Enlightenment – Vivid Sydney’s opening night cocktail party

Enlightenment – VIVID Sydney opening night cocktail party at The Calyx in the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney on Saturday 26 May 2018, consisted of light, curated food and drinks, artisan performers and deep conversation.

The  Age of Enlightenment was an intellectual movement which advocates freedom, democracy and reason as primary values of society. It developed mainly in France, Britain and Germany in the 18th century when great thinkers such as Rousseau, Diderot and Voltaire started to look at the world in a different way. They used science and reason to shed new light on traditional ideas and the way of doing things. This philosophical, cultural and social movement spread out of Europe and changed the world. Three hundred years later, we still ask the same questions.

The evening at The Calyx explored curious things from existence, aliveness, being human and the very essence of enlightenment – probing the mind and soul to think about difficult questions – and their answers. Guests also enjoyed exclusive access to the VIVID Light Walk to end the evening.

Those attending the evening listened to speeches by Fiona Kerr, Neural and Systems Complexity Specialist who explored the wonders and possibility of our brain, Entomologist and Collaborative Memory and Intelligence Specialist Tanya Latty, Collective Mind Expert Derek Leddie and Philosopher and Writer Tim Dean. Never before did I guess that ants have transport systems far superior to humans, although their collective approach to society does result in a barbaric disregard for the weak.

One of the highlights of the night was the Enlightenment cocktail which was made from gold leaf, St Germain elderflower liqueur, vermouth infused with herb de Provence, Belvedere single estate vodka, and a dash of dandelions and burdock bitters

If you thought you missed out on a great night, or if you were here but have room for further enlightenment, there will be an Enlightenment Immersive Dinner on Saturday 2 June 2018 at the Calyx in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

The immersive dinner will include a three course shared feast, artisan performers and a selection of engaging speakers. Kerr, Leddy and Lattie will speak again and will be joined by Dan Goods, the Visual Strategist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and founder of the Museum of Awe, who reminds people of the gift and privilege of being alive. Philosopher Matt Beard will also take to the stage, bringing old philosophical concepts of ethics, meaning and purpose into the modern world.

What: Enlightenment Feasts: Immersive Dinner – three course meal with matching wines, speakers and performances

Where: The Calyx in The Royal Botanic Gardens

When: Saturday, 2 June 2018, 6:30 pm – late

Price: $250

To buy tickets to Enlightenment at Vivid Sydney, go to:  http://www.hardthingstotalkabout.com/enlightenment/

The Squire’s Landing launches in Sydney

James Squire has launched The Squire’s Landing, a two-storey restaurant, bar and freestanding fully glazed microbrewery, at the Overseas Passenger Terminal at Circular Quay with views of the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

The space, formerly occupied by Doyles Restaurant, is right next to Campbells Cove, where convict and Australia’s first brewer, James Squire, first set foot in Australia as part of the first fleet in 1788.

 

All nine beers in the James Squire’s core range are available on-tap. Plus, there’s an ever-changing selection of limited-edition releases, concocted by head brewer Peter Merrington, both at the brand’s brewery in Camperdown and the new microbrewery on-site. The menu is modern Australian, using fresh local produce and designed to be paired with the beers on tap.

   

At the venue launch, James Squire also launched The Wreck Preservation Ale, the world’s oldest surviving beer. It is made with 220-year-old yeast which was discovered still alive in bottles recovered from The Sydney Cove, a merchant ship that wrecked at Preservation Island, near Tassie’s northeast coast, in 1797.

The Sydney Cove had 31,500 litres of alcohol (including sealed glass bottles of grapes, port and beer), which were preserved due to the secured corkage and the cool ocean temperatures.

The Wreck Preservation Ale is a smooth porter-style brew that is dark, malty, spicy and stormy.

 

The Squire’s Landing is now open at Circular Quay Way, The Rocks.

It’s open Sunday to Thursday from 10am till midnight and Friday and Saturday from 10am till 1am.

