I guess this was not going to just happen over night and needed a slight bit of a brainstorm. I started by getting back in touch with Gurt's florist in Honley that also run The Grape Room. I'd been to one of their tastings in the past and saw the kind of set up I was looking for: very informal and interactive whilst keeping the sophisticated vibe. So a date was set and cheeses were carefully picked to match the wines. Tickets were printed and promotion was next on the cards.
This is where my right hand man for the evening comes in, Mr Tom Slingsby aka Sous Chef @ Ashlee's Chef Secrets. We put our heads together to get the best from the evening and make it one event that I'm sure will be remembered with the next glass of plonk. The mood was set by maybe one the best playlists we'd ever managed to conjure up. Anything and including Live lounge, The Lighthouse family, Emeli Sande, Ed Sheeran, Maverick Sabre and Ellie Goulding slipped out the speakers.
On arrival, guests were greeted with a glass of wine to start there evening off. They were given a list of all the wines that were available to try and a chance to indulge some more with their favourite by ordering it on the night. Each wine was worth a certain amount of coupons which were dished out on the door, adding to the interaction of the evening. Guests would use there coupons to try their fancy on the wine list. Colourful cheeses were settled on posh biscuits and created aroma throughout the bustle.
If I could describe the evening looking from the outside, it was a very relaxed way to get to know your wine and some locally made cheeses. A great way to meet new people, gain some knowledge and have a bit of a mingle around. By the end of the evening, the wine and cheese tasting may have turned into a wine and cheese rave, still holding its glory!
Id just like to say on mine an Tom's behave it's been an absolute pleasure in organising and seeing it become a successful event.
Thanks for getting involved