On Friday 15th November, we attended our first social event at KEHS, as we are new parents to the school. We found the “Undiscovered Italy” event to be a warm, welcoming and fun packed event on a cold November evening.
When we entered the school just before 7pm, the main hall had been transformed into an Italian themed room with attractively laid tables, cases of enticing Italian wine, a buffet table packed with Italian treats (with help from Zizzi Restaurant, Harborne, who sponsored the event), and an impressive array of raffle prizes.
We were promptly offered a glass of sparkling Spumante di Puglia, to take to our table, where we were greeted by a Zizzi ‘goody bag’ complete with pizza cutter and discount vouchers. On starting to socialise with other parents, the evenings proceedings were explained by a member of the Parents’ Association and festivities began with the introduction of the talented KEHS Chamber Choir, who treated us to beautiful renditions of a number of pieces such as Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge over Troubled Water’ and John Newton’s ‘Amazing Grace’.
Next on the agenda was the introduction of Amy Matthews, a former student of KEHS and now a wine professional, who has obviously profited from her grounding at the school since she gave us a passionate and fascinating account of her travels with her quest in finding tasty and interesting wines across the length and breadth of beautiful Italy. Even better to follow was the tasting itself as we were treated to no less than 6 wines (including the delicious Nero D’Avola from Sicily), each with their own character and taste – which we were encouraged to record on our tasting notes guide, provided on our table.
The Chamber Choir was to return for further singing, as well as flute, and classical guitar performances, whilst we were also able to sample the delightful Italian buffet plates that were brought to our tables, in an almost constant stream akin to gondolas in the Venetian high season!
After the raffle (we seemed to be on the lucky table although not being lucky ourselves!), Mrs Clark gave a generous vote of thanks to all who had organised and entertained us during the evening, and to the guests themselves.
For those of us that didn’t want the evening to end too soon there was coffee and cake to be had plus a well stocked bar for those that wanted to sample more wine.
We thoroughly enjoyed our first Parents’ Association event and thank those that helped to make it happen. We will definitely be back for other forthcoming events and have pencilled in the Christmas Carol service on 16th December (7pm) and the Mumbai Dreamz on 14th March.