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The Killing Of A Sacred Deer Party - Cannes

 

The film premieres and parties continue apace in sunny Cannes with the afterparty for The Killing of a Sacred Deer this week.

Attendees included Colin Farrel, Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Barry Keoghan, Raffey Cassidy, Sunny Suljic and writer/director Yorgos Lanthimos.

Nikki Beach, the linchpin pop-up venue of the Cannes Film Festival, hosted the event and here's what we saw...

 

Colin Farrell and Barry Keoghan get joyous

 

Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban 

 

 Sunny Suljic and Raffey Cassidy at the party 

 

Costumier Sandy Powell 

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Island Yachting

You don’t have to travel to the other side of the globe for crystal clear waters and luxurious stays. Specialist tour operator, The Discerning Collection makes that clear with the addition of luxury yachts to its portfolio. Abigail Parkin

The privately owned company features exclusive, hand-picked hotels and villas across a number of Greek islands. Its yacht announcement this month only adds to the indulgence with two yachts and a catamaran ready to cast off for those island tours.

 

 

Based in Corfu, two yachts, Jeannous a 65’ super yacht (sleeps 6), Argentous, a stunning 57’ luxury yacht (sleeps 8) and a state-of-the-art catamaran, Aurous (sleeps 10) will all be available for sole charter from May – October 2017.

They come with skipper and private chef so you can try sailing alongside your skipper or group around the  BBQ, all, of course, while enjoying the lush scenery en route. Guests can dine on board throughout the day, but can later sample one of the charming tavernas on shore in a picturesque Greek village. Head north to the Faraway Islands or south via Paxos and Anti-Paxos down to Kefalonia or east towards the mainland.

 

 

Facilities include equipment such as wakeboards, water skis, paddleboards and inflatables – perfect for the youngsters.
 
The Discerning Collection offers seven nights aboard Argentous from £1,460pp (based on 8 sharing), Jeannous from £1,580pp (based on 6 sharing) and Aurous from £1,400pp (based on 10 sharing).

Prices include flights and transfers, breakfast and lunch daily as well as tea, coffee and all soft drinks.

See: www.discerningcollection.com)

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The Weekend In Cannes

Seems like just yesterday that we flew to Cannes for the hot-ticket premiere of Arnold Schwarzenegger's then blockbuster, Terminator 3. This time around in Cannes he's an all-at-sea conservationist.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jean-Michel Cousteau attended Nikki Beach for the Wonders of the Sea 3D press conference on Saturday. From Fiji to the Bahamas, Jean-Michel Cousteau, his team and his children Celine and Fabien embark on a voyage to discover the ocean as never seen before and learn more about the threats that put our ocean at risk.

 

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Directed by Jean-Michel Cousteau and narrated by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wonders of the Sea 3D is billed as a once-in-a-lifetime experience and tribute to the ocean, expected to attract and unite the general public around the need to protect the ocean.

Elsewhere, Mary J. Blige was out for the premiere of The Meyerowitz Stories, the comedy starring Ben Stiller. Mary J. Blige wore a stunning Sautoir necklace and earrings from jeweller Avakian, with kite-shaped and pink diamonds matching her colour diamond cuff bracelet.

 

 

Avakian was also the choice of model Sara Sampaio (below) who wore a striking pair of earrings from the Gatsby Collection set with white enamel, pink tourmalines and diamond.

 

 

She matched it with a bangle from the Victory Collection set in white mother of pearl and diamonds for her arrival at the premiere of 120 Battements Par Minute.

Cannes blast from the past -Terminator 3 Party hosted by Pierre Cardin:

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Wonderstruck Afterparty - Cannes Film Festival 2017

 

The 70th Cannes Film Festival is here and yesterday saw the cast of Wonderstruck attend the film’s afterparty at Nikki Beach, Cannes’ pop-up venue du jour.

It was a full house of talent yesterday with Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Todd Haynes, Millicent Simmonds, Jaden Michael and producer Christine Vachon all present at the party.

For Wonderstruck director Todd Haynes it looked like Cannes déjà vu after his lauded Carol competed for the prized Palme d’Or on the Croisette in 2015. The high anticipation around Wonderstruck, which premiered in competition yesterday, is due in no small part to the sterling screen debut of 14-year old deaf actress, Millicent Simmonds.

 

Julianne Moore and Millicent Simmonds brought close

Naturally it helps that the seasoned Julianne Moore and Michelle Williams led the film but as Todd Haynes told the press when he first saw Millicent Simmonds: “I just shivered.”

