I wasn’t going to blog about our dinner with the director, but I’m now writing a short entry for the staff newsletter, so pasted below!
Following tense days of strategic bidding in the Christmas Auction, the Famous Six were delighted to bag dinner Chez Parker in aid of the Milton Childrens’ Hospice. We were met by the dark and mysterious Umberto (well, wearing dark and mysterious leather trousers) who made us feel very welcome and one of the family with champagne, canapés and a big bushy moustache each. We were entertained with a delicious menu, home-cooked by Umberto and Rosmarino and accompanied by numerous bottles from the impressive cellars of Chateau Parker (Waitrose)
- Curried parsnip and butternut squash soup
- Pink Grapefruit Granita (served by Umberto the Gondolier to the refrain of ‘One Cornetto‘)
- Fillet of beef with shallots and horseradish sauce, or, Vegetable en croute
- Brioche and butter pudding, and, Mango and passion fruit soufflé
- Coffee and chocolates
Later in the evening Swedish pop legend Anni-Frid Lyngstad made a solo appearance to ecstatic applause: but sadly the years have not been kind to the ABBA star who appeared for us in a blue boiler suit. Undaunted, and not quite sober, we played a fast-paced Parker-family charades game, which favoured any players obsessed with Top Gear.
Very many thanks to Robert and Rosemary who were great sports, great hosts, wonderful chefs, and who were very generous in donating this evening to the Christmas Auction. We all had a wonderful evening and hope to make another reservation ‘Chez Parker’ at next year’s auction (we will be devising our bidding strategy very soon!)
The Famous Six