March into Merivale, Sydney’s signature Food and Wine Festival, returns for its sixth sensational year from Wednesday 12 February to Friday 11 April. Inspired by the first and favourite food memories of Merivale’s talented chefs, the eight week culinary feast will feature over 60 mouth-watering events across an unrivalled range of restaurants, bars and pubs, from the hatted est. and Mr. Wong to local hangouts Papi Chulo and The Fish Shop. Tickets are on sale Wednesday 22 January from www.merivale.com.au
Papi Chulo, Merivale’s first restaurant in Manly, will officially open on 31 December 2013. Located on the iconic Manly Wharf, Papi Chulo is a smokehouse and grill dining destination with a menu that breaks all the rules. The kitchen is headed up by talented Head Chefs, Patrick Friesen (Ms G’s) and Christopher Hogarth (El Loco) while Dan Hong will oversee the restaurant as Executive Chef.
Merivale collected seven awards at the Australian Hotel Association (AHA) NSW Awards for Excellence, held on Monday 25 November, in Sydney. Justin and John Hemmes were honoured for their outstanding contributions to hospitality and inducted into the prestigious AHA NSW Hall of Fame.
Merivale is set to launch its first restaurant in Manly when Papi Chulo opens its doors in January 2014. Located on the iconic Manly Wharf, Papi Chulo will be a smokehouse and grill dining destination led by talented Head Chefs, Patrick Friesen (Ms G’s) and Christopher Hogarth (El Loco). Dan Hong will oversee the restaurant as Executive Chef.
Pacha Sydney, presented by Heineken, has announced its brand new summer programme for 2013 - 2014. Over the sizzling summer months, Pacha will feature four spectacular shows including LOVE, a new pool club series celebrating rock, soul and disco from the sixties and seventies, headline sets from an unrivalled line-up of international headliners, exclusive Sydney residencies and a Defected in the House Pool Party.
On Melbourne Cup Day, Merivale is hosting a multitude of fantastic fever pitched events across its unrivalled range of restaurants, bars and pubs that will leave guests grinning all day. Whether it is an inimitable rooftop pool party at Pool Club, a sophisticated soiree at The Den, a Cantonese feast at award winning Mr. Wong or a 1920s knees-up at Palmer & Co, Merivale has over thirty spectacular Cup Day packages to suit, all screening the afternoon of racing live.
Merivale’s Mr. Wong has celebrated an incredible first year earning a string of highly regarded awards and accolades, including ‘Best New Restaurant’ and two hats at the 2014 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide Awards held last night, Monday 2 September.
Merivale is launching Bert’s Pies, a new brand venture producing Merivale’s version of the perfect beef pie and sausage roll. Created by Alex Woolley, head chef of the iconic three-hatted est., Bert’s Pies will be available to enjoy from Monday 5 August at Palings Kitchen & Bar, The Royal George, Establishment, Hotel CBD, York 75, Grand Hotel, Angel Hotel, Wynyard Hotel and to take away from Lorraine’s Patisserie. To celebrate the launch, Merivale will also host Pie Week, 5-11 August with one thousand pies to give away and a special dine-in offer.
THE APARTTMENT, a stunning new clothing and furniture concept store, has launched at at ivy’s coveted retail laneway. Inspired by a chic Parisian boudoir, THE APARTTMENT is a charming new retail experience offering a range of quality brands and products suited to the many aspects of a woman’s lifestyle and personal living space from home furnishings to fashion and beauty.
The beautiful store is the brainchild of Claire Coppins, the creative force behind fun and rebellious Australian fashion label, Tighttigers, known by many simply as TT. Infused with Claire’s innate creative flare and penchant for soft fabrications, sensual silhouettes, natural tones and understated luxury, THE APARTTMENT is designed to feel as if you are strolling into a stylish apartment of chic friend in Paris. The boutique is filled with gorgeous products from an array of complementary fashion, home furnishing and beauty brands, carefully selected by the talented young designer to reflect an effortless sense of luxury and aspiration at an incredibly accessible price point.
The iconic award-winning culinary destination, est. has introduced a brand new lunch menu, featuring a collection of Head Chef Peter Doyle’s most celebrated dishes. The new menu offers the most exquisite and affordable three-hatted lunch in Sydney and is suited to any occasion, from short business meetings to longer celebrations.
Merivale’s Franck Moreau takes seventh place in the A.S.I Contest of the Best Sommelier of the World
Merivale’s MS Group Sommelier Franck Moreau took seventh place in the final of the 14th laureate of the A.S.I. Contest of the Best Sommelier of the World, held last night in Tokyo, Japan.
Vamos a Celebrar! El Loco at Slip Inn is here to stay! The delicious and authentic Mexican cantina will remain a permanent fixture in the legendary Slip Inn courtyard after receiving such a warm reception by regulars and newcomers alike.
