Entries Tagged as 'Events'

Coal Cellar Bar + Grill Menu Tasting

posted on: 4 December, 2015

Denchibitionist-Coal-Cellar-+-Grill-Hilton-7I was recently very fortunate to have been invited to an exclusive menu tasting of Hilton Adelaide’s new restaurant; Coal Cellar Bar + Grill. The fine dining experience left me feeling extremely full yet somehow I managed to mentally plan my next visit before leaving the establishment. During the course of this decadent meal, we sipped on red, white and dessert wines and had a chance to talk to the chefs behind the incredible menu.

My personal favourite was the Squid Ink Ocean Trout which was smokey in flavour, complimented by the creme fraiche, and subtly tart beetroot. Chef Nicole mentioned that the dish was inspired by local cuisine found on a recent trip to Hawaii. After enjoying our entrees, we were taken on a private tour of the wine cellars by Coal Cellar Bar + Grill’s manager, Mark. The cellar is situated in the heart of the ground floor with glass walls, making it a stunning architectural piece that can be enjoyed from the foyer to the restaurant. It houses over 500 varieties of wine and over 3,000 bottles. We then made our way back to the restaurant to enjoy our mains. Not pictured here was the Charred SA Gulf Prawns, Whole Baby Barramundi and Asparagus with Parma Ham Crumbs and Hollandaise Sauce.

Denchibitionist-Coal-Cellar-+-Grill-Hilton-5Duck Terrine: House Made Piccalilli, Black Tea and Prune Puree

Denchibitionist-Coal-Cellar-+-Grill-Hilton-11Denchibitionist-Coal-Cellar-+-Grill-Hilton-14Sangria Marinated Watermelon: Feta, Apple, Pistachio Crumble

Denchibitionist-Coal-Cellar-+-Grill-Hilton-4Denchibitionist-Coal-Cellar-+-Grill-Hilton-3Squid Ink Ocean Trout: Horseradish Creme Fraiche and Beetroot, Lemon Myrtle Tapioca

Denchibitionist-Coal-Cellar-+-Grill-Hilton-1Seared Kingfish: Lime Leaf and Thai Basil, Roasted Peanuts, Fragrant Potato

Denchibitionist-Coal-Cellar-+-Grill-Hilton-19Hilton Hotel Wine Cellar

Denchibitionist-Coal-Cellar-+-Grill-Hilton-12Angus Pure Grass Fed Tomahawk Steak – For 2 To Share: Hollandaise and Mustard

Denchibitionist-Coal-Cellar-+-Grill-Hilton-10Loxton Free Range Lamb Cutlets: Minted- Mustard, Sweet Corn

Denchibitionist-Coal-Cellar-+-Grill-Hilton-9Roasted Butternut Conchiglie Pasta: Pumpkin Seed Pesto, Bok Choy and Ginger Crumble

Denchibitionist-Coal-Cellar-+-Grill-Hilton-8Wagyu Rump – Marble Score 9: Malted Grains and Sweet Soy

Denchibitionist-Coal-Cellar-+-Grill-Hilton-20Bombe “Australiana”: Lemon Myrtle, Macadamia Praline, Wattle Seed Ice Cream, Davidson Plum Sorbet
Creme Brulee: Raspberry, Pine Nut, Basil

Denchibitionist-Coal-Cellar-+-Grill-Hilton-18From left to right: Creme Brulee: Raspberry, Pine Nut, Basil
Bombe “Australiana”: Lemon Myrtle, Macadamia Praline, Wattle Seed Ice Cream, Davidson Plum Sorbet
Cocoa and Caraway Macaroons with Strawberries and Cream
Chocolate Fondant

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Aesop Rundle Street Launch

posted on: 28 September, 2014




Denchibitionist-Crystal-Dench-Aesop-Adelaide-Rundle-Street-4Denchibitionist-Crystal-Dench-Aesop-Adelaide-Rundle-Street-2Denchibitionist-Crystal-Dench-Aesop-Adelaide-Rundle-Street-3Denchibitionist-Aesop-Rundle-Street-Launch-8Denchibitionist-Aesop-Rundle-Street-Launch-7Denchibitionist-Aesop-Rundle-Street-Launch-9Denchibitionist-Aesop-Rundle-Street-Launch-10Photography by Susan Allin and Crystal Dench

