I’m not going to do FebFast this year because I suspect giving up alcohol altogether isn’t going to do anything for Australia’s economic progress. Let’s face it, the economic impact on restaurants and bars of Febfast is horrendous. Most hospitality venues are doing it fairly tough and the fact that the economic model is based on selling alcohol, February is about to become a lot tougher. And let’s not forget, outside of the resources sector, the contribution winemaking and restaurants and bars make to the economy. An alternative is to drink less, better booze which probably has a better economic outcome even if the amount spent on alcohol doesn’t change. The problem is that everything around us encourages us to drink alcohol. From happy hours and slick advertising to peer pressure it is really difficult to cut down, let alone stop. If you are like me you’ll love the Toohey’s nocturnal migration tvc (above) but despise the mass produced product that it encourages us to swill down as well as the wider message of “drink more”. And if you’ve ever tried to give up drinking you’ll know how much pressure there is to keep going. Again and again. I’d go as far to say that the Gillard government should introduce mandatory pre-commitment for licensed venues. I could then before I go out say “I’m going to drink ten pints tonight” and the venue wouldn’t let me out until I’d fulfilled my contract. On the other hand it would be great for those occasions when I say things like “I’m just going to have one glass of wine tonight” and wake-up lyinhg beside my mate James in some taudry Fitzroy backstreet gutter covered in a luminous green mixture of creme de menthe and absinthe vomited down my $500 shirt. Ruined clothing, aside there is nothing good about binge drinking either personally or for the nation. With predictions that that two-thirds of the Australians aged over 25 will be overweight or obese by 2025 a large proportion of us are heading for type 2 diabetes, and all the other associated health problems. Nationally too hang overs, however minor, are a massive contribution to the country’s productivity crisis (in addition to ridiculous penalty rates for hospitality staff). By finding drinks that combine a punch of flavour and the sort of mouthfeel that comes with alcohol, but without the sugar associated with most soft… Read more »
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- Truffle dinner number 2You asked for it – seems like I better give it I guess. We’ve pressed Scott Pickett into service on another of his nights off to cook more truffles for us on the 15th July. What: Truffle dinner featuring truffles from around Australia with matched wines and giveaways.When: 6:30pm for a 7pm start Tuesday 15th JulyWhere: Estelle 243 High […]
- Truffle Dinner: MenuChef Scott Pickett has put his fingers to the keyboard and has sent me through the menu, We have a few tickets left, so if you’ve already booked, let your friends know. (And if you haven’t booked – get a wriggle on, this will sell out!) What: Truffle dinner featuring truffles from around Australia with matched […]
- Madame Estelle’s Fringe (yes – TRUFFLE TIME!)Fringe Food is four truffle season old. Can you believe it? This year sees us back collaborating with Madame Truffles and we’ll be returning to Estelle in Northcote, home of one of my personal favourite truffle dinners so far. We’d better outdo that one I guess! What: Truffle dinner featuring truffles from around Australia with matched […]
- Lunch at Movida Aqui – Seaweed SalonI’ve just been sent the menu for our Seaweed Salon on 3 May and I have to say that it looks like a stand out. And we’ve confirmed that it can be adjusted to pescatarian friendly (we will substitute the beef course) What: Lunch featuring seaweed and sea plants, matched wines and education. When: 12:30pm […]