What will the guests be eating at this year’s Mayor’s Ball?

PUBLISHED: 18:30 05 February 2019

Felixstowe mayor Graham Newman with his wife Janet, the mayoress. Picture: CHRIS CARNE

Felixstowe mayor Graham Newman with his wife Janet, the mayoress. Picture: CHRIS CARNE


Arrangements are under way for the Mayor of Felixstowe Graham Newman’s annual charity ball next month – and the menu for the evening has been decided.

Orwell Hotel, Felixstowe - venue for this year's Mayor's Ball Picture: ARCHANTOrwell Hotel, Felixstowe - venue for this year's Mayor's Ball Picture: ARCHANT

Guests at the event on March 22 at the Orwell Hotel in Hamilton Road will have a choice of three starters.

These will be white onion and lemon thyme soup with chive creme fraiche and sourdough, or ballotine or chicken and smoked bacon with leek sauerkraut, blood orange gel and rye crumb, or beetroot cured salmon gravadlax with horseradish cream, fresh radishes and saffron pickled courgettes.

There are also three mains to choose from – Suffolk chicken ‘Coq au Vin’ with mushrooms, baby onions and bacon lardons, truffled potato puree and green beans, or herb-crusted fillet of sea trout with cruched new potatoes, purple sprouting broccoli and crayfish beurre blanc, or Provencal vegetable and goats cheese pithivier with kale, baby spinach, new potatoes and tomato and roast garlic sauce.

Dessert offers four options. First up is Pink Lady Apple Tarte Tatin with gingerbread crumb and caramel ice cream, or lemon posset with fresh orange and Cointreau jelly, cinnamon palmier and lemon balm, or treacle tart with porridge oats and whiskey set cream and blueberry jam, or cheese and biscuits.

Mr Newman is hosting the ball – to which civic dignitaries, councillors, members of local organisations, charities and groups that play a leading role in the life of the town, and business leaders have been invited – as part of his fundraising during his year in office for his two chosen charities.

These are The Laydens Community Café and The Basic Life Charity.

The BASIC Life Charity is a registered charity based in Felixstowe and was formed in 2000. It has two charity shops – one in Hamilton Road and the other in Walton High Street – and uses money generated by these, donations and other activities to help all in need in the local community. The group operates a food bank, community events and donates financial assistance to individuals and groups in need.

The Laydens has been running more than two years after standing empty for some time since its previous use as the WRVS Meals on Wheels kitchen ended. Run by a

Community Interest Company which was given the building by Suffolk Coastal District Council, it runs a community cafe as well as other activities to benefit and support residents in the area.

Tickets for the ball are £37.50 per head or a table for 10 people for £360.00.

Mr Newman will be receiving guests from 6.45pm to 7.30pm and dinner will be served at 7.40pm. The dress code will be black tie.

Music for dancing will be provided by Solid Gold, thanks to generous sponsorship by Richard and Jenny Bugg. The evening will also feature a grand prize draw.

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