With autumn now upon us, a new season of fashion is entering stores around the country and The City Lane was invited to Flemington to attend the Myer Autumn Fashion Lunch. If you’re wondering “since when has The City Lane covered fashion?” well the answer is that generally we don’t, however the Myer Autumn Fashion Lunch was about more than just fashion – the 3 course menu was in fact designed by chef Nicky Riemer, of Richmond’s Union Dining.
Reimer’s menu was inspired by the relationship between fashion and food, and highlighted local Victorian produce, using a colour palette reflective of the fashion that was featured on the catwalk during the event.
To start was a medley of autumn vegetables from the Yarra Valley, whipped goat curd, spiced pear and dukka. This was matched with a Matua Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. The dish was very tasty and was a real mixture of textures with sweet, sour and salty elements at play.
For the mains, guests were treated to one of two dishes that were served as part of an alternate drop. The first was slow baked Plains Paddock lamb, fregola, almonds, feta, sumac. This dish shouted autumn from the rooftops from the moment it appeared on the table and tasted brilliant. It was paired with Wolf Blass Gold Label Adelaide Hills Chardonnay.
The alternate main was Portland snapper with agro dolce tomatoes, Portarlington mussels and green goddess sauce. A really tasty dish that impressed us with the sweet avocado based green goddess sauce, a clever throwback to another era of dining. The wine match for this dish was the Wolf Blass Private Release Barossa Shiraz.
To wrap up the meal was this delicious yoghurt and raspberry panna cotta topped with raspberries and a crumble. The start of autumn is when we see the final flourish of berries for the season and, combined with the crumb this panna cotta provided a link between the end of summer and the start of autumn. It was very tasty and matched with Yellowglen Vintage Perle Rose.
For those of you who like to get involved in the kitchen, we were lucky enough to get our hands on Nicky’s recipe which you can find here.
No write up about a fashion event would be complete without talking about the fashion itself and while the team at The City Lane aren’t the kind of people who spend their time perusing the fashion pages let’s be honest – you don’t have to be a fashion buff to appreciate good style.
On the ladies front we were impressed by Lisa Ho’s classic “L Lisa Ho” collection and by johnny’s bending of the autumn fashion rules with the use of bold and bright colours. For the guys, M.J. Bale’s floral patterns and checked shirts impressed as offering something different than the usual suits we’re accustomed too.