The Essential Ingredient recently held a VIP launch party to celebrate the relocation of their store to Rozelle.
The Essential Ingredient, and stores like it, are something of a candy store for food enthusiasts such as myself. As with a child’s first experience in a candy store, there are a wonderous array of colours, textures and aromas to dazzle the mind and tempt ones appetite. A mental list of things to purchase is compiled with giddy delight, oblivious to the thought that your weekly allowance would likely not cover even a fraction of your heart’s desire.
However, there’s more to the Essential Ingredient store, and the VIP launch party for that matter, than just candy.
Shelves and shelves of a few of my favourite things run along the expansive space of the store. A vast array from pantry goods, kitchenware, cake decoration, & party/catering supplies. A great place to spend some time building up than mental wish list that you’re likely never going to fulfill, at least in its entirety. It’s a place that can also offer some solace, a moment’s respite from the social rumble of the launch party.
A small, impromptu bar is setup by the front register, providing refreshments and social lubricant to the VIP attendees, of which there are quite a number. The movers and shakers of the Essential Ingredient group, chefs, food media types, the Mayor of the local council, a neighbour, a couple of reality TV celebrities, and a number of food bloggers just for the heck of it.
With regards to catering, an in-house kitchen is utilised to provide warm, tasty canapes. This same kitchen is used for cooking demonstrations that are held in the store from time to time.
Some of the noteworthy canapes for me includes:
Spinach & parmesan pastries. These were so good that I kept picking at them as they would float past my view. The salty bite & aroma of the parmesan made these delightful canapes so moreish.
Tuna, cooking to a wonderfully tender medium, incorporated with aromatic Asian flavours. Skewers were provided as utensils to spear these juicy morsels. If I were in more relaxed environs, I would have racked up a full skewer of these babies. Perhaps even two.
Scallops, served in the half shell, were cooked to perfection. The herb dressing served to complement the natural sweetness of the scallops without overpowering them.
There were many other canapes served that night. However, for those images you’ll need to check out the Facebook fan page for the heart of food.
As I was about to take my leave from the VIP launch party, a candy coloured corner display of KitchenAid stand mixers had caught my attention. My eyes lit up, dazzled by the rainbow of happiness that arced before me. A mental note was taken; not just to add one of these to the wish list, but to also check the piggy bank at home to see how much more allowance I’d need to save up to get my hands on one.
The Essential Ingredient
731-735 Darling Street, Rozelle.
Ph: 9555 8300
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