Welcome to Mackintosh's October Newsletter

October heralds the arrival of autumn and with it the wonderful colours and smells of this magnificent season. For those living in London there is nothing like walking in one of its many parks (as long as you avoid the plummeting conkers!) and looking at the resplendent colours that now adorn the trees. The sun’s rays may now have lost the power of the summer but they nevertheless still warm the air as they illuminate the deep reds and shimmering yellows. Autumn is fantastic for produce and with it the time for some great classic culinary dishes, such as Boeuf Bourguignon or a wild mushroom risotto. The now very fashionable ‘slow cooking’ is perfect at this time of the year with the plentiful supplies of root vegetables, marrows and pumpkins. And what could be better than apple and blackberry crumble with some thick Devon cream!

September was a very busy month for Mackintosh’s, which included a stunning evening barbeque by the river in Chiswick and a number of catered events during Fashion Week which included several for a top London PR company. Mackintosh’s was also very pleased to have been part of The Mackintosh Foundation’s presentation of a bus to the Variety Club; but more about that later.

October is a great time for entertaining and seeing friends before the madness of Christmas. Mackintosh’s has some great ideas for a seasonal drinks and canapé party. If you are thinking of hosting a dinner party with some friends over Halloween or Thanksgiving please give the Mackintosh team a ring and they will be very pleased to talk to you about how to wow your guests without breaking the bank.

It is obviously with great sadness that we all heard about the recent death of Keith Floyd. He will really be missed as he was not only a tremendous character but also a fantastic chef who really showed that cooking should be fun, especially with a glass of wine!

With Christmas just around the corner, it will be two years since Mackintosh’s started its monthly newsletter and so I thought it was about time we wrote a little about us and the wide range of services that we can provide. I hope you enjoy reading about the great staff that work at Mackintosh’s.


All About Us

Fabulous Food
With a team of top chefs Mackintosh’s provides the best in the business. For every event we strive for perfection- a quality which we have built our reputation on. For any of your catering needs Mackintosh's would love to help.

Exceptional events
Mackintosh’s are not only a renowned caterer, but our elite team of party planners pride themselves on creating exceptional events from start to finish. From the opening night of the box office smash hit Oliver to canapés for 500 at London’s top venue the V & A, Mackintosh’s rise to the challenge and produce seamless events.

Weddings
Wedding’s can be extremely stressful for the bride and groom to organise. Mackintosh’s are here to take all that stress away and work with you every step of the way to make your dream a reality. If you are planning a wedding our team of seasoned events co-ordinators would be very pleased to help.

Private parties
Planning a private party is always a lot a fun and very personal. Mackintosh’s unique experience within the theatre world enable us to bring the wow factor to any private party, be it a birthday party for 200 or a private dinner for 20. Whatever the occasion Mackintosh’s promise to make it a night to remember.

Corporate events
Corporate events require professionalism, efficacy and creativity, qualities which Mackintosh’s always strive to achieve. In these difficult times Mackintosh’s understand the pressures companies are under to deliver great events on a budget. That is why our events team are always happy to work with the client to insure a fantastic event.

Venues
The venue is the best place to start when planning your party or event, Mackintosh’s understand this and that is why we have a fabulous list of venues to help with your search. All of our venues have been approved by us for you, so once you have chosen your favourite venue, give Mackintosh’s team a call and we guarantee to bring your event to life.

Click here to see a few of our favorite venues

Testimonials
Mackintosh’s catered at the V&A for the opening of our Theatre and Performance galleries for about 500 people and they exceeded all my expectations. They have an extremely competent manager who I would go as far as to say is one of the best in the business... Their food is delicious, presentation very good and they are very happy to work within a budget.
Camilla Graham, Head of Museum Events, The Victoria & Albert Museum

I wanted to thank you for providing such marvellous food for the party on Saturday – it was really quite splendid
Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber


Did you know about Mackintosh’s Team

Nicky Mackintosh, Director and Executive Head Chef
Having trained at the École Hoteliére in Lausanne and the Cordon Bleu in Paris, Nicky has over 30 years experience in outside catering and restaurant-based operations in New York and London.

