Among the 600 guests were descendants from Australia’s aviation pioneers, politicians, airline directors and the usual suspects of stage, screen and even Instagram fame.
Sydney Airport CEO Geoff Culbert and his team welcomed all who gathered to celebrate the history and heritage of the airport. As the sun set on Sydney, the dinner kicked off with a performance by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra accompanied by opera singer Taryn Fiebig and actor/singer Tim Draxl.
Seven’s Mel Doyle led formalities which saw her gush over the airport’s luxe retailers on offer and to plug Bvlgari for lending her earrings for the occasion.
While catering for a crowd of hundreds is never an easy task, Mike McEnearney of Sydney Airport’s Kitchen by Mike may have missed the mark on this occasion. One guest remarked the dinner “really does taste like plane food!”
The evening, however, was a success – with the seamless transporting of guests to the secret locale without any problems and the endless top-ups of Moet & Chandon. Plus, how many people can say they ate dinner on the tarmac without being an airline passenger?
Peter FitzSimons gives the annual Andrew Olle media lecture
The fourth estate gathered at Ivy on Friday night to hear Sun-Herald columnist Peter FitzSimons give the annual Andrew Olle media lecture, where he called for change in “draconian” laws to protect press freedom.
Fitz was flanked by his wife, The Project co-host Lisa Wilkinson, and ABC chair Ita Buttrose at the top table.
MC Richard Glover speculated about what “weird marital contest” the media power couple were engaging in, given Wilkinson gave the Olle lecture a full six years before her husband.
Glover drew many laughs when he said Buttrose’s arrival at the ABC was greeted “with a collective sigh of pleasure and relief”, but Communications Minister Paul Fletcher kept his best poker face on as various speakers on the night criticised the government.
Fitz received a standing ovation from the crowd which included new Insiders host David Speers, Andrew Denton, Wendy Harmer, Liz Hayes, Derryn Hinch, Mike Carlton, plus many members of the extended FitzSimons clan.
ABC managing director David Anderson announced on the night that the Olle family was winding up its brain cancer research fund for a number of reasons, including growing commitments elsewhere.
Patrón pop-up docks in Circular Quay in time for summer
Cafe Patrón launched its summer pop-up at Harbourside MCA on Wednesday evening with a cool young crowd knocking back top-shelf tequila cocktails like they were going out of style.
VIPs, influencers and media were the first to experience the harbourside venue with signature Patrón cocktails (including a cocktail inspired by the MCA’s Sydney International Art Series exhibition of Cornelia Parker’s work and tunes by Jimmy2Sox (a.k.a. James Lyell of Flight Facilities). Former high-jumper Amy Pejkovic, Seven weatherman James Tobin and Fox Sports presenter Matt Suleau were amid the tequila party.
As an ode to the Mexican Day of the Dead holiday, there was a special performance by electric violinist, Jane Cho as well as face painting for guests.
The pop-up bar is set to be a go-to venue for summer and will run for 16 weeks.
Anna Heinrich adds underwear clothes-horse to bulging resume
Is there anything Anna Heinrich can’t do? Heinrich can now add underwear model to her resume (which already includes reality star, criminal lawyer and brand ambassador), as the original Bachelor star fronts Bras N Things’ latest collection.
Singer Samantha Jade joined models Samantha Harris, Tahlia Giumelli and Laura Wells for the lingerie launch on Wednesday at an enchanted-themed brunch at Woolloomooloo’s Ovolo hotel.
Guests dined on pastries, avo toast and bellini cocktails, while Bras N Things staff were on hand to ‘fit’ guests’ busts – a first for Social Scene at a work event.
“All women deserve to have the strength and confidence to be who they really are and Bras N Things really celebrate that,” Heinrich told guests between anecdotes about her dad’s reaction to her latest venture. “It’s one of the reasons I chose to do my first ever lingerie campaign with them.”
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Lucy Manly is a reporter and gossip columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald and Sun-Herald.