The Star hosted the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTAs) Awards last week. This meant an intimate luncheon for over 600 Australian film and television production elite, a globally-broadcast theatre style Awards Night for 1500 guests; two distinct after parties and luxury accommodation for A-list guests.
The multipurpose space was initially transformed into the venue to host the ACCTAs Luncheon on Monday 28 January 2013. The Star Event Centre then moved into full gear to create a theatre style event set up on Wednesday 30 January for the AACTA Awards Ceremony. Retractable seating was deployed and draping removed to reveal a larger stage area and seating for 1500 event attendees.
Bistro One Eleven
111 Eagle St, Brisbane 4000
(07) 3220 2557 or http://bistrooneeleven.com/
In August VENUE announced the arrival of Philip Johnson’s newest venue, Bistro One Eleven. Now open since September, inner-city residents and corporate crowds are tucking in.
Philip Johnson believes in letting quality produce speak for itself.
“I’m still absolutely obsessed with attention to detail, but after that, I try and do the very least with the very best produce,” he says.
“The One Eleven Concept is based around the idea of relaxed elegance seen in all elements of our clientele’s experience, from the modern design of the venue and the simply prepared dishes right through to the no-fuss menu.
“Both the food and drink menus remove the over-complicated ‘chef’ descriptions and ask the patron how they feel.”
Bistro One Eleven also sports an upstairs espresso bar, One Eleven Espresso.
80 Pyrmont St, Pyrmont NSW
There’s already much to be proud of, but Mike Henry can’t take his eyes off the half-completed Events Centre. He and venue have been inspecting the finished and not-quite finished scope of The Star’s refurbishment and from a vantage point we can see the progress. It’s big (1500 banquet style) and involved (“one of the most complex structures ever built in steel”) and for Mike it will be the jewel in the crown of a very ambitious project. The Events Centre will be column-free, weigh the equivalent of a 15-storey office tower and finally Crown’s Palladium will have some serious competition for The Logies and The Allan Border Medal.
Good Fork Week
October 22-28, 2012
www.goodforkweek.com.au or 1800 066 838
Obesity is one of the biggest problems that we face. 61% of Australian adults are either overweight or obese and we have one of the world’s highest rates of childhood obesity. Unilever Food Solutions (UFS) and Obesity Prevention Australia are calling on chefs and foodservice operators to join the fight against obesity by participating in the inaugural Good Fork Week.
The event, which will be held during National Health Awareness Month from 22 – 28 October 2012, encourages all food operators to commit to making small tweaks to at least a dish on their menu to provide more nutritious options to their diners and in turn take a step forward in tackling the obesity epidemic.
Leading Australian chef, Christine Manfield, owner and operator of Universal restaurant is the official Good Fork Week Ambassador.
Jamie’s Italian Perth
Mitchell Building, Perth CBD
Jamie’s Italian is set to expand to Western Australia’s burgeoning food capital, Perth, in early 2013.
The new restaurant will feature the signatures unique pasta machine and planks of anti-pasti. The Martin Brudnizki-designed space will boast a spacious dining and bar area.
“Australia has always been close to my heart since I first visited around a decade ago, and I had a brilliant time when I was there earlier this year for the launch of Jamie’s Italian Sydney,” says Jamie Oliver. “I get a lot of wonderful tweets from Australians who have eaten at Jamie’s Italian restaurants in the UK, and now Sydney, so to have another Jamie’s Italian open in Australia is really special for me. We’ve wanted to open in Perth for a while and now we’ve found the perfect location on William Street, right in the heart of the city.”
St Marys Rd, Sydney 2000 (in front of St Mary’s Cathedral)
This is real 3D TV. Marketing agency the projects* have partnered with Shine Australia’s hit TV show MasterChef and Network Ten. The agency is responsible for the design and execution of the first MasterChef Dining pop-up bar and restaurant, the must-have table booking in Sydney this July – so popular that it is already booked out.
The concept brings the series to life physically: the final result being a translation of the on-screen show into a fine dining experience. The MasterChef Dining pop-up restaurant and bar’s positioning in the forecourt of St Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney’s CBD utilises the large open space ideal for such a concept, with views across Hyde Park to the city beyond. Guests are treated to a 3-course culinary feast prepared by an array of past and present stars of the show. Winners Julie Goodwin, Justine Schofield, Adam Liaw and Hayden Quinn take part in the rotating roster of chefs, working alongside some of the country’s most respected chefs including Justin North, Kylie Kwong, and Christine Mansfield. There is also be a stand-alone bar operated by Keystone.
With The Star shaking up its F&B, Crown has brought in a new face, Nicholas Kurban. He shares with venue his plans to make Crown the toast of the world, not just Australia.
Nicolas Kurban arrived in Melbourne only five weeks ago, and already he’s willing to be quizzed about his new hometown. He’s here to replace Walter Wagner, the heavyweight food and beverage doyen who helped Crown Melbourne easily ascend to the top of the Australian casino heap. Wagner’s strengths were in detail — scouring China for items that would bring luck to his tea-swilling, Sho Noodle Bar patrons; clout — he was able to lure the likes of Neil Perry, twice, when the chef’s hometown casino couldn’t get him at all; and balance — even ruffling a few Zampelis feathers to get the right tenant mix of elegance and affordability.
The Bar at the End of the Wharf
22 Hickson Rd, Walsh Bay NSW 2000
(02) 9250 1761 or www.sydneytheatre.com.au/visit/thebar
Sydney Theatre Company has launched its new bar and dining space, named The Bar at the End of the Wharf. Situated at the ‘deep end’ of the historic Wharf building at Walsh Bay, which has been the home base of STC for almost 30 years, the new bar is designed by STC Resident Designer Alice Babidge. It’s a relaxed, comfortable, affordable drinking and dining environment for theatre-goers, local workers and residents as well as a ‘home’ for the STC’s artists and staff to gather, collaborate, eat and drink. Open throughout the day, The Bar at the End of the Wharf will also offer post show dining, playing to Sydney’s growing late night hospitality scene.
W Hotels redefined the traditional resort experience when it introduced W Retreat & Spa in the Maldives in 2006. W Retreats — of which there are now four — are different to the average resort because they create unique experiences through music, fashion, design and cocktail culture.
The Star 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont NSW
1800 800 830 or www.thedarling.com.auSydney’s ‘most lovingly detailed hotel and spa’ shakes up the Australian scene with an international splash.
It’s hard to recall such an utter transformation. The old Star City has been quietly retired (a ‘red dwarf’ perhaps?) and, supernova-like, The Star has exploded. There’s now very little of the old left to recognise, as The Star is a sophisticated new precinct that now has Sydneysiders wondering what they every did without it. The Star has had high-quality hotel and apartment accommodation but now it has something else again. The Darling is a five-star hotel that embodies all that is cool in top-tier accommodation worldwide. It’s classy without being stuffy, it’s edgy, without being kitsch.