Welcome to Mackintosh's April Newsletter

April LambsThe time is nearly upon us. “What time?” I hear you ask. Everybody’s favourite time of the year when men, young and old, boldly delve into their garages and sheds, brush the dust off their long neglected barbeques and the sweet aroma of sizzling ribs and burgers floats through the air causing a spontaneous outbreak of national salivation.

With this in mind Mackintosh’s Catering has focused its attention this month on the impending summer, with a refreshing cocktail, and a partnership with the perfect summer location, Bedford Square’s residential garden. We are thrilled to announce that Mackintosh’s is now able to caterer for this stunning venue located in the heart of the West End, absolutely ideal for summer parties. Whether it is a full blown BBQ or a drinks party with canapés adding some music to the event will have your guests and friends dancing the night away at this fabulous London venue.

If the idea of starting up the BBQ at home to feed a bevy of friends and family is daunting then Mackintosh’s will be pleased to take the stress away. As you enjoy the beautiful sunshine and perhaps a glass of Pimms - yes it will be a glorious English summer- the Mackintosh’s team will be hard at work laying out beautiful fresh salads bursting with the best of British seasonal produce and grilling succulent morsels of meat and fish, the smells of which will wet everyone’s appetite. If you are worried about the weather then Mackintosh’s can organise a new conceptual design for a free flowing canvas that will float above the ground allowing your guests to take some shade or if necessary shelter from that annoying shower.

Summer and Weddings go hand in hand so if you are making plans and need some help the Mackintosh’s team will be very happy to assist with all your questions to make your day special.


Avenue Q has a new home!
 

Mackintosh’s were delighted to cater for the party held for Avenue Q’s move to the Wyndham’s theatre. Avenue Q enjoyed great success on Broadway and it is in its fifth sensational year in the West End. The event was held at the theatre itself for 100 guests who were treated to delicious canapés and champagne in celebration of Avenue Q’s new home. Paul Phear from Magic FM said, “I’ve rarely nibbled finer canapés!”

Delfont Mackintosh Hospitality are running some fabulous new team building workshops. This 90 minute workshop gives participants the opportunity to work with Nigel Plaskitt the Avenue Q puppet coach. Whilst you are handling the famous puppets you can enjoy champagne complemented by Mackintosh’s delicious canapés. This is the perfect excuse to learn something new whilst having a great time with your colleagues. Contact Delfont Mackintosh Hospitality for more information.


The Deliciously Decadent Chocolate Bar

 

Hands up who doesn’t like chocolate? Even stick thin models can be seen succumbing to the temptations of the silky smoothness of really good chocolate. And why not, everyone feels better after a piece of chocolate rich in high quality cocoa butter.

For something a little different why not treat your guests to a ‘chocolate den’ for their ' fix'. Whether they are still planning to party or are on their way home having created their very own goodie bag they will certainly remember your party!

 

Here are a few ideas to make you lick your lips!

Chocolate dipped strawberries (seasonal)
Rich gooey chocolate brownies with white chocolate bits
Chocolate dipped peanut brittle
Chocolate macaroons
Chocolate champagne truffles
Chocolate fountain shots
Dark chocolate and tonka bean mousse
Miniature chocolate eclairs
Chocolate drizzled marshmallows
S’more: digestive biscuit sandwich filled with melted marshmallow and chocolate ganash
Chocolate fountain with fruits for dipping
Double chocolate ice cream station
And ‘do it yourself’ chocolate making


Did you know about chocolate?

The word 'Chocolate' comes from the Aztec word, 'cacahuatl' or ‘xocolatl’. This means 'bitter water'.

Cocoa trees require warm, moist climates and are largely found in West Africa. The ancient Greek term for the Cocoa Tree is 'Theobroma Cacao' meaning ‘Food for the Gods'.

The Mayans and Aztecs believed that the Cocoa Beans originated from Paradise and would bring wisdom and power to anyone consuming them.

The Maya people prepared chocolate strictly for drinking. Chocolate history doesn't include solid chocolate until the 1850s.

The traditional recipe for drinking chocolate consisted of the beans being fermented, and dried. They were then roasted and the shells removed and the rest was ground into a paste. The paste was mixed with hot water and spices, such as chili, vanilla, annatto, allspice, honey, and flowers. Then the mixture was frothed by pouring it back and forth between two containers.

Cocoa Trees produce pods and each pod contains about 20 to 50 coco beans. Different varieties of bean produce different flavours and are used to make different types of chocolate.

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Venue Of The Month
Bedford Square

Bedford Square is a private garden square it was originally laid out between 1775 and 1780 and is the only complete Georgian Square in London. Stunningly enclosed by towering London plane trees and surrounded by elegant brick houses, it was once the haunt of writers and book-publishers and remains a secret haven within the bustling West End. This stunning garden setting is the perfect place for a summer event be it private or corporate. A stone’s throw from all the amenities of London’s west end your guests will be amazed at this peaceful haven in the centre of the city

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