by Michael dEstries
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This coming Thursday in London, a massive organic dinner party called The Feast of Albion will provide a five-course gourmet experience to the 400 guests paying over $2K for the evening. The get-together is the result of a partnership between award-winning sustainable and ethical chefs Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and Mark Hix. Everything served will be local, seasonal, and deliciously organic. Nothing beyond a 50 mile radius of London will be included in the ingredients. From Smartplanet,

“It’s been reported that the five-course Feast of Albion menu will include venison from Windsor Great Park, mutton from Prince Charles’ Highgrove, herrings from Thames Bay, beetroots from Romney Marsh and nettles (for a soup) picked in London by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall himself. We’ve heard vegetables will come from the extremely low-carbon Tolhurst Organic Produce, which have been transported to London by fit cyclists.”

Celebrities partaking in the fun of the evening include Jemima Khan, Sophie Dahl, Tom Parker Bowles, Richard E. Grant and many others. The headlining entertainment for the evening will be none other than Annie Lennox. All profits earned for the evening will go to the Soil Association’s Farm School Project, which aims to connect kids with organic farming and the countryside. Curious as to what the full menu for the evening looks like? Have a taste after the jump below.

The £1,000 feast of forage

The Menu

Canapes

Venison sausages with Cumberland sauce
Venison: shot by the gamekeeper at Windsor Great Park, which borders the Queen’s back garden

Brawn on toast with piccalilli

Mutton and turnip pies
Mutton: lovingly reared by Prince Charles at Highgrove, just down the M4 in Gloucestershire

Smoked salmon with potato latkes and horseradish

Starters

Pickled herrings with beetroot
Herrings: “responsibly” caught in driftnets at fisheries in Thames Bay
Beetroot: grown by organic producers in Romney Marsh, a wetland in Kent and East Sussex

Crispy pig’s head salad with soft-boiled duck egg
Pig’s head: from free-range porkers hand-reared at Laverstoke Park in Overton, Hampshire

Purple sprouting broccoli with anchovy dressing and pickled walnuts
Purple sprouting broccoli: grown at Iain Tolhurst’s organic farm in Pangbourne near Reading, one of the country’s oldest organic farms

Oysters
Oysters: gigas oysters grown in Maldon Oyster Company fishery in the river Blackwater, Essex

Middle course

Nettle and wild garlic soup
Nettles: picked by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his team from London’s Hyde Park and the banks of the Thames

Main course

Roast venison fillet, braised shoulder and a faggot with bay and juniper sauce

Dessert

Richmond Maids of Honour
Farmhouse cheeses served with rosehip jelly
Cheeses: soft blue cheeses made from cows’ and ewes’ milk by Two Hoots Farmhouse Cheese, in Berkshire

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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