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Dinner in the Sky

Looking to hold an unusual breakfast, lunch or dinner for staff or friends? Top Banana was offered the following article about a company that is reaching new heights in fine dining.

Dinner in the Sky is mobile, moving from one city and country to another, giving people the opportunity to enjoy fine-cuisine by world-class chefs and experience the ultimate dining experience

The Table

Suspended at 50 metres above ground level the tables are securely fastened by a team of professionals who are the elite amongst their industry. Benji Fun, a partner in Dinner in the Sky, is the man that ensures the safety of clients and staff is always top priority. The table seats 22 people with three staff on board, Chef, waiter and entertainer. Those who suffer from a fear of heights could overcome their fear with a challenge to have dinner at Dinner in the Sky. The views are breathtaking, the safety is top priority and secure, while the entertainer is there to keep the mood lively and light.

Chefs & Celebrities

Dinner in the Sky can be held in any country and city from London and Europe to the States, so their frozen foods are transported by chilled distribution while all fresh ingredients are sourced from on the best suppliers the world over. Celebrities such as Prince Albert of Monaco have experienced Dinner in the Sky with his dinner catered by celebrity Dinner in the Sky Chefs such as Yannick Alleno of France. All of this unusual restaurant’s Chefs are highly-skilled in their trade and serve only the finest cuisine native to the country Dinner in the Sky is hanging around in.

Availability

Dinner in the Sky sessions are eight hours a time but this is a long time to be seated so the time may be broken up and personalised according to clients’ wishes. This event can be held anywhere providing there is a flat surface of approximately 500-square-metres that can provide a secure safety base for the crane. If requested by the client a second Dinner in the Sky crane may be utilised to provide full entertainment for diners. Hoisted up alongside the table another platform will have a band or whichever form of entertainment requested by clients. You, as the client, may request to have your Dinner in the Sky above an historic monument, hanging above a river, or in the middle of the city, as long as permission and the necessary is granted.

All Aboard

The crane, once it’s received by fresh refrigerated delivery, is hoisted into the air and Dinner in the sky is made in front of you. Savour the aromas and almost inconceivable experience while taking in the views and the fact that a world-renowned Chef is making dinner for you.

Dave Tucker is a keen blogger who enjoys writing on a variety of cool, creative activities and lifestyles – he’s quite fascinated by the idea of Dinner in the Sky and the kind of chilled distribution logistics it would involve – but even more intrigued by the mouthwatering menu!

Edible Exports from Cornwall

Kathy Kendall is both a dedicated travel blogger and pasty lover. Here she shares her love of Cornish foods:

Cornish holidays have always been popular, but it is often the food as opposed to its many other charms that it best remembered for. From the Cornish pasty to its decadent fudge, Cornish food has made its way across the UK and, in some cases, even the world. But what are the very best of Cornwall’s edible exports, and which would make the best presents to treat-deprived friends and relatives upon your return (provided they survive the journey)? I’m glad you asked…

  • Cornish pasty

The pasty is arguably one of Cornwall’s most iconic foodstuffs. A pastry case filled with meat and vegetables, a traditional Cornish pasty is usually comprised of beef, turnip, potato and onion; indeed, the dish has also been awarded Protected Geographical Indication status. While today a Cornish pasty must be crimped on one side in order to be known as such, some maintain that it is more authentic for pasties to have a top crimp. There are a number of superstitious related to pasties, while the popular chant “Oggy Oggy Oggy Oi Oi Oi” and “Munch On!” are said to be referring to them.

  • Cornish fairing

“Fairing” originally referred to the edible treats traditionally sold at fairs, but these days it usually refers to a kind of traditional Cornish ginger biscuit (or at least it does in Cornwall!). During the 1800s they became well known as gifts of affection bought by middle or lower class young men for their sweethearts. Perhaps the most famous manufacturer of fairings was Furniss Foods, a company that was founded in 1886 by John Cooper Furniss (or rather this is when he first began selling fairings in his tea room in Truro), the company even recently teaming up with celebrity chef Rick Stein. Fairings are a great accompaniment for curling up in a Cornwall cottage with a good book.

  • Stargazy pie

Stargazy pie is one of Cornwall’s more interesting-looking dishes, and is essentially a fish pie with a twist: the fish themselves (usually pilchards) must have their heads poking out through the crust of the pie. Although practically this was done to ensure that the oil remained into the pie, thus ensuring that it was moist and flavourful, the appearance of the fish gazing skywards is what gives this pie its name. Historically, the pie is served to celebrate the bravery of Mousehole fisherman Tom Bawcock, who went out in dangerously stormy weather in order to catch enough fish to feed the starving village. The pies made as a result were baked with the heads of the catch poking out of the crust to prove that there was indeed fish in them.

A Top Weekend in Whitstable

Whitstable is on the north coast of Kent, close to Canterbury. It makes a great day trip from the city but also has enough to entertain the visitor for a weekend. For a long time it was another small fishing town but in recent years it has become more popular with the bohemian set and has its fair share of wonderful pubs and bars, restaurants and fine dining as well as numerous small boutiques and shops.

Whitstable is famous for its fantastic oysters, and if you are planning a weekend break there, then the best time to go is during the annual oyster festival in July although bear in mind that accommodation does get booked quickly during this period. Even outside of the festival period, Whitstable has a variety of attractions for the visitor to visit and enjoy. Consequently there are a wide range of accommodation options to suit everyone and every budget, including the legendary Hotel Continental and plenty of excellent decently priced B&Bs and self catering cottages.

Whitstable is very popular with artists and there are therefore numerous art galleries and artists’ studios you can visit and spend the day browsing in. Indeed once you have visited the town and seen the incredible views of the sea from the bay windows of the gorgeous old hotels, you will understand why so many artists and other creative people base themselves in Whitstable. In fact the whole of the Kent coast has in recent years begun to blossom in a hive of creativity.

The main attractions

One of the main attractions in Whitstable is the historic harbour. Busy and bustling, it still holds fish markets on a regular basis, offering freshly caught fish and shellfish.

What is known as “the castle” in Whitstable is really more of a stately home, but it can be visited, and the gardens there are simply stunning.

The shops in Whitstable are mostly small and independent. Harbour Street is the main destination for shoppers and window shoppers, and time is easily whiled away looking at the charming buildings, the hand crafted gifts, and the aromatic deli shops.

Walking tours of the main attractions in Whitstable can be booked and can give you an insight into the past history of this intriguing little town.

The beaches

You won’t come for a weekend in a coastal town without wanting to visit the beaches, and Whitstable has some of the loveliest and cleanest beaches in the UK. There are two things that really characterise Whitstable’s beaches. Firstly, they are of the pebbly kind rather than sandy. This does have some advantages though as it makes it a lot easier to clean up after time spent lying on the beach, as well as allowing numerous contests to see who can get the most bounces when skimming the pebbles!

The second thing that characterises Whitstable’s beaches are the charming beach huts. Beautifully maintained, and painted in a variety of colours these are a photographer’s or artist’s dream.

Whitstable has some of the most amazing sunsets in the UK. If you are lucky enough to spend some time here then you will soon see why artists have been flocking here in droves over the last few years. Sunset in Whitstable is one of the delights of South East England, and not to be missed. Enjoy it with a bag of the local fish and chips for the perfect Whitstable moment.

Alex is a consumer finance blogger and journalist. He spends his working week covering savings accounts and umbrella companies but when he gets the chance he loves to write about touring around the UK.

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