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May 2018


Rhubarb, rhubarb, rhubarb!

Happy May everyone! Isn't this weather glorious? Not ideal for us red heads, so I have been mostly lurking in the shadows with my Factor 50, but it is so lovely to see the blue skies - England at it's very best! As the days are getting longer and the sunshine is getting warmer we are getting excited about the summer, and looking forward this glorious time of year when it really does feel as if love makes the world go around!

We have been busy planting at our allotment, and harvested the first of our forced rhubarb in April, I can't wait to share some of our summer harvest with you later in the year as part of our East Dulwich Supper Club menus.

We had a lovely thank you letter from Goose Green School, thanking us for the £1,000 donation towards their Green Screen Project, which is now installed and already making a huge difference to air quality within the school grounds. We are delighted to be offering them ongoing support by hosting our East Dulwich Supper Club on Thursday 17th May exclusively for them to help raise further funding for their Air Purification Unit.

At last it is time for the Dulwich Festival! Celebrations will start on Saturday, 12th May with the Alice in Wonderland Themed Family Festival Fun Day from 10am to 4pm on North Cross Road. Look out for the Dulwich Festival bunting and come on in to fifty seven to see what's happening. There are crafty activities for the children, a treasure hunt, a fancy dress competition, goodies to eat and even Myatts Field Cocktails for adults to try, and to buy!

I am so excited to be hosting seven magnificent artist exhibitions at fifty seven throughout the festival, alongside five very special, Filippo Berio Sponsored Supper Club evenings when guests will be able to 'dine with an artist'. Booking for these has been fast and furious, and we only have a couple of seats left now - it's an amazing evening with a fabulous menu, so do read on to find out how to book a seat before it's too late.

Speaking of Supper Clubs and fifty seven, we have some amazing events coming up, including a monthly Thai Supper Club evening from June onwards, a Vietnamese Supper Club in May, and a Vegan Vietnamese Supper Club in June! Alongside these we have lots of other fun events like our new Chablis Chic crafting evenings, cookery classes, children's workshops and now health and wellbeing workshops too - the list just keeps on growing. Make sure you keep an eye on the 'What's on' page on our website to make sure you never miss an event as there's more being added daily!

We are working hard on our new website which will include the facility to book events directly with us. When this goes live we will also be able to send out regular blogs via social media, and the newsletter will become a recap of our adventures - so again please do sign up and stay with us!

Last but not least, our lovely Event Planner Sharon's daughter Aine, who recently sang at fifty seven for the launch of the Dulwich Festival will be performing again at the Bridge House in Penge from 7pm to 9pm on Sunday 27th May (the next Bank Holiday weekend). Please do pop along and support her if you happen to be free - here is a sneak preview - Aine is also available (without the cup!) for private bookings!

Read on for lots more news and all our latest gossip!

Best wishes,

Suzanne James



Horniman Conservatory hosts the Wedding of the Year!

Huge congratulations to Amy & Jason who got married with us at the Horniman Conservatory last year. They have just won the "Wedding of the Year" award with Your London Wedding Magazine.

We absolutely loved helping them plan their special day, and planner Amanda still has one of the 'lucky origami cranes' made by Amy's mother on her desk!

You can read more about Amy & Jason's wedding in the May/June Edition of Your London Wedding (issue 59) - out now!

Find out more about booking the Horniman Conservatory for your wedding.


Suzanne James Food Foundation sponsors Cooking from Scratch!

Whilst our East Dulwich Supper Club on Thursday evening during the Dulwich Festival is being hosted exclusively for Goose Green School's Air Purification Unit this years major funding project is with Westminster House Youth Club in Nunhead.

We have pledged to donate £1,000 to the youth club to support their "Cooking from Scratch" project. This will allow their after school club to deliver healthy eating sessions where the children cook meals from scratch with fresh ingredients.

The sessions will be delivered by Adrian Carter from Carters Caterers. Adrian is a local chef and former attendee of the Youth Club who is also disabled and so is able to provide an excellent example of working to conquer adversity for the young people who now attend.

The funding will allow the club to run 10 sessions across the year and includes the cost of Adrian's time, equipment and also ingredients. There will also be two additional shorter sessions where young people will make cakes to be served at the youth club's biannual lunches for older residents. This will also contribute to their bridging the gap work which seeks to promote tolerance between older and younger people in the local community.

