Gradi Bar | Southbank

If there's one cuisine to rule them all, it's Italian. Let's face it; the Mediterranean diet has it all! The pizza, pasta, fresh seafood, cheese and cured meats, oh and the wine! How could I forget? 

For the start of 2018, I have partnered up with Crown Resorts to showcase a handful of the many Crown Experiences on offer. As you can probably tell, I'm quite partial to some good old-fashioned Italian food. So when I saw that Gradi Crown was on the list of my 'Crown Experiences' for my latest collaboration, I was beyond stoked. 


Being a Northsider, I've ordered many a feed from the original Gradi store, and they never disappoint. When it comes to a good pizza, less is almost always best; a mantra Gradi really lives by. 

Each of the dishes we chose on the evening was absolutely outstanding, the oysters were perfect, the fried calamari was cooked to perfection, the salad was fresh, crisp and bursting with flavour and the truffle pizza was outstanding. The food was so good that I actually went back in the following week for my birthday dinner with my parents! 

If you find yourself wandering around on Southbank, or are staying at the Crown Complex, I would highly recommend dropping past Gradi Crown for a feed. It is definitely my go-to Italian in Melbourne.

Shot by Max Kruse in collaboration with Crown Resorts. 


The Stella Artois Sensorium Dining Experience

In what proved to be quite the multi-sensational evening, Stella Artois hosted an intimate dinner at a private residence in in Gordon's Bay, Sydney. The menu was curated by Melbourne's very own Shannon Bennett from Vue de Monde. Each course was intentionally set to take you on a journey of the senses, showcasing the versatility of Stella Artois and its ability to compliment a wide variety of flavours. 

The event proved to be a hit and played host to a wide range of media and celebrities, most notable of which was Pirates of the Carribean star, Zoe Ventoura as well as actors Michael Dorman and Tim Ross. 

The custom designed bar was equally as enthralling, I never knew there could be so many intricacies when it came to pouring a beer! the 600 years of brewing expertise behind the brand was well and truly on display as the bartenders methodically followed the beer's famous 'nine-step pouring ritual.

All of this talk about Stella is making me thirsty... Anyone for a beer? 

Peroni x GQ Australia Pitti Uomo - The Ultimate Dining Experience

Running off 5 hours sleep I quickly got home and got changed for what I assumed to be a low-key dinner with a few other Aussies who were attending the mens fashion festival extravaganza that is Pitti Uomo. Upon arriving in the city and meeting up with the gents for a quick candid shoot we then waited for our transfers to arrive. 

 Roberto, Shuan, Steve and myself pre Peroni x GQ 

Roberto, Shuan, Steve and myself pre Peroni x GQ 

After short 15 minute drive weaving through the city traffic, we began to make our way up through the hills of Fiesole and shortly arrived at our destination, villa Il Salviatino. With panoramic views of Florence, this refurbished 15th Century villa is definitely more of a Palazzo in my eyes. 

After gawking at the formidable facade for at least a minute, I then did what anyone in my situation would do, I grabbed a Peroni from the waiter and began documenting every little inch of Il Salvitino via Instagram. For those of you who didn't see my stories, I managed to wrangle a few images together from the event photographer to do a post on the event as it was truely one of the best events I have ever been to, hands down. Want proof? Have a look at the gallery below! 

After a full three course meal and many a glass of red wine, those of us still remaining proceeded to head outside to continue the festivities long into the early hours of the morning. What a way to spend an evening in in Florence! 

Oh and if you are interested in what I was wearing to the event, I was decked out in Brooks Brothers head to ankle, then Lussoti UK loafers.


Lastly, I just wanted to say a big thank you to Peroni and GQ as well as 3 Degrees for the invitation and for always delivering the goods when it comes to hosting events.