Good Food Month ends on a high note with the inaugural Spring Social event

Sydneysiders attended a 1920’s garden party inspired by the Hamptons to enjoy: gourmet picnic food; vintage lawn games such as croquet, jumbo chess and bocce; acoustic melodies from the main stage; and their favourite Pimms cocktail.

It was a unique picnic held at the recently launched, Centennial Homestead. Catering was by the Eastern suburb’s best including: renowned chef and restaurateur Matt Moran, who cooked up some of Chiswick’s favourites; the boys behind Three Blue Ducks (Darren Robertson and Mark LeBrooy) who were on the barbecue; Centennial Homestead’s own Rodrigo Do Vale who delivering some of his house specialties; and dessert wizards Alistair Wise (Sweet Envy) and Andy Bowdy who took my taste-buds to the next level.

The food served from these top chefs included: Piri Piri Chicken with spiced yoghurt, chickpeas, tomatoes and preserved lemon or BBQ whole pumpkins with mixed grain kraut & baba ghanoush from Three Blue Ducks, Sydney rock oysters iwht natural or finger fresh lime or warm pastrami bun, with English mustard  Chiswick pickle from Chiswick; Amy Winehouse Sundae and Andy Bowdy Sundae or a dessert plate of vanilla slice, apple and chedder pie, pineapple and Jatz pie from Andy Bowdy and Alistair Wise; prawn cocktail roll, Yamba king prawns, herb mayonnaise on milk bun or beef cheek cottage pie, braised beef cheek in red wine, and almond crusted mash potato from Centennial Homestead.

The event was hosted by master of ceremonies, Kris Smith, and an entertainment line-up included a special swing repertoire performed by Rob Mills and comedy by comedian Joel Creasey.

Good Food Month has ended in Sydney but it is on in Melbourne this month.

For more information about Good Food Month, go to

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Disaronno launches the new Disaronno bottle designed by Etro

Disaronno and Grazia Australia hosted the launch of the new Disaronno bottle (designed by fashion designer Etro) onboard the super yacht GHOST II on Thursday 27 October 2016.

Over the years, ETRO has become synonymous with the paisley print, making the paisley print an obvious choice for the adornment of the DISARONNO bottle. The house’s signature paisley print was first used in their 1981 collection.

The Disaronno Etro bottle is draped in a stunning variation of the swirling design made up of vibrant blue, orange and gold hues.

Guests enjoyed canapes, music and a twilight sail on Sydney Harbour while drinking sunset cocktails of Disaronno Sour (made from Disaronno, fresh lemon juice and sugar) and Disaronno Etro Sour (made from Disaronno, fresh lemon juice and pineapple juice).

The canapes consisted of: watermelon with feta cheese, mint and pink peppercorn; blackened salmon with coriander and mango mojo; Peking duck pancakes with crisp cucumber and Hoi Sin sauce; chicken and lemongrass skewers with chilli and lime; onion and goats cheese pizzaladion with Pedro Ximenez glace and micro herbs; and fish and chips.

For more information about Disaronno, go to:

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Fratelli Fresh launches their new spring menu their Westfield Sydney restaurant

Fratelli Fresh launched their new spring menu across all six Sydney restaurants and one Melbourne restaurant on Tuesday 25 October 2016 at Fratelli Fresh Westfield Sydney.

The Fratelli team have removed the heavier winter dishes and replaced them with lighter additions that are served with either splashes of lemon, white wine or a sprinkling of herbs. There is also some stunning seafood additions in homage to the warmer weather. However, rest assured, their much-loved Italian favourites are still on the menu.

For the entrée, dinner guests were served: zucchini flowers stuffed with five Italian cheeses; Parma fresh figs with Stracciatella di bufala; bitter green shaved vegetables with red wine and anchovy vinaigrette; focaccia plain with olive oil, Italian herbs and salt; and a salumeria selection of prosciutto cotto, prosciutto Parma (18 months), Nduja, finocchiona sopressa, salame inferno from the family-owned Salumi Australia.


