The Crab Carnival has launched at the Morrison and its going to be crabtastic

Sydney’s own New York style brasserie, The Morrison Bar & Oyster Room located at 225 George Street, Sydney, launched its Crab Carnival on 31 March 2015.

Guests were invited to try the new crab menu, drink crab cocktails (with crab legs in the drink), enjoy crab races, and watch two brave participants entered a crab eating contest with owner and Head Chef Sean Connolly.

Guests enjoyed a menu of: crab and lettuce tacos,  snow crab rolls, soft shell crab sliders, blue swimmer crab and corn chowder, chilli mud crab with duck fat chips and cabbage and parmasan slaw, and lemon meringue pie.

Following on from last year’s success, this year’s carnival promises to be even more fantastic with an extended extra two weeks of activities. Running from 30 March 2015 through 24 April 2015, this 26 day carnival will see crab fans enjoy a crab inspired menu curated by celebrity chef Sean Connolly. There will be daily menu specials throughout the carnival as well as crab themed cocktails. There will be a return of the crab races and another challenging mud crab eating contest that will test even the greatest of crab aficionados.

Key Dates:

  • The Crab Races – the races will be on Thursday 2 April 2015 and 16 April 2015. Each hermit crab will be numbered and the Morrison will hold a $5 sweep.
  • The Crab Eating Contest – this will be held on Tuesday 7 April 2015. Sean, his chef friends and members of the public will compete with in a mud crab eating contest (fee included)

Follow the Crab Carnival on @TheMorrisonSyd and for up-to-date activity with the Crab Carnival #TheMorrisonCrabCarnival

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Yellowglen celebrates Australian jewellery designer, Samantha Wills, becoming the new face of their brand

Australian New York-based jewellery designer Samantha Wills, has been appointed the new Creative Director and face of Yellowglen and to celebrate Yellowglen launched a limited edition Yellowglen Yellow bottle and threw a party in Surry Hills on Thursday 26 March 2015.

Samantha Wills started her jewellery line in 2004 when she was 21. Her accessories have been worn by some of the world’s most stylish women – Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Eva Mendes, Kate Bosworth and Drew Barrymore.

Together with winemaker Trina Smith, Wills is now an on-going face of the brand. The extended partnership follows on from the hugely successful 2013 release of the sparkling wine Yellowglen Peacock Lane by Samantha Wills.

The partnership comes with the announcement that Yellowglen is bringing back its iconic ‘bubbly girl,’ which was signature to the brand from 2000 to 2010.

According to Astrid Oakley, Yellowglen Senior Brand Manager, Wills is the quintessential ‘bubbly girl’ of today. “Samantha is ambitious, she’s charismatic, she sparkles and lights up the room, and everyone wants to be around her. It makes sense for her to become the face of Yellowglen as we reintroduce the ‘bubbly girl’ in a beautifully modern way.”

In her debut as Creative Director, Wills has added her stylish touch to Australia’s number one selling sparkling wine, Yellowglen Yellow, by designing a stunning limited edition bottle. She will also front a new supporting creative campaign bringing to life the tagline ‘she leaves a trail of glitter wherever she goes.’

The same bespoke jewel design also features in the interior design of Yellowglen’s highly acclaimed interactive portable marquee, Yellowglen Terrace. Styled by Wills, the Terrace made its debut at last year’s Spring Racing Carnival at Flemington Racecourse. It will travel around Australia during 2015, bringing a touch of sparkling to racing events across the country.

Yellowglen Yellow by Samantha Wills, RRP $11.99, will be available from the end of March 2015 in Dan Murphy’s, BWS, Liquorland, Vintage Cellars and major bottle shops nationally

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Nothin But Jam wins at Discovered at Marble Bar finale

DISCOVERED at Marble Bar finale showcase was held on Wednesday 25 March 2014 were the top five live music acts, as voted by the public. battled it out to win a two month residency at the Marble Bar in front of our team of expert judges.

The top five acts were: – Night Light Band – Nothin But Jam – Rory Cross – AJ Dyce “The Piano Man” – Death Do Us Part. The judges included celebrity singer/songwriter and winner of the X-Factor 2011 Reece Mastin, the highly coveted editor of Rolling Stone Australia – Rod Yates and The Music’s very own digital editor and contributor to Australia’s leading online music news source (The Daily SPA) – Sally Hurley. The Multi award-winning Australian television broadcaster and presenter, Jason ‘Jabba’ Davis was MC for the night.

In addition to the expert panel of judges, the top five bands performed in front of a selection of VIP industry, media and of course the public. The overall winner, Nothin But Jam, was selected by the public’s vote in conjunction with that of our team of expert judges. They won a two month residency playing every Wednesday night at Marble Bar from April 2014 valued at $10,000. The finale was streamed live through the Marble Bar Facebook page so everyone could get in on the action.

