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Masquerade Ball

It’s nearly Xmas, here at Vanilla things are winding down after a very busy party season.

Since my last blog we have spent a lot of time at Winchester Guildall, we have caterered there the last three Fridays in a row. We were privileged to cater for The Mayors of Winchester (Cllr Richard Izards ) charity ball . The three charities to benefit from his fund raising were:

Help for the heroes ( www.helpfortheheroes.org.uk), The Joe Glover Trust ( www.thejoeglovertrust.co.uk) and Winchester Live at Home ( www.wlahs.org) .

Last Friday we catered for a private corporate Xmas party, no expense was spared. The theme of the evening was a masquerade ball. All the  Vanilla team joined in with the party spirit and wore masks. The guests were treated to a wonderful feast with four different choices for each course which put our chefs to the test, the new facilities at Winchester along with our experienced professional team meant the event went ahead without a hitch.

As an aside did you know ?

A masquerade ball (or bal masqué) is an event which the participants attend in costume wearing a mask

Such gatherings, festivities of Carnival, were paralleled from the 15th century by increasingly elaborate allegorical Entries, pageants and triumphal processions celebrating marriages and other dynastic events of late medieval court life. The "Bal des Ardents" ("Burning Men's Ball") was intended as a Bal des sauvages ("Wild Men's Ball") a costumed ball (morisco). It was in celebration of the marriage of a lady-in-waiting of Charles VI of France's queen in Paris on January 28, 1393. The King and five courtiers dressed as wildmen of the woods (woodwoses), with costumes of flax and pitch. When they came too close to a torch, the dancers caught fire.

Masquerade balls were extended into costumed public festivities in Italy during the 16th century Renaissance (Italian, maschera). They were generally elaborate dances held for members of the upper classes, and were particularly popular in Venice.

One of the most noted masquerade balls of the 20th century was that held at Palazzo Labia in Venice on 3 September 1951, hosted by Carlos de Beistegui. It was dubbed "the party of the century".

So who knows the party we catered for on Friday could go down in history !!

The wedding season still continues and this week we have another wedding at the Guildhall and next week we are at Rownhans house,  then before you know  it will be 2011. Where has the  year gone ?. Myself and the team would like to thank all our clients for their business this year and wish you all a “Cool Yule” . We  hope to hear from you all in 2011 regarding your catering/event  requirements.  Watch this space for our exciting new menus which we will launch in the  spring of 2011 using even more local produce so we support our local community and keep our carbon footprint to  minimum. 

Don’t forget that for every wedding or three course corporate event we catered for this year we donated 20p per head to our nominated charity Frank Water (www.frankwater.com). Every Pound raised for Frank Water Projects has given one person access to clean water for life. In the New Year I will let you know how much money we have donated to Frank and how many people have benefited from the fact that you chose Vanilla as your caterer

Have a good holiday and speak soon

Sally and the team



Monday 20th December 2010

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