Global Feast

August 4th 2012

I was invited to spend a night eating at the Global Feast on Friday, a series of suppers running alongside the Olympics which celebrate the cuisines of most of the competing countries. The nightly dinners each feature guest chefs cooking alongside Kerstin Rogers, the location of each night’s origins moving west round the world. A hugely ambitious project combining my loves of food and travel? How could I resist…

Global FeastGlobal Feast

The evening started with a gin and tonic in the pretty setting of Stratford’s Old Town Hall, just a skip away from the Olympic Park.

Global Feast
Global Feast

The stunning banquet table, dreamed up by Alex Haw of Atmos Studio, who we had the pleasure of company with for the meal, is laser-cut into the shape of the world complete with longitude lines, topographic accuracy and a hole bored in to mark each large city. We were sat on the coast of Brazil facing the Andes!

Global Feast
Global Feast
Global Feast
Global Feast

Besides the amazing table itself, the effort put into the presentation was really impressive. I loved the map flowers and mini herb gardens sprouting up.

Global Feast
Global Feast

The food was equally impressive. After canapes and a started of curried egg, the main was a thali-style combination of paneer biryani (chicken for the meat-eaters, and a spiced lamb chop) with peanut aubergine and a little glass of yogurt soup called khadi, complemented by brilliant pink beetroot raita and warm chapattis. It looked as good as it tasted, the spicing containing Persian-influenced ingredients like rose and pistachio which are often found in Pakistani cooking.

Global Feast

After an interlude of brilliant Northern Indian dancing for entertainment, dessert was a trio of chocolate tarts by Pistachio Rose, each spiced with a warming background of chilli, fennel and chai. The white choc with fennel and rose was my favourite, yum yum.

The Global Feast runs every night of the Olympics, so there’s only 8 days left. Read more about the Indian night on Kerstin’s blog and grab tickets to the remaining nights here. Much more fun than that sports malarkey, eh?

Comments (6)

  • huma

    August 5th 2012 at 2:33 pm

    How cool – we’re going next week for the closing night, it’s Brazilian food then. Now I know we’ll be in for a treat!

  • rooth

    August 6th 2012 at 4:40 pm

    This is so awesome and imaginative and the table is simply brilliant

  • marta

    August 12th 2012 at 1:38 pm

    Looks great! Almost make me wish I had been around to try it.

  • siobhan Watts

    August 14th 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Wow, what an amazing idea. So much attention to detail. Makes me wish I’d thought of having an olympic themed dinner party or something! x

  • huma

    August 15th 2012 at 11:16 am

    this was our night, though your food sounds tastier – love Pakistani food!

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