Congratulations Nothin But Jam on your stunning win.

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Tsingtao Be Bold Party is the party to end all parties

On 24 March 2015, Tsingtao hosted the Be Bold Party at Chinatown’s Dynasty Karaoke bar with comedian Ronny Chieng as guest MC. This was not a launch. It was THE party to end all parties and THE party that you do not leave to go to another party.

The night had an electrifying atmosphere with performances from Angle Grinder, Hula Hoop Specialist and Contortionist, and a Live UV Model Painting. Throughout the evening guests were able to participate in a Beatbox Battle as well as view the captivating Safari and Balloon Room.

Tsingtao, pronounced Ching Dow, has been in the Australian marketplace for 20 years. Instead of targeting men aged 35 years and upwards who eat at Chinese restaurants, Tsingtao changed its marketing strategy to appeal to young professionals aged 18-35 who drink beer socially and purchasing the product in bottle shops.

While many of the attendees were hip twenty-something’s (some of which were competition winners), there were a few celebrities including: social media king, Kurt Coleman: Australian Olympic gold medallist Leisel Jones; and singer and songwriter at What About Tonight, Brock Codey Jays.

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The Ferrari and Tod’s host a VIP night at Westfield Sydney

On Monday 23 March 2015, ytd, on behalf of Tod’s and Ferrari Maserati Sydney, hosted The Ferrari California T and Tod’s for Ferrari Showcase Aperitivo at the Level 3 Atrium in Westfield Sydney.

Tod’s and Ferrari, two of the world’s most prestigious and iconic brands, are both symbols of Made in Italy and known and loved all over the world. The exclusive partnership brought yet another sophisticated collection that is deeply rooted in the most authentic Italian tradition of craftmanship. An exclusive line defined by traits borrowed from the racing circuit, further refined by that unmistakable shade of red and Tod’s traditional precision in the production of exquisite leather goods.

Following the Aperitivo guests were invited to a VIP Shopping Night at the Tod’s Boutique to launch the new SS15 Tod’s for Ferrari Collection for men and inaugural women’s collection.

The partnership between Tod’s and Ferrari continues into the new SS15 Collection, a partnership that beautifully combines two luxury brands that are both symbols of Made in Italy and known and loved all over the world.

The Ferrari California T and Tod’s for Ferrari Showcase was present for two days Monday, March 23rdTuesday, March, 24th 2015 at the Level 3 Atrium in Westfield Sydney.

The Tod’s Ferrari Gommino is sold for $645 at:

Tod’s Westfield Sydney,

Level 3, Shop 3035,

188 Pitt Street,

Sydney NSW 2000

Phone: 02 8203 0901

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Wintergarden opens in the CBD with the best food vendors in town

On 20 March 2015, a group of food bloggers and media were treated to a degustation lunch at Wintergarden – a food-court and retail haven in Sydney’s CBD.  This upmarket food court not only offers the city’s tastiest treats, but services and retailers to save you rushing around during your work day. The Wintergarden is open now so get down and explore this glasshouse of food and greenery as Sydney begins to cool down.

The Wintergarden houses nine food tenants, serving everything from sushi to slow-cooked lamb, as well a few other residents designed to make your life easier. There’s a dry cleaner, and shoe repairer, a newsagent and naturally – a barber.

Chur Express, one of Wintergarden’s most popular food vendor, makes burgers that are consistently voted one of Sydney’s best. Chur Express sold over a massive 350 burgers on their first day of trading! Try a laksa from CBD Noodles – its co-proprietor Seong was the first man to bring this town’s favourite soup to Sydney over 30 years ago! Japanese food vendor Sushi Hub bring you the freshest in traditional sashimi and salads, bento boxes, maki rolls, Nigiri and soup.

A wintergarden wouldn’t be complete without fresh fruit and vegetables. And that’s exactly what Top Juice provide; made-to-order green drinks, nutritional juices, smoothies and protein shakes. Indulgent yoghurt and chocolate dipped strawberries are also available for the almost-guilt-free treat!

For a taste of Central America, Los Vida offers the best of fresh and authentic Mexican food. For a caffeine hit Crema at the Garden coffees will awaken the senses. They also have sweet and savoury treats to tantalise your taste buds. Named after the oldest thoroughfare on Manhattan Island that connected the farmlands to the heart of the city, Bowery Lane offers homely, seasonal food amidst a New York style cocktail bar and diner.

Artisan bread-makers Sonoma supply Soul Origin with their scrumptious baguettes. Buy one of their fresh salads for a healthy lunch. The Wintergarden Deli also sells wild salads and rustic frittatas. Not to mention their famous Nutella frappe (pictured).

