IMG_1361Last Friday evening a group of us Beans visited the lovely Park Plaza Westminster Bridge for Hospitality Action’s annual Great British Quiz. Hospitality Action are experts at hosting some very grand events – we often feel unworthy coming from our humble little foodservice design agency to the ballroom of another grand London hotel such as this, but we’re a long-term supporter of HA and are always on hand to do our bit.

This is an event that I personally really look forward to as I love a dose of healthy competition (I blame my Dad) and despite not being to up on our quiz game, we all had a whale of a time. We had a great group of people on our table including the lovely Contino family, the geniuses behind Sapori d’Italia, who were pretty hot on their sports – rather handy for us as sport isn’t our strong point. Food on the other hand…

The evening’s proceedings were led by the big man himself, Mark Labbett from the ITV game show The Chase. At 6ft 7, Mark managed to hold court in a room full of hospitality industry veterans that were buzzing with competition and rivalry!

The food and drink, served by the great front of house team at the Park Plaza, was truly delicious (big up to the back of house brigade). We had a lovely fillet of pork for main and, my favourite, caramel cheesecake for dessert (featured in the photo) which was divine!

We left the night with a new found bank of stats and facts to impress our mates, full bellies and a stuffed goodie bag – all signs of a great night! I was also rather chuffed the next day to discover the Mackie’s of Scotland honeycomb chocolate which was pretty mind blowing – thanks Mackie’s! Getting the sense that I have a bit of a sweet tooth!

The event itself raised a phenomenal £60,000 for HA, a fantastic achievement and a great cause. I was honoured to have been a part of it and I’m already looking forward to next year!

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