Celebrate Woman’s Day in Style at Cantina del Ponte
Last week I went to a preview of a great event which will be happening for Woman’s Day in London. March 8th is known worldwide as International Women’s Day, but in Italy it is also as an annual excuse for a girls’ night out on the tiles. Now girls, don’t you think it’s time we all had a share in this? Well, this year we can!!! Cantina Del Ponte in London is celebrating the occasion in true Italian spirit with a fabulous dinner, a line-up of ‘topless’ waiters and prosecco all round – and all in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care’s Great Daffodil Appeal.
The choice of ‘La Festa Della Donna’ as the focal point for Cantina’s fundraising for the Great Daffodil Appeal could not be more appropriate as it’s on this day each year in Italy that men traditionally give all the important women in their lives bunches of yellow flowers. This year, the guests (and hopefully the topless waiters too!) will all be wearing their daffodils with pride.
In fact, Cantina del Ponte will be drumming up support for Marie Curie Cancer Care for the month before the fundraiser by adding a discretionary £1 to every bill to go to the charity. Head chef Claudio Gottardo will also be running two special dishes from his ‘Festa Della Donna’ menu for the duration of the appeal – namely, Bocconcino di Capra con Confettura al Peperoncino e Focaccia al Rosmarino (warm goats’ cheese with chilli jam and homemade focaccia) and a beautiful Risotto alla Pere e Prosecco (pear and prosecco risotto).
The event I went to was a preview for the fund raising dinner on 8thMarch. We got to sample the menu and enjoy the eye candy. I was trying my best to eat healthy food, so I started with beef carpaccio before a main course of fabulously tender salt baked sea bass (don’t try eating the salt on the side like me!). I did look on rather jealously at the Italian lady sitting opposite me who feasted on the Bocconcino di Capra as her starter and pronounced it delicious and at the plate of fantastic looking antipasto di mare being consumed by the lady on my left. The beef was just a bit tasteless (or was that my dreadful cold?).
Desserts, served to share for us, included Tiramisu ai frutti di bosco, Panna Cotta alla rosa and little apple fritters with chocolate!
Throughout the meal, we were served a fabulous selection of matching Italian wines, though sadly not by the topless waiters who had greeted us on arrival!
Now, if you’d like to try this for yourself, DO book for the special fundraising dinner on 8th March. You can enjoy the same special menu and wines that we were served for £50 per head including matching wine throughout the meal and a glass of prosecco on arrival, and there will be charity auction with amazing prizes including:
– Three course dinner for 2 with recommended wine at Skylon restaurant
– A burlesque lesson with Betsie Bon Bon of London’s Folly Mixtures
– A ticket to a Supper Club at Butlers Wharf Chophouse
– A dinner safari for 2 people on Butlers Wharf
– A Coq D’argent dinner voucher
– Cookery master-class & lunch at Le Pont de la Tour for 2 people
– LK Bennett Blackberry Phone case
– £100 McQueens Florist voucher
It should be great fun and at £50 for three courses, wine and a glass of prosecco to start, it is remarkably good value for an event that promises to make a substantial donation to Marie Curie Cancer Care too.
So, why not? And of course you get the topless waiters too!!