I was recently invited to the official launch of Aesop Rundle Street, which was designed by Adelaide’s own Genesin Studio. Guests were offered wines, cheeses, strawberries and berry infused water whilst familiarizing themselves with the chic new digs. The interior features solid timber, Tasmanian oak, antique green marble and blackened steel rods. Unlike other Aesop stores that I have explored, the aesthetic of this east end sanctuary also features a consultation lounge complete with fireplace, leather bound books and armchair.

In need of new skincare for the road trip I was taking the following day, I purchased the Sage & Zinc Facial Hydrating Cream and had a few other handy goodies provided in the gift bag (pictured below). We stayed at a shack in the Yorke Peninsula and I opted to keep my skincare and makeup routine to a minimal. Fittingly, the trip marked the anniversary of my 7th year in Australia. This allowed me to celebrate in the most Australia way I know how; barbeque breakfasts, cocktails in between beach walks and fishing.


Denchibitionist-Aesop-Rundle-Street-Launch-13Denchibitionist-Aesop-Rundle-Street-Launch-6Aesop Mouthwash Bain de Bouche • Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser • Mac Crème Sheen Lipstick in Fanfare • Aesop Sage & Zinc Facial Hydrating Cream • Chanel Vitalumiere Eclat in Beige Desert • Ksubi Sunglasses



The Loft Wine Bar Dinner Menu Launch

posted on: 11 September, 2014




I was very fortunate to have recently been invited as a guest to preview The Loft Wine Bar’s dinner menu. Hosted by Nomadic Marketing’s Mark Bolton who talked us through our matched wines and The Loft’s own Eddie Alder who the New Yorker calls one of Australia’s top ten mixologists. The decadent soirée consisted of five courses which were created and presented beautifully under the direction of head chef Joseph Quiniones. We indulged in dishes, a couple of which were inspired by Filipino cuisine whilst enjoying fantastic company and taking in The Loft’s charming interiors.

Crystal-Dench-Denchibitionist-The-Loft-Wine-Bar-Adelaide-Degustation-6Crystal-Dench-Denchibitionist-The-Loft-Wine-Bar-Adelaide-Degustation-17Crystal-Dench-Denchibitionist-The-Loft-Wine-Bar-Adelaide-Degustation-7Course 1: Pulutan

Philippine inspired Charcoal Mezze, Whole Prawns, Baby Squid, Belly Pork
East 8 Hold up Cocktail (Vodka, Aperol, Pineapple, Lime, Passionfruit)
Sherry Cobbler (Pimms, Curacao, Fino Sherry, Cucumber
Mosquito Hill Pino Blanc


Course 2: Chicken

Poached with ginger broth & wild rice
20th Century Cocktail (Gin, Lemon, Kina Lillet & Cacao)


Course 3: Duck

Sous Vide Duck Breast with Beetroot, Brussels Sprouts and Calve Nero
White Rabbit Cocktail (Brown Butter Rum, Smoked Maple, Fresh Lemon and Orange Juice)
Mosquito Hill Pinot Noir


Course 4: Beef Sirloin

Beef Sirloin with Mushroom and Chorizo
Garfiled & Thomas Cabernet Merlot

Course 5: Turon
Filipino banana and cinamon sugar pastry with chocolate sauce
Kooinda Milk Porter
El Maestro Pedro Ximenez
Picasso cocktail (Vodka and Sparkling Water with palette of flavoured mixers)


My favourites were the 20th Century Cocktail as the cacao flavours were present in a delicate yet not overpowering way. I also enjoyed the Sherry Cobbler and found it to be very summery. In terms of food, the chicken was a standout as it was fragrant and unique. I hadn’t previously tried puffed rice in a savory dish.

