Nespresso opens in George Street with a chic soirée

Nespresso has announced the opening of their new Sydney flagship Boutique on George Street. The unique retail experience allows shoppers to explore the journey that Nespresso undertakes to bring their customers high quality coffee – from farming through to production and recycling – reflecting their commitment to sustainability and a circular economy. Located at 345 George Street, the new Sydney flagship Boutique will provide an immersive, premium and innovative destination for the ultimate coffee experience. 

Loïc Réthoré, General Manager of Nespresso Australia and Oceania, explains “As the retail landscape continues to evolve, it’s important that we provide our customers with an innovative bricks-and-mortar experience. The new Nespresso Sydney flagship Boutique is all about a simplified and holistic customer journey that focuses on our sustainable coffee practices and celebrates our unique coffee story.”

As a leader within the coffee category, the new boutique concept highlights Nespresso’s commitment to sustainability using many integrated elements. To demonstrate this commitment, the boutique contains tabletops made from recycled coffee grounds, wood that has 100% been sourced from Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC) trees, technology to conserve energy and water and a capsule recycling collection point. The Boutique even features lush greenery spaces embedded with coffee plants and foliage to mimic the coffee plantations that are part of the Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program.

Mitch Monaghan, Nespresso Coffee Ambassador, says of the new concept boutique “The new architecture allows us to showcase Nespresso’s ambition to become the highest quality and the most sustainable coffee brand in the world. It’s a choice we have made to allow our customers to get a closer understanding of the brand and experience the bean-to-cup journey themselves.”

The new Nespresso boutique concept and open format was designed by award winning architecture and interior design practice Universal Design Studio; which was founded by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby. The Sydney flagship Boutique also takes inspiration from the iconic The Rocks area of Sydney; using local stone supplied from Gosford quarries, bronze in the handrails and elements of the flooring.

The Sydney George Street Boutique has been designed to invite customers to explore new coffee tasting rituals and experiences, including:

A Sensorial Welcome: Upon entering each Boutique, Coffee Specialists introduce guests to the vast range of coffees. At this station, guests can get hands-on with the coffee grounds inside a capsule, discovering the aromas and then finishing with a taste of the final product.

Discovery in The Lab: As guests continue their journey through the Boutique, perusing the machines and accompanying accessories, a Coffee Specialist will assist them in exploring the coffee range further. They can taste two coffees side-by-side in order to better understand their personal taste preferences.

Source: Nespresso


delicious. Travel launch event at Icebergs

Leading food title delicious. is getting even bigger by including a fully fledged travel section in the magazine and online.

So, into true delicious. style, the team, spearheaded by Kerrie McCallum and Fiona Nilsson celebrated with a very chic and incredibly happy party at the iconic Icebergs Dining Room and Bar.

Everyone was having such a good time when finish time came – 9 PM – no one wanted to leave. Must’ve been something to do with the Perrier Jouët and Icebergs canapés. By the way, am very pleased to be part of the delicious. travel writing team – see you around the world somewhere and check out http://www.delicious.com.au

The who’s who of food and travel came together to celebrate the new look delicious.com.au and the official launch of delicious. Travel – an expanded travel offering which helps readers discover the world’s most delicious destinations.

delicious. editor-in-chief Kerrie McCallum spoke briefly to guests about the new look site and was joined by newly appointed delicious. travel editor-at-large George Calombaris, delicious. contributors and some of the country’s most influential foodies for a VIP drinks reception.

Guests were treated to a special menu created by IDRB head chef and delicious. contributor Monty Koludrovic including: oysters with champagne and finger lime, goats curd and beetroot tart, jellied sea urchin, saké tomato and lemon thyme, cavatelli with crab, smoked butter and chives, cheesy IceBergers and chocolate and hazelnut macarons.

VIP guests included:

Kerrie McCallum, Fiona Nilsson, George Calombaris, Matt Preston, Matt Moran, Colin Fassnidge, Anthony Puharich, Darren Robertson, Magdalena Roze, Silvia Colloca, Guillaume Brahimi, Manu Feildel, Justine Schofield, Ross and Sonny Lusted.

Source: delicious.


Instagram Data reveals most buzzed about posts during Melbourne Cup 2018

Following the Melbourne Cup 2018, Instagram has released data revealing the most buzzed about topics, attendees, posts and horse after seeing 5 million interactions related to the Melbourne Cup 2018 on Instagram.

The Melbourne Cup has garnered a reputation for being one of the most star-studded events on Australia’s social calendar. Instagram has confirmed this today, revealing the top five attendees who gained the most buzz during the Cup on Instagram, with first place going to British pop-icon, Sam Smith followed by Australian model, Elyse Knowles.

  1. Sam Smith
  2. Elyse Knowles
  3. Lara Worthington
  4. Olivia Molly Rogers
  5. Rachael Finch

*Note the “most buzzed about” results are determined by total number of Instagram mentions by either tagging or including the name/title in captions or comments on photos or videos posted to Instagram

The Cup’s Top-Liked Photo on Instagram, goes to Sam Smith gaining over 266k likes in under 24 hours, posting an image of him preparing to perform at the Melbourne Cup (https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp0qQoiHun_/.