The main course consisted of: chilli and lobster paccheri which is a perfect balance of sweet lobster, chilli heat and perfumed basil; a simple house-made ricotta ravioli tossed with passata and fresh basil and topped with premium Vacche Rosse Parmigiano Reggiano from Italy; and a black cod al cartoccio, which is cooked in a paper parcel infusing the fish with the aromas and flavours of lemon, tomato, artichoke, dill and olives (my favourite!).


For dessert, tiramisu (in a large red coffee cup) and zeppole (Italian donuts) were served.

Customers are also encouraged to usher in spring at Fratelli’s Aperitivo Hour from 3pm-6pm daily at all venues. Enjoy half price Negroni ($7.50) on tap, $5 house wine and beers and $10 Spritzers, which can be paired with made-to-order pizzas for just $15 (usually $16-$25).  

Fratelli Fresh is located at:

  • Fratelli Fresh Alexandria, 52 Mitchell Road Alexandria, 2015 – 02 9259 5691
  • Fratelli Fresh Bridge Street, 11 Bridge Street Sydney 2000 – 02 9259 5692
  • Fratelli Fresh Macquarie Street, 229-231 Macquarie Street Sydney 2000 – 02 9259 5672
  • Fratelli Fresh Melbourne, 7 Alfred Place Melbourne 3000 – 1300 253 733
  • Fratelli Fresh Potts Point, 81 Macleay Street Potts Point – 02 9259 5650
  • Fratelli Fresh Walsh Bay, Shop 8, 16 Hickson Rd Walsh Bay – 02 9259 5674
  • Fratelli Fresh Westfield Sydney, Level 5, Westfield Sydney – 02 8099 7055

Visit the website for menu details at:

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The newly refurbished Pavilion Restaurant is launched with a garden party

The Pavilion Restaurant held a garden party to launch their newly refurbished venue on Thursday 20 October 2016.

The Pavilion Restaurant is a unique event venue with a green lawn, Sydney’s famous skyline as a backdrop, an outdoor terrace and an indoor area. It can hold events for an intimate group of 10 to a large scale function of 350 people.  It is located across the road from the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Guests got to sample their new menu items including: goats cheese tarts; beetroot and salmon; chicken and pork skewers; chicken and seafood paella; and sweet lemon tarts. There was also a stations with oysters, prawns, smoked salmon, cold meets, cheese, and bread with dips.

For drinks, there were: James Squire One Fifty Lashes pale ale; James Boag’s Premium Lager; Chain of Fire Brut Cuvee; and The Vines Semillion Sauvignon Blanc, Cabenet Merlot and Brut Cuvee.

The Pavilion Restaurant is located at: 1 Art Gallery Road, The Domain Sydney.

To enquire about holding an event, email: or call 02 9232 1322.

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Eden Road Wines launches their Single Vineyard Wines with a masterclass and cellar door experience in the city

Australia boutique winery, Eden Road, launched their Eden Road Single Vineyard Wines at a wine tasting masterclass and Cellar Door Experience at the Grasshopper Bar, Sydney on Wednesday 18 October 2016.

Wine-lovers got the opportunity to meet the team behind the Eden Road wines and taste wines among their limited release favourites. The wine tasting masterclass was lead by head winemaker Nick Spencer and was followed with a cellar door experience in the city.

The wines included in the masterclass were: 2016 Eden Road Skinny Flat White; 2013 Syrah (Canberra); 2013 Syrah (Hilltop); and 2013 Syrah (Gundagai). The Eden Road Single Vineyard Wines reflect the high altitude, cool climate and volcanic or oxidised ironstone soils in which they are grown. After the masterclass session, attendees got to taste the rest of the Eden Road wines at their cellar door experience. The wines where teamed up with canapés from the Grasshopper Bar.

Eden Road Winery is an Australian boutique winery that creates contemporary wines from the Australian high country. Eden Road was recently awarded Best Tasting Experience (Canberra District) at the Gourmet Traveller Cellar Door Awards 2016.

For more information about Eden Road wines, visit

Fratelli Famous and The Bavarian open at World Square Shopping Centre

Fratelli Famous and The Bavarian opened at World Square Shopping Centre and invited media to a pizza masterclass and beer tasting on Tuesday 18 October 2016.

