Sunday night saw the Front of House All Stars crew assemble at Ezard for the 10th All Stars Dinner, the 8th in Melbourne. We are so lucky to have the support of 8 multi Award winning restaurateurs and managers – the best in the business – supporting our work. 100% of the proceeds of the evening are donated by the All Stars to StreetSmart, an amazing commitment from all involved. This year we raised $32,522, just shy of our previous record. To know we have the support of leaders across the hospitality industry gives us such a boost and motivation to keep building our campaigns and community impact.
We welcomed back several tables of guests from previous years and to quote one guest “it was fantastic, we wouldn’t miss it” – and we second that.
The food and wine matches showcased by each All Star were sublime, giving a fascinating insight into their restaurants. Here’s the menu…
|2016 Front of House All Stars Dinner Menu|
|Leanne Altmann – Supernormal|
Sam Christie – Longrain
Quentin Ferguson – Ezard
Sean Kierce – Ladro
|Adam Cash – Union Dining
Simon Denton – Izakaya Den
Erez Gordon (MC) – Bishop Sessa
Ainslie Lubbock – Pei Modern
japanese inspired oyster shooter, yuzu, cucumber and apple
cured swordfish, pickled cucumber, wasabi, soy and sesame, native finger lime
nv gosset, champagne, france
raw kingfish, dashi, celery, fresh horseradish
2015 stargazer riesling, derwent valley, tasmania
grilled figs, san daniele prosciutto, goats curd
2014 lambruschi colli di luni vermentino, liguria, italy
seared salmon, charcoal salt, roe
paradise prawn, koji, yuzu daikon
king george whiting, plum sauce
2012 denton 'dm' chardonnay by mac forbes, yarra valley, victoria
braised beef cheek, black vinegar dressing, pickled ginger and mint
2014 domaine du vissoux ‘les griottes’, Beaujolais, france
'pig and eggplant'
2014 fighting gully road sangiovese, beechworth, victoria
chocolate marquis, blackberries, king valley walnut 'brittle', orange caramel
2007 mount langi ghiran pedro ximenez, grampians, victoria
Erez Gordon once again flew down from Sydney to MC the night and was ‘on fire’ as he auctioned off unique food and wine offerings generously put up by the All Stars and others in the industry, such as Gary Crittenden, Curly Flat, Mamasita, Grand Hyatt and Bress Winery. Top selling items on the night were the ‘Pei Modern Dinner at Home’ for 6 people, the ‘Union Dining Sunday Lunch on the Terrace’ for 8, the ‘Ladro Spit Roast at Home’ for 8-10 people, the ‘Sydney Dining Experience’ at Longrain, The Apollo, Cho Cho San, Bishop Sessa and Hotel Olovo, and the ‘Sushi and Sake Afternoon Masterclass’ at Kappo. Our thanks to the very generous guests who supported the auction and even bought one of Erez’s surprise packages of ‘Nothing’.
Guests heard from the Chairman of StreetSmart – Jerry Marston – about the work we do in the community and he introduced Robert Gillies, Young Australian of the Year Victoria, who is the Founder of HOMIE, a project seed funded by StreetSmart. Guests got an insight into Robbie’s community projects and how StreetSmart support helps out at the grassroots. Robbie and seven other ‘Local Heroes’ from the community sector were at the dinner care of Minter Ellison who once again sponsored their seats.
Thanks to everyone involved including the amazing kitchen teams, floor staff, wine suppliers and our friends at the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival…. And maybe we’ll see you next year!
Photos of the night taken by supporter Mat Lynn, can be seen on our Facebook Album
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