Last month Clerkenwell Green, in partnership with owning company, Baxter Storey, had the chance to collaborate with the magnificent Santiago Lastra, and the team behind the Native Restaurant, on a series of launch events at the V&A Museum celebrating their new exhibition FOOD: Bigger than the Plate. The exhibition, sponsored by Baxter Storey, focusses on how the choices we make now could lead to a better, more sustainable and just food future.
The first event of the series was an intimate dinner for 30 guests hosted by Santiago Lastra. Each of the 8 courses drew inspiration from the exhibition itself and Lastras’ Mexican heritage; harnessing traditional cooking methods, showcasing the beauty of underrated ingredients and using them intelligently to minimise waste. Celebrated chefs, food writers and influencers dined in the stunning surroundings of the Dorothy and Michael Hintze Sculpture Galleries, at a table featuring a bespoke installation by Fernando LaPosse.
The second launch event saw a collaboration with the team behind the Native Restaurant in London Bridge. 200 guests were invited to drinks and dinner in the Dome. Native designed the menu to focus on the key exhibition theme; sustainability, using under-utilised and overlooked ingredients in fresh, modern ways.
Clerkenwell Green were proud to support at BaxterStorey for the final private view event catering for 600 guests in the Dome. The menu was designed to reflect the issues raised in the exhibition, dealing with sustainable sourcing, future substitutes for current staples and an intelligent approach to minimising waste. Food was presented on beautifully designed trays fabricated from materials that would otherwise have become part of an overburdened waste stream. The food stall was designed to reflect hydroponic food production, referencing set ups used at these alternative food labs. The subject of sustainability is something that Clerkenwell Green continue to drive forward across all their food production. Clever menu design and kitchen management ensures they continue to minimise waste across their events, also working with food collection charities whenever required.
FOOD: Bigger than the plate is on now until 20th October 2019 #PlateUp