For more information on The Squire’s Landing: https://www.jamessquire.com.au/brewhouses/the-squires-landing/

Eastlakes Live launches in Sydney

The celebrities came out for the Crown Group’s unveiling of its’ much anticipated $1 billion dollar property development, Eastlakes Live, at a star-studded red-carpet event at the Star on Wednesday May 2, 2018.

Celebrities included actress and musician Natalie Bassingthwaighte; former Bachelor and fitness coach Tim Robards; Sydney Publicist Roxy Jacenko and husband Oliver Curtis; Nova FM Radio Host Matt de Groot; and Australian singer Pauline Curuenavuli. The MC for the night was journalist and news presenter John Mangos.

VIP guests were treated to a red carpet arrival; live entertainment provided by Chic Republic; free flowing champagne and canapes; unique brand activations by Coco Republic, Moet and Chandon and the Crown Group. All of which built up to the piece de resistance – the unveiling of Crown Groups’ model of Eastlakes Live.

Eastlakes Live is the Crown Group’s newest and largest development which will revitalise the the Eastlakes town centre. This $1 billion development will create a new entertainment and lifestyle precinct for Sydney. It will comprise modern residential apartments and a new restaurant and retail precinct.

Stage one of Eastlakes Live will include 134 apartments that will range from one-bedroom apartments to penthouses and 12 retail outlets with completion slated for 2020. Stage two of Eastlakes Live will include a mix of residential and retail components, completing the modern new town centre.

Eastlakes Live adjoins Eastlakes Reserve and is located eight kilometres from Sydney’s CBD and three kilometres from the University of New South Wales, Sydney Airport and Green Square.

There will be two major supermarkets, fresh food offerings, a restaurant promenade, street cafes, a medical centre, as well as densely landscaped gardens and children’s play areas.

The new development will change the face of Evans Avenue, Eastlakes and contribute to the major evolution of Sydney’s inner south.

Eastlakes Live is planned for completion by 2021.

For more information about Eastlakes Live, go to: http://eastlakeslive.com.au/

 

Mr G’s Bar and Grill celebrates their 1st birthday

Mr G’s Bar and Grill Double Bay celebrated their 1st birthday and International Whiskey Day with an intimate cocktail event on Tuesday 27 March 2018.

Mr G’s Bar & Grill is an authentic American grill that focuses on preparing the best steaks in Sydney as well as quality seafood and fresh produce. It was nominated as the ‘Best New Restaurant’ at the 2017 R&CA Awards for Excellence.

Mr G’s Bar & Grill was the first venue in Australia to use the MIBRASA grill, a wood fired, charcoal driven oven that doesn’t use gas or electricity. It allows food to be cooked retaining their natural flavours and bringing out a unique smoky taste.

Mr G’s Bar & Grill serves American craft beers on tap from the best breweries in the USA. The bar also has over 100 whiskies, including rare and unique brands, along with a full selection of spirits, liqueurs and aperitifs.

Canapes served on the night included: oysters paired with cucumber and lemongrass sorbet;  fish tacos with ginger, black sesame, ponzu and wasabi fish roe and eggplant tacos; buttermilk hot chicken wings; Little Joe eye fillet with creamed corn; classic New York cheesecake with graham cracker dust; and chocolate brownies.

Attendees included: the business owners Patrick and Angela Gallagher; plus-sized model and Biggest Loser host, Fiona Falkiner; Nutritionist and TV host, Lola Berry; Australian Olympic gold medal swimmer, Leisel Jones; highjumper and model, Amy Pejkovic; dancer and Dorothy the Dinosaur actor from the Wiggles, Lauren Hannaford; Australian singer and red Wiggle, Simon Pryce; Style Editor for Men’s Health Magazine Jeff Lack; founder of online website D’Marge, Luc Weisman and more.

Mr G’s Bar and Grill is located on the ground floor of the Intercontinental Hotel Double Bay at 33 Cross Street, Double Bay.

