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HALCYON HOUSE EVENTS

George Byrne Photographic Exhibition in partnership with MR PORTER

Friday 19 May – Sunday 21 May 2017

Halcyon House presents George Byrne’s latest exhibition in partnership with MR PORTER.

Holding Cabarita Beach as his favourite Australian surf break, and our chosen artist from our recently hosted artist-in-residency immersion, it is with great pleasure we present acclaimed photographer George Byrne for a very special Halcyon House event.

 

Friday 19th May

6:30pm – 8:30pm – George Byrne exhibition launch. Enjoy canapes and cocktails, poolside followed by dinner at leisure.

 

Saturday 20th May

Enjoy a leisurely a la carte breakfast in Paper Daisy.

Join MR PORTER’s Head of Client Relations, Joe Ottaway for a style suite featuring MR PORTER’s ‘best in’ swim and holiday wear, along with an introduction to MR PORTER’s world class personal shopping services.

Enjoy a 4 Course Long Lunch with paired wines prepared for you by executive chef Ben Devlin and ‘In Conversation’ with photographer George Byrne about the inspiration behind his latest work and art dealer Tim Olsen, who will talk about what to look for when collecting art

 

Sunday 21st May

Enjoy a leisurely a la carte breakfast in Paper Daisy

 

Package Includes:

  • 2 night stay at Halcyon House
  • George Byrne exhibition launch cocktail party on the Friday night
  • Daily a la carte breakfast in Paper Daisy
  • MR PORTER Style session
  • 4 course lunch in Paper Daisy hosted by MR PORTER & George Byrne

Package price – maximum 2 people:

 

Classic Room: $1660

Disabled Superior Room: $1860

Superior Room: $1960

Ocean Superior Room: $2160

Ocean Deluxe Room:  $2360

Master Suite Room: $2760

Halcyon Suite (four people): $3920

About George Byrne:

George Byrne photographs Los Angeles in color, outdoors & usually in blinding sunlight. For Byrne, any subject matter is fair game so long as it’s conducting light, everything evokes. Streetscapes become two-dimensional, angular cutouts. Shadows dissect. A handrail rests poetically in space by virtue of perspective and its own simple form. Composition is king.

 

Born in Sydney in 1976, Byrne graduated from Sydney College Of The Arts in 2001, travelled extensively, and then settled in Los Angeles in 2010. He started out studying painting but in his late teens discovered a love of photography. George’s early creative inspirations came from Pierre Mondrian, Richard Diebenkorn, David Hockney & Jeffrey Smart, all artists who would go on to deconstruct their environments with compositional exactness. Only later did he discover Walker Evan, William Eggleston, Stephen Shore, Andreas Gursky, Lewis Baltz and other New Topographic photographers who were destined to inform his own creative process. George Byrne is a photographer with a painters instinct.

 

Byrne’s habit is to spin LA’s most disposable architecture and redundant landscapes into seismic moments, he seeks the epic in the everyday and revels in the irony that is beautifying the unbeautiful. His images reflect a sense of stillness often echoed in Edward Hopper’s own investigations into the modern human condition; the ideal vs. the reality. The emptiness that can lie at the heart of a busy modern life, and those questions that often rest uncomfortably between the lines.

 

George Byrne lives and works in Downtown Los Angeles.

Ned Goodwin MW (Master of Wine) Champagne Dinner

Thursday 25 May 2017

Halcyon House presents Master wine and Charles Heidseick ambassador Ned Goodwin for an intimate Champagne Dinner. Join Ned on Thursday May 25th for an evening not to be missed.

 

6.00 pm

Enjoy Canapes and Champagne pool side

 

7.00 pm – 10.00 pm

Enjoy in our Banksia Room a hosted 4 Course Dinner and Champagne Master class with Ned, with 5 paired accompanying Champagnes

Head chef Ben Ben Devlin will be curating paired dishes to compliment the flavorful champagne.

 

Dinner Price – $350 per head

 

To book accommodation for the evening, Halcyon House is offering all event guests a 20% off usual reservation pricing.

