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9th August 2019

SMBE Conference Dinner at Manchester Cathedral

The Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution (SMBE) hired Grape and Grain Catering Co. to wine and dine their guests at Manchester Cathedral as a part of a three-day conference in the city. It takes a huge team of passionate and hardworking people to cater a three course meal for 700 guests; and that’s where Grape and Grain came in.

It was time for us to deliver. And to give you an idea of the level of preparation that goes into an event such as this, we’ve calculated some statistics. We had 50 floor staff, 24 bar staff, 10 kitchen staff, 60 tables, 720 chairs, and 50 hours of setup prior to the guest arrival. The team worked super hard and made sure that every detail was accounted for.

As the doors opened and guests began to arrive, the staff circulated glasses of refreshing prosecco and sparkling elderflower to welcome everyone to the dinner. Once seated, guests were served a starter of pressed chicken terrine with apricot & date chutney, pistachio toast and micro leaves. Sounds delicious, right?

It was then followed by Manchester IPA braised beef, brown butter & shallot potato, crispy kale and heritage carrot for the main course and Bramley apple & plum frangipane tart with vanilla seeded crème Anglaise for the dessert. Another two mouth-watering dishes to satisfy our guests appetite.

The evening then brought a live band and an open dance floor for guests to boogie the night away. The dance floor remained full for the rest of the evening, as guests relaxed and enjoyed some well-deserved down time.

Manchester Cathedral could not have been any more perfect for this event – offering a stunning backdrop, beautiful stained glass windows, towering ceilings and a magical atmosphere for SMBE employees. We love working with this venue, and would recommend the event space to anyone looking for something a little bit more special.

Get in touch if you would like us to cater your next event; we’d love to hear from you.

Click >HERE to make an enquiry via our website or call us directly on 0161 850 9879.


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