On Thursday 4th April the Spanish Chamber celebrated its Annual Patrons’ Dinner. As is customary, the event was held at the Spanish Embassy and H.E. the Ambassador of Spain Mr. Carlos Bastarreche Sagües was our exceptional host for the evening.
A selection of canapés and Spanish jamón were offered to welcome our guests to the Ambassador’s residence followed by a selection of cava, wine and beer which was kindly provided by our Patrons Codorníu Raventós and Marqués de Cáceres and our benefactors Mahou-San Miguel and Estrella Galicia. The reception provided the perfect opportunity for our most recently joined Patrons to meet representatives from other Patron companies and to become acquainted.
Following on from the drinks reception, our guests took their seats and the President of the Spanish Chamber of Commerce in the UK, Mr. Eduardo Barrachina, opened the evening with a speech which highlighted the key achievements and developments of the Spanish Chamber over the course of the previous year, as well as our plans moving forwards. Our President went on to thank the Patrons for their continuous and invaluable support to the Chamber and welcomed this year’s new patrons: CAF, Marqués de Caceres, Meliá Hotels International, Natura Bissé and Green Network Energy.
H.E. the Ambassador of Spain spoke next, giving an insightful speech which highlighted the importance of the work of the Spanish Chamber in strengthening the commercial ties between Spain and the UK; underlining the importance of the Patron members in enabling us to achieve this.
After the speeches it was time to enjoy a delicious three-course dinner that included spider crab lasagne with a citrus fruit mayonnaise and a fillet of pork stuffed with dates and pine nuts; followed by a millefeuille of crema catalana served with red berries and smooth toffee.
After they had finished eating, the guests made their way back in to the main reception room to network further and exchange their impressions of the evening with the Ambassador and President of the Chamber over further drinks. Later on that night as guests made their way home, each was delighted to receive a goody bag generously provided by our new Patrons Natura Bissé which contained a stylish beauty case filled with an exclusive selection of products from their recently launched Diamond Collection range.
We would like to thank our Patrons Codorníu Raventós and Marqués de Cáceres for their generous support in providing the wines and cava and also special thanks to our Benefactors Mahou-San Miguel and Estrella Galicia for kindly supplying the beer and water served over the course of the evening.
Finally, huge thanks again go to all of our Patron members for their inestimable support to the work of the Chamber!
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