They say as you get older, the years seem to pass by more quickly. So call us ‘old’ because by the time the 10Eighty Christmas Party on Monday 27 November at the Royal Exchange came around we couldn’t believe it was 12 months since the last one!
We were joined by 90 people for the festivities and some impressive festive refreshments which included homemade lemonade, beers and a plentiful supply of white i.e. Blanc de Blanc-Sec, Jean-Paul Gascogne (no relation to Newcastle’s famous son Gazza) and red i.e. Rhone, France, 2015 and Cuvée Jean Paul Rouge, Pays De Vaucluse, Rhône France 2015.
The canapes did flow and included some yummy bite-sized morsels: cured beef carpaccio on toasted crostini with rocket pesto and truffle oil, duck breast, hoisin sauce, spring onion in a pancake wrap, a soft-boiled quail egg sesame & ginger relish on rye toast, grilled lamb skewers with green harissa dipping, chicken satay with peanut butter and coconut dipping and roasted fennel sausages, honey mustard glaze.
Meat dodgers were well served with parmesan creme, sable tartlet poached pear, balsamic and spicy Spanish omelette with pequillo peppers on a brioche bun.
Everyone took part in a raffle to raise money for Crisis at Christmas who support people out of homelessness for good. They do this through education, training and support with housing, employment and health and they offer one-to-one support, advice and courses for homeless people in 12 areas across England, Scotland and Wales.
We raised £780 on the night, which 10Eighty will match, so £1560 will go towards supporting homeless people this Christmas.
1st prize in the raffle was a £100 Christmas hamper and 2nd prize a £50 John Lewis voucher – congratulations to winners Urvashi Desai, Strategic HR Business Partner at The Crown Estate and Paul Chappell.
Mid-way through proceeding CEO Michael gave one of his 90-second ‘thank you’ speeches which obviously included Christmas and New Year wishes too.
Although ‘last orders’ were officially 9pm, everyone enjoyed themselves so much, the festivities drew to a close around 10pm.
Thanks to all our clients, associates and friends who joined us on Monday. Merry Christmas and a Very Happy New Year from everyone at 10Eighty!