This was followed by Nathalie Kelley’s selfie at the race (https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp03d_CA61m/ with 47.6k likes, and her photo series from the day (https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp1NvXsAEYh/ gaining 35.9k likes.

Elyse Knowles’s little ray of sunshine outfit amidst the rainy weather (https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp0Wjt1lUOt/ came in third place with 32.7k likes.

The Cup’s Most-Watched Video of the day goes to Usain Bolt for popping champagne bottles with a horseshoe https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp1btoely5x/ gaining 322.2k views in under 15 hours.

Nathalie Kelley’s slow motion champagne shower (https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp0mFs3F_Oo/ earned 203.7k views.

Megan Gale with horse Magic Circle ahead of the race (https://www.instagram.com/p/Bp0TvKEjJWR/ earned 48.4k views.

Instagram has revealed the most buzzed about horse of the day on Instagram goes to The Melbourne Cup champion, Cross Counter.

Source: Instagram


Luxury yacht - Infinity Pacific

Agency B& Co hosted 40 guests on board to experience the Pacific Hotel Group’s 40m, Italian-designed luxury superyacht, Infinity Pacific – the largest superyacht available for charter in Sydney Harbour this summer.

Guests were stunned by it’s vastness and stunning layout and design, the hands on attention from the permanent staff and of course the gorgeous food curated by Noosa Beach House chef, Peter Kuruvita and brought to life by Sava from Plated.

Accompanied by Dom Perignon on arrival and free-flowing Veuve it was the most spectacular afternoon for all.


Nominees announced for the 2018 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel

With just five weeks until the 2018 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel, anticipation surrounding the nation’s top screen awards increased as the the Australian Academy has announced the nominees in all categories.

The winners will be announced at the two major 2018 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel events, held at The Star Event Centre in Sydney, home of the AACTA Awards: The Industry Luncheon on Monday 3 December, and the AACTA Awards Ceremony on Wednesday 5 December, telecast on Channel Seven with encore screenings on Foxtel. Tickets to both events are on sale now from www.aacta.org/whats-on.

The 2018 AACTA Awards mark the 60th Anniversary of AFI | AACTA, giving the Australian Academy and the screen industry the opportunity to celebrate its incredible history, talented practitioners and world-class productions.

Comedy-drama LADIES IN BLACK, drama series MYSTERY ROAD and gay rights movement mini series RIOT lead the way with 11 nominations each, followed closely by Australian western SWEET COUNTRY with 10 nominations.

FEATURE FILM
In another record-breaking year, a total of 19 feature films have received nominations, with five films competing for the highly coveted AACTA Award for Best Film presented by Foxtel: BOY ERASED, BREATH, CARGO, LADIES IN BLACK and SWEET COUNTRY.

The five nominees for the inaugural AACTA Award for Best Indie Film presented by Event Cinemas – which honours the finest Australian films of the past year with a budget of under $2 million – are: The Jacobson Brothers’ dark comedy BROTHERS’ NEST; Benjamin Gilmour’s JIRGA, which was recently announced as Australia’s entry for this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar®; Stan’s first Australian ‘Original’ feature film, Mairi Cameron’s THE SECOND; Alena Lodkina’s Venice Film Festival Biennale College funded film STRANGE COLOURS; and Jason Raftopoulos’ WEST OF SUNSHINE, whose star, the late Damian Hill, also received a posthumous nomination for Best Lead Actor.

Leading individual nominations are Joel Edgerton (BOY ERASED) and Simon Baker (BREATH), who compete in four categories: Best Film, Best Direction, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor. Not only does this mark first-time production and direction nominations for the AFI and AACTA Award-winning auteurs, it also marks the first time in AFI | AACTA history that an individual has been nominated in both direction and acting categories in the same year.

Egderton and Baker compete for Best Direction alongside two past category winners; Cannes Golden Camera Award winner Warwick Thornton (SWEET COUNTRY), and two-time Oscar® nominee Bruce Beresford (LADIES IN BLACK), whose nomination marks his seventh Best Direction nomination, tying him with Paul Cox for the most nominations in the category.

Emmy winner Julia Ormond receives her first AACTA Award nomination for LADIES IN BLACK, while Oscar® nominees Lucas Hedges and Rooney Mara follow past recognition at the AACTA International Awards with nominations for their performances in BOY ERASED and MARY MAGDALENE, respectively.

Also receiving nominations for BOY ERASED are Oscar® and multi-AFI and AACTA Award winners Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman, who is vying for her second consecutive Best Supporting Actress win.

SWEET COUNTRY’s Hamilton Morris and Natassia Gorey-Furber both receive nominations for their acting debuts, while Daniel Monks receives a Best Lead Actor nomination for his feature film debut in PULSE.

Feature films BREATH and SWEET COUNTRY are nominated for the inaugural AACTA Award for Best Casting presented by Casting Networks alongside television mini series’ FRIDAY ON MY MIND and RIOT.

TELEVISION
In television, 51 productions compete for 21 awards, with five nominees competing for the AACTA Award for Best Drama Series: JACK IRISH, MR INBETWEEN, MYSTERY ROAD, RAKE and WENTWORTH.

