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20 Sep

Spaghetti Blogenese has been overwhelmed by the response to the winner announcement and finale party. Coverage has popped up in the Herald Sun, mX, Weekly Review and Broadsheet in the past week.

Herald Sun, Friday 14 September

mX, Friday 14 September

Broadsheet, Friday 14 September

 Port Phillip Weekly Review, Wednesday 19 September

Port Phillip Weekly Review

You can view all the press clippings from the year here.

And that’s a wrap!

15 Sep

Sarah Pinch Spaghetti Blogenese Finale

The floors have been swept and champagne glasses packed away. It may be from lack of sleep, but I’m still feeling a buzz from Thursday night’s finale party. Maybe it’s also got to do with the fact I’ve just received the photos and am reliving it all over again. The below photos are taken by the ever-so-talented Dani from Spit & Giggle – I love her style! She is incredible at capturing moments and the connections people have with one another  – it’s probably why her business hones in on photographing one of the hardest  subjects to capture – babies. Her understanding of light is evident.

I converted the space used by YGAP – an organisation I recently started volunteering for. YGAP is all about Gen-Y’ers collaborating to create innovative fundraising initiatives that contribute to empowering disadvantaged communities to become self-sustainable. I love this organisation and the collective of leaders and creative people it attracts! YGAP work on some pretty incredible projects and have come up with awesome fundraising campaigns, such as the recent Five Cent Campaign. I urge you all to check them out!

Spaghetti Blogenese finale party

There I’m standing with my gorgeous friend Jen from Decisive Cravings just before the party stared.

I decked out the space thanks to Complete Function Hire, who sponsored the equipment hire for the event. Working in PR with an events background I know how important it is to work with reliable hire companies. Complete have never failed me, and are my #1 preference when it comes to hire! Their service is excellent, range comprensive and prices very competitive. They’ve been in the business for 12 years now, so they know what they’re doing for events big and small. My industry friends also use CFH for their events and speak just as highly of them.

Spaghetti Blogenese Complete Function Hire

Spaghetti Blogenese Complete Function Hire

That’s me with some of the Complete Function Hire crew who came down to the Party

I covered display walls with gingam fabric to create a homage to the blog – an image from every spag bol consumed on this journey in order from best to worst. My friend helped me install the wall and I love how it turned out! (Thanks Lee!)

Spaghetti Blogenese finale party

What’s a party without some booze? The wine was courtesy of Jack Rabbit – a gorgeous winery along the Bellarine Peninsular. My friends Laura and Joel were there recently and took this stunning photo.

Jack Rabbit Vineyard

Jack Rabbit have been serving up their yummy wines from their cellar door, restaurant and cafe for some time now and are just beginning to enter the Melbourne market – look out for the label! They provided bottles of the 2011 Single Vineyard Sparkling Blanc de Blanc (bubbles are a must!), the 2011 Pinot Grigio and the 2010 Pinot Noir.

Spaghetti Blogenese party Jack Rabbit

A bit about the wines served:

  • The Blanc de Blanc presents a delightful citrus sorbet palate and delicate yeast characters. This one is barrel fermented and aged and has a gentle mousse and creamy texture.  It’s crisp and goes down a treat!
  • The Pinot Grigio has definite pear, apple and vivacious spice.  There is also a slight hint of cumquat which engages with the elegant length and finish displaying a wonderful, refreshing acidity. This bottle won Silver in the International Cool Climate Wine Show in 2012, Bronze in the 2012 Winewise Small Vignerons Awards and Bronze in the 2011 Royal Melbourne Wine Show and most recently rated 87 in the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2013.
  • The Pinot Noir is dense red in colour fading to rose pink on the rim.  This one has characteristics of ripe blackberry and cherries alongside warm, earthy aromas.  Palate notations feature elegant tar, game and rose petal components. Slight toasty oak, soft but healthy tannins on the length and a pleasant, acidic finish ensure a wine of superior balance and enjoyment. This bottle won Bronze in the Geelong Wine Show 2011 and Bronze again in the International Cool Climate Wine Show 2011.

