Welcome to Mackintosh's February Newsletter

RosesIt might still be winter but with the coming of February one starts to feel that spring is just round the corner. The snowdrops are popping up everywhere, giving a little colour to the garden and a foretaste of the multitude of spring flowers soon to come.

As we wait for the new crop of spring vegetables to arrive let us savour the seasonal vegetables that are now available in the shops. Celeriac is plentiful and versatile as it can be used in a salad, as a hot puree, on its own, or mixed with mashed potatoes. Jerusalem artichoke is a very interesting vegetable often used in London’s very best restaurants. If you haven’t tried it before, please look at Mackintosh’s recipe section where you can try a very simple way of making a really cracking soup. Guinea fowl makes a great change from chicken with a slight gamey flavour. It can be simply roasted or you can get your butcher to cut it up into pieces and cook it in a casserole like you would do for coq au vin. It is also delicious cooked with quince, cider and crème fraiche. For puds my winter favourite is crumble and there is nothing better than a mixture of apple and early season rhubarb.

Besides the month of spring, the Mackintosh team are really looking forward to some exciting cocktail and dinner parties that have booked over the coming weeks. As one of London’s leading caterers we are sure that 2010 is going to be an exciting year for catering. Mackintosh’s head chef has found some new suppliers of interesting vegetables, herbs and soft leaves with the added plus that they are all British. Whether it’s for a canapé party or a sit down lunch or dinner Mackintosh’s would love to be able to design a menu for your special event. If you have a special event such as a birthday party or anniversary that requires that extra touch, please give us a ring and we will be very pleased to help.

By Nicky Mackintosh

Recent Highlights

Opening Night of Legally Blonde The Musical


The opening night of Legally Blonde the musical was a night to remember. The after party was a great success, being held at our fabulous venue of the month The Waldorf Hilton. For this event 800 guests, including the cast and crew, flowed into the Palm Court and the adjoining Adelphi rooms. Naturally the event was themed around the hit musical, with pink balloons everywhere and pink bars from which the guests were served fabulous cocktails.

Mackintosh’s took great care to theme the food around the event, producing some fun American style canapés such as mini smoked salmon bagels, chicken Ceaser salad wrap and mini burgers. The platters were a hit with the guests displaying the food amidst pink feather bowers, glitter and stars. As Mackintosh’s team of chefs worked tirelessly to produce the 5,000 canapés which were served to the hungry guest the party got into full swing and the guests partied on into the small hours of the morning. Special thanks to Freespririt Events.


Westminster City Council Dinner


Mackintosh’s was asked to cater for a VIP evening at Westminster City Council in January. The guests arrived and were served a selection of delicious canapés and drinks whilst enjoying the fabulous panoramic view of all of London’s famous sights from the windows. To start Mackintosh’s chef put together a delicious beetroot, feta, rocket and crispy pancetta salad with sweet dried tomato and balsamic shallot dressing. The main course was a lovely Salt Marsh lamb rump with roasted garlic mash, saffron shallots and confit garlic. This was accompanied by our signature roasted Mediterranean vegetable and parmesan stack with courgette pesto and rosemary scented jus.


To finish the guests were treated to a duo of apple tarte tatin with spun sugar and creme brulee. The evening was lovely and a great success.


Critics' Circle Theatre Awards


For the fifth consecutive year, Mackintosh’s were proud to cater for the Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2009 which were hosted on 26th January 2010 at the Prince of Wales Theatre. This wonderful art deco, recently refurbished theatre is part of the Delfont Mackintosh theatre group and is a perfect venue in the heart of London for a lunch time event. Amongst the star studded guests were Jude Law and Rachel Weisz who both won awards on the night. Rachel Weisz received the best actress award for her part in A streetcar named desire and Jude law won his award for best Shakespearian performance for his part in Hamlet. Before the ceremony all of the guests were treated to fabulous canapés and champagne. Mackintosh’s team of chefs prepared a range of canapés including our delicious Thai green chicken curried wrap with chilli, asian greens and bean sprouts, for the 200 guests.

Did You Know About Valentine’s Day?

Pope Gelasius I held the first feast of St. Valentine’s in 496 AD, who included Valentine among those "... whose names are justly reverenced among men, but whose acts are known only to God." This quote implies that even at this early stage the pope did not know the history of St Valentine.

It is generally believed that st Valentine was either: A priest in Rome, a bishop of Interamna (modern Terni) or a martyr in the Roman province of Africa.

The most popular choice for the Saint is the Roman priest who, legend has it, defied the emperor Claudius II by marrying Christians in secret. He was beheaded for his crimes and was subsequently martyred.

Some antiquarians suggested that Valentine's Day was created as an attempt to replace the pagan holiday of Lupercalia. , Lupercalia honored the gods Lupercus and Faunus, as well as the legendary founders of Rome, Romulus and Remus.

In addition to a feast Lupercalia festivities are thought to have included the pairing of young women and men. Thereby backing up the theory that this celebration was the forerunner of Valentines.

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Venue Of The Month
The Waldorf Hilton Hotel

The Waldorf Hilton is a luxurious London hotel, ideally located in the West End within walking distance to Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square, St. Pauls Cathedral and Soho. The Hotel balances Classic beauty with contemporary design features throughout, with modern style and technology set against an Edwardian backdrop. This fabulous London venue is the perfect place for your event with a range of spectacular rooms to choose from, you are guaranteed to have an unforgettable evening.

Whether it’s a red carpet wedding reception with accompanying band, or an intimate dinner and cocktails, the elegant surroundings of The Palm Court will make it a spectacular and memorable event. This legendary venue provided the ballroom setting for the film “A Night to Remember” and has now been lovingly restored to its former Edwardian glory.

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