We are incredibly pleased and excited to be able to support this invaluable local charity in the coming year.

Click here to find out more about Westminster House Youth Club


Seven Magnificent Artists on display at fifty seven Dulwich Festival 25th Anniversary

11th to 20th May 2018

From Saturday onwards why not pop along to fifty seven to see some of the amazing work created by local artists which which will be on display throughout the Dulwich Festival?

Amel Earle is based in South London and uses social commentary to narrate the urban & cultural environment of Britain's recent industrial past. Her most recent work captures acrylic images of iconic London landmarks.







Sue King is Inspired by colour and light, Sue designs and creates vibrant kiln-formed glass for both residential and commercial interior projects, including specialising in healthcare commissions. Her work also includes smaller items such as hanging panels and also tableware platters/dishes echoing the style and colour palettes from mid-century design and more contemporary motifs.


The Super Sparrow, aka Lilly Mandarano, designs and creates handmade ceramics.All work is hand built and glazed, making each piece unique.

Lilly gained a First Class Honours Degree in Fine Art from Central Saint Martins in London, England. Since then, she's re-discovered her love for ceramics and has become obsessed with the enjoyment of making with clay.



Chrissy Silver is a gardener with a keen interest in collecting and growing from seed, taking a close look at the complexity of plant forms and how they fulfil their brief.

Chrissy works mostly with porcelain, making fine detailed lamps, pendants, wall lights and candle burners by taking pressings from favourite plants. She also collects fine linen, lace, and lava stones for use in the pieces. The lamps are often secured together like a corset with 'buttons' made from casts of flowers or fine dolls' heads. All pieces are made in season and with the freshest of foliage, making each piece unique and capturing the essence spring and summer for reflexion in the darker winter month



Lucy Benson is a London-based designer who is fascinated with how light can transform the perception of a space and the relationship between light and materials. Her innovative use of materials and surface is the result of her exploration of different planes, distortion, translucency, line and structure. With Lucy's sensitivity and understanding of materials, she creates subtle contrasts within beautiful designs.


Dulwich based ceramicist Alice King has a kiln at the bottom of her garden! Her gorgeous pottery is as tactile as it is beautiful.



Karlos deYoane is a Galician sculptor, who has lived in London for the past 22 years.

His metal sculptors capture the magic of maps, and also the human form, and he will be exhibiting examples of both in the garden at fifty seven.


September Discount at the Horniman Conservatory

Are you looking for a party venue for Saturday 1st September?

Due to a late cancellation the Grade II Listed Horniman Conservatory is available at a very special rate for one evening only on Saturday 1st September.

If you would like to find out more about this amazing opportunity please call Amanda on 020 8693 6331, or email via the link below.

Email Amanda


Fifty Seven presents Chablis Chic Thursday, 24th May, 21st June & 19th July 7.30pm to 10.30pm

Join us at fifty seven to relax with a glass of wine or a cup of tea while you make something small and beautiful for your home. Have a chat and meet some new people.

Hosted by Maleficent Things, fairytale and film inspired jewellery, stationery & gifts.

Venue: fifty seven, 57 North Cross Road, East Dulwich, London, SE22 9ET

Follow the link to purchase your tickets.

Cost: £40 each including wine, soft drinks, tea & coffee & tapas selection


Keep it Local - Maleficent Things

We are proud of our status as not just a sustainable, but also an ethical caterer.

Wherever possible we use small, independent businesses much like ourselves and believe it is vitally important to support one another.

This month we would like to introduce you to Angela from Maleficent Things, who has been running all sorts of amazing, crafty workshops at fifty seven recently for both adults and children!

Read our interview with Angela


Digging for victory at the allotment!

As many of you know I have been a great supporter of 'grow your own' for many years, and have enjoyed working with local schools to encourage primary school children to grow their own vegetables.

Now Wedding Planner Amanda has been encouraging me to join her at her allotment, to see what it's like to grow vegetables on a larger scale.

I am hoping that later this year we can include some of our produce on our East Dulwich Supper Club menus, or at least be inspired by it! In February we started to force some of our rhubarb, which involves covering the crown of the plant with a large bucket to block out light and encourage the plant to make early growth. You are only supposed to do this every other year, so we left some of the plants uncovered, and it is really interesting to see the difference between the two in the photo here - unforced rhubarb on the left, and forced on the right.

