On a smokin hot night yesterday our foodies were led to a cool place of swinging soul food, cocktails and jazzy tunes. Yes The Big Easy was hosted at the newly refurbished, The Bourbon where a New Orleans inspired menu with a modern twist was set to be served.
Guests escaped the heat outside and were greeted with an ice cold vodka with freshly squeezed apple juice as they mingled and got to know one another.
They took their seats and eagerly anticipated the first of four courses to be served. It was beautifully plated Cajun Seared Tuna with an Apple and Shrimp Vinaigrette accompanied with a 2012 Pinot Grigio from Adelaide Hills.
Jazzy ‘blues’ tunes were playing and talk was flowing easily as next came out the Mock Turtle Soup with Beef Broth, Charred Tongue, Sherry and Spring Herbs this time served with a glass of 2011 Pinot Noir from Pipers River, Tasmania.
We listened to Sous Chef, Russell Deadman speak about the philosophy behind the inspired New Orleans menu as we waited for the next dish to arrive. We ate Lamb Leg cooked Rotisserie with Camomile, Olive Oil Mash, Nettle Pure with candied olives and sipped on 2007 Chateau Belloy Cannon-Fronsac Bordeaux from France.
At 9pm signer Pia Anderson hit the stage and awed us with her beautiful renditions of jazz classics. She was dressed to the nines and fit the part as a New Orleans songstress. We listened to sweet melodies fill the room while enjoying Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberries, Sorbet and Fiz and a glass of NV Veuve Ambal Blanc De Blancs Burgundy from France.
Guests stayed around to finish their wines and keep listening to the music while the night came to an end. The good times were in full swing.