As a firm believer of following the pursuit of pleasure in ones surroundings, I gather that my friends and I will be back at The Loft Wine Bar to enjoy an evening of dinner and drinks, perhaps this time on the balcony as the warmer months are steadily approaching.


Face Value

posted on: 25 August, 2014


Vintage Wool Coat • Warehouse Jumper • Vintage Denim Skirt • Stella McCartney Loafers • Zara Bag


In anticipation of the imminent Adelaide Fashion Festival, guests were invited to an invitation only event held at The Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute. For the Face of the Festival Launch, I opted for an understated look featuring a couple of vintage wears and a statement lip courtesy of Shanghai Suzy. The nourishing lipstick in shade ‘The Gossling’ wore well all evening despite mouthfuls of canapés and a couple of ciders.

Stunning Indigenous model, Katarina Keeler was announced face of the festival and looked incredible in a jewel toned Jamie Sortino gown. She walked the runway gracefully, and stood for photographs and interviews against a backdrop of Aboriginal art. At face value, it’s aesthetically clear why Katarina was chosen not only to represent Adelaide Fashion Festival in it’s 7th year running, but also by the Finesse & IMG International Model Search at Marion last year. Currently completing her final year of a Bachelor of Nursing at university, the 20 year old is ambitious about her studies and has a humbling approach to her already successful modelling career.

The Adelaide Fashion Festival includes a ten day program including 16 events from 17th – 26th October and will be presented by the City of Norwood, Payneham and St Peters.



Photographs of outfit by Mayanthi Dharmbandu of The Gracious Life and photographs of event by Crystal Dench.


Agent Provocateur Launch

posted on: 29 July, 2014


Tune into radio station Agent Provocateur and you will hear a segment where I state that I’m a first time caller, long time fan. I was recently invited to the launch of the Adelaide store and was ecstatic to attend. For the last few years I’ve been receiving my share of eyelash laced goodness via the Agent Provocateur web store. Though it’s visually stimulating, easy to navigate and contains retro pinup illustrations every now and then, it just ain’t the same as the real in-store experience.

The store itself carries pieces from the main, classics, bridal, swim, hosiery and accessories collections. The decor is complete with 70s inspired cherry blossom wallpaper in the fitting rooms with flattering lighting and full length mirrors. There are signature baby pink accents around the store and floral black carpet throughout. One of the benefits of seeing the garments in person allowed me to notice the etched Agent Provocateur branding on gold suspender clips, the high quality and workmanship of the bras and above all else you can actually try things on to ensure you have the right fit. I met Emily, Bradamante & India, the Agent Provocateur girls and can say that they are all lovely to chat with and eager to assist with queries or browsing.

I enjoyed many arancini balls, wine jellies and chocolate covered strawberries. As well as leaving with a gorgeous gift bag with a gold heart key chain (that I’m tempted to turn into a choker locket).

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Photos taken by Crystal Dench and Golightly PR

Are Your Seams Straight?

posted on: 19 August, 2012

If you explored the Adelaide Vintage Expo over the weekend then it’s likely that the answer is no. I made an impetuous trip down on Sunday afternoon and needed to pull up my stockings both figuratively and literally. There was an abundance of stalls selling woolen maxis, leather pants, pencil skirts, furs, embellished blouses, sequined dresses, double breasted suit jackets and printed shirts. Not to mention hats, jewelry, bags and shoes galore. It really called out to my inner Betty Draper. A usual skeptic of items labeled ‘vintage’ (the term is often misused), I was delighted to find that most garments had detailed labels of era and prices ranged from $10-$300. There was a pop up tattoo parlor, barbershop, a burlesque show and vintage cars. I nabbed a high waist mini leather skirt for $20 and a brocade silver blouse with black chiffon sleeves for $15 (as seen below). Needless to say, it would be worthwhile going to the next one.

A few stalls have stores in Adelaide and Melbourne that can be checked out below:

The Loft Upstairs

Powderpuff Boutique

Sumadi Boutique

Audrey Scarlett Vintage