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Boston celebrates Australia Day in style 

Celebrate Australia Day in Boston was the fourth annual Australian food and wine dinner hosted by the American Australian Association, New England. The event took place in the grand Wharf Room at the Boston Harbor Hotel, affording glittering views of the Boston waterfront. Fox 25 Boston covered the event -
 

Boston Harbor Hotel Chef Daniel Bruce created a special Australian menu showcasing ingredients inluding Australian beef and lamb provided by Meat & Livestock Australia and barramundi fish supplied by Australis Aquaculture. Chef Bruce had appeared the day prior on the Fox Morning News Show in an Australia Day special demonstrating how to cook the braised short beef ribs that would be part of the four-course meal. Concluding the menu was Chef Bruce's modern twist on a lamington presented as a delicious dessert.
 
Nine different types of Australian wine were served, courtesy of Wine Australia: two sparkling wines were served during the cocktail reception and seven wines were paired with the meal. James Gosper from Wine Australia spoke engagingly about each wine as it was being poured, providing a overview of Australian wine regions and what to taste for in each wine, and held the audience's rapt attention throughout the entire evening.

Boston Fox News Anchor Maria Stephanos regaled the audience as the evening's Master of Ceremonies; and brought along her news crew to give the event coverage on the news later that night.
 
Guests were entertained by Australian singer-songwriter Keppie Coutts, who graduated from Boston's Berklee School of Music. Keppie performed two original songs, as well as an enchanting cover of a Crowded House song.
Attendees included corporate table sponsors Qantas Airways, Lexington Partners and Macquarie and the Association's newest corporate member, Patrick Van Rooyen of Navitas USA Holdings LLC. American Australian Association Chair Malcolm Binks and President Frances Cassidy were in attendance; as were New England Committee Chair Charlie Grant; and American Australian Asssociation Education Fellows Tracy Slatyer and David Keith. Members of the Association in New England were also among the individual guests, including Brian Krantz, Jeremy Marron and Mark Stephenson.
 
Guest Anastasia Yurcheshen summed up the event nicely: "Great food, fine wine and good company on Boston Harbour. How better to celebrate Australia Day in Boston with our compatriots and American friends. Daniel Bruce and James Gosper put together some fine pairings, the lamb dish and its pairings being the winner on our table. We met a good cross section of Australian society, without an "Aussie, Aussie Aussie, OiOiOi" to be heard.
 
Qantas Airways and American Airlines generously sponsored the grand raffle prize of two return tickets to Australia and runners up prizes were donated by Lara Gavigan, the Australian Proprietor of Estragon Tapas Bar in Boston's South End; Jennifer House, who carries Australian coffee at the Flat Black Coffee Company in Boston; Australian olive oil company Yellingbo Gold and Meritage Restaurant at the Boston Harbor Hotel. The Australian Catalog Company contributed the evening's door prize.
 
Funds raised from the dinner go towards the American Australian Association and its Education Fund. Proceeds from the evening's raffle benefit the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund for aspiring artists.
 
View photos from the evening here.
 
Fox 25 Boston also did a special on their morning show for Australia Day showcasing Australia food and wine -
 

 

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