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Christmas Do - Drinks at Slug & Lettuce then Dinner at Nuovo

Hi Everyone,

There's been a slight change of plan for the start of the evening as some have pointed out that 7 is a bit early for dinner and a couple of people wanted to come but wouldn't be able to get there in time for 7. So we will meet at our usual book club venue, the Slug and Lettuce in George Lane at 7:00 -7:15pm for drinkies. (That's 184 George Lane, South Woodford, E18 1AY), leaving at 7:55 to be at the Nuovo restaurant for 8pm.

So for the Christmas dinner we're going back to Nuovo, round the corner from George Lane next to Waitrose in Woodford High Road. The Christmas meal is for everyone - whether you're a regular, haven't been for a hundred years or have never been - after all Christmas is the time for coming together isn't it?

It looks as good as last year, with lots of choices on their Christmas menu. There is supposed to be a cabaret and disco according to the flyer but there isn't on Monday night - they won't give us a discount for that reason but they offer one because I work for the NHS! Click here for the menu on the restaurant website:

or see the menu below......

2. Cost
The standard cost is £29.50. My NHS discount brings this down to £25.00 - including Christmas crackers etc!

3. Booking Info
The restaurant need a deposit of £5 a head. Paypal, the online payment system used by Meetup, charges a transaction fee of 30p, so you will need to pay £5.30 to book your place. This isn't complicated - when you RSVP "YES" the meetup website will lead you through the steps - just have your debit/ credit card ready.

Please book a.s.a.p - I really need to give them the final number if at all possible by Saturday afternoon.

VOLARE - Traditional tender chicken wings in Tuscany sauce.
MUSHROOMS AL FORNO (V) - Baked mushrooms stuffed with parmesan, garlic & breadcrumbs.
SAPORE DI MARE - Timbale of prawns in Mary Rose Sauce.
CALAMARI FRITTI - Baby squid dusted with seasoned flour, deep-fried & served with lime & dill dip.

PENNE CON SALMONE - Oak roasted salmon, broccoli & crushed chillies in red pesto & cream sauce.
RAVIOLO DI FUNGHI (V) - Wild forest mushroom ravioli in a parmesan cream sauce with fresh rocket.
BISTECCA DI CONTRO FILLEITO - 8oz sirloin steak grilled to your taste with sautéed mushrooms, grilled tomato and house chips.
MERLUZZO ATLANTICO - Atlantic Cod in herb crust. Chablis sauce, green beans, cubetti potatoes.
COTOLETTE FANTASTICO - A full rack of tender pork ribs in our special recipe marinade basted with barbecue sauce with house chips and coleslaw.
POLLO ALLA MILANESE - Sautéed chicken in seasoned breadcrumbs with tomato, garlic & basil sauce. Served with green beans and roasted cubetti potatoes or spaghetti.
SPAGHETTINI AL RAGU - Spaghetti pasta served with a rich slowly braised minced beef, red wine, onion, tomato and herb ragu.
LASAGNE VEGETARIANE (V) - Home made fresh vegetable lasagne.

NON SOLO MELA - Hot deep baked Belgian apple pie served with Italian vanilla ice cream.
FRUTOSSO - Fresh fruit salad served with Italian ice cream.
GELATOSO - Trio of mixed Italian ice cream served with fresh berries.
CHRISTMAS PUDDING - Traditional Christmas pudding served with brandy sauce.

My grateful thanks to Sue Carrette who helped enormously to organise this!

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  • Mike S.

    Hi Girls,
    Well, By now you realise that I have trouble balancing on a chair in the seated position. I have been perfecting this party trick now for years and it has never failed to make people sit up and smile! Also just want to say it was a pleasure to have dinner with you all and I hope to see you again either seated or sprawled across the floor.
    A Blessed Christmas to All! Mike

    1 · December 13, 2012

  • Curious C.

    It was a good evening.
    I don't think we were too raucous ? What do you think, Guys ?
    Admittedly everyone in the restaurant looked round when Mike ended up on the floor, but he wasn't there long . . . was he ?

    1 · December 11, 2012

    • Ruth

      only those really enjoying themselves fall over!

      December 12, 2012

  • Ruth

    I really enjoyed the evening, thanks to Sheila for organizing it and everone that came. I had lots of laughs and intelligent conversation. Think i should have stuck to the italian menu as it looked better than my roast turkey. Curious Cats calamari smelled delicious and it was all i could do to refrain from asking for a taste.

    December 12, 2012

  • Sheila C

    Great fun!

    December 12, 2012

  • Mike S.

    I enjoyed the pre meal drink

    December 10, 2012

  • Clive

    Hi Sheila, Sue and all. I'm afraid that I'm not going to be able to make this date unfortunately. So I hope you all have a great evening and a fabulous Christmas and I look forward to seeing you in the new year!

    December 5, 2012

    • Sue

      Clive - we'll be sorry not to see you - I'm amazed you're not tempted by the outstanding company and book talk! But have a great christmas!

      December 7, 2012

  • Sue

    Hi Sheila,
    I will organise my RSVP and payment in the next couple of days. Can I suggest that we do as last year and book the table for 8pm ? 7 is a little early to eat - and it would give everyone a chance to meet in the pub first...

    November 12, 2012

  • Ruth

    Hi Sheila, when i RSVP'd yes, the website didnt take me through to paypal. So can i pay you the deposit for the Xmas dinner on the next meetup on the 12th nov?

    October 31, 2012

    • Sheila C

      Ruth - Hi - will be great to see you at the party. Sorry, the payment issue was my fault - that's what happens when you do things when you are too tired in the middle of the night! But I have fixed it. Just change your RSVP to "No" then change it back to "Yes" and this time Meetup should work properly and ask you for a £5 payment. I'd rather do it this way if that's OK with you because I want to treat everyone the same, so everyone pays a deposit.

      November 1, 2012

    • Ruth

      Thanks Sheila, thats fine. Im looking forward to getting together and having something nice to eat. The menu looks mouth watering specially after 7 months with slimming world. Great idea!

      November 7, 2012

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