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I’m so excited to finally share with you the photos from our first Hidden Feast, “Bloom”. Hidden Feast is the first series of charity curated dinner parties I have launched in the Canberra region to raise money for the NICU Foundation. This charity holds a special place in my heart, having had my darling daughter have an extended stay in NICU when she was born 11 weeks premature. The foundation is a local charity that raises money for medical equipment, research and nurse education to help give the ACT and Southern NSW’s critically ill newborn babies, the best chance to lead healthy, normal lives. In addition to this, the foundation provides comforting equipment for parents and families including additional breast pumps, entertainment equipment where families can watch television in a relaxed environment and all the furniture to enable a parent’s overnight stay. These are all the simple things that can make such a difficult time a little bit easier. For more information on the foundation, please see the Hidden Feast website.
After seeing the amazing secret suppers put on by Portland based blogger / photographers Eva Kosmas Flores and Christiann Koepke, I was totally inspired to bring a similar concept Canberra while raising money for a wonderful cause. With Hidden Feast, I aim to bring together passionate partners and guests to enjoy a unique dining experience and with the help of everyone involved, I think we achieved that. Did you miss out? Tickets are now on sale for our February 18 feast, please see this link for more details.
As with all Hidden Feasts, the location of the venue is a total surprise. Guests met me in the CBD to pop on the bus and be whisked away for a decadent night of wining and dining. Once snug on the bus, guests were treated to an Melbourne Martini espresso martini, kindly donated by Rogue Wines. This was the perfect way to commence the journey and get to know one another before disembarking at Poachers Pantry.
A short stroll away, set among the dappled light of the poplar trees, guests were greeted with a beautiful table dressed with Spring blooms and rustic foliage, put together by international stylist Lean Timms and florist Fionna Tammin of Peony N’ Pearl. New and old friends mingled by the fire, sipped gin and lavender martinis (by Juniper Bar & Cocktails) and got stuck into the delicious canapés created by the chef, Aaron Teece of Studio Neon.
As the sun went down over the horizon and a full moon peeked out, guests were seated for the rest of the dinner (full menu below), with Wily Trout wine matched to each course. The night finished with dessert, tea and coffee (provided by local Braddon coffee shop, Barrio). As the night drew to an end, guests were farewelled with cookies (recipe coming soon!) made by yours truly, and whisked back to the city to continue the night or head home. I was so touched by the lovely comments from my new friends and do hope to see them all again.
We are so lucky to have such a stellar group of sponsors of whom without, the event would not be possible. All of these partners offered goods, time and passionate support of Hidden Feast and the NICU Foundation, I couldn’t be more grateful. I am delighted we have many on board for our next feast being held February 18 2017, and I can’t wait to work with them on a special summer themed dinner party for our guests. I hope you enjoy the photos, thank you for reading.
All photos pictured here are taken by the very talented Lean Timms.
~ Sponsors ~
Power: Gen Plus
Transport: Action Buses
~ Table setting ~
~ Menu ~
Smoked eel with tapioca cracker and wood sorrel
Kangaroo tartare with red pepper caramel, seeds and grains
Chicken liver pate with grape gel and compressed celery
Gin & Lavender Martini
Beetroot, goats cheese and wild weed salad
Selection of cured meats and pickled vegetables
Wily Trout Sauvingnon Blanc 2015
Lemon thyme chicken
Confit lamb shoulder with onion petals and rosemary jus
Wily Trout Pinot Noir 2015
Warm asparagus and spring pea salad
Roasted pumpkin, cous cous, mint and fetta salad
Heirloom tomato and boconccini salad with baby basil and dehydrated olives
Wily Trout Shiraz 2014
Dark chocolate and raspberry tart
Orange and polenta cake with with mascarpone cream
Wily Trout NV Blanc de Blanc
Don’t forget to hashtag #hiddenfeastcbr when attending our events, we love to see your experience.
Anisa – The Macadames. xx