The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2015-03-03T04:39:44Z The Great Green Team - VictorsFood Launches Carbon Offset, Certified Organic Team Building 2015-03-03T04:39:44Z the-great-green-team-victorsfood-launches-carbon-offset-certified-organic-team-building-2 Eco-friendly companies rejoice! VictorsFood are now offering opt-in team building featuring an organic menu and carbon emission offsetting. VictorsFood Directors Victor Pisapia and Jim Bahr have been sustainability devotees for many years, with Victor championing the Slow Food movement and Jim working in a number of sustainability businesses since 2001, like Ecos Corporation and Easy Being Green and his own company, Accreditation Assurance Associates,which does compliance and data management for companies that create carbon credits. Pisapia says, “These offerings are the first steps in our sustainability plan, which in the long run includes use of recycled/bio-degradable packaging and cleaning products. We are proud to be the first to offer Carbon Offset, Organic cooking team building. Choose this option when booking any of our team building cooking experiences and you've got a genuine ‘Green Team’. “To make your event carbon neutral, we buy only Climate Friendly event offsets, ranked #1, in the ‘Carbon Offset Watch’ report; these even take into account Food Miles. When you select the Organic option, we will use only the best certified organic ingredients wherever possible and will happily recommend biodynamic wines for your event.” Contrary to what Kermit would have you believe, it’s easy being green. To book your Carbon Offset, Certified Organic VictorsFood team building event call 02 9698 7684 or visit www.victorsfood.com.au -ENDS- About VictorsFood VictorsFood is Australia’s ultimate food experience company.   We create memorable, interactive team building, cooking parties, cooking classes, corporate events, international food tours , Australian regional food tours and market tours so people learn, have fun and eat well.   We also offer professional services in food consulting, training & coaching, demonstrations & presentations. As part of the principle of eating well, VictorsFood encourages the use of sustainable practices in everyday lives by supporting minimal food miles and local growers. VictorsFood’s Hungry for the South Coast Tour Showcases Best of Local Produce 2015-03-03T04:39:04Z victorsfood-s-hungry-for-the-south-coast-tour-showcases-best-of-local-produce Hosted by chef and trainer Victor Pisapia and MasterChef finalist Michelle Darlington, the tour begins at 7.30am on Saturday 13th March. Guests are picked up in Sydney and driven down the coast, via the stunning Sea Cliff Drive, by coach. First stop: Iconic Berry Woodfired Sourdough Bakery for a caffeine hit and morning tea. You meet and greet the chief baker, legendarily cheerful Joost Hilkemeijer, who reveals his ‘flour +water + salt’ sourdough secrets. Freshly enlightened, you taste some of Joost’s wares with local Kangaroo Valley Olive Oil, then you’re off to the Treat Factory for a demonstration using the world’s finest callebaut chocolate. Last stop before lunch is an organic vegetable farm that supplies all the local restaurants. Hungry? It’s time for lunch with World Champion oyster shucker, Jim from Jim’s Wild Oysters. Hoe into fresh Sydney Rock Oysters on the water at Greenwell Point and sip on local vino. With a full belly, you check in to Bay of Plenty Lodges for a short break, napping, strolling and swimming in the JervisBayNational Park. Fully refreshed, you are driven through the bush to The Gunyah restaurant at Paperbark Camp for delicious meal using season produce by celebrity chef John Evans (ex Three Weeds, Sydney). After a well-deserved sleep-in on Sunday morning, you rejoin the group at 10am and it’s off further south to Cupitt’s Winery to learn about underground winemaking in the barrel ‘cave’. After your educational morning, you are joined by a host of passionate SouthCoast foodies for a Slow Food ‘100 Mile’ lunch using only locally sourced ingredients. Late in the afternoon, you head back to Sydney with one last stop at the Crooked River Winery to sample its white port. Doze your way home, arriving back at 7pm. The second Hungry for the South Coast Tour will take place on the weekend of 13th – 14th March. Cost: Land content, Twin Share: $585 Single Supplement:+$100 For further information about the Hungry for the South Coast Tour call 02 9698 7684 or visit www.victorsfood.com.au -ENDS- About VictorsFood VictorsFood is Australia’s ultimate food experience company.   We create memorable, interactive team building, cooking parties, cooking classes, corporate events, international food tours , Australian regional food tours and market tours so people learn, have fun and eat well.   