About Charles Heidsieck & the Maison

Charles-Heidsieck is a jewel of a Maison. The heart and soul of the wines remain Ambonnay for Pinot Noir, Öger for Chardonnay and Verneuil for Pinot Meunier. Charles’ noble pedigree, steeped in its founder’s bold vision and audacity, remains as transparent today as in the past. The Maison is family owned and volumes are extremely limited. In fact, they are the smallest of any Grande Marque house.

 

Charles Heidsieck’s arsenal of old reserve wines boasts unparalleled depth and age in the Champagne region, imbuing a precision, richness and complexity to the non-vintage cuvées, both of which are cited by the world’s pre-eminent commentator on Champagne, Tom Stevenson, as benchmarks of the idiom.

 

Champagne house Charles Heidsieck established in Reims in 1851. By utilising a lot of reserved wine to make fine champagne it brings depth , complexity but freshness still exists.

 

We are proud to invite Master Wine Ned Goodwin who is an ambassador of Heidsieck.

 

He will be hosting our champagne dinner and outlining a history of the Heidsieck champagne house.

Tim Brown Vedic Meditation Retreat

Wednesday 21 June – Friday 23 June 2017

Learn the age old practice of Vedic Meditation with Australia’s most experienced teacher, Tim Brown.

If you’re seeking more calmness, clarity, creativity and energy into your life, this experience is for you.

 

Wednesday 21st June

3.30 – 5.30 pm Initial instruction in your personal meditation practice

Welcome drinks & canapes by the pool

Enjoy together, an intimate dinner and paired wines prepared for you by executive chef Ben Devlin in Paper Daisy

 

Thursday 22nd June

7 – 9 am Vedic meditation class. Refinement of your personal instruction & how to get the best results from your practice

A  la carte breakfast in Paper Daisy

5 – 7 pm The effects of meditation – cleansing the mind and the body of stress, tension & fatigue

Dinner and paired wines prepared for you by executive chef Ben Devlin in Paper Daisy

 

 

Friday 23rd June

7 – 9am Vedic meditation class. The relevance of meditation in our modern lives & how to apply our practice in daily life

A  la carte breakfast in Paper Daisy

 

Package Includes:

  • 2 night stay at Halcyon House
  • 4 Vedic Meditation class
  • A  la carte breakfast daily in Paper Daisy
  • 2 Dinner’s and paired wines prepared for you by executive chef Ben Devlin in Paper Daisy

Package price – maximum 2 people:

 

Classic Room: $3900

Disabled Superior Room: $4100

Superior Room: $4200

Ocean Superior Room: $4400

Ocean Deluxe Room:  $4600

Master Suite Room: $5000

Halcyon Suite (four people): $8400

About Vedic Meditation: 

If your seeking more calmness, clarity, creativity and energy into your life, this experience is for you.

 

Tim has dedicated the last 16 years to teaching people the life changing art of Vedic Meditation. Vedic Meditation is an age old practice that is enormously relevant and useful to our modern lives. The use of a personally specific mantra, enables the mind to achieve levels of deep rest and when our mind is deeply at rest, our body is able to release much of the stress and tension it is accumulating and storing daily.

The absolute beauty of this technique is that, when taught correctly, it is foolproof. Anyone, everyone, can meditate. Tim’s years of teaching experience mean you receive personalised instruction in a group setting, the benefits of individual attention coupled with the joys of being in an intimate group.

Tim is delighted to be offering this unique course at Halcyon House. He has devised a program that will ensure you have a deeply enlightening and uplifting experience with your meditation practice while allowing you plenty of time to enjoy the stunning surrounds of this beautiful venue.

Anna Spiro Styling Masterclass

Wednesday 5 July – Friday 7 July 2017

An intimate and engaging styling masterclass with Halcyon House interior designer, Anna Spiro

 

Wednesday 5th July
Arrive at Halcyon House; enjoy welcome drinks & canapes by the pool.

 

Thursday 6th July

Greet the day with a sunrise yoga and meditation followed by a leisurely signature Paper Daisy a la carte breakfast.

Thursday lunchtime, Anna will present an interactive masterclass in the Banksia Room inspiring you on all things design and styling.

