Top five canapés

I know, I know, first world problems in the extreme… but for people like us, choosing a great canapé is actually relatively important business. If you’re investing in the ultimate drinks reception, either to satisfy a sponsor need or make a product launch go with a bang, getting the right mix of flavours, textures and adding in that soupçon of surprise can make your event memorable for all the right reasons.

Because of the nature of my work, I have eaten a LOT of canapés, so I’m not an easy man to please when it comes to platters of tidbits. However, over the last year, I have tasted a handful of outstanding morsels at events (eating so many of them they constitute a proper dinner), so thought it only fair to share the glory with those who prepared them for us. So here is The Guide to Events rundown of the top five canapés from the last twelve months, in order of excellence…

5. Duck liver parfait with plum & hoi sin toasted brioche, pistachios, black onion seed za’atar
House of Commons, London – January 2018

4. Mac ‘n’ cheese truffle arancini balls
Banking Hall, London (Camm & Hooper) – June 2017

3. Fried halloumi chips with chimichurri mayonnaise
etc. Venues 155 Bishopsgate, London – December 2018

2. Escargot in edible pastry shells
Bibliothèque Solvay, Brussels – March 2017

And the winner…

1. Mini steak tartare
Grace Hall (Camm & Hooper) – January 2018

Thank you to all the caterers who took the humble canapé in the last year and elevated it to something rather special. As for me, it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!

Editor • 11th February 2018

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