Strictly SW7, the showcase hosted by the Science Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) and Natural History Museum, returned for the third time on 4 March.
Companies including Ralph Lauren, Warner Brothers and Goldman Sachs were among the 220 guests who attended the event. Guests were divided into three groups, each one enjoying the reception, main course and dessert at a different museum, exchanging places at two separate intervals in the evening.
The Science Museum hosted the event in the backdrop of the Making of the Modern World gallery, with the Natural History Museum’s evening set in the Earth Hall, and the V&A hosting guests in the Raphael Gallery.
The Science Museum’s caterer Rhubarb had a surprise in store for guests with the arrival of special guest chef Heston Blumenthal, who joined the team in the production of vodka, confit lime and pink peppercorn cured organic salmon, with a horseradish granite; and loin of lamb, with pea and sweetbread popcorn, followed by an explosion of colourful flavours at the neon pudding stall.
Guests at the Natural History Museum were treated to a menu inspired by the sea, earth and sand, courtesy of Ampersand. Dishes included Forman’s salmon with pistachio crust, served with edible sand and Harissa marinated chicken, scratching’s and crispy coated wings.
A canape menu of superfoods was put together by Jackson Gilmour for the V&A with ingredients packed with immune-boasting antioxidants. Among the guilt-free delicacies were quinoa bilinis with mackerel, horseradish cream and pickled beetroot; and caramelised scallops encrusted on chia seeds served with samphire and ginger sauce. A main course of spring lamb with a parmesan, herb and pinenut crust preceded an option of ice cream desserts, served at the glamorous ‘Italian Gelatti Fashion Ice Bar’, intended to compliment the venue’s forthcoming exhibition ’The Glamour of Italian Fashion’.
For 2014 the museums’ suppliers were inspired by each venue’s own cultural heritage when designing the evening’s entertainment, floral arrangements, lighting, catering and furnishings.
The night’s entertainment was provided courtesy of Sternberg Clarke whose acts featured at all three museums.