Tuesday, 1 October 2013

A round up of this month's hottest foodie news

We will drink to that!

Retail Savvy Group has been given the honor as a finalist for two of its CBD venues by the Australian Hotels Association.

Asian Beer Café as a finalist for “Best Theme Bar” category as well as its sister venue, Father’s Office. Father’s Office is also a finalist in the “Best Bar Presentation & Service category”.

“We are extremely honored to be nominated let alone be finalists in three categories for our two bars. We pride ourselves on keeping our concepts fresh and innovating all the time.” Says, Anna Carosa, Co-founder and Owner.

Asian Beer Café has been operating successfully for six years. It is themed 1920’s Shanghai with a mix of authentic and contemporary design. The 20-meter long bar caters for ever-increasing patrons. Tapas dishes are the choice with everything, $4-$10. $8 Jugs and $5 happy hour specials make this place a cool and affordable hangout for uni and corporates alike.
Asian Beer Cafe on Urbanspoon
Father’s Office has only been operating for the past thirteen months and its already moving up the ladder so fast, it is unstoppable. With its classic 1920’s prohibition “speak easy” theme, its beautiful vintage architecture, making it the place to be. Father’s Office also caters for any kind of event or celebrations, including weddings.
Father's Office Speakeasy Bar and Restaurant on Urbanspoon
The winners will be announced at the Australian Hotels Association dinner, which is held on Monday the 18th of November 2013.
Radisson Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne New Spring Menu From Nationally Commended Chef

Spring has well and truly sprung at HQ’s Restaurant and Bar located on the ground floor of the Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens Melbourne with the release of its brand new Spring Menu from Executive Chef Leigh Robbins-- who was a finalist in this month’s national 2013 HM Magazine Hotel Accommodation Awards in the Hotel Chef category.

Leigh – who received a Highly Commended acknowledgement from the prestigious HM Magazine group - was voted in the top eleven chefs in the industry awards. He takes the construction of his seasonal menu very seriously - with weekly taste test panels which often make for a special guest experience.
Mövenpick launches its QV Boutique store

On 20th September, Mövenpick launched  its QV Boutique store. Gastrology bloggers were invited to the QV Mövenpick Gallery to experience the art of Swiss ice cream. Gastrology bloggers will soon be reviewing a Mövenpick store so stay tuned!
1806 wins 2 bar awards

After being nominated for an unprecedented 7 Bartender Magazine Bar Awards, Lisa Kelly and the teams at 1806 and The Understudy were absolutely thrilled to accept the following awards at the ceremony:

Victorian Cocktail Bar of the Year - 1806

Rookie of the Year – Daniel Warren

“We couldn’t be any prouder of Dan – he is an integral part of what makes 1806 and The Understudy such great venues. We send him the hugest congratulations and look forward to celebrating with him as soon as he gets back to Melbourne.”

1806 will celebrate their 6th birthday in October.

Dimmi Awards 

Two of our favourite restaurants have received a Dimmi Award for September 2013.
Ayatana has been selected as a Top Rated Thai Restaurant, and La Svolta Hampton has been awarded in the Best For Families category.

Iconic Partnership to Set Tongues Wagging

Renowned Melbourne patisserie and café Brunetti has joined forces with Di Bella Coffee, Australia’s leading specialty coffee company, to establish a roasting warehouse within its Carlton café and to service the café’s coffee account, one of the largest in the country.

Brunetti’s recent move from Faraday Street in Carlton back to its original home of Lygon Court has meant owners and brothers Fabio and Yuri Angelé have revamped the café and allocated space for Di Bella to establish an in-store roasting facility.

Gelato World Tour

After the amazing success in Rome and Valencia, with more than 280,000 people in attendance, the sweetest challenge will soon land in Melbourne (25th-27th of October, Argyle Square).

Guy Grossi, the worldwide famous chef will select the 16 gelato artisans that will compete in the third stage of the Gelato World Tour, the first international competition of its kind

The expectations are extremely high. Immersed in the striking atmosphere of the Carlton Italian Festa, Gelato World Tour is almost ready to welcome the best Oceania gelato artisans and the worldwide media that have already shown a great interest for the event.   

Eight cities from the five continents will become gelato capitals. These cities will welcome thousands of people to their public squares and will contribute to highlighting artisans and local products. Up to sixteen gelato chefs will be selected for each stop and they will compete with flavours that combine tradition with innovation, bringing out the flavours of the best ingredients. 

Visitors to the Gelato World Tour Village will participate in short lessons in the art of gelato taught by instructors from Carpigiani Gelato University and how to open a new gelato shop (by IFI) and will see gelato produced right in front of their eyes, and will taste the fresh gelato by purchasing the Gelato Pass. Other activities include meetings about gelato trends, gastronomic workshops, and skill challenges between professional Gelato Chefs. 

For the first time in this sector, the public will vote to decide the winner of the contest will win prizes with the “Taste & Win” competition and will become “Gelato Artisan for a day”. The final standings will be based 50% on the public’s votes and 50% on a technical jury’s votes. Tonda Challenge, in which participants must prepare two “perfect cups” weighing 60 grams, will continue for the competitors. 

After Melbourne (25th-27th October 2013), the event will move to Dubai for the Middle East region, South America, North America, Asia, and then back to Europe. About 40 artisans will compete at the Grand Finale which will be held in Rimini in September 2014, vying for the title of World’s Best Gelato.

Follow the stages of the Gelato World Tour here
Release the yeast!

Rustica Sourdough and Vinteloper have teamed up for a winemaker dinner experience. Brenton Lang, Masterbaker of Rustica Sourdough and David Bowley, Winemaker of Vinteloper, will lead guests through a flight of aroma, flavour and fantasy. Focus will be about wild yeast fermentation, authentic sourdough and the natural winemaking process while enjoying a sensual six-course experience from the savoury to the sweet, each paired with Vinteloper’s new releases.

When: 23rd October 2013 @ 7.30pm
Where: Rustica Sourdough Café 402 Brunswick St Fitzroy
Cost: $80 PP
Tickets: Call Rustica on 03 9417 7775 or book online

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