Thursday night was an opportunity to renew some old acquaintances and meet some new people over a relaxed meal and wine/rice tasting on West London's über-trendy King's Road. For those of you not familiar with Chelsea's main thoroughfare, King's Road stretches from the home of the Sloane Rangers in the east down to my football club ground and beyond in the west. The event took place at an establishment I was not previously familiar with - L'Osteria dell'Arancio.
We kicked off proceedings with some lovely arancini and fizzy aperitifs outside the restaurant as people began to congregate. I kept myself busy mingling with some familiar faces I'd met before and a few I hadn't. It was nice to finally meet Cooksister Jeanne and Johanna The Passionate Cook, both of whom I commmunicate with electronically on a regular basis. I recognised Celia Brooks Brown from the Borough Market Gastro Tour I attended not so long ago, and Walid of Trusted Places, who organised said tour, who was also present at my Last Supper (ok, Penultimate Supper). Also present was Krista of Londonelicious, who has now been present at so many events I've attended that people may be starting to talk. Sara Maternini, the evening's organiser, glided around and between us as mini-groups began to form (it actually reminded me of an old school playground scene).
When Antonio had finished his speech we stood around chatting for a bit until we were instructed to make our way back down to the dining room. Time for the feast to begin!
As I'm drafting this post I'm getting ready to go and see Ratatouille down the West End with Silverbrow and crew. I may report back briefly on that in the coming days.
Postscript: Saw Ratatouille last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. The animation was incredible and the humour hit home at every level - from slapstick for the kids up to some very sophisticated kitchen wit based on real life characters and situations for the cognoscenti.