The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-11-20T00:09:10Z Dine Out and Help Someone Sleeping Out 2017-11-20T00:09:10Z dine-out-and-help-someone-sleeping-out Annual Christmas fundraising campaign DineSmart is back for a 15th year with industry leaders, new restaurants, new sponsors and ambassadors on board for what CEO Adam Robinson and the StreetSmart team expect will be one of their biggest years yet. The 2017 national campaign will run from November 24 – December 24, and introduces a new fundraising model; a simple $1 per person replacing the previous $2 per table donation. Robinson, who founded StreetSmart in 2003, believes the changes will help the campaign reach the target of $250,000 for homelessness projects, adding to the $4.5 million raised to date. “This will be our 15th DineSmart and $2 doesn't go as far as when we held the first DineSmart.  With the increased demand for support and critical funding shortages in the homelessness sector, we are confident that supporters will share the Christmas spirit and chip in a little more to help some of our most vulnerable" Robinson said. Joining the DineSmart campaign for the first time as a key sponsor Uber Eats will donate $10 for each new customer who signs up using the DINESMART17 promo code. The partnership with the popular home delivery service expands the campaign’s reach and allows diners to choose whether to dine in or dine out to help out.   Online restaurant reservation service OpenTable has also joined as a sponsor for this year’s campaign and will donate $1 (up to $10,000) for every honoured reservation made through their platform at participating restaurants in VIC, NSW, QLD and SA. DineSmart welcomes new restaurants including BKK, Fitzroy Town Hall Hotel, Hotel Jesus, Marion, Meat Maiden, Merchant Osteria Veneta, San Telmo and Tipo OO. They will join longtime supporters such as Café Sydney, Chin Chin, Ezard, Longrain, Punch Lane, Ladro, Top Paddock Stalactites and our team of official ambassadors in promoting DineSmart and tapping into community goodwill this Christmas. To find all the restaurants involved check out the google map at  www.streetsmartaustralia.org/dinesmart 100% of all donations raised through the campaign go to fund grassroots homeless services in the neighbourhood, suburb or region where the funds are raised.   Pure South Dining Wins Award for Excellence in Fit Out 2017-08-30T01:23:00Z pure-south-dining-wins-award-for-excellence-in-fit-out Pure South Dining’s builder, Hedger Constructions, has won the award for Excellence in Fit Out at the 2017 Master Builders Excellence in Construction, Housing and Regional Building Awards.   The iconic Melbourne restaurant underwent a complete overhaul last year that saw the venue take over the space above them. The fit-out from Hedger Constructions involved a complete demolition of both floors and the execution of a design brief that integrated the Southbank promenade experience and stunning city skyline views into a new open plan river level venue and a more formal, intimate dining space upstairs.   Melbourne design and architecture practice Herbert & Mason developed the project’s design and fit out.   A key component of the refit involved the use of earthy tones and materials to reflect the shifting shapes, colours and textures of Tasmania and the menu concept of using solely Tasmanian produce. This link is a cornerstone of the restaurant’s philosophy and guided material selection, colour palettes and layout.    “We are thrilled that the craftsmanship of Hedger Constructions has received this industry accolade. During the extensive renovations, their team demonstrated an unwavering commitment to excellence and professionalism. The result is a modern Melbourne dining destination that truly reflects the identity of Pure South Dining,” said owner Philip Kennedy.   Upstairs Pure South Dining is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week Downstairs P.S. Bar + Kitchen is open from 7am weekdays and 8am weekends -ENDS-   For further information or imagery please contact Joanne Feehan joanne@underoneroof.com.au 0411 199 799   About the award Excellence in Fit-OutHedger Constructions Pty Ltd  Project: Pure South Restaurant, Southbank  Designer: Herbert & Mason www.hedgerconstructions.com.au    Find a local café, drink coffee and #helpyourhood 2017-07-31T23:30:57Z -368 CafeSmart is a major national campaign built on the energy and commitment of the coffee industry around Australia. It unites the community over our favourite brew to help fund local homeless services through the donation of $1 from every coffee sold at participating cafés.   