We also offer professional services in food consulting, training & coaching, demonstrations & presentations. As part of the principle of eating well, VictorsFood encourages the use of sustainable practices in everyday lives by supporting minimal food miles and local growers. Casa Herradura Turns Up the Heat with VictorsFood 2015-03-03T04:38:19Z casa-herradura-turns-up-the-heat-with-victorsfood The event, hosted by Casa Herradura, was a ‘thank you’ to its top bartenders and was the first in a series of three, with Sydney and Brisbane events to follow in the coming weeks. The hands-on workshop featured special recipes developed by VictorsFood Executive Chef Victor Pisapia to highlight the wonderful flavour and versatility of tequila in cooking. Casa Herradura Brand Manager Tamara Kent says, “The profile of tequila has risen dramatically in the past 12 – 24 months and that is largely due to bartenders who share their passion for tequila with their customers. Bartenders are educating consumers on the quality of the spirit, how to drink it, and are really championing the category. “Herradura focuses on quality and tradition as key brand features, so we wanted to provide a quality experience that supported this. With Victor’s focus on fine food, it was clear this was a premium event that would be both interesting, engaging, and would provide a different experience that was a great strategic fit with Herradura. “The guys don’t often get a chance to catch up and socialise outside of work and everyone seemed to really enjoy it. While some people had well developed cooking skills, everyone learned a lot from Victor. It was a fantastic balance of fun and information.” VictorsFood Director Victor Pisapia says, "Who would have thought bartenders could cook so well? I was amazed how eager everyone was to jump in to create new exciting dishes using tequila. When I saw them doing the tequila flamb prawn dish with big smiles on their faces, I knew the event was a winner. A great industry day for bartenders to enjoy the flavour of tequila used in food as well as drink – it sure got them thinking about new ideas for spice-related cocktails.” For further information about VictorsFood, please visit www.victorsfood.com.au For further information about Casa Herradura, please visit www.herradura.com -ENDS- About VictorsFood VictorsFood is Australia’s ultimate food experience company.   We create memorable, interactive team building, cooking parties, cooking classes, corporate events, international food tours , Australian regional food tours and market tours so people learn, have fun and eat well.   We also offer professional services in food consulting, training & coaching, demonstrations & presentations. As part of the principle of eating well, VictorsFood encourages the use of sustainable practices in everyday lives by supporting minimal food miles and local growers. VictorsFood Launches Regional Flavours Farm Gate Day Tour 2015-03-03T04:37:29Z victorsfood-launches-regional-flavours-farm-gate-day-tour VictorsFood's Regional Flavours food tour takes you on a magicaljourney through farm gates and kitchen doors, with great characters and lots of exciting new food to experience. Travel via coach to Sydney's southwest to visit local farms and producers that help supply Sydney's markets. This fun and educational day tour takes you to Wollondilly, Picton, Thirlmere, and Leppington regions where local growers show off their produce and cook you an amazing lunch on a farm in Catherine Field. The art of cooking underground in a traditional Samoan umu oven is a highlight. The luscious peaches you get to eat are worth the ride themselves! If you’re really keen, you can pick your own produce to take home for a small additional fee. Tour DatesWed 17 March & Sat 27 March 2010 Duration9:00am - 4:00pm Cost$125 per person Inclusions All entry fees, coach from Danks St, tastings, lunch, wine tasting and guides. To book your Regional Flavours day tour call 02 9698 7684 or visit www.victorsfood.com.au -ENDS- About VictorsFood VictorsFood is Australia’s ultimate food experience company.   We create memorable, interactive team building, cooking parties, cooking classes, corporate events, international food tours , Australian regional food tours and market tours so people learn, have fun and eat well.   We also offer professional services in food consulting, training & coaching, demonstrations & presentations. As part of the principle of eating well, VictorsFood encourages the use of sustainable practices in everyday lives by supporting minimal food miles and local growers. VictorsFood Announce New Date for Green Team Famil 2015-03-03T04:36:39Z victorsfood-announce-new-date-for-green-team-famil VictorsFood has added a new date to its highly popular Carbon Offset, Organic Team Building Famil program. The next famil date is Thursday 20th May, 2010. There will be two sessions on the day – 12.15pm and 6.15pm. VictorsFood Director Victor Pisapia says, “Our new Carbon Offset, Organic Team Building Famils have been a run away success. We are run off our feet with bookings but we couldn’t be happier!”Event Organiser Michael O’Connor from the Australian Graduate School of Management says, “This was a great opportunity to familiarise myself with VictorsFood. I enjoyed learning some new techniques and recipes in the kitchen and thought it was really nice sitting down at the end and sharing a meal.”To secure your place at the next VictorsFood famil, please call 1300 337 011 or email info@victorsfood.com.au For further information about the Carbon Offset, Organic Team Building events visit http://www.cookingteambuilding.com.au/-ENDS-About VictorsFood VictorsFood is Australia’s ultimate food experience company.   