Une Célébration De La Côte d’Azur Grey Goose Winter Ball for the Elton John AIDS Foundation

Grey Goose Winter Ball 2012 for the Elton John AIDS FoundationThe GREY GOOSE Winter Ball to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation has been working with this year’s character partners Emeli Sandé, Labrinth, Gareth Pugh, Ellen von Unwerth and Karim Rashid to create some rather special cocktails matched with canapés and dinner from two Michelin starred chef Hélène Darroze.

Une Célébration De La Côte d’Azur

The event, now in its sixth year, will be taking place at Battersea Power Station on Saturday 10 November, with a theme of 1950’s Cote D’Azur. READ ABOUT THE EVENT HERE

As well as designing their own bespoke cocktails for the evening, Ellen Von Unwerth, Gareth Pugh and Karim Rashid will also be donating a portable cocktail bar for auction that they have designed especially. Labrinth and Emeli Sandé will treat guests to a musical performance.

Labrinth’s Une Journée a la Plage is a sensory drink that combines vodka and banana liqueur with notes of coconut, pineapple and lime, topped with a parasol infused with the scent of summer.

Emeli Sandé’s Poolside Martini is elegant, calm and sophisticated, this azure blue cocktail captures the essence of a 1950’s poolside scene with a stylish combination of Le Citron, vanilla and thyme, accessorised with a white beach towel.

Gareth Pugh’s La Boite Poire is served in an iconic black box that is inspired by the designer’s collections. Sweet and salty, this drink features La Poire, French tarragon syrup and fresh lime, served over ice with a coriander-black-salt rim.

Ellen Von Unwerth‘s cocktail, the Golden Angel, is a rich, glamorous drink inspired by 1920’s French Cabaret and the burnished gold and orange shades of the photographer’s cocktail bar. L’Orange and traditional French flavours are given a distinctive twist with a rare liqueur made from Pyrenean herbs and a decadent sprinkling of gold leaf.

Designer Karim Rashid’s cocktail, L’Avenir, is inspired by his minimalist bar design and his signature futuristic aesthetic. Intended as ‘the martini of the future’, this is a seductively tart and slightly bitter mix of Grey Goose and a host of super foods including pomegranate, milk thistle and quinine wine, housed in a metallic goblet and garnished with a glistening ice orb.

Hélène Darroze, the two Michelin-starred Head Chef of Hélène Darroze at The Connaught has curated the three-course menu and canapés. Having earned her first Michelin star for her eponymous restaurant on Paris’ Left Bank, and a further two in her current role as Head Chef at The Connaught, Hélène Darroze is perfectly placed to take up the mantle and continue the Winter Ball’s reputation for exceptional taste. The fourth generation of chefs in her family, Hélène brings her rich French culinary heritage to the ball, which marries perfectly with Grey Goose’s own French origins.

Canapés for the Winter Ball are as follows:

  • Compressed heritage tomato, burrata and basil.
  • Sizzled field and forest mushrooms, porcini shallots and red wine drizzle on toasted brioche
  • Goats’ cheese mousse, piquillo pepper and olive dust
  • Lobster crostini with girolles and crisp pancetta
  • Welsh black beef fillet, served pink with béarnaise to dip

Grey Goose Une Journee cocktail Tickets for the GREY GOOSE Winter Ball are available to purchase by contacting the charity on 020 7603 9996 or online at ejaf.com. 100% of the ticket price is donated directly to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) is one of the foremost independent AIDS charities in the world. Since its establishment in 1993, EJAF UK has raised over £100 million, which has been used to support more than 1,200 projects. Most of the events are 100% sponsored and run at no cost to the Foundation and the head-office in London has overheads running below 4%.


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