Campari Red Nights is turning the Streets of Barangaroo red this winter

Campari Red Nights is turning The Streets of Barangaroo red this July and August, and launched with an event at its flagship venue, Bel & Brio, on Thursday 20 July 2017.

From 20 July-20 August, a selection of Barangaroo venues (including Bel & Brio) will be styled with red velvet armchairs, brushed-gold bar carts, red neon lights and iconic Campari artworks, transporting you to the stylish centre of Milan.

On Thursday and Friday evenings, Wulugul Walk will be illuminated red from 4pm for Aperitivo Hour. The drink of choice will be the Campari Tonic (made with 45ml of Campari, 90mls of tonic water, one lime wedge and ice). Then the red lights continue on Barangaroo Avenue for a Milanese-inspired Campari art installation.

Bel & Brio will be the home of a Campari bar take-over for the ​whole month; and on Scotch Row and Shipwright Walk, the fashion and lifestyle venues will be getting in on the fun by hosting Aperitivo Hour, and serving complimentary Campari Tonics from brushed gold bar carts.

The venues offering complimentary Campari Tonics including: Brown Lux; The Standard Store; The Collector Store; The Waiting Room; Belance; David Jones Barangaroo; Oscar Wylee; T.M.Lewis; and The Daily Edited.

Other retailers have created limited edition products which will be available during the Campari Red Nights period including:

  • OH!Boo Chocolate – A limited edition glossy red Campari chocolate praline
  • Riva Reno Gelato – A limited edition Campari ice-cream
  • Oscar Wilde – Limited edition Campari sunglasses with Campari red lens.

Campari is also creating Campari and Tonic lounges and brand immersive experiences with special visits from the Dream Team at Olio in Chippendale, Prosecco in Pyrmont and QT Sydney in Sydney CBD.

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The drink pictured is a Milano Sour made with Espolon Tequila, agave syrup, lemon juice, egg white, tawny port spray and basil leaf. This drink is available for purchase at Bel & Brio.

Three Bottle Man and Silvester’s showcase their menus

Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel Circular Quay showcased their redeveloped venue to media with an interactive cocktail making class at their new laneway bar, Three Bottle Man, and a dinner at their restaurant, Silvester’s, on Thursday 20 July 2017.

Sydney Harbour Marriott Hotel recently undertook a multi-million dollar redevelopment, which included a new restaurant called Silvester’s and a laneway bar that can be accessed from Bulletin Place called Three Bottle Man.

On arrival, guests were served an Eastside cocktail made with gin, lime juice mint, cucumber and elderflower syrup from Three Bottle Man. Three Bottle Man is a cafe during the day serving three choices of fresh juices, coffee and a rotating menu, and a bar at night serving beer, wines, cocktails and shared platters. Its food philosophy is to offer the simplest selection of the freshest food. Most of their alcohol is also locally sourced.

The interactive cocktail class at Three Bottle Man included a cocktail making demonstration where we made our own cocktail. My first attempt was disastrous and with a lot of help from the barman, my second attempt was a great success. The successful cocktail was essentially the Old Cuban cocktail which is made with spiced rum, lime juice, mint, sugar syrup, prosecco and angostura bitters.

Silvester’s is located on the ground floor of the hotel near the front lobby. The man in charge is Raphael Szurek, a French chef who uses minimalist French-Japanese technique and ideas, but local, top quality produce. He demonstrated to guests how he made the winter dessert Peta negra with chocolate and chestnut where one of the ingredients was cured ham and another was deep fried spaghetti!

The media dinner consisted of: Duck Fat Kipfler Potatoes with bush tomato chutney; Choi Farm’s mushrooms with parsley and garlic butter; Grima Brothers Farm Vegetables; Cone Bay Barramundi, mussels, pipis and parsnip; and Darling Downs Grainge Beef Eye Fillet, bone marrow and celeriac. For dessert guests were served Winter dessert Peta negra, chocolate and chestnut, and figs and honeycomb olive oil cake with whipped mascarpone and blood orange sorbet. The vegetables and barramundi were superb but my favourite was the fig dessert. I like the sweet stuff.

Three Bottle Man and Silvester’s are open for breakfast lunch and dinner seven days a week.

