A Letter from Cathy:
A belated THANK YOU for all that you did for my 40th birthday dinner.
We had a fantastic evening and everyone is still talking about how amazing the food was. From the numerous and delicious canapes to the surprise bread course – we were starting to wonder if we would still be able to fit in the actual meal. The smoke with the trout starter was fantastic – we were simply blown away! The duck was a real favourite with a lot of the guests and I was especially partial to the marshmallows.
The wine pairings were great and really enhanced the whole experience – I can’t believe that the Chardonnay went so well with the smoke (!?) and will definitely be buying some of the Heatherleigh dessert wine – it was really yummy!
You have a beautiful venue which created the perfect atmosphere for a really elegant meal that was so much fun, and not too formal or stuffy. I have heard so many comments from different friends who got to watch you tempering chocolate or filling the dishes with smoke or making the caramel for the dessert – so amazing to be able to watch you and your staff, while you worked. A special thank you to your staff and your Mum – what a privilege to be so well looked after.
Jackie, your attention to detail and the amazing flavours that you create are just spectacular – thank you for a truly memorable birthday party – we just need to find an excuse to come back again! Thanks so much!
Cathy & Warren
PS: I have even been inspired to give the marshmallows a go at home and the result was a very sticky kitchen and success, thanks for the recipe! Can’t imagine why I haven’t tried it before as I have had your first book for a while now… and I can’t wait to try some of the recipes in your new baking book.