RUSK & RUSK have had an action-packed couple of weeks teaming up with some Britain’s most inspirational women to discuss the highs and lows of being a leader in their respective industry and offering some words of wisdom to others.
This kicked off with the RBS 100 Women event on Thursday 6th September which took place at the Barras Art and Design Centre (BAaD) in Glasgow’s east end and was attended by a many of Scotland’s inspirational, aspiring women in business.
Co-founder of restaurant, design and lifestyle group RUSK & RUSK, Louise Rusk was honoured to speak at the event, chaired by journalist and blogger Susie Cormack Bruce, to discuss the idea of ‘imposter syndrome’ – the feeling that you don’t belong in the category of ‘businessperson’. The panel discussed their own ways of overcoming this by trusting their instincts, staying true to themselves and pushing back against naysayers.
This topic continued as RUSK & RUSK hosted it’s latest Bubbles & Brunch event on Friday 14th September where guest of honour Marie Macklin shared her very honest account of how she used her authenticity, heart and determination to become a success in business along with her future global expansion plans for her business, HALO Urban Regeneration Company.
Hosted by Louise Rusk and Global Scotland’s Managing Director Tracey McNellan, the event brought together a community of thinkers and leaders, allowing them to share ideas, connect and discuss all things business in a relaxed atmosphere.
We received some fantastic feedback on this Bubbles & Brunch event with Marie herself commenting it is ‘truly a unique way to network with the business community’.
The event marked the last of this year’s Bubbles & Brunch series for this year. Previous guests have included Partick Thistle FC and Indigo PR chairwomen Jacqui Low and ‘first Lady of hairdressing’ Rita Rusk.
We’re passionate about bringing together people in business to share their stories and create new ideas and partnerships so keep your eyes peeled for similar upcoming events coming in the new year.
“We all know veganism is cooler than cool. But actually, so is meat – particularly when it’s grass-fed, hung-on the bone beef, dry-aged for 35 days. And nowhere does that quite like The Butchershop Bar and Grill, set up by Louise and her husband James Rusk.”
Whilst everyone at RUSK & RUSK have always been aware of our co-founder Louise’s cool credentials, it seems the rest of the world have begun to catch on as Louise was announced as one of the top 50 in The Herald Scotland’s Cool List.
Jokes aside, to be on a list rubbing shoulders with the likes of Judy Murray and Christopher Kane is humbling. Louise is described as being behind some of Glasgow’s coolest eateries, a fantastic mention and moment of reflection for the RUSK & RUSK restaurant collection.
Something exciting coming soon from RUSK & RUSK.
For all our sporting fans out there, we have the perfect setting for all your viewing needs. Whether it’s the World Cup or Wimbledon, our Glenfarclas Private Dining room in Hutchesons City Grill is the perfect space to watch all your favourite games. Our Glenfarclas Private Dining is a truly unique space which offers bespoke menus to suit all occasions - seating up to 20 guests. To enquire about our Glenfarclas Dining Room, contact Hutchesons City Grill directly on 0141 552 4050 or visit our website.
Huge thanks to The CIS Excellence Awards for hosting a fabulous evening on Thursday the 31st of May.
We are thrilled that the The Spanish Butcher won Restaurant Newcomer of the Year! All the team at RUSK & RUSK are honoured to be recognised for such a prestigious award.
Congratulations to all winners & nominees of the evening! #CISAwards
On the 20th of May 2018, RUSK & RUSK attended The Scottish Food Awards at the grand King’s Hall in Edinburgh. The awards ceremony celebrated many individuals from within the hospitality sector, from business owners to chefs of the year.
Arriving to a beautiful champagne reception, RUSK & RUSK were excited to attend such a prestigious event. The night proceeded with a stunning 3 course meal to please guests and nominees as anticipation built before the announcement of the awards. RUSK & RUSK were nominated for two awards and were thrilled to walk away with both.
Honoured to receive one of the top awards of the evening, James and Louise Rusk received the prestigious award of ‘Restauranteurs of the Year 2018’. In addition to this, our group development chef John Molloy was delighted to receive the ‘Development Chef of the Year 2018’, another huge achievement.
