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Tuesday 29 November 2016

National Museum of Scotland hosts ‘Extravaganza’ with sensory dining experience

We recently wowed guests with a mysterious, sensory dining experience as part of a venue showcase event at the National Museum of Scotland.

We set up a secret log cabin surrounded by an enchanted forest at the ‘Evening Extravaganza’ with participants blindfolded and provided with an audio-guide, to fully immerse them in the tasting journey.

Starting with a foraged iced pine and elderflower palate cleanser, guests were played sounds of a howling blizzard before being led to a cosy cabin where they were offered a range of familiar and heart-warming canapes, whilst listening to the soundtrack of a crackling fire.

Bites of sticky glazed wild boar sausage, cheese on toast, and a rich chocolate-whisky truffle speckled with popping candy, were all served as part of the experience.

Linzi McLaren, General Manager, Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events, said: “We wanted to create a fun and unique experience that guests would remember. By limiting their sight, we took participants out of their comfort zone and added an element of surprise, while the voice track triggered their imagination. Each ‘bite’ was created using nostalgic flavours with the aim of stimulating memories of childhood adventures. We received fantastic feedback from guests and it certainly proved that ‘drinks and canapes’ are best served with a twist.”

More than 300 guests attended the event at the Museum, with other entertainment including circus acts, trapeze artists and dancers.

The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh offers a remarkable collection of flexible event spaces. At the museum's heart, the Grand Gallery's soaring glass atrium and sweeping staircases create a stunning backdrop for dining, dancing and entertaining for up to 1500 guests. The Entrance Hall, Hawthornden Court, Kingdom of the Scots and Early People Gallery add to the inspiring opportunities available for evening events. The much loved galleries are complemented by a state of the art, 210 seat Auditorium complex and luxurious Boardroom suite overlooking Edinburgh Castle, providing comprehensive facilities for meetings, conferences and private dining.

For further information about the National Museum of Scotland visit

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Tuesday 29 November 2016

South Queensferry staff celebrate combined service of almost 90 years

Three employees at our South Queensferry office are celebrating after serving a combination of almost 90 years with us.

Events Office Manager, Elaine Brown and Karen Burton, who oversees the business’ recruitment hub, Prestige People, are each set to receive Long Service Awards to mark over 30 years with the company, while David Forbes, Business Development Executive, is to be recognised after serving 20 years.

The team over the years have taken on various roles within the company. Karen and Elaine began their careers as temporary waiting staff in the 1980s, while David joined as a supervisor having completed a student placement in 1995.  David’s roles have included senior operations positions, estimating that he has planned and delivered more than 800 weddings and close to 3000 private and corporate events, while Elaine has met the Queen three times and Karen has organised thousands of staff for events ranging from The Open to concerts at Hampden Park.

In recognition of their loyal service, the trio were treated to a trip to London where they had lunch aboard Bateaux London, a luxury restaurant cruise, before enjoying a gala dinner and overnight stay in a top hotel.

Sandy Robson, Account Director, Sodexo Prestige Venues & Events said: “Elaine, Karen and David are all much-loved and valued members of the Sodexo team, and I would like to congratulate as well as thank them, for their continued enthusiasm and passion which they bring to their work each day.

“As a company, we pride ourselves on ensuring staff receive training and development opportunities throughout their career. The hospitality and events industry is a thriving sector and offers a diverse range of job prospects. Thanks to our ‘Prestige People’ recruitment model, many staff who join us for one-off events are given the opportunity to take on more permanent positions and progress through the business.”

We cater for some of Scotland’s most famous events including The Open Championship as well as managing venues including stadia, racecourses, museums, visitor attractions and historic homes.

Congratulations Elaine, Karen and David. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication.

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Tuesday 29 November 2016

Couple win dream winter wedding at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

An Edinburgh couple have won their dream wedding at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) after beating off hundreds of entrants to take the top prize in a competition held on local radio station Forth One.

Wayne Tant, 30, and Dawn Taylor, 28, who live in Tollcross, made it through a phone-in question round live on radio, before joining five other couples for a Mr & Mrs Quiz, hosted by Breakfast show presenters Boogie and Arlene.