Launched on 1 March as a summer pop-up cantina in the popular city establishment, the El Loco at Slip Inn venture has proven so successful that Executive Chef Dan Hong, the gastronomic genius behind El Loco Excelsior, Ms G’s and Mr Wong, and Merivale’s CEO Justin Hemmes, have decided to leave their sombreros firmly in place and make it a permanent addition to the Sydney CBD.
Riding on the success of the recent Mexican pop up cantina at Sydney’s Opera House, Sydney’s award winning cheap eat, El Loco is now on the move again, this time setting up shop at Sydney’s legendary courtyard, Slip Inn.
Launching on Friday 1 March, El Loco at Slip Inn will be the perfect place to see out Summer. Taking over the entire courtyard level, including Sand Bar and replacing the current menu offering, the pop up Mexican cantina will serve up its signature Mexicana fare and all time favourite Margaritas and slushies, sure to send you loco!
Merivale’s annual food festival, March into Merivale, returns for its fifth year on 5 February through to 28 March. Set to be bigger, better and even more deliciously exciting, this year’s festival features over 60 culinary events, including the hugely popular $33 meal deal, across 15 venues such as new cult favourites Palings Kitchen & Bar and The Fish Shop plus hatted restaurants est., Uccello and Bistrode CBD.
It’s time to bust out your best Mexican wave as El Loco, the authentic Mexican cantina in Surry Hills’ Excelsior Hotel, marks its first birthday with a week of loco celebrations. It’s only fitting that birthday festivities kick off in a GRANDE way on the 150th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo – Mexico’s national day of celebration – Saturday 5 May.
Last night Jessica Chan from Etch won the Time Out Taste Test with her dish of twice cooked roast chicken with autumn vegetables, becoming the only first-year apprentice to have achieved this feat.
Merivale’s group sommelier Franck Moreau has become one of the first Australians to be awarded the ‘Master Sommelier’ title, the highest internationally recognised accolade for sommeliers.
To celebrate the arrival of The Bridge Project with Richard III in Sydney, and to raise funds for its education programs, Kevin Spacey hosted an intimate, private dinner at Merivale’s three hatted est. yesterday evening.
Merivale was the most awarded hospitality group at last night’s NSW AHA awards for Excellence, securing six awards of the 13 nominations. Merivale certainly had cause for celebration at the AHA’s official after party, aptly held at ivy’s Pool Club.
Sydney’s iconic Establishment will glow pink as of today, when the George Street facing main bar is illuminated in pink light as part of Establishment’s commitment to raising funds for breast cancer research, during the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s (NBCF) Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Cure Our Kids is thrilled to announce they are partnering with Merivale to hold a Melbourne Cup Fundraising luncheon at Merivale’s ivy room - The Kids Cup at ivy’. The event kicks off on Tuesday 1 November at 12.00noon. Tickets on sale now through www.thekidscup.com.au or Merivale reservations.
The glamour and excitement of Melbourne Cup is fast approaching and Merivale is hosting an array of fever pitched events across 20 bars and restaurants – with all participating venues screening the afternoon of racing LIVE.
Merivale is inviting Sydneysiders to indulge, once again, at a host of special events announced as part of this year’s Crave Sydney International Food Festival. Running throughout the month of October, Merivale will host a total of 37 food and wine events across 12 of its venues.
Merivale is excited to announce that it has launched a new boutique beer bar for Sydneysiders, 30 Knots, at The Grand Hotel. With over 30 quality craft beers, 30 Knots caters for those who enjoy a high quality brew and pub-style food in a stylish and relaxed environment.
Merivale announces its new live music venue, Upstairs Beresford, will open Friday July 1. Upstairs Beresford is a music venue that has been inspired by some of New York’s finest and designed to give both the performer and patron a first class experience.
From today, ivy live presents three floors of live music entertainment every Thursday night from 5pm showcasing live sound systems in ivy bar, sultry and soulful musicians in The Den and electric bands poolside at Pool Club.
From 3 May, Merivale will host Xchange, a series of forums for spirited debate, lively conversation and ladylike luxury. Hosted in the den, ivy’s opulent lounge bar, Xchange will facilitate a coming together of minds – over a glass of champagne – with some of Australia’s leading ladies.
Merivale will lead the celebrations for the annual World Cocktail Week from May 5 with a host of events and global destination themed bars, culminating on World Cocktail Day on May 13, which commemorates the anniversary of the definition of the word cocktail.
Leading the way in delivering an innovative and premium guest experience, Merivale’s Establishment Hotel in Sydney is set to become the first in the world to provide iPad 2s in every guest room when the new Apple devices hit Australia this Friday, 25th of March.