Mr G’s Bar and Grill is open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 am till late

For more information about Mr G’s Bar and Grill, go to: www.mrgsdoublebay.com.au

 

Marc Jacobs launches their new Shameless Foundation in Sydney

Marc Jacobs held a cocktail party to launch their new Shameless Foundation on Tuesday 6 March 2018 at Bondi Beach Public Bar.

International make-up artist to the stars, Mark Ashton, and Marc Jacobs Beauty Ambassador, Lucy Garland, held a Q&A to talk about some of the features of the Shameless Foundation.

In line with the Shameless ethos of Marc Jacobs and just after Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Parade, three drag queens (Cherry Kills, Krystal Kleer and Charlamaine) performed for the VIP guests.

VIP guests included: model Madeleine Cowe; stylist and Vogue contributor Tanja Gacic; beauty influencer Stephanie Bailey; celebrity make-up artist Michael Brown; model and former Miss Universe Australia Laura Dundovic; actress Annabella Barber; stationary brand owner and Vogue contributor Beck Wadworth; and nightclub owner and businessman Julian Tobias.

Guest were treated to cocktails and canapes while receiving foundation touch-ups.

The Shameless Youthful Look 24-Hour Foundation is a clinically tested for 24-hour longwear and contains a first-to-market technology that encapsulates the SPF in pigment. This innovation makes the SPF visibly undetectable, resulting in no flashback in photos and no ashy grey undertones in the formula. The foundation is oil-free and weightless, providing buildable medium coverage that blends seamlessly. It has moisturising ingredients like snow mushroom and blue daisy extract to hydrate all skin types.The 29 different shades was developed to cater for all skin tones and skin types.

At the end of the night, all guests got to take home a goody bag which included a Marc Jacobs Undercover Perfecting Coconut Face Primer, a Seamless Liquid Foundation Brush, a Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Major Volume Mascara and, most importantly, a Shameless Youthful Look Longwear Foundation that was perfectly matched to their skin tone.

For more information about Marc Jacobs’ Shameless Youthful Look Longwear Foundation, go to:
https://www.marcjacobsbeauty.com/shameless/youthful-look-24-hour-foundation-spf-25/MJ30017.html

   

Learning to cook aperitivo dishes using Zonin prosecco

Learning to cook can sometimes be daunting, but with celebrated chef, Giovanni Pilu, there to guide you on how to prepare aperitivo dishes at the Sydney Seafood School using Zonin prosecco, the task can be made a lot easier.

Sydney Seafood School offers a diverse range of cookery courses, all from their state of the art auditorium style kitchen theatre.

Giovanni Pilu, celebrated head chef at his eponymous Pilu at Freshwater, provided a step by step guide on how to prepare Italian style snacks – otherwise known as aperitivo dishes.

In Italy, an aperitif is an alcoholic drink usually served with a selection of aperitivo dishes at around 6pm before a meal to stimulate the appetite. The aperitif used in the cooking class was Zonin prosecco.

Francesco Zonin, a seventh generation member of the Zonin family, was also on hand to share the rich traditions of prosecco in the Veneto region.

The menu, consisting of four light snacks, was designed to showcase the versatility of Zonin prosecco, as both a cooking ingredient and when matched with a specific dish. The menu comprised of:

  • Mozzarella en Carozza (mozzarella and anchovy fried toasties)
  • Hiramasa kingfish, radish and fennel with Zonin prosecco
  • Herb baked ricotta with roasted grape tomatoes on crostini
  • Zonin prosecco zabaglione with mixed berries

Following the expert demonstration by Giovanni, came the daunting task of cooking in front of him!  Divided into teams of four, we set about recreating his sumptuous dishes in the adjoining kitchen benches (think Masterchef challenge).

And the results?  Our four creations did not quite look like Giovanni’s but, for the most part, the taste was there.  And therein lies the secret to Italian aperitivo culture; quality, fresh ingredients, simply prepared and celebrated with a luxurious glass of prosecco!