Celebrations continued into the night for RUSK & RUSK HQ, ecstatic to be part of such a successful night!
On Sunday the 13th of May, team Rusk & Rusk attended the prestigious British Institute of Inkeeping Awards. A celebration of licensees who go the extra mile to achieve excellence within their businesses, it was a great honour for the team to be nominated for two awards.
Held at the Crowne Plaza in Glasgow and hosted by the wonderful Jennifer Reoch, the evening was a smashing success for Rusk & Rusk. With The Butchershop Bar & Grill winning Food Operator of the Year and Rusk & Rusk picking up the coveted Licensee of the Year award, it's safe to say the company was thrilled to be recognised for its hard work over the years.
Here at Rusk & Rusk, we are big on creating perfect memories, and what better occasion is there to celebrate than Graduation?
With a free glass of fizz for every graduate, and a range of settings and set menus to choose from, you will truly be spoiled for choice.
Hutchesons City Grill
Hutchesons City Grill is the perfect location to celebrate in style. Enjoy a delicious 3-course dinner made with the freshest Scottish produce in our decadent City Grill, and then head down to our 158 Club Lounge afterwards to keep the champagne flowing.
The Spanish Butcher
If you’re looking to celebrate in one of the ‘hottest new restaurants in the world’ as described by CNN, then look no further than The Spanish Butcher. Known for its cool, Manhattan loft style interiors and succulent Galician meat, this is the perfect location if you’re looking to celebrate with a Mediterranean twist. Enjoy a 3-course meal and choose from our wide selection of Champagne and Cava.
The Butchershop Bar & Grill
For the perfect family setting, then head to the Butchershop Bar and Grill within Glasgow’s West End. For steak cooked to perfection and an atmosphere sure to make you feel like a Rock Star, you’ll be more than satisfied. For a 3-course dinner packed full of flavour, look no further.
After the many months of hard work and grafting to get to that finish line, you’ve finally made it, congratulations graduate! We hope you will choose to celebrate with us and we will be ready and waiting to give you a graduation day you’ll never forget.
On Saturday evening, Rusk & Rusk HQ attended the Scottish Style Awards at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Celebrated in association with Moet & Chandon, the evening honoured several inspirational individuals and enterprises. The night was a smashing success.
The Spanish Butcher was named ‘Most Stylish Restaurant’ 2018 succeeding Hutchesons City Grill who won the coveted award in 2015. This is a huge achievement for RUSK & RUSK.
Hosted by Pollyanna McIntosh, the night began with a delicious 3 course meal and champagne flowing. Filled to the brim with the finest food and drink, anticipation began to build as each of the awards began to be announced.
When the category of Most Stylish restaurant was announced, we were thrilled to be announced as the winner of Most Stylish Restaurant in Scotland. Being up against some incredible nominees, we were truly honoured and humbled to receive such an incredible award.
As the night continued, Rusk & Rusk HQ celebrated and enjoyed the rest of an incredibly stylish and exciting evening. From a fashion show by Harris Tweed, to an electrifying after party, it’s safe to say, we ended the night on an absolute high!
The Spanish Butcher has been shortlisted for Best Restaurant in the GQ Magazine Food & Drink Awards 2018!
It is an honour to be the only restaurant nominated North of the border and we are thrilled to be representing Scotland at the upcoming awards ceremony.
“Amazing Womens Awards Ambassador Louise Rusk is behind some of Scotland’s top restaurants and tells us about her excitement of the awards congratulating Scottish Women because they truly deserve it.” – No.1 Magazine
This coming March, Rusk & Rusk are proud to announce that co-founder, Louise Rusk, will be an ambassador at the first ever No.1 Amazing Women Awards. Recognising inspiring women around Scotland, the event coincides with International Women’s Day and is set to be filled with many well-deserved recognitions.