Following, a shared leisurely long lunch with paired wines will be prepared for you by executive chef Ben Devlin in Paper Daisy

 

Friday 7th July

Sunrise yoga and meditation class

Enjoy breakfast at Paper Daisy

 

Package Includes:

  • 2 night stay at Halcyon House
  • Daily a la carte breakfast in Paper Daisy
  • Styling Design Master class with Anna Spiro
  • 2 Sunrise Yoga & Meditation classes
  • Canapes and long lunch with Anna Spiro in Paper Daisy

Package price – maximum 2 people:

 

Classic Room: $1610

Disabled Superior Room: $1810

Superior Room: $1910

Ocean Superior Room: $2110

Ocean Deluxe Room:  $2310

Master Suite Room: $2710

Halcyon Suite (four people): $3820

Danielle Alvarez Gourmet Weekend

Friday 18 August – Saturday 20 August 2017

Halcyon House presents Danielle Alvarez, Head Chef at FRED’s for a very special gourmet weekend

 

Friday 18th August

6:30pm – 8:30pm – Enjoy canapes and cocktails poolside hosted by Danielle Alvarez, Ben Devlin and General Manager Mauro De Riso.
Followed by guests dinner at leisure.

 

Saturday 19th August

Enjoy a leisurely a la carte breakfast in Paper Daisy.
10.30am – 12.00 noon Master Class with Danielle Alvarez followed by guests lunch at leisure
7.30pm – 10.00pm Danielle’s showpiece dinner with paired wines accompanied by Ben Devlin and Paper Daisy team

 

Sunday 20th August

Enjoy a leisurely a la carte breakfast in Paper Daisy

 

Package Includes:

  • 2 night stay at Halcyon House
  • Cocktails & Canapes Poolside
  • Daily a la carte breakfast in Paper Daisy
  • Masterclass with Danielle Alvarez
  • 4 course showpiece dinner & paired wines by Danielle, Ben and Paper Daisy team

Package price – maximum 2 people:

 

Classic Room: $1740

Disabled Superior Room: $1940

Superior Room: $2040

Ocean Superior Room: $2240

Ocean Deluxe Room:  $2440

Master Suite Room: $2840

Halcyon Suite (four people): $4080

Danielle Alvarez (@daniellemariealvarez), Head Chef at Fred’s

An amazing meal is like any unforgettable cultural experience – it awes and inspires. It’s generous in experience, and it sparks both contemplation and joy. But it’s also rare; the mastery of an exceptional dish is akin to great art. Which suits Fred’s Head Chef Danielle Alvarez just fine. Great art is a love of the young chef, and in another life the American-born Cuban may have taken her degree in art history and run headfirst into a gallery with it.

 

Instead she chose to channel her creativity into the kitchen. And after honing her cooking skills under the tutelage of Alice Waters – owner of famous Californian restaurant Chez Panisse and grandmother of the farm to table food movement – the softly spoken and seemingly ever-calm Alvarez has brought her own brand of art to Sydney’s Oxford St.

 

With a passion for sustainability, and along with assembling a team of like-minded chefs and staff, Alvarez has spent the last year carefully curating a list of local farmers – fruit, vegetable, dairy, poultry, fish and meat – who provide the bulk of Fred’s ethically produced and all-natural fare. Then, from what is available at any given time (be it weekly or daily), Alvarez crafts a menu designed to showcase the integrity of the freshest ingredients.

Guillaume Brahimi Food Weekend

Friday 30 June 2017 – Sunday 2 July 2017

Halcyon House welcomes one of Australia’s most popular and acclaimed Chef; Guillaume Brahimi for a very special gourmet weekend.

 

Friday 30 June

3.00pm – Arrive and Check in

3.00pm to 6.30pm – Time at leisure

6:30pm to 8:30pm – Enjoy canapés and cocktails poolside hosted by Guillaume Brahimi & Team, Ben Devlin and General Manager Mauro De Riso. Followed by dinner at leisure

 

Saturday 1 July

Enjoy a leisurely a la carte breakfast in Paper Daisy

10.30am to 12.00pm – Master Class with Guillaume Brahimi & Team Guests lunch at leisure

7.30pm – 10.00pm – Guillaume’s showpiece dinner with paired wines accompanied by Ben Devlin and Paper Daisy team

 

Sunday 2 July

Enjoy a leisurely a la carte breakfast in Paper Daisy

 

