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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.
Last October I was lucky enough to attend the 2017 global release of The Penfolds Collection – the biggest day of the Penfolds calendar year.
A surprisingly short drive from the Adelaide CBD, Penfolds Magill Estate winery is indeed a stunning sight to see. Originally founded in the 19th-century, some of the traditional buildings are still intact – naturally, I could not help but include them in a few of my imagery when I arrived for at the Gala Dinner.
After a quick photo op, we made our way down into the depths of the drives, walking past the sizeable 1,460-litre oak barrels that provide the all to familiar hallmark taste that Penfolds is famous for. After milling around with my other social media counterparts and other gala attendees for a brief moment, the curtains dropped to reveal one of the most picturesque dining settings I have had the pleasure of attending. A single table, no less than 50 metres long with a table runner adorned with hundreds of red roses awaited as we entered the underground drives of Magill Estate.
After a quick briefing from the Penfolds chief winemaker Peter Gago, the dining commenced, and a stunning selection of fine foods made their way onto our plates. Perfectly paired by the head chef Scott Huggins with a range of wines from the recent Penfolds collection. At the top end of the portfolio was the coveted Grange, the Penfolds flagship red wine. 2017 marked its 63rd consecutive release and boy; it did not disappoint!
The evening's entertainment included a live performance from the legendary Meg Mac who played a small collection of her recent hits acoustically which set the scene before the main course was served.
As expected the 2017 Penfolds Collection Launch Gala did not disappoint, excellent food, great company and world-class entertainment. What more could one want from a midweek getaway? It is safe to say that I for one am looking forward to my next trip to South Australia and you can bet that Penfolds Magill Estate will be at the top of my itinerary.
A big thank you to Kate and Co PR and Penfolds for the invitation. All imagery shot by Max Kruse.
Melbourne’s largest mixed-use development project, Melbourne Square officially launched earlier this month, celebrating what will become a prominent gateway precinct and a new green heart for Southbank (finally!).
The event earlier this month marked the Official Launch of Melbourne Square, and guests were invited to experience ‘A Day in the Life’ at Melbourne Square. The event was inspired by the relaxed Melbourne lifestyle and immersed those who attended in a quintessentially Melbourne experience.
‘A Day in the Life’ at Melbourne Square recreated the city’s much loved laneways with a focus on the eclectic food and cafe culture, something which Melbourne is renowned for. A selection of Melbourne restaurant and bar ‘pop ups’ from iconic hot spots such as Chin Chin, Movida, Rosetta and Saké Bar & Restaurant. It wasn't just food though; Eau de Vie and Boilermaker House, two of Melbourne’s much loved cocktail masters were busy serving a number of their speciality drinks. Then all of this was topped off Guests with savoury and sweet dessert options from Gelato Messina and cheese specialists Maker & Monger.
Developed by OSK Property in a joint venture partnership with Employees Provident Fund Malaysia and designed by Cox Architecture, Melbourne Square will transform a former carpark the size of the MCG into a vertical village featuring six towers of varying levels, within a network of elevated gardens. Key to the project will be the 3,700sqm landscaped public park, elevated to maximise sunlight and occupying approximately 18 per cent of the overall site, as well as stylish apartment interiors by Carr Design. Planned as a dynamic mixed-use community and retail centre, the development connects the bustling CBD streets to the tranquil grounds of the Royal Botanic Gardens, centrally positioned to enjoy the very best of Melbourne living.
With Melbourne a thriving modern metropolis, Melbourne Square heralds a new benchmark of urban living. So enjoy your new chapter here in Melbourne Square as it is poised to deliver the city’s newest lifestyle destination.
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?
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.
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!