QT Sydney launches a BYO Nona at Parlour Cucina

Market Street’s newest dining hangout, Parlour Cucina is bringing family together for all-day breakfast with the launch of BYO Nonna – you bring the grandparent, they bring the spread, and Nonna’s bill is on them! 

They’re taking it back to the good ol’ days, when kids played outside, veggies were grown in the backyard and Italian fare was done the old way. Parlour Cucina is celebrating the world of yesteryear and inviting you treat your Nonna like days gone by. Simple, fresh produce is centre stage and served with classic generosity; something our Nonna knows all about.

Nonna’s rules apply; its phones down, forks up, enjoying Parlour Cucina’s all-day Sunday breakfast menu from 8am – 2pm. Order a round of espresso by Little Marionette and treat Nonna to a Berodier Melt or Panini Di Patate. Parlour Cucina hasn’t forgotten the sweet seeking Nonna either, with an assortment of pastries, muffins and Donuts Bomboloni.

Though it isn’t all espressos and Paninis, treat the family to a round of breakfast bubbles, seasonal Bellini’s or their signature Parlour Bloody Mary. It’ll be the weekly family affair you actually want to attend.

Don’t be surprised if Nonna’s breakfast comes with a serving of nostalgia. QT Sydney’s Parlour Cucina is spread across two of Sydney’s most prominent historical buildings, Gowings and the State Theatre, both of which opened their doors in 1929.

Treat Nonna to uncomplicated Italian in a big city. Nonna validation in the form of embarrassing photos and crocheted scarves required.

Source: QT Sydney

ICEBERGS x SPLENDOUR - leaving Bondi restaurant heads to the Hills

With the sell out success of last year’s pop up dining experience still tingling the taste buds, Splendour in the Grass is lifting the cloche on 2019’s hot ticket, a new partnership with one of Australia’s most creative entrepreneurs, restaurateur Maurice Terzini and his iconic Bondi Beachside restaurant, Icebergs Dining Room and Bar.

Maurice’s inspiration comes from juxtaposition, a fine dining experience within the rambunctious and raucous environment of Australia’s biggest music festival. He is passionate about the blurring of spaces and preconceptions – restaurant vs bar vs club – and obsessed with food, fashion, art and music, bringing to life an experience that speaks to each and creates something new and compelling for audiences to enjoy. Through this signature raw, rock n roll lens, Icebergs Dining Room and Bar will be lovingly and creatively reinterpreted at Splendour in the Grass 2019. Positioned in a private and picturesque backstage location overlooking a lake, think Bondi Icebergs goes punk rock.

Gather your crew and step into another world for two hours for what is set to be an unforgettable Splendour experience. A truly exclusive and unique event paired with innovative and delicious mixed drinks, the highest quality three course feast curated carefully to tantalise your taste buds, and the perfect playlist to live your absolute best life at your favourite festival.

The 100 seat pop up Icebergs will feature a special Splendour in the Grass menu created by Icebergs’ Executive Chef Monty Koludrovic. Joining Monty will be the well-known and highly regarded team from Three Blue Ducks. Their love of real food and supporting local producers makes a perfect combination that you won’t want to miss.

The three course menu inspired by Maurice’s Italian roots and love for food and culture, will include options such as nodini di mozzarella, a decadent Yarra Valley caviar croccante, grilled pickled octopus, Randall Family Koshi risotto with saffron, crab and celeriac, Koji grilled lamb neck, smoked garlic, sorrel and fermented chilli salmoriglio, twice cooked free range chicken with ginger sauce, a pea, herb and almond salad to pair, and a tableside candied macadamia and chocolate tiramisu to get your mouth watering. Vegetarian and vegan options will also be available.

The Icebergs Dining Room and Bar at Splendour will feature Smirnoff Infusions as the lead product and will be showcased alongside drinks curated and carefully selected by the highly acclaimed Matthew Whiley of Scout Sydney and London and James Hird, Icebergs Sommelier.

Simone Ramjee, Icebergs’ Events and Marketing Manager also brings her well-rounded expertise to the event to round off an incredible team to provide guests with the full Icebergs experience at Splendour in the Grass.

Guests will be greeted with a Smirnoff Infusions welcome drink on arrival – the newest premium spirit infused with natural fruit and botanical extracts. Simply add soda for a naturally fresh, light and interesting taste that’s under 40 calories a serve and perfect for the day. Smirnoff infusions launches nationally at the end of August so this unmissable event is your exclusive chance for a first taste.