Fratelli Famous is a fast casual pizzeria spin-off of Fratelli Fresh. Similarly, The Bavarian is a fast counter service version of The Bavarian Bier Cafe. It has all the biers from the The Bavarian Bier Cafe and a few more. Both venues are co-joined under one roof with shared indoor and outdoor seating and a communal bar.

For our pizza masterclass, we got to: choose our base from a choice of three (Neapolitan, sourdough and gluten free); knead the dough and attempt to toss it up in the air (if you could like a professional); choose our sauce from a choice of four (red, sugo, white and green); choose our cheese from a choice of seven (mozzarella, fontina, feta, parmesan, scamorza, gorgonzola and vegan cheese); and then pick as many toppings as we wanted. We then sat back and watched it cook in just 90 seconds!

How is it that the pizza be cooked so quickly? Well, Fratelli Famous has brought the first Wood Stone dual wood and gas fired oven to Australia that cooks pizzas to golden, blistering perfection in just 90 seconds.

For those who can’t choose from so many options, there are nine signature pizzas on offer including: classic margherita; fire roast chicken; bianca all cheese; spicy vegan; green rocket; great balls of fire; meat inferno; chorizo, and crispy greens (salad pizza). There are also breakfast pizzas, dessert pizzas, build your own salads, thick shakes and house-made gelato.

In contrast, The Bavarian has a selection of schnitzels, burgers, house-made sausages, fries with different toppings, chicken wings with a choice of sauces and hotdogs. The Bavarian favourites are also on the menu including crispy pork knuckle, crackling pork belly and tasting platters. There are also specials for every day of the week and The Bavarian Schnitzelmeister Challenge every day of the week where you can receive $100 1kg veal schnitzel for free if they can eat it in one hour with four side dishes.

The Bavarian has 17 impressive beers on tap including imported favourites such as Hofbrau, Stiegl, Paulaner, Franziskaner and Lowerbrau, and 11 exclusive craft beers that are brewed by Urban Brewing Co. Yes, they do brew their own beer!

For the beer tasting, I got to sample the following beers: Bella Bira Italian lager; Devil’s Daughter double IPA imperial Indian pale ale; Sweet Caroline Summer Sessions lager; Bavarian Hofbaru Dunkel dark lager; Butchers Bride pale ale; and Munich lager.

Urban Craft Brewing will also host the following Sydney Craft Beer week events:

-The Godfather Dinner at Fratelli Fresh Alexandria (four courses for $90 for two people) on Friday 21 October to Sunday 30 October from 5pm
-The Ultimate Craft Beer Summer Sessionat the Bavarian Bier Cafe Manly on Sunday 23 October from 1pm
-El Camino Cantina’s Tex Mex Brunch with Beer for $29pp on Sunday 30 October from 11am to 3pm.

Fratelli Famous and The Bavarian are located at Level 1, World Square Shopping Centre, 644 George Street Sydney.

They are open Monday to Friday 7:30am to 10pm and Saturday 9am to 10pm. They are closed on Sunday. Breakfast is served daily until 11:30am.

Reservations are only accepted for 8 people or more.

For more information about Fratelli Famous, go to:

For more information about the Bavarian, go to:

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Sydney’s new hotspot, The Port, opens in Darling Harbour

Sydney’s new hotspot, The Port at Darling Harbour, officially opens on Thursday 13 October 2016.

Located at the former Margaritaville site on the Harbourside Shopping Centre foreshore, the 1,050 capacity venue has undergone a complete overhaul under the design direction of Architect, Lainey Richardson. It is now a chic venue with a French coastal vibe and open harbour views.

The Port is the third venue opening for Oscar’s hotel group chef Michael Cook, who has also launched the Towradgi Beach Hotel, the Holiday Inn at Warwick Farm and Pepe’s on the Beach at Wollongong.

Celebrities that attended the launch included Nova 96.9 radio announcers Matt De Groot and Greg Burns; TV presenter Brittany Bloomer; The Bachelors Bec Chin and Zilda Williams; entertainment reporter Bronte Coy; model and photographer Samantha Rose King; model Lauren Vickers; retired Roosters captain Luke Ricketson; and curve model Tia Provost.

