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? 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!!


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

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

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  4. Oh. My. God.

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

  5. 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!


  6. one word. friggenhell.

  7. I want that lamb jelly so bad.

  8. 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!!

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

  10. 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

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

  12. 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

  13. 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!

  14. Seriously outstanding! I mean SERIOUSLY!!!!

  15. gastronomical!

  16. 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!

  17. 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

  18. I think I need better friends….

  19. 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 🙂

  20. 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 🙂

  21. 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.

  22. Amazing! I am gobsmacked, & jealous.

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

    Will Chris part with a recipe?

  24. WOAH! Does anyone ever invite them over for a meal or are they too scared? 🙂 Looks AMAZING!

  25. 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

  26. DROOL……

  27. amazing!!! I await my invite! lol

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

    • 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!

  29. 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

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

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

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

  34. 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.

  35. 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!

  36. 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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