We hosted our first Paper Plates Whisky Dinner last week and the evening was a huge success, or so I’m told by those who attended!
On what was perhaps the hottest evening of the year, forty TVG readers piled into The Rolling Fix HQ in Ultimo for a six-course degustation prepared by One Bent Street’s Sam Parsons, paired with a selection of fantastic whiskies presented by myself and Tom Parsons.
Guests on the night seemed genuinely shocked at the quality and technique of the dishes placed before them, all prepared with ingredients sourced from the finest local producers, and served on white Paper Plates. Paired to match Sam’s culinary creations, we showcased six whiskies from a range of distillers around the world, with skews from Talisker, Clynelish, Yamazaki, Caol Ila, Starward and Bladnoch with Pure Scot cocktails on entry.
After welcoming guests, visibly flustered from a full day of preparations, we eased into the night with a Pure Scot spritz followed by Talisker Port Ruighe and Sydney Rock Oysters served with Dust Bakery Bread and Pepe Saya butter. Tom worked the crowd with quips and quirky tasting notes, intertwined with tales of our own whisky adventures.
The Kingfish Sashimi with Guindilla Chilli sauce wowed the room and was further brought to life with citrus hints from the Clynelish 14. Kurobuta Pancetta met crumbled Stilton in course three paired with The Yamazaki Distiller’s Reverse which was my personal favourite combo of the evening. Two bottles of Caol Ila Distiller’s Reserve followed, a 2015 and 2016, served with plates of Scallops dressed in a hearty Black Pudding sauce. Mimosa Valley Lamb and a smoked Eggplant Puree blended superbly with Victoria’s finest from Starward – with guests getting to sample not just the Single Malt but also the Wine Cask, much to everyone’s delight! Finishing the evening, Sam served a stunning Fruit Cake with a Crème anglaise dusted in Valrhona dark chocolate complemented sublimely with the luscious Bladnoch Samsara, and more chocolate! I couldn’t tell you how many times I heard, ‘this is the nicest Fruit Cake I’ve ever eaten!’
The night was a huge challenge, tucked into our busiest period of the year but it was a great opportunity to bring the brand to life, meet TVG readers and introduce a concept we’re so passionate about.
Stay tuned for a small video from the night, plus a piece on the whiskies we consumed, and be sure to subscribe to our mailing list for info about our next event!