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The Tower Dinner… latest news…

Well it is but a few more weeks until the draw will take place for our biggest challenge yet. The “Tower Dinner” as it has become known as will take place on the evening of Saturday June 23rd.

We are asking for a donation of just £1 to get your name in our virtual hat that will then enable your name to be placed within the draw to be a guest at this very special event.

We will be serving a five course dinner to guests on top of the 13th century roof of St Peter & St Paul Church in the centre of Yalding. This flat roofed church has a wonderful heritage and when yours truly was asked to help the YCPS (Yalding Church Preservation Society) to assist in a charity fundraising event then we could not resist!

The YCPS are tasked with raising monies to help maintain this building and like many charities they struggle to raise sufficient funds especially with so many worthwhile local causes. So with our involvement it has been a challenge to spread the word further and wider but at the same time give the public the chance to partake in something that will be very unique.

It has taken many months of planning and cajoling to get the relevant permissions (something as an underground/secret eatery we are unaccustomed to) and now we need more people to sign up for what will be a once in a lifetime chance to dine in a very unique and magical spot.

The roof commands some stunning views of the hills and countryside around the village and what better way to see the sun set on what we hope will be a warm and barmy evening than relaxing on the roof with fellow diners.

In total 3 lucky pairs will be winners of the draw that will mount the stairs to the roof and will then sit down for a sumptuous meal (see menu below) However as this will be a very special night we will draw a further 25 names from the hat and they will be invited to attend as guests of the YCPS to be at a special drinks and canapé reception that will take place within the churchyard.

So why not give it a go yourself or if you cannot make it then please spread the word to all your friends, family and social networks.. we do have a target we are hoping to raise and the more that know about this very unique night the better. It will not happen again so remember this is your one and only chance to take underground dining to new heights!

Following the welcome arrival drink and assorted nibbles in the churchyard at 8pm the draw winners will be invited to mount the stairs to sit at a communal table on the roof and watch the sunset as they eat their meal.

Please note menu is subject to market purchases and alteration.

The Tower Menu

Smooth Chicken Liver Parfait served with

a Local Lavender Jelly and Melba Toasts


Poached Salmon Fillet and Fresh Lobster

served with a Wasabi Mayonnaise


Bang Bang Szechaun Chicken

served with a selection of seasonal fresh salads

Hot Minted New potatoes


Winterdale Shaw & Stichleton Cheese

served with Hari’s Porridge Biscuits


Homemade Chocolate Brownie, Crème Brulee and local Fresh Stawberries


Coffee and local Chocolate covered cobnuts

If you wish to donate to be in with a chance to dine on the roof than please go to our on line donation page here.

Donations made up to 12pm (Midnight) on June 2nd will be entered into the draw.

Donations made online after this deadline will not count.

Alternatively you can make an offline donation on Saturday May 19th at the Yalding Farmers Market 10am -1pm where YCPS trustees will be an attendance for this purpose or finally on Sunday June 3rd at the Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Yalding on the Lees. This will be the last chance for taking donations directly before the draw is made that day. Time is still to be confirmed.

Good Luck to all and thank you for your support and generosity… keep spreading the word!
Hari Covert

Covert by name, covert by nature


Live and Let Fly… the cast off..?

Well it was a busy week this last week… following on from our underground dinner we had been asked by Hannah Marcheselli if we would do the catering at her husband’s James launch party for his new business!!!

Live and Let Fly is a new venture for James and we felt we needed to reflect the enterprise in a novel and creative way. The venue at the garden ornament and architectural stone emporium Chilstone was to be a fitting location as there is a lake that James uses as a venue for his fly fishing tuition and the back drop of stone urns and a plethora of garden sculptures ranging from a hippo to a rather stunning resin based ice sculpture that doubled as a rather fancy ice bucket allowed us to run riot with ideas!!!

We felt the theme for the evening should be fish and most notably Salmon and Trout. Next challenge was how to prepare and serve these assorted canapés with no kitchen facilities! So we decided on 8 fish themed items two of which were to be served hot!

