Event Organisers…Welcome to 2016…. This one is for you….

Whether you are an organiser or planner at heart, when it comes to events you are always going to need as much help as possible. Enter our Events Team – your framework for success.

Come in for a site inspection today to meet our functions manager Larissa who will get you inspired!

Book your exclusive function with us for January and February 2016 and you will be the one celebrating with a complimentary Magnum bottle of bubbles.

Sean’s Half Famous Steak Tartare

It’s a foodie favourite across the ditch in New Zealand, so now it’s time for Sydney to discover Sean’s Half-Famous Steak Tartare. A new addition to our menu, it’s already proving a popular choice and well on its way to full fame status! Try it yourself at home:

80g beef eye fillet, finely chopped
10g shallots, finely diced
10g pickles, finely diced
2g Italian parsley, chopped
1 egg yolk
15g Dijon mustard
10g capers, finely chopped
8g Yorkshire relish
1g sweet smoked paprika
2ml Sean’s hot sauce
1g flaky sea salt
10ml extra virgin olive oil

Mix all ingredients apart from the olive oil. Spoon the mix onto a plate, drizzle with the olive oil. Serve with either crostini or lettuce boats.

The Cosmo Story…

As Madonna’s cocktail of choice at the grammys, and Carrie Bradshaw’s standard order at a bar, the cosmopolitan has been a prominent favourite from South Beach to New York to San Francisco. In the 1960s, it was a recipe on Ocean Spray cranberry juice bottles, at that stage referred to as The Harpoon.

Even further back, making the rounds in 1927, was a drink that had the same name but very different ingredients that read like a trip around the world. The 1927 version, according to St Louis’s ”Feast”, included Scotch whisky, Irish whiskey, Swedish punch, vodka, Italian vermouth, French vermouth and a lemon twist. A veritable ‘United Nations’ of the cocktail world at the time.

Many sources credit the popularity of today’s Cosmo to the mid-1980s and Cheryl Cook, a bartender in Miami who was known as The Martini Queen of South Beach. Cook wanted to give the martini a twist that would make it visually appealing and more popular with women; she used Absolut Citron, a new product; Rose’s Lime, a little triple sec and cranberry juice to give it the characteristic pink hue. Dale “King Cocktail” DeGroff sampled the drink and put his own spin on it with Cointreau, fresh lime juice and a flamed orange peel. The cocktail then really took off when Madonna was pictured holding one at a Grammys party.

Whoever invented it, the Cosmo has earned its place as a drinks-with-the-girls staple. It’s universal popularity is evident by its absence from menus, everyone knows what they are and bartenders all know how to make them.