Well what started out as a bit of fun and a way to show how valuable social media advertising and engagement can be we are soon to be marking a bit of a milestone.
We hope we have not been irritating or contagious but believe it or not we have now come November 2016 been doing pop ups for seven years – hence the itch!
We felt a monthly dinner in our secret location would be a great way to demonstrate how we could build a following and develop an idea . So what better way to celebrate at our November dinners than with a special 7-Course tasting menu of dishes we love and we hope you too will savour.
The idea will be to serve this menu of tasting sized portions of some of our favourite dishes. We have developed the concept over the years and we think we have done a range of dinners in some pretty unusual locations as well! In the cellar of the cheese makers at Winterdale Shaw plus the top of Yalding Church roof and even in the private home of Dame Kelly Holmes.
We will kick the evening off with a dish we did some five years ago that we named “A taste of Catalonia” – Roasted Red Peppers served with Marinated Anchovies and a slice of toasted Ciabatta.
Following this we will serve a freshly made risotto with roasted butternut squash topped with crumbled goats cheese and toasted Kent cob nuts
Next we will serve a pan fried fillet of sea bass that will be served with a delicate ginger cream sauce. A flavour combination inspired by my friendship with chef But for over 40 years.
The main course will feature some beautiful Kentish Lamb Shoulder that we will slow cook as little individual hot pots and serve with some green beans. These we will garnish with a slice of crispy air dried ham and maybe another little surprise as well.
We then normally always serve our cheese following the main course in the French fashion and on this occasion we will serve our stalwart favourite Winterdale Shaw… the carbon neutral Cheddar from the top of Wrotham Hill. Our now infamous Porridge Oat Biscuits and some homemade chutney as well.
We will then serve two desserts… firstly a firm favourite with Mrs HC is the Lemon Posset which we will serve with a Raspberry Compote topping and a warm butter shortbread.
Finally the “Damian Allsop” Water Chocolate Mousse which we hope to serve with a tasting glass of vintage Maury a luscious sweet red wine from the region where we had our holiday home until this summer.
So seven courses to mark seven years of covert dining!
Dates: Friday 25th & Saturday 26th November 2016
Venue: Hari’s Secret Location
Time: 7:30pm Welcome 8:00pm Dinner Served
Suggested Donation: £45 per person (service not included)
The Itch Dinner
Taste of Catalonia – Anchovy & Roasted Red Peppers
Butternut Squash Risotto, Goats Cheese & Toasted Cob Nuts
Pan Fried Sea Bass with a Ginger Cream Sauce
Kentish Shoulder of Lamb Hot Pot, Green Beans, Bacon Crisp
Winterdale Shaw, Porridge Oat Biscuits, Chutney
Lemon Posset, Raspberry Compote, Butter Shortbread
“Damian Allsop” Water Chocolate Mousse
Coffee or Tea
Menu subject to market purchases and ingredient availability