Welcome to Mackintosh's June Newsletter

As the song says, 'June is busting out all over', with exceptionally warm weather for the month’s first week. However as we all know a week doesn't make a summer and by August we might be wearing jumpers! At least this year we can enjoy Wimbledon without the fear of a rain delay, or another rousing song from Sir Cliff, thanks to the new devilishly clever sliding roof! For those lucky enough to have tickets for the most famous grass court championship in the world, don't forget to indulge in the strawberries and cream as you watch Scotland’s Andy Murray battle his way to the Wimbledon final. And for those readers who are collectors of factoids, this month's 'did you know' is all about the quintessentially English dessert of strawberries and cream, which you are sure to find very interesting.

June is proving to be a very busy month for Mackintosh's, catering in London for both indoor canapé and drinks parties as well as barbecue garden parties. As always Pimms is proving to be very popular amongst our clients and therefore it seemed the obvious choice for Mackintosh's cocktail of the month. If you are planning a summer party then please have a look at Kew Palace, which is being featured as Mackintosh’s venue of the month. Whether it's inside the Palace or in the beautiful gardens it would be an ideal location for an intimate summer event. The Mackintosh events team will be very pleased to discuss with you some ideas that will be perfect for a corporate function or a private celebration. Whether it's a sit down lunch or dinner or a canapé party, Mackintosh's will make sure your guests eat and drink well and of course have fun.

Recent Highlights

Simply Fab: Chris Craymer Teams Up With Mulberry

You might not consider yourself to be a romantic, but when you see London born photographer Chris Craymer's new book we challenge you not to feel a bit warm and fuzzy!

Mackintosh's was asked to cater Craymer's book launch at Mulberry's flagship store in Bond Street this month, hosted by creative director, Emma Hill and Harold Tillman of the BFC. Over 500 guest enjoyed Union Jack ‘fondant fancy’ cakes accompanied by kir royal’s. Our waiters wore logo t-shirts, skinny jeans and bright pink high top converse trainers. Fashion VIP’s included: Tamsin Egerton, Jacquetta Wheeler, Phillip Rhys, Chloe Delevigne, Ben Goldsmith, Astrid Harbord and Marie Helvin.

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Mackintosh's and promoting local businesses

This month Mackintosh's teamed up with some local businesses undertaking three promotional events. During the current economic downturn it is even more essential that every business promotes what it does. Mackintosh’s will be delighted to help you plan an event and entertain your clients on a budget.

Barclays Bank and The Sun teamed up for a Local Business Award, to promote the hard work and accomplishments of the many small businesses that are the life blood of London. Mackintosh’s provided canapés and wine for the guests during an evening of celebration and promotion. It was a great success for both Barclays and Mackintosh’s, enabling us both to form new relationships and meet new people.

Serving Up a Menu of Success

On the evening of May 22nd 2009, Mackintosh’s helped launch Pinesoft into bigger, busier times. To celebrate the move and promote the additional meeting room space it has available, Pinesoft wanted to lay on an entertaining, stylish and fun event for its clients, prospective clients, suppliers, guests, and friends.

Over 100 guests were present and these included some very big names from the markets DX Business Direct, DHL, Swiss Post, Selecture, Noble Legal and SMS (Secure Mail Services) to name but a few but all of whom are used to the finest of most things!

The evening was a great success and Mackintosh’s is very proud to have been asked to cater in such a stunning building.

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JLA Workshop Launch at the WORX

JLA launched five workshops to help businesses in team building and better equip their employees for the challenges ahead. These amazing workshops were attended by top corporate event managers. Each workshop was designed to deliver practical tools. Applications included management development, leadership strategy, innovation, team building, sales, customer experience and change management programmes. Thereby enabling them to gain an insight into team building.

  • Max McKeown on how to adjust strategy to surf the waves of recession
  • Vocal coaches Carrie & David Grant on confidence, teamwork and change
  • A real Formula 1 Pit-Stop Challenge aligning individuals, teams and partners
  • Polar Bear Pirates' live case studies, with participants directing the action
  • Caspar Berry showing the difference between reckless and calculated risks

As preferred caterer at The Worx in Fulham, Mackintosh’s was asked to cater for the all day workshop. Mackintosh’s provided a fabulous breakfast, followed by the summer’s first BBQ. Spiced lamb kofta skewers, lemon & rosemary thighs and crispy mackerel fillets, and shaven asparagus and fennel salad with sweet lemon and thyme dressing were served with many other delicious dishes.

Food Markets

Summer is a great time to buy fresh British produce as they are abundant and delicious. To really take advantage of this you should try and frequent one of London’s many food markets. Borough and Greenwich are two of the most famous, but why not try a more local farmers market. They are dotted around London, and the chances are there is one near you that you just may not know about. Clapham, Ealing, Marylebone, Notting Hill Gate, Queen’s Park and Wimbledon all happen regularly, to name but a few. Try searching for one near you and you may well be surprised at how much great fresh produce you can get for your money.

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Did You Know about Strawberries and Cream?

Every year about 27,000 kg of strawberries are eaten during the Wimbledon Tennis Championship, together with 7,000 litres of cream. The popularity of serving strawberries with cream is possibly as old as the event itself. So here are a few facts about Strawberries and their origins.

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Venue Of The Month - Kew Palace

Built in warm red brick, Kew Palace is a welcoming place to hire for events. This was the royal residence where George III stayed when he disappeared from public life and it was here that the Royal Family gathered in 2006 for an intimate meal to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's 80th birthday. For all of its historical importance and regal elegance, Kew Palace is both stately and homely providing comfortable luxury for intimate dinner parties and drinks receptions.

The favourite royal retreat of George III and Queen Charlotte is located within the grounds of Kew Gardens, roughly seven miles from central London, easily accessible via tube (Kew Gardens) and mainline train (Kew Bridge). During the summer you can also reach Kew Gardens by riverboat from Westminster, Richmond upon Thames and Kingston upon Thames.

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Special offer

Book an event with Mackintosh’s at Kew Palace and we will offer you a complimentary portrait photo shoot for you and your family at your home with photographer Michael Potter. This will consist of a 2-hour shoot (normally £285) and a DVD of 50 of the best shots. Find out more....

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