Hosted this past weekend, the NGV Gala is an annual black tie event at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne and for the first time, RA was thrilled to be the onsite caterer for this incredibly prestigious event.
A glamorous black tie evening of specialty cocktails, fine dining, entertainment and celebrity appearances, the NGV Gala 2018 marked the opening of the Escher X Nendo | Between Two Worlds exhibition. The headline act for the Gala included entertainment by Troye Sivan, with guests able to enjoy the Bombay Saphire Gin pop up bar in the Garden Restaurant, a specialty cocktail bar by The Bar at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Oyster bar by AMEX and the Mercedes Lounge with an incredible cheese station.
We were thrilled to join celebrity chef Andrew McConnell in a culinary collaboration. Chef Andrew created the menu for the evening and joined our team to execute the incredible menu on the night. Some of the guests to dine with us on the night included Natalie Portman, Poppy Delevigne, and Australia’s own Kate Waterhouse.
Arrival canapes included mouthwatering bites such as:
Parmesan crisp, curd cheese & fennel pollen
Seaweed cracker, smoky eggplant, pickled shiitake, sesame & sea lettuce
Sea urchin, cured salmon roe & crème fraiche
French onion gougere
A plated three course dinner followed, which included an entree of Summer vegetable salad with braised zucchini flowers, asparagus, green sauce, wild herbs & leaves, organic curd cheese and pistachio sauce. Mains enticed guests with Roast Gippsland Beef Chateaubriand, lettuce heart, anchovy mayo, aged vinegar & Pommes Anna with jus. Then to finish the evening, guests enjoyed an indulgent dessert of Chocolate galettes with vanilla scented raspberries.
It was an honour to work alongside some incredible talent and brands for this occasion including:
Chef Andrew McConnell – @chef_mcconnell
The Bar at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal – @dinnerybyhp
Bombay Sapphire Gin Garden – @bombaysapphire
Mercedes-Benz Star Lounge – @mercedesbenzau
American Express – @americanexpress