Package Includes:

  • 2 night stay at Halcyon House
  • Cocktails & Canapes Poolside
  • Daily a la carte breakfast in Paper Daisy
  • Masterclass with Guillaume Brahimi and Team
  • 4 course showpiece dinner & paired wines by Guillaume Brahimi, Ben Devlin and Paper Daisy team

Package price – maximum 2 people:

 

Classic Room: $1790.00

Disabled Superior Room: $1990.00

Superior Room: $2090.00

Ocean Superior Room: $2290.00

Ocean Deluxe Room:  $2490.00

Master Suite Room: $2890.00

Halcyon Suite (four people): $4180.00

Guillaume Brahimi Bio

French-born Guillaume Brahimi is one of Australia’s most popular and acclaimed chefs. He trained under Michelin-starred chef Joel Robuchon in Paris before moving to Sydney in the 1990s.

In late 2001, Guillaume won the prestigious contract to take over the flagship restaurant at the Sydney Opera House, Bennelong, and, after a refurbishment, opened this spectacular venue in November 2001 as Guillaume at Bennelong. The restaurant went on to win almost every major accolade in Australian food, as well as international recognition. It was named by Conde Nast Traveller as one of the top 50 new restaurants in the world and by 2003 held Two Chef Hats in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food Guide as well as its Best New Restaurant and Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant of the Year and is currently ranked 11th restaurant in Australian Gourmet Traveller’s Top 100. In 2013, Guillaume and his team regained their three- hat status in the 2014 Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide, and Guillaume was awarded Vittoria Legend Award for his outstanding long-term contribution to the restaurant industry.

 

Guillaume at Bennelong had its last service on New Year’s Eve 2013 and Brahimi and his acclaimed team opened Guillaume, in August 2014. Located in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs in Paddington, in the historic former site of Darcy’s restaurant, Guillaume continues the high standard of service and food they became renowned for in their 12 years at Bennelong.

 

In 2009 Guillaume formed a partnership with Crown Entertainment Complex (Melbourne) and open Bistro Guillaume. The restaurant won Best New Restaurant in both the Gourmet Traveller 2009 Restaurant Guide and The Age Good Food Guide and has held one hat since 2012. In September 2012, Guillaume opened his second Bistro Guillaume in Crown Perth, which also won one hat in 2013. Guillaume’s partnership with Crown Melbourne developed further in 2013 when he was appointed Culinary Director for the next three years, alongside Neil Perry.

 

In 2010, Guillaume authored his first book, Guillaume: Food for Friends, and in 2012 published his second book, French Food Safari, a celebration of the incredible breadth and diversity of French food traditions that was also a television series on SBS.

 

Guillaume is currently an ambassador for Tefal, Bulla Dairy Foods and Audi Australia. He is also renowned for his huge commitment to several charities.  Guillaume is an active board member of The Chris O’Brien Lifehouse and the Bestest Foundation, and also participated in the 2013 and 2014 Sydney to Hobart aboard the Perpetual Loyal Foundation yacht, which raised a significant amount for charity.

His new book, Guillaume: Food for Family, was released in October 2015, featuring the families of Cate Blanchett, Justin Hemmes, Mark Bouris and Kellie Hush amongst others, with proceeds being donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

 

In late 2014, Guillaume was a recipient of the Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Merite (Knight of the National Order), a prestigious honour endowed by the French government for outstanding services rendered to France in Foreign Affairs and International Development. In 2015, Guillaume was named Chef of the Year at the annual GW Men Of The Year awards.

 

In 2016, Guillaume became culinary ambassador of Public House Management Group across the group’s six hotels including The Collaroy Hotel, Buena Vista Hotel, Forbes Hotel, The Royal Paddington, Woollahra Hotel and The Narellan. Guillaume is a partner with the group in The Four in Hand, Paddington and reopened the dining room as The Four in Hand by Guillaume. This year, Guillaume will also bring his Bistro Guillaume offering to Sydney, opening in the CBD later in the year.

 

On December 30, 2016 Guillaume closed his eponymous restaurant in Paddington as the lease expired and Guilaume decided not to take up a further option period. Brahimi made the decision to focus on his successful Bistro Guillaume restaurants in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.