According to 2011 Census data 105,000 people in Australia are without a safe and secure place to call home. The situation has changed drastically since then - for the worse. Housing affordability, domestic violence and an ever shrinking social safety net are putting more people out of their homes than ever before. Rough sleepers are the most visible people impacted by the crisis brewing in our communities – which makes it sobering to know that people surviving on the streets or in  cars and tents are just 6% of those effected.   We believe that homelessness is one of the most pressing social issues we face today and we want to do something to change this.   StreetSmart raises funds to support grassroots services who have seen their public funding shrink, while witnessing an unprecedented demand for their services. CafeSmart is a day of good will, and hard work by roasters, café owners, staff and local people who want to see things change for the better. In all, 500+ small businesses all over Australia are on board to raise funds through the CafeSmart   initiative. Together they aim to smash last year’s total of S160,523 on August 4th and direct even more funds back into local neighbourhoods under the #helpyourhood.   CafeSmart grants pool locally raised donations and direct them back into local services and initiatives that are working on the front lines. These are services that are serving up hot meals, putting roofs over people’s heads, and providing relief packages to people in need. It is about providing a leg-up, rather than sending people packing into the cold.   “When more than 1 in every 200 people are homeless in Australia we know there is a problem. When services working on the frontlines are telling us that this  figure is likely to be much higher, and we don’t have coherent public response - that is a huge cause for concern. Most people want to do something about it, and to help people who are struggling in their own community. CafeSmart is really a grassroots movement that is giving people a vehicle to effect some change and positively impact people’s lives.” – Adam Robinson – CEO, StreetSmart Australia.   Now in its 7th year CaféSmart will be held on Friday August 4th.   Cafés are encouraged to find out more and sign up on line at StreetSmart Coffee lovers can find a participating café in their local hood here. Those who want to help but can’t get to a café can donate here.   For interview opportunities with StreetSmart CEO Adam Robinson, images or further information about the projects that get funded and their local impact, please contact Joanne at Under One Roof joanne@underoneroof.com.au | 0411 199 799 StreetSmart was founded in 2003 to support and strengthen smaller, grassroots community organisations helping the homeless. These smaller organisations are critical in helping many people in crisis. StreetSmart helps out by raising funds and delivering financial grants, raising community awareness of the issues of homelessness and assisting these organisations to connect across their communities. Ten Year Retrospective dinner at Taxi Kitchen 2016-10-04T00:05:53Z ten-year-retrospective-dinner-at-taxi-kitchen GETTING THE BAND BACK TOGETHER, TEN YEARS ON Executive Chef Tony Twitchett is getting the band back together for some culinary reminiscing, to remember ten years since the venue was The Age Good Food Guide’s Restaurant of the Year in 2006. Founding Executive Chef Michael Lambie will return to the pans with Tony Twitchett and current Head Chef Sam Forte, while the familiar faces of Dan Sims, Scott Borg and Owen Brockfield will team up with newly announced venue manager Simon Morseto, to provide the excellent service that has been synonymous with Taxi for twelve years since the opening of the iconic venue in Federation Square “We wanted to gather the band back together and serve a ten course menu of dishes that have become our favourites – from when we won Restaurant of the Year and New Restaurant of the Year in the 2006 Age Good Food Guide,” said Executive Chef Tony Twitchett. “So many of these dishes have become iconic in Melbourne’s culinary lexicon and people have been returning for a decade to enjoy Szechuan Duck, Wagyu tataki, candied pork and Barramundi, to name a few,” he contin ued. “It will be a thrill to be back to Taxi Kitchen and cooking with Tony and his team. He and I worked very well together and I am looking forward to seeing how some