Using the Glera grape, Zonin prosecco has been made in the north-eastern Italian region of Veneto by the Zonin family for over 200 years and seven generations.  Zonin is Italy’s largest privately held wine company and produces prosecco from the largest Glera vineyard in Italy. It is a dry sparkling white, with subtle almond notes.

Zonin prosecco is perfect as an aperitif or as accompaniment to most dishes such as kingfish, anchovies, oysters, and classic Italian desserts such as zabaglione.

Zonin Prosecco is sold exclusively through BWS and Dan Murphy for $17.00 (RRP).

For more information about Zonin prosecco, go to: https://www.zoninprosecco.com/

         

Longines launches in Sydney

Swiss watchmaking company, Longines, launches their first Australian Boutique in the Queen Victoria Building, Sydney by welcoming the Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton.

Longines is the Official Timekeeper of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018) and Official Partner of the Queen’s Baton Relay.

The Queen’s Baton arrived in Australia on 24 December 2017 and carries a message to the athletes from Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. It is now travelling across all states and territories of Australia to arrive on the Gold Coast in time for the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Commonwealth Games on 4 April 2018.

Australian high jumper, Amy Pejkovic, handed the 2018 Queen’s Baton to former Miss World, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who is Longines’ Ambassador of Elegance. Aishwarya Rai attracted a crowd of local Indian fans who recorded every moment of her speech.

She was joined on stage by Longines Vice-President and Head of International Marketing Juan-Carlos Capelli, who also spoke at the event. Matt Shirvington, sports presenter and the second-fastest Australian of all time over 100m, served as MC.

The Conquest V.H.P. Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is the Official Watch of GC2018. This exceptional Longines timepiece displays an engraving of the Gold Coast 2018 logo with the mention “Gold Coast 2018 XXI Commonwealth  Games”.

The boutique is on the George Street side of the Queen Victoria Building and its’ display of watches for sale include the Master Collection, the Heritage Collections, La Grande Classique, La DolceVita and the Equestrian collection.

Longines is located in shop 10/12 of the ground floor of the Queen Victoria Building Sydney (455 George Street, Sydney).

For more information about Longines, go to: www.longines.com.au

 

Sirocco Terrace launches in Potts Point

Some people may know the word sirocco to mean a Mediterranean wind that comes from the Sahara, but this is about to change with the launch of Sirocco Terrace, the new open-air garden space in the heart of Potts Point that opened on Wednesday, 24 January, 2018.

The area occupied by Sirocco Terrace was formerly the smoking section outside Sirocco Restaurant & Bar, on the ground floor of the Holiday inn Potts Point. But, in just five days, the hotel transformed it into a private sanctuary with an open-air leafy garden, festoon lights and white washed timber furniture. It is now used as a place for casual drinks, a weekend brunch spot, a lunch or dinner restaurant or an exclusive area that can be booked for parties.

Diners are able to order from the Sirocco Restaurant & Bar menu or the Sirocco Terrace menu, which consists of burgers, salads, shared platters, pizzas, pastas and items from the grill. The menu also has desserts including a rooftop honey panacotta which is made with honey from the hotel’s own rooftop beehive!

The bar has a range of beers, wines, spirits and cocktails. At the launch party, we were served beers from the Rocks Brewing Co. and award-wining wines from Grant Burge in the Barossa Valley.

Sirocco Terrace is located at 203 Victoria Street, Potts Point. It is open from 6:30am to 10pm, seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, dinner and casual drinks and snacks.

For more information about Sirocco Terrace, go to: www.holidayinnpottspoint.com.au/sirocco

   

Jan Logan launches 2018 Amavi Collection

Jeweller Jan Logan launched the 2018 Amavi Collection with a Mediterranean themed cocktail party at Molo Bar, Wolloomooloo Wharf on Wednesday 22 November 2017.

