Here is the story of how the French Launderette was born and it's mission, in Sabrina's own words:
'Born out of a joke made on Twitter, The French Launderette seems to have caused quite a stir since its conception. Initially set-up to offer a haven to those who couldn’t afford a spot at Chef Thomas Keller’s eagerly anticipated London pop-up of The French Laundry, The French Launderette became something much bigger than it was ever meant to be'. My tongue-in-cheek take on Keller’s French Laundry pop-up, charges diners just 1% of Keller’s £250.00 price tag at the Harrods pop-up. Serving up well-sourced, British and seasonal ingredients that are given the proper care and respect that Keller himself would hopefully approve of. I would never be foolish enough to copy Thomas Keller’s style, technique or dishes; Instead I pay homage to Thomas Keller and The French Laundry by taking the best ingredients I can find and using simple techniques, bring out the best in them and serve up something delicious.'
|Refreshing cocktail served on arrival|
The helpers: Sabrina might be a force to be reckoned with, but even she needed help to feed 85 lucky people. She put a fantastic team together who worked very well under the pressure. If there were mistakes, I didn't noticed it. The fabulous team was put together by friends in the industry who worked with Sabrina in restaurants as well as other friends/volunteers from Twitter.
The Menu / Donations: Sabrina came up with the menu and then started to source the various ingredients for it. All ingredients were sourced and donated by people from Twitter. Below is the menu with the suppliers and producers who helped this event come to fruition.
Cost of the meal: £2.50 for tasty seven courses, that doesn't even cover for the cost of the welcome drink offered on our arrival.
Cost of the drinks: £20.00 for a wine flight per person, five glasses of matching wines, kindly donated by Naked Wines
On arrival we were offered a summery, tangy and tasty green apple and mint cocktail. It gave us chance to greet friends and to meet new people all brought together by the power of Sabrina and twitter. Eventually, we were seated upstairs and to our delight our very cozy table was filled with great people, lots of laughter, splendid food and matching wine. The venue was notable, clean and elegant. The service was impeccable and worthy of a fine dining experience. All-in-all I can't wait to be fed again by Sabrina and her team! The best fine dining supper club experience to date.
The Menu and wine list:
|the table setting - proper fine dining|
|wine, menu & raffle tickets|
|Canape salmon tartar - the only homage to Thomas Keller @French Launderette -|
|an absolutely gorgeous effort! ph:||paulwf.co.uk|
|Amuse Bouche - Delicious! We needed a small spoon! ph: paulwf.co.uk|
|Starter - rolled loin of Gloucester Old Spot pork - great texture and loved the tarragon sauce vierge|
|Vegetarian starter - wild mushroom stuffed parcels|
|Middle Course - Mackerel carpaccio, I enjoyed the beetroot sorbet and the freshness of the fish. ph: paulwf.co.uk|
|Main - hogget cutlets were slightly rare - the way I like it! great use of black garlic in the sauce.||ph: paulwf.co.uk|
|vegetarian option- miso aubergine|
|pièce de résistance : black fig tart by Bruno Breillet - delectable! and that Crème Anglaise was to die for!|
|Cheese course - fabulous cheeses and the crackers! ph: paulwf.co.uk|
Introducing the Kitchen team
Steven Goode @Steven_Goode Head Chef at Mosaica and a VERY patient man
Bruno Breillet @BrunoBreillet Patissier, baker and sweet-treat maker
Sophie Michell @SophieMichell Sexy TV Chef, Tweeter, author & food writer
Dave Ahern @CorkGourmetGuy Chef at The Alexandra & Scotch Egg gangster
Mark White @MarkyMarket Meat & Fish, cheeky-chappy & BIRTHDAY BOY!
Charles Johnson @AnAspiringChef Chef with Zen-like influence on the kitchen
Keith Wennie @WenniesAffairs Chef, food blogger & Twittering bon viveur
Lisa Greensill @PeckhamRyeEats Chef, Twitter Peckham food expert & great gal
Stella Plant @EvidenceMatters Food nut, scientist/evidence gathering Tweeter
Marco Petracchini @Oddonos Italian. Die-hard flirt. Artisan ice cream maker
Simon Fernandez @FerdiesFoodLab Supper Club host, LIFESAVER and great Chef
Introducing the Front of House team
Sylvain Logie @SylvainLogie Paramount London, all round sweetheart
Martin Renshaw @Martin_Renshaw Pollen Street Social, good guy & service pro
Tash Newby @TashNewby Maze restaurant, generous charity volunteer
Lolli Wennies @WenniesAffairs Tweeter, blogger and super smiley gal
Edward Warr @WhatmoreFood Tweeter, food lover and lovely volunteer
Rebecca Cheung @Bistro_Becs Tweeter, PR girl and food lover extraordinaire
Francesca Del Rio - - - Galvins, THE MOST organised woman I know
Frederic Ollier @LeBouchonBreton Le Bouchon Breton, ‘Shroom-huntingly fabulous
Donald Edwards @Donalde Gangster-rapping Sommelier, blogger & bad boy
Zeren Wilson @BittenWritten Sommelier, food & wine writer and cool brutha
Hannah Forshaw @Chuchibum Food blogger, future Leith’s trainee & hot Chef
Natanya Abrams @NatanyaAbrams Cook & food junkie with many hidden talents
There was also raffle tickets for sale at £5 each and the prizes were great! Unfortunately, I didn't win any of them, but it was good fun watching the happy faces of the winners. The Prizes were:
£180 voucher for dinner at Michelin star restaurant Kai Mayfair
3-course diner for two at The Chancery
Tasting menu for two at the lovely Galoupet
Racine cookery class with Henry Harris
£180 voucher for 2 for cookery class at Rayeesa's Indian Kitchen
Chroma Knives x 3
Luxury Hamper filled with award-winning goodies
Signed Manju Malhi Easy Indian cookbook
Tana Ramsay's Real Family Food cookbook
Action Against Hunger goody bag
30x45 photo print of Kristina Gill work
A place at Rachel McCormack's Catalan Cooking Class
3-course lunch for 2 at Gilbert Scott
Pastry master class with French Launderette Patissier Bruno Breillet
This event raised £3,200 pounds for Action Against Hunger. Not bad for a £2.50 seven course meal!
The donations were very generous indeed!
The unexpected goodie bag
|Black garlic, french mustard, selection of Maldon Salt|
To keep updated with news and future dates click here: The French Launderette
and Sabrina Passions
|The Lovely Ghayours!|
The not-so-beautiful pictures were taken by me.