Merivale Feast for the Senses Launch Party

On the evening of 9 June 2010, the Gourmantic duo attended the Merivale Feast for the Senses launch party at the Establishment Main Bar in Sydney’s George Street. Arriving just after the starting time of 6.00 pm, there were surprisingly no queues.

Merivale Feast for the Senses Launch Party

Inside the popular bar which attracts a hip crowd, a ice swan sculpture sat beside romantic roses and candelabras setting a mood of elegance and style. Rows of glasses topped with red, white and sparkling wine lined up across the bar making drinks easily available. A fragrant mulled wine was served for a brief period of time which went down very well on a cool night.

Merivale Feast for the Senses Launch Party

When the food started to be served, getting anywhere near the waiting staff proved a little problematic. Trays were emptied by eager people within seconds but shortly after, more canapés and small meals were more easily available.

Merivale Feast for the Senses Launch Party

Among the starters, there was  Chicken Quesadilla with Salsa and Mini Tarts, neither of which we managed to photograph. Later, we were treated to a hearty Cassoulet of braised beans, Toulouse sausage, tarragon dragoncello with a soft herb crust, a generous serving which got many nods of approval.

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Merivale Feast for the Senses Launch PartyMerivale Feast for the Senses Launch Party

Merivale Feast for the Senses Launch PartyMerivale Feast for the Senses Launch Party

Soft, tender and packing a lot of flavour were the Shiraz braised beef cheeks with chestnut puree, Brussel sprouts and crispy speck. The Rotolo of roast field mushrooms, cavalo nero with ricotta and parmesan had a good dose of earthiness which would please vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike.

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For dessert, the Mini Chocolate Cakes quickly disappeared before we had a chance to get near them. That was made up for by the Caramel Cream Tart which hit all the sweet spots.

Food bloggers were easy to spot, choosing a coveted well-lit location to photograph the food from various angles before sinking their teeth into it.

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With free food and drink in lavish surrounds, we couldn’t have asked for more but surprises kept coming when we ran into good friends we haven’t seen in a few years.

The party which officially ended at 8.00 pm was to launch Merivale’s series of lunches and dinners for $39 at their various dining establishments. The $39 winter feast deal includes 1 or 2 or even 5 courses with a glass of wine or beer.

Merivale certainly know how to put on a classy and generous launch party which was a very enjoyable evening.

As with such events, I let the photographs tell the story. Thank you to everyone who posed and smiled for our cameras.

Please note that all photographs are copyright of Gourmantic and cannot be used without permission.

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Merivale Feast for the Senses Launch Party

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Merivale Feast for the Senses Launch Party

Merivale Feast for the Senses Launch Party

Merivale Feast for the Senses Launch Party

Merivale Feast for the Senses Launch Party

Merivale Feast for the Senses Launch Party

Merivale Feast for the Senses Launch PartyMerivale Feast for the Senses Launch Party

Merivale Feast for the Senses Launch PartyMerivale Feast for the Senses Launch Party

Merivale Feast for the Senses Launch Party

Merivale Feast for the Senses Launch Party

Merivale Feast for the Senses Launch Party

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the founder and editor of Gourmantic. An avid scribe, she has taken pen to paper since the age of five. Her repertoire includes long works of fiction, short stories and travelogues. She is a winner of the GT travel writing competition, has judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and several cocktail competitions. She is also named in the Australian Bartender Most Influential List.

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  2. lol that food blogger you mentioned was me! i was like hang on…that looked like me taking a photo. nice post, im actually photoshopping the pictures for this event right now.  pictures looking horrible as my cameras decided to both die on me at the same time but sure to check it out :P
     

    • Wow… what a nice coincidence! :) When I saw someone taking a photo of food, I couldn’t resist taking that photo myself. It was too dark to get good photos of the food but you had a good position! Sorry to hear about your camera and I’ll pop around later on to check your post!

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