CONGRATULATIONS AND ANOTHER BIG THANK YOU to all the Canvas & Cream staff. On a cold rainy night, 10th April we went to the Essential Cafe Trade awards at the beautiful St Johns Concert halls in Smith Square. The cocktail and champagne reception got us started on an evening of surprises and delights, once seated in the main concert hall with grandiose stone pillars and an arched stone carved ceiling to die for, we were serenaded by a quartet of classical musicians, we were wined and dined by a multitude of generous hosts and then the fun began, eight national awards were awarded in all,
Product of the Year Food, Beverage and Packaging
Best Training initiative
Ethical and Sustainable Supplier of the Year
Distributor of the Year
Manufacturer of the Year
The Essential Cafe Owner/Operator of the Year
The Essential Outstanding Achievement Award
We did wonder why we were privileged to be sat at the front with the owners of the Essential Cafe Magazine as we clapped our hands and cheered all the winners on, to our surprise and obvious delight we were awarded The Essential Cafe Owner/Operator of the Year award, a beautiful glass engraved plaque that will take pride of place in our cafe.
A live swing band and dancing began while photos were taken and avid net-workers chatted, the night concluded with a lot of smiling faces and a few slightly wobbly walks to awaiting taxis.
Thank you to the Essential Cafe Magazine for a great evening and for recognizing our first year of success.