Sometimes you get a dream of a brief which you just can’t wait to sink your teeth into and the British Museum’s new blockbuster exhibition “The American Dream; Pop to the Present” was a humdinger of one.
Working with the creative goddesses at top London party planner Peppermint Diva who created 2 incredible pop art bars for us to play with, we channelled our inner Lichtenstein to create a playful menu of American classics.
Canapes such as Glazed duck hash browns with crispy leek and apple jelly, Gourmet Kimchi Dogs, and Taco with Cajun spiced tuna, avocado and lime, were served from specially created Warhol-Marilyn Monroe canape trays.
The canapes themselves became the art with Pop Art quails eggs on black citrus salt, and Pop Art goat’s cheese paint tubes,both experimenting with trademark Pop Art colours.
Classic American bowl food of New York strip and skinny fries and the ubiquitous Mac’n’Cheese proved popular with guests fresh back from the private view, and the New York deli stall serving Zafferano home-spiced beef brisket, and Classic cured Lox with all the fixin’s, had guests queuing up for seconds.
Desserts were designed to be playful and tempting to the jaded palate; multi-coloured Lichtenstein dark chocolate and salted caramel lips were served from a classic Ben Dot background, and a nostalgic Vanilla milk shake with a doughnut topper had guests smacking their lips.
Cocktails were punchy and fun – “The Real Thing” served in a vintage cola bottle combined rum, vanilla and lime with Dr Pepper , “California Dreamin’” was a fragrant apricot and orange blossom mocktail and a truly retro classic “Old Fashioned” appealed to all the sharp-suited Don Drapers present.
We love working with Peppermint Diva and our über-creative end client. Her feedback made us smile;
“As always, great to work with you and your team again, and thank you for making the food the talking point. I quote from a guest:
I enjoyed the art but the food and drink was amazing!