Last night I hosted a special dinner at the gorgeous Nobu restaurant at the Crown Resort in Melbourne to celebrate the launch of the Spring Racing Carnival. This is one of my favourite times of the year so I was thrilled to be able to kick it off in such a fun way.
I flew down to Melbourne early in the day and spent the rest of the afternoon prepping and getting ready at my hotel (not a hard ask considering the impressive rooms at the Crown Melbourne). My good friend Nadia Fairfax was also attending the dinner and staying at the hotel so we had a great time getting ready together for the event. My outfit for the evening was classic meets daring, comprising of a crisp white shirt, worked back with a Maticevski skirt that can only be described as a wearable piece of art and Off White heels.
Nobu is one of my favourite restaurants in Melbourne so it was exciting to be hosting a dinner there. It was a small event — I’d invited just 30 people, a mixture of friends, family and a few media people. This was great as it gave me the opportunity to catch up with everyone before the craziness of spring racing commences.
As you would expect the food we had was incredible. We were served a Japanese inspired menu of three courses and dessert featuring some truly delicious sushi and sashimi paired with amazing wine. I was in heaven and judging from my guests’ reactions, they were too.
Having my friends and family there, including mum and dad, made the night even better. We had a thoroughly great evening and it has made me more excited to throw myself into spring racing season.
Check out a few snaps of the evening below.
With my parents
Rebecca Vallance-Gasan and Elliot Garnaut
Lindy Rama-Ellis and husband, Adam Ellis
Melissa Singer and Brooke Meredith
Suzy Eskander and Sally Crinis
Actor Tim Kano and Mavournee Hazel
With Nadia Fairfax and Elliot Garnaut
The chic table setting
Our delicious menu for the evening
One of the amazing dishes of the evening
Beautiful florals set the scene
My guests relaxing and having a great time
Photography: Carly Ravenhall