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Husk & Vine Kitchen and Bar launches in Parramatta

Husk & Vine Kitchen and Bar, a new dining hot spot in Parramatta, has opened its doors to the public and invited media to a dinner and tour of the attached hotel, Skye Hotel Suites, on Tuesday 18 July 2017

Husk & Vine Kitchen and Bar and the Skye Hotel Suites was built on top of the original 1840s old hotel and cellar called the Wheatsheaf. In compliance with heritage laws, the archaeological remains remain on site and can be viewed by looking down from the balcony of the dining room or by descending a staircase near the entrance of the restaurant. The foundations of the old hotel are exposed and all around the circumference of the hotel are glass cabinets with rotating exhibitions of the artefacts that were found on site.

Husk & Vine Kitchen and Bar has a modern Australian menu which has been designed by Chef Stephen Seckold to cater for the local population. The food is an Australian grill with a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern influence. There are also number of vegetarian dishes that cater for those who don’t eat meat. The kitchen has a customised Beech oven which is used to make their signature flat breads and slow whole roast chickens and lamb shoulders. Guests were served a shared menu consisting of one appetiser, five entrees, five mains and three desserts. The first highlight of the meal was the appetiser of Jerusalem artichoke & black truffle soup. For the mains, I loved the hand cut pappardelle with butternut, goat’s cheese and pine nuts, and the lamb shoulder, harissa, okra and chickpea stew. However, my absolute favourite was the chocolate mousse, salted caramel and quince dessert. The chocolate used was Zokoko, so I knew I was not going to be disappointed.


Cocktails for the night included a Green Apple High Ball, Grapefruit Spritz, and Espresso Martini. There was also house made non-alcoholic sodas (strawberry and lemon myrtle, or blue gum and melon) served. For wine, guests had the option of choosing: Ross Hill Pinnacle Chardonnay from Orange NSW; Colmello di Grotta Pinot Grigo from Fruilli, Italy; CRFT Chapel Valley Pinot Noir from the Adelaide Hills; or the Express Wine Makers Malbec from Western Australia. For beer, guests drank Capital Brewing Coast Ale or Stone & Wood Pacific Ale.

Before the night came to an end, guests were invited on a tour around the new Skye Hotel Suites. Skye Hotel Suites is the first five star hotel in Parramatta. The hotel is part of a four tower complex which consists of residential apartment and hotel suite apartments. They share common amenities such as a library, fitness centre, study area, pool and restaurant. The hotel consists of 72 luxury apartment with high tech amenities and neutral coloured furnishings.


Husk & Vine Kitchen and Bar is located at 45 Macquarie Street Parramatta NSW 2015.

It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday to Sunday.

To make a reservation, call 02 7803 2323 or email

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Tasting the best commercial wines at a Wine Masterclass with Andrew Caillard

Good wine does not necessarily mean expensive wine. At a wine masterclass with Andrew Caillard, held on 10 July 2017, we learnt that you can often find good wines at bargain prices if you know what to look for.

The tasting took place inside the head office of Pinnacle Drinks in Surry Hills. Guests experienced a very informative wine tasting of 22 wines ranging from champagne, pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, rose, pinot noir, shiraz, and port. Pinnacle Drinks has a room set aside for tastings with a long table in the middle and glass cabinets filled with wine bottles all around it. The table was covered with platters of fruit, cheese, breads and cold meats prepared by Morgan Ferguson from Grazing the Table. Guests were also served with pizza during the night.

Pinnacle Drinks was established in 2012 and partners with winemakers, growers, brewers and distillers to deliver some of the world’s leading brands across the wine, beer and spirits categories. Pinnacle Drinks a division of Woolworths Liquor Group. Their head office in Surry Hills, Sydney, centrally manages the brand and marketing activity for the wine, beer and spirit brands. Pinnacle Drinks exclusive supplies alcohol to BWS, Dan Murphy’s and the ALH Pub Group.

Andrew Cailliard is a leading figure in the Australian wine industry. He is a Master of Wine, one of only 355 people in the world (18 in Australia) that have qualified to obtain this feat. He founded Langton’s Sydney, Australia’s leading wine auction house. Langton’s is responsible for the Classification of Australian wine (now in its 56th edition), a reference for wine collectors and observers of the fine wine scene. Andrew has chaired a number of wine competitions, written for various wine publications and in 2011 won the Australian His wines are also exported to China, including Hong Kong and Singapore. When a man of this calibre is recommending wines, you know that they are going to be good.