of the dishes we created together over the years have evolved,” said Michael Lambie. The ten course degustation will be paired with some of Victoria’ s best known wine names and matched by the opening Sommelier of Taxi, Dan Sims and current sommelier Ben Preston. “ My time at Taxi Dining Room was a pivotal point in my career; a time to really 'step up’ and take on the wine challenge. The restaurant was also a training ground for so many brilliant sommeliers and hospitality professionals, many of whom went on to be awarded and applauded. To walk the floors again with the 2006 crew again will be a hilarious pleasure,” said Sims The Ten Year Retrospective dinner will be held on Monday October 10 Guests will include the 2006 Age Good Food Guide editors and the aforementioned former staff. It will be a night to remember for another decade. For further information, interview opportunities or imagery, please contact Under One Roof. pete@underoneroof.com.au | 0409 142 365 | www.underoneroof.com.au  Sommeliers Australia Ball selling fast 2016-09-19T00:46:26Z sommeliers-australia-ball-selling-fast SOMMELIERS AUSTRALIA REVIVE THE SWINGING 60’S Sommeliers Australia’s ‘Night of Nights’ returns on Sunday September 25, to be held this year at Melbourne’s Rendezvous Hotel in Swinging 60’s style. Think Bond’s London, Bardot’s Paris, Hepburn’s Hollywood or Sinatra’s New York. Celebrate a night out, with Champagne, gin and canape’s on arrival as you sip your way in to a spectacular night of four courses of fine dining and a selection of premium wines. The Jackson Four will provide an opportunity to dance the night away, and 2016 Tasting Education Scholarship National Dux will be awarded after a live 'Somm-off' Dress to impress in 60’s chic, or you can arrive in style in black tie. Sommeliers Australia is the principal industry association for Australia’s wine loving community. Whether you work in the industry or are a wine enthusiast, Somms Aus membership is available to everyone. The Sommeliers Australia ‘Swinging 60’s’ Ball is a feature on the Australian wine calendar and is a night not to be missed. What:                      Sommeliers Australia Annual Ball Where:                   Rendezvous Hotel                                     328 Flinders Street, Melbourne. Vic When:                     Sunday September 25                                    6.00pm – late Cost:                      Tickets $155pp + booking fee                                     Group bookings available at discounted rates https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-ball-tickets-27086967850 For more information, please contact Under One Roof pete@underoneroof.com.au|0409142365|039092846 The Sommeliers Ball is proudly supported by Riedel  America's #! Kingsford Charcoal launches in Australia 2016-09-19T00:41:26Z america-s-kingsford-charcoal-launches-in-australia AMERICA’S #1 KINGSFORD CHARCOAL LAUNCHES IN AUSTRALIA     Kingsford Charcoal, America’s #1 Charcoal brand launched in Sydney recently. Hosted by Dale Vine from tv’s “The Block’, the event launched Kingsford Charcoal, which has enjoyed a long history in the United States, stretching back to the founding father Henry Ford, who created the brand almost 100 years ago. With strong environmental credentials and providing superior taste and performance, Kingsford Charcoal is manufactured solely in the United States and repurposes more than 1 billion tonnes of sawdust each year.  With extensive research and development facilities, they are able to develop and create the best products to put in to the market. Kingsford is known for its quick lighting ability and the time it lasts when cooking. The superior taste it provides comes from its origins as sawdust and dates back to Henry Ford using the wood scraps from the production of the famous Model T’s to make charcoal briquettes. He built a plant and the rest, as they say, is history.  Fast forward to today and Kingsford Charcoal is America’s most trusted bbq brand and the variety of products is available across the USA.  Now, its Australia’s turn to enjoy the benefits of cooking with Kingsford Charcoal, and discovering the superior taste, the ease with which it lights and the longer burning time.  