The Icebergs Bar will also feature curated beverages using ORGANICS by Red Bull soft drinks – a refreshingly natural beverage that can be consumed on its own or as the perfect mixer accompaniment to quality mixed drinks.

Beer on serve will be from Belgium’s iconic Brewery, Hoegaarden. This original Belgian Witbier (white beer) has a slightly sweet and sour taste, with zesty citrus notes, and has aromas of orange peel, coriander seeds and herbs from Curacao. The character of the wheat beer means it goes well with many and varied flavours and the citrus notes pair well with many dishes.

All beverages will be perfectly balanced with Monty’s carefully created food menu – available to purchase via contactless and mobile payments.

If you still haven’t had your fill of Icebergs at Splendour after your exclusive dining experience, your ticket also acts as an exclusive invitation to Icebergs’ ‘Italo Dining & Disco Club’ on Sunday, 11pm – 2am. Come see out your Splendour in the Grass 2019 with a bang and dance the night away – Italian style.

“And about time! Finally we have Icebergs at Splendour, something we’ve been gunning for for years. I love not only Monty’s beautiful food and Matt and James’ sublime drinks, but Maurice’s vision as he presents the most amazing intersection of incredible dining, shit hot music and cool art to boot. The perfect partner in crime, and such an honour, we look forward to the start of some great collaborations in the years to come. ” – Splendour Co-Producer Jessica Ducrou

Friday 19th July 7pm
Saturday 20th July 12pm, 3pm & 6pm
Sunday 22nd July 12pm, 3pm, 6pm

Tickets for this premium dining experience are available, head to moshtix.com.au to purchase tickets. Ticket price $148.50 + booking fees & cc charges

Source: Splendour In The Grass

Shrek The Musical is coming to Australia in 2020

Australia’s leading theatre producer John Frost has announced that the Broadway smash hit SHREK THE MUSICAL is coming to Australia.

This lavish and fun multi-million dollar musical will open at the Sydney Lyric Theatre, The Star in early January 2020, followed by seasons at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne and the Lyric Theatre, Brisbane.

With music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, SHREK THE MUSICAL is based on the Oscar®-winning DreamWorks film Shrek and William Steig’s 1990 book Shrek!.

When it was launched, the film Shrek was the first Academy Award winner for the Best Animated Feature, was the #1 highest grossing animated film and the #3 highest grossing film. Still today, three of the Shrek films are in the Top 20 Highest Grossing Animated Films of all time.

SHREK THE MUSICAL brings the hilarious story of everyone’s favourite ogre to life on the stage. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Throw in a donkey who won’t shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, a cookie with attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand … and his name is Shrek.

“I saw SHREK THE MUSICAL on Broadway when it opened in 2008 and fell in love with it,” said John Frost.

“After a very successful season, it toured the US and since played the West End followed by a long UK tour, as well as Asia, across Europe, Canada, Latin and South America, Israel and Scandinavia amongst others. I was bowled over by the way audiences responded to the social issues it covers, themes like friendship, discrimination, acceptance, inclusiveness and ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’. I know Australia is going to fall in love with SHREK THE MUSICAL as much as I did.”

Featuring a terrific score of 19 songs, big laughs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, the New York Times has proclaimed SHREK THE MUSICAL as “True Happiness!”. The show has been lauded by critics and audiences alike, receiving 8 Tony Award nominations, 12 Drama Desk nominations, 10 Outer Critics Circle nominations, 3 Drama League nominations and a Grammy Award nomination for Best Musical Show Album.

SHREK THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!
Waitlist now to be the first in line to purchase tickets at ShrekTheMusical.com.au – tickets for the Sydney season will go on sale from 5 July with presales from 1 July.

Source: Shrek The Musical

Experience WellingtonNZ’s First Immersive Live Action Film Experience, Second Unit, from 13th to 30th June

WellingtonNZ have announced their first immersive live-action film experience, Second Unit, which is taking place from the 13th – 30th June and took it’s inspiration from Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s vampire cult film, What We Do in the Shadows, which was set in Wellington too.

Taking place on a huge custom-built fictional set on Wellington’s Waterfront, Second Unit invites participants onto a chaotic behind-the-scenes fictional film set as the role of extras, to help wrap a film shoot of dysfunction crew.

It’s a mix between a choose-your-own-adventure video game, film set and music festival, where the audience is free to explore a wonderland of dance floors, green screens, secret rooms and unusual bars and interact with the 80 performers and crew.

Local production company, Tāwhiri’s Executive Director Meg Williams says participants can meet cameos from a few famous friends from the original What We Do in the Shadows and exclaims ”It’s an experience that can be enjoyed by both fans of the film and anyone looking for a freaky night out.”

