Glyndebourne 2017 Catering Dress Rehearsal
Catering at Glyndebourne presents the unique challenge of feeding 700 guests within roughly an hour, most days for three and a half months, from kitchens which are set on a hillside!
Whilst some members of the team remain constant from year to year, there are always new recruits in both front of house and in the kitchen. Building confidence as well as honing skills is an important part of our pre-Festival but it’s difficult to recreate the experience of working against a bell – so we came up with the idea of holding our own Catering Dress Rehearsal.
On 10th May, we will invite up to 320 cast and crew at Glyndebourne and the wider estate, from performers to gardeners and gamekeepers, to join us in our beautiful Middle & Over restaurant. We try to recreate the Festival ambience, so they arrive in the dinner jackets and finery, and try our new dishes and new staff against the clock. We set the timer and aim to give everyone a fantastic three course meal within the allotted 90 mins from curtain down. At last year’s event, we missed the bell by 30 seconds, but they do say that a Dress Rehearsal shouldn’t run smoothly, and every other night went perfectly!