I poached mine in orange juice with orange zest and had it with some natural yoghurt and it was delicious!

We will soon be harvesting Garlic and Broad Beans, and in the past two weeks we have planted Romanesco Cauliflower, Broccoli, Mange Tout, Peas, French Beans, Sweetcorn, Squash and Tomatoes and we will be keeping you posted on how we get on in the coming months so watch this space!


Diabetes Workshop at fifty seven Thursday, 24th May 2018, 10am to 11am

Join Health & Wellbeing Coach Alice Yeates at fifty seven on the above date to find out about how to improve your health when living with high blood sugar or Type 2 Diabetes.

Venue: fifty seven, 57 North Cross Road, East Dulwich, London, SE22 9ET

Cost: £10 per person

Book a place

Alice runs workshops throughout the year, and also offers 1 to 1 support on health & wellbeing.

Email Alice to find out more

Read our interview with Alice and find out more about how she can help you


Supper Club Sponsorship

It seems that everyone wants to sponsor our Supper Club events these days!

Alongside our ongoing relationship with Filippo Berio and Aperol, we will now also be sponsored by Gordons & Tanqueray Gin, Captain Morgan Rum, Smirnoff Vodka and Baileys for our events at fifty seven.

We will be creating some amazing cocktails with these spirits in the coming months, and are open to ideas, so please Email us with your favourite cocktail recipe!


Marathon Legs just keep on going...

Our amazing front of house member Olivier not only finished the London Marathon, but joined us at work just three days later for a waiting shift - talk about dedication!

He managed to raise an incredible £2,150.00 for the Terrence Higgins Trust and finished the race in 5 hours and 33 minutes.

Olivier said "I did find it very hard from mile 18 onwards with the lack of water in the water stations but the spectators cheering your name giver you a buzz that I will never forget . I had the best time on the day and caught a sun tan along the way.

Next for me a well deserve rest, then the 1,0000 mile Vitality run on the 28th May followed by the Wimbledon Half marathon on the 3rd June. As to another full marathon..... who knows???" (that sounds like a yes to us)!

Well done Olivier from all of us!


East Dulwich Supper Club

Canapes and pre dinner drinks on arrival followed by a three course meal (unless specified otherwise), coffee and chocolates.

Email us to book directly or follow links to book via Grub Club or FeedUp (full menus are shown on both websites for every date).

Dulwich Festival Filippo Berio East Dulwich Supper Club:
Monday, 14th May 2018 - Limited seats remain
Tuesday, 15th May 2018 - Limited seats remain
Wednesday, 16th May 2018 - Sold Out
Thursday, 17th May 2018 - Sold Out
Friday, 18th May 2018 - Sold Out

Followed by:
Vietnamese Banquet with Chef Yen - Tuesday, 22nd May 2018
Vietnamese VEGAN Banquet with Chef Yen - Wednesday, 5th June 2018
Thai Banquet with Chef Dee - Wednesday, 6th June 2018
'Regular' East Dulwich Supper Club Tuesday, 26th June 2018

Book all events via FeedUp (booking fees apply)

Book all events via Grub Club (booking fees apply - Please note that Grub Club will shortly become EatWith & booking fees will increase affecting ticket prices)

Booking Notes Please remember to add guest names in the comments section and let us know which (if any) of your guests have special dietary requirements. You can also add a note to tell us if you are attending as part of a group so that we can sit your all together. All of this saves us bothering you later, but we will get in touch if we have any queries.

You can read more about Supper Club and view the full menu on our website here.


Eat Seasonally

Each month we write a seasonal food column for SE21, 22 and 23 magazines. Look out for our recipes which also appear on our website.

Eating seasonal produce ensures that you always get the best tasting, healthiest food available, at the very best prices.

Read more about our own policy on seasonal food, and why it matters here and here on our website.


imageOut & About!

We are incredibly lucky to cater at so many amazing museums, galleries and historic venues, who also play host to a altitude of exciting events.

Our "Out & About" section offers a monthly low down on what's happening where for all you thrill seekers and culture vultures.

We hope you enjoy it, and please remember that if you are planning an event we would be delighted to see you at any of our venues in order to give you a guided tour while talking through the endless possibilities. We are often aware of special offers on venue hire and can assist in securing special rates when taking clients to a venue.