Tsingtao Be Bold Party is the party to end all parties

On 24 March 2015, Tsingtao hosted the Be Bold Party at Chinatown’s Dynasty Karaoke bar with comedian Ronny Chieng as guest MC. This was not a launch. It was THE party to end all parties and THE party that you do not leave to go to another party.

The night had an electrifying atmosphere with performances from Angle Grinder, Hula Hoop Specialist and Contortionist, and a Live UV Model Painting. Throughout the evening guests were able to participate in a Beatbox Battle as well as view the captivating Safari and Balloon Room.

Tsingtao, pronounced Ching Dow, has been in the Australian marketplace for 20 years. Instead of targeting men aged 35 years and upwards who eat at Chinese restaurants, Tsingtao changed its marketing strategy to appeal to young professionals aged 18-35 who drink beer socially and purchasing the product in bottle shops.

While many of the attendees were hip twenty-something’s (some of which were competition winners), there were a few celebrities including: social media king, Kurt Coleman: Australian Olympic gold medallist Leisel Jones; and singer and songwriter at What About Tonight, Brock Codey Jays.

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The Gantry Restaurant & Bar launches with a VIP event

The revamped Gantry Restaurant & Bar, located at Pier One on the water’s edge, launched with a VIP party on Tuesday 17 March 2015.

The building was built in 1912 and is steeped in maritime history. Leading architectural firm Bates Smart was engaged to transform the building into a sophisticated space that was respectful of the building’s past. Rich, dark, club styled furniture, brass furnishings and weathered timber flooring compliment the reinstated beautiful original features including exposed pillars and steel framing.

Executive Chef, Chris Irving (who has a wealth of accolades including four years with the Gordon Ramsay Group) and Bar Manager, Ben Taouss ensured that guests had an unforgettable experience. An impressive seafood display showcased the daily offerings of the restaurant including freshly shucked oysters, Balmain bugs and Hervey Bay scallops.

Standout dishes served during the night included Venison Tartar, Spanner Crab with bergamot and green apple, and grilled Cone Bay Barramundi.  Moet was flowing all night  and the cocktail menu had been crafted with an emphasis on native and botanical ingredients to create deep and surprising flavours.

Celebrities included: actor Rachel Griffith, Sydney socialite Sally Singleton, E! Australia host Ksenija Lukich, Channel Ten Hollywood reporter Richard Reid, model and journalist from Sporteluxe Bianca Cheah, host of television music program The Loop Scott Tweedie, host of Ready Steady Cook Peter Everett, and celebrity veterinarian from Harry’s Practice Katrina Warren.

For more information about the Gantry Restaurant & Bar, go to http://www.thegantry.com.au

Half the photos are courtesy of The Mint Partners.

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March into Merivale launches fried chicken and noodle pop-up bar In Sydney CBD

Hospitality company, Merivale, launched a fried chicken and noodle pop-up bar at their Sydney’s CBD venue, Work in Progress, on Thursday 26 February.  The brainchild of this pop-up bar is Patrick Friesen, Papi Chulo’s brilliant head chef. The pop-up opened its doors as part of March into Merivale, Sydney’s signature Food and Wine Festival featuring 50 events over five delicious weeks.

Inspired by many of the late night supper spots he enjoys with fellow chefs after service, Patrick has designed a short and punchy menu of Asian fried chicken, Hong Kong noodles and tasty snacks. Dishes like fried chicken with ginger nuoc cham and pnomh penh wings with lime white pepper take the lead, together with Sichuan duck and tofu lo mein and pork & prawn wonton mein with egg noodles. The food will be matched by a fun and fresh cocktail menu, alongside a smashing selection of wine and beers. 

Hailing from Canada, Patrick first joined Merivale at Potts Point hangout Ms.G’s, where he led the dynamic kitchen for nearly two years. In 2013, he joined forces with fellow Merivale chef, Christopher Hogarth, to open Papi Chulo, the much-lauded smokehouse and grill on Manly Wharf. The formidable duo have won the hearts and taste buds of Sydneysiders with their succulent spice-rubbed meats and grilled seafood. 

Located at 50 King Street, Sydney CBD, ‘Work in Progress @patrickfriesen’ is the perfect spot for a quick and easy solo lunch or to enjoy with friends and colleagues. The pop-up bar is open from 12pm-late, Monday-Friday (kitchen is open 12-3pm and 6-10pm). For further inforamtion, go to www.merivale.com/wipbar or www.marchintomerivale.com.au

Bondi Hardware celebrates their annual end of summer party and third birthday

Over 150 guests packed the hardware store turned trendy restaurant and bar called Bondi Hardware for their annual end of summer party which coincided with their third birthday on 24 February 2015.

Guests arrived dressed in casual summer beach wear for the ‘Point Break’ themed party. They spent the evening listening to summer tunes by local DJs and took hilarious photos of themselves in the PhotoBooth Me photobooth.

Guests sipped on refreshing watermelontini cocktails (made from Ketel One vodka elderflower liquor, watermelon, apple and lime), wines from Howard Park, beers from Endeavour and ciders from Bartlow. Head Chef Elliot Anders supplied tasty treats of: spiced tuna, avocado and coconut quinoa; pearl barley arancini with walnuts and kale (aioli); quinoa and polenta bites with romesco sauce; pumpkin, pineapple and pork belly lettuce cups; honey Sriracha fried chicken; beef sliders and Margharita pizza.

Notable guests included Bondi’s bikini queen Tali Jatali with daughter Zsa Zsa, ex-handball player turned food and yoga blogger Caroline Hogh Groth, fashion agent Phoebe Garland, model turned model agent Taryn Williams, former Popstars contestant and nightclub singer Arnott Olsen and How Strange, Innocence actor Elysia Vickas.

Bondi Hardware is owned by the Applejack Group who also own the venues, The Botanist Kirribilli, SoCal Neutral Bay and the Butler Potts Point. For more information, go to http://www.bondi-hardware.com.au

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