Thursday, 12 November 2009

A Christmas Evening with Grays of Westminster and Nikon Owner magazine

Institute of Directors, London
Friday, December 11th, 2009

The Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London

“Shooting a NASA Space-Shuttle Launch”

On behalf of Grays of Westminster and Nikon Owner magazine, we are delighted to announce our celebratory 2009 Christmas Event and Dinner, which will be held at the prestigious Institute of Directors (IoD) at 116 Pall Mall on Friday, December 11th, 2009. This grand Regency building with its sweeping marble staircase and vast walls covered in 18th and 19th Century canvases provides a spectacular backdrop for the evening, which will take place in the magnificent period restaurant, a most fitting venue for an elegant, traditional Christmas celebration.

The venue: The Institute of Directors' restaurant

The Grays of Westminster and Nikon Owner Christmas Event will be a unique occasion this year. During the evening, Mr. Scott Andrews, the legendary former head of Nikon Professional Services for Washington, will be flying in from the USA to give us an extraordinary illustrated talk on photographing a Rocket launch with Nikon using remote applications, entitled: “Shooting a NASA Space-Shuttle Launch.”

Shooting a NASA Space-Shuttle Launch

Over the years, Scott Andrews has worked with the Washington Press Corps and the US Government in introducing new products and helping Nikon R&D gather ideas. He has also worked very closely with NASA in documenting the Space Shuttle and the evolution of the International Space Station, both in the United States and in Russia. Throughout the period, he continued to develop ways of using remote photography; that is mounting cameras in or on hazardous areas (aircraft, boats, etc) or areas where detection or threat is possible (surveillance, rocket launch). He has also worked with such august bodies as the US Government, National Geographic, Smithsonian Air and Space, US Navy, US Marines, US Air Force, US Army and with prestigious media outlets such as Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, US News and World Report, Reuters, Associated Press, United Press International, European Press Agency, New York Times and Washington Post. He has in addition acted as a consultant to many events such as Presidential Inaugurations, political conventions, Senate hearings, as well as space launches and sporting events.

Some of the Nikon equipment needed to shoot a NASA Space-Shuttle Launch

The Christmas dinner which is included in the event is a sumptuous 3-course meal, with wine, mineral water, coffee and chocolates.

Ticket price: £79.00 per head

Ticket price for current Nikon Owner subscribers: £59.000 per head (or the special price of £55.00 per person if you are bringing a guest or guests).

Please note, that if you are not currently a Nikon Owner subscriber, and would like to find out more, do send me an email with your name and daytime (mobile and landline) telephone numbers and I will be happy to call you and answer your questions.

To reserve your place(s) at the Christmas event and dinner, please email me with your name and contact details or call the Nikon Owner magazine office on 020 7828 8971 or Grays of Westminster on 020 7828 4925 (Monday to Friday between 10.00 a.m. and 5.30 p.m.). Please ask to speak to myself or Gray Levett. Do note that places are strictly limited so contact us as soon as you are able to in order to avoid disappointment. Your menu choices (please see the menu below) will be emailed to you to complete and return.

Venue: Institute of Directors, 116 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5ED

Tel: 020 7839 1233


Time: From 6.30 pm to 11:30 pm on Friday, December 11th, 2009.

The bar will be open from 6.30 pm to 10.30 p.m., and dinner will be served at 7.30 p.m.

Dress Code: Suits/cocktail dresses. (Trainers, jeans or T-shirts are not permitted.)

Christmas Menu

The meal includes ½ bottle wine, ½ bottle mineral water, coffee and chocolates


Game and Pistachio Terrine

with Spiced Plum Chutney

Cream of Fennel and Dill Soup

Orange and Dill Gravadlax

Baked Goats’ Cheese with Aubergine Caviar

Main Course

Fillet of Sea Bass, Anna Potatoes

Butternut Squash Purée

Roast Rump of Elwy Lamb Boulangère Potatoes

Honey-roasted Winter Vegetables

Roast Norfolk Turkey with the Traditional Trimmings

Roast Butternut Squash and Chestnut Risotto, Sage Cream


Christmas Pudding with Brandy Butter

Warm Chocolate Fondant with Vanilla Ice Cream

Poached Pear in Red Wine with Vanilla Ice Cream

Baileys Mousse with Espresso Cream

Coffee and chocolates

We very much forward to welcoming you to our very special Christmas evening.

With best wishes,

Gillian Greenwood

(on behalf of Nikon Owner magazine and Grays of Westminster)

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