Thursday, 29 June 2017

Dinner of the Dons with Don Papa Rum

Dinner of the Dons with Don Papa Rum
Dinner of the Dons Leeds Corn Exchange


A few weeks ago, I went to a dinner party with a massive twist. I was invited by Don Papa Rum to their ‘Dinner of the Dons’ which took place at Leeds Corn Exchange – if you’re not familiar with Leeds, it’s a fancy as hell dome shaped building that is full of independent businesses. It’s also one of my favourite places in Leeds, so I absolutely jumped at the chance to head their after hours.


Dinner of the Dons Leeds Corn Exchange


Don Papa Rum isn’t a brand I was familiar with until the event so I was really interested to hear about how it’s the first premium small batch rum to be produced in the Philippines and it’s now sold around the world. It really paved the way for the Phillippines within the rum market and they’re now the third largest in the world. It’s available via a lot of places including Harvey Nichols, Majestic and my new absolute favourite shop in the world, Marks and Spencer.

On the night, we tried three cocktails containing Don Papa Rum and my favourite by far was the Darker Don.



Dinner of the Dons Leeds Corn Exchange


Throughout the night, we had five courses and it was an opportunity for me to really test my tastebuds as something I’m really trying to do is kick out my fussy eating habits. We started with a broth, served with bone marrow – so that was me taking a hefty step out of my comfort zone. I must admit (after I’d watched everyone else have it so I knew how to go about eating it), it wasn’t my cup of tea. I appreciated the flavours but the texture wasn’t quite right, though I’m so glad to have tried it.



Dinner of the Dons Leeds Corn Exchange


Next up, we had crab with a heritage tomato salad which was the absolute dream. Again, crab is a step out of my comfort zone, but it was meaty and delicious and I’m a fan of anything with tomatoes in it. Following this we had asparagus with a duck egg and this was delicious as I love both of those already and they were cooked to perfection.



Dinner of the Dons Leeds Corn Exchange


Dinner of the Dons Leeds Corn Exchange


Our last savoury course was pork belly which was incredible. I’ve always loved pork belly and it was served with lemongrass dashi and seaweed – definitely different but 100% delicious.



Dinner of the Dons Leeds Corn Exchange


The last course we had was, of course, dessert and it was coconut three ways – one of my favourite things. It was very sweet so a little taste was just enough to finish the meal on an absolute high.



Dinner of the Dons Leeds Corn Exchange


Dinner of the Dons Leeds Corn Exchange


Experiences like this make me feel very much #hashtagblessed to be a blogger as I would never normally be able to have such a beautifully prepared meal in the most incredible of settings, so for that, I thank Don Papa Rum for the invitation. Will I be drinking Don Papa Rum again? Absol-bloody-lutely.



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  1. Mmm I love me a good rum and this looks cracking, I'll definitely be keeping my eyes peeled looking out for this!
    That sure looks like one fancy dinner too!

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