Samuel O'Kane meets Ben Spalding
Diving head first into a new experience can be a exhilarating, if a little daunting. Our newest sales team member, Samuel O'Kane was invited to a pop up event by the energetic chef on the rise, Ben Spalding. His series of events, titled Puzzle Project, features collaborations with incredible industry insiders across the country. From Pastry chefs, to butchers and BBQ specialists, Ben has created a network of underground events that are teaming with inspiration.
One winter's evening, made his way to the venue location, only to find he was set on a treasure hunt, to find the true venue. All Guns Blazing was nestled away in a sleepy London suburb, with 60 guests, the evening was intimate yet loud.
Ben Spading produced the event in collaboration with Chef Ernst Van Lyle, of the Hanging Gate. From fogs lights, to lighting and sound tracks paired to every course, the event was a spectacle for the senses. For a room full of strangers, there was a lovely buzz of cross pollination, almost like a true dinner part.
As any true cutlery connoisseur would, Samuel brought a series of Studio William specialist creative dining pieces to introduce to both Ben and Ernst to see how it effected the dining experience. Meanwhile other guest became increasingly curious. What is that spoon textured and what on earth is that thing!? (point to our LEAF utensil).
The structure of the evening followed a loose plan around the series of dishes. Each dish was described when it was served, adding a sense of ceremony and theatre.
Served fresh with fresh hand-churned butter
Hot and Cold Soup.
Visit Ben's site to find out more.