The AACTA Award for Best Comedy Program sees four previous AACTA Award-winning and nominated productions – ROSEHAVEN, TRUE STORY WITH HAMISH AND ANDY, THE LETDOWN and BLACK COMEDY – compete against the first AACTA nominated stand-up special, NANETTE, which had garnered worldwide critical acclaim following its release on Netflix in June.

Nominated for Best Direction in a Television Drama or Comedy are Rachel Perkins (MYSTERY ROAD), Nash Edgerton (MR INBETWEEN), Jeffrey Walker (RIOT) and last year’s winner Glendyn Ivin (SAFE HARBOUR).

Oscar® nominee and eight-time AFI and AACTA Award winner Judy Davis – who currently holds the record for most wins across performance categories – receives her first nomination in a television category for MYSTERY ROAD.

Among those receiving their first nominations are: Hannah Gadsby (NANETTE); Hazem Shammas and Nicole Chamoun (SAFE HARBOUR); Xavier Samuel (RIOT); and the five nominees for the Subscription Television Award for Best New Talent, Inez Currõ (PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK), Markella Kavenagh (ROMPER STOMPER), Nick Riewoldt (AFL 360), Chika Yasumura and Scott Ryan (MR INBETWEEN).

Celia Pacquola’s nomination for ROSEHAVEN marks her fourth nomination for Best Performance in a Television Comedy and sees her chasing her fourth consecutive AACTA Award win. Other actors receiving consecutive nominations include: Tina Bursill (DOCTOR, DOCTOR), Leah Purcell (WENTWORTH), Wayne Hope (BACK IN VERY SMALL BUSINESS), and Richard Roxburgh, who received his seventh Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama nomination.

Also chasing a fourth consecutive AACTA Award win is MASTERCHEF AUSTRALIA, which receives its eighth consecutive nomination. Other productions receiving consecutive category nominations include: WENTWORTH (Best Drama Series); ROSEHAVEN and TRUE STORY WITH HAMISH & ANDY (Best Comedy Program); AUSTRALIAN SURVIVOR and MY KITCHEN RULES (Best Reality Series); HARD QUIZ, JULIA ZEMIRO’S HOME DELIVERY and LITTLE BIG SHOTS (Best Entertainment Program); and SELLING HOUSES AUSTRALIA, which is vying for its second consecutive win for Best Lifestyle Program.

In Subscription Television, presenters Margaret Pomeranz (SCREEN), Shaynna Blaze (SELLING HOUSES AUSTRALIA), Yvonne Sampson (LEAGUE LIFE, BIG LEAGUE WRAP, THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTY, SUPER SATURDAY) and Andrew Winter (LOVE IT OR LIST IT AUSTRALIA, SELLING HOUSES AUSTRALIA) all see consecutive nominations in the Best Presenter categories. Nominated in Best Live Event Production are BATHURST 2017, CMC MUSIC AWARDS 2018, JEFF HORN V GARY CORCORAN WORLD TITLE FIGHT and SKY NEWS LEADERSHIP SPILL.

Also announced today were the nominees for the inaugural AACTA Subscription Television Award for Best Sports Presentation: AFL 360, FINALS FOOTY ON FOX: RICHMOND V COLLINGWOOD, LEAGUE LIFE and SUNDAY NIGHT WITH MATTY JOHNS.

DOCUMENTARY AND ONLINE
GURRUMUL and MOUNTAIN lead nominations in the documentary categories with five each, both receiving nominations for Best Feature Documentary alongside GHOSTHUNTER, JILL BILCOCK: DANCING THE INVISIBLE and WORKING CLASS BOY.

Nominated for Best Documentary or Factual Program are: AFTER THE APOLOGY, EMPLOYABLE ME, HAWKE: THE LARRIKIN AND THE LEADER, THE QUEEN & ZAK GRIEVE and YOU CAN’T ASK THAT. This year’s AACTA Award for Best Online Video or Series sees BC EXPLAINED, DEADLOCK, HOMECOMING QUEENS, KIKI AND KITTY and SMALL TOWN HACKERS all receive nominations.

“AFI | AACTA has been celebrating our industry and its immense talent since the first AFI Awards in 1958, where ten awards were presented. 60 years on, we have 395 individuals from 105 productions competing for a total of 54 Awards, recognising excellence across all industry sectors, including feature film, television, documentary, short film, online, visual effects and animation,” said AFI | AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella.

“We’re thrilled to see such a wealth of screen talent recognised at this year’s Awards – from some of the earliest AFI Award winners to many emerging and early-career practitioners – and we look forward to celebrating their fine achievements, as well as our 60th Anniversary as the longest standing national screen culture and industry development organisation at the 2018 AACTA Awards presented by Foxtel in Sydney.”

NSW Minister for the Arts Don Harwin said, “The NSW Government has a strong commitment to the State’s screen industry and is proud to support the AACTA Awards in Sydney. This year’s nominees reflect the exceptional talent and success of the Australian film and television industry and I congratulate them on their achievements – particularly those from NSW.”

Source: AACTA