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Tuesday, 4 January 2011
Just a few days before Christmas, London was completely snowed under, but 49 food bloggers and their friends braved the weather and horrific travel disruption to descend upon The Ship in Wandsworth for #bloggersxmaslunch 2010.
It was great fun organising this event with Gail of One Million Goldstars and Oisin Rogers, The Ship's manager. The Ship is on the bank of the Thames next to Wandsworth Bridge, and only a few minutes walk from either Wandsworth Town Rail or Clapham Junction stations.
A year-round location, The Ship has a large area of outdoor seating besides the Thames which must be fantastic in the summer months. During winter, the spacious conservatory is a warm and welcoming dining area, ideal for lazy Sunday lunches such as this.
The excellent menu was specially put together for us by Oisin, and its variety and quality appeared to win over the 49 diners. In addition to the delicious food, Bloody Marys were served on arrival as well as pints of beer.
Some of the lovely dishes served on the day included:
"Mini Crab Cake with Quail Eggs and Hollandaise Sauce" as an amuse bouche.
"Treacle Cured Organic Salmon, Pickled Beetroot, Butternut Squash Purée and Avruga"
"Foie Gras Terrine with Pistachio, Pear and Apple Chutney, Celery Salt and Toasted Brioche"
"Poached Ham Hock Pressed with Roast Shallots, Bury Black Pudding, Celeriac Remoulade and Spiced Kumquats"
"Roast Butternut Squash Soup, Goat’s Cheese Tortellini, White Truffle Oil" and "Roast Haunch of Venison, Herb Crust, Red Wine Risotto, Shallot Puree, Thyme Sauce"
"Honey Glazed Duck Breast, Pasty of Confit Leg, Creamed Spinach, Root Vegetable Fondants, Port Jus"
"Sautéed Turbot Supreme with Celeriac and Turnip Boulangère, Truffled Sabayon, Red Wine Reduction" and "Roast Rump of Beef with Roast Potatoes, Yorkshire Pudding, Cauliflower Cheese and Swede Mash"
"Homemade Christmas Pudding, Prune and Armagnac Ice Cream" and "Sticky Toffee Pudding, Vanilla Ice Cream"
"Apple and Prune Crumble, Liquorice Ice Cream"
Wines were matched to each course and included an 09 Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc by Mission Estate Winery, an 09 Beaujolais-Villages by Chateau du Chatelard and a fantastic 04 Rioja Reserva by Coto de Imaz.
It was a great event for meeting the many people behind the food blogs I read or whom I follow on Twitter. I would like to thank everyone for coming along despite the blizzard, and Oisin and Emma from The Ship. From my first contact many weeks ago to our fond farewell on the day, they worked incredibly hard to give us the best time and make the event a spectacular success.
You can read other reviews of this event at From Chopsticks 2 Steaknives, Miss Immy's London, Cooksister, One Million Goldstars, and Fernandez and Leluu .