Last night 220 guests braved an infamous British Summer downpour, seeking shelter from the rain in the stunning London Symphony Orchestra, St Luke’s, for the South Australia Club annual dinner.
What better way to celebrate its 5th year than with a five-course tasting menu paired with the Adelaide Review’s Hot 100 Top 10 wines.
Head Chef from the acclaimed Botanic Gardens Restaurant, Paul Baker, flew all the way from Adelaide to compose a menu that brings together some of the states finest local produce including Paroo Kangaroo, Hiramasa Kingfish and Thomas Foods Lamb with seasonal fruit & vegetables.
Kangaroo and Riberries, Rose Water Marshmallows and Puffed Wild Rice with Kingfish. With a menu as adventurous as Paul’s, it needs a wine companion worthy enough to step up to the plate. What an impressive line-up it was; Bird in Hand; Penna Lane; Mr Mick; Schwarz Wine Co; Nepenthe; Ochota Barrels; St Hallett; d’Arenberg and last but not least Howard Vineyard.
Accompanying the fine food and wine, was a Q&A session with the one and only, Classic FM John Suchet. John recalled his favourite South Australia memories from his recent trip before introducing the wonderful South Australian musicians on stage.
“In January I had the pleasure of visiting South Australia for the first time. The adventure started by exploring the sounds of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills and the diverse live music scene. I enjoyed a glass of wine (or two) at Penfolds Magill Estate over breathtaking views of the vineyards.
The experience continued to the beautiful Barossa; a food lover’s haven for a spot of lunch where I met Lachlan Colwill, Head Chef at Hentley Farm. I also visited the Bradman Collection at the Adelaide Oval. I was joined here by soprano Greta Bradman, granddaughter of legendary cricketer Sir Donald Bradman.
This was my first time ever in Australia – my wife Nula and I have truly fallen for the beauty, magic and inspiring views of Adelaide, South Australia. We can’t wait to return.”
The South Australia Club has gone from strength to strength. 52 new members have joined the network this year and over 850 people have attended events in London in the past 12 months. Since the Club’s inception, it has hosted 39 events in different venues, which have resulted in countless business and social connections.
For all queries regarding the South Australia Club – London chapter, please contact Serena Gasparini.