Midnight Steakout Christmas Extravaganza

Friday, 2nd December, 2011  

The Menu: Lovingly cooked by chef Nancy Campbell

1. Canapes on arrival, served with Hendrick’s Gin or Homemade Sloe Vodka and Tonic

2. Rock Oysters from West Mersea Island

3. Hot Smoked Salmon with homemade soda bread

4. Cold Beetroot Soup palate cleanser served with a shot of Votan Organic Vodka.

5. Barbecued Rib of Beef from The Rare Breed Meat Company, grilled on a charcoal barbeque, served with fresh horseradish creme, Curly Kale and Celeriac Mash

6. Brandy soaked Fig and Almond Frangipani flourless tart with creme fraiche

7. English Cheeses with oatcakes and water crackers for everyone to share

Monmouth Coffee, Fresh Mint Tea and homemade chocolate truffles.

The Music:

Jon Hopkins

Jon Hopkins is a London-based electronic composer, producer and remixer. He makes powerfully emotive, instrumental music that consistently crosses genres, ranging from solo acoustic piano to explosive, bass-heavy electro. A long-term collaborator of Brian Eno, his career has remained unpredictable, taking in collaborations with Wayne MacGregor, King Creosote and David Holmes; remixes for such varied artists as Wild Beasts, Nosaj Thing, James Yorkston and Four Tet; and film scores for directors including Peter Jackson and Gareth Edwards. His hyper-energetic live show has been seen at some of the world’s most iconic venues, including Sydney Opera House with Brian Eno, Madison Square Garden opening for Coldplay, and innumerable clubs, festivals and concert halls the world over. Hopkins, Leo Abrahams and Brian Eno teamed up most recently for Eno’s Warp Records debut, Small Craft On A Milk Sea, an album of fifteen dark and dreamlike instrumentals born out of a two-week period of improvisation. Released in November 2010, the album has already been hailed as one of Eno’s finest collaborations. Jon is currently working on a new solo electronic album, to be released on Domino in 2012. Jon will play a super ravey set for all you dancing geeks out there.


Blaine Harrison

Blaine Harrison is the super talented singer and songwriter with The Mystery Jets, as well as international heartthrob. Blaine has spent the summer shooting guns and playing country music in Austin, Texas, USA. You will love him if you don’t know him already. If you do know him, you already love him. Blaine and his band, The Mystery Jets, are currently working on album number four and have just announced it will be  released in Spring 2012, followed by an international tour of the new stuff.

Blaine will be serving up some toons, deejaying for our listening and dancing pleasure; the boy can make those bootys shake.


The Silver Jay

The Silver Jay is the new project of Amanda Grace Johnson. Amanda recently emerged from the depths of the Norfolk countryside, where she recorded live with a band of musicians including Dave Noble, Owen Dyke and Jasper Williams. The collection of songs, mainly co-written by Amanda and Dave (but also Amanda and Aaron Fishbein, Adam Zimmon, Chris DiAngelis and Amanda and Keith Austen) are tales of love, heartbreak and redemption, honest stories that reek of wry humour, and of twisting the knife into the guts and rediscovering what makes you laugh again. Digging deep into the diamond mine you may find the precious stone. Amanda is a singer, songwriter, writer, performer, student of Humanities and English Lit at University of London as well as the brain-mother of Midnight Steak Out. The Silver Jay will be singing some new songs after the campfire-style sing-a-long.