Palette on the Pier: Dinner for 1000

October 18, 2010

Regular visitors here will know that I rarely venture into cheffy territory, but today I’m making an exception for my friend Hannah, who’s involved with the Palette on the Pier event coming up in Sydney next week.

Palette on the Pier is a fundraiser for Regional Arts NSW, the body devoted to helping plan, promote and fund arts activities in non-metro areas across the State. And it sounds like a particularly gorgeous way to raise dosh for a worthy cause.

On Wednesday 27th October, up to 1000 diners will sit down – at one gloriously outsized table – along Pier 2/3 at Walsh Bay (just round the corner from The Rocks) to an al fresco six-course dinner provided by surrounding  restaurants, in full dazzling view of the harbour and the Bridge. Dinner will include six matching wines from the Canowindra region in the Central West of NSW (my old stomping ground).

Turns out Pier 2/3 is being handed over for redevelopment for arts and cultural use under a 99 year lease, and this is the first event to celebrate it. There’s also be a charity art auction, but with participating restaurants including Ottoman CuisineFireflySimmer on the BayRestaurant Arras and Ventuno Pizzeria Enoteca Birreria, the focus will most definitely be on the food.

Tickets are on sale for $150 a head from Sydney Theatre Company Box Office, phone (02)  9250 1777  – for more details visit www.regionalartsnsw.com.au. And if you can’t go, you can always click here to make a tax-deductible donation to help our regional brothers & sisters get greater access to more arts events and activities of the kind we city-dwellers often take for granted.

Pictured, left to right above, are the chefs taking part in this very cool event: Adam Humphrey (Restaurant Arras), Roberto Taffuri (Ventuno), Chloe Kinajil (FireFly), Serif Kaya (Ottoman Cuisine), Teresa Gibbson (Simmer on the Bay) and Brigid Kennedy (Simmer on the Bay).


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