Event Highlight: Launch of delicious. Bake Club
Did you know that the joy of baking isn’t just reserved for the eating, but that the act of baking itself has been shown to make us happy? A recent study in the UK found that the principal emotion triggered by baking is happiness, producing a similar effect to mindfulness. Not only that, in Australia, research shows that people who bake are more likely to spend time together with family. It’s these positive findings linked to the act of baking that provided the inspiration for delicious. Bake Club.
Each month, one Bake Club member will have the chance to challenge one of Australia’s top bakers for prizes (not to mention some serious street cred). To celebrate the kick off of delicious. Bake Club, Anna Polyviou, executive pastry chef at the Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, hosted an unforgettable party featuring one-of-a-kind confections on the hotel’s 36th-floor Altitude restaurant.
With a reputation as the Punk Princess of Pastry in the baking world, expectations for Polyviou’s curated menu were high, and rest assured no one left the event disappointed (or hungry for that matter). On May 29th, the evening commenced with Polyviou’s espresso martinis served along with a variety of sweet and savory snacks. A selection of wine pairings from Chandon accompanied each course of the individual servings that followed.
First on the menu, Polyviou’s incredible apple and rhubarb crumble, followed by a light yoghurt, mixed nuts and blueberry ‘POP’ course. Next up, ‘Hide And Seek’ — a dish of pavlova, lamington and pabana followed by a savory cheese plate to contrast the rich caramel chocolate popcorn that followed. The evening ended with a selection of treats served in the ‘garden’ and a final course of ‘Take Me Home’ cake mix. The finishing touch? A goodie bag of treats that every guest took home. If guests didn’t have a sweet tooth before the event, they do now!