Pink lady number five

A couple of weeks ago, I had the most incredible day out with the Pink Lady Art Exhibition crew. It was such a special day that I just had to share it with you. Here’s a run down of the amazing meal that I had, and an introduction to the wonderful company that I kept.

Counting our blessing for the wonderful weather, six chatty ladies loaded up into Lisa’s 4wd and headed out to Red Hill. We had a booking for a table at Port Phillip Estate, had heard amazing things, and were all eager to have a taste of a devine wine or two.

On arrival, I was taken aback by the incredibly earthy but modern, sculptural structure that is Port Phillip Estate. The view was breathtaking.

“Surrounded by mounds of native grasses and indigenous spotted gums, the new Port Phillip Estate winery, designed by Wood Marsh Architecture, emerges from the landscape as a dramatic curved sculpture made of rammed-earth.”

On being shown to our seats in the calm, coolness of the dining room, we were tempted in all direction by a succulent three course meal and an incredible wine list. The biggest decision of the day…tasting plate or dessert? Needless to say, I went for dessert.

It was the most amazing meal I’ve had all year…luxurious, but not extravagant, and of the highest quality. The first course, Three Little Pigs was pig done three ways, including blood pudding. Ordinarily I would have passed on such a ‘treat’ but this thin, garnished disc was actually delicious, I’m so glad I was a little bold. My main was a fresh ricotta and spinach-filled ravioli which was truly melt-in-the-mouth. For me, dessert was the highlight – vanilla marshmallow, lemon curd, pistachio crumble; essentially a deconstructed lemon meringue pie. I don’t want to undersell it with this description, it would have been the most devine lemon meringue pie ever, but the difference was made by being able to enjoy it in parts. This meant that I was able to really fully experience all the individual flavours, each one perfect.

The catch-up lunch itself was special, as the weekend marked 12 months before the next Pink Lady Art Exhibition, booked in for the 27th and 28th October 2012. For the past four years, this art show has allowed an opportunity to enjoy a spectacular range of art whilst raising funds to contribute to the work of BCNA and NBCF in their support of breast cancer survivors. The exhibition is now biannual, and the organisers are at this point starting to prepare for next year’s show. It promises to be the best yet, and we all look forward to celebrating the 5th Pink Lady Art Exhibition.

Over lunch we all started hatching plans as to how to make next year’s show bigger and better than ever. I don’t want to give too much away at this early stage, but I will say, it’s not to be missed!

This is an event, and an issue close to my heart, and I’d love it if you would put the date in your diary…we’d love to see you at the show. I’d love it if you would like to join the Pink Lady crew on Facebook or Twitter – it’s a great way to hear about art news and breast cancer awareness activities. Finally, I’d also be wrapt if you would visit the exhibition’s brand-new blog (my new baby) at Pink Lady Art Exhibition: Blog. The blog will be a perfect way to get to know more about the show, the artists and our amazing sponsors. Please pop on by, and stay tuned as activities and news ramps up in the new year.