Dubai, 01 February 2012: A host of England sporting legends descended upon The Ivy Dubai in Jumeirah Emirates Towers last night for an evening of celebration and revels, to raise money for a worthy cause.
Matt Prior, Stuart Broad and Alastair Cook were the England cricket stars who took part in a Q&A session which gave a great insight into life in the England camp and how the top Test team in the world prepares for, and deals with, matches such as the current Test series against Pakistan. The panel was also joined by Monty Panesar, Steve Finn and other friends from the world of sport.
Guests dined in the private terrace of The Ivy Dubai on a three-course dinner including Severn & Wye smoked salmon, slow-braised beef bourguignon with parsley mash potato, truffled green beans and banana sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice cream.
A silent auction was held during the evening with prizes including a signed England/Pakistan bat from this UAE Series, a signed England World No. 1 Test Match side shirt, signed by all the current England XI, four tickets to Lord’s Test Match in 2012 and a private cricket lesson or training session with Matt Prior.
The England cricket team has been the dominant force in world cricket over the past two years, having won their first ICC world event, an away Ashes series (for the first time in 24 years) and being crowned as the World Number 1 Test team.
Matt Prior, speaking on behalf of the cricketers, said “Tonight’s event at The Ivy Dubai has been fantastic, and I am delighted to have been part of what I hope will be a long series. It is great to have the opportunity to spend time with fans from different countries and especially here in the UAE.”
Notes to Editor:
Located on the ground floor of The Boulevard at Jumeirah Emirates Towers amongst a panoply of global luxury brands, The Ivy Dubai does what its London alma mater does best, it combines thoughtfully-sourced elements, food, drinks, art and design, with impeccable service to offer a seamless dining experience for both residents and international visitors.
About The Ivy:
The Ivy Dubai was opened June 2011 by Jumeirah Restaurants LLC in partnership with Caprice Holdings. The Ivy is one of London’s favourite restaurants; a uniquely British institution known throughout the world. An extensive refurbishment in 1990, with oak panelling, stained glass and site-specific commissions from leading contemporary artists, re-established The Ivy in London to that of its early-20th century heyday. It continues to be a staple with the pre and post-theatre crowds, and boasts a devoted clientele from the arts, media and beyond.
The Ivy Dubai offers a regularly-changing business lunch, available weekdays 12 noon – 3pm which consists of two courses and features Ivy dishes such as the confit duck leg, Icelandic plaice fillet or braised rabbit risotto. Complete with a soft drink, mineral water and tea or coffee served with petit fours, the business lunch is priced at AED 150.
About Jumeirah Restaurants:
Jumeirah Restaurants is the dedicated branded restaurant division within Jumeirah Group tasked with setting up and licensing an innovative and successful casual dining concept to its international network of partners. The noodle house was the first restaurant brand to be developed and is the flagship of Jumeirah Restaurants with licence agreements already signed in eleven countries globally. Other concepts include Sana Bonta, Urbano, AllFreshCo, Rice + Spice and The Flaming Revolution, all of which have been developed by Jumeirah Restaurants.