We create memorable, interactive team building, cooking parties, cooking classes, corporate events, international food tours , Australian regional food tours and market tours so people learn, have fun and eat well.   We also offer professional services in food consulting, training & coaching, demonstrations & presentations. As part of the principle of eating well, VictorsFood encourages the use of sustainable practices in everyday lives by supporting minimal food miles and local growers. VictorsFood Announce New Date for May Green Team Famil 2015-03-03T04:34:58Z victorsfood-announce-new-date-for-may-green-team-famil-1 VictorsFood has added a new date to its highly popular Carbon Offset, Organic Team Building Famil program. The next famil date is Thursday 20th May, 2010. There will be two sessions on the day – 12.15pm and 6.15pm. VictorsFood Director Victor Pisapia says, “Our new Carbon Offset, Organic Team Building Famils have been a run away success. We are run off our feet with bookings but we couldn’t be happier!”Event Organiser Jill Covitz from Cambridge Events says, “We had a wonderful time at Victor’s Masterchef Challenge. It was a great way to interact with people we had never met before as the environment was comfortable and relaxed. Because the recipes were not too challenging (albeit delicious), it allowed us to get to know our co-chefs and chat while we cooked. Victor was a fantastic teacher and I personally learned quite a lot as well. Sitting down to the tasty meal was the perfect way to end the night. I would certainly recommend it to our clients, in fact I already have!”To secure your place at the next VictorsFood famil, please call 1300 337 011 or email info@victorsfood.com.au For further information about the Carbon Offset, Organic Team Building events visit http://www.victorsfood.com.au/food-teambuilding-greenteam.shtml-ENDS-About VictorsFood VictorsFood is Australia’s ultimate food experience company.   We create memorable, interactive team building, cooking parties, cooking classes, corporate events, international food tours , Australian regional food tours and market tours so people learn, have fun and eat well.   We also offer professional services in food consulting, training & coaching, demonstrations & presentations. As part of the principle of eating well, VictorsFood encourages the use of sustainable practices in everyday lives by supporting minimal food miles and local growers. VictorsFood Announce New Food Tour Dates for 2010 2015-03-03T04:34:19Z victorsfood-announce-new-food-tour-dates-for-2010-1 Whether you’re looking for a food and wine focused a day trip or a whole weekend away, for yourself or an inbound tour, VictorsFood has a tour to suit your needs. Not only will you learn all about cultivation and cooking techniques, you will be supporting local growers using sustainable food practices – literally putting your money where your mouth is!The tours are as follows:Hungry for the South Coast – A 2-Day Feast of Food & Wine to the Delicious South Coast of NSWImagine yourself at a beautiful, hidden inlet with a local wine in hand, tucking into the freshest oysters you can imagine, or sitting on a pristine beach with a sense of peace in your heart. Welcome to the South Coast of NSW.Join Chef Victor Pisapia (VictorsFood) and Michelle Darlington (MasterChef finals contestant 2009) for a two-day feast of food and wine to the delicious South Coast of NSW. Originally developed as part of the Sydney International Food Festival (SIFF) 2009, this tour has received rave reviews.Along the way you meet local producers, take in stunning scenery, eat amazing local dishes and celebrate the best food of the region. Highlights include stops at a local bakery, veggie farm, stunning fresh seafood lunch featuring local oysters, an al fresco breakfast cooked by your guides, winery tastings, and a 100-mile lunch.Next Tour Dates: Sat 23 - Sun 24 OctDuration: 2 days & 1 nightPrice: Shared Cabin: AU $550 per person, twin share, + AU $75 single supplementPrivate Cabin: AU $625 per person, twin share, + AU $150 single supplementRegional Flavours – Sydney's Southwest Market GardensOur Regional Flavours food tour takes you on a magical journey through farm gates and kitchen doors, with great characters and lots of exciting new food to experience. The fresh produce you get to eat is worth the ride itself!This fun and educational tour takes you to Wollondilly, McArthur and Leppington regions where local growers show off their amazing produce, let you pick fresh vegetables to take home, and cook you an amazing lunch on a farm in Catherine Field. The art of cooking underground in an umu oven is a highlight. Other stops include a local bakery, a winery for tastings, a gourmet small goods producer and more.Next Tour Dates: Sat 8 May, Sat 9 Oct, Wed 20 Oct, Sat 4 Dec Duration: 9 am - 4 pmCost: $135 per personTo secure your place on the next VictorsFood regional food tour, please call 1300 337 011 or email info@victorsfood.com.au For further information about the tours visit http://www.victorsfood.com.au/food-tours/-ENDS-About VictorsFood VictorsFood is Australia’s ultimate food experience company.   