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The first corporate event at the newly-refurbished National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh was held on Friday (August 26), when 700 guests at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival enjoyed a spectacular drinks reception.
The Victorian section of the National Museum of Scotland in Chambers Street re-opened at the end of July after being closed for three years during which it underwent a stunning £46.4 million refurbishment programme.
The drinks and canape reception was held in the Grand Gallery, which can host receptions for up to 1500 people and sit-down dinners for 850 people.
Catering was provided by Prestige Scotland, part of Sodexo Prestige, which is one of NMS’s preferred caterers. As well as wine, beer, and fruit juice, guests enjoyed the following canapes: taleggio and caponata tart, basil pesto; sweet potato and curry beignet, cucumber, shiso leaf, yoghurt dip; smoked trout mousse, caper berry salad, black olive bruschetta; and roast beef, horseradish jam, pickle and pepper salad.
Amanda Brown, national account director for Prestige Scotland, said: “The refurbished NMS is a truly spectacular space for corporate events which I’m sure is generating real excitement among conference and events organisers across the UK who are looking for a venue with the wow factor.
“Prestige Scotland was delighted to provide the catering for this first event and it was wonderful to see the space come to life after all the hard work the museum staff have put in during the upgrade over the past three years.”
Carolyn Gemmell, director of hospitality and events at NMS, said: “The redevelopment of the National Museum of Scotland has created a unique event space to rival all others, and we are delighted that the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival returned to host their opening party with us.”
Louise Benson, festival director of the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival, said: “The Festival is thrilled to be back in the gorgeous Victorian section of the Museum. It is a great honour to be the first corporate event and the fabulous refurbishment has made the hall even more of an exciting destination for our delegates.”