No.1 Magazine is set to celebrate everything that strong Scottish women stand for. From kind gestures to building empires, all the women involved with the event are truly inspiring, which is why the publication has chosen to recognise them with a special evening. Speaking of the awards, Louise stated:
“There are so many great things that women are doing and they often go unnoticed. These awards are creating awareness, and, at the same time, congratulating women for what they have achieved in whatever particular area that award is for.
I love that each award is different. You have business achievements and community spirit; amazing women come from all walks of life. It’s a great mixture and I think it’s important that they’re recognised for their achievements.”
No.1 Magazine spoke to our awesome co-founder about her journey to becoming such an inspiring business woman, which you can read all about in their current issue.
The inaugural event will be held at the Old Fruitmarket Glasgow on Thursday 8th March 2018, in celebration of International Women’s Day. To buy tickets, follow the link below:
This Thursday, Rusk & Rusk is delighted to host a pop-up shop in the 158 Club Lounge for renowned Scottish fashion designer, Hayley Scanlan. Named by Vogue as “Scotland’s Coolest Young Designer” and winner of the “Young Scottish Designer of the Year” at the Scottish Fashion awards 2012/2014, Rusk & Rusk are thrilled to collaborate with Hayley on this event.
On Thursday the 30th of November, fashion influencers have been invited for Bubbles & Brunch in our stylish 158 Club Lounge, which will provide the perfect backdrop for a preview of the new ‘Fierce Feline’ collection. Then from 12-5pm, the 158 Club Lounge will be open for the public to shop the new collection whilst enjoying some of our signature cocktails; making it the perfect one stop shop.
Hayley and her label, H.S, have appeared in many high caliber publications including i-D Magazine, Vogue, Vogue Italia, Grazia, and O.K! Magazine. With the ‘Fierce Feline’ collection drawing inspiration from Michael Jackson and her mother’s 80s style, this collection boasts glamorously bold statement pieces that are sure to provide you with the perfect staple piece for the holiday season.
There is also a competition running online & you have until Wednesday evening to enter over on the @hayleyscanlanstudio Instagram. You could be in with the chance to win a £50 H•S voucher to spend, a #fiercefeline goodie bag with a new t-shirt, tote & discount vouchers plus a cocktail in the 158 Club Lounge for you AND a friend!
Shop the collection HERE.
As it neared the end of October, the approach of All Hallows Eve was looming over Rusk & Rusk HQ. It was once again time to ‘Meet The Widow’!
Described as “One of the hottest Halloween parties in the UK” by Marie Claire, the second instalment of this ghoulishly glamorous event did not disappoint. Transforming Hutchesons City Grill into a decadent yet eerie haunted mansion, Rusk & Rusk teamed up with Veuve Clicquot once again to present Glasgow with the most outrageous Halloween party of the year.
Giving the guests a real scary welcome, James Rusk kicked off the night with amazing energy and in true Rusk & Rusk fashion. With a ‘Day of the Dead Masquerade’ themed makeover, staff and guests truly embraced the theme and went all out to look stylishly spooky. Starting off the night with an amazing 3 course dinner, guests were treated to some amazing dishes, including deliciously smooth Curried Cauliflower and succulent Slow Cooked Crispy Ox Tongue, all topped with a crisp glass of Veuve Clicquot.
As the night progressed, visitors were treated to some first class entertainment, including creepy actors, a Thriller flash mob and a tarot reader. There was also a pause in amongst all of the excitement for a Day of the Dead procession, where everyone honoured the dead and rose a glass to the first lady of champagne, Widow Clicquot. This was then rounded off with an incredible performance from an authentic Mariachi band!
Our resident DJ Elisha then played us into the rest of the night with a mix of haunted hits, disco, house and funk, where the glasses of veuve continued to flow. Rusk & Rusk smashed this event once again, by going even scarier and bolder than last year, and it’s safe to say, everyone left tantalizingly spooked and filled to the brim with the finest quality food and champagne.
You can check out all of the images from the event using the button below!
On Friday, November 3rd, Glasgow's most glamorous ladies lunch fundraiser took place at The Grand Central Hotel with the aim of raising funds to support the important research that Action Medical Research carries out, generating a staggering £79,000 in donations.