We create memorable, interactive team building, cooking parties, cooking classes, corporate events, international food tours , Australian regional food tours and market tours so people learn, have fun and eat well.   We also offer professional services in food consulting, training & coaching, demonstrations & presentations. As part of the principle of eating well, VictorsFood encourages the use of sustainable practices in everyday lives by supporting minimal food miles and local growers. VictorsFood Set to Bring the Sizzle to RSVP Sydney 2015-03-03T04:33:01Z victorsfood-set-to-bring-the-sizzle-to-rsvp-sydney Chef Victor Pisapia will head up a fully interactive, high-energy showcase complete with a ‘Picture Yourself as a Chef’ photo booth, Victor’s signature flambed prawns sponsored by Crystal Bay Prawns and the chance for all show-goers to win a VictorsFood Carbon-Offset, Organic MasterChef Challenge for eight people simply by visiting the stand and getting their lanyard scanned. Victor says, “We are really excited about our first RSVP appearance. It’s such a fantastic opportunity to meet our industry contacts face-to-face and show them what we’re all about. VictorsFood is about to celebrate its first anniversary of our entry into the team building, conference and events market on July 1st so our appearance at RSVP will consolidate all the hard work and success of the first year and really kick everything into gear for our second year.”For further information about VictorsFood, please visit Stand B12 at RSVP Sydney or visit www.victorsfood.com.au-ENDS-About VictorsFood VictorsFood is Australia’s ultimate food experience company.   We create memorable, interactive team building, cooking parties, cooking classes, corporate events, international food tours , Australian regional food tours and market tours so people learn, have fun and eat well.   We also offer professional services in food consulting, training & coaching, demonstrations & presentations. As part of the principle of eating well, VictorsFood encourages the use of sustainable practices in everyday lives by supporting minimal food miles and local growers. Chef Wanitha Tanasingam Set to Wok Your Team with VictorsFood 2015-03-03T04:32:27Z chef-wanitha-tanasingam-set-to-wok-your-team-with-victorsfood VictorsFood is delighted to welcome an old friend into its team. Chef Wanitha Tanasingam, affectionately dubbed ‘The Wan’, is a living, breathing Asian cuisine icon. Having worked together in many ventures over the years, ‘The Wan’ and VictorsFood Executive Chef Victor Pisapia founded the first cooking team building company in Australia in 2002 and then headed in different directions. Together again, they have developed two new hands-on cooking team building options. Wok into Action is an ‘Asian Action Adventure’. This 3.5 hour event will take your team on a journey through the flavours of Asia. Wanitha will build tailored team building metaphors through ingredients, recipes and techniques. Bring ancient philosophy into everyday action using the alchemy of the kitchen to transform your team into gold. Wok On! is a one hour event where teams can participate or simply watch The Wan and the VictorsFood team cook up a range of Asian specialities. This high-energy event is a great way to fire up a product launch, conference icebreaker or motivational presentation, not to mention an enticing way to serve canaps. This fiery interactive cooking experience will delight and entertain your guests. Tanasingam says, “Victor [Pisapia] and I have a very similar approach to cooking, eating and living. We both believe that you need to respect your ingredients, respect the earth and above all, enjoy your life. Cooking together is a really easy way to enhance a team’s sense of cohesion as well as their collective joyfulness, a factor that should not be underestimated. I am very excited to be sharing my knowledge and passion for Asian cuisine with new audiences by partnering with VictorsFood.” -ENDS About Wanitha Tanasingam Wanitha Tanasingam was born to cook! Her father was the Head Chef for the Kedah Royal Family in Malaysia. Some of her earliest memories are of being propped up on a stool, learning the difference between sour, bitter, salty and sweet. Growing up in Penang, Wanitha moved to Australia in 1982, started a restaurant and founded a cooking school. Her passion and enthusiasm for food and cooking soon saw her appearing at public events, leading to invitations to appear on morning television (Ch 7) and cable TV (In the Kitchen) as a regular Asian chef. For further information about Wanitha, visit www.wanitha.com About VictorsFood VictorsFood is Australia’s ultimate food experience company.   We create memorable, interactive team building, cooking parties, cooking classes, corporate events, international food tours , Australian regional food tours and market tours so people learn, have fun and eat well.   