Guests enjoyed oysters, salmon, prawns and tuna from a seafood station, and variety of cold meats, breads, olives, pates, artichokes and cheeses from an antipasto station. There were also canapés circulating including: duck pancakes; goat cheese profiteroles; mini beef burgers; and pork short ribs. For dessert, guests enjoyed a passionfruit Eton Mess and chocolate brownie.

There was a large range of bottled beers on offer including: Heineken 3 premium lager; James Squire One Fifty Lashes pale ale; Young Henry’s Newtowner; Stone and Wood garden ale; and Red Stripe pale lager. For cocktails, guests enjoyed one of their signature cocktails: the Casoni Negroni, made from Bombay Sapphire gin, Campari, Sweet Vermouth, blood orange juice and rosemany.

Their regular menu is a little different from the event. It includes; Sourdough Flat Breads with delicious toppings ($20); raw and cured items such as the Hiramasa Kingfish Sashimi with pickled ginger, soy and wasabi ($26); the Charcuterie ($32) and Seafood Sampling Boards ($60). For mains there are: pork short ribs with smoked barbecue sauce ($33) or a Double Royale Burger with cheddar, double beef and house pickle ($19). The sides include: duck fat Kipfler potatoes with black garlic mayo ($10) or the charred corn with smoked paprika butter ($8) just to name a few.

The bar includes a plethora of signature and classic cocktails including the St Barts Sour that is made from Disaronno, Makers Mark Whiskey, egg white, lemon Juice and black pepper ($16) or the Smoked Sea Salt Margarita, made from Patron Silver lime juice, pineapple, agave nectar, smoked sea salt and a pinch of paprika ($16). There are jugs to share, a tailored list of wines by the bottle and glass and a bunch of craft beers both bottled and on tap including local brews from Young Henry’s and Stone & Wood Brewing Co.

The Port is outside of Sydney’s lock out laws with various closing hours throughout the week. The Port is open seven days from 10am daily. Monday through to Wednesday, it is open until 12am, Thursday until 2am, Friday and Saturday until 4am and Sunday until 2am. The kitchen will be open daily from 11:30am till 10pm.

Located at 2-10 Darling Drive, Darling Harbour, for further information visit:

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Bel & Brio launch their unique shopping and dining concept in Barangaroo

Bel & Brio launched their 800 square metre European style emporium at one of The Street’s of Barangaroo’s premier sites on Wednesday 12 October 2016.

The venue, which is open from breakfast to late into the evening, offers Sydney-siders great quality dining, wine, takeaway and shopping to suit their needs.

Bel & Brio has a strong team working across food and drink including: executive chefs Andrea Assenza, a Sicilian-born chef with extensive experience in creating accessible European menus in restaurants in Europe and Asia; Vanessa Martin, formerly head chef and owner of hatted Italian Il Piave; Jon Osbeiston, one of Australia’s most respected wine experts and wine retailers who ran Australia’s independent wine retailer Ultimo Wine Centre; mixologist James Snelgrove, who has spent 12 years working in bars including Bentley Restaurant + Bar, Ms G and Button; and coffee experts Alessandro and Gianni Panetta who ran Baker Bros coffee in the Sydney CBD.

This team put together a canapé menu for the launch which included: confit tomato and basil crostini; seared yellow fin tuna and mango salsa; crispy calamari with paprika mayo; and pork belly with caramelized onions. For dessert they served mini cream puff in three different flavours and a selection of mini cannoli.

There also had two generous stations filled with homemade bread, a selection of cheeses, along with different kinds of olives, mustards, jams, truffle honey, and a selection of cold meats freshly sliced.

For drinks, they served Moorooduc Estate Devil Bent Creek Pinot Noir 2015; Quealy Pinot Gris 2015; N/V Bottega Prosecco DOC; Bel & Brio Negroni (gin, Amaro Montengro and Campari); and Parsley Sage Champagne Spritz (vodka, malic, cold pressed apple, parsley and sage).

Bel & Brio has five different areas that provide dining, drinks, groceries, coffee and wine including:

Bar & Dining– is open for lunch and dinner. The dining area offers authentic European share plate meals. The bar area has an extensive wine list of 400 wines, 20 wines by the glass and a classic cocktail list. The Bar & Dining space and laneway seating accommodates 240 guests and there is a mezzanine private dining and events space seating up to 20 guests that will open in October.

