Dan the Man brings Texas-style barbecue to the Eastern Suburbs Rugby Club

 

On the first Friday of every month, Dan the Man will light up his smoker and brings his Texas-style barbecue to the Eastern Suburbs Rugby Club starting from 5 August 2016 and continuing until 2 December 2016.

Dan the Man Cooking is now in its fifth year. It started in 2011 from hosting dinner parties for friends, family and often relative strangers. His food was praised and his guests returned time after time. Since then his cooking business has become a full-time gig.

Dan the Man honed his barbecue craft under Brooklyn pitmaster Nestor Laracuente, one of America’s most prominent pitmasters who uses the “low and slow” smoking technique used in the South. Dan hunted him down on a trip to the USA five years ago and has returned annually ever since to learn the ways of the ‘Brooklyn Pit Rat’. Nestor is also the creator of his own range of dry rubs, which have been shipped to Sydney exclusively for Dan’s monthly barbecues.

On Friday 5 August 2016, I headed down to Dan the Man’s headquarters, The Field at the Eastern Suburbs Rugby Club, to experience the ‘Up in Smoke’ Texas-style barbecue. The food was served on a cafeteria-style tray topped with slow-smoked, Texas-style beef brisket, pulled pork, chicken, pulled beef brisket with a black bean mix, and classic barbecue sides of mac and cheese, coleslaw, white bread, pickles and jalapenos. The brisket had been slow smoked for 13 hours. The meat was succulent and the serving size was large. Dan the Man cooks his meats on site and cuts them in front of you. The trays are prepared with meat that is fresh out of the smoker.

The Field at the Eastern Suburbs Rugby Club is a licensed premises where you can buy drinks from the bar. There is seating indoors and outdoors on long tables with benches. It is suitable for couples, groups and families.

‘UP IN SMOKE’ TEXAS-STYLE BARBECUE

Dates: The first Friday of every month – 5 Aug, 2 Sept, 7 Oct, 4 Nov, 2 Dec from 6pm to 8pm.

Address: The Field @ Eastern Suburbs Rugby Club, O’Sullivan Road, Bellevue Hill

Food: a tray of brisket, pulled pork plus a monthly rotating meat (of either beef sausage, smoked ribs, chicken) accompanied by sides of mac and cheese, coleslaw, white bread, pickles and jalapenos.

Tickets$35 + booking fee via https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/dan-the-man-barbecue-tickets-26321178353

Cuban inspired bar Hacienda Sydney launches at the Pullman Grand Quay Hotel

Hacienda Sydney, the new vista bar situated in the Pullman Quay Grand Sydney Harbour, launched on Thursday 4 August 2016.

Hacienda Sydney is a botanical oasis with spectacular views over Sydney Harbour. The bar is inspired by the grand plantation architecture of Cuba and the luxury vintage hotels of 1950’s Miami.

Hacienda Sydney is the latest venue to be opened by Applejack Hospitality – the company that is famed for venues such as the Botanist Kirribilli, SoCal Neutral Bay, The Butler Sydney and Bondi Hardware.

Guests were welcomed on arrival with a choice of two signature cocktails – Bottled Mojito (Blanco rum, crème de menthe, lime, mint, falernum, orange bitters) and Old Presidente (Aged rum, orange curacao, house spiced raspberry syrup & Angostura bitters served in a smoked rocks glass). Guests also sipped Veuve Clicquot and a premium selection of wine and beer throughout the night.

Award winning Executive Chef, Stefan Brademann, has curated a menu inspired by Cuba’s traditional trading partners, and their local abundant ingredients. The menu he created for the launch to showcase a selection of the dishes on the full menu included: blackened rice crisps topped with crab and finger lime; scallop ceviche, yucca fries with red pepper sauce; Pao De Quejo, which is tapioca cheese bites and capsicum salsa; jamon croquettes; Cajun spiced grilled prawns; Vaca frita, which is charred skirt steak with chimichurri; and Hacienda’s signature Cuban Reuben, which is Cuban spiced homemade pastrami, smokey cheese and Marrickville pickles.

For dessert, guests indulged in Churros with dulce de leche and pumpkin and ginger flan.

There were 200 guests at the event including top media and celebrities such as: actor and model Lana Kington; actor and model Madison Lloyd; reality TV star and TV presenter Ricci Guarnaccio; actor, eco-friendly stylist and television presenter Faye De Lanty; health and fitness blogger Caroline Groth; actor and singer-songwriter Melissa Tkautz.

