All in a good cause – Perth’s Longest Lunch 2016

Perth's Longest Lunch 2016

Perth’s Longest Lunch returned to the Crown Perth Grand Ballroom last Friday, and saw nearly 900 people come together to celebrate the best of WA food and wine while raising a quarter of a million dollars for the Brightwater Care Group.

Primarily aimed at corporates, the lunch was a huge networking event, complete with some money-can’t-usually-buy auctions – a day with the SAS, for example – and the raffle of a new Mercedes Benz thrown in for good measure. MC Shane Jacobsen was very entertaining, as was the almost non-stop musical entertainment from the likes of Courtney Murphy (just one song, unfortunately!) and the WAAPA Gospel Choir.

Crown was the major sponsor for the event, with other sponsors including Rare, Allure South Sea Pearls, Foote Francis, Feral Brewing Co, Scott Print, DG Global and AV Partners. I was fortunate to be invited to the lunch as a guest of Mills Wilson, the Lunch’s Communications Sponsor, and I’d like to thank them for letting me be part of such an enjoyable and worthwhile event.

The team at Crown did an amazing job – if there were any issues during the event then they weren’t obvious, and everything seemed to run very smoothly. Serving high quality food to nearly 900 people is a huge challenge, and I think it’s safe to say that no-one went home hungry (and certainly not thirsty!)

The date for next year’s lunch is already set for Friday, 19 May 2017, so make a note in your calendar now and start planning your table!

Perth's Longest Lunch 2016Each course was paired with a local wine.

Perth's Longest Lunch 2016The amuse was Mount Barker chicken, charred leek, Baldivis carrots & peas and lemon confit. This course was paired with a Castle Rock Sauvignon Blanc 2015.

Perth's Longest Lunch 2016The first entree was duck breast with Davidson plum, riberries, bunya nut floss, Indigineous herbs & flowers and fermented pineapple. This was stunning to look at, but was another cold dish and I wish the duck had been warm.

The wine for this course was a Watershed Awakening Chardonnay 2013.

Perth's Longest Lunch 2016

Perth's Longest Lunch 2016My favourite course of the day was the second entree of Bigeye tuna, finger lime, soy gel, roasted sesame and black garlic.

This course was paired with a Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2013.

Perth's Longest Lunch 2016Main course was White Rocks veal with feuilletine potato, asparagus, autumn mushrooms, truffle puree. Hats off to the chefs for putting a dish like this out to so many people…although a rich sauce would have taken it to the next level!

The wine paring was red this time, a Voodoo Moon Malbec 2014.

Perth's Longest Lunch 2016Dessert was a celebration of apple – green apple cremeaux, apple cloud, walnut sand, cider gelee, fennel jam & Granny Smith ice.

This was served with a fantastic sparkling wine, Howard Park Jete Rose.

Perth's Longest Lunch 2016

Perth's Longest Lunch 2016The final course was smoked Margaret River chocolates…

Perth's Longest Lunch 2016…served with a Mosswood Amy’s Cabernet Blend and this spicy mulled whisky.

Perth's Longest Lunch 2016

Perth's Longest Lunch 2016Party time…roll on 2017!