Now THIS is a dinner party

You may recall a lunch that my sister and her husband hosted last year, or maybe it was even the year before that now. Now these two seriously know how to entertain their guests. You think I can put on a spread for visitors? These guys are in another planet. People are desperate to get an invite for dinner, or a simple BBQ because it is rarely ever that. They plan, they decorate, they supply amazing wines and the food is always exceptionally good. When I grow up, I want to be able to host a dinner party like this one.

A few weeks ago now they hosted a 13(!) course degustation for some close friends of theirs who are getting married. The couple to be wanted to sample some wines for their wedding, and my brother in law {the chef} had a week off work so he suggested this dinner. He had a week to plan it, prep it and when she put up this album on her Facebook page I knew I just had to share it with the world. It is exceptional. Chris deserves all the praise in the world, and I hoped some of you might just give it to him. So. Without any further waffling from me, I give you THE home cooked dinner party of 2012, prepared lovingly by the amazing Chris Mitchell who I am honoured to call my brother in law.

Sit back and enjoy!

Pre: Coffin Bay Oyster with Eschallote and Smoked Salt
2011 Redoak Dry Irish Stout, Sydney, N.S.W

One : Ocean Trout ceviche
2004 Vintage Perrier-Jouet Belle Epoque

Two: Shark Bay Scallop with venison chorizo & caramelised pineapple pickle
2010 Grosset “Polish Hill” Riesling Clare Valley SA

Three: Lime and Green Tea ice and foam

Four: Red cabbage Gazpacho with grainy mustard ice cream
2010 Kooyong “Buerrot” Pinot Gris Mornington Peninsula VIC

Five: Bucette Mon Sire Chevre with Corella Pear crisps, Manuka honey & toasted black sesame
2008 Didier Dageuneau Blanc Fume de Pouilly, Loire Valley, France

Six: Poached & BBQ Quail with Toasted Fennel & Young Garlic
2010 Shaw & Smith ‘M3’ Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills S.A.

Seven: Five Spiced Duck Breast with Baby Asian Vegetables & Puffed Rice

2010 Felton Road ‘Bannockburn’ Pinot Noir, Central Otago, NZ

Eight: Intense Lamb Jelly with Cucumber Salad
2001 Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa Valley, SA

Nine: 6 Hour Slow Roasted Rib of Beef with Red Wine Jus, Blue Cheese Butter and Triple Cooked Chips
2004 Hardys Eileen Hardy Shiraz, McLaren Vale, S.A.

Ten: Tier of Melon & Church st Mint

Eleven: Camomile Panacotta with Caramelised Strawberries & Strawberry Sherbet
2010 Cape Mentelle Botrytis Viognier, Margaret River, WA

Twelve: Millionaires Shortbread
2010 Lamonts ‘Navera’, Margaret River, WA

Thirteen: Churros
Espresso & loose Leaf Tea

I know, right? AMAZING.com.au/iwantaninvitenexttime. Such amazing talent to prepare such a feast. I believe that he got most of the dishes from Heston’s latest book. It deserves a standing ovation don’t you think? Bravo Chrissy!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15761220164069379437 Maxabella

    Are you kidding me?! I thought people were only this amazing in the movies. Your friends are first class, Beth. x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00526271447629458147 Permanently twenty three

    Who washed the dishes? The washing would have me in a crying heap in the corner…

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05057437682636245835 Sarah Korol

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  • http://www.whatsarahdidnext.com/ What Sarah Did Next:

    Oh. My. God.

    Seriously impressed and just a little bit overawed! What an amazing dinner….

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13933191141338188027 stinkb0mb

    i imagine if you’re into that kind of food it would have been amazing but not being into it, i couldn’t imagine eating any of it LOL

    he is most definitely a talented chef – bonus that he’s family!! i cannot imagine how long it took him to prepare it all!

    ~x~

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/15049049486292603860 Miss T

    one word. friggenhell.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13041011727783934765 Ellie

    I want that lamb jelly so bad.

  • Lisa

    Oh. My. Gosh! They should go on My Kitchen Rules or something!! They would blow all the other contestants out of the water! Did he get to sit down and enjoy each course or was he frantic in the kitchen the whole time? And all those dishes, do they own that many plates and glasses or was someone frantically washing up after each course? lol That is amazing and such talent! Hats off to him!!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02005492484650666091 BabyMac

      I didn’t even think of that. Washing up MUST have occurred. And A LOT of it!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01697905280190879672 tessa

    holy crap! these people dont have kids…..riiiiiiight?

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02005492484650666091 BabyMac

      Riiiight! But somehow I think that won’t stop them in the future!

