On a warm, summer evening in July, in just one hour, the beautiful Morgan Arcade was transformed into a banquet hall by Chris Macnamara, owner of The Brogue Trader, and Spiro Borg (Spiro’s Fine Dining Caterers) and their teams to raise valuable funds for City Hospice.
We spoke to Chris the following day and this is what he had to say, “Last night, at the home of my Cardiff business, and with the help of my dear friend Spiro, and some good friends, we turned the Morgan Arcade into a Banqueting Hall in just one hour. We put out twenty-four trestle tables, set up a stage and PA equipment, a G&T bar, and prepared for 150 guests all in aid of Charity (#thecityhospice), a local hospice charity close to the hearts of us all here at the The Brogue Trader.”
Chris added, “On the eve of the Welsh National Rugby squad going to Switzerland to embark on their World Cup training camp, Rob Howley kindly agreed to join us for a Q&A, joined by injured Welsh Captain Ellis Jenkins and hosted by ex-Welsh rugby legend Rupert Moon.”
The night went off with a bang. As guests arrived, local soulster James Williams sang his heart out, along with acclaimed magician Bryan Gunton who entertained the 150 guests.
Chris added, “None of this would have been possible without the help and support of my team and some great friends, as all the people I’ve mentioned gave their time and services for free! We can’t thank them enough.”
Heineken sponsored the beer and cider. Fine Wines Direct sponsored all the wine. Hensol Castle sponsored the G&T reception and Spiro and his team sponsored the three courses of fabulous food: Chicken and leek terrine with homemade breads was their first trick, followed by a wowing main of roasted loin of pork with bubble and squeak. The show-stopping dessert consisted of traditional sherry trifle.
“With this amazing support the whole event could be put on for free, allowing us to raise a whopping £12,000 in just three hours!” added Chris. “I’m incredibly proud and, frankly, it’s amazing what relationships can achieve.”
The Brogue Does Beaujolais V
This won’t be the last event organised by Chris either. The now legendary Brogue Does Beaujolais will enjoy its fifth event on November 21st 2019. Tickets we believe are available but this is one of the hottest events in town so you may already have missed the boat.
The Brogue Trader
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The Brogue Trader would like to thank:
Spiro’s Fine Dining & Catering www.spiros.com
Hensol Castle Distillery www.hensolcastledistillery.com
Fine Wines Direct www.finewinesdirectuk.com
James Williams www.james-williams.co.uk
Bryan Gunton www.bryangunton.co.uk
Booie Sall www.harlequinprintgroup.co.uk
Timothy Everest MBE for donating the suit and attending