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Reviving the art of fine dining

There was a time when you needed to attach your wedding card to a request form and take it to a minister of supplies in order to get an allocation of beer and whiskey for your occasion.

This was a bit of history seasoned Public Relations guru Henry Rugamba provided guests during a relaunch dinner for Glenmorangie at Latitude 0 Degree Hotel last week. How times have changed!

The event organisers chose to host patrons to two nights of fun; an open bar at Banana Bar in Bugoloobi, a Kampala suburb and a fine dining experience at Latitude 0 hotel where guests were treated to a four-course meal.

“We are very happy to work with the Moët Hennessy brands because they are a strong brand picked strong partners to work with in Uganda- Black Hawk Distributors Limited. They support the market and understand the dynamics,” explains David Kakonge whose experience in spirits and whiskey distribution business spans over 15 years.

Owing to the theme of the evening, the chef chose to speak through his food which was carefully paired with whisky and wine.

Every course of the meal was washed down with portions of The Quinta Ruban and The Lasanta Glemorangie whiskys which varied in their effect on the pallets by sweetness, spicy notes, density, smoothness and lightness.

Jean-Roch Boquet, one of the loyal patrons invited to the dinner, alluded to whisky being like a love story which might attract an aggressive response at the first try but kinder and smoother at the second attempt.

Some of the guests at the dinner preparing to wash their meal down with whisky. Photos | Edgar R. Batte

The third time, he said, is an experience of enjoyment.

And who does not know that music is good for digestion; the DJ read the audience right, selecting mostly oldies and old skool music, which saw guests nod to the rhythm as they ate away.

The waitresses must have been briefed to make sure every guest’s glass was either half full or half empty.

Is it us or are adult beverages to only be taken in the company of others?

“It has been two years where we couldn’t meet and now we are back with many events such as dinners,” Alexandre Helaine, the market manager of Eastern Africa for Moët Hennessy said.

rbatte@ug.nationmedia.com

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