We also offer professional services in food consulting, training & coaching, demonstrations & presentations. As part of the principle of eating well, VictorsFood encourages the use of sustainable practices in everyday lives by supporting minimal food miles and local growers. VictorsFood and Sabre Corporate Development to Launch New Alliance at AIME in Melbourne 2015-03-03T04:31:48Z victorsfood-and-sabre-corporate-development-to-launch-new-alliance-at-aime-in-melbourne Sabre Corporate Development Managing Director Talan Miller says, "We are delighted to announce our strategic alliance with VictorsFood. The design and delivery of high-end team and leadership development events with a sophisticated food component is far more than just a simple cooking class. The team at VictorsFood are innovative professionals in the food event field and this alliance creates a suite of unique food based team building options." VictorsFood Director Jim Bahr says, “We’re excited to be working with the team at Sabre. They are true professionals, and such an experienced company. It’s a fantastic way for us to be able to offer our clients a great new range of events while maintaining the highest quality of outcomes. We’ve developed some unique, new events that combine the talents of our companies to engage client’s teams like no one else can.” To find out more about what’s new with VictorsFood, visit Stand 1617 (‘Destination Sydney’) at AIME and say hello to Jim Bahr, Wanitha Tanasingam and Emma Gardiner. For further information, please visit www.victorsfood.com.au or follow us on Twitter @VictorsFood. For further information about AIME, please visit http://www.aime.com.au/ -ENDS- About VictorsFood VictorsFood is Australia’s ultimate food experience company.   We create memorable, interactive team building, cooking parties, cooking classes, corporate events, international food tours , Australian regional food tours and market tours so people learn, have fun and eat well.   We also offer professional services in food consulting, training & coaching, demonstrations & presentations. As part of the principle of eating well, VictorsFood encourages the use of sustainable practices in everyday lives by supporting minimal food miles and local growers. VictorsFood Launches New and Improved Regional Food Tour 2015-03-03T04:30:51Z victorsfood-launches-new-and-improved-regional-food-tour Building on the overwhelming success of the original Regional Flavours food tour, the VictorsFood team have added in a shopping stop at a traditional Italian country deli and hands on cooking demonstration at a farm gate. Travel via coach to Sydney's southwest to visit local farms and producers that help supply Sydney's markets. This fun and educational day tour takes you to Hoxton Park, Bringelly and Leppington regions where local growers show off their wares and explain their growing and production techniques. At lunchtime, VictorsFood Chefs will teach you to cook with the produce that has been purchased that morning. The group will then be treated to a generous wine tasting and a delicious sit down meal under the vines at a fig and prickly pear farm. Featured experiences: Campisi Fine Food Deli, Hoxton Park Stop for an Italian morning coffee, try samples and tour a country Italian deli/butcher and supermarket. Family owned and run. Stock up on unique Italian delicacies, as well as local products. Bringelly Pork and Bacon, Bringelly Demonstration, tour and tasting. Australian Mushroom Company, Leppington Tour of the farm. Leppington Fig Farm, Leppington Tour of the farm, cooking demonstration, lunch prepared by VictorsFood Chefs, generous wine tasting and farmgate shopping for local produce. The tour is scheduled to run on Saturday 12 March, Saturday 9 April, Saturday 14 May, Saturday 17 September, Saturday 22 October, Saturday 19 November and Saturday 10 December. Cost: $165 per person includes all entry fees, coach from Danks St, tastings, lunch, wine tasting and guides. To book your Regional Flavours day tour call 1300 337 011 or visit www.victorsfood.com.au -ENDS- About VictorsFood VictorsFood is Australia’s ultimate food experience company. We create memorable, interactive team building, cooking parties, cooking classes, corporate events, international food tours , Australian regional food tours and market tours so people learn, have fun and eat well. We also offer professional services in food consulting, training & coaching, demonstrations & presentations. As part of the principle of eating well, VictorsFood encourages the use of sustainable practices in everyday lives by supporting minimal food miles and local growers. New Research Survey Aims to Capture Non-Profit Sector Key Challenges & Shape Future Support Programs 2015-03-02T23:54:52Z new-research-survey-aims-to-capture-non-profit-sector-key-challenges-amp-shape-future-support-programs The Telco Together Foundation today launched a new research survey to capture a meaningful view of the common issues and challenges faced by the non-profit sector of Australia. Telco Together is calling on all staff, management and volunteers working for a charitable or non-profit organisation, to please help by completing the simple online Charity Insights Survey, which involves a time commitment of between five – 15 minutes, depending on the complexity of the story or challenge being shared. Click here to take survey. Insights gained through this research will be analysed using an innovative and cutting-edge research tool, SenseMaker. Key findings from the survey will help define future Telco Together funded strategic community programs that support Australian charities.  “We are seeking input from charities Australia-wide, across an extensive range of causes and challenges, to help us identify key patterns and trends,” said Maria Simonelli, Programs Manager at Telco Together Foundation. “Many of us working in the non-profit sector will likely have more than one challenge in our daily working lives, so this research tool allows for individuals to take the survey multiple times, sharing a different challenge each time the survey is completed.  “By taking the survey, you will be helping Telco Together obtain greater insight and understanding of the challenges you face on a daily basis. Insights gained will then be used to help inform future strategic programs that support the non-profit sector, which will be of direct benefit to Australian charities,” said Ms Simonelli. The online tool being used to conduct this research – SenseMaker - works like a short survey, asking participants to share a story about a time when they needed help at work, followed by a series of brief exploratory questions. Each individual’s input to the survey is anonymous, and key results will be made available to participants in future. This nation-wide survey is kindly being supported by Volunteering Victoria , Volunteering Queensland and Volunteering ACT, who will be distributing the survey to thousands of Australian charities they support and work with throughout the year.  For more information about the Charity Insights Program click here, or to share comments or feedback, please contact the Foundation directly. Charity Insights Research Contact Maria Simonelli Programs Manager, Telco Together Foundation T: (03) 9923 3573, E: maria@telcotogether.org.au About Telco Together Foundation Launched in July 2012, Telco Together Foundation is a registered charity that brings together the telecommunications industry in support of Australian communities in need across areas including Indigenous communities, the homeless, mental health and refugees. The core focus of the Foundation’s work is the development of community projects that build on the technology, reach and capabilities of the telecommunications industry to support the not for profit sector of Australia, as well as promoting fundraising, volunteering and workplace giving across member organisations.   Members of the Foundation include Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, NBN Co, M2, iiNet, Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent and 16 other ICT organisations. The Foundation is governed by an Advisory Board that has Executive Officer level representation from members. For more information, please visit our website www.telcotogether.org or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @TelcoTogether. Media Release:: Australia’s Luxury Pretty Beach House Reopens 2015-03-02T03:36:25Z media-release-australia-s-luxury-pretty-beach-house-reopens A pinnacle of Australian luxury accommodation and hospitality is reopening this March after a two and a half year hiatus. Pretty Beach House, the four-pavilion hideaway, has been restored to all its beauty offering a personalised experience on the New South Wales Central Coast.   Pretty Beach House is a global traveller’s delight, perched on a seven and a half acre promontory of the Bouddi National Park and Broken Bay, just 90 minutes by car or a scenic 20 minute seaplane flight from Australia’s gateway airport.   Proprietors of Bells at Killcare Boutique Hotel, Restaurant & Spa, Brian and Karina Barry alongside distinguished restauranteurs, Stefano Manfredi and Julie Manfredi Hughes, offer an all-inclusive luxurious escape. Pretty Beach House combines world-renowned cuisine and tailored guest experiences including a ‘welcome to country’ indigenous smoking ceremony by the Darkinjung elder, mountain bike riding, helicopter day trips into wine country and discovering the glorious waterways on board the property’s luxury sports cruiser.   Sydney designer Michelle Leslie has lead the restoration, achieving the right balance between relaxed and impeccable. Original works by Arthur Boyd, Sidney Nolan and John Olsen add to the personal touch of The Main House and exclusive pavilions; Treetops, Bayview, Hideaway & The Retreat.   The Main House remains the soul of the property. Decommissioned railway timber pylons, hand- crafted from 1883, form the structure of the new interior. Locally sourced mud bricks and artisan cut sandstone surround the foundations and Leslie commissioned highly skilled local designers, blacksmiths and craftsman to complete the detailed rebuild.    The atrium-style bar and lounge area houses Manfredi’s open plan Ambach Italian kitchen where guests dine on his world class Italian cuisine and look out to the stunning waterways that surround the Bouddi peninsula. All inclusive food and beverages are customised daily allowing guests the option of dining al fresco, eating traditional Italian pizza cooked in the Stefano Ferrara pizza oven or drinking fine wines by the open fireplace. Daily wine tasting with the sommelier is available, as a tour of Brian Barry’s extensive wine cellar to select rare old world wines.   