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It was the kind of party you didn’t want to end and as the food, the drinks and the entertainment went on and on late into the night the thought of staying the night became an option. A rather nice one too.
I was one of the lucky ones, an honourary Latin American for the night celebrating the launch of the Latin American Flavours Festival in the Hyatt’s subterranean Centenary Ballroom which was akin to a Buenos Aries nightclub I remember. With 13 embassies contributing to the festival, they were determined to make it a typical Latin American style evening and succeeded admirably, especially as the guests wandered the room, watched the plate-up performed as part of the ‘theatre’ created for the event, mixed and mingled and tried everything. The Mexican Hibiscus-Lemon Margarita was divine.
With exceptional assistance from the Hyatt’s Executive Chef Nitin Kumar to test all recipes, balance the flavours of each country with his culinary team, the process of producing the feast began and then Director of Food and Beverage Michelle Bennett negotiated everything from décor to dancing service and ambiance.
The Latin American Flavours Festival runs from 11-22 September in the Promenade Café at the Hyatt. A culinary journey, First Class of course.