This year’s Christmas dinner and dance was a tremendous success with 50 people attending something which was a little more special than your usual formal dinner.
The decor was slightly more “wild” than usual with many different colours used, guests were asked to wear something a little “wild” or colourful and the dinner in particular was focused on items from the wild. This included a delicious wild ocean trout dish, ingredients such as wild mushrooms, wild berries and venison.
The evening was opened with a little mingle with champagne and vodka martinis to rinse down palate teasers such as the delightful seared scallop with mango and chilli salsa, the fancy smoked salmon mousse on blinis and rustique grilled lamb loin with strawberry compote. Meanwhile, guests were entertained with Christmas carols performed by children from the Bangsar Lighthouse.
During cocktail hours we also had invited a representative from the “Street Fellowship” to attend so we could do the official awarding of the monies collected at our charity dinner in March 2012.
It was a great pleasure and honour to be able to, with the generosity of guests from the previously held charity dinner with Singaporean celebrity Chef Tony Khoo, to finally hand over a very large cheque for the worthy cause of feeding the despised, deprived and destitute, especially drug addicts and homeless. It is a very nice feeling to know that we are helping needy and hungry people while we as gourmet lovers are enjoying our passion: fine food, fine wine and fine camaraderie.
A mock cheque of RM17,000 was handed over by Bailli Dato Kulasegaran to Mr Alan Tan of the “Street Fellowship”, supervised by council members and MCs for the evening Charlotte Donvang and Ajmal Khan. The street kitchen will be able to feed 200-220 people and give medical help to 25-30 people each Saturday for more than 1 year plus help a number of drug addicts through a full residential rehabilitation programme.
The dinner started off with a welcoming of all guests by our Bailli and an introduction to all guests, one by one. Dishes were introduced by Chef Jaffrey and F & B Manager Rajesh. First we had the delicious wild mushroom risotto with seared Foie-Gras and a reduction.
This dish was followed by the ying-yang served soup consisting of both a smoked roasted Roma tomato soup and a potato leek soup with leek “ash” oil. Accompanying the soup was a “wild” shot of ice cold vodka. A daring and unusual mix which worked out perfectly.
Next dish was the perfectly cooked wild ocean trout served with fennel and onion salad and accompanied by cumin “air” (a light a fluffy/airy sauce) as well as Navel orange dressing. The trout was paired with a Pinot Grigio / Chardonnay from Banfi Le Rime Toscana. Delightful.
Next a refreshing palate cleanser of passion fruit and spearmint cleanser. And a toast to members and guests.
On the background of these delights, the main dish of marinated Australian tenderloin of venison served with slow braised red cabbage, baby winter veg and a wild berry sauce did not quite live up to expectations. It didn’t spoil the mood however, as Christmas toasts were generously given to one another and from table to table in a casual and festive way.
The dessert, la buche extraordinaire, was enjoyed as the official toast for the ladies and toast for the gentlemen were granted and winners of a free night at the Best Western Premier Dua Sentral was announced. The best theme dressed woman was Mrs. Mubina Khan and best theme dressed man was Mr Robert Clarke.
While guests and members were sipping coffee, the kitchen staff and service team lined up in true Chaine style to be acknowledged for the efforts. Certificates were awarded to key members of staff while Mr Naresh Mohan on behalf of the establishment received the official Chaine plaque.
While cognac were being served, a DJ took over the entertainment from the live entertainment which was accompanying the dinner. And the dance was opened… and very quickly filled. On time according to schedule allowing guests ample time for dancing and chatting before eyes were getting heavy and it was ready to say good night after dancing into the wee hours. Another successful event by Chaine Kuala Lumpur!