Brian Barry says, “Pretty Beach House is the essence of luxury without the pretence. Guests will receive effortless hospitality surround by Australian beauty that remains relaxed and elegant.”   Sleeping a total of 8 guests, each pavilion has its own individual design with timeless décor, a private deck, a dive pool and daybed orientated to take advantage of the surrounding views. The commonalities between each are the luxurious king bedroom suites draped in fine Italian Busatti linen, a deluxe bathroom suite, a fully stocked bar and a vinyl record collection, ipod playlists and video library curated by Stefano Manfredi .   Surrounded by ancient Angophora forests and picture perfect waterways, the property was also a meeting place for the indigenous community and owners of the land, the Darkinjung tribe. The property is home to three pieces of Aboriginal rock art that have been dated at 8,000 – 10,000 years.   The property now boasts a beautiful purpose built day spa for in-house guests, complete with couples massage tables and pure Australian skincare by LITYA.   This luxurious and quintessentially Australian experience is all inclusive from $1,000 per person per night, an effortless destination for both International and local travellers alike.   All bookings require a minimum stay of two nights.   www.prettybeachhouse.com.au  For all media enquiries please contact The Mint Partners:   Ali O’NeillAli@themintpartners.com.au 02 9280 2133     A pinnacle of Australian luxury accommodation and hospitality is reopening this March after a two and a half year hiatus. Pretty Beach House, the four-pavilion hideaway, has been restored to all its beauty offering a personalised experience on the New South Wales Central Coast.   Pretty Beach House is a global traveller’s delight, perched on a seven and a half acre promontory of the Bouddi National Park and Broken Bay, just 90 minutes by car or a scenic 20 minute seaplane flight from Australia’s gateway airport.   Proprietors of Bells at Killcare Boutique Hotel, Restaurant & Spa, Brian and Karina Barry alongside distinguished restauranteurs, Stefano Manfredi and Julie Manfredi Hughes, offer an all-inclusive luxurious escape. Pretty Beach House combines world-renowned cuisine and tailored guest experiences including a ‘welcome to country’ indigenous smoking ceremony by the Darkinjung elder, mountain bike riding, helicopter day trips into wine country and discovering the glorious waterways on board the property’s luxury sports cruiser.   Sydney designer Michelle Leslie has lead the restoration, achieving the right balance between relaxed and impeccable. Original works by Arthur Boyd, Sidney Nolan and John Olsen add to the personal touch of The Main House and exclusive pavilions; Treetops, Bayview, Hideaway & The Retreat.   The Main House remains the soul of the property. Decommissioned railway timber pylons, hand- crafted from 1883, form the structure of the new interior. Locally sourced mud bricks and artisan cut sandstone surround the foundations and Leslie commissioned highly skilled local designers, blacksmiths and craftsman to complete the detailed rebuild.    The atrium-style bar and lounge area houses Manfredi’s open plan Ambach Italian kitchen where guests dine on his world class Italian cuisine and look out to the stunning waterways that surround the Bouddi peninsula. All inclusive food and beverages are customised daily allowing guests the option of dining al fresco, eating traditional Italian pizza cooked in the Stefano Ferrara pizza oven or drinking fine wines by the open fireplace. Daily wine tasting with the sommelier is available, as a tour of Brian Barry’s extensive wine cellar to select rare old world wines.   Brian Barry says, “Pretty Beach House is the essence of luxury without the pretence. Guests will receive effortless hospitality surround by Australian beauty that remains relaxed and elegant.”   Sleeping a total of 8 guests, each pavilion has its own individual design with timeless décor, a private deck, a dive pool and daybed orientated to take advantage of the surrounding views. The commonalities between each are the luxurious king bedroom suites draped in fine Italian Busatti linen, a deluxe bathroom suite, a fully stocked bar and a vinyl record collection, ipod playlists and video library curated by Stefano Manfredi .   Surrounded by ancient Angophora forests and picture perfect waterways, the property was also a meeting place for the indigenous community and owners of the land, the Darkinjung tribe. The property is home to three pieces of Aboriginal rock art that have been dated at 8,000 – 10,000 years.   The property now boasts a beautiful purpose built day spa for in-house guests, complete with couples massage tables and pure Australian skincare by LITYA.   This luxurious and quintessentially Australian experience is all inclusive from $1,000 per person per night, an effortless destination for both International and local travellers alike.   All bookings require a minimum stay of two nights.   