Tuesday January 17th. – It started with a…… blended cocktail of delicious proportions…..when Vida8 first met Naturalicious a company so driven by a passionate desire to be so fresh and so full of energy we knew this had to be a perfect fit. I was reminded after listening to Rachel – Vida’s Founder (a Chartered Psychologist don’t you know!) – explain about yet another successful match her team had made and the relevance of shared values, it got the juices flowing, literally. Vida8 is all about creating the best parties for people who are (or want to be) their very best selves. Our tribe are healthy, curious, fun, and have a can-do attitude. Put them in a room and the party almost looks after itself. I wanted to create an event with a twist for the new year. Something new, fresh and celebrating our best selves. That’s when I discovered Naturalicious, who knock out THE most fabulous juice combos you have ever tasted – nothing but fresh, cold-pressed fruit & veg, with every drop of nutritional goodness lovingly squeezed into every bottle. And not a single nasty additive in sight. But what makes these juices so special – the delightly Dutch crew who are connoisseurs of the juice world; Vida8 just met its match.
So where to for the date? Picking the right venue was an absolute must if Vida8 and Naturalicious were going to hit it off. Well, glamorous members club 12 HAY HILL in the heart of Mayfair isn’t just a fancy address; it is a place that perfectly combines business with pleasure. There is surely nowhere else in London where you can find fully serviced offices, a Michelin-starred chef and a luxury lifestyle concierge all under the same roof. And they know how to run a party; on top of which they have some very cool members. So we said, let’s have some of them along too.
And what a first date it turned out to be. Vida8 and Naturalicious flirted outrageously. Hay Hill brought to the mix the perfect ambiance. The Triple-O’s (Out Of Office sweetie, do keep up) were clearly back from the slopes and the seas, but judging by how fit everyone looked it seemed that Dry January might be de rigueur. Fortunately there were plenty of takers for the cocktail versions of some delicious Naturalicious juice combos, which helped blend the very varied guest lists (single, married, gay, straight and all things in between; we all had fun trying to find out who was what and who wasn’t which) into one smooth party.
Shaun Rankin, the aforementioned Michelin chef, made sure we lined our stomachs with some delicious canapés that paired up beautifully with our juice shots, while clever photographer Ingrid Abery, more often seen snapping super-yachts in Monaco, proved her status as international woman of mystery by surreptitiously papping, er, snapping our glamorous guests, who included a Saudi prince, the lead singer of a legendary Britpop electronica group, various football stars, along with lots of hot Naturalicious Dutch guys and glamorous Vida clients and guests. Holding down a suave vibe with some very laid-back jazz tunes reminiscent of a Woody Allen movie was hot combo THE BUTLER TRIO, who kept the party swinging so smoothly that despite the official 9.00pm finish I was still there having a laugh at 10.30. And I wasn’t the only one!
Pearfection (Naturalicious pear, apple and lemon). This was served with rum
Drunk in Love (Naturalicious watermelon, pineapple and lime). This was served with vodka.
Naturalicious Power Plant: Lobster hot dog
Naturalicious Beat the Blues: Salt baked beetroot and goat’s cheese vol-au-vent
Naturalicious Coco beach: White chocolate and mango macaroon
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