party parkWhat a wonderful weekend we have had! There is nothing better than a successfully tackled job to affirm one’s passion for their work. This was by no means an easy one either. Nestled on the edge of the forests of Worcester, Droitwich Spa is a lovely town that I had not had the pleasure of visiting before. The Diamond Wedding Anniversary of June and Graham was the reasons for us being there, a banquet for sixty (a party member for each year of their union) was the plan. Having been in close contact with June and Graham’s children for the past three months, it was the logistics of the
evening that had most people worried.

four chefsBeing the height of summer, it had been decided that the banquet would be held outside, not a first for me personally but a challenge nonetheless. The Lido Park was the destination, which meant sourcing an entire al fresco cooking station and designing a menu around the practicalities of such a kitchen arrangement. Luckily, we were able to enlist the help of four chefs from The Gardeners Arms, a local gastro-pub. These lads not only came with their own compliment of sturdy outdoor cooking gear but were also technically superb. It was a joy to be once more cooking in a brigade of talented chefs, and our waiting staff (comprised of the younger members of the family present) were wonderfully responsive and attentive.

With the substantial heat, sizzling pans and gorgeous tapas; you would be forgiven of thinking that we were back in Madrid. Indeed, so joyous and passionate was the celebration that I was transported back to Spain and similar events I had attended in the great parks. There is simply nothing better than a clan coming together to celebrate a love that has lasted a lifetime. I wish them all the best; June and Graham’s love for each other is something that is only eclipsed by the passion they have for the well being and happiness of their family. On that note, I must attend to my own kin.Kids-asleep-in-car

The children came along with me to the party and, although they were full of excitement and energy earlier in the day, they now tire; collapsed in a drowsy pile on the sofas. I must away, to put them to sleep and prepare a night cap for my loving wife. This week we have three romantic dinners to prep as well as a Bar Mitzvah! Wish us luck!



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