www.prettybeachhouse.com.au  For all media enquiries please contact The Mint Partners:   Ali O’NeillAli@themintpartners.com.au 02 9280 2133     Create A Unique Statement In Your Garden 2015-03-02T03:29:00Z create-a-unique-statement-in-your-garden Spending some relaxing time in a beautiful garden is food for the soul in every essence! A blooming space that celebrates nature, calms the soul and inspires creativity is most often found in public gardens which are filled with interesting design choices. But what if you can create the same choices when planning a garden at home? Today we’ve got some answers! Here are a few options for a nature-filled space that makes a unique statement. Use of Flowering Plants with Evergreens Add flowers or flowering plants in conjunction with evergreens – splashes of colour break up green, provide variety, contrast and focal points.  You don’t specifically have to plant flowers – a wide range of herbs and vegetables have beautiful flowers as well as all flowering vegetables and fruits.  You can also include cascading plants such as vines against your garden fence to add texture and length as shown in the image below. Or add a special pot that makes a statement and contrast the size of the plants or pots you surround it with and create dominance with the pot you want to highlight as the key feature.    Water Features Water features are always a calming presence in the garden and they also help to diffuse external noise. Deciding where and how to install them can take much thought and careful planning. Consider the space itself, the type of surrounding vegetation involved, and what is practical for your time and budget.   Stylish Fencing A fence is not just a structure that divides boundaries anymore. If chosen correctly, it not only adds privacy and structure to your garden, it also can add to the wow factor to today’s indoor/ outdoor living. Try to choose materials that are low maintenance. For example, a timber fence may look great to start with and the pricing of it will also seem very attractive in comparison to other fencing materials. However, timber fences are also bound to deteriorate quickly with rotting and termite infestation – which then brings up the cost in terms of regular maintenance; not to mention the effort! On the other hand, the more expensive brick walls are prone to cracking especially when they are near root systems.  Hence, you can opt for cost-effective modular wall and fence products which are low maintenance, rot and termite resistant, much more aesthetically appealing and can be installed in just a matter of days. For more details on our modular walling and fencing solutions, please click here.   Garden Seating   Gardens are quiet places of contemplation, and nothing promotes this thoughtfulness like a welcoming place to sit. Don’t hesitate to keep it simple!   Garden Pathways   Pathways create movement throughout the garden. Taking the time to make these walkways as beautiful as they are functional enhances an outdoor space. Instead of placing concrete tiles side by side, leave some room in between the stones, as shown below. ‘Polished Diamonds’ Now Providing Custom Made Engagement Rings 2015-03-01T06:19:25Z polished-diamonds-now-providing-custom-made-engagement-rings Polished Diamonds, a renowned company dealing in diamond jewelry would now be providing custom-made engagement rings as well to the clients. The details related to the same were announced in a small press meet here today. The company will take orders from customers and design rings according to their preferences. The company provides different kind of jewelries for every occasion at affordable price.Speaking to the media a representative of the company said, “Yes we are providing custom made engagement rings. Engagement is a special occasion that is cherished for the rest of one’s life and so we have decided to provide our customers with a platform to have their own designed engagement ring.” He further added, “Our team of experts will understand the customers need and make the ring as they desire. We are known for providing customer satisfaction and we aim to continue with the same in near future.”Polished Diamonds uses modern technology to make a ring. After customer selects a diamond ring design and provides the finger size, a computer-aided design is shown to the customer.The company takes about 10 business days to complete the order of a client. It provides GIA diamond certification for every diamond that ensures that the diamonds are correctly graded for maximum sparkle and impact. Customer can choose the metal of the ring from Gold, Platinum and Palladium.The company provides different types of jewelries to the customers including multi stoned diamond rings, solitaire diamond rings, diamond bracelets, diamond earrings, diamond pendants and others.The company has a positive social media presence as well and interacts with new and potential clients via the same on a regular basis. The popularity of the official Facebook page of company is growing at tremendous pace and the same is likely to happen in the times to come ahead. The company is also known for providing excellent customer support.About Polished Diamonds‘Polished Diamonds’ started operations on October 16, 2004.The company produces diamond rings New Zealand, engagement rings and fine custom diamond jewelry New Zealand using Computer Aided Design and using GIA certified diamonds. It has been awarded as Best Retail Small Enterprise in the year 2013.