How many times can you say you had cocktails while being surrounded by giant vegetable sculptures in a chic London Hotel? My guess is… not many, if ever.
While being invited to this kind of party wasn’t necessarily on my ‘Sunny bucket list’, it certainly wasn’t an opportunity I was going to turn down. Why? Because like Alice from Wonderland, I was just so damn curious.
Last week I went to the Sofitel St James, 6 Waterloo Place, London SW1Y 4AN for the opening night of an art exhibition. It was pitched to me ahead of time as ‘a stylish celebration of earth’s seasonal bounty with French artist Patrick Laroche.’ Since I had never been to the hotel’s stylish brasserie The Balcon, I was even more intrigued.
Sofitel St James is French owned, so I felt very shi shi foo foo, Sunny friends.
After some food and a few cocktails, people started to lighten up and go with the root of the exhibition’s concept.I even got a sneaky picture with the ahhhhhhtist himself, Patrick Laroche! Don’t we just look like two peas next to a pod?
Did you notice the girl’s face over my shoulder? Perhaps she was a bit jealous I got a photo opp with Laroche? Maybe someone beet her in to coming?
I applaud Sofitel St James and Patrick Laroche for their inventiveness and creativity. Sofitel loves French culture and gastronomy and often organises events and exhibitions at the property. This one lasts from September 18-October 31.
Further, the hotel’s signature restaurant will offer new vibrant, vegetable dishes created by Head Chef, Vincent Ménager. There will also be a ‘Laroche Cocktail.’ It’s a fresh mixture of rosemary and basil cubes, cucumber, Heirloom tomatoes and finished with a signature mushroom syrup.