Screen Shot 2015-04-29 at 15.39.36 1Corks will be popping in Sunderland next week, as one of the city’s leading venues matches world class Champagne with the finest cuisine.

On Friday May 8, the Stadium of Light will be serving up a special menu, pairing five carefully crafted dishes with a selection of Laurent Perrier and Veuve Champagnes.

Guests at the Champagne Gourmet Evening, run by 1879 Events Management, will enjoy canapés and nibbles on arrival, served with a glass of Veuve Delaroy Brut.

The starter, of green pea and asparagus ravioli, will be accompanied by Laurent Perrier Brut, followed by an intermediate dish of confit of salmon and a glass of Laurent Perrier Vintage.

For the main course, the chefs at 1879 Events Management will use a variety of locally sourced and seasonal ingredients to deliver a rack of spring lamb with a mutton fritter, puree potatoes, heritage carrots, Brussel tops, leeks and lamb jus.

This will be served with a glass of Lauren Perrier Rose, chosen for its fresh, well-rounded flavour, with tastes of berries reminiscent of spring.

A classic combination of strawberries and Veuve Delaroy Rose Champagne will be offered for dessert, followed by a selection of artisan cheeses, coffee and petit fours.

Steve Welch, Executive Head Chef at 1879 Events Management, said: “While many people enjoy a glass of Champagne as part of an occasion or celebration, this wonderful tipple is also a great accompaniment for all manner of food.

“As part of our Champagne Gourmet Evening we’ll be offering guests the opportunity to taste some of the world’s greatest Champagnes and to see how they can really help to enhance the flavour of a dish.

“The whole event is great value for money, as the Champagnes alone are worth more than the ticket price.”

Tickets for the Champagne Gourmet Evening at the Stadium of Light are priced at £54.50 per person.  For more information, or to book, visit www.thestadiumoflight.com, call 0871 911 1555 or email conf&banq@safc.com.