Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Stephanie Utting's Back to University Last Supper at Sketch Restaurant

EMC3 are sad to say goodbye to Events assistant Stephanie Utting, who is returning to Bournemouth University to finish her BA (Hons) Event Management degree after a year on a student programme working hard for EMC3. Many of the courses at Bournemouth University offer a year out on placement, giving students the chance to get a more hands on experience in the industry they are studying.

So to celebrate all Steph’s hard work this past year,the team were taken to Sketch Restaurant by the Directors, one of EMC3’s favourite event restaurants that brings together food, art, style and music perfectly. For all of you who have not yet visited Sketch, you must. Even if it is just to check out the awesome egg –like toilets!! The whole venue has an imaginative neo-futuristic feel, with an absolutely stunning interior design. We are talking unusual, almost bizarre, but it really works. Each room is different from the last; the gallery boasts a mesmerising 360 degree screen running round the room that you could watch all evening, with images from emerging artists and designers; very modern and technological. In contrast there is The Parlour, a room that makes you feel like you’ve been dropped into Louis XVI’s 18th century lounge, antique furniture with a quirky twist. It was here that the first cocktails started flowing. After umming and ahhing over the cocktail menu for a good 15 minutes we chose the brightest, fruitiest cocktails possible needless to say they were delicious!

The food at Sketch is as delectable & beautiful as the building, and tastes even better than it looks. It is predominately French, with a modern and international twist. Canadian lobster aspic with mini lobster √©clair was a strong candidate for the favourite starter. It was almost impossible just to choose one dish and not just say I’ll take it all! All the main courses were cooked to perfection and so well presented that they looked like they could possibly be part of a new art exhibition at the Tate Modern, almost too good to eat. Almost! The veal was a winning choice, as was the lamb; in fact all the dishes gave our taste buds the treat of a life time! As for the desserts, lumpy custard has no place here and is replaced by the likes of rose water marshmallows and iced pineapple parfait.

After a little encouragement Steph gave a small speech, and thanked each of the Directors for all their help, support, and individual characteristics that have made her time at EMC3 so enjoyable. With no encouragement needed, Baba burst into song and for she’s a jolly good fellow echoed through the gallery. Baba then presented Steph with a stunning Tiffany bracelet on behalf of Alistair,Baba, Daniel & EMC3 (Steph’s boyfriend James looked horrified that every single one of his presents may have just been trumped by a little blue bag! Sorry James).

All of us at EMC3 would like to wish Steph best of luck with her final year. She will be missed greatly by all of us and there will always be a spare desk here for you Steph!!!

Written by Saskya Liney
Lifestyle Enhancer