"Let them eat cake" seemed to be the mantra at the launch of this year's Good Food Month as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.
Not one, but two mouth-watering tower cakes by Andy Bowdy of Saga acted as the centrepieces at the Old Clare Hotel on Monday night, as well as canapes by Clayton Wells of Automata, Victor Liong of Lee Ho Fook and Mitch Orr of ACME.
The event, which this year runs from October 4-21, will see the return of Hyde Park Palms, Good Food Month's pop-up restaurant in the heart of Hyde Park North which will play host to conversations with culinary masters such as Neil Perry, Bill Granger, Christine Manfield, Stephanie Alexander and Ross Lusted and dinners with international talent such as Italy's Isabella Potì and LA's Jason Neroni.
"Our 20th anniversary program takes a retrospective look at how the local and international dining scene has developed over the last 20 years, celebrating the chefs, dishes and restaurants that paved the way and stood the test of time," said Venessa Cowell, head of Fairfax events.
In attendance at the launch night were Alanna Sapwell of Saint Peter, Johnny Li of Dappertude and Gemma Oldfield, niece of former One Nation politician David Oldfield and his wife Lisa, who recently departed Roxy Jacenko's Sweaty Betty PR agency after what has been described by News Corp as a "bitter dispute".
Oldfield was more than likely out and about rubbing a few shoulders after it was announced this week that she plans to go up against "Sydney's PR Queen" with her own PR agency, InPress. Watch this space.
On Wednesday morning the late Kate Spade was remembered at the launch of a new perfume, In Full Bloom, at her eponymous store in Westfield Sydney.
The beloved designer, 55, died by suicide in her Park Avenue apartment in New York two months ago. She sold her fashion label in 2006.
"Mental health does not discriminate, no matter who you are," said Pam Wilson, marketing director of Pacific SMM (the Australian distributor company of Kate Spade perfume).
Wilson said the advertising campaign is "very unique" with three women, Laura Dern, 51, Sasheer Zamata, 32, and Tavi Gevinson, 21, all in different life stages opening up about what makes them feel "in full bloom" – too soon? We thought so, too.
Although the new, sweet floral scent went down a treat, the instant coffee that was served on the morning did not with many high-tailing it right out of there right after the speeches to get their freshly brewed caffeine fix. A mimosa at a breakfast event is a nice touch, but a barista should be essential.
Revlon put their money where their mouth is with an exercise class on Monday to test the staying power of their new ColorStay Foundation.
The Base Body Babes, Felicia Oreb and Diana Johnson, lead influencers such as Erin Holland and Caroline Groth in two intense workout classes at Paramount Recreation Club in Surry Hills after they had their make-up done and the consensus seemed to be the make-up survives the test.
If you are the kind of person who wears a full face of slap to burpee and squat, then there you go.
As seen on Sundays in The Sun-Herald's S magazine.
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