All the wines tasted were commercial wines: wines that are mass-produced for a wide market of consumers and made according to a set formula, year after year. These wines tend to emphasize broad appeal and easy drinkability. However, we learnt that due to their high quality, it is difficult to distinguish them from fine wines: wines of the highest quality. Andrew taught us that the best wines are not often the most expensive and it is important to know where to find good value.

The wines tasted included:

  1. Minchinbury Crisp Classic Brut $8.99
  2. Porta Dante Prosecco Superiore Docg $23.99
  3. Champagne Duperrey $39.99
  4. Balliamo Pinot Grigio $9.99
  5. Craftsman Style Series Pinot Grigio $11.99
  6. Lobster Reef Sauvignon Blanc $15.99
  7. Baily & Baily Venture Series Sauvignon Blanc $10.99
  8. Isabel Estate Sauvignon Blanc $23.99
  9. Baily & Baily Folio Chardonnay $16.00
  10. Nature’s Harvest Chardonnay $11.99
  11. La Plancheliere Cabernet D’Anjou Rose $12.99
  12. Cat Amongst The Pigeons  Jazz Cat Rose $23.00
  13. Gerard Betrand Cotes Des Roses Rose $19.99
  14. Frontera Pinot Noir $9.99
  15. Twelve Degrees Pinot Noir $15.99
  16. Casillero Del Diablo Carmenere $12.00
  17. Cat Amongst The Pigeons Barossa Shiraz $14.99
  18. Chris Ringland CR Shiraz $24.99
  19. Craftsman Winemaker Series Clare Valley Shiraz $13.99
  20. Parker Coonawarra Estate Coonawarra Series Cabernet Sauvignon $22.99
  21. Chris Ringland Reservation Shiraz $49.99
  22. Cockburn’s Quinta Dos Canais Vintage Port $59.99

The wines were all great and most were under $20!

So what is Andrew Caillard’s favourite wine out of the lot? It is Gerard Betrand Cotes Des Roses Rose sold for $19.99. La Cote des Roses is the name of the seaside between Narbonne and Gruissan village in France, and the bottle is beautiful with the bottom shaped as a rose flower.

All these wines are available for purchase at either Dan Murphy’s, BWS or both. Check online at: or

BBC TV series Taboo launches in Australia

An advanced screening of episode one of Taboo was shown on Wednesday 12 July 2017 at Restaurant Huberts ahead of the official release in Australia on 17 July 2017 on BBC First on Foxtel.

A select group of guests were sent a top hat and an invitation to a venue “where a combustible tale of murder, betrayal and treachery will unfold”. The venue was a dimly lit forty seat cinema in Restaurant Hubert. It contained a long table in the middle with charcuterie boards, cheeses, candelabrums, top hats, roses, and newspaper clippings about Taboo.. Guests were served brandy cocktails and wine before they were seated to watch the first episode of the period drama.

Taboo is a fascinating story set 1814 about adventurer James Keziah Delaney (starring Tom Hardy) who was believed to be dead but returns to London from Africa to inherit his father’s shipping empire. Delaney discovers his father was murdered (by poisoning) and is intent on vengeance. He is eager to claim his inheritance but others are determined to take it away from him. He is willing to be just as ruthless to hold on to it and build his own shipping empire that will be greater than the East India Company.

Taboo is the first major TV drama that Tom Hardy has overseen himself. He came up with the idea for Taboo with his dad, Edward ‘Chips’ Hardy and got movie veteran Sir Ridley Scott to direct it.

In addition to Tom Hardy, other members of the cast include: Oona Chaplin (who plays his half-sister and is the granddaughter of Charlie Chaplin); Jonathan Pryce (Games of Thrones); Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire); Michael Kelly (House of Cards); Jessie Buckley (War and Peace); Tom Hollander (The Night Manager); Jason Watkins (W1A); Franka Potente (The Bourne Identity); Jefferson Hall (Vikings); and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock).

Taboo will premiere in Australia on BBC First on Monday 17 July 2017.

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