As the events main sponsor, Rusk & Rusk worked closely with the Killer Heels & Cocktails committee to put together an occasion that will remembered for years to come; from start to finish, the event was a non-stop hit!
Rusk & Rusk co-founder, Chair of Killer Heels & Cocktails and Scottish Ambassador for Action Medical Research, Louise Rusk, kicked off proceedings with heartfelt speech extolling the importance of the work the charity carries out. From there, Heart FM's Paul Harper, took to the stage to host the event, with acts including Vegas Showgirls and smooth crooners The Brothers of Swing getting the party atmosphere going, before The Jersey Tones took to the stage with their take on classic hits from award winning musical Jersey Boys!
There was an extraordinary vibrant live auction, which alone raised thousands of pounds, as well as a digital silent auction, raffle, Guilty Pleasure mystery bags and, of course, a seriously glamorous Star Prize in the form of Christian Louboutin shoes which was kindly sponsored by Cruise Fashion.
But the real star of the day was the amount of money raised; a whopping £79,000. Action Medical Research is at the forefront of medical research into premature birth, diseases and disabilities that affect countless babies, children and families. The charity predominantly relies on the donations and contributions of individuals and companies to help fund new medical breakthroughs. The sum raised will prove pivotal in helping support the ongoing search for the best medical research to help save and change children’s lives.
A massive thank you to everyone who attended, to everyone who contributed and we simply can't wait until 2018 to do it all over again!
On Friday, November 3rd, The STV Appeal took place live from their Clyde-side studios to once again raise important funds and generate awareness for the thousands of vulnerable children currently living in poverty across Scotland.
As usual, Rusk & Rusk were on hand with team members from across the groups restaurants on hand to serve up complimentary cocktails for those in attendance on the night! Shaking up sweet treats for the guests at the STV appeal has become something of a tradition for Rusk & Rusk with this marking the 4th occasion we've been there to lend a hand and keep the atmosphere on point!
The STV Children's Appeal was launched in 2011 by The Hunter Foundation and STV. They came together to raise funds and to help make a real difference to those who need it most, by providing practical help like food and warm clothes; creating opportunities for training and employability; and enabling social and emotional support.
Supporting children charities is at the core of Rusk & Rusk's charitable ethos, and on the same evening the company were the main sponsor of the glamorous Killer Heels & Cocktails fundraiser which supports the work of Action Medical Research, helping raise £79,000 on the day! You can read more about that event HERE.
This Friday at The Grand Central Hotel, Glasgow's most glamorous ladies lunch fundraiser descends upon the city for its 2017 instalment. With the ambition of raising lots of vital funds to further the fantastic work carried out by Action Medical Research.
This year, Rusk & Rusk are proud to sponsor this wonderful event, with company co-founder, Louise Rusk, Chairing the event whilst simultaneously being appointed as Scottish Ambassador for the charity itself.
So, what can guests expect from this years’ bash? Well, here's a quick peak...
From live DJ's to glamorous showgirls, crooners and show tune specialists; this years, Killer Heels & Cocktails event is packed with vibrant, lively entertainment! Hosted by Heart FM's very own Paul Harper, guests will have antics in abundance with games and dancing being wholeheartedly encouraged. Watch out for The Jersey Tones singing classic hits from the blockbuster musical, Jersey Boys, whilst The Brothers of Swing provide a cool, stylish throwback to the heyday of big band crooning & swooning!
In order to raise as much as possible through donations, the Killer Heels & Cocktails committee have pulled together an incredible selection of auction items including glamorous getaways to Gleneagles, luxury Highland retreats, diamond earrings and original works of art from iconic artist Gerard Burns, to name but a few! It simply wouldn't be a true Killer Heels event without an appropriately themed pair of 'Killer Heels' for the Star Prize, and this year guests can win a gorgeous pair of Christian Louboutin heels, complete with style consultation at Cruise and finished off with a gorgeous Bubbles & Brunch at Hutchesons. And if all that wasn't enough, there's an epic list of raffle prizes to be won, the hilarious 'Be Honest!' quiz and a selection of fantastic gifts to purchase from the Guilty Pleasures stall!
