On 12th December I attended The Boardroom Network’s ‘White Christmas Luncheon’ at The Italian Villa in Canford Cliffs. The Italian Villa is set in the grounds of Compton Acres and hosts events and weddings throughout the year. The catering is provided in-house by Beales Gourmet Catering.
On arrival, I saw people that I already knew through work and met some lovely new people too, but I’ll skip to the best part; the food!
For starter I enjoyed the Duck liver & Armagnac, spiced fig chutney, brioche toast, textures of apple. The presentation was beautiful. I think a lot of us eat with our eyes first and I was not disappointed.
The main meal I opted for was Roasted Blandford Farm turkey, chestnut and sausage stuffing, crisp roast potatoes & homemade turkey gravy. I love a Christmas dinner so this was an easy choice. We all know that turkey can sometimes be dry, but the way that this dish was created, it kept all the moisture and flavour in.
Feeling full but having a sweet tooth, I couldn’t resist the dessert; Praline Semifreddo, Salted caramel and raspberry coulis. Luckily it was melt in the mouth delicious!
Beales Gourmet Catering and The Italian Villa don’t offer a restaurant service, however, you can book the venue for an event or book Beales Gourmet for outside catering. So, if you’re planning a wedding or event, I highly recommend looking at The Italian Villa or if you’re choosing a venue with no in-house caterers, talk to Beales Gourmet Catering.
Please note that the supplier did not know ahead that we were writing a review and the meal was not complimentary.
The Featured image at the top is credited to The Italian Villa.