Event: Book of Forman
On Tuesday 8th of September, Formans Fish Island hosted an event to around 150 people in order to showcase just what Formans business is about exactly what we can offer. Lance Forman began the morning’s event with a speech to welcome everyone to Fish Island, with a few puns thrown in for fun. He stated that “people get confused about all the various Formans in our various businesses, however it’s all the same Forman.” The company is made up of 5 Formans, or as Lance referred to them “5 books of Forman” and introduced them one by one.
The first being H. Forman & Son the salmon smoking business that was founded in 1905 by Lance’s great grandfather. The second, Forman & Field! Set up 15 years ago, the company is seen to be pioneering the way with speciality British food, and Lance described it as a “personal catering service” with all our delicious products that are freshly made to order, not sitting on a shelf waiting to be put into someones order. The third Forman is Formans Restaurant, which is going from strength to strength. Like with F&F, the food is all British, and so are the wines (you can even order a British Negroni!). The fourth is Formans Smokehouse Gallery, where everyone had gathered that morning. The gallery is unlike others, with access to our roof terrace and architecture that reflects the Olympic Stadium located directly opposite. The gallery will be hosting a new exhibition on 1st October featuring works by Sue Tilly (also known as ‘Fat Sue’). And finally “The final Forman is the reason you are all here today, Formans Fish Island, the venue.” Lance touched on the various events that Fish Island has hosted, including some for names such as Google and Nike. The venue had also been nominated 2 awards in The London Venue Awards 2015, and is a finalist for Best Catering at a Venue. Lance explains how this is something we are particularly proud of as “every event is an opportunity to showcase our food.”
The morning’s event was a great way to advertise and educate those who had never been to Fish Island before, or even heard of us before, and there was plenty of entertainment lined up; Violinist / Electric Violinist Sally Potterton in The Bubble, and a ‘Book of Forman’ singer provided by Simon Greenhill Entertainment (yep, we really mean Forman, surprised?). Our resident carver, and Guinness World Record Holder, Darren Matson wowed everyone with his salmon carving skills against the clock as he went up again a pianist playing The Minute Waltz. Following this, everyone was treated to a complementary salmon platter, with tasters of smoked salmon canapes and gravadlax. They seemed to go down a treat, with people going back for more!
To round off the event, there was an opportunity to win 2 free tickets to the Ruby World Cup game Ireland vs Italy with hospitality at Formans beforehand. Lance had come up with a fun and apt way to win these tickets, can you guess what it was?… A scrum of course! Don’t worry it wasn’t as brutal as the ones you see on the television. Guest speaker Graham Davis, who is one of the UK’s leading Presentation Speakers, described it as a cross between a scrummage, and a line-out, and after entertaining the crowd with some political humour, threw a rugby ball to our guests as they all gathered round the stage for their chance to win.
Guests were invited to take a further look around Fish Island, with a walk round to the restaurant and to the viewing gallery which looks into our factory. Some of our guests even had the chance to be given a guided tour by our Events Manager Holly Burrows. Everyone was also given a goodie bag to take home with them, which included the very popular Boris Bagel, a Forman & Field catalogue, some choccies by Artisan Du Chocolat, and some Joe & Seph’s popcorn. A tasty end to the morning we think!
All in all, our guests were treated to an enjoyable and eventful morning. Holly Burrows, who organised the event, felt the event was a “huge success! It was a great experience and lots of fun, and I’ve had many guests say the same.”
For anyone who still hasn’t visited Formans or is still confused at what we do here, we urge you to come and visit! Whether it’s for dinner at our restaurant, a gallery exhibition, or for a salmon carving masterclass, we would love to see you here. Tell your friends, and bring them along! The more the merrier.
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