The film cleverly interweaves parallel narratives of a young deaf girl (Simmonds) and a boy called Ben (Jaden Michael) in 1920s Manhattan and 1970s rural Minnesota, originally sourced from novelist Brian Selznick. In doing so the film vacillates between colour and monochrome filming and audio and silence.

 

Selfie for Michelle Williams and Todd Haynes

The trick at any film premiere afterparty is to infuse the film into the event. Thus Danielle Pelland’s Brilliant Consulting Group and the production creatives behind the afterparty time-warped Nikki Beach into the 1920s. Cue: film reels lining the walls, antique bird cages and themed memorabilia party venue, with outsized floral fusion.

Not even the Nikki Beach staff were spared, with the girls in demure floral dresses and pearls-and-gloves for women and suspenders and hats for men. They dished out Nikki Beach canapés and a “Belle Époque” champagne cocktail from Perrier Jouët. Even the chandelier was a confection of champagne corks.

 

Child stars Millicent Simmonds and Jaden Michael

 

Julianne Moore arrived at the party in a white studded dress with a fringe-feathered neckline joined by navy-clad co-star Michelle Williams. Guests at Nikki Beach have Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas and Scarlett Johansson, so the week ahead at this iconic venue is looking pretty interesting.

 

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Summer Festivals Fuelled By Eat to the Beat

Is Lady Gaga an avocado fan? Does Chris Martin enjoy a wild mushroom munch? The answers are all in a season’s work for long-time artist caterer Eat to the Beat .

The company’s hectic festival roster starts from now and end in. Eat to the Beat (ETTB) and parent company GIG will be delivering backstage, crew and VIP artist catering at 16 of the UK’s major festivals including Glastonbury at Worthy Farm, Somerset.

ETTB has 19 years of Glastonbury experience and has perfected an operational plan to be executed by a team of 10. The process is being overseen by Mary Shelley-Smith, ETTB’s global operations director. In short, her team will feed crews and artists, including the BBC’s crew and presenters, from the show build phase throughout the festival until site clearance.

 “Glastonbury involves meticulous planning and agility in delivery,” said Mary Shelley-Smith. “We bring our own equipment onto site which includes sinks and hot water provision. A 50-strong team supported by numerous volunteers serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to 950 people each day, but over the main festival days Eat to the Beat will serve over 13,000 meals. “Our team of around 20 chefs will provide a 24-7 service including three course lunches with lots of choice to suit every artist and crew taste we’ve come across!”

Crews from ETTB will be work until at major festivals throughout the summer, ending at Leeds Festival in August. Interim stops include V Festival, Download and the Rewind Festivals.

See : www.globalinfusiongroup.com

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Nikki Beach At Cannes Film Festival

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Nikki Beach will be boosting the celebrations at the 70th Cannes Film Festival this week when the luxury lifestyle and hospitality brand hits its 15th anniversary in Cannes.

The global brand has been in attendance consecutively since its 2003 debut pop-up venue at the Festival, adding its own hedonist mix of music, dining, entertainment, fashion, film and art to Cannes’ premium partying.

Nikki Beach Cannes promises 2017 “to be the most elegant and entertaining year yet, with the pop-up playing host to a mix of soirees, candlelit dinners, private events, charitable cocktail receptions, press junkets and more.”

“Our first pop-up at Cannes, in 2003, feels like it was yesterday,” says Jack Penrod, founder and owner, Nikki Beach Worldwide. “Every year, we set out to create a destination that gives everyone a beachside location to chill out from their hectic schedules during the Festival, and every year, we come away with unforgettable memories.”

This time, Nikki Beach Cannes will partner with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) to host an event to honour “a charitable partner.” The HFPA will also offer a dedicated space within Nikki Beach Cannes for press interviews and will host lunches every day.

Previous celeb guests have included Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman, Michael Douglas, Scarlett Johansson and Pharrell. Nikki Beach sponsors include Jacob & Co., Perrier Jouët, Elyx Vodka, Cointreau and Citroën Cars whose cars will be on display at the InterContinental Carlton at La Plage.

