With building on 2014′s ‘The Block – Fans Vs Faves’ complete, it was time for a VIP soiree to invite a host of media writers, bloggers & past contestants to cast their eyes over the renovations & designs. Mr. Collins & his team were lucky enough to be the caterers on the night, with Chef Fox heading up the kitchen.
The Tommy Collins crew were certainly in good company, with respected industry names such as; Smeg, Electrolux & The Good Guys, involved with the sponsorship of the evening. Mr. Collins alongside Chef Fox, prepared the delicious run of roving canapés, followed by fork only main dishes. The sweet side of things was taken care of by the uber talented Darren Purchese of the Melbourne’s Burch&Purchese Sweet Studio, who whipped up some impressive molecular delights for all the lucky guests.
The roving canapé service took place downstairs in the common room with the glistening pool making for an awesome backdrop. Guests were then ushered upstairs into the finished apartments where Mr. & Mrs. Collins (decked out in custom made tradie gear from ‘The Good Guys’ complete with a working tool belt!) offered up a selection of Japanese inspired mains. Paying homage to Tetsuya’s renowned Ocean Trout creation, Chef Fox replicated the dish immaculately, and judging by the delighted guests, it was ultimately the hero plate of the evening.
It’s fair to say that this event was certainly removed from the normal cocktail/canape service that plays out with most media events. With tradies, tool belts, room reveals & world class chefs cooking up a storm, one thing’s for sure – we definitely won’t forget an evening on The Block in a hurry!
.: 18.03.2014 :.
.: Canapès :.
Beetroot terrine, horseradish, balsamic glaze
Kataifi wrapped prawn roll, lemon chervil dressing
.: Fork Only Dishes :.
Quinoa, spring vegetables, raw el hanout
Cardamom pomegranate glazed lamb short ribs, cauliflower veloute, roasted romesco
.: Japanese inspired Fork Only Roving Dishes :.
Tetsuya’s confit of Petuna ocean trout with fennel salad
Peking spiced duck rillettes, pickled onion, almond, chervil
Sher waygu beef tataki, Otway shitake mushrooms