Cindy Mackintosh, Managing Director
Cindy has been creating outside catering events for more than 20 years. Her experience is invaluable as she guides you through every detail to ensure your event runs smoothly and exceeds your expectations.

Chris Carabine, Operations Manager
He joined Mackintosh’s in 2006 at an exciting time and designed and implemented the company’s internal systems and the ISO 9001 Quality management system. Chris thrives on solving the day-to-day challenges of the business, and ensuring every event is planned and executed to every last detail.

Our Master Chefs
We have a team of chefs, each with his own expertise; from modern British to sensational Asian. Whatever the theme of your event Mackintosh’s chefs will produce seasonal food with the flavours and styles that will wow your guests.

Dominic Fenton, Business Development
Dominic Fenton is a PR and marketing professional with over 18 years experience in project management and business development across the entertainment, music, event and catering industries.

Andrea Ziemer, Events and Office Administrator
Came to Mackintosh’s a year ago for a short stint of work experience. Her enthusiasm and passion for the industry impressed Cindy and Nicky so much that they decided to give her a permanent position. She has taken to the challenge like a duck to water and is now co-managing events with the confidence and style of someone who has had years of experience.

Some Recent Highlights

End of summer BBQ

Mackintosh’s was delighted to be asked to organise one of our private client’s annual end of summer party in Strand on the Green. Our brief was to create a relaxed atmosphere with BBQ food whilst bringing to life every inch of their house and gardens.

Guests arrived to the smell of the chefs cooking the butterfly lamb studded with garlic, anchovy and rosemary in the front garden and were greeted by Mackintosh’s staff with a warm smile and a tray of pink champagne. To make the most of the beautiful garden and highlight the elegant statues and plants inside the garden wall, we use a liquid canvas instead of a formal marquee structure. This meant there were no walls covering up the garden plants which added to ambience. The tables were dressed with lawn green tablecloths, aconite yellow napkins, as well as alternate green and amber Royal Scott water glasses. The centre pieces were tall vases filled with apples and leaves overflowing, nightlights with groups of apples and lemons were at the base which finished it to perfection.

Read more about the End of Summer BBQ

Charity Event in Fulham @ The Worx

Mackintosh’s was delighted to cater for a well known charity event at the Worx in Fulham this month. With 300 hundred guests attending it promised to be a great evening. All of the 12 canapés were Asian themed ranging from Miniature salmon ikura don served in a small ceramic spoon to hand rolled nori cones with tempura soft shell crab, pickled ginger, wasabi and black sesame. All of the guests seemed to enjoy the delicate canapés and with their hunger satisfied they were more than willing to give generously to the well deserving charity. The event was a great success and Mackintosh’s look forward to working with this charity again.

Variety Club Charity event
On 23rd September Sir Cameron Mackintosh of The Mackintosh Foundation presented a Sunshine Coach in association with the musical Oliver to the Variety Club Charity.

As part of its social responsibility Mackintosh’s decided to donate the tea that was served to the children of Canon House and the Varity club after the presentation of the coach.

Click here to read more...


Venue Of The Month

This month we decided to showcase all of our wonderful venues just as a reminder that whatever the occasion Mackintosh’s can find the right venue for you.

Advait Centre | Bankside Gallery | Bloomsbury Ballroom | Chelsea Physic Garden | Christie's King Street | Christie's South Kensington | Delfont Mackintosh Theatres | Foundling Museum | Getty Images Gallery | Grove House | House of St Barnabas | Kensington Palace | Kew Palace | Ministry of Sound | October Gallery | One Marylebone Road | Parkstead House | Prince of Wales Theatre | Royal Collage of Art | The Royal Chelsea Hospital | Thomas Goode | Westminster Abbey | Westminster Boating Base | The Worx


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