Explore the Wintergarden now at 1 O’Connell Street Sydney and take a journey into a new CBD experience. Relax and enjoy the best of Sydney’s freshest food vendors within this beautiful atrium.

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The Gantry Restaurant & Bar launches with a VIP event

The revamped Gantry Restaurant & Bar, located at Pier One on the water’s edge, launched with a VIP party on Tuesday 17 March 2015.

The building was built in 1912 and is steeped in maritime history. Leading architectural firm Bates Smart was engaged to transform the building into a sophisticated space that was respectful of the building’s past. Rich, dark, club styled furniture, brass furnishings and weathered timber flooring compliment the reinstated beautiful original features including exposed pillars and steel framing.

Executive Chef, Chris Irving (who has a wealth of accolades including four years with the Gordon Ramsay Group) and Bar Manager, Ben Taouss ensured that guests had an unforgettable experience. An impressive seafood display showcased the daily offerings of the restaurant including freshly shucked oysters, Balmain bugs and Hervey Bay scallops.

Standout dishes served during the night included Venison Tartar, Spanner Crab with bergamot and green apple, and grilled Cone Bay Barramundi.  Moet was flowing all night  and the cocktail menu had been crafted with an emphasis on native and botanical ingredients to create deep and surprising flavours.

Celebrities included: actor Rachel Griffith, Sydney socialite Sally Singleton, E! Australia host Ksenija Lukich, Channel Ten Hollywood reporter Richard Reid, model and journalist from Sporteluxe Bianca Cheah, host of television music program The Loop Scott Tweedie, host of Ready Steady Cook Peter Everett, and celebrity veterinarian from Harry’s Practice Katrina Warren.

For more information about what is happening at The Gantry Restaurant & Bar, click on here

Half the photos are courtesy of The Mint Partners.

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Fashion Palette showcases the latest fashion trends for Spring/Summer 2015/2016

Fashion Palette showcased the Spring/Summer 2015/2016 collections of thirteen Australian designers at the Art Gallery of NSW on Tuesday,10 March 2015. Over 600 plus industry guests, fashion identities and consumers were seated by the runway as the designers showed the coming trends for Australian fashion.

Guests included Kate Waterhouse, MTV’s Imogen Anthony, The Bachelor’s Sam Frost, designer Nicola Finetti, designer Arthur Galan, Sydney Fashion Blogger, Antoinette Marie, They All Hate Us Elle and Tash and Sarah Ellen.

The looks were sophisticated and sharp, marrying fun, bold prints with neutrals. Nicola Finetti, the king of chic opened the show with tailored pieces showcasing bold pops of colour in a mostly cool colour palette.

Milliner, Viktoria Novak unveiled her new collection, which saw her experimenting with a range of metals and intricate beading. Aqua Blu and Wild Pony presented their fun, bold and bright swimwear ranges. Wild Pony designs had a native influence with designs brazen with skulls, fringing and embellishments whilst Aqua Blu was heavily inspired with the bright lights of Rio.

Never ones to disappoint, Arthur Galan AG and Leona Edminsten led the way with what’s trending for SS15/16 with Arthur presenting classic structured designs layered over flowing flirty pieces giving us the more is more approach to dressing. The spotlight was on primary colours in an array of luxurious fabrics, tailoring never looked so good.  Leona gave us bold playful prints that could take you to work to cocktail hour seamlessly.

Thomas Lazar and Melbourne’s very own Alin Le’ Kal proved they were the ones to watch with Thomas’s outlandish, intricate one of a kind pieces dominating the runway. Alin Le’ Kal closed the show with his highly anticipated collection featuring a palette of neutrals, metallic and hand beaded pieces including cut out evening dresses that left little to the imagination.

The next wave of talented emerging designers did not disappoint with eveningwear designers Roxcii and Elle Zeitoune showcasing beautiful pieces with a high focus on pastels and bold prints. LAB HOMME presented smart, tailored pieces with elements of street wear, taking men’s fashion to new heights. Antonella Ianni played with androgyny with her tailored ready to wear collection in a classic colour palette of black and white whilst contemporary label Nadz and Sabs showcased exquisite beading on raw silk and excellent craftsmanship.

The Art of Fashion theme ran strong throughout the runway show and cocktail function with the models looking like live works of art with face paint, paint brushes and palettes in tow. The model sparaded 182 looks, styled by teams from Sachajuan and Bodyography with nails by Essie and lashes by Ardell. Contemporary footwear label Billini showed off their must-have heels on the runway.

