So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

We bid a fond farewell to one of our Club Card members whose food deliveries were a silver lining for many of us over a year of lockdowns.

Harriet and Alan Benton, top end event planners and caterers reinvented themselves as suppliers of elegant dishes for people stuck at home.

Harriet’s friendly emails, extra touches – we were sent hearts on Valentine’s and wonderful team of volunteers – the MacPherson’s meals on wheels, often her signature salmon dish, were delivered with a cheery smile by Tom-in-a-Porsche (so Chiswick!).

We shall miss Harriet and her lovely team, but are delighted that the future looks bright again for her events business. And she promises to stay in touch/be back soon.

“We’ve all had the most extraordinary 15 months & how odd it seems to be emerging, slowly, back into a different world,” says Harriet.

“We’re hoping that in time we may be able to offer a monthly / 6 weekly Harriet’s Kitchen, whenever we see a space in the diary, Chiswick Calendar has introduced us to a much wider audience for which we’re eternally grateful.”

“We’re very wary & very sad to say goodbye to Harriet’s Kitchen but we can’t keep up with the enquiries & roasting salmon at the same time! We’re worried that all the bookings might fall through yet again which would be for the 3rd time in just over a year.”

“Hard work aside, Harriet’s Kitchen has given us a wonderful sense of community, all our clients are so supportive & the testaments over the last few days are fantastic, really quite amazing!”

“The Thursday club formed by the volunteers has become quite the thing, many a glass has been a sunk around 6.30 & so it will continue.”

On the books over the next six months Harriet has lined up:

A 90th for the mum of a long-established client; a lobster supper for a 70th for some folk on the river; a 21st whose christening they did; a celebration for someone who received their knighthood last year; a wedding in Berkshire; an alumni party for Bristol University; a quadruple Christening at Southwark Cathedral then back to Dulwich; a wedding in Gloucester; an evening in Seville in the depths of Surrey, recreating a Spanish Square – fountains flamenco and all; dinner for six in South London; a wedding in Gloucester, two gallery openings with Private Views and, lastly, another wedding in Hampshire.

Which is not only fantastic news for Harriet, but also hugely cheering for the rest of us, as it sounds like life is getting back to normal and we can all start partying again soon!

We wish Harriet and Alan good luck and will keep you posted on Harriet’s Kitchen and its possible revival.

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