Surrounded by friends and family, the husband-and-wife-to-be team, got just one question wrong throughout the three rounds, securing their big day and a wedding package worth almost £7,000, at the historic attraction this winter.

Dawn, who works as a drama teacher at North Berwick High, said: “I am in complete shock. I never thought in a million years we would win, we were both so nervous. We have been engaged for close to 18 months, and have had so many bumps in the road with our wedding planning - I can’t believe we are finally going to be able to set a date. The Botanics is an incredible setting and I can’t wait have all of our friends and family here to celebrate with us on the day.”

Set in 70 acres of manicured lawns, landscaped grounds and idyllic gardens, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh provides a truly unique venue for weddings. Wayne and Dawn can choose to say ‘I do’ in the charming, Georgian-built Caledonian Hall or the contemporary John Hope Gateway, which offers stunning views over the Garden and Edinburgh skyline.

Cassie Dougal, Senior Wedding Planner at RBGE, said: “This competition has been great fun and we have been overwhelmed with the response. Although we are disappointed for the couples who missed out, we are thrilled to be hosting Wayne and Dawn’s wedding. The lucky bride-and-groom-to-be will receive our full winter wedding package allowing them to celebrate with up to 100 friends and family, on us, and like all of our guests, will have the full support of our team to ensure we can create the most perfect day. The Botanics truly is a stunning venue, and at this time of year especially, provides the perfect backdrop for a unique and romantic ceremony.”

The five couples who missed out on the top prize received flowers and champagne as well as a complementary dinner for two in the John Hope Gateway restaurant.

To find out more about booking a wedding at the Botanics, visit

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Tuesday 29 November 2016

Hamilton Park Racecourse host special celebration for Christmas workers

Hamilton Park Racecourse has unveiled a special Christmas party in honour of those who miss out on the traditional December celebrations due to work commitments.

The venue will hold a ‘Thank Goodness It’s nearly February’ or TGIF party night on 28th January in its Dukes Suite, featuring all of the fun and novelties of a regular Christmas ‘do’. Guests can enjoy a prosecco reception followed by a festive three-course dinner before dancing in to the early hours of the morning.

Georgia McKay, Sales Manager at Hamilton Park Racecourse, said: “Often those who do shift-work or work in the likes of hospitality, retail and the emergency services, don’t get the chance to celebrate properly in December. We didn’t think it was fair for them to miss out completely on all of the fun of Christmas and so created this one-off celebration, at a later date, providing the perfect opportunity for festive workers to let their hair down with friends and colleagues.”

TGIF is priced at only £35 per person and is the last in a series of bring-a-party-to-a-party style Christmas events taking place at the venue over the festive season.

Hamilton Park Racecourse expects to entertain 4,000 guests this Christmas, with party nights taking place throughout November and December.

For more information about TGIF packages and other festive packages in offer visit

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Monday 21 November 2016

Sodexo strikes five-year deal at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park

The home of the Northern Ireland football team, the stadium is hosting the team’s 2018 World Cup qualification fixtures. Earlier this year, Sodexo extended its partnership with the Scottish national stadium Hampden Park to 2020. Chris Bray, CEO Sports & Leisure Sodexo UK & Ireland, said: “We are delighted to announce this partnership with the Irish Football Association at Windsor Park. The new stadium development gives us an opportunity to deliver a fantastic experience for match goers, and host a wide range of conferences and events on non-matchdays. “At our other stadiums we have strong relationships with the local community, and the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park is no exception. We are already working with three Belfast suppliers: Keenan Seafood, Arnotts Fruit and the French Village Bakery. We look forward to bringing fresh, innovative, responsibly-sourced local produce to stadium visitors.” Louise Doyle, stadium director, said: “We are very pleased to be working in partnership with Sodexo Sports & Leisure to provide excellent standards of service and catering to the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park. “Sodexo will allow the venue not only to offer a high standard of food, refreshments and a variety options in our public concourses but also the superb and innovative hospitality in our outstanding and unique corporate areas, all with a view of the iconic pitch. “Sodexo are world leaders in their field, offering innovative ideas and offerings to Belfast both in terms of catering at the football matches held within the stadium but also promoting our new conference and hospitality business. There are exciting times ahead with this partnership and we look forward to a successful relationship over the next few years.”

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