Ed’s let­ter

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As a party-thrower, party-goer and party-lover of epic pro­por­tions, it starts with an in­trigu­ing, en­ter­tain­ing and un­ex­pected guest list (and please don’t tell me you’re hav­ing an early night), be­fore segue­ing to Cham­pagne and my ev­ery­thing-old-is-new favourite, the punch bowl. It also means mas­ter­ing the art of a great graz­ing plat­ter (in the age of In­sta­gram, known as an ‘uber’ plat­ter), which you’ll find on page 78 cour­tesy of our very own Phoebe Wood and Kirsten Jenk­ins. There’s more to the plat­ter than meets the eye these days, and while there are plenty of hacks and cheats for the time-poor, there is also a re­turn to build­ing the el­e­ments from scratch with clever use-it-up tech­niques, be it chut­neys, cheeses, breads, spiced nuts or ter­rines.

As for other plea­sures in this is­sue, let’s raise a toast to drinks writer Mike Ben­nie’s ode to spir­its that bar­tenders wish you would try (’tis the sea­son to get among it), Colin Fass­nidge’s fa­mous par­fait jaf­fle for strag­gler’s munchies, Matt Pre­ston’s Viet­namese flavours, and the

de­li­cious. team’s cock­tail-in­spired desserts or late-night Golden Cen­tury feast (af­ter all, many a good party ends at this leg­endary Syd­ney haunt). Nor can we for­get a well-laid ta­ble, and its abil­ity to set a scene or put a per­sonal touch on a trend, ac­cord­ing to expert stylists on page 32.

When it comes to throw­ing a bril­liant bash, there are few who match the en­ergy of Justin Hemmes and the pro­lific Merivale Group. We pho­tographed the fun gath­er­ing at Hemmes’ Syd­ney home with a menu by Dan Hong and Jor­dan Toft, and I wouldn’t be sur­prised to hear that they kicked on well past our photo shoot. I’m pleased to say that hap­pens more of­ten than not at our en­ter­tain­ing shoots, which means a job well done for the guest list. And who could for­get de­li­cious. favourite Rick Stein, who de­buts his new Ban­nis­ters restau­rant at Port Stephens with a seafood-in­spired feast to match. You can even join us at his very first event on site, with the de­tails be­low.

Mel­bourne duo Matt McCon­nell and Jo Gamvros show­case their new book, Eat at the Bar, which reveals how their in­spir­ing trav­els in­flu­enced the in­no­va­tive snacks at Bar Lour­inhã, and Shan­non Har­ley hits Mex­ico’s new hot spot, Valle de Guadalupe, as well as hop­ping across the bor­der to San Diego. If there’s a bet­ter time of year than the month be­fore sum­mer beck­ons, let me know. I’ll see you by the punch bowl. Or the pool! How­ever you party, make sure you en­joy it your­self. Prepa­ra­tion is key, and ‘im­pres­sive but ef­fort­less’ is our mantra.

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