THE Sensory Dining Experience at the Club House on Sunday night as part of the Savour Kilkenny Food festival was fantastic success with sumptuous food, fine wine and spectacular entertainment.
The night commenced with a champagne reception and the format for the evening was explained to guests by host and general manager of the Club House Hotel Ian Brennan. Guests were then lead to the low lit Georgian Dining Room where their table awaited set simply with a napkin and a blindfold which they wore for the remainder of the evening.
Guests had no prior knowledge of the dishes or the drinks that they would enjoy and had to rely on their taste, and smell to determine what was in each carefully designed course. It was a very relaxed and very enjoyable evening, and guests were guided through seven courses by the experienced Club House Staff. Guests enjoyed wonderful dishes such as Goats Bridge Trout Caviar, Scotch Egg with Lavestown Sausage Meat, Cream of Nettle Soup, and Beef Oyster and Ale pie to mention but a few. Delicious wines accompanied each course which were provided by Mr. Henry Anderson of Baccus Vinos who was also master of ceremonies for the evening providing not only descriptions of his wines but plenty of humorous entertainment also.
While guests were enjoying dessert some unexpected but much rewarding special guests were brought into the dining room in the form of Kilkenny’s young singing sensation “The Octaves”. The eight piece A Capella singing group performed their first song to the blindfolded guests before they were invited to remove their blindfolds to enjoy two more classic songs along with some fantastic moves to go with them.
The night conclude with some more singing from “The Octaves” in Victor’s bar where many of the large crowd in attendance joined in with the exceptionally talented young group.
There was lavish praise all round for the entire evening, with many already planning for Sensory Dining 2013. Much of the praise was waited toward Head Chef at the Club House Tim Clifford and his team for the amazing food, but also to the wonderful waiting staff who expertly guided the blindfold guests through this highly entertaining and enjoyable evening.