Beating Work Stress (Part 3) Clean Eating

Clean-eating, de-stress - try this One&Only Wolgan Valley recipe at homeTaking time out to prepare a good meal

...is another great way to revitalise your mind, body & soul.  Cooking as an activity in itself, can help us to "be mindful", add "balance" plus when done right, "look after our body" (see 8 Tips for Stress Fitness)

Eating well doesn't need to be complicated or take too much time for those already struggling to fit everything in. Our friends at ultra-luxury wellness resort, Emirates One&Only Wolgan Valley have shared a delicious dish to create. This Citrus & Fennel salad makes a perfect wholesome lunch, gorgeous side or starter when entertaining. 
PLUS for a chance to WIN a One&Only luxury wellness pamper package - request your Ultimate Events Guide & enter the draw

Enjoy this recipe plus click HERE to request a One&Only "Ultimate Events Guide" & enter the draw to win a luxury wellness pamper pack!

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So easy! Christmas Nutella Pie

TheVenueShop.com | Ultimate Conference RECIPE - Nutella Christmas Tree

Christmas is a time for sharing... so after exchanging recipe ideas with recent visitors to TheVenueShop.com (Patrick & Veronica from Rydges Hotel Group), accompanied by 2 of the cutest "Nutella loving" elves yet to grace our office, the elves put this festive recipe we found for a Nutella Christmas tree to the test.

We think they did an absolutely fab job! What a wonderful activity with the kids or last minute inspiration for a showstopping festive dessert. Check out pics & full recipe in today's blog. What a scrummy, oh so simple recipe - just the way we like it at Christmas!

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Healthy recipes for entertaining this AFL Grand Final - Part 2

TheVenueShop - AFL Sherrin FootballWith the day before the ‘big day’ and we find out who the winner will be, you will love these simple clean recipes, and are sure to be a crowd favourite!

Typically, when we think of having an AFL Grand Final BBQ, the type of food that springs to mind is the big bowl of crisps, sausage rolls and party pies!

The problem with this type of food is that they are a killer combination of high-glycaemic carbohydrates and trans-fats, and consuming them is probably not the best way to get beach ready for the summer months! And let’s be honest, after a few drinks it is a little too easy to reaching for the sausage rolls and party pies isn’t it?

But that doesn’t have to mean you serve your guests carrot sticks and green juice! Why not give them the gourmet experience by serving them fresh, clean foods that will go perfectly with a cold beer, a crisp glass or of white wine or your favourite cocktail!

That being said, don’t be afraid to live a little, there is no reason why you cannot include some good quality crackers or sour-dough bread with these recipes!

Thanks to Entrepreneurship Magazine for the recipes!

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Healthy recipes for entertaining this AFL Grand Final - Part 1

TheVenueShop - AFL Grand Final - Sherrin FootballHosting an AFL footy BBQ this spring? These simple clean recipes are sure to be a crowd favourite!

Typically, when we think of having an AFL Grand Final BBQ, the type of food that springs to mind is the big bowl of crisps, sausage rolls and party pies!

The problem with this type of food is that they are a killer combination of high-glycaemic carbohydrates and trans-fats, and consuming them is probably not the best way to get beach ready for the summer months! And let’s be honest, after a few drinks it is a little too easy to reaching for the sausage rolls and party pies isn’t it?

But that doesn’t have to mean you serve your guests carrot sticks and green juice! Why not give them the gourmet experience by serving them fresh, clean foods that will go perfectly with a cold beer, a crisp glass or of white wine or your favourite cocktail!

That being said, don’t be afraid to live a little, there is no reason why you cannot include some good quality crackers or sour-dough bread with these recipes!

Thanks to Entrepreneurship Magazine for the recipes!

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Flourless Carrot Cake

TheVenueShop - Flourless Carrot CakeThis week's #FoodieFriday recipe from the View Hotels Executive Head Chef, Mr Jeff Hay. He has been a part of their family for over 16 years. With every big event or small dinner he caters for, each guest leaves satisfied and tantalised by his and his team's amazing creations! Jeff has a wealth of experience behind him and has been working in the Sydney Harbourview kitchen since 1999.

A gluten free delight that looks absolutely delicious!

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4-Ingredient Flourless Chocolate Cookies

1300TheVenueShop - Flourless Chocolate CookiesThis week's #FoodieFriday recipe from Further Food looks simply delicious! So simple to make with only 4 ingredients and are so rich! You only need to eat one to fulfill even your most serious chocolate craving!

These cookies also make for a delightful low FODMAP treat that you will not regret!

Sit back & relax over the weekend with a cup of your favourite tea or coffee, grab the newspaper or a good book... & ENJOY!

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Flourless Orange And Poppyseed Cake

This week's #FoodieFriday guest contributor to our recipe 'collection' is the fabulous, fun & friendly team at CNK Food Design! 

Not only simple to prepare, delicious to eat, but it's gluten-free too so you can savour every mouthful guilt-free too... well almost!

Sit back & relax over the weekend with a cup of your favourite tea or coffee, grab the newspaper or a good book... & ENJOY!

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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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RECIPE: "Foolproof" Coconut Roughs, by guest contributor Urban St Leonards

This week, we welcome a guest contribution from our friends at the fabulous Urban St Leonards… a favourite sweet treat from their Conference menu!

Conferencing at Urban St Leonards offers you a modern & stylish place to do business. Offering three function spaces - Yin, Yang & their Chat Room - all are set up accordingly to the principles of Feng Shui, creating harmony & balance through design & layout

Whilst meeting, you are also treated to their tailored Clean Eats menu, including this Coconut Rough recipe!  Satisfying your need for sustenance as you work, in addition to ticking all the boxes for a healthy, delicious & nutritious snack - we think these are the perfect Winter combination!

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Have you made your Christmas Cake yet?

Wishing you a super sweet Christmas

The festive season is all about great food!  


Courtesy of our friends at
Gastronomy catering, we would love to share with you their delicious Christmas Cake Bar recipe to enjoy this Christmas... it's even gluten free!! 

 

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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

Directions:
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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RECIPE: "Foolproof" Scones from guest contributor, Patrick Scheiber (Rydges Hotels & Resorts)

Patrick's Perfect Foolproof Scones - TheVenueShop
This week we welcome a contribution from our National Key Account Manager at Rydges Hotels & Resorts - the most entertaining Patrick Scheiber, who no doubt will be well known to many regular #VenueShoppers.

Patrick shares his own recipe for the ideal winter tea break. In keeping with our philosophy @TheVenueShop & Ultimate Conferences to keep things as simple & easy as possible, he assures us this recipe is "fool proof!"

Donning his apron to whip up a perfect batch, what will his team make of them?

Read more for the recipe for these “fabulous” scones... Perfect to serve with your latte, hot chocolate or tea of choice this winter... 

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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."

VictorsFood

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."

Dockside

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!