Inside the Stella Artois Portsea Polo dinner in Victoria

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VOGUE
Bonnie Vaughan – 14 January 2019

Stella Artois delivered a bespoke Sensorium Welcome Dinner for VIP guests of the Portsea Polo last weekend.

Stella Artois has become synonymous with tasteful, lavish events – and they really know how to put the ‘fun’ in function. For the second year in a row, the Belgian beer brand celebrated its partnership with the Portsea Polo on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, kicking off the festivities on Friday night with the delectable Sensorium Welcome Dinner at Pt Leo Estate.

Pt. Leo Estate Stella Artois

Under the esteemed stewardship of culinary director Phil Wood, the multi-course menu featured a selection of the award-winning restaurant’s signature dishes complemented by custom creations inspired by Stella Artois. Among the standouts were melt-in-the-mouth corned beef short ribs with cucumber and shiitake pickle, mushroom soy and Stella Artois white sauce, and the insanely delicious hazelnut and chocolate mousse with Stella Artois caramel. The pale lager-style craft beer, served up in frosty goblets, paired perfectly with food, as did the selection of fine Pt Leo Estate wines.

Wine Terrace

The glamour quotient among the guests did not disappoint: among those in attendance were Point Break’s Luke Bracey and his new partner, Playing for Keeps’ Olympia Valance; Hacksaw Ridge’s Ben Mingay and his wife, actress Kirby Burgess; Logie-winner Melina Vidler; and Victoria’s Secret model Georgia Fowler. The spectacular Pt Leo Estate setting – 135 hectares of sculpture park and rolling vineyards on immaculately tended grounds framed by sparkling ocean views across Western Port – could not have been more magical.

Keep reading to see all the highlights.

Victoria’s Secret model Georgia Fowler in front of Lenton Parr’s Vega (2012) in the Pt Leo Estate Sculpture Park.
Victoria’s Secret model Georgia Fowler in front of Lenton Parr’s Vega (2012) in the Pt Leo Estate Sculpture Park.

 

Australian actresses Kirby Burgess and Melina Vidler share the scenery with Augustine Dall’ava’s Cosmic Reverence (2011).
Australian actresses Kirby Burgess and Melina Vidler share the scenery with Augustine Dall’ava’s Cosmic Reverence (2011).

 

GQ editor Mike Christensen (left) and Rob Vallis.
GQ editor Mike Christensen (left) and Rob Vallis.

 

Oysters with Stella Artois mignonette.
Oysters with Stella Artois mignonette.

 

The corned beef short rib with cucumber and skiitake pickle, mushroomsoy and Stella Artois white sauce was one of the standout dishes that incorporated the light, fruity Belgian beer.
The corned beef short rib with cucumber and skiitake pickle, mushroomsoy and Stella Artois white sauce was one of the standout dishes that incorporated the light, fruity Belgian beer.

 

Dutch carrot soufflé with brown butter, brioche and wild scamp roe was one of the Pt Leo Estate restaurant’s signature dishes on the menu.
Dutch carrot soufflé with brown butter, brioche and wild scamp roe was one of the Pt Leo Estate restaurant’s signature dishes on the menu.

 

Wood roasted snapper, braised red cabbage, mustard and bay.
Wood roasted snapper, braised red cabbage, mustard and bay.

 

A view of Pt Leo Estate restaurant from the sculpture park, featuring Augustine Dall’ava’s Cosmic Reverence (2011, left) and Geoffrey Bartlett’s Nautilus (2011, right).
A view of Pt Leo Estate restaurant from the sculpture park, featuring Augustine Dall’ava’s Cosmic Reverence (2011, left) and Geoffrey Bartlett’s Nautilus (2011, right).

 

The hazelnut and chocolate mousse with Stella Artois Caramel sauce.
The hazelnut and chocolate mousse with Stella Artois Caramel sauce.

 

The 2019 Sensorium Welcome Dinner hosted by Stella Artois.
The 2019 Sensorium Welcome Dinner hosted by Stella Artois.

 

Potato and potato, flathead and Yarra Valley salmon roe.
Potato and potato, flathead and Yarra Valley salmon roe.

 

Vanilla panna cotta, peninsula strawberries, sorbet and hazelnut.
Vanilla panna cotta, peninsula strawberries, sorbet and hazelnut.

 

Pt. Leo Estate Restaurant
Pt. Leo Estate Restaurant

 

 

Source: Vogue Australia

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