Some freshly poached cubes of salmon on large sticks placed into some rather snazzy baby blue wellie waders and a bowl of piquant Wasabi mayonnaise was one.

Then some pumpernickel with sweet mustard spread was topped with home cured Gravad Lax.

We then chose to use some little toasts with assorted toppings as the other nibbles, a fresh goats cheese mixed with some apple and then topped with a morsel of smoked trout sat alongside toasts topped with mashed avocado a mild chilli salsa and again a morsel of flaked smoked trout. The final toast was topped with some hot cured smoked salmon mixed with diced fresh mango and spiced with some Garam Masala to add a curry flavoured kick.

The final cold canapé was a tortilla wrap that had been filled with a horseradish cream and smoked salmon mix and some shredded lettuce rolled and then sliced to create a pin-wheel effect!

Next the hot canapés we had chosen were to be rice based, firstly some Arancini were freshly deep-fried and studded with a specially doctored cocktail stick with its own fishing fly… a perfect calling card for guests to take home as a memory! Arancini are flavoured risotto rice balls, egg washed and coated in breadcrumbs. These were flavoured with the addition of chopped smoked salmon and some freshly chopped summer herbs. They seemed to disappear as quickly as I fried them!!!

The final chosen canapé was to cook a large pan of Salmon Paella… I had managed to get hold of a proper paella lamp and pan so along with the genuine Spanish rice and paella spices we set to by frying off some onions, garlic and diced peppers added the rice and then stock and gently poached the rice adding diced salmon at the last minute before issuing guests with their own forks and encouraging them to stand there and dive in! It became something of a focal point for some – no names Alex & Jim!!!

Dodging some rather heavy showers and the logistics of no cooking facilities we managed to knock out near on a thousand nibbles to the invited guests. It was good to see some familiar faces and meet some new ones and we hope we have helped to kick start the Live and Let Fly venture in a fitting manner… I am eager to get my hands on a rod and have a go myself and see if I can’t catch myself something rather edible for my supper! Good luck James!

Thanks to Snappy David for some great pictures as well!!!

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Here we go…

Well we have a manic few days ahead…Dinners tonight and tomorrow at Winterdale Shaw and then we will be serving the canapés at the launch party of “Live and Let Fly”  James Marcheselli new venture.

They will be fish inspired nibbles to reflect his passion for this exciting new business… do check it out.

I hope to be able to post a full report about both events as soon as I can but do be understanding with me as I will be concentrating the mind on the work ahead…

Please also note our planned October events will be finalised by the end of next week and bookings will open shortly…

Watch this space…


Tasty little morsels for Mr & Mrs Smith…

An English summer wedding has something quintessentially British about it and we recently did some canapés for one on a Farm!!

Canapés can be a great ice breaker at such events as the guests arrive from the ceremony eager to relax and get into the party mood.

We had the challenge of presenting our selection of seven varieties to the guests with no kitchen facilities or running water so the important factors to consider was logistics and planning.

We had a simple selection that we hoped would also appeal to the cross section of guests from children to grandparents… it was important to ensure no nasty surprises or outlandish concoctions.

So we managed to serve nearly 1000 little tasty morsels of the following Black Olive Tapenade on Toasts and then as a colour contrast we served creamed goats cheese with apple as the parents of the groom are major Apple growers so we felt fitting to use this fruit in some form or other.

We also incorporated some dried apple into some pork meatballs that we served in a spicy tomato and chilli sauce that got devoured with gusto. Using little gem lettuce leaves as the base we then topped these with either some classic peeled prawns in a marie rose sauce or poached shredded chicken and cucumber in a peanut and sesame oil dressing.

Finally some classic tortilla wraps filled with chopped smoked salmon and cream cheese rolled and sliced added another flavour combination and popular with the children were the cheese straws presented in giant tea cups with a tomato and chilli salsa dip.

The bride and groom arrived on a flat bed trailer pulled by an enormous tractor, the weather held the canapés were devoured and as I departed the guests were seated in a massive barn tucking into an 110kg Hog Roast.

A great way for Mr & Mrs Smith to start their married life together… congratulations all round I think!

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