Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Networking Cambridge Style - 11th February 2014

We are lucky enough to be members of a professional networking group which gathers once a month to eat fine food and drink fine wines at one of the many magnificent dining rooms of the Colleges of the University of Cambridge.

The focus is very much on having an informal chat and a laugh and it is surprising how infrequently the conversation turns to work. This is despite the fact that the group is largely made up of lawyers, accountants, bankers and surveyors who, usually, can’t resist talking about their latest big deal or blue chip client win. In this relaxed environment, mercifully free of forced elevator pitches and referral slips, we have developed a number of valued professional relationships.

Last week the venue was the impressive Fellows Dining Room at Gonville and Caius. The room is designed in Ancient Greek style with details from the Temple of Apollo at Bassae including a large painted ceiling and gilded column capitals. The dinner was suitable sumptuous - spiced butternut squash soup with sour cream and croutons to start followed by marinated venison steak with chestnut mushrooms and a peppercorn and brandy sauce  then profiteroles with a hot rum and chocolate sauce to finish off. Superb!

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