Product launch x 1800 | Old Billingsgate
We catered for 1,800 guests at a dinner event held by handmade cosmetics retailer LUSH – where we were tasked with creating a fully-vegan menu inspired by LUSH’s “kitchen” philosophy of producing 100% vegan and vegetarian products.
The special event – which was held at Old Billingsgate in London – was to mark the close of their two day annual conference and included staff from LUSH stores across the UK. Each year the event has a different theme, with this year’s theme being fantasy; complete with candy floss machines, magic-themed performers and guests dressed as centaurs, unicorns and fairies.
LUSH produces creams, soaps, shampoos, shower gels, lotions, moisturizers, scrubs, masks and other cosmetics for the face, hair, and body using only vegetarian or vegan recipes. Their products are 100% vegan and vegetarian, and often contain fruits and vegetables such as grapefruit juice, vanilla beans, avocado butter, rosemary oil, fresh papaya and coconut.
The menu for the event included a bespoke range of vegan, gluten-free and nut-free delights – served to guests as canapés and buffet stations. The buffet station menu included courgette and aubergine bake with pumpkin, cranberry and quinoa crumble, and sweet potato and black bean veggie burgers with an onion relish.
The canapés included; summer squash, dill & chili cake with lemon aioli, smoked garlic potato crisp with balsamic vegetables, tortilla toast with minted pea and truffle, and bruschetta of smoked onion and chilli with sundried tomato and black olive dust. All accompanied by side dishes of Asian slaw with roasted pumpkin seeds, roasted new potatoes with rosemary and garlic, and a selection of wholegrain vegan breads. To finish, dessert included peach and rosemary quinoa crumble, and chocolate brownie.