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Photographs: David Straight

We had such a good time on Thursday night. Thank you to The Botanist – in particular to Eden for her beautiful flowers. Thank you to Amisfield and the team for coming all the way from Queenstown, as well as Al Brown & Co for loaning us their test kitchen for the day. But most importantly, thank you to everyone who came.

Chef Jay Sherwood cooked us a fabulous four-course feast – we started with pinchos, which seemed to go on all night: anchovies and peppers, a fabulous grilled spring onion with romesco sauce. We loved the cod carpaccio. There were piquillo peppers stuffed with chevrego, and grilled octopus with preserved lemon, the octopus all charred and beautifully tender.

The kingfish marmitako was fabulous – a rich, but not overwhelming, fish stew. And then we ate the steak: chargrilled bone-in rib eye, beautifully charred and perfectly medium rare, served with pimenton potatoes, roasted mushrooms and braised kale. Lord. Dessert: torrija, roasted pear and sheep’s milk ice cream.

Keep an eye out for our next event. It’s going to be a good one. SFG

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