Last month Rokeby was transformed from a photographic studio to an art gallery and private restaurant for 90 distinguished guests.
The event, aptly named Art Unearthed, was the work of dynamic Sydney events company Rizer, whose promise to reach beyond the ordinary and create memorable experiences was well and truly fulfilled.
For the second time in a week we had a piano carefully installed onto one of our cycloramas. This time it was a baby grand skilfully played by Brendan MacLean.
Austage rigged over 600kg of lighting in studio one where guests enjoyed food inspired by the exhibited artworks. Each dish / work of art was created and served by local masters of contemporary food Saint Crispin.
Snap Crackle and pop foie gras parfait and Flinders lamb croquettes were served in the gallery as guests arrived through the black carpeted loading dock to enjoy artworks by artist such as Deborah Halpern, Howard Arkley, Peter Booth and Jasper knight.
After an amuse-bouche of Parmesan water and mushroom espuma, entrees of Atlantic salmon, oyster, calamari, saffron rouille and nasturtium leaves and Salt baked celeriac, toasted seeds, smoked walnut and black cabbage were accompanied by an informal explanation of the menu and the wine by the chef and sommelier.
Duck breast & leg, poached quince and red cabbage; Wagyu cheek, oxtail spring roll cavolo nero and miso eggplant; Autumn pears & apples, chestnut leaves and vanilla; & Chocolate pave, ginger milk and chocolate soil were just some of the other culinary delights that were artfully married with NV Charpentier “Terre d’Emotion” Brut Champagne; 2011 Vadiaperti Greco di Tufo; and 2013 Brash Higgins Nero d’Avola ‘Amphora’
Florals by Fleur complemented the light show and filled the glass topped tables.
The night wound gracefully to a close with dj entertainment and a last viewing of artworks, before guests left this spectacular wonderland and stepped back out into the cool grunge that is Collingwood.