Welcome to Mackintosh's January Newsletter

It’s hard to believe that we are at the start of a new decade.

After a fabulous 2009 the Mackintosh team are really looking forward to an even busier 2010. If you were unable to meet up with friends or relations over the Christmas festivities then now is the time to plan a dinner or cocktail and canapé party. Mackintosh’s is on hand to give you some ideas on how to wow your guests. Of course it goes without saying, that whether it’s night or day Mackintosh’s will be there to make sure that the event goes smoothly so that all you have to do is enjoy the company of your friends.

If you enjoyed reading Mackintosh’s newsletters during 2009, then I am sure you will enjoy reading about the exciting events already planned for 2010 and of course some delicious seasonal recipes. If you are looking for some recipes then please look at last year’s newsletter for some great seasonal ideas. Just go to the month and enjoy cooking.

On behalf of the Mackintosh team, may I thank all our clients for their custom during 2009, and a very happy and prosperous New Year.

By Nicky Mackintosh

Highlights of 2009

Oliver Opening Night Party


“Cameron was ecstatically happy with the party, and in fact said it is one of the best we have ever done! We have received a constant stream of praise into the office from very delighted guests as well”

Sue Uings – Cameron Mackintosh Ltd.

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The V&A - Theatre and Performance Galleries

.”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. 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


To read more about the fabulous event click here

A Taste of Provence


The luxury hotel and restaurant association, Relais & Chateaux, located on Beauchamp Place, asked Mackintosh's to cater for its South of France themed event for its Provencal, French Riviera and Corsican delegation.

Click here to read about the event

Summer reception in the East Cloister

There are few places more recognisable in London than Westminster Abbey. An architectural masterpiece, it represents a unique pageant of British history as it is the place of the coronation, marriage and burial of British monarchs since 1066. Mackintosh’s are proud to have been able to cater there on a number of occasions.

To read more about the event click here


Did you know about New Year?

As we know the New Year begins on 1st January every year. However prior to the Roman Era this was not the case.

Traditionally the New Year began at the beginning of Spring (usually around March) with the birth of new life signalling the beginning of the New Year.

At the beginning of the Roman Empire this tradition continued, however as each emperor moved dates around to suit their own needs the calendar soon became out of sync with the sun.

In 153 BC the Roman Senate declare January 1st to be the beginning of the year. Julius Caesar rearranged the calendar to the one we know and use today but kept the beginning of the year on January 1st.

In England New Year is most widely celebrated with drinking champagne or sparkling wine and watching Big Ben count down until midnight.

In the Southern States of America they celebrate with a very traditional New Year’s Dinner. This consists of black eyed peas with rice which is said to represent coins. Corn bread is so that you remember the humble and pork is for good health and good luck.

Venue Of The Month
The Foundling Museum

One of London’s hidden gems, the museum tells the fascinating story of England’s first childcare charity established in 1739 and is located on the site of the original Foundling Hospital. The museum's display is a poignant reminder of the 27, 000 children who passed through the hospital until it closed in 1950s and provides guests with an insight into a remarkable part of England’s history.

The Foundling Museum is the ideal location for receptions and dinners. It will be hosting a very special exhibition from Mat Collishaw, Tracey Emin and Paula Rego between 27th January and 9th May 2010. These artists are to show new and related works at the Foundling Museum throughout its eighteenth-century interiors as well as outside spaces. The entire works link to the story of the Foundling Hospital, Britain’s first home for abandoned children, and its themes of childhood and separation. The exhibition will include paintings, works on paper, bronzes and installations throughout the Museum as well as external spaces.

Click here to read more about The Foundling Museum

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