Melbourne Bound!

The Silent Dinner Parties are headed to Melbourne, and there will be 3 happening as a part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival on October 4th, 5th and 6th. It’s super exciting! I love Melbourne, and so it feels like bringing the project home. I have had one Silent Dinner Party in Melbourne before, in 2009, but that was private event and so this is the first time the experience is being offered to the public.

After returning from an intense and overwhelming experience mounting the project in New York earlier this year, I am super keen to see how the Melburnians, being Australia’s ‘cultural capital’ rival the New Yorkers for joining in and pushing the boundaries!

We have been offered a beautiful family house in inner Melbourne to host the events in, thanks to Mag Kearney and family. Our chef is the talented Emma James, who has cooked for two Silent Dinners in the past, both of which were completely vegan menus, one with a Moroccan slant, and the other Thai influenced. I’m not going to leak what this mean is all about just yet, but it’ll be a vegetarian banquet straight from the heart. 
The rest of the crew is coming together and we have some wonderful characters floating around. I can’t wait to lock down to the run with them.

Tickets are $55 including the three course meal and are available now through the festival website. 
If you would like to come along and help instead of paying for a ticket, no worries, please drop a line to info@hedonics.com.au.
I look forward to seeing you soon Melbourne!

Mexico Silent Dinner

A beautiful evening with 11 of us on a rooftop in Condesa, Mexico City. The group lasted three and a half hours which is a great effort. There was a grand countdown to midnight set to rival the anticipation of New Years Eve, and some really lovely conversation afterwards as well. I did begin a Mexican wave – one of the old Silent Dinner favourites, and the locals didn’t know what was going on. Needless to say it didn’t go far around the table! ha!

I had a wonderful evening. Half of the bookings didn’t show up, which is a first, normally there is the opposite situation, however, the relatively small group meant that I got to relax and immerse myself in the experience which was wonderful, and funny. There were some hilarious performances, Caleb’s impersonation of the Beatles is right up there – I’ve never seen someone embody pop music like that before.

A fantastic meal led by myself and my beautiful cousin Vera Rourke. Vera and I hooked into some memories to prepare this one. We served recipes from our childhood, and began the evening with Bruscetta a la Australiana (vegemite toast) .. fancy!! Went down a treat for the salty Mexican palate.

My sincere thanks go out to those who helped make it happen. Vera Rourke for suggesting it in the first place and hosting her second Silent Dinner Party, for developing the menu with me and jumping head first into the experience, it was really fun. To Caleb Franco for his support and humour, to Belmont for having such an amazing rooftop and for letting us take it over and to everyone who came along and became the work. Cheers guys x