With grilling, smoking and charcoal cooking continuing to develop in popularity in Australia, it’s time we were able to experience the delicious smoky flavours today and taste how good food can taste when cooked with superior Kingsford Charcoal. For further information, interview opportunities or imagery, please contact Under One Roof.   pete@underoneroof.com.au | 0409 142 365 | www.underoneroof.com.au Tickets selling fast for Harvest Feast on Monday 2016-09-01T02:01:50Z tickets-selling-fast-for-harvest-feast-on-monday Tickets are selling fast for Monday's Harvest Feast at Noisy Ritual in East Brunswick   The two chicks who make wine they love to drink and share with friends will take over Brunswick’s Noisy Ritual for the 2016 Harvest Feast on September 5th. The Harvest Feast starts where the Pachamama Laneway Festival left off – a celebration of vintage launches made by the Wine Unplugged duo of Callie Jemmeson and Nina Stocker.Harvest Feast is a celebration of everything the girls believe in when it comes to their wines. A table heaving with antipasto in a rustic setting will tempt guests while they taste all of the vintage releases being presented under the Wine Unplugged banner. “I love creating something that brings a twinkle to the other people’s lives,” said Stocker. “This Harvest Feast celebrates all that we are about and allows us to bring our best to others, while showcasing the wines that we are so proud and privileged to produce.”   Callie Jemmeson and Nina Stocker are the self-described ‘chicks’ making wines under Pachamama, White Stripes, and La Vie en Rose labels, collectively known as Wine Unpluged, and are looking forward to introducing ‘The Dagger’ their newest Pinot Grigio to Melbourne wine lovers.   Nina and Callie believe that winemaking doesn't have to have barriers but what it does need is quality, focus and a destination. “We love making wine that we want to drink or to share with our mates. The Dagger is part of a new range we are launching this year, and it plays to my love of Italian varietals,” said Callie Jemmeson. The pair have been great friends and partners in wine since meeting in 2009. Their freedom of expression and unbridled thinking is evident in every sniff and sip you take of their wines. Each one speaks of elegance, individuality, pure fruit flavour and sheer joy.   Noisy Ritual is a haven for people interested in wine, winemaking, food and music. The room is lined with wine barrels, the exposed beams and white painted walls creating a blank canvas for the Wine Unplugged team to create a magical environment for everyone to meet, eat, sip and sup.   Stocker and Jemmeson have learnt their trade in places as diverse as Portugal, Italy, France, America and New Zealand. Their passion and belief in limitless possibility is the embodiment of the earth mother herself and this will be celebrated at the Harvest Festival.   The Wine Unplugged Harvest Feast is being held at the Noisy Ritual Urban Winemaking space at 249 Lygon Street, East Brunswick is from 5pm and tickets are available to the public for $55, which including food and drinks.   Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wine- unplugged-harvest-feast-tickets -27103367903
 -ends-   For images, information or interviews, please contact Under One Roof pete@underoneroof.com.au |0390928462|0409142     Harvest Feast to take over The Noisy Ritual on September 5 2016-08-22T21:32:58Z harvest-feast-to-take-over-the-noisy-ritual-on-september-5 Media Release                                                                        For Immediate Release     HARVEST FEAST TAKES OVER THE NOISY RITUAL ON SEPTEMBER 5TH.    The two chicks who make wine they love to drink and share with friends will take over Brunswick’s Noisy Ritual for the 2016 Harvest Feast on September 5th. The Harvest Feast starts where the Pachamama Laneway Festival left off – a celebration of vintage launches made by the Wine Unplugged duo of Callie Jemmeson and Nina Stocker.    Harvest Feast is a celebration of everything the girls believe in when it comes to their wines. A table heaving with antipasto in a rustic setting will tempt guests while they taste all of the vintage releases being presented under the Wine Unplugged banner.  “I love creating something that brings a twinkle to the other people’s lives,” said Stocker. “This Harvest Feast celebrates all that we are about and allows us to bring our best to others, while showcasing the wines that we are so proud and privileged to produce.”   Callie Jemmeson and Nina Stocker are the self-described ‘chicks’ making wines under Pachamama, White Stripes, and La Vie en Rose labels, collectively known as Wine Unpluged, and are looking forward to introducing ‘The Dagger’ their newest Pinot Grigio to Melbourne wine lovers.   