Guests at Birmingham Law Society’s Bicentenary Gala Dinner are in for a special culinary treat.
To celebrate the Society’s 200th anniversary, Michelin star Brummie chef Glynn Purnell has designed a special three-course menu for the dinner, which is being held on 4th October at the ICC.
Inspired by Birmingham and memories of his childhood growing up in Chelmsley Wood, guests will get to enjoy Glynn’s gastronomic genius with dishes that include ‘A saucy herd on the A38 – GP style’ (corned beef hash croquettes with GP sauce), ‘It ain’t half hot mum, down here at the Triangle’ (Indian spiced lamb, lentil dahl and samosa), and ‘The taste and smell of the fair; not a goldfish or coconut in sight’ (toffee apple and popcorn).
Glynn is one of Birmingham best-known chefs. The chef proprietor of Purnell’s restaurant on Cornwall Street, he can regularly be seen guest presenting on Saturday Kitchen and has presented his own TV show, My Kitchen Rules, alongside fellow chef Rachel Allen.
As well as designing the menu, Glynn will personally introduce each dish at the event.
James Turner, president of Birmingham Law Society, said: “Glynn is one of Birmingham’s favourite sons. A highly-respected chef, TV personality and proud Brummie, we couldn’t think of anyone better to design a special celebratory menu for the gala dinner.
“Anyone who has eaten at Purnell’s knows what a fantastic treat the guests are in for. No doubt Glynn will have a few surprises up his chef’s sleeve.”
Glynn said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be involved in this fantastic celebration. It is such a wonderful achievement to be celebrating 200 years of a Birmingham institution. Purnell’s is 11 years old, so we still have a long way to go.
“We have got a really exciting menu in place for the event, which shows off some of the best of what Birmingham has to offer.”
As well as dinner menu designed by Glynn Purnell, there will be a live band and other entertainment on the night. Comedian and impressionist Rory Bremner is the guest host and after-dinner speaker.
James added: “We want this to be a night to remember. You’re only 200 once so we’re going to make the most of it.”
Established in 1818 with 19 founder members, BLS is now the largest regional law society in the UK, with more than 4,500 members drawn from law firms and barristers’ chambers across the West Midlands.
To mark the historic 200-year milestone, a year-long programme of Bicentenary themed events has been organised by the Society.
A book has also been commissioned to chronicle BLS’s history, and to chart the rise of the profession and the influence lawyers have had on the professional, business and civic life of the city and the region.
The Bicentenary Gala Dinner is being sponsored by Landmark, Lloyds Bank, No5 Chambers and Oosha.