Similar to New York’s Sleep No More and London’s Secret Cinema, this new annual event is not only the first one of it’s kind in the Southern Hemisphere but it’s also the first of it’s scale in New Zealand and has been scheduled to take place for the next 3 years, featuring a different film every year.

Source: Second Unit

Melbourne Cup Carnival Birdcage to feature outstanding catering lineup

The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) has announced this year’s world-famous Birdcage at the Melbourne Cup Carnival will feature four of Australia’s most celebrated caterers – Flemington icons Peter Rowland and The Big Group, and exciting new additions made by Merivale and food&desire.

The famed made by Merivale joins the VRC stable from Sydney where it is part of the successful Merivale portfolio led by Justin Hemmes, whose popular venues include ivy, Totti’s, Fred’s, Establishment, and Mr. Wong.

food&desire will also service Birdcage marquees for the first time in 2019 after 18 years in the catering business including operating leading Melbourne event venues such as Carousel and Half Acre.

Peter Rowland has been the official year-round catering partner of the VRC since 1996 and is renowned for its chicken sandwiches, a staple of Cup Week at Flemington, as well as serving delectable offerings in the Birdcage’s exclusive marquees.

Experts in thinking big about the small details, The Big Group has been creating incredible culinary encounters for the Birdcage for 21 years, and continues to be instrumental in the evolution of the food experience the enclosure is famous for. Over the years, they have been at the helm of some of the most notable marquees including the VRC’s Principal Partner, Lexus, and served their delicacies to society’s who’s who.

VRC Executive General Manager Customer Engagement Caroline Ralphsmith said the Club was thrilled to enhance its catering options in the Birdcage. “The Birdcage at the Melbourne Cup Carnival is synonymous with exceptional food, drinks and hospitality, and we want racegoers to enjoy the best Australia has to offer,” Ms Ralphsmith said.

“Peter Rowland and The Big Group have been serving up delicious fare at Cup Week for decades, and in a coup for the VRC, we are excited to welcome made by Merivale and food&desire to our outstanding catering line up.”

Merivale CEO Justin Hemmes said they were thrilled to partner with the VRC for this year’s Melbourne Cup Carnival.

“Lexus Melbourne Cup Day has always been one of the most exciting days in Merivale’s social calendar, so it is a tremendous honour to bring together our talented chefs and bartenders, alongside some of Melbourne’s best, for four sensational days in the Birdcage. We created made by Merivale so that we could deliver our distinctive style of food and level of service outside of our restaurants and bars, and what better setting to create a truly memorable hospitality experience than Australia’s most iconic racing event.”

food&desire Director Asaf Smoli said this is the start of something new for the company.

“To be part of what is renowned as one of Melbourne’s must-go social events, we could not be more excited. food&desire will deliver Melbourne’s love of food, its desire to find something new, and its need to celebrate. Like many times before, we will create an experience that will be remembered long after the day. Our team of creatives could not be more excited to bring food and beverage experiences alive. We look forward to playing in the most exciting social arena in Melbourne – the Birdcage!”

Peter Rowland CEO Emma Yee said the company is delighted to maintain its presence in the Birdcage.

“The Melbourne Cup Carnival is the epitome of what Melbourne is renowned for – sport, fashion, food, major events and respect for tradition. Peter Rowland has been creating legendary hospitality for Melburnians since 1963 and we have been proud partners of the VRC for 25 years, not only for the four days of Melbourne Cup Carnival but also for 21 other race days across the year.”

The Big Group co-founder and Director Bruce Keebaugh said the company is delighted to continue its association with the VRC.

“The Lexus Melbourne Cup is the race that stops a nation, but not us! We delight in our culinary creatives pushing experiential boundaries and our marquees at the Melbourne Cup Carnival, well they just keep getting better. I suppose when you love every element of what you do, you just keep raising the standard, then lo and behold you’re an industry leader. The magic of giving big thought to small details has kept us serving the Birdcage for 21 years; and we have a lot of fun doing it!”

The Birdcage is an icon of the Melbourne Cup Carnival having evolved from a humble car park to arguably the world’s most lavish event space for corporate and sponsor guests as well as VRC members. Every year the Birdcage is bigger and better than the year before, and it continues to be the most lusted after invite on course at Flemington.

The Melbourne Cup Carnival begins with AAMI Victoria Derby Day on Saturday 2 November, followed by Lexus Melbourne Cup Day on Tuesday 5 November, Kennedy Oaks Day on Thursday 7 November and Seppelt Wines Stakes Day on Saturday 9 November.

Source: Flemington