This Wednesday, 12 December, the Intercontinental Adelaide will be holding a MUMM Masterclass. The MUMM Masterclass will be hosted by Kaitlyn, national ambassador for MUMM at Pernod Ricard. Kaitlyn will be discussing the pairings of MUMM champagne to food. It promises to be a night to remember and a perfect early Christmas gift for the champagne lover in your life.
This event is very different to your usual champagne or wine with food pairings. Rather than the champagne being paired to the food, here the food is going to be paired to the MUMM champagne being served.
The idea is to showcase the champagne as well as how well it goes with certain types or styles of food. With four champagnes and 4 paired canapé courses, you will be treated to not only the current range of MUMM champagne, but also a cocktail on arrival and some vintage MUMM.
Here’s what will be served on the night:
PETIT CORDON COCKTAIL
Live freshly shucked oyster with Thai Nan jim and mignonette dressing
MUMM GRAND CORDON
Tuna sashimi with wasabi cream and soy and ginger dressing.
MUMM MILLÉSIMÉ VINTAGE
Pulled pork slider
MUMM GRAND CORDON ROSÉ
Raspberry mad hatter
Price: $95 per person.
What you get:
🥂Sparkling cocktail on arrival made with Petit Cordon
🥂Tasting of three different champagnes: 🍾MUMM Grand Cordon 🍾MUMM Grand Cordon Rose 🍾MUMM Millesime Vintage
🥂Canapés / tapas style to pair each of the champagnes.
🥂Expert tasting notes from G.H. Mumm’s National Ambassador, Kaitlyn.
There was a lot more than film soundtrack to entertain our ears over the last 12 months. Matilda was lucky enough to interview the renowned Youssou N’Dour, who came to Australia for a concert at the Sydney Opera House and also for BluesFest. She has listened to and spoken with Australian artists who play French or French inspired music: Mélange à Trois, Baby et Lulu, and the very original Coconut Kids who translated Australian classic pub songs into French for their Adelaide Fringe show “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oui, Oui, Oui”. Well-known Australian singer Gotye presented a tribute to the Belgian Jean-Jacques Perrey at Sydney Festival. Caroline Nin took us on a trip to the Paris Lido with her show “Songs and Stories of the Paris Lido” that she performed at the Adelaide French Festival.
Place des Anges, was a show of quasi ballet, quasi circus which leads nicely into other physical performances such as “Club Swizzle” and the Cirque de Soleil’s arena spectacular “Toruk – The First Flight” inspired by James Cameron’s film “Avatar”. Matilda got to speak with francophone performers from these shows.
A night at the theatre
There was also theatre with Camus’ Caligula performed in English, “The Great War” a Dutch show based on letters from a French soldier in the trenches during the war. The show “The Far Side of the Moon” impressed us with its innovative set and Yves Jacques’ talent performing alone on stage during the entire show. We learned about the story of the very interesting Julie d’Aubigny, in the show “Deviant Women – Julie d’Aubigny”. And we got to see a puppet show that was most definitely not for children with the show “The Daisy Theatre” by Canadian Ronnie Burkett at the Sydney Festival.
Schnitzel from “The Daisy Theatre” ready for bed. Image by Prudence Upton
Just for laughs!
We laughed at French-speaking or faux French comedians such as Al La France with his show “I think I’m Dead”, Marcel Lucont, and the show Cyranose, from which we spoke to Richard Maritzer, all of which performed at the Adelaide Fringe.
We also got to speak with Camille Chaumette and Agnès Mabille, exhibition curators while they were in Australia for the small exhibition of paintings by French photographer Michael Setboun. The photos comprised his “Paris Dark Light” exhibition and stayed in Adelaide for the weekend of the Adelaide French Festival in January.
Another important exhibition of French works was that of Cartier: The Exhibition, which was on at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra for a few months. Cartier Jewels dazzled the crowds.
And Matilda told you where to catch all of the French or Belgian World Cup Matches – even if they were played in the middle of the night Australian time. And of course, we all know that France won, which gave us yet another reason to celebrate!
La cuisine française
French cuisine has also had its moment. Matilda has spoken to you about Good France – the worldwide French dinner and about French restaurants awarded among the top 500 Australian restaurants according to the Australian Financial Review.
What have been your favourite moments over the last year? What subjects would you be interested in reading about over the next year?