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Q&A with Guy Grossi

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8 March 2012
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Natasha works in public relations for Museum Victoria.

Renowned Melbourne chef Guy Grossi is putting on a special event at the Immigration Museum, A Sweet Dinner with Guy Grossi,on 15 March as part of Sweets and the 2012 Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. He has also contributed a couple of items to the Sweets exhibition. I had a chat with him about why he got involved.

Guy Grossi preparing some Italian sweets Guy Grossi preparing some Italian sweets.
Image: Stewart Donn
Source: Museum Victoria
 

Why were you interested in being a part of Sweets?

Food has a magical way to be able to bring people together and share special memories together and many a moment has been shared over a dessert or sweet treat that has us all melting. We all remember those moments. I was really interested in exploring how delicious sweet ingredients have been used in dishes, both savoury and sweet, throughout different cultures and how this has evolved over time. It's such a fascinating journey and I'm excited to be a part of this exhibition.

What are some of the sweet influences that you grew up with?

My speciality is Italian food so I have incorporated a great Italian pastry as the dessert – Canoli alla Siciliana. My parents are not from Sicily but I remember every time we would visit a pastry shop or café in Carlton I would have one of their crispy pastries filled with sweet ricotta. Amazing!

Do you have any memory of sweet foods being used in Italian celebrations when you were growing up?

Celebrations in Italian culture are remembered for the particular sweets that are served at them. Different cakes, pastries, lollies and biscuits are used to typify different occasions such as weddings, Easter, Christmas and many more.

Your degustation dinner includes sweet influences from Indian, Mauritian, Turkish and Japanese cuisines. Have you enjoyed integrating other cultures into your cooking?

It has been a big adventure for me and as a chef, we're always looking for new ways to do things. Food is always evolving and whether it be a new ingredient or technique there's a constant drive in chef's to always improve and evolve. Throughout my travels I've been lucky enough to try so many incredible dishes and I tried to incorporate some of those memorable ingredients, as well as my own research and speaking to other chefs who are experts in their field, to gauge their opinion on integrating sweetness into my menu. I've tried to keep it authentic to the culture as I highlight the theme.


Sweets: Tastes and traditions from many cultures encompasses an exhibition, a one-day festival and the Sweet Dinner. To buy a ticket to the Sweet Dinner with Guy Grossi, call 13 11 02 and press '3' to connect to the Immigration Museum. Credit card payments are accepted.

Motorclassica

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2 November 2011
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Natasha works in public relations for IMAX Melbourne and the Royal Exhibition Building.

If you are a car enthusiast, a historian or somebody who takes interest in the evolution of popular culture, you would have found something of interest at Motorclassica, the motor vehicle exhibition held at the Royal Exhibition Building from 21 to 23 October.

The exhibition featured more than 150 veteran, vintage and classic motor vehicles worth more than $100 million. Eighty-six years after the Motor Show first opened at the Royal Exhibition Building, Motorclassica brings an amazing collection of vehicles that are a step back in time.

But for me, the most enjoyable thing about Motorclassica was the story attached to every vehicle brought in for display – some of them outright intriguing. This shiny red 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet is the only one of its kind in Australia and has an interesting history: it was originally owned by a prominent Third Reich Official.

1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet
Image: Natasha Duckett
Source: Museum Victoria
 

This 1932 Chrysler Imperial Sedan looks like something out of an old New York Gangster movie, because it could well be! This model was believed to have been owned and driven by the New York gangster, Jack "Legs" Diamond.

1932 Chrysler Imperial Sedan 1932 Chrysler Imperial Sedan
Image: Natasha Duckett
Source: Museum Victoria
 

This 1973 Holden Brock HDT LJ GTR XVI Torana made its first appearance at Bathurst in 1973 and went on to become the stuff of legend with Brock going on to win the 1973 Manufacturer's Championship and the 1974 Touring Car Championship in this car.

 1973 Holden Brock HDT LJ GTR XVI Torana 1973 Holden Brock HDT LJ GTR XVI Torana
Image: Natasha Duckett
Source: Museum Victoria
 

But according to car enthusiast Norbert Probst it is this 1969 Brabham BT28 Formula 3 vehicle that stole the show:

1969 Brabham BT28 Formula 3 vehicle 1969 Brabham BT28 Formula 3 vehicle
Image: Natasha Duckett
Source: Museum Victoria
 

"Jack Brabham built his own cars, drove them, was his own mechanic. He was the all rounder of Australia. He did it all well," said Mr Probst.

Motor Show at the Royal Exhibition Building, May 1963. Motor Show at the Royal Exhibition Building, May 1963.
Image: Edwin G. Adamson
Source: Museum Victoria
 

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Victorian Hot Rod Show, Royal Exhibition Building, 20-22 January 2012

Journey to Mecca

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9 August 2011
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Natasha works in public relations for IMAX Melbourne and the Royal Exhibition Building.

In September we're showing a stunning documentary about the Islamic pilgrimage called Hajj that we're certain will prove fascinating for Muslims and non-Muslims alike.

In 1325, Moroccan traveller Ibn Battuta set out from Tangier to journey to Mecca, the historical and cultural centre for Islam, in what would become the first Hajj. The documentary recreates his perilous journey, and also shows the contemporary Hajj, which today attracts more than three million Muslims from all over the world every year.

The film marks the first and only time an IMAX camera has captured an aerial view of the Hajj from a helicopter hovering 200 feet above Mecca, and the first time an IMAX team has been admitted into the most sacred sanctuary of Islam - the Grand Mosque in Mecca.

We gave four Melbourne Muslims a sneak preview and spoke to them afterwards to hear what they thought.

 

Watch this video with a transcript

Journey to Mecca: In the Footsteps of Ibn Battuta opens at IMAX on 3 September 2011.

Midnight screenings at IMAX

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11 May 2011
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This guest post is by Natasha, who works in public relations for IMAX Melbourne.

The team at IMAX Melbourne Museum can’t believe what a jam-packed few months of blockbuster new releases we have coming up, with three big films all opening soon. To celebrate, IMAX Melbourne Museum will open these films with special midnight screenings as follows:


IMAX visitors in costume Harry Potter fans dressed in costume for the midnight opening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 in 2010.
Source: Museum Victoria
 

Harry Potter fans Costumed fans at the midnight screening of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.
Source: Museum Victoria
 

Midnight screenings at IMAX are always a lot of fun with heaps of activities and prizes given to the best dressed.

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IMAX Melbourne tops global box office

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10 May 2011
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This guest post comes from Natasha who works in public relations for IMAX Melbourne.

IMAX Melbourne Museum is astounded by the amazing response we’ve had from Melbourne viewers for the release of Born to be Wild 3D, which opened on 8 April.

Young elephants Young elephants playing in Born to be Wild 3D.
Source: IMAX
 

This gorgeous film about the amazing people who take care for orphaned baby orang-utans in Borneo and elephants in Kenya, has been so well received by a local audience that IMAX Melbourne has topped the global box office for April.

Born to be Wild: Global Top 3

  1. Melbourne
  2. Montreal OP
  3. Washington DC

 

We don’t know if it was the beautiful baby orang-utans, the sweet baby elephants or the amazing support we have received for this film from WWF-Australia, Zoos Victoria, the Herald Sun, The Circle, Peregrine Adventures, Mix 101.1 and World Expeditions... but IMAX Melbourne is delighted and humbled by this huge response!

young Orang-utan A young Orang-utan in Born to be Wild 3D.
Source: IMAX
 

You can find out more about Born to be Wild 3D or buy tickets on the IMAX website.

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