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Published April 16th 2016
There is no sincerer love than the love of food
Stylish, upbeat and contemporary eateries are owning the South Australian food scene right now, combining attractive facades, high-calibre food and wine, first-class service and a notable reputation to follow suit. Likewise, restaurants and renowned chefs from around the state are giving guests the opportunity to experience it all first hand at a variety of exclusive food and wine events. It's no doubt that this trend is becoming increasingly popular, with a majority selling out quite fast; think a five course tantalizing degustation menu, showcasing exceptional skill and produce, accompanied by premium wines and beverages.
If you're one who enjoys a social evening filled with the grander things in life, these exclusive foodie events may be just what the doctor ordered.
I haven't visited the infamous Sean's Kitchen yet, however, I've heard incredible things. Dinner In The Company of Paul West at Sean's Kitchen is already on the verge of selling out. This exciting dining experience will comprise TV presenters Paul West (River Cottage Australia) and acclaimed Brit Sean Connolly (Sean's Kitchen), who will share their passion for locally grown and sustainable produce over four courses with matching beverages. This notable event is a great opportunity to learn more about what makes food great, and the importance of implementing quality ingredients. Tickets are $150 and can be purchased via Eventbrite. Wednesday 4 May, 7.00pm to 10.00pm.This event is a part of Tasting Australia 1-8 May
For a more informal dining experience, head down to La Boca Bar and Grill at the Stamford Plaza for the La Boca Sparkling Brunch, which will run from 11am - 1.30pm on Sunday 1 May. La Boca is known for its traditional Argentinean cuisine, and this lunch event will see an array of fresh local cheeses and meats including cold cuts, pork, lamb, beef, seafood and South Australian fish. Match this feast with a selection of sparkling wines and ciders by Hahndorf based wine maker Mordrelle Wines. Tickets are reasonably priced at $45 per adult and $15 per child.This event is a part of Tasting Australia 1-8 May.
Photo Courtesy of La Boca Bar and Grill Facebook Page
Now this is an event bound to lure in many. NOLA will be hosting a generous seven degustation course dining experience "Which Craft?!", inspired by New Orleans Soul Food. If you haven't been to Nola, it's definitely worth visiting. This quaint Americanised bar and eatery exceeds expectations, with their expertise in craft beer, whiskey and appetising flavour combinations influenced by the South. Mingle with brewers from the seven local South Australian craft breweries who'll be featuring two beer samples per course. Combining a classic New Orleans' menu with a contemporary interpretation, craft beer, an extensive American and Australian whiskey collection, and a delightful list of Louisiana cocktails, NOLA is making its mark on Adelaide's city bar scene. Wednesday 4 May 6pm.This event is a part of Tasting Australia 1-8 May.
Having visited Jolleys Boathouse before, and being thoroughly impressed by the outstanding food, service, views and overall experience, Lunch In The Company Of Matt Wilkinson at Jolleys Boathouse is bound to be a successful foodie event. Chef Matt Wilkinson's unrivalled experience derives from his history of training under Michelin-starred chef Martin Wishart in Matt's hometown South Yorkshire. Following his arrival to Australia, Matt moved onto Vue de monde and Circa, in which he then opened Pope Joan and Jack Horner in Melbourne. Matt brings his knowledge to Jolleys Boathouse, teaming up with UK chef Tony Carroll (executive chef of Jolleys Boathouse Restaurant) to present a mouth-watering lunch created from quality produce in the historic riverside building that dates back to the 1800's. Thursday 5 May 12.30pm - 4.00pm. This event is a part of Tasting Australia 1-8 May.
Photo Courtesy of Jolleys Boathouse Restaurant Facebook Page
If you love everything about food, and want to bring the family along for a day of tasty delights, Tasting the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is a foodie event like no other. This guided five course tasting menu, highlights the 'paddock to plate' notion, emphasising that characteristic market day experience that we all love. Food markets are fun, interactive, personal and laidback with a sincere focus on produce, tradition, and sustainability. Revel in a selection of hors d'oeuvres, an entrée, main, dessert, and artisan cheeses and greens. Prices range from $15 to $30 and can be purchased via Eventbrite. Saturday, 7 May 2016 from 10:00am to 12:00pm. This event is a part of Tasting Australia 1-8 May
Electra House is one of Adelaide's hottest new spots, comprising more than just style. Their premier restaurant, Level One, is home to Asian Fusion cuisine crafted with local and seasonal produce to create a contemporary exotic blend of flavours. Head chef Satoshi Kikuchi incorporates this into the sharing focused menu that emphasises Level One's bustling and dapper atmosphere. Their exclusive Steak Dinner comprises Japanese Master Kobe Beef with a marble score of 9-12, served with traditional condiments, appetising sides and a selection of vintage wines from Petaluma Winery. This fabulous event will be hosted by Andrew Hardy, one Wednesday a month; giving self-confessed foodies and passionate carnivores the chance to experience it all on the regular. The first exclusive Steak Dinner will be held on April 27, and is limited to 12 spots priced at $400 per person.Contact Level One directly to acquire more information and to book your spot.
Adelaide is truly blessed with an influx of individualistic bars and restaurants that distinctively stand apart from one another in their own innate way. Emerging from each eatery, we see stellar food, produce, craftsmanship, technique and skill, making SA a foodies' paradise.