Beckett’s invites you to The Brainstorm: a celebration of Victor Hugo and French food and its first birthday

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Enjoy a five course French meal with a 20-minute performance exploring Victor Hugo’s writing with The Brainstorm at Beckett’s next Thursday, 24 March 2022. Victor Hugo is best known as the author of Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Beckett's Theatre vignettes The Brainstorm

Hugo, at work alone in his studio, brainstorms the essential ingredients of a ripping yarn which will become his next best-selling novel.  He conjures up a cast of characters, spicing their relationships with betrayal, obsession, love, sacrifice, and a good dash of skullduggery 

 

Who is Beckett’s?

Beckett’s bravely opened its doors almost one year ago, on 24 March 2021 during COVID. Named after Wendy Beckett, acclaimed Australian playwright-director, and Glebe local, and also business partner of the venture. Beckett’s is headed by co-owner and Chef Jeff Schroeter, and his wife Jules, who fell in love with him the moment she tasted his caviar covered steak tartare. The partners have had a friendship of over 15 years that came about through their children attending the same primary school.

 

The Brainstorm

The Brainstorm is a theatrical exploration of the writing process of France’s legendary Victor Hugo; a genius in exile, accompanied by an especially imagined 5-course French dinner, named “The Poet’s Menu”. The performance was written, and will be performed, by Patrick Dickson. It’s a taster of the show presented at O’Punsky’s Theatre and supported by the Blake Beckett trust.

 

The Poet’s Menu includes a soup starter inspired by Les Misérables, before moving on to Victor Hugo’s favourite dish from Le Grand Véfour Restaurant, namely vermicelle, poitrine de mouton et haricots blancs. A third course of escargots follows before a 4th course of game and the dessert I wish I could have right now: the French lavender crème brûlée – is anyone else salivating?

Beckett's theatre vignettes The Brainstorm

The Brainstorm is Beckett’s March theatre vignette event (and is being held on the 1st anniversary of Beckett’s opening). It is part of the Beckett’s ongoing line-up of Clubhouse events. This event is open to Clubhouse members and the general public. (more about the Clubhouse membership here: https://www.beckettsbardining.com.au/club-house)

 

This, and other Clubhouse events, will be held in the newly renovated Private Wine Cellar which was designed by Halycon Pratt, Wendy Beckett’s set designer.

Victor Hugo, photograph by Nadar (Gaspard-Félix Tournachon).
Archives Photographiques, Paris

 

Theatre Vignette Series

The Brainstorm is the first of series of regular theatre vignettes to be held at Beckett’s. Turning dinner-theatre on its head, the series will punctuate 5-course dinners with a themed theatrical performance as the intermission.

 

KEY INFO FOR THE BRAINSTORM

WHAT: A 5 course French “Poet’s Menu” with a 20-minute Victor Hugo inspired theatrical performance.

WHEN: Thursday 24 March 2022, 6pm -10pm

WHERE: Beckett’s Private Wine Cellar, 134A Glebe Point Road, GLEBE

HOW: Purchase your ticket to the event via this link:

https://www.beckettsbardining.com.au/whats-on/theatre-vignettes-no-2

If you wish to become a member and enjoy discounted access to this and other events, sign up via this link https://www.beckettsbardining.com.au/club-house

HOW MUCH:

Clubhouse members: Tickets are $125 per person for with the option to add matched wines for $75 per person.

Non-Clubhouse members: Tickets for $145 per person. Optional matched wines can be added on for $85 per person

 

Have you read any of Victor Hugo’s works?

 

For other events happening in March, take a look at our What’s on in March article.

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Join Beckett’s for a champagne and cognac dinner next Thursday

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Beckett’s in Glebe, which has been open now for just under a year, is hosting a delicious and special champagne and cognac dinner next Thursday. Read on to find out more.

Beckett's Champagne and Cognac Dinner

Who is Beckett’s?

Beckett’s bravely opened its doors in late March 2021 during COVID. Named after Wendy Beckett, famous Australian playwright-director, and Glebe local, and also business partner of the venture. Beckett’s is headed by co-owner and Chef Jeff Schroeter, and his wife Jules, who fell in love with him the moment she tasted his caviar covered steak tartare. The partners have had a friendship of over 15 years that came about through their children attending the same primary school.

 

The gourmand’s tour of Champagne and Cognac

The champagne and cognac dinner appropriately called “gourmand’s tour of Champagne and Cognac” is part of the Beckett’s ongoing line-up of Clubhouse events. This event is open to Clubhouse members and the general public. (more about the Clubhouse membership here: https://www.beckettsbardining.com.au/club-house)

 

In this February Clubhouse event, you’ll savour a delicious 5 course menu of French food paired with 7 champagne cuvées and 2 cognacs. Cognac and Champagne enthusiast Gavin Lennard, of Buzz Wines, will talk you through the cuvees and cognacs and chef Jeff Schroeter through the paired dishes.

 

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Champagnes and cognacs

The champagnes chosen for the evening are from Gosset Champagne and the cognacs from Frapin. Gosset is the oldest wine house in Champagne, founded by Pierre Gosset, Mayor of Aÿ, in 1584! Gosset’s Champagnes have long been regarded as an exemplar of style when it comes to enjoying Champagne with food. Frapin is world-renowned for its cognac and is known as a producer of some of the very finest of Cognacs on the market.

 

And if you really love one of the champagnes or cognacs? Good news is that guests will be able to buy wines directly from Buzz Wines on the night.

 

The gourmand’s tour of champagne and cognac at Beckett’s is not only a delicious and informative evening. It is also a great way to meet like-minded people who also appreciate the finer things in life.

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KEY INFO FOR A GOURMAND’S TOUR OF CHAMPAGNE AND COGNAC AT BECKETT’S

WHAT: A 5 course French meal paired with 7 champagne cuvées and 2 cognacs.

WHEN: From 6 to 10pm Thursday 24 February

WHERE: Beckett’s Private Wine Cellar, 134A Glebe Point Road, GLEBE

HOW: Purchase your ticket to the event via this link: https://www.beckettsbardining.com.au/whats-on/champagne-cognac-event

If you wish to become and member and enjoy discounted access to this and other events, sign up via this link https://www.beckettsbardining.com.au/club-house

HOW MUCH: Tickets are $250 pp for Clubhouse members ($275 pp non-members).

 

What’s your favourite champagne and food pairing?

 

For other events with French and francophone links happening in your city or online, take a look at our What’s on in February article.

 

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