How to have a very Stella Christmas
Inside an exclusive Guillaume Brahimi Christmas culinary feast hosted by Stella Artois
As any chef, hostess or event planner will tell you, it takes more than a single ingredient to host a successful Christmas soiree. While beer, wine and a killer guest list are paramount, there's a lot to be said for a beautifully decorated table setting - and a renowned chef like Guillaume Brahimi in your kitchen. On Wednesday, with these exact elements all ticked off, Stella Artois' Christmas Sensorium delivered the ultimate trifecta: great drinks, delicious food and a buzzing atmosphere. Oh, and did we mention it all went down during a sweltering, 37-degree Melbourne heatwave? Yep.
Taking up residence in Vue de monde chef Shannon Bennett's recently vacated home, guests such as The Good Wife actress Makenzie Vega and Outlander star David Berry sipped on ice-cold glasses of Stella while mingling in the immaculately manicured backyard, which also featured a series of star-decorated Christmas trees. Fittingly, as guests were soon to learn, the festive season has special meaning for the beer brand: consider that Stella Artois was named after the Christmas star and launched as a Christmas beer.
While the Aussie Christmas speciality (seafood) was abundant on the menu (most memorably on the Insta-worthy Fruits de Mer entrée), Guillaume imbued the lunch offering with a few classic French staples (including a delicious take on garlic bread). The main meal - a smoky Wagyu rub-eye cooked on the bone and served with Stella Artois-infused hot mustard mayonaise and roast pepper salsa - was complemented by roast potatoes and chargrilled vegetables and literally brought the house down. Finishing off the feast with a delicate pistachio, raspberry and vanilla dessert, Stella sure showed everyone in attendance how to do Christmas with some French flair. If only we could hire Guillaume for our own Christmas day...
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