Over the past 14 years, the Killer Heels & Cocktails fundraiser has raised over £700,000 for Action Medical Research, Louise Rusk believes that the 2017 rendition will generate a significant sum to add to that; "we have a fantastic event ahead of us, with superb auction prizes, lots of fun entertainment and plenty of opportunity to raise funds" she tells us, "it's going to be a truly glamorous affair, and I am incredibly excited to be taking the reign of my first event as Chair".
The stage is well and truly set for the most memorable Killer Heels & Cocktails event ever! Rusk & Rusk are delighted to be playing our part and supporting such a worthy cause! So to everyone attending, we hope you have a fabulous afternoon!
On Friday, November 3rd, Glasgow's most glamorous ladies lunch fundraiser, Killer Heels & Cocktails, returns to the Grand Central Hotel for its 2017 edition, with RUSK & RUSK taking the lead as the events main sponsor and championing the drive to raise vital funds for Action Medical Research.
Rusk & Rusk are never one to shy away from supporting causes close to their heart, from the STV Appeal to Cash For Kids and the Glasgow Taxis Outing Fund, to name but a few. However on this occasion, there's a deeper involvement for the pioneering hospitality group, with co-founder Louise Rusk becoming the events Chair as well as the Scottish Ambassador for Action Medical Research.
Discussing her motivation behind taking up the mantles of Chair for the event and Ambassador for the charity, Louise tells us: "The work that Action does in supporting the critical first stage in the research & development of ground breaking medical innovations, and ultimately investing in the people who have potential answers and solutions to a whole range of diseases, illnesses and ailments is so important. Supporting children’s charities personally means so much to me to me, and Action Medical Research deliver real and lasting change to the lives of so many children and being able to play a part of that is such a privilege."
This years event sold out in record time and features entertainment in abundance. Host for the day, Paul Harper of Heart FM, will kick off proceedings with his typically cavalier and humorous way, with glamorous dance troupe The Show Girls, crooners The Brothers Of Swing and the famous Jersey Tones on hand to dish up an afternoon to remember
Over the past 14 years, the Killer Heels & Cocktails fundraiser has raised over £700,000 for Action Medical Research, and Louise Rusk believes that this years event can generate a significant sum to add to that; "we have a fantastic event ahead of us, with superb auction prizes, lot's of fun entertainment and plenty of opportunity to raise funds" she tells us, "it's going to be a truly glamorous affair, and I am incredibly excited to be taking the reigns of my first event as Chair".
You can learn more about the great work that Action Medical Research does by clicking HERE
This October, luxury diamond jewellers ROX launched their brand new AW17 magazine at a glamorous dinner hosted in the stunning 'Thrill Room' located in their Glasgow store. To make sure the event was executed to the highest standard, ROX brought in the services of Rusk & Rusk to create an utterly bespoke dining experience for their guests...a big, exciting challenge which was a huge success.
Rusk & Rusk are no strangers to events, boasting endorsements for their in-house events from Grazia, Candid Magazine and Marie Claire to name but a few. However, external event support is a relatively new addition to the companies profile for 2017, and executing the ROX AW17 Magazine launch was another feather in the cap.
The chef team at Rusk & Rusk were given the task of creating a bespoke 3 course, astrological themed menu that complimented the products on show at the event. Vietnamese rolls with wild flowers, yuzu & ginger dipping sauce were up first; a gorgeous fusion of intricate flavours with bold presentation. For the main course, seasonality was king, and the chefs served up aged loin of Highland venison with celeriac espuma, girolles and cocoa game jus; Scottish provenance at its finest. No dinner is complete without dessert, and guests were treated to a chocolate delice with white chocolate nougat, black cherry sorbet and cocoa nibs in a distinct sun/moon mould.
Dressing the room was a glorious task; the Thrill Room at ROX is a truly stunning space and so the mandate was to simply accentuate that beauty. A classic, glittering table decor of white linen and sterling silver complimented the crystal stemware.
