Comfort Food Cabaret Melbourne Fringe (aka Penthouse pop-up musical restaurant) is now done and dusted for 2017. Thank you to the beautiful audiences that joined us for three unforgettable dinner parties during our short season. It's been such an incredible, exhilarating, informative and exhausting experience. My limbs and my voice are tired, my feet are swollen and I'm exhausted beyond belief but I feel so proud and I'm so delighted by how it was received by our Melbourne audiences.
It's been at least four months in the making, with endless hours of planning, budgeting, list making and marketing. It's been character building, stressful, satisfying and thrilling and we've definitely learnt what works and what can be improved. Comfort Food Cabaret isn't the kind of show that can easily be packed into a suitcase and bumped into any venue - the logistical components make it comparative to a intricate dinner event, it requires a small army to make it work and the cooking and music elements make it an expensive exercise which is also richly rewarding. But these are all the moving parts that make Comfort Food Cabaret the unique, generous, warm and delicious experience that it is today.
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Flying the flag for @brinkproductions_ at last night's Comfort Food Cabaret dinner party at Kate & John Irving's home celebrating Kate's birthday. Aaron and I weaved in some personal stories and song throughout the dinner service which consisted of @laveracheese haloumi, basil and sweet pickled red onion, slow cooked lamb shoulder, @laveracheese ricotta gnocchi two ways with pancetta and sage & a mushroom and basil sugo + sides. To finish everyone enjoyed sticky date pudding made with almond meal with a salted butterscotch sauce. Huge thanks to @nash_attack for his sublime keys talent and for being my Saturday night sous chef... he did so well. Very grateful to Kate & John, two of my biggest supporters and champions of Comfort Food Cabaret, for inviting us to entertain such an incredible group of guests. If you'd like to host your own Comfort Food Cabaret dinner party get in touch. It's definitely a dinner party with a difference. #loveforcooking#pearsoplates#comfortfoodcabaret#comfortfoodcabaretdinnerparties#comfortfoodcabaretathome#adelaidecatering#cook#birthdayfeast#brinkproductions#michellepearsonmusic#michellesingssa
My heart is full after such an exhilarating show on Saturday and catering for a gorgeous kitchen tea for a beautiful bride to be on Sunday - an entire weekend of cooking and singing. Thank you to the 41 fantastic people who came along to our Comfort Food Cabaret Dinner Party on Saturday evening and supported our fundraising efforts to take the show to Melbourne. Your warmth and fabulous company made the evening and it was great to get back in the saddle and do what I love after a very challenging few months.
Massive thanks to my sous chef/catering extraordinaire, Loren, and my well fed musicians Aaron and Michael as well as my volunteers Stu, Sue and Daniela. These are the people that work incredibly hard behind the scenes to make everything work and they do a brilliant job.
Huge thanks to Kaaren for being the most beautiful host and inviting us into her stunning home and thank you to Fox Creek Wines for their generosity (in the form of delicious award winning wines) and to Cheryl from Central Market Tours for selling raffle tickets as well as donating the raffle prize.
On Sunday we catered for 65 at a kitchen tea and Aaron and I performed a few songs and taught the beautiful bride how to make a delicious breakfast burger in a live cooking demo - Aaron confirmed it tasted pretty good...Well done Celeste!
Thank you to Lauren, Celeste and all the bridesmaids for having us and to Daniela for helping out yet again and being a brilliant catering assistant and to Maddi and Gabbi for being such delightful staff.
I was so run off my feet all weekend that I didn't take any photos - feel free to send them through if you were part of my musical foodie weekend. I love what I do! @lorenkq @nash_attack @mc_cherry1 @danni_cirocco @stuartsymons @sue_antony @dragon_health @fox_creek_wines @cherylturnersa @lauren_gentilcore @celestevillani @maddi.antony #comfortfood#comfortfoodcabaret#melbfringe#melbournefringe#melbournefringefestival#melbfringe17#michellepearsonmusic#michellesingssa#pearsoplates#loveforcooking
On Friday night, I catered for and entertained another great bunch of people at one of my musical dinner parties. This is a concept where I set up, cook, serve, sing, entertain and clean up so the hosts can enjoy their dinner party without the stress. I was testing these out with great success before my debut season of Comfort Food Cabaret but it's definitely taken off since the end of Fringe 2017. My exceptional team of musicians and family/friends who thankfully have great hospitality chops did a fantastic job for Felicity & John's 50th wedding anniversary dinner. I'm so delighted that I now spend most of my days planning and doing the things I love. Exhausting, exhilarating and hugely satisfying... thanks to those great people who've had my back every step of the way and big thanks to my awesome past and current clients. Drop me a line if you'd like to know more or would like to book your own musical dinner party. #catering#comfortfoodcabaret#comfortfoodcabaretdinnerparties#comfortfoodcabaretathome#michellepearsonmusic#loveforcooking#homecook#wellfedmusicians#dinnerparties
