Case study: Association for Decentralised Energy

The Science Museum laid on a show-stopping 50th anniversary dinner for the Association for Decentralised Energy.

Objectives

The Association for Decentralised Energy approached the Science Museum saying they wanted a show-stopping awards dinner to celebrate the association’s 50th anniversary.

The aim was to celebrate achievements within the sector, the history of the association, and its vision for the future of decentralised energy.  

Solution

The event was held at the Science Museum in London, primarily for members and their customers, and celebrated the best decentralised energy projects over the past decade. Because the awards celebrated innovation, best practice and inspiring engineering, the Science Museum and its displays of science and innovation provided the perfect backdrop.

There were more than 50 award entries in eight different categories, celebrating a wide variety of projects. They included combined heat and power, district heating and demand side energy services.

To begin the event, drinks were held in the Energy Hall, where a running steam engine proved to be crowd pleaser among the engineers and energy geeks in the room.

The event then moved into the IMAX to present the awards, focusing the guests’ attention on videos promoting decentralised energy. Dinner was held in the Flight Gallery with guests surrounded by the marvels of flight. Wise Productions oversaw the production of the event spaces, with sponsors using BeCause and OnProductions to install elements along the path to the IMAX and also in the Flight Gallery.

Dinner and drinks service was provided by Food By Dish, who added a gold leaf to the dessert to fit with the 50th anniversary theme. Mocktails of elderflower and ginger fizz and a pomegranate crush were served during the reception to pair with the Science Museum sparkling wine. 

Food highlights included Roe deer, dark chocolate, sloe gin, parsnip root purée and oats canapés alongside agame terrine, pickled watermelon rind, compressed cucumber, radish, sourdough tuille starter. Mains were headed up by a spice glazed duck breast, crispy rice cake, carrot purée, pickled carrots, roast beetroots and plum sauce. Chocolate pumpkin mousse was among the deserts on offer.

Verdict

Communications manager at the Association of Decentralised Energy, Claire Wych, said: "It was a pleasure to work with the team at the Science Museum to deliver the most monumental event in our recent history; our 50th anniversary awards and dinner.

"We were delighted with the excellent level of service that we received from the events team and our members were truly impressed by the event itself. A success all round."

Fact file:

Client: Association for Decentralised Energy
Event: 50th Anniversary Awards and Dinner
Date: 19 October 2017
Venue: Science Museum – Drinks reception in the Energy Hall, awards in the IMAX followed by dinner in the Flight Gallery
Number of guests: 400 

 

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