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The Milestone Hotel and Alexeeva & Jones Chocolate Pairing Event

Rather like George Owell’s famous statement ‘some are more equal than others’ this can be applied to chocolate. Alexeeva & Jones are among the world’s leading chocolatiers, so how appropriate to team up with The Milestone Hotel, a member of Small Leading Hotels of the World.

We were treated to the pairing of four wines, all of which are produced at Red Carnation (the hotel group to which The Milestone Hotel belongs), winery in South Africa: Bouchard Finalyson. So we saw ‘Mission Vale’ being paired with ‘Franck Daubos – Pamplemoussette’; a full bodied Chardonnay with a candied grapefruit peel coated in (the ever popular) dark chocolate; a full bodied Galpin Peak with ‘Centho – Sakura’ a delightful cherry blossom ganache layered with cherry jam and Hannibal with ‘Paul Wayne Gregory – Dark Raspberry.  A dark shell filled with raspberry ganache.  It was difficult to chose a winner but in the end our favourite pairing was ‘Walker Bay’ – a Semillon paired with ‘Paul Wayne Gregory – passion fruit’ – an amazing ganache which tasted wonderful.

If this event is held again next year I would highly recommend it. Sumputious surroundings of the Milestone, together with high quality wines and chocolates will surely delight any fans with an appreciation of both.

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Kensington Court Resident’s Association Street Party

For once the sun shone! This was the third Kensington Court Resident’s Association Street Party – each year the organisers state with pure conviction that the next one will be even better, and this proved the case. More local businesses not only supported the event with generous sponsorship/raffle prizes, but actually took part. So the gentlemen from The Milestone Hotel beautifully decked out in Green and Gold spurred us on to guess the number of eggs used at the hotel in a week; Gordon from Gallery 19 sizzled his sausages; Emidio from Locanda Otteomezzo carved risotto out from the centre of a huge cheese, Cote had a stall, regularly replenished by a trolley from the restaurant and children either played on the fire engine provided by the local fire brigade or were entertained by food and activities on the ‘Kids Korner’ organised by Susie Gau.  Huge numbers of locals, the elderly, families, couples and dogs attended, chatted, jigged to jazz, had arms or nails painted by Valentino staff, tasted samples from the Kensington Kitchen, Café Montparnasse and enjoyed drink provided by the Builder’s Arms.  Congratulations to Sophie Ibrahim who won the under 5′s art competition and Sofia Barker, the over 5′s.   This event is certainly now on the Kensington Calendar. Funds raised through the generosity of the residents and businesses go to the Knightsbridge branch of Riding for the Disabled – a wonderful charity allowing children with differing levels of disability the opportunity to flourish. Many are involved in this but particular thanks to the two major sponsors Thackerays, the local estate agent and Lumina who sponsored the music (a vital ingredient to the success of the party), whilst Babylon/The Roof Gardens backed the party.  Huge thanks must also go to Sandra French who organised the event, Susie Gau, Alex French, Marion Hahn, Sally Cooper, Yvonne Wurtzburg, Penny Coulten, David Griffiths, Tim Douglas, Mike Gee, Cheryll Davies, Susannah Rodgers, Emma Hagestadt and Carrie-Ann Huddleston.  The firemen were from the White Watch Kensington Station of the London Fire Brigade.  Local businesses who generously donated prizes for the raffle were Arcadia, Cote, Gallery 19, eMotion Health Club, Imenio, Le Pain Quotidien, the London School of Painting and Drawing, The Milestone Hotel (who also organised the Art Prize), Montparnasse Cafe, Kall Kwik, the Thackeray Gallery, Pomegranate and Valentino.  And not least thanks to John Gau, Chair of the Kensington Residents Association!

Images and copyright:  Lucy Elliott/www.lucyelliottphotography.com

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