With the onset of winter, it’s nice to see Marrickville Council endorse local cafes to use the Suspended Coffee scheme. It allows those in need to rock up to a participating café and receive a free cup of coffee, paid for by those who can afford an extra cup. If you’re looking for the perfect coffee, there’s (another) new guide out called The Australian Coffee Book [RRP $8]. It’s a skinny paperback that purports to deliver Australia’s top one hundred cups. They missed out all my local favourites, like Runcible Spoon in Camperdown working with The Golden Cobra coffee, and Balmain’s Little Marionette. Workshop Espresso in the CBD serves a cup that has them queuing down the street. Shame they didn’t make the guide…
Over the last few weeks I've started doing a Pub of the Week radio spot on 2GB 873 on Luke Mangan's show Fresh! I'll also be having dinner at his restaurant Glass Brasserie as part of the Sydney Film Festival's collaboration with the Bordeaux wine flick, Red Obsession. Now the first session I'm attending is sold out, but I'm told the second Gourmet Cinema event has 50 seats left for Wed 12 June at 6:30pm. Below you'll find details on the film and matching dinner experience, as well as how to book! I am looking forward to this one!
Red Obsession: Gourmet Cinema Film & Dinner
This complete evening package includes the movie, meal and wine, combining an Australian Premiere documentary with a menu created by a legendary chef at his hatted restaurant; plus carefully-matched wines from an award-winning Australian producer alongside some famous drops from the Bordeaux region of France. This is the one Sydney Film Festival event where every single sense will be truly satisfied. Book now, as numbers are strictly limited! http://tix.sff.org.au/session2_sff.asp?sn=Red+Obsession%3A+Gourmet+Cinema+Film+%26+Dinner&s=493
THE FILM: RED OBSESSION
The legendary Bordeaux region, ‘the best plot of land in the world’, has been producing valued wine for centuries. The region’s fortunes, long exposed to the vagaries of climate, are now swayed by market forces. In 2010, when a vintage year was on the cards, the global financial crisis ensured that Western pockets were empty, and cashed-up Chinese buyers set the price. This shift, fuelled by the East’s obsession with these illustrious vineyards, created a perfect wine storm; co-director and vigneron Warwick Ross documented the upheaval. Narrated by Russell Crowe, Red Obsession is an expertly told, delectable tale of a much-coveted global commodity in times of change
Following the movie, enjoy a 3-course ‘Bordeaux inspired’ dinner at hatted restaurant glass brasserie at Sydney’s Hilton Hotel. The evening’s menu has been especially created by Luke Mangan and includes matching Bordeaux old world wines and new world wines by Eden Road Wines.
Headed by award-winning restaurateur Luke Mangan, glass brasserie offers Sydneysiders an unprecedented dining experience in the heart of the city. Offering simplicity, quality and consistency in all aspects of food, wine and service, Luke employs French techniques and international flavours to perfect his Contemporary Australian cuisine.
Please note: Seating for this dinner will be communal, however bookings of 6 or more will be guaranteed individual tables.
The Gourmet Cinema dinner is available for diners 18 years and above.