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Mice Net : October 2008
melbourne writing as we believe our clients want to know the provenance of the food we serve them. Q: What venues does Epicure work in and do you have a personal favourite? A: Epicure is renowned for its remarkable portfolio of venues which include ZINC at Federation Square, the Arts Centre, Melbourne Town Hall and Melbourne Cricket Ground (member dining facilities, corporate suites and functions). All venues are iconic Melbourne landmarks, flexible in their uses, and are ideally located in the Melbourne CBD. There is no one favourite as each of the venues has a unique set of characteristics that makes them hard to compare. ZINC for instance is located on the banks of the Yarra River with stunning views along the river boardwalk and city; the Arts Centre has its award-winning interiors, a magical mix of entertainment and food with stunning views across the city; the Melbourne Town Hall is Melbourne’s grand old dame; it’s cultural heart; whilst the MCG with its newly- developed function spaces needs no introduction – it is one of the best known stadiums in the world. Q:What trends are you seeing in catering in 2008? A: With clients becoming more inquisitive about the provenance of food, menu development and writing has become much more elaborate on a function level. Our menus are developed on a seasonal basis and detail as much information as possible about the source of the main components, without being too complex. Many clients expect the principles of restaurant dining to be transferred to a function level – degustation dinners, shared plates and matching wines. There has been an increase in the request for tailored menus utilising local, artisan produce with signature cocktails and canapés to match the theme of the event. Lifestyle choices are being overlayed into function menus such as the demand for ‘healthy’ options, smaller portion sizes and full vegetarian menus. Tasting tables are becoming much more elaborate with lots of intricate dishes presented on exquisite china and glassware. Q: Any tips for what may be just around the corner? mice.net 103 A: NOT molecular gastronomy! We will see a return to simple, delicious ingredients cooked well – back to basics – driven by a client’s desire to look after the environment and seek out sustainable foods; and a demand for produce when it is at its best – in season. Old world classics infused with new world flavours – a traditional dish such as an omelette is making a comeback on luncheon menus and may be filled with creamy goat’s cheese and chives. We are starting to see requests for food miles to be stated on menus as clients seek to establish their environmental credentials, and we see this trend continuing. Melbourne Event Solutions... Solution RED Technical & Creative Event Services Creative › Event decor & napery › Set design & construction › Centrepieces › Floral design Technical › Audio & lighting design › Multimedia production › Broadcast quality vision › Conferencing 222–232 Macaulay Road North Melbourne VIC 3051 p (03) 9940 0600 e firstname.lastname@example.org Journey with us online at www.solutionred.com.au VICTORIA NEW SOUTH WALES QUEENSLAND WINNER: 2007 National Technical & Creative Production — Meetings & Events Australia