Some audience snaps and rave reviews from last night's Comfort Food Cabaret. I've been so overwhelmed by the support and love I've been getting from audience members. I love how this show connects me to people I've never met and it's so great to meet so many of them after the show. Thank you to everyone that has come along so far - your enthusiasm, eagerness to get involved and kindness has made this so very special for me. Can't wait to do it all again next week! #comfortfoodcabaret#loveforcooking#pearsoplates#michellepearsonmusic#adlfringe#grateful#soldout#ravereviews
We're back in the @thecentralmarketkitchen tonight for another sold out performance of Comfort Food Cabaret. It's been almost a week since Nashy has devoured a plate of @laveracheese Haloumi and he's hanging out for more and Michael's keen to put his thinking face on again. Only a handful of tickets left for next week's shows (our final week) if you want to see these brilliant musicians in action. Book via @adlfringe - thanks @plymography for this great shot! #michellepearsonmusic#laveracheese#haloumi#favouritemusicians#wellfedmusicians#adlfringe#loveforcooking#pearsoplates
Feeling pretty happy this morning after a fantastic two weeks of Comfort Food Cabaret. Thanks to the brilliant audiences for getting behind this foodie-music project of mine. Now for a little break and we'll be back next week. All remaining shows are almost sold out so head to Fringetix to snap up the last tickets. Thanks to @adriankaticphotography for this great shot. #comfortfoodcabaret#comfortfood#adlfringe#pearsoplates#loveforcooking#michellepearsonmusic
Audiences have been raving about Comfort Food Cabaret and everyone leaves wondering how I manage to sing and cook up a three course meal and get it out to the audience... Quite simply, it's made possible because of this superstar! Introducing my gorgeous friend and kitchen assistant/sous chef, Loren Quinn, who cooks and plates up an average of 216 serves of food in 90 minutes at every single show. She makes it look easy and still manages to laugh at my jokes, caters to dietary requirements, supports me through every second of the show, yells at me when I haven't made enough sauce or sticky date, smiles and swears under her breath when I tell her we've got ten extra people to feed and she makes sure my musicians are never hungry. We would all be lost without you @loren14 and Comfort Food Cabaret would not actually work without your skill, expertise and your mum's grill pan. Thanks to @adriankaticphotography for this brilliant photo. #comfortfoodcabaret#comfortfood#michellepearsonmusic#friendswhocooktogether#staroftheshow#whenwilllorenhaveherownshow#lorenforpm
Rave reviews for Michelle Pearson's Comfort Food Cabaret: "This is one dinner party invitation you shouldn’t turn down." - The Advertiser. "This kind of innovation is what makes the Adelaide Fringe exciting. Comfort Food Cabaret is a must for foodies and music lovers alike." - Kryztoff Review. "Pearson gives Nigella Lawson a run for her money... a joy to the ears - sensual and pitch perfect, with a belt to envy." - Stage Whispers.
"Like spending an evening in the warm surroundings of your closest family and friends." - Adelaide Theatre Guide. "If you love your food as well as your cabaret, book your tickets now!" - The Clothesline.
More than 250 Fringe-goers were wined, dined and serenaded in the opening week. With only a handful of tickets left for the remaining seven shows, if you want to see Comfort Food Cabaret make sure you book your tickets before they're all gone! http://bit.ly/2kJo8Zg #comfortfoodcabaret#adlfringe#fringetix#pearsoplates#loveforcooking#michellepearsonmusic
If you're looking for an immersive and delicious @adlfringe experience where you'll be serenaded and fed, don't miss Comfort Food Cabaret. We open next Thursday at the @thecentralmarketkitchen on level one of the @adelcentralmarket and I'm excited and terrified all at the same time. If you want to come along make sure you book tickets ASAP as they're selling quickly - check out Fringetix for more info and search for Comfort Food Cabaret.
Huge thanks to everyone that came to our Uncovered gig last night at @fox_creek_wines - Andy and I had a blast! Big thanks to Fox Creek Wines for inviting me to perform at their beautiful cellar door for a fourth year, to the incredibly talented @lindsss85 and @maxgu91 for supporting us, to Patto for his impeccable sound/tech skills and to everyone who braved the hot weather to attend the gig. Willunga weather definitely delivered with delightful sea breezes and cooler temperatures. #michellepearsonmusic#foxcreekwines#lovewillunga#favouritewinery#uncovered#michellesingssa#livemusicadelaide
Just finished a fantastic live interview with Tribe FM to promote our next Uncovered show happening this Saturday at @fox_creek_wines in Willunga. I'm delighted to announce that the incredibly talented Lindsay Prodea will be supporting Andy and I on Saturday and warming up the audience with his smooth sound. This handsome performer has an amazing voice and he'll be playing a set around 5:15 and Andy and I will play out the remainder of the evening. Saturday's forecast is shaping up to be warm and lovely so why not join us at Fox Creek Wines from 4:30 to 8:30 for exquisite wines, sunshine and hours of musical entertainment.
Bring a picnic supper or purchase delicious regional produce platters from the Fox Creek cellar door. Tickets are only $25 for adults and $5 for kids and they're selling fast! Book online at https://uncoveredfoxcreek.eventbrite.com.au @a_petro7 @lindsss85 #uncovered#willunga#michellesingssa#michellepearsonmusic#livemusicadelaide#foxcreekwines#mclarenvale