Nina and Callie believe that winemaking doesn't have to have barriers but what it does need is quality, focus and a destination.   “We love making wine that we want to drink or to share with our mates. The Dagger is part of a new range we are launching this year, and it plays to my love of Italian varietals,” said Callie Jemmeson.   The pair have been great friends and partners in wine since meeting in 2009. Their freedom of expression and unbridled thinking is evident in every sniff and sip you take of their wines. Each one speaks of elegance, individuality, pure fruit flavour and sheer joy.   Noisy Ritual is a haven for people interested in wine, winemaking, food and music. The room is lined with wine barrels, the exposed beams and white painted walls creating a blank canvas for the Wine Unplugged team to create a magical environment for everyone to meet, eat, sip and sup.   Stocker and Jemmeson have learnt their trade in places as diverse as Portugal, Italy, France, America and New Zealand. Their passion and belief in limitless possibility is the embodiment of the earth mother herself and this will be celebrated at the Harvest Festival.   The Wine Unplugged Harvest Feast is being held at the Noisy Ritual Urban Winemaking space at 249 Lygon Street, East Brunswick  is from 5pm and tickets are available to the public for $55, which including food and drinks.   Tickets can be booked through Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/wine-unplugged-harvest-feast-tickets-27103367903 -ends-   For images, information or interviews, please contact Under One Roof pete@underoneroof.com.au | 03 9092 8462 | 0409 142 365   About Callie Jemmeson and Nina Stocker. Nina and Callie’s paths crossed in 2009 when Nina was working for Dave Jemmeson (Callie’s dad) as winemaker for Catalina Sounds in Marlborough, New Zealand. At the time, Callie was based in the Yarra Valley working with the region’s iconic De Bortoli wine brand. When Nina came back to her home town of Tallarook in Central Victoria, the seed was planted for the pair to join forces and the Pacha family. Together, Callie and Nina have embraced the true essence of Pacha Mama, as it has them. Now based in the high country of the Strathbogie Ranges at Elgo, Nina and Callie select their favourite varietals from regions they’re passionate about. Their aim: to produce stylish, individual wines that are great value. Wines that you’ll want to put on your table and share with friends over a beautiful food inspired by the regions they love.   Warriors of Wine - One Sommelier To Rule Them All 2016-07-27T22:56:17Z warriors-of-wine-one-sommelier-to-rule-them-all Three of Melbourne’s smartest Sommeliers will battle each other at Lakeside, Albert Park as they pit for your votes at Warriors of Wine - the annual Sommeliers Australia Long Lunch on August 7th. Matching their choice of wines to three savoury courses prepared by chefs from three of Melbourne’s finest dining establishments, they will draw the battle lines against one another, with one sommelier to rule them all.    The chosen warriors are Christian McCabe from Embla, Ashley Boburka from Rockpool Bar and Grill Melbourne, and Harry Hunter from Dinner by Heston Blumenthal. With the advantage of one of each of the dishes coming from their own venues, the challenge will be to present three wines to match each of the dishes presented, with the winner to be determined by the gathered wine and food lovers of Melbourne. The winner will be the 2016 Sommeliers Australia Warrior of Wine. Sommeliers Australia President, David Lawler, said of the event “We are thrilled to have three of Melbourne’s most exciting restaurants presenting dishes as part of the Sommeliers Australia Long Lunch, and to have three of Melbourne’s best Somms taking on the challenge of matching something interesting with each course. We are looking forward to enjoying what will be on offer.” The 2016 event will be more thrilling and much more delicious than ever before.  Now in to its eighth year, the Warriors of Wine Long Lunch is the key fundraiser for Sommeliers Australia to assist our local talent in competition on the world stage.  The funds from the last event helped to send MC Banjo Harris Plane to compete in the world competition in Argentina earlier this year.   