Tasting Australia – Best of British

Best of British

Disclaimer: I received a basket of scones and jam from the Intercontinental, along with the information about this event.

Hopefully everyone knows that Tasting Australia is coming up at the end of April. I’ve already written about the pasta events that will be happening.

Of course, masterclasses are not the be all and end all of Tasting Australia – there are plenty of dinners, lunches and breakfasts to be had along the way. One such dinner is the Best of British dinner which takes place on Monday 30 April at the Intercontinental. This dinner is not only an excuse to eat a lot of good food but part proceeds will support the Australian athletes heading to London for the Olympic games in August.

The star of the chefs is Mark Hix (formerly chef director of Caprice Holdings which includes London icons such as The Ivy and J Sheekeys, and now running his own venture, which includes the Hix Oyster and Chop House). Hix is also very much a champion of British food – his British Regional Food being one of the modern bibles on the subject (and, I note, a book missing from my own collection …).

Hix will be joined by British expats now based in Australia:  Simon Bryant, Jeremy Strode and Matthew Kemp. The menu features Brit dishes such as steak and kidney pudding, smoked eel, lamb and a selection of UK cheeses put together by Will Studd. You can see the full menu on the Intercontinental’s website.

Tickets, limited to 300, are $195 per person and are available through ticketek.

Kay Brothers Wine Dinner 17 August

For quite a while now I’ve been meaning to get an event calendar up and running and I’ve finally done it!

The first event listed is a Kay Brothers wine dinner coming up at Jam the Bistro on Wednesday 17 August, from 6:30pm.  The dinner costs $95 a head which is inclusive of 4 courses paired with Kay Brothers wines.  If carpaccio of venison served with Grenache, or wild goat moussaka with a Cabernet Merlot appeals then this dinner could be your thing.  The evening will be hosted by Colin Kay, the winemaker, so it’s also a good opportunity to get any questions answered.

You need to make your booking through the restaurant – either phone them on 08 8231 7411 or call in (112-114 Wright Street, Adelaide). A deposit of $15 per person is required.

And if you have an event you’d like listed in the calendar, please let me know. I’m on a ridiculous number of mailing lists but that doesn’t mean that I’ll be able to pick up and make note of every event going!

Burgundy Dinner at Edinburgh Hotel

If you’re keen on a drink or two, you may well be interested in a forthcoming dinner at the Edinburgh Hotel, in Mitcham.

On Tuesday 22 June, Eurocentric Wine (with some help from Wine Academy) will be hosting a meal in the hotel’s High Street Bar, featuring a selection of red and white Burgundies.

Burgundy is never cheap and some of the wines that will be tasted on the evening retail well in excess of $100 (and the remainder hover dangerously close to the $100 mark).

White Burgundy is Chardonnay – but not as you know it. Unlike the ripe tropical fruit flavours, laden with vanilla that you might be familiar with, Chardonnay from Burgundy has more green apple like flavours (that’s due to the cooler climate), and much more restrained vanilla and buttery characteristics (that’s due to how oak is used).

Red Burgundy is made from Pinot Noir, a grape which is notoriously difficult to grow and almost always results in highly priced wines. The chances are you’ve enjoyed Pinot Noir from areas like Tasmania, the Adelaide Hills or parts of New Zealand. Pinot Noir from Burgundy is something a little bit different (and special) and if it’s a wine you haven’t experienced before, this is a great opportunity to try a whole pile!

Seating is limited to just 40 people so you should book sooner rather than later … The best thing is that you can book online … you don’t have to move, find a telephone or anything … just head over to Eurocentric’s online store.