Hacienda Sydney is located at 61 Macquarie Street Sydney NSW 2000.

It is open 7 days a week from 12 midday till late.

For more information, go to: www.haciendasydney.com.au

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The inaugural Cruise Bar Winter Soiree launches the Dine at Mine Dinner Series fundraising initiative

The Cruise Bar in Circular Quay was transformed into a winter wonderland for the inaugural Winter Soiree on Wednesday 3 August 2016.

Guests in attendance including, Dave Billsborrow from the Bachelorette and Showpo Founder Jane Lu.

Guests were treated to a delicious winter feast created by head chef Richard Slarp, which included: succulent roast lamb and pork; Peking duck crepes with plum sauce; pork belly steam buns; paella with prawns, chicken and chorizo; wagyu beef cheese burgers; tempura mushrooms and grilled shallot steam buns; and vegetable rice paper rolls with ginger and soy dressing.

As a further treat, an impressive array of deserts were spread out over a long table with everything you could imagine ranging from assorted mini eclairs, white and milk chocolate dipped strawberries, assorted macaroons, chocolate brownies, white chocolate coconut and caramel truffles, chocolate dipped donuts, tarts, coconut panna cottas, sago with drunken fruits, cup cakes, tropical fruits and a huge range of cakes.

Guest washed down the amazing food with premium red and white wine, proscecco, Dirty Granny mulled cider and cocktails Jade Dynasty and Yuzu Imagination.

There was also a live performance from The Voice finalist Mikaela Dean, and Sydney stalwart Simon Caldwell took to the decks for a night quite unlike any other.

The evening’s festivities were supported Camp Quality, a not-for-profit charity that relies heavily on the generosity of everyday Australians to create the best quality life for every child in Australia who is living with cancer. They provide essential services to kids with cancer aged 0-13 and their families. They also support children who have a parent or sibling with cancer.

Sydney’s Cruise Bar partnered with Camp Quality to help raise funds through the Dine at Mine fundraising initiative in the coming weeks. The fun, simple and exciting concept encourages supporters to share a meal with their favourite people before asking them to contribute what they would have spent on a meal out to Camp Quality. This donation will be used by Camp Quality to run programs that support kids and their families at every stage of the cancer journey. Camp Quality believes laughter is the best medicine and runs programs focused on the power of positive psychology to build optimism and resilience.

Cruise bar is located at the Overseas Passenger Terminal, at Level 1, 2 and 3, Circular Quay West, Circular Quay Sydney.

For more information about Cruise Bar, go to: http://cruisebar.com.au/

For more information about Camp Quality or to make a donation, go to: https://www.campquality.org.au/

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Versace launches their new fragrance for men – Dylan Blue

Despite the heavy rain, the whose who of Sydney came out in force to the launch of Versace’s new fragrance for men, Dylan Blue, on Tuesday 2 August 2016 at Riley Street Garage.

The Italian brand unveiled the fragrance with a new short film shot by Bruce Weber and starring Versace’s new muse Gigi Hadid. The video also stars Trevor Signorino, Alan Jouban, and a range of fighters including Nic Thompson, Adam con Rothfelder and more. The sultry black and white video shows off the typical Versace aesthetic — think, brawny and manly. 

Men dressed in black leather walked around carrying trays of Versace Dylan Blue and cards for guests to try the fragrance.

Specials guests for the night included: Channel Seven Morning Show stylist Donny Galella; former Miss Australia Erin Holland; The Bachelor’s Tim Robard; Australian Rules footballer Tom Derickx; Australian tenor Stephen Mahy; and celebrity make-up artist Michael Brown.

Canapes for the eventing included: smokey soy truffle oysters; sashimi fish ‘n chip tartare; seared beef, soy vinegar, shitake and squid ink mayo; chorizo corn dog and dijon mayo; crispy fried squid; pumpkin ricotta ravioli, burnt butter, pecorino; crispy pork belly, soy mustard, pickled apple; and liquid lemon cheesecake

Drinks for the eventing included: Café Patron espresso martini; Diablo Cocktail (consisting of Patron Tequila, Chambord, Ginger Beer with lime); Piper-Heidsieck Brut Champagne; Robert Oatley Shiraz and Robert Oatley Chardonnay.

At the end of the night, each guest went home with a bottle of the fragrance.

Versace Dylan Blue is available for purchase from David Jones and Myer from 7 August 2016 and Sephora from 11 September 2016.

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