Every year we look forward to the spring, the warm, longer days and Franco’s rosé wine list launch, unofficially considered the start of the summer season! What could be more agreeable than enjoying a crisp glass of rose accompanied by delicious canapés chosen from the largest restaurant selection of international rosé wines in Europe (seventy to be exact.)
Franco’s party is now in its 10th year and Rendezvous never being one to miss an opportunity is in its second year of our fabulous Francotastic wine tasting. A party of our very own in a private room and set up off the back of the launch party held the previous night.
Looking around the room and at the glistening pink bottles I had to think…. that’s a whole lot of tasty beverage – no hold fire (literally) I’m in the wrong film reference ….this is no Pulp Fiction of a night, I am certain there’s going to be some True Romance!
Franco’s director and restauranteur, Jason Phillips introduced the night and how the party had come about and the extensive list we would be tasting. Also giving the studious sorts a chance to answer the wine quiz and demonstrating how the Coravin system works, if on the rare chance you can’t finish that bottle of Domaine Ott you bought on a whim while flirting in the queue at Majestic; this is the gadget du jour!
Delightful entertaining and talented portrait photographer Stevie Roberts took the photos. I have got some lovely photos if any guests would like them please ask.
It was lovely seeing so many people travel in from so far and I’m not just talking The Shires, Brighton or Norfolk – there was Majorca, Monaco and India in the mix – you thoroughly international jet set crew you!
As the evening was winding up charismatic Gianmarco Franco (I’m always partial to a bit of Italian) sorted the quiz answers and we drew the name out of the champagne bucket – the winner of two bottles of rose was our good friend and Saga cruise Doctor Diane, she had already left to pack her cruise collection wardrobe and her Doctor’s kit to set sail the following morning. I’ll keep them safe, don’t you worry Diane!
Thank you to Franco’s wonderful team, you are a true credit to your business and thank you for allowing Rendezvous to be included as part of the unofficial start to the season…..Jason, Imogen, Samir, Gianmarco, Francesco.
What a fantastic Love Surgery party last week; a huge thank you to The Playboy Club for hosting us and to Cosmo Landesman & Dolly Alderton for pulling out all the stops and putting on a very glamorous, fun and informative chat show. House of Elrick’s swanky gin cocktails got the atmosphere going, introducing a new Gin to our enthusiasts. One to one advice was shared by our resident love experts in the form of Date Coach Ané Auret and a throng of Matchmakers from posh agency The Vida Consultancy. The goodie bags disappeared in minutes stuffed with Chocolate’s from Artisan du Chocolat, a must have Champagne offer from Franco’s Restaurant, a copy of the new magazine on the block; The Amorist and the best bed side table book Icons by Coco de Mer.
Photo credits to the effervescent Mr Stevie Roberts.
Join former Sunday Times It’s a Date columnists Cosmo Landesman & Dolly Alderton for a sit down treat of hilarious and edifying chitchat on all things dating, where we can share our most amusing or outrageous dating tips, disasters and nightmares.
Twice married, currently divorced Cosmo,62, has five failed proposals behind him and a lifetime of anecdotes and life lessons, while his blonde, short-skirted sparring partner Dolly, 27, already has a rich history of liaisons under her (suspender?) belt.
Their great on-page chemistry translates brilliantly in the flesh, making the Love Surgery a must for daters. Watch the movie from our last event. Film stars – I’m sorry, but we won’t be filming this years event.
Location & what’s included
Ticket price includes a welcome cocktail; seated Love Surgery fun and delicious with canapés.
At 9pm as the event draws to a close, we have a private area with a paying bar in The Playboy Club’s stunning room.
Cosmo being 62 and Dolly 28 makes this perfect joint Vida8/Rendezvous joint event, so expect a group of varied ages.
Date: Tuesday, 16th May, 2017
Party Size: 85
Time: 7:00pm – 9:30pm
Cost: Members £80 male/female, single £50 - Non-Members £100 male/female
Dress code: Elegant Smart
Whats included: a welcome cocktail; seated Love Surgery fun and delicious with canapés.
Above the of hum drum of chatting members in this swish outfitter our darling friend and resident Dapper Cad (Jonathan) JT hosted our event with a focus on men’s date-wear. It was JT who introduced us to slick Dutch tailor Suitsupply and what a great introduction it turned out to be. I imagine fans of the brand are not too thrilled that we are divulging this little gem of a secret stylish product that utterly screams tailor-made but for a snip of the price.
Five of our fabulous guests/models took the plunge for makeover. Well done men for being such sports. Jonathan and his team of Suitsupply experts introduced the men as they were and then took them back stage (well into dressing rooms) and proceeded with a complete change of look.
Bring on the boys for a quick twirl (or bow) and then into the audience for a chat while their new look settled into our viewers focus. The audience voted for the man who best suited their new look. Not who was most dapper or who wore the suit best – but who was completely transformed by their new look. The results were amazingly even – I suspect lots of friends were there voting for their friends as good friends should! But our Construction Company owner Jake wowed the crowds with his just-got-off-a-yacht in Cannes look and won by just a tip of his Panama hat. What fun – and he got to choose a dapper blazer to compliment his new look.
While the winners whirled, the stylish men grabbed their girls…. oops I mean their jackets – we clip-clopped off to the fabulous Bar20. What a welcome we got Mariusz, Massimo, Massimiliano and Andrea presenting us with an array of Gin cocktails delicious and perfectly paired by Sipsmith Gin.
The Dapper Cad, Tactile Property and Made to Measure exquisitely tailored for our members with divine spring flavours including strawberry, rhubarb and lavender.
Talking of Spring I do hope you’re joining us for our famous Franco’s Rose Wine Tasting it’s on the 26th of April; tickets are available now.