What:                      Sommeliers Australia Long Lunch Where:                   Lakeside, Albert Park                                     Level 1, 31-33 Aughtie Drive  Albert Park. When:                     Sunday August 7                                     12.00pm – 5.00pm Cost:                         Tickets $140 pp                                     Group bookings available at discounted rates Bookings:               www.eventbrite.com.au/e/warriors-of-wine-sommeliers-long-lunch-tickets-26238827038   For more information, please contact Under One Roof pete@underoneroof.com.au | 0409 142 365 | 03 9092 846   The Warriors of Wine Sommeliers Long Lunch is proudly supported by Riedel   Buffalo is Coming 2016-07-13T21:44:39Z buffalo-is-coming Brighton is gearing up to experience the first ‘Pop In’ venue of its kind, with the rebranding and development of Chi at 279 Bay Street, Brighton. Be ready, #buffaloiscoming Commencing on July 16 for just 10 days, lovers of Vietnamese food are invited to the ‘Feed Me, Tease Me’ Pop In and be the first to check out the culinary crafting of chef Tam Dao, before the restaurant closes for a total reimagination. “We wanted to offer Brighton locals and lovers of Vietnamese food from across Melbourne an opportunity to experience Tam’s vision – and to have the ‘Tease Me Feed Me’ experience,” said owner Alex Ye Tam Dao’s story started in the Mekong Delta, where he was born among endless rice fields, running rivers and happy people, where hospitality and beautiful fresh ingredients abound.  He helped his mother pick vegetables and herbs in the yard while his elder siblings fished for the family.  There is nothing more local, sustainable and fresh than food fished and picked as it is needed. He grew up with an innate love of food and provenance, before moving to Australia a decade ago, settling in Noosa in the heart of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.  Stints with Ottoman Bistro, Spirit House, Rickys and The River Cottage further developed a love of seasonal and local produce, and at the end of his Queensland apprenticeship, Dao headed south to Melbourne to study pastry at William Angliss College. Not content with these skills, it was time to indulge his curiosity for wine and so he headed for Kellybrook Winery where French cuisine informed the style and Dao was instilled with a nose to tail philosophy. Landing in Geoff Lindsay’s kitchen at Pearl saw Tam develop his skills with the tastes, fragrance and colours of modern Vietnamese food, and experimenting with these in the pastry kitchen before branching out to understand the workings of a catering kitchen.  If nothing else, Tam has an unquenchable curiosity for food.  He is ready to put this on the table at Buffalo Boy with a very simple mantra – Everything comes from Little Things. You are invited to experience the Tease Me, Feed Me menu at Chi for just ten days, and experience what Buffalo Boy will have in store when the venue opens on Friday August 12. Tease Me, Feed Me Chi 279 Bay Street, Brighton  Tease me $15    Feed me $25  Add a drink for a fiver. July 16-25   Please contact Under One Roof pete@underoneroof.com.au | 0409 142 365 | 9090 8462 FESTIVAL OF STEVE MEDIA ALERT MELBOURNE 2016-05-27T01:30:08Z festival-of-steve-media-alert-melbourne Festival of Steve 2016                                                                                                       Media Alert.  May 27, 2016 FESTIVAL OF STEVE – TAXI RIVERSIDE TOMORROW, SATURDAY MAY 28   The 2016 Festival of Steve is upon us.   Pic, filming and interview opps are available from 10am – 4pm tomorrow What:      Festival of Steve – festival of mens style fashion, grooming and leisure Where: Taxi Riverside, Federation Square                   ACMI, Fed Square, SCORCESE Exhibition Who:       Stylists, bespoke tailors and designers, jewellery, mens millinery, food and beverage, gentleman’s activities, DJ, Billiards Display, models and ambassador Nick Bracks   Celebrating the well-heeled, well-groomed and well-shod man with the return of the Festival of Steve at Taxi Riverside on May 28 from 11am. For further information, interviews, images or filming opportunities, please contact Pete at Under One Roof pete@underoneroof.com.au | 03 9224 1964 | 0409 142 365 The festival of Steve is an initiative of Melbourne City Preincict, supported by City of Melbourne, Aer Design, Nova, Smooth FM, Under One Roof, Executive Styke, Collins Square, Taxi Riverside, ACMI, Sticks of the Yarra Valley, Capi, Golden Axe Cider, Kaiju Beer, Local eCoffee, Pidapipo, Plumm Glassware and Chrismont.  