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Melbourne Elite Event: Yelp’s Magical Evening With Hare And Grace



Last night over 100 Yelpers entered the magical Hare And Grace. With autumn well and truly here and the trees starting to lose their leaves, the inside of of our Elite party mirrored the outside world with the beautiful natural decor – large branches hung from the ceiling (a regular feature of this restaurant) and a twig tree in the middle, covered in what looked like Autumn leaves, captured the imaginations of every guest.

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As guests arrived they were asked to take a number from a jar and once the signal was given, they were able to explore the tree and find a leaf that matched their number. On closer inspection, these leaves were coloured envelopes that contained a surprise to take home – vouchers for free meals, bottles of wine and other generous gifts from the team at Hare And Grace!

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Ray Capaldi treated Yelpers to some of his delicious and exciting canapes throughout the evening. A take on the classic Chicko Roll was served in little paper sleeves and came presented with a tiny pippete filled with tomato and marmalade. The "eton mess" looked like dessert, but all wasn't as it seemed… oysters, beetroot meringue, horseradish cream and passionfruit took tastebuds by surprise and really showcased Ray's imaginative cuisine that tastes as good as it looks.

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The winning dish of the night was the Mac and Cheese Croquettes – a textural delight of crunchy coating around al dente pasta full of savoury cheesy goodness. One Yelper was overheard saying "you can't beat shaping something cheesy in to sausage form and then frying it!"

This decadence was also mirrored in the beverage choices. Laurent-Perrier Champagne from Nelson had everyone smiling, as corks were popped and glasses filled up. 

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The H&G "Marzen" German style red lager from True South and the a Whisky based cocktail "The Rob Ray" made from whisky, sweet vermouth, bitters and maraschino cherry were also on offer. Yelpers enjoyed mixing and matching the drinks with each of the canapes throughout the evening.

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As the night came to a close, a door prize was drawn for a bottle of Laurent-Perrier. Yelper Alexa M went home with the bottle but really everyone was a winner, having had a wonderful evening with friends old and new. 

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Many thanks to the entire team at Hare and Grace for a truly magical evening and to those wonderful drink sponsors. Until next time dear Yelpers… SYOY!

Tresna L
Yelp Community Manager

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