She also unveiled the new face of the collection, up-and-coming actress Tiarnie Coupland. Each year, a promising Australian actress is selected to grace Jan Logan’s catalogue, in line with the company’s belief in film as a powerful creative medium, and its’ commitment to supporting local talent.

The Mediterranean themed cocktail party had a bespoke canape menu and lots of prosecco flowing.  There was a decidedly Sardinian feel to the evening, with imported Ichnusa beer from Cagliari on hand to wash down the arancini balls!

Guests included: actress Emma Lung, Tiarne Coupland, Raechelle Banno, Madeleine Clunies-Ross and Sophie Hensser; Fox Sports Presenter Abbey Gelmi; former ballerina with The Australian Ballet Brooke Lockett; author and style editor of Men’s Health Magazine Jeff Lack; stylist Michael Azzollini; make-up artist Noni Smith; and freelance fashion and wedding photographer Jade Jeffries. Emma Lung was the face of a previous Jan Logan collection.

While no items from the 2018 Amavi collection were on display at the cocktail party, guests could admire the 18 carat South Sea Pearl Tiarnie earrings valued at $4,750 that were worn by Tiarnie Coupland herself.
Furthermore, each guest got to take home a sterling silver Paros pendant valued at $135.
For more information about Jan Logan’s 2018 Amavi Collection, go to: http://www.janlogan.com/the-collection/2018-collection-page/

Rosetta Sydney launches Aperitivo Hour and ‘Two Famous Pizza’

As the weather warms up, Rockpool Dining Group’s Rosetta Ristorante’s Terrace Bar is the perfect spot for Aperitivo Hour and Neil Perry’s ‘Two Famous Pizzas’.

Rosetta Ristorante launched on Tuesday 15 August 2017, bringing Italian coastal elegance and sophisticated dining to Sydney. The restaurant includes a panoramic outdoor terrace bar where Aperitivo Hour was launched with Neil Perry’s ‘Two Famous Pizzas’ on Friday 27 October 2017.

Neil was on hand to explain the origin of the Neapolitan Pizza; a time when Margherita and Marinara were the only way to top a pizza!  True to the originals, the toppings are fresh and simple, while the base has a deliciously chewy texture.

The Terrace Bar offers a more casual experience than the main dining area, however, the full menu is available for diners in need of something more substantial than the pizza and snack menu.  The extensive list of cocktails includes Cold Drip Café Americano, slushy Sgroppino, and various Bellinis (rotating seasonally with different fresh fruit blends). We focused our attention on the carefully selected bitters section with five variations of Negroni, classic Italian and local beers, over 30 gins and an extensive collections of whisky, grappa, brandies and rum; too much variety to sample all in a single visit and still be able to walk out the door!

As well as the ‘Two Famous Pizzas’, we sampled the warm mixed olives (grown in McLaren Vale, SA); Olive all’Ascolana (large green olives stuffed with veal, prosciutto and parmesan, then crumbed and fried); broad bean fritto (baby broad beans fried well with Pecorino); poached prawns with lemon mayonnaise; Bresaola (consisting of salumi from Pino Tomini Foresti); and Tuna crudo with salsa verde.  With the full restaurant menu also available, Rosetta Ristorante’s terrace bar is equally perfect to start your night with a selection of shared snacks or a full Italian fine dining experience, all while soaking up the Sydney sunshine with a choice of classic and modern cocktails.

Rosetta is located in the stunning Harry Seidler designed Grosvenor Place at the northern end of the CBD (118 Harrington Street, Sydney). Phone 02 8099 7089 for reservations.

Rosetta is open for lunch Monday to Sunday from 12-3pm and for dinner Monday to Saturday from 6-11pm, and Sunday 6-10pm. The Terrace Bar and Mezzanine Bar menus are available all day.

For more information about Rosetta Ristorante, go to: http://www.rosettarestaurant.com.au/sydney/home/