Cellar– is an extensive wine store featuring 2000 wines, making it one of the largest independent stores in the city. It focuses on Italian, French and Australian wines, from both iconic and new wave wineries.

Eatery– is designed for the busy city worker, and offers fresh take-away meals that are prepared daily. The menu includes rotisserie meats, paninis, traditional pizza al taglio, homemade pastas, and daily chef specials.

Marketplace– is a well-stocked grocery with everyday pantry staples, household essentials, fresh produce, specialty products and flowers. The Marketplace features some fresh produce from the Bel & Brio Farm and home kitchen including pasture raised eggs, freshly baked bread, cold pressed juices and homemade ready meals.

Coffee & Co– is open for breakfast and throughout the day, serving beans roasted by Will & Co as well as an extensive pastry section with high quality Italian style pastries made daily by Bel & Brio at their Lane Cove home kitchen. There is also a full breakfast menu available from 7am.


Bel & Brio

300 Barangaroo Avenue

Sydney NSW 2000

T: +61 2 9299 9107

For more information or to make a booking for 6 or more people, go to:

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The Sydney Italian Festival launches in Sydney

The Italian Trade Agency launched the Sydney Italian Festival at Doltone House, Pyrmont on Wednesday 12 October 2016.

There were a number of Italian food and drink stations at the event including: pasta from Barilla pasta; Moretti beer served with pizza from Versace Pizzeria; a cheese, prosciutto and olives table; hazelnut gelato, and coffee and lemon granite from Cremeria De Luca; coffee from Lavazza; Ferrero Roches from Ferrero; prosecco and Aperol Spritz served by Casa Italia; and Italian Wines served by il Mercante.

Channel Seven Morning Show stylist, Donny Galella, was one of the special guests of the event and he also judged the best Italian style competition with the prize sponsor being Karisma.

Speeches for the night included: the first speech by Master of Ceremony Janette Lakis; a welcome by Italian Trade Commissioner Antonietta Baccanari; a speech by His Excellency Ambassador of Italy Pier Francesco Zazo; and the final speech by Peter Redford from Five Star Motor Cruisers.

The surprise of the night was the view of a stunning yacht, the Flybridge 70, which was parked outside Doltone House and represented Italian design and technology.

Guests also enjoyed the “Escape to Italy” photobooth featuring the irresistible “toy car” red FIAT 500 Abarth .

Sydney Italian Festival 2016 runs from the 12 October 2016 to 30 October 2016

For more information, go to:

Photograph provided by Mondostef.

The Grain Bar Sydney launches their new cocktail menu to celebrate the longer days and brighter nights of Sydney

The Grain Bar Sydney showcased their new cocktail menu created from seasonal fruits and blooms on Tuesday 11 October 2016.

The new spring/summer themed cocktail collection included ingredients such as fairy floss, marshmallows, rocky road, juniper berries, edible flowers and figs. The cocktails were designed to celebrate the longer days and brighter nights of daylight saving.

The cocktails that I tasted included:

What’s Your Number Cucumber: Refreshing cocktail made of Tanqueray Gin shaken with Yellow Chartreuse, fresh cucumber, mint & honey topped up with Prosecco.

Swipe Right: Tanqueray Gin shaken with Cointreau & fresh mango puree, dressed up with strawberry Fairy Floss.

Murphy’s Law: Bulleit Rye shaken with Rocky Road liqueur, dark agave & frozen mixed berries, touched up with a slice of Rocky Road Chocolate.

Caracas: Pampero Anejo stirred over ice with a Fig & Caramel liqueur, with a touch of molasses bitters & caramelised fig.

Project Mellow: Balanced peaty blend of Lagavulin 16yo & Johnnie Walker Black shaken with lemon butter, ginger & lemon. Sweetened up with Maple syrup & toasted marshmallow.

For a full list of the cocktails, go to:

The new Spring/Summer cocktail range is priced from $18 to $20 and is available daily from 12noon till late.


Grain Bar Sydney

Four Seasons Hotel Sydney

199 George Street Sydney

02 9250 4118

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