23 May 2013

Uganda: Johnnie Walker's Black Tie Dinner - a Showcase of Exclusivity

When Kampala's elite choose to drink, they do it in style. Last Friday evening at the Pearl of Africa Restaurant with in the Kampala Serena Hotel saw some Kampala elite do just that.

It was a black tie dinner for an exclusive group, invited to witness the launch of a new whisky in the Johnnie Walker family - Platinum Label. They were also meant to taste five other brands of whisky in the family.

And they didn't do it like you normal folks - they had the guidance of James Penne Feather, a whisky mentor who globe-trots just to teach consumers how to enjoy various whisky blends.

Johnnie Walker Ambassador James Pennefather speaks to the guests. It was such a warm evening.

And so, the guests, respecting the dress code, spent the whole evening downing whisky and an eight-course dinner.

Jazz maestro Isaiah Katumwa, supported by a band, wowed the audience with soothing tunes. Band member Racheal Namubiru got an ovation for her rendition of Malaika by Miriam Makeba.

The liqour of the night, Johnnie Walker, flowed handsomely, thanks to the waiters and waitresses at the dinner.

Whisky expert Penne Feather described Platinum label as "the richest, most precious 18-year-old blended scotch whisky within the Johnnie Walker family, whose smoky blend embodies the characteristic full flavours of blended scotch whiskies, reflecting a strong, sweet and elegant Speyside style and subtle Islay smokiness... "

You are probably waiting for the part where things went wrong. Well, turns out everyone was on their guard.

Roofings CEO Lalani Skander with his wife also made their presence at the meet.

The Hotel was so careful not to mess up the food. The entertainers were clearly aware what it means to disappoint such a crowd, and they outdid themselves. And there wasn't any of those incidents of a reveller drinking themselves silly.

It was one of those rare Ugandan dinners; even the chefs were so proud of their concoctions that they came out of the kitchen and took a bow before the guests, who answered back with a standing ovation.

Chairman of MTN Charles Mbire shares a spirited handshake with a guest at the dinner.

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