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Nikki Beach Cannes: 58 Blvd de la Croisette (at La Plage of the InterContinental Carlton Hotel) daily from May 17 - 28

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Engineering An Airline

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The history of British Airways from the perspective of its engineering division is chronicled in a new book Engineering an Airline published by Amberley Books and available now.  Abigail Parkin

Your BA flight lands, the baggage is reclaimed and off you head, homeward, thinking nothing of the thousands of miles you’ve safely spent mid-air. Such insouciance is thanks to the behind-the-scenes teams whose challenge lies in maintaining that very safety. Paul Jarvis’s book brings their engineering prowess forth with intriguing photos, many never seen before, from British Airways’ 90-year past. It’s a testament to the evolution of the engineering role from before its Imperial Airways days to British Airways today.

It’s not a book that blinds the reader with science despite the title. Instead Paul Jarvis takes us on a jaunty read beginning with his own start at the airline as a technical clerk in the engineering department in 1966 when the planes were in BOAC livery.  

Here we take a visual tour of its engineering strides through the ages…

 

BA Statocruisers at engineering LHR (700 x 529)

 

The Boeing Stratocruiser was introduced in 1949

 

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VC10, the first commercial 'clean wing' aircraft, here at its BOAC hangar

 Paul Jarvis, now curator of British Airways’ Heritage Centre, said: “Aircraft have long held a fascination for many people and our highly trained engineers are the unsung heroes of the airline. “This is the first book to look at the history of British Airways through its engineers and tell the story of those who can offer a unique insight into the complexities of running a fleet of highly sophisticated flying machines.”

 

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The Douglas DC10 entered the BA fleet around 1988

This is Paul Jarvis’s fourth book and draws on a wealth of fascinating and unique material from the British Airways archive and uses 200 full colour images to show the development of the airline’s engineering division.

 

BA Concorde in hangar (700 x 519)

 

High-maintenance Concorde in hangar

 

BA Planes on Stand (800 x 474)

Sibling jets parked on stand

 

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BA engineers at work

 

BA Cockpit

Engineered to perfection - the array of flight deck systems

 

‘Engineering An Airline’ is priced at £18.99 and is available at all good book shops and via Kindle, Kobo and iBook formats.                                          

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Diageo’s Man On Global Cocktail Search

Travelling around the globe to identify the ultimate cocktail sounds like the ultimate job. Carey Watkins, 27 is the lucky seeker and his exploits are filmed in new travel series, World Class List. Anna Bass

Our host, aspiring Australian musician and drinks enthusiast Carey Watkins, who lives in Los Angeles, was selected from hundreds to become the host of the new travel series, to be released on Amazon Prime in selected countries from next week. The series champions the rise of global cocktail culture and seeks to inspire people to drink better and create unforgettable experiences in the process and is created by World Class, the organisers of the world's biggest bartending competition.  World Class is an initiative created by leading spirits company Diageo, the makers of Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky, Tanqueray no. Ten Gin and Ketel One Vodka among others.

During the five-part series, Carey explores the best of what to see, do, dine on and drink in five cities - Sydney, Taipei, Barcelona, San Francisco and Mexico. Led on his journey by the world's best bartenders, the result is a travel series with a twist, and the creation of the ultimate drinks list.

The five renowned World Class bartenders - each a winner of their national World Class Bartender of the Year Competition - share their inside knowledge of their city and passion for better drinking with Carey, presenting their cocktail inspired by their experiences, to feature on the World Class List.

Among the list is a smooth digestif from Australia made with whisky and freshly brewed coffee and a Californian brunch-time alternative to the Bloody Mary combining vodka, carrot juice and fennel.

Show highlights include an energetic introduction to Mexican wrestling, spearfishing his own seafood to pair with Tanqueray gin and grapefruit in Sydney and celebrating New Year's Eve drinking cocktails under fireworks on a boat in San Francisco Bay.

Carey Watkins said: "When I found out I'd be the host, I was just really overwhelmed. I didn't comprehend the fact that I was about to travel around the world for six weeks, and by no means did I realise just how good this job was. The whole thing was incredible, and I got to do things I would never normally do.”

World Class global director Johanna Dalley added: "World Class List is a global tour delivered by the world's best bartenders who are the ultimate concierges in their own cities. This is their little black book of what to see, do, eat and drink, making it a must-see for anyone interested in food, drink or travel. We created the series to showcase incredible bartender talent and to inspire people to drink better - to try the amazing drinks on offer in bars all over the world, or to up their game and have a go at making them at home." 

World Class List will be released on Amazon Prime in selected countries from 1st May and is available to watch now on MakeItWorldClass.com/List 

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Tom's Kitchen Birmingham

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Tom’s Kitchen has paused from its rapid colonisation of London to make its debut in Birmingham. Sat Bal dropped into the new location at The Mailbox.