Spaghetti Blogenese party Jack Rabbit

I made all the food for the event – minus the cake which came from MEKO Creations and the spaghetti bolognese which the winning restaurant Rococo provided. The corn fritters were no coincidence – I revealed at the party my next food blog will be about Mexican food and is called Hungry Chica. It’ll be launching in Jan 2013 and will be about Melbourne’s growing offering of Mexican food – burritos, tacos, quesadillas, nachos, corn, margaritas and more!

Corn fritters Hungry Chica

Chicken Sandwiches

Spaghetti Blogenese Rococo

How good does the winning spag bol from Rococo look? I surveyed the room, and guests rated it highly too!

It came the time for me to say my shpeil, thank family and friends, sponsors and God, and to reveal the winner of Melbourne’s best spag bol. I invited the top three restauarants to come along – Ingrid from Ladro (runner up) came down, but unfortunately the others couldn’t as they have restaurants to run and spag bol to cook and serve!

Spaghetti Blogenese finale party

The surprise rolled out after my speech, and it was freaking awesome! Matt and Edwina (a husband and wife team) created an event styling and cake business not so long ago called MEKO Creations. They have merged their passions for baking and all things creative into this cute little business and have produced some really cool stuff, including the unbelievable cake they created for the Spag Blog party. Almost everything on the cake was edible  – the cutlery and faux spaghetti bolognese included! Check. It. Out.

Spaghetti Bolognese Cake MEKO

That is some serious talent right there. Matt has over 20 years kitchen experience and Edwina is a creative herself. Together they make the perfect team.

Spaghetti Bolognese cake MEKO

That’s me cutting the masterpiece with Edwina and Matt looking on. I felt so bad cutting the cake up, but boy was it delicious! Yummy chocolate cake within.

The party went in a blink of an eye and all was left were empty bowls of spaghetti and half drank glasses of wine laying around the place. What a fun way to celebrate the end – I had an absolute ball!

Thanks to everyone who helped bring the party together: Dionne for the invitations, Liat for the wall, my mum for helping me cook (and for being my resident blog editor ALL year!), George and Adam for helping me bump everything in and out, Lauren for assisting in mounting 52 photos and for turning up 39 weeks pregnant. Most of all, a big thank you once again to all the above listed sponsors. More photos of the party and guests will be posted on the Spaghetti Bolognese Facebook page in the next few hours.

Arrivederci! x

And the winner is…

13 Sep

I’m blogging to you live from the winner announcement finale party being held at YGAP in St Kilda. The drinks are flowing courtesy of Jack Rabbit Vineyard, DJ Kynda is on the decks pumping out tunes and bowls of spag bol are being sampled by guests. The space has been decked out thanks to Complete Function Hire and Meko Creations are currently dishing up a special dessert in honour of the blog.

All this aside, everyone was all ears when I stood up a moment ago and announced the winner of Melbourne’s best Spaghetti Bolognese. 52 Melbourne restaurants, $981.91 spent on bolognese, approximately 16 kilos of pasta and sauce consumed and it boils down to this…

3rd place: Villa Romana, Lygon Street Carlton 18.5/20
2nd place: Ladro, Greville Street Prahran 19/20

1st PLACE: Rococo on Acland Street in St Kilda dish up the BEST spaghetti bolognese (in my humble opinion) with a score of 19.5/20

Rococo spag bol

Their secret? They wouldn’t divulge everything, but the head chef did say that whisking the meat once it browned to get rid of big lumps helped! A nice little tip there.

Honourable mentions go to:

Lupino,  18/20
Mama Baba,  17.5/20
Mamma Vittoria,  17.5/20
Rockpool, 17/20
The Italian,  17/20
TiAmo,  17/20
400 Gradi,  17/20
Grossi Florentino, 17 /20
Pinocchio’s,  16.5/20
Marios,  16/20
Sugo,  16/20
Cicciolina,  16/20

A big congrats to all the above listed restaurants and in particular Villa Romana, Ladro and of course Rococo! Most of all a big thank you to everyone reading this and for following me this past year. It’s been a hell of a lot of Bolognese, a lot of fun and incredibly humbling having you read it.

I must get back to the party but tune back in for photos by Dani from Spit and Giggle in the next few days and to hear about my plans for the next food blog (yes, there’s more from me!). Can you guess what the next theme will be?

Ciao x

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