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To celebrate the re-opening of the Kathleen Lonsdale Geology and Earth Sciences building at UCL, we were tasked with creating an earth-themed lunch to mark the occasion. A delicious spring lunch was enjoyed by the VIP guests, surrounded by fossils and natural rock formations from the department’s collection.
Venue: University College London
Number of guests: 40
A Spring vegetable terrine with goat’s curd and chargrilled halloumi was built up in layers to represent the earth’s structure in lovely bright spring colours.
This was followed by a main course of corn-fed chicken breast marinated in lemon, rosemary and thyme, which was chargrilled and then oven finished, served with a potato gratin, broad beans, garden peas, fried shallot and crushed corn.
A dessert of fresh raspberry tartlet with crème patisserie finished off the light spring menu.
The room was dressed in earthy greens, oranges and pale greys and guests were guided to their seats by means of beautiful bespoke ammonite place names, courtesy of our wonderfully creative friends at Biscuiteers.
Table centrepieces were provided by the geology and earth sciences department and consisted of large rock formations and fossils, after which each table was named.
Guest of honour, Sir David Attenborough, then unveiled a plaque to celebrate the reopening of the building and proceeded to cut the ceremonial cake – an elaborate confection made up of five different sponge layers and five different fillings, created to replicate the different layers of the earth’s crust and decorated with ammonite fossils.
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