Facts & figures of Melbourne Cup Day

Flemington Racecourse - MelbourneIt’s arguably Australia’s biggest sporting event bringing together history, horse racing, fashion and hospitality. As the official caterers at the VRC, Peter Rowland will be serving, pouring and delighting hundreds of thousands of people across the four race days.

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5 Tips to the Best Cocktail Party EVER

1300TheVenueShop - 5 tips to the best cocktail party everHave you witnessed or attended the perfect cocktail party? These shindigs are our favorite kind of gathering.

This international events consultant, premier party planner & A-list specialist is often asked, how to throw or organise these collections of “people, passion & place”. Here he shares some of his tips for the ultimate party success.

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The John Batman Apple Martini – serve, relax and enjoy!

The Grand Hotel Signature Drink - John Batman Apple Martini

If relaxing & enjoying a couple of drinks with friends over a weekend is just your thing, check out this week’s guest contributor to our recipe ‘collection’ from The Grand Hotel Melbourne

Our very own Sara & Erin tested this out at a recent Accor Victoria showcase event - they liked it so much that we just had to share it! 

Here is the recipe for this “delicious” cocktail 

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Enjoy! A chocolate & raspberry "French Kiss" as I soon set off for Europe

The French Kiss Cocktail

With a long-awaited trip to France just around the corner now, couldn't resist sharing this with our #VenueShoppers

Not usually one to “Kiss & Tell”, felt we could make an exception & spill the details on this heavenly raspberry chocolate drink, aptly named "The French Kiss"...

A French Kiss...Ingredients:
30mL Chambord
30mL Vodka
30mL Dark Creme de Cacao
45mL half milk & half cream
Chocolate to garnish

Place all of the ingredients, except for the chocolate kiss, into a cocktail shaker & fill with ice.
Shake vigorously, then strain into a cocktail glass.

Garnish with a chocolate "kiss" & serve immediately
Enjoy!! x

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Enjoy! A Spring Fling

Q. What do mudslides, hurricanes, earthquakes, and flaming volcanoes all have in common?

A. Sure, they’re all natural disasters, but they’re also mixed drinks with fabulous names

We’re celebrating all things Spring as the sunshine reappears in Melbourne and the entertaining season ramps up… Here is one of our Sara’s personal faves with universal appeal - the “Spring Fling”… bring back some memories?  

Read more for the recipe for this “fabulous” cocktail... 

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Clarion Hotel on Canterbury

A huge success... and lunch was amazing!!

Clarion Hotel on Canterbury Thankyou for making our Planning Day a huge success. The team loved the venue and the lunch was amazing!! A very enjoyable day. I will definitely be recommending your venue to all my colleagues - the experience was fantastic!

Novotel Melbourne Glen Waverley

We all really enjoyed the conference, everything was perfect!

Novotel Melbourne Glen Waverley "Wanted to say thank you so much for the great service and your patience with all our changes throughout. We all really enjoyed the conference, everything was perfect! (Well maybe the coffee machine struggled to keep up with us, but overall, everything was great). The venue set up and lunch was great - the buffet really enjoyable, especially the variety of catering offered.

Fudge by Rich

Absolutely delicious, beautifully packaged...

Fudge by Rich As always, absolutely delicious with amazing feedback from all who tried the product! Beautifully packaged up for us, delivery process fast and reliable, and Nicole couldn't have been more helpful in turning around such a large order on such short notice ensuring we had everything needed for the trade show... Think I have a new favourite flavour too, the Rocky Road is to die for!!

Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach

What a professional events team...

Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach "The events team at Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach are truly professionals at what they do. The organisation in particular of the banquets team - always so helpful and ensure that our seminars run smoothly. The only minor suggestion that I would make is more labels to indicate the types salads and sandwiches that are on offer on lunch buffets."

Rydges Bankstown

Suited our brief perfectly... staff could not do enough for us!

Rydges Bankstown "Rydges Bankstown suited our brief perfectly: close to our sites, an abundance of parking and a great function room with natural lighting. The staff were very friendly and could not do enough for us, I am sure we will use this venue again."


An absolute blast - can't wait to try another amazing VictorsFood experience!

VictorsFood “VictorsFood made our event a truly memorable one. Every one of our team members had an absolute blast making pizzas together with the fun and enthusiastic chefs… We can’t wait to try another one of VictorsFoods' amazing experiences!”

Mantra Bell City

I really appreciated the attention to detail & communication...

Mantra Bell City "Whilst I do not attend these meetings to see the room in person, I certainly had no complaints from any of my management team (no news good news!) The communication from the event co-ordinator in particular was excellent prior to our meeting. It was organised at short notice and she showed such high attention to detail which I really appreciated."

Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne

Really good quality & great value... best external meeting venue in a while!

Rendezvous Grand Hotel Melbourne "The room was appropriately presented, with everything we had requested already in place. Morning tea and lunch were more than ample, and was 'yummy'! Really good quality and great value for money. One of the managers even said it’s been the best external meeting venue he’s been to in a while."


The venue, as well as the staff, location & atmosphere was second to none!

Dockside "We held our Staff Christmas party at Dockside this year - the venue, as well as the staff, location & atmosphere was second to none. From the moment I booked the venue, the service was fantastic. The event organiser kept in contact throughout the year, reminding when things needed to be done. Everything went smoothly on the night of the party, the food was amazing, the staff were excellent & the event manager on the night bent over backwards to help with...

Yarra Valley Estate

Excellent food, fantastic spaces to relax & network, country hospitality - we'll definitely be back again!

Yarra Valley Estate Our team really enjoyed the time spent at Yarra Valley Conference Centre. The staff were friendly and accommodating, the food was excellent and the spaces for the group to relax and network after a hard day's conferencing were fantastic and very well utilised!