A night of food, drink, theatre and 70s music.
The Art of Dining is delighted to present Abigail’s Party – a 70s themed, five course pop-up dining experience, combining food, theatre, music and set design. Inspired by Mike Leigh’s play of the same name, Abigail’s Party will see set designer Alice Hodge transform the iconic Rose Lipman Centre into a 70s living room, complete with lava lamps, hostess trolleys, shag-pile rugs, loud wallpaper, jazzy sofas, drinks cabinets and every shade of beige.
Moro-trained chef Ellen Parr will present food classics from the era, but with a twist. Her take on a prawn cocktail may look like it’s come straight from Fanny Craddock’s fridge, but will tingle the taste buds with its subtle, infused Thai flavours. As you toy with a Twiglet while gazing at your companion over a half grapefruit spiked with cheese and pineapple chunks, prepare to re-discover the magic of mousse and the fun of fondue. Although the food may look retro, you can expect bold, zesty flavours and truly innovative cooking.
So, shake out that dralon dress with the plunging neckline, slap on the eyeliner, press those flares, unbutton your shirt to the navel, slip on the heels and head to the Rose Lipman Centre (just a few minutes’ walk from Haggerston overground station) to be transported back to the 70s. As you thrill to the soaring tenor of Demis Roussos (RIP), you will experience some excruciating hosting and plenty of awkward moments, while a good, strong gin and tonic will get you in the mood.
Vietnamese style salad with crispy gem, sweet herbs and marinated prawns
Italian style fondue with ciabatta, Italian pickles and spring veg
Crispy pork belly with apple, celery and hazelnut salad
DUCK À L’ORANGE
Confit duck, blood orange and chicory salad with sesame and soy
CHEESE & PINEAPPLE
Lime cheesecake and caramelised pineapple