Pre-show drinks by Moët & Chandon, Calabria Family Wines, Red Bull, Rekorderlig, Nakd Water and Sofi Spritz were enjoyed by guests with delicious canapés served by MORSUL at The Art Gallery of NSW with the menu designed by the one and only Matt Moran. The menu featured beetroot macaroons with horseradish crème fraiche, seared kingfish and smoked duck breast with rhubard en croute. Guests gathered around the entrance surrounded by the live models and music by harp player Karen Hickcock. After the runway guests were seen looking through their gift bags full of products from Fashion Palette’s fabulous sponsors including: Modern Wedding Magazine, T2, Alpha Skincare, Dove, Chapstick, Frank, Naked Harry, Pukka, Ardell Lashes, Racinne Skincare, Slim Secrets, Bodyography, Sachajuan, Real Techniques, Summer Salt Body, Essie, Absolute Organic, QT Sydney, Billini Shoes, Ghooomo and Raw C.

Deckchair Arts provides a feast to the senses on a Sunday afternoon

It is a lovely Sunday afternoon when you are invited to take a seat by Sydney Harbour and be treated to delicious food, drinks and an incredible array of performing artists. On Sunday 15 March 2015, the well-loved deckchairs from the Writers Festival returned to Walsh Bay outside the event venue Simmer on the Bay for Deckchair Arts.

Deckchair Arts is an amazing arts performance showcase that is part of the Sydney Morning Herald’s Spectrum Now, which is presented by ANZ bank. The event was inspired by last year’s Walsh Bay Arts Table, which invites guests to sit in a deckchair by the water and enjoy an afternoon of entertainment and fine food.

Guests enjoyed performances throughout the afternoon including didgeridoo musician Matthew Doyle, spoken word performer Miles Merrill and special guest percussionist and composer Tony Lewis.

Guests were served an incredible array of food from Simmer on the Bay’s renowned chef. Brigid Kennedy, including prawns, oysters, paella, roast pork, duck pancakes, dumplings, and gelato accompanied by a wide selection of fine wines.

I could not think of a better way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

For more information about other Spectrum Now events go to: spectrumnow.com.au.

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Mambo’s 30 years of shelf-Indulgence exhibition launches in Sydney

Australia’s most irreverent and outspoken brand – Mambo – has turned 30 years old and on 11 March 2015 it launched its exhibition, 30 years of shelf-indulgence at the aMBUSH Gallery at Central Park, Sydney.

Following the huge success of the Mambo: 30 Years of Shelf-Indulgence exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria, which saw the largest recorded number of attendees throughout the Ian Potter Centre to date, Mambo is excited that it will continue show the exhibition in Sydney.

Mambo: 30 Years of Shelf-Indulgence will celebrate Mambo’s unique contribution to art and the support and development of its eccentric team of artists and designers. It will also present a commentary on the company’s ability to identify its ‘Australian-ness’ through self-deprecating humour, and an off-handed indifference to all the usual conventions, retail and cultural.

The exhibition will feature original artwork, posters, surfboards, inflatables, in-store display units, and a 30-year timeline, plus interviews with original artists and various other cast members. It will also present artworks that were not previously shown in the Melbourne exhibit along with examples of developmental work, most of which are being exhibited for the first time.

Established in 1984 by founder Dare Jennings, Mambo built its foundations on an irreverent combination of art, humour, music and surf. Pitched squarely at the average Australian, under the art direction of Wayne Golding, Mambo is credited with introducing art and humour to the previously logo-driven and humour-challenged surf wear industry.

Self-described as the ‘bastard children of surf culture’, Mambo gave rise to one of the most recognisable, authentic, vernacular, politically incorrect yet intensely political brands to rise out of the excesses of 1980s Australia. Mambo’s social commentary and political astuteness are embodied by all 250 artists that have worked for the label over the past three decades.

The brand’s artistic reputation and voice was solidified in 1993, when Mambo was invited by the Art Gallery of New South Wales to exhibit alongside an international collection of surrealist art in the show, Surrealism by Night. In 2000, the label reached new international heights when it was selected to design the Australian athletes’ uniforms for the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games.

Celebrities who attended the event included: Mambo’s original art director, Wayne Golding; Managing Director Angus Kingsmill; member of the comedy duo Roy and HG, HG Nelson (whose real name is Greig Pickhaver); Hollywood Reporter on Channel Ten, Richard Reid; Mental  As Anything musician and Mambo artist; Chris O’Doherty (who is more widely known by his pseudonym Reg Mombassa); The Block’s and Belle Magazine’s Editor and Chief Neale Whitaker; Bondi Rescue’s Anthony ‘Harries’ Carroll; 2DAYFM Host Maz Compton;, and Channel V’s Marty Smiley

Mambo: 30 Years of Shelf-Indulgence will be on display at the aMBUSH Gallery, Central Park from 11 March 2015 to 26 April 2015. Entry is free.

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