London's Guildhall, Gresham Street, London, EC2V 7HH (see map below)
The Gin Industry Annual Dinner has been one of the Guild’s most sought after events.
Our speaker element for the dinner will once again be of particular interest to those in the gin industry.
Our speaker for 2017 is none other than IWSC Spirits Communicator of the Year, Alice Lascelles. A contributing editor on the Financial Times, and former cocktail columnist for The Times and The Sunday Times, Alice has been writing about drinks for more than 14 years.
She co-founded the leading trade title Imbibe and has also had work published in Vice, Monocle, Noble Rot, Prospect, Restaurant Magazine, Spirits Business and jancisrobinson.com.
Alice is the author of Ten Cocktails: The Art of Convivial Drinking, a spirited tour of the cocktail cabinet inspired by a life spent travelling the world in pursuit of the mixed drink, and a regular talking head at festivals, workshops and on the radio, hosting talks and tastings everywhere from the Southbank and Port Eliot to the Epicurean festival and the Radio 4 Woman’s Hour Christmas Special.
When she’s not drinking for a living (or rambling the Lake District in search of juniper) Alice also has a second life as a musician, which has seen her tour with the White Stripes. Her Desert Island luxury would be a pocket ice maker so that she could always mix the perfect G&T. www.alicelascelles.com
Timings for this event
6.15 for 6.45 for welcome G&T (with various gins for your appreciation)
6.45 for the Gin Guild Installation of new members (during which the bar will be closed)
7.15 - 7.45 Reception (G&T’s to be served, with various gins, for your appreciation)
After dinner the bar will reopen for a nightcap. Guests should vacate the premises by 11pm Dress code: Lounge suits Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org (020 3397 2737), for more details and bookings
As befits the Gin Guild, the menu is gin influenced:
City of London - Gin cured river trout
Red grapefruit, French bean and nigella seeds
White - Nutbourne Sussex Reserve 2014
Loin of Venison with sloe gin and blackberry glaze
Saffron fondant potatoes
Medley of roasted summer vegetables
Red - Chateau La Grand Mayne, Cotes de Castillon 2008
Summer berry posset
Gin and elderflower jelly, Pistachio biscotti
Gin and Lime truffles
Gin and tonic
Attendance is only available to those in the gin industry (no spouse/partner/non-industry guests permitted on this occasion), so has a unique place in the annual spirits calendar as it provides unrivalled networking opportunities.
Members who join the Guild at the event, alongside members who join the Guild at the Mansion House Guild Installation are invited to bring along their gins to showcase to members.
Existing members who have new products (reflecting the interest and growing variety in the developing category), are also welcome to send along their products.
There were over 30 gins on offer at the 2016 event. Variety is clearly the spice of life (if not the botanicals of life)!
Please let the Director General know if you wish to bring gin along and, where possible, by arrangement, arrange for the stock to be sent to the Guild office in advance in order that it can be secured and shipped to the venue.
We have secured a number of interesting industry speakers and to add to the enjoyment, for the last two years, have secured tastings of some rare (indeed almost impossible to secure), unique gin products that are not commercially available, for the delectation of attendees.
For any offers of a special/rare gin offering for the 2017 dinner would be very welcome.
The increased numbers mean that, sadly, we are unable to revisit the Savile Club, who have looked after us so well for the last four years, as that venue is limited to 100.
We are very pleased to report, having made an application to the City Remembrancer’s Office (which was established during the reign of Elizabeth I) to hold our Installation at Guildhall London, that our application has been approved by the Chief Commoner, on a recommendation by the City Remembrancer.
Guildhall has been the City powerhouse since the twelfth century. In an era when the Lord Mayor of London rivaled the monarch for influence and prestige, this was where he and the ruling merchant class held court, and fine-tuned the laws and trading regulations that helped create London’s wealth.
Today, 800 years on, Guildhall is still home of the City of London Corporation, and acts as a grand setting for glittering banquets in honour of visiting Heads of State and other dignitaries, royal occasions, and receptions for major historical anniversaries.
Situated in the heart of the City of London, the world’s leading financial and business centre, this rare and magnificent medieval Grade I listed landmark offers a spectacular backdrop.
Our Installation and dinner (lounge suit as usual for this event, as a contrast to Mansion House), is to be held in The Old Library. This was designed by Sir Horace Jones and built in 1870.
Maximum numbers for dinner are 350, so the venue should, even with expansion, be able to accommodate the Guild for a few years.
Due to the increased capacity, Guild members are encouraged to consider inviting gin industry guests to the event, such as distributors, colleagues or favoured customers.
For further information please contact:
Nicholas Cook, The Director General
Phone: 020 33 97 27 37