Festival of Steve Ambassador announced 2016-05-05T00:24:53Z festival-of-steve-ambassador-announced Festival of Steve 2016             Media Release. May 2, 2016  NICK BRACKS SIGNS ON AS FESTIVAL OF STEVE AMBASSADOR Entrepreneur, model, TV personality and mental health advocate Nick Bracks has signed on as the Ambassador to Melbourne’s celebration of mens style, the 2016 Festival of Steve. The Festival of Steve is hosted by City Precinct in partnership with the City of Melbourne and gathers designers, retailers, purveyors of classic merchandise, stylists and outfitters to rejoice in being a thoroughly modern gentleman. Festival of Steve will be held at Taxi Riverside on Saturday May 28. 2016 will be the biggest and best Steve yet, with a a new premier location and some fantastic key sponsors who will shine a light on this truly special event. Whether it is fine fashion, footwear, food or frippery, the Festival of Steve offers something for every gent, including The Steve Talks – a series of panel discussions on issues that will elighten and engage the fellows, held in conjunction with the SCORSESE exhibition at ACMI (Australian Centre for Moving Image) celebrating legendary director Martin Scorsese from 26 May to 18 September, 2016. The event also offers tastings of some of Victoria’s finest food and beverage, and the chance to meet some of those that keep we fellows primped, preened and perfectly presented. Bracks has forged a career as model and is the founder of his own Australian underwear label, underBRACKS. He graduated university with a Bachelor of Business – Entrepreneurship and has appeared on Dancing with the Stars and Celebrity Splash. He signed on as an Ambassador for Headsapce, a youth mental health project as well as working with Beyond Blue, Movember and En Masse. Tailor Carl Nave is one of the festival’s organizers, and is City Precinct’s Vice President. He said of the appointment “Nick pretty much embodies Steve – he is a modern man who represents the essence of a Steve – an everyday man who cares about how he looks, who can still enjoy a day at the footy and a good night out.” 2016 Exhibitors include a variety of fashion and grooming purveyors, including Carl Nave Tailor, Fortis Green socks, Sally McKinnon – Stylist for Men, Lord Coconut, Mens Biz and many more. The Festival of Steve is a free event which celebrates our modern men who like to bask in a little masculinity while focusing on supporting local Melbourne traders. Ladies of course, are welcome. For further information, interviews, images or sponsorship opportunities, please contact Pete at Under One Roof pete@underoneroof.com.au | 03 9224 1964 | 0409 142 365 INVITATIONS ARE EXTENDED TO MELBOURNE MEDIA FOR THE LAUNCH THURSDAY MAY 12. PLEASE CONTACT FOR AN INVITE IF YOU CAN ATTEND. GROW Assembly to follow MAD Symposium 2016-04-17T21:32:58Z grow-assembly-to-follow-mad-symposium Following on from the successes of MAD Sydney, the WAW Gathering in Melbourne in 2014, and inspired by Ted Talks and the Welcome Conference, some of Melbourne’s brightest hospitality industry leaders have created a program for Melbourne to develop the skills of our future industry leaders. Gathering some of the nation’s  finest hospitality minds, the event will provide the skills, both emotional and technical, for the future generation of hospitality professionals. These include: Dan Hunter – Owner and chef, Brae Restaurant in Birregurra Josh Elias – founder and editor of Alquimie Magazine Kevin Donovan – Restaurateur, Donovans in St Kilda Leon Kennedy – Entrepreneur, Proud Mary Coffee Roasters Sarah Lemke – Baker/Chef, De Superette, Belgium Max Allen – Wine writer. Sebastian Crowther – Master Sommelier Ashley Huntington – Farmer and Brewer Angie Giannakodakis – Restaurateur, Epocha in Carlton Nolan Hirte – Owner and coffee pioneer, Proud Mary Coffee Roasters Sharon Flynne – Founder, The Fermentary, Melbourne   Moderated by Banjo Harris Plane, GROW Assembly is a collective of respected hospitality practitioners.   From small cafés to fine diners, coffee roasters to destination restaurants, both locally and around the world, the GROW team has a range of experiences within the hospitality industry. Thos opportunities have taken them from London to New York, Israel to New Zealand and back to Melbourne. The GROW team have announced that the forum will take place at the magnificent Melba Speigeltent in Perrry Street, Collingwood (off Johnston Street). Built in Belgium in 1910, this amazing wooden structure was relocated to Melbourne in 2006 will provide a great backdrop for our inaugural GROW event. The team have also offered free and discounted tickets to education and training institutions across Victoria to provide students access to the event and to learn