Our venue was the stunning Château La Chèze in Floirac. Built in the late 19th century on the grounds of a former small fortified castle by a wealthy market gardener, this Art nouveau style mansion has been recently modernized to high standards whilst retaining many of the original charming features. The staff were very helpful, friendly and welcoming.
Our evening began with a chance to catch up with some old friends and welcome some delightful new members whilst partaking of cocktails and delicious nibbles. We then took our seats in the beautifully decorated modern dining room for our special Christmas menu and selection of wines. The tables were just perfect with handmade centre pieces, candles and of course crackers. Everyone joined in the amusing table games and tricky Christmas anagrams (probably should have attempted before the wine started flowing!) and the men changed places after every course though some did forget to take their cutlery, glasses etc with them.
We then retired to our private reception with a fully stocked bar, a log fire and music with our fantastic DJ Gary Brooks.
Due to the several “walking wounded”(mostly men), I did think that us ladies would be dancing around our handbags, but how wrong can you be! I am sure everyone was dancing. Gary brilliantly took us from the 1950’s bang up to date with his selection of music. Even saw some Hip Hop, might have been Hip Après Op!!!
We all know just how difficult it is to organize these events and how many people are involved but a very special credit must go to Norma B and Colette Gibson for their hard work and attention to every possible detail to make this event so successful.
Though the Château were happy to let us party all night, I think the glowing embers of the fire, the copious amounts of alcohol and perhaps the conga drove us to our beds at 1.30. Those of us fortunate enough to stay in the spacious comfortable rooms at the Château were in for one more special treat, a freshly cooked breakfast that we all greatly enjoyed.
I would strongly advise anyone who sees this event advertised for 2015 to put in their diary and join in the fun.
To sum up, for those who are old enough to remember the classic Frankie Valli song ……..
…………………… “Oh What a Night” !!
Report by Avril, Photos by Phil
PS We enjoyed an excellent menu of:
- Kir Imperiale
- Amuse Bouche
- Fois Gras mi-cuit et son chutney sur mesclun
- Choice of Mousselline de saumon et avocats Eventail Magret, gratin dauphinoise, poelee de marrons. Or, Brochette de noix St Jacques en croutede noisette, julienne de legumes frais
- Cafe Gourmande et ses 4 mignardises (dont une buche traditionelle de noel)
- Tarte citron deconstructe