"Breakfast is everything. The beginning, the first thing. It is the mouthful that is the commitment to a new day, a continuing life. ... It is one of the very few things that link ...everyone of us to everyone else." A.A Gill
Saturday the 17th July saw the launch of our very own underground restaurant concept the Gourmet Lovers Brunch Club. We have both been excited and inspired by the many wonderful supper clubs which have emerged across London in the last two years. So inspired in fact that we started our own.
Gourmet Lovers as a blog has been a real journey for us this year. Its been a great creative outlet and one in which we can explore more fully the bounds of our food passions. We've decided to extend it one step further and start sharing our love of food in a more literal sense - by serving it up to people.
Our first brunch club was a roaring success - we had great fun and enjoyed our day immensely. A big big thankyou to all the gourmet lovers who graced us with their presence and their appetites - you know who you are - we cannot have done it without your support.
local catering supply store, we purchased all manner of crazy kitchen items from Amazon and we scoured youtube to learn how to fold a napkin in the shape of a heart.
But what about the food you ask?
Well we welcomed everyone with a spicy bloody mary and range of teas and coffees. Great way to start. Out of the 16 booked in to eat around 13 chose the bloody mary over a juice. So we now know to make an extra jug for next time.
Once spruced, juiced and relaxed we revealed our 'amuse bouche': a plate of brunch themed bite sized delights each paired with specific smoothie or juices to delight the senses and awaken the palate.
Our amuse bouche for our inaugural brunch club was as follows:
rosemary and raisin toast with lemon iced tea
Champagne berry jelly with an apple and raspberry juice.
Quail eggs benedict with a banana and honey smoothie
There were much oohs and aahs when this was served - most of it was directed towards the heart shaped baby benedict which by all reports was a joy to eat (we would have to agree as well as we ate quite a few during the 'testing' phase the week before). We managed to capture the moment one of our uber-foodie friends was served her amuse bouche. We assume it was a look of joy and not one of sheer horror but thats certainly the kind of reaction we were aiming for.
For the main event we gave four brunch options for people to pre-select from:
Corn fritters with crispy bacon, oven dried tomatos, spinach and spicy avocado salsa
Vanilla & cinnamon French toast with bacon, banana and maple syrup
Heuvos rancheros; ranch style duck egg with spicy chorizo, tomato and bean mix and avocado salsa on a lightly toasted tortilla
Organic muesli with natural yoghurt and vanilla fruit compote
( No one ordered it this time around - next time perhaps?)
Speaking of sweet tooths after munching and brunching through their main, another round of teas, coffees were served along with Bex's signature hummingbird style velvet cupcakes. This time opting for "Blue Velvet" cupcakes which were adapted and miniaturised from a wonderful recipe posted by the talented Catty from http://www.thecattylife.com/. Baked for 18 minutes exactly with a blueberry baked inside for maximum moistness, the classic cream cheese icing had another blueberry crowning it on top. These mini cupcakes were splendiferous with many guests opting for two three or more extra helpings of these bite sized wonders.
Our youngest (and easily the cutest) Gourmet Lover on the day also gave Bex's cupcakes two thumbs up
Next Gourmet Lovers brunch club will take place Saturday August 7th in a London N16 location, to book a place please email firstname.lastname@example.org We will shortly be announcing our menu and will ask you to confirm what you'd prefer from a list of four mains. Do let us know if you have any dietary requirements, i.e. dairy free, vegetarian and we'll do our very best to accommodate you.
And dont forget to join our Facebook group for the latest news and updates. We hope to meet lots of our fellow foodies out there who share our love for eating and entertaining.
With much gourmet love,
Bex & Nick