Once again, ROX delivered a stellar event programme, and throughout the evening guests heard from managing director Kyron Keogh as well as the guest editor and stylist of the issue, Lynne McCrossan who discussed some of the key pieces of the season whilst they were passed around the room for all to lust over!
With a number of marquee events on the horizon, it's going to be a busy winter for Rusk & Rusk!
Looking for luxury event catering, decor and management? Contact us HERE
Photos: Gerardo Jaconelli
This October, Rusk & Rusk were delighted to create a bespoke dining experience for the official launch of ROX AW 17 magazine: The Frost Edition. From dressing ROX's Thrill Room at their flagship Argyle Arcade store on Glasgow's Buchanan street, to creating a bespoke, astrological themed menu, this was a luxury event of gorgeous distinction.
As for the publication, Rusk & Rusk co-founder, Louise Rusk, was asked by Rox’s to share her favourite hot spots in the city of Glasgow for their Insiders Guide. You can read the full interview below…
Louise is one half of leading hospitality business Rusk & Rusk. Continually coming up with new and exciting ventures Louise is known for her forward thinking and dynamic approach in Glasgow’s restaurant scene.
Q: What is an average day like for you living and working in Glasgow?
LR: I’m an early bird as I have kids, so I’m up at about 6am when I try to get a window of quiet time to get organised. I live in Helensburgh, so by the time I leave I’m usually in town for around 9:30am. There’s a lot of manoeuvring when it comes to hospitality, so organisation is key. Especially nowhaving 120 staff throughout the three companies- you have to ensure that everyone is at the top of their game. Then of course there’s lots of phone calls, meetings and having to keep in touch with the team to ensure everything is ticking over. No two days are the same, which is the beauty of this business. I usually get home about 7pm at night, get the kids sorted and then another hour of work before Netflix. It’s important to switch off.
Q: Tell us a little bit about your career…
LR: I actually started out in the fitness industry. I was also a pro-Irish dancer, before moving into hospitality with my husband, James. Glasgow has been great to me. It’s a city that embraces change through art, design and fashion. It’s a beautiful and all encompassing city. It has something for everyone.
Q: What do you think of Glasgow’s social scene?
LR: I love Glasgow. I think it’s one of the most vibrant and energetic cities to be part of. The saying ‘People Make Glasgow’ is so true- the whole foundation is based on everyone working together, whether it’s businesses or locals to make it a really great place. I first arrived 13 years ago and have loved every minute.
Q: Can you recommend any hidden gems?
LR: Glasgow has lots of gems! It really has something for everyone. Whether it’s wandering down Buchanan Street to check out the shops or visiting Mitchell Lane with its secret bars and The Lighthouse (with the best views of the city). Miller Street is also definitely a hidden gem. I think it used to be have a real scene which disappeared. But it’s making a real comeback! With hot spots like The Spanish Butcher, Paesano and Virginia Court- there’s lots to choose from. I also think Mitchell Street is also one to watch.
Q: Top tips for tourists?
LR: Buchanan Street and Ingram Street for some of the best shopping in the UK! You’ll be spoilt for choice. Glasgow architecture is stunning - it’s one of my favourite things. I don’t think people really think about it, but you’ve got to walk around with your head looking up because the architecture in the city is amazing. It’s a really unique city with a lot to offer.
Q: What is your favourite thing about your city?
LR: It has everything you could ever need. From bars and shops to galleries and beautiful city parks. It’s all done really well. There is also always something happening. It’s hard not to get caught up in everything. There’s a city vibe, like with London or New York- it’s the same buzz. It’s party of life to go out and enjoy all that the city has to offer. For me, that includes eating and drinking with family and friends- the perfect night out! It’s exciting to be part of it. The changes that have happened since we started out seven years ago are incredible! I can’t wait to see what happens next!
Q: Plans for the future?
LR: Always growing. We are in plans to open a new venue in early 2018, so watch this space…
*This feature is transcribed from AW17 ROX: The Frost Issue
* Photography by Gerardo Jaconelli