says: "I wanted to take a negative and scary situation that happened to me, and turn it into something positive that will ultimately make a difference. Just because a woman becomes silent and goes along with something doesn't mean she's consenting. It's up to both people in that situation - one to speak up, and the other to check in.

"#MeToo has done so much to create essential change, but we can do more to protect people at an earlier stage. This film isn't about finger pointing, it's about education and making sure everyone - men and women - feel safe and comfortable."   

"We really want to start a conversation - our film will inspire people to spread the message that #SilenceIsNotConsent."

The film was shot by 20 female filmmakers in Wimbledon in February, with funding by MMcB Productions.
  • Press are invited to screening, Q&A and champagne/light bite reception at BAFTA (195 Piccadilly) on May 9, 7pm. To RSVP or for interview opportunities contact and 07444097104
  • For promotional materials and film download, contact
  • Film will be available online from May 10 at
  • The film's instagram page is @SpaghettiTheFilm
  •  Produced by Dan Burman and Mary McBain
    Directed by Sarah Day
    Cinematographer Carmen Fortea
  • This blog was brought to you in collaboration with
    Left Hander Films

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Seven out of 12 UK train companies now offer vegan options

Seven out of 12 UK train companies now offer vegan options

Seven major train companies offer vegan options on-board their trains now, compared to just two earlier this year, thanks to a campaign by a leading vegan charity.

At the beginning of 2018 The Vegan Society launched the next phase of their popular Vegan on the Go campaign, which sought to get more plant-based options onto UK trains.

Virgin Trains, East Midlands Trains, Greater Anglia, Grand Central, Crosscountry, Great Western Railway and Hull Trains all provide vegan options since the launch of the campaign.

The charity is targeting five more train companies and hoping to work with them on improving the vegan menus in the New Year.

Elena Orde, Communications and Campaigns Officer at The Vegan Society, said: “We are very pleased to see so many train companies make positive changes to their vegan food and drink offering.

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Virgin Trains advertising campaign earlier this year saw this poster on various billboards across the country

“These businesses are showing the way the market is going – vegans need to be catered for, and those who fail to recognise this risk missing out on a growing segment of the market.

“Vegan food options are inclusive of most dietary requirements and often promote sustainability. We’re looking forward to working with more businesses on this.”

Many companies have upped their vegan game over the course of the year, adding vegan sandwiches, hot meals, cakes and plant milk for use in tea and coffee.

Julie Harper from Virgin Trains says that the firm is invested in changing people’s perceptions of vegan food. She added: “Although these options are vegan, they are for everyone. They look delicious and taste delicious in their own right.”

Virgin Trains have this year run a large advertising campaign for their vegan breakfast option, showing a commitment to providing exciting plant-based options.

Debbie Pye, Customer Experience Product Manager for East Midlands Trains, said: “Our vegan wrap is now one of our bestsellers. We really are finding that across the board, everyone enjoys vegan products even if they are not vegan themselves. They are selling exceptionally well.”

Lucy Wright, Media Officer for Greater Anglia, said: “Vegan options are great because not only do they cater for the vegan community, but they are loved by everyone – from those looking to try something new and different, to those who care about the environment.”

In 2019 The Vegan Society will turn its attention to vegan food on-board planes, and looks forward to seeing similar successes in this field.

Train or plane companies wishing to request more information or assistance in providing vegan options can email