  • Anonymous

    Wow, everything looks incredible and can imagine it would of tasted amazing. Where does this awesome chef (brother-in-law) work? I may need to check it out…

    Sarah from Canberra

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05545340536847198130 Aneets

    I am tired just looking at the dishes & knowing how much work went into it all.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03582244643626059944 Designs by M

    It’s so nice to see someone sharing their talent! I especially like the look of the Bucette Mon Sire Chevre with Corella Pear crisps, Manuka honey & toasted black sesame
    – Although I wouldn’t say no to any of it! Mx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00880198979953930304 Breathe Chick

    Somehow my delivery pizza and tap water capped off with a snickerdoodle just doesn’t add up. Thanks for sharing such amazing pictures and event!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10327661563449068137 Felicity

    Seriously outstanding! I mean SERIOUSLY!!!!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02966923675711158752 Lauren

    gastronomical!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06282465629949382550 Kirsty

    My mouth is still hanging open and I am off to show the photos to my husband. Heston’s book you say? Hmmm. Hubby might get it for a birthday present! Everything looks divinely perfect. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14697675950402687660 Han & Moo

    I dream of being invited to dinner parties like this. Your brother-in-law is seriously talented & it all looks like it is out of a 5 star restuarant. I recently went to ARIA (Matt Moran’s) in Brisbane and these dishes look right at home there! The world is certainly his oyster!!! X

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/06684371160724409966 Amy@MyLifeasaCake

    I think I need better friends….

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/01666281477122102076 Red Dalish

    My hubs is cooking dinner tonight (after I put my foot down re doing all the cooking). Somehow I doubt he will match this magnificence! Stunned I tells ya.

    But I will still enjoy it! Anything someone else cooks always tastes better :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/00201349928544548688 Lou

    This is AMAZING!!!!!!!!

    (That was the time it took for my jaw to get of the floor)

    Can I say that I am quite jealous that you are related to someone so talented? Lucky you :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07612667835474144393 Sharron

    He is amazing, I am in awe that food look beautiful, it must have taken hours, there is a lot of love in that food.

    Wow, and the table, just beautiful.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08281463357359416086 Mrs BC

    Amazing! I am gobsmacked, & jealous.
    x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02512695703223497990 Bree

    oh oh oh I NEEED to know what the Millionaire’s Shortbread is???

    Will Chris part with a recipe?

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02005492484650666091 BabyMac

      Bree, I will ask him and get back to you!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02512695703223497990 Bree

      Thanks!

  • Amy

    WOAH! Does anyone ever invite them over for a meal or are they too scared? :) Looks AMAZING!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08421916141889047331 Jen R

    Seriously OMG thought I died and gone to food/wine heaven then…no need to watch MKRs I will just look at these pics every night…thanks Beth….bet Bev is a bit in awe og the BIL

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02005492484650666091 BabyMac

      Bev worships at his culinary altar!

  • Traci

    DROOL……

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10208633197266540403 Maryandlil

    amazing!!! I await my invite! lol

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03367563261791983430 Tamara

    Now this makes me hungry it looks just amazing. The way he dished it out is so beautiful the plates and everything was gorgeous!

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02005492484650666091 BabyMac

      Tamara, they got so many lovely dinner plates and things from when they got married last year, it was a good chance to use them all at once! The green plates are Jasper Conran and I like them VERY much and secretly covet them ALL!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12137190564912696355 Jess WhoaMamma

    I have just drooled all over my laptop, Beth, and my eyeballs are rolling about on the floor somewhere after popping out of their sockets (I am typing by sheer intuition). Tres AMAZING! And I’m so hungry right now. Thinking of those triple-cooked chips xxx

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09458874118832465871 goosey chew

    Oh dear God… the bar is too high, too high i tell you!! Please tell me these people are not stunningly beautiful. Surely they can’t have superhero entertaining powers AND great beauty? I need a lukewarm cup of tea and a digestive biscuit to recover.

    • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02005492484650666091 BabyMac

      Ha! Goosey Chew they are a bit good looking too! It’s not fair really is it? Enjoy your tea x

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08915960873730826839 Anna @ green tea n toast

    Holy Moly! That’s just incredible. Surely he should be opening a hatted restaurant or something. Lucky you to have him as your bro-in-law.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16423155273754490984 Something Gorgeous

    Are you serious? That is beyond amazing. That couple are incredible…..but who got to do the washing up?

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/03424197663394988840 Style Chic

    That is beyond words incredible -so lucky to have such a talented bro in law!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14225191303428309442 Seana Smith

    Wow! Double wow!! Triple wow! Amazing… and to think I was quite proud of my wee Greek salad knocked up between helping Little Ms write some words!!

    Love the photos and the inspiration.. the table looks divine too and I bet they are great company.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05280632930386464253 kell

    Do you know what I love about this Beth? The food IS amazing and the flowers and presentation are ALL gorgeous, but how lucky are the bride and groom to have such friends as your brother-in-law and your sister? People are so kind to each other, and he did all this during his week off! I love it. Imagine the memories they’ll already have from planning their wedding, including this gorgeous dinner with their special friends. What an inspiration!Love it all, well done!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07219272193124932806 PinkPatentMaryJanes

    Have you noticed that your stats on this post are higher than normal? That’d be ME continually checking back here and foodporning my way through my day. Oh. My. GOD. I am dying here – dying. The fact that they have my dream champagne sitting on the table is one thing, but oh, the food, the food, the food. Please, point me in the direction of your brother-in-law’s restaurant – if he does this at home I’d love to see what he comes up with at work.

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