Celebrity Chef Simon Bryant, Executive Chef of the Hilton Adelaide, has emerged as one of Australia's hottest young chefs, starring in a national television show called "The Cook and the Chef." This year, Chef Bryant will journey to join Chef Brunacci in Chicago, where the two powerhouses will collaborate on a special, six-course Australian dinner menu that will be served exclusively at Sixteen on Friday, January 22. The two chefs will interact with guests throughout the evening, highlighting the distinct, indigenous ingredients featured on the menu. Wines provided by Wine Australia will be poured by Sommelier Steven Lee and special guest Australian winemakers. That evening, the menu will be priced at $105 per person including wine pairings (exclusive of tax and gratuity). From Saturday, January 23 through Thursday, January 28, Chefs Bryant and Brunacci's six-course menu will be available for $105 per person, or $145 with wine pairings, alongside Sixteen's regular a la carte and blind tasting menus. For reservations, call (312) 588-8030.
On Sunday, January 24, the entire 16th Floor of Trump Chicago will turn into a veritable Australian marketplace as the hotel hosts Escape the Winter: Experience Australia. This spirited "walkabout", taking place from 1 to 5 p.m., will showcase more than 30 wines provided by Wine Australia, Coopers Beer and dozens of uniquely Australian foods for sampling, along with aboriginal art, jewelry, live music and more. The hotel's Grand Ballroom, Grand Foyer and popular Skyline Room will be filled with delectable items to savor and accented with sweeping fabrics in the warm colors of Australia. In addition to hourly wine seminars, Chefs Simon and Brunacci will also interact with guests, talking about their homeland and its cuisine. Those interested in learning about Australia's distinct travel destinations can meet with travel representatives, and even book a trip right on the spot! Anthony Snape and Claire Wyndham, both poplar Australia
n acoustic pop/rock singers and songwriters, will perform live throughout the afternoon. Tickets for Escape the Winter: Experience Australia is $35 per person, with ticket proceeds benefiting Chicago's Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. There will also be raffle tickets on sale for a chance to win impressive prizes, some of which include a trip for two to Australia, provided by V Australia, an overnight stay at Trump Chicago, and even a six-month membership at The Spa at Trump. Tickets will be available beginning in January and can be purchased in advance at www.trumpchicagohotel.com/australia . They can also be purchased the day of the event for $40 per person by cash or credit card only. Guests may arrive at the property's West Entrance for this special event.
For those interested in making a "staycation" out of their Australia Day festivities, Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago will offer compelling weekend packages from Friday, January 22 to Sunday, January 24. All packages include a one-night stay in one of the hotel's spacious, beautifully appointed guest rooms and a late, 2 p.m. checkout. During their visit, guests may also opt to take advantage of Rebar, the property's chic sushi and cocktail lounge, as well as relax and rejuvenate at The Spa at Trump. All prices are based on dual occupancy and are inclusive of gratuity. Options include:
Experience Australia Packages:
For reservations, please call (312) 588-8000 or (877) 458-7867.
About Simon Bryant
Chef Simon Bryant has been with Hilton Adelaide for ten years, commencing as a Commis Chef, followed by 18 months as a Chef de Partie in The Grange with Cheong Liew and rapidly working his way up to Senior Sous Chef of The Brasserie. It is in The Brasserie where Simon has emerged as one of Australia's hottest young chefs.
Simon brings a fresh, down-to-earth approach to cooking and has a great appreciation for simple food cooked properly, which is demonstrated by the innovative style of the menus in the Hilton Adelaide. His passion for fresh local produce has resulted in an innovative concept, Seriously South Australian cuisine, which promotes the State's finest produce to hotel guests and members of the public alike.
Simon's passion for cooking is evident in his cooking classes in Hilton Adelaide's main kitchen, guest appearances at the Adelaide Central Market and regional farmers markets, just to name a few.
About Mercy Home for Boys & Girls
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls has been a solution for kids in crisis since 1887. Full-time residential, aftercare and community-based mentoring programs provide life-saving services to more than 400 troubled and hurting young women and men every year. Mercy Home gives children who have suffered abuse, neglect, poverty and even abandonment the opportunity to rebuild their lives and the encouragement to realize their dreams. Young people receive therapeutic, academic and vocational help so that they can grow into healthy, successful adults. Mercy Home is 99.4% privately funded and operates on two campuses in Chicago: a home for boys at 1140 W. Jackson Blvd. and a home for girls at 11600 S. Longwood Dr. Visit www.mercyhome.orgto learn more.
About the Vendors
2010 Australia Week participants include the Australian Government; Wine Australia; the State of Victoria; South Australia Tourism Commission; Tourism Tasmania, Southern Rock Lobster (Ravioli, Bisque, Tails); Ausab (Abalone); Cleanseas (Hiramasa, Mulloway, Bluefin Tuna); Waterwheel (Crackers); Yellingbo Gold (Olive Oil); Wallaby (Energy Bars); Yarra Valley Dairy (Marinated Feta); King Island Dairy (Roaring Forties, Seal Bay); Moondarra Cheese (Fruit and Nut Cheeses); Coopers (Beer); Wild Hibiscus; Punch Coffee; Tasmanian Rain (Still and Sparkling Water); Strauss Brands (Grass-Fed Lamb and Veal); Fortune Fish (Barramundi and Spanner Crab); Tuckers Natural (Dessert Crackers); Kookaburra Licorice; Bio Grape (Organic Fruit Pastes); Broadleaf (Wagyu and Grass-Fed Beef); Murray River Salt; TipsyCake (Desserts); Michael Hill Jewelers; Urban Source (Interior Designs); travel companies from around Australia; Anthony Snape; Claire Wyndham; Chef Simon Bryant; several artists; and others, and with event management and design by Our Big Splash.