from those who have been through the industry already. Tickets are available for the event and all industry sectors are encouraged to attend. What:               GROW Assembly Where:            The Melba Spiegeltent, 35 Johnston Street, Collingwood. When:              Sunday May 1   10am – 5pm                         Includes Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea Cost:                $125 per ticket GROW will happen thanks to the sponsors providing food and beverages and services. Proud Mary Coffee Roasters Ides Rockwell and Sons Mondo Imports and Boccaccio Cellars Hepburn Mineral Water Lving Earth Alquimie Bar Liberty Perfect South Tea For further information, images or interview opportunities, please contact Under One Roof pete@underoneroof.com.au | 0409 142 365 | 03 9224 1964 Under One Roof is a proud partner of GROW Assembly Silent Comedy Festival creating laugh out loud moments at Arbory 2016-03-16T05:34:29Z silent-comedy-festival-creating-laugh-out-loud-moments-at-arbory Arbory Bar and Eatery on Flinders Walk continues to expand its involvement with the arts community with Arbory Silent Comedy Festival kicking off in time with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival on March 22. Featuring four of Melbourne’s most loved comedic talents; Jimeoin, Adam Rozenbachs, Bev Killick and Bob Franklin, Silent Comedy is a new concept that invites people to enjoy a laugh, out loud, with themselves. The comedian’s microphone and the audience headphones are connected via a system allowing only those wearing headphones to hear – much like the silent disco phenomenon of the mid 2000’s. The audience can still see the physical body work of the comedian, without the noise of other patrons or trains at Flinders Street Station to disturb them. “We wanted to commit to something fun and interesting for the comedy festival, but we know we have some restrictions with ambient noise from customers, the station and people on Flinders Walk. We decided to take the silent disco concept and evolve it in to Comedy,” said Tim Botterill, owner of Arbory Bar and Eatery. “We have a strong commitment to using our venue as an arts space and we are constantly evolving our thinking so we can be further engaged with the arts community, be innovative and ensure our customers can enjoy a different experience,” he continued. Arbory Silent Comedy Festival is on at Arbory Bar and Eatery from Tuesday March 22nd and every Monday and Tuesday during the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Tickets include the comedy show and a drink to get guests started and can be purchased at www.arbory.com.au For images, interviews or information, please contact Under One Roof pete@underoneroof.com.au | 0409 142 365 It snowed in Melbourne on the Moomba weekend 2016-03-15T05:37:01Z it-snowed-in-melbourne-on-the-moomba-weekend Snow in Fed Square for Moomba From Thursday night and across the weekend, Melbournians were fascinated by 1 metre snowflakes floating across the city skyline and snow machines producing snow on either side of the large refrigerated cube that dominated the front of Federation Square for five days. Why? Evian unveiled its latest bottle design, with a new look capturing the purity of the pristine French Alps, just in time for Summer.  The new packaging launched a winter themed evian experience, drawing thousands of visitors to the space..  Using the hashtag #evianpurityau curious visitors to Moomba and Fed Square were invited to interact with the activation to enter the draw to win a trip to the home of evian in France on the shores of Lake Geneva. Images are available here: Click here for the dropbox link About the new bottle: Bottled in Evian Les Bains, high in the French Alps on the southern shores of Lake Geneva since 1826, every drop of Evian water began as rain or snow, travelled on a fifteen-year journey through a vast mineral aquifer deep in the mountains, before being bottled directly at the source. This unique story is captured in the design of the new bottles with is clear label, mountain peaks bevelled into the bottle design and the Evian story told on the back label. The new Evian bottle design represents a makeover fitting for the water that has defined the world’s premium water category since the early 80s. With an iconic bottle that now embraces its unique transparency, Evian’s sleek new look is refined, stylish, and chic. For further information, please contact Under One Roof Pete Dillon           pete@underoneroof.com.au  |03 9224 1964 | 0409 142 365