 

The Layout

Glass lift doors open to reveal an airy reception space with the restaurant edging out into The Mailbox as if to remind itself that it’s part of the complex. First impressions are that the restaurant’s design is relatively spartan amid the high-gloss glam of its Mailbox neighbour Harvey Nichols, although both venues can safely lay claim to the ‘reassuringly expensive’ tag.

 

Toms Kitchen

 

This conflation of traditional and contemporary is something of a hallmark of Tom’s Kitchen where familiar British food favourites are treated with Tom’s twist. Settling into our places, the quality of the venue’s fit-out is obvious, even if the close spacing of neighbouring tables threatens diner privacy. Like its sibling restaurants Tom’s Kitchen Birmingham is unashamedly meat-driven as depicted by olde butcher’s shop wall tiling and an earthy colour palette of brass pendant lighting, oaken tables and caramel Chesterfields.  

On this Wednesday night business looks reasonable with alternate tables across the restaurant populated by predominantly middle-aged diners. With predominantly Wolverhampton twangs. Elsewhere, corporate types drop in for some after work tie-loosening at the cosy bar which serves craft beers, classic cocktails, champagne and alongside fine wines from around the world.

 

The Menu

 

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The meat dishes feature an array of steaks, burgers and lamb variants. Fish options include poached monkfish and traditional fish and chips. We decide on a starter of seasonal parsnip and honey soup which nicely whets the appetite for the meaty prospects ahead.

When we do get to the main course, a disappointment awaits. There’s no Daylesford seven-hour confit of lamb! We wonder whether this is a mid-week omission.

This epic dish which, by definition, takes most of the day to cook had wowed us at the opening of Tom’s Kitchen, Somerset House many moons ago. Back then, the seven-hour lamb was the star of the media launch party. Even Michelin-starred Tom was present to explain his concept but tonight, in the absence of Tom Aikens or his confit, we opt for the lamb cutlets. We soon get past our bias with the help of a bottle or so of cabernet franc.

The real food success story of the night was the steak. The steak fans in our party positively cooed over the chunky cooked-to-order Cumbrian rib eye with peppercorn sauce.

Dessert raised more cooing. Dark treacle sponge arrived with ice cream was kindly presented with requested off-menu custard. The chocolate and peanut butter fondant all but silenced the table.  New dishes have been added to the Birmingham menus include spiced pumpkin with burrata, savoury granola and hazelnut dressing.

For less indulgent, healthier fare the restaurant serves weekend brunch, with dishes such as superfood granola served with honey and Greek yoghurt and Bircher muesli.

The bill weighed in at around £60 per head including drinks.

 

The Facilities

 

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The restaurant features two private dining rooms, one accommodating 12 guests and the other, 16. There’s also the Veranda, a semi-exclusive area that has capacity for 36-40 people and is useful for networking events. Then there’s the deli area in the Urban room that’s available for a networking event of 50-200 guests.

Diners might be surprised that the restaurant features only one unisex toilet but there is a more adequate set a few steps away from the restaurant.

 

Stop press…

Atul Kochhar, the two-Michelin-starred chef and TV personality is also about to open a new restaurant at The Mailbox.  

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Moët Machine Sparkles At Amfar

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A one-off guest appeared at Moët Hennessy’s recent amfAR gala - Moët’s unique vending machine containing hundreds of mini- Moët bottles. The promo item was sold for the first time ever in Asia Pacific at the gala’s auction.

The gala, which took place at Shaw Studios in Hong Kong, celebrated Moët Hennessy’s continued partnership as wine and spirits supplier to AIDS Research organisation, amfAR. Some 600 guests attended the black-tie night which began with a cocktail reception serving magnums of Moët & Chandon Impérial and Belvedere Vodka’s Grapefruit Spritz, the featured cocktail. A dinner, live auction, musical performances and afterparty followed.

The Moët & Chandon vending machine made its entrance during a live auction and the machine holds an impressive 315 mini bottles of Moët & Chandon. The coolest customer in the house was the winning bidder who paid $80,000 USD for this most exclusive of vending machines.

 

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Closer to home, the mini-Moët vending machine was originally designed as a promotional item for Selfridge’s in London. The Moët machine has since wowed audiences at red carpet events such as the Golden Globes after party and amfAR events around the world.

Human waiters, however, served the rest of the gala guests with Belvedere vodka, Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège, Glenmorangie The Original, Boroli Barolo DOCG 2011 and Boroli Bel Ami Langhe Chardonnay DOC 2014.

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