Located on the 16th Floor of Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago, Sixteen was designed by Ivanka Trump and Chicago-based architects Valerio Dewalt Train Associates. The space defines a unique environment that celebrates the modern American cuisine of Executive Chef Frank Brunacci and Chicago's famed architecture. Sixteen serves breakfast daily from 6:30 to 10:30 a.m. and Sunday brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Lunch is available Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Dinner is available Monday through Wednesday from 6 to 9:30 p.m. and Thursday through Saturday from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sixteen is closed for dinner on Sunday. The Bar at Sixteen, as well as the adjoining Bridges Room, open daily at 11 a.m. and serve a casual bistro menu from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. For reservations, please call (312) 588-8030. Click here to find Sixteen on Facebook
About Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago
Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago, located in the heart of the city at 401 N. Wabash Avenue, welcomed its first hotel guests in January 2008. The hotel, comprising floors 14-27 of a 92-story residential tower in development by the Trump Organization, features 339 luxuriously appointed guestrooms including one-, two- and three-bedroom suites; Sixteen, a fine dining restaurant featuring the modern American cuisine of Executive Chef Frank Brunacci; The Spa at Trump®; the Trump Health Club; Rebar, a chic cocktail lounge and more. Fifty-three spa guestrooms were also unveiled September 2008. Designed by the noted architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill with interiors by McGinley Design, Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago is a stunning addition to Chicago's distinguished skyline. For room and event reservations, call (312) 588-8000, (877) 458-TRUMP (7867). .
For information on owning a Residential Condominium or Hotel Condominium in Trump International Hotel and Tower® Chicago, please call (312) 644-0900. Prices start from the upper $500,000s.
About Trump® Hotel Collection
Launched in October 2007, Trump® Hotel Collection is the next generation of luxury hospitality - one that is raising the bar in the top-tier travel experience with a level of customized service unrivaled in the market today. Presided over by internationally renowned developer Donald J. Trump and his three grown children - Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric - the prestigious portfolio includes the highly acclaimed Trump International Hotel & Tower® New York, Trump International Hotel & Tower® Chicago and Trump International Hotel? Las Vegas. Trump International Hotel? Waikiki Beach Walk® will join Trump® Hotel Collection in November 2009, followed by Trump SoHo? New York in early 2010. Additional hotel projects are under development around the globe, including Toronto, Panama, Dubai, Cap Cana, Scotland and New Orleans. Trump® Hotel Collection is headquartered at Trump Tower, 725 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10022.
ABOUT SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Tour Down Under - January 17 to 24
International cycling action takes place in South Australia every January with the Tour Down Under. The first stop on the world cycling calendar, the Tour Down Under is the biggest cycling race in the southern hemisphere and the only UCI ProTour race outside Europe. This exciting event attracts the cream of Australian and European professional cyclists to compete in a series of grueling road races through Adelaide and various country regions of South Australia. Before one of the race stages, recreational cyclists can join in the action and cycle the same route as the professionals. Take part in street parties and see towns dress up to welcome the Tour Down Under.
Adelaide Festival of Arts, South Australia - February 26 to March 14
The Adelaide Festival of Arts ranks alongside Edinburgh and Avignon as one of the world's leading arts festivals. Held in every 'even' year, it embraces a potent mix of contemporary and classical artistic expression and performance.
Adelaide Fringe- February 19 - March 4
Adelaide Fringe is an exciting and offbeat annual event, sweeping up audiences in its raw, street-wise energy and late night activity - comedy, music, theatre and more. The Adelaide Fringe as the second largest Arts Festival in the world after the Edinburgh Fringe in Scotland. The 2009 event attracted 1,004,440 attendances across both ticketed and free events.
Tasting Australia, Food & Wine Festival - April 9 to May 6
The best of Australia's hospitality, culture and all things gastronomic will be featured once again at Tasting Australia. The event has hosted hundreds of the world's top chefs, sommeliers, restaurateurs, food , wine, beer and travel media - including the most highly respected television presenters and producers - and has attracted a wide cross-section of the food-loving public to Adelaide and South Australia.
Great Australian Outback Cattle Drive - July 30 to August 29
Arguably the most authentic Australian Outback experience, the Great Australian Outback Cattle Drive combines 500 head of cattle, 100 horses, over 240 miles of desert track, and a cast of Australian characters. It's a vacation unlike any other. Climb into the saddle and help herd cattle along one of Australia's most evocative stock trails, passing through inspirational landscapes and collecting a swag of adventure stories along the way. Your companions will be visitors from across Australia and around the world, riding with some of Australia's finest drovers. Relive a very real part of Australian history on this Outback adventure - book early for six 5 day / 4 night tours between Friday 30 July and Sunday 29 August in 2010.