Laurent-Perrier Dinner 2023

On Wednesday 11th October, our trio of Ambassadors present and past (Julian White, Gerard O’Shea, and Justin Rhodes), accompanied by a member of Council (Chris Noon), made their way to The Shelbourne, a world-famous five-star hotel on St Stephen’s Green, right in the heart of Dublin. The Shelbourne is a Caveau of the Confrérie’s UK & Ireland Embassy, and its General Manager, JP Kavanagh, is our Consul for the Republic of Ireland.

JP Kavanagh and Julian White

The occasion was hosted in partnership with Champagne house Laurent-Perrier, as a showcase of how fine dining can be complimented by decadent sparkling wines throughout the meal, not just beforehand.

The reception featured La Cuvée NV and a variety of delicious canapés, and several dozen guests and members of staff performed Novice Sabrage.

We then proceeded to The Saddle Room for dinner, which was a phenomenal five-course banquet prepared (and introduced) by Executive Chef Garry Hughes; each course was expertly paired with fabulous Champagnes by The Shelbourne’s Sommelier, Nisea Doddy.

The menu was as follows:

  • Lambay Lobster Tartlet, Pickled Dulse, Sea Purslane (Laurent-Perrier Vintage 2012)
  • Poached Black Sole, Sweetcorn, Laurent-Perrier cream, Pearl Caviar (Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée NV)
  • Scallop Ceviche, Fresh Almonds, Kholrabi, Laurent-Perrier Snow (Laurent-Perrier Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature)
  • Roast Lamb Saddle, Trompette Mushroom, Celeriac, Truffle (Laurent-Perrier Grand Siècle)
  • ‘The Brunch’: Rhubarb & Keelings Strawberry Compote, Crème Anglaise, Strawberry Mousse, Coconut Dacquoise Sponge, Strawberry Rice Crisp, Lusk Rhubarb Consommé (Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé)
  • Selection of Chef’s Petits Fours

Suffice it to say, this was an unforgettable experience, even after seemingly limitless glasses of Champagne. I was very pleased indeed to have booked a room in the hotel for the night, but somewhat less pleased about my choice of a 7am flight back to London—at least the Cabin Service Director spotted my need for Champagne, although she was most apologetic that she was unable to provide Laurent-Perrier…

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