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Heston Blumenthal's The Fat Duck Prepares to Take Flight - 17 September 2014
RESERVATION SYSTEMS WILL BE LIVE FROM 8TH UNTIL 26TH OF OCTOBER 2014
17th September 2014 – “Australia’s response to the news that The Fat Duck would make Melbourne its home for six months has been absolutely overwhelming. I am utterly humbled by the reception,” states chef Heston Blumenthal.
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Earlier this year the lauded British chef announced that he would bring his award winning restaurant, The Fat Duck, to the renowned Crown Tower Resorts, in the cultural hub of Southbank, Melbourne. Today he named 3rd February 2015 as the opening date and announced how to make a reservation at his ground breaking first international restaurant.

In an unprecedented move for any restaurant, much less a three Michelin starred restaurant celebrated for the very magical – and very technically precise – multi-sensory gastronomic journey that it provides to its guests, The Fat Duck will temporarily relocate to Melbourne almost in its entirety. Every bite of the multi course Tasting Menu, every whisper of nostalgia and emotion, every aspect of the flawless service, and every team member will move half the world away and call Australia home for half a year. Even design pieces from the original building in Bray, UK will make the journey. Doors to the restaurant in its idyllic English village will close in December for the holidays as they usually do, only to reopen two months later to the southern hemisphere’s warm February sun and the heady urban buzz of Melbourne. Food enthusiasts from continents afar will find one of the world’s most acclaimed restaurants on their doorstep, with Heston’s iconic dishes such as “Sound of the Sea”, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and Snail Porridge right at their fingertips.

There is one addition to The Fat Duck that will be exclusive to Melbourne and truly a once in a lifetime experience – a Chef’s Table. Multi-sensory dining becomes super-sensory with the opportunity to get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes glimpse. For a limited time during The Fat Duck’s tenure, four guests per service will be seated in front of the pass, witnessing the kitchen’s inner workings and interacting directly with the chefs throughout service.

Heston Blumenthal first visited Australia in 2003 and his love for the country’s beauty, diversity, produce and people was immediate. For over a decade, he had his eye on opening a restaurant there, so it was with unabashed excitement that he revealed The Fat Duck Melbourne’s opening date and how to reserve a table at his first Australian restaurant. The support and eager interest that both Heston and The Fat Duck have received have been absolutely incredible, so in order to accommodate demand in the most equitable way, a ballot process will be utilised for all reservations.

Anyone – anywhere in the world – who would like to make a reservation at The Fat Duck in Melbourne will need to register for the ballot system. All available reservations for the restaurant’s entire six-month visit to the Crown Melbourne Resort, including reservations for the Chef’s Table, will be allocated through the ballot process. No further reservations will be added once successful applicants have been randomly selected and the ballot process is complete.

Everyone seeking a reservation at The Fat Duck Melbourne will be directed to the dedicated ballot website to register their entry – www.thefatduckmelbourne.com Ballot entries will be accepted from 9:00am Monday 8th October through midnight Sunday 26th October 2014 (Australian Eastern Daylight Time). Multiple ballot entries by the same applicant will be excluded, so potential guests only need to register for the ballot once. After the registration period closes and all registered ballot entries are gathered, a draw by an impartial third party will indiscriminately select successful applicants. As the draw is made from the entire pool of ballot entries, “first come, first served” does not apply. Whether someone is the first or last to register their ballot entry during the open registration period will have absolutely no bearing on the outcome.

The Fat Duck reservations team, in conjunction with the Crown Melbourne team, will be in regular communication with all those who register their interest in a reservation. All applicants who register on www.thefatduckmelbourne.com for the ballot will receive a confirmation notice that their entry was received. At the time of registration, an option to join a standby list will also be available for those able to take advantage of any last minute cancellations. Once the draw is complete, all registered applicants will be notified of the outcome via email on Monday 10th November. A member of The Fat Duck reservations team will contact all successful applicants directly, after they have been initially notified via email on 10th November, to confirm and secure their reservation.

The Fat Duck at Crown Melbourne will be open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday beginning Tuesday 3rd February 2015. The last service will be dinner on Saturday 15th August 2015. Open for only six months in its alternate home almost 17,000km from its first home in Bray, it is a very unique event. Guests should anticipate about four hours to complete their multi-sensory gastronomic journey of history, nostalgia, emotion and memory. The cost of the menu is AU$525 per person, exclusive of beverages. Taking into account both the dining room and the Chef’s Table, the restaurant will accommodate 50 guests each service. Tables will be available with seating for either two or four guests with a very limited number of six seat options available each service.

Following The Fat Duck’s return home to the UK late September of 2015, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal will take up residence within Crown Melbourne Resort permanently, becoming the only restaurant the chef has in his portfolio outside of the UK. It joins ranks with The Fat Duck, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal located in London, The Hinds Head, The Crown at Bray, and The Perfectionists’ Café.

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For further information about Heston Blumenthal, The Fat Duck, or Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, please contact:

Monica Brown at Lotus PR
+44 (0)20 7751 5812
monica@lotuspr.co.uk

For further information about Crown Resorts, please contact:

Jodi Crocker at Crown Resorts
+61 (0)403 026 600
Jodi.crocker@crownresorts.com.au
www.crownmelbourne.com.au

NOTES TO EDITORS:

The Fat Duck
www.thefatduck.co.uk
• The Fat Duck opened in Bray, Berkshire, UK in 1995.
• The restaurant was first awarded three Michelin stars in 2004 and has maintained that rating every year since.
• It has been voted The Best Restaurant in the World" at The Worlds 50 Best Restaurant awards and remain in the top ratings for the last 12 years.

Dinner By Heston Blumenthal
www.dinnerbyheston.com
• Dinner by Heston Blumenthal opened in London January 2011 and was awarded its first Michelin star that same year.
• It received its second Michelin star in 2013.
• It currently holds 5th position The Worlds 50 Best Restaurant List.

Crown Resorts
Crown is one of Australia’s largest entertainment groups. It has businesses and investments in the integrated resort and entertainment sectors in Australia and Macau and wholly-owns and operates a high-end casino in London.

In Australia, Crown wholly-owns and operates Crown Melbourne in Victoria and Crown Perth in Western Australia. In the United Kingdom, Crown wholly-owns and operates the Crown Aspinall's, a high-end casino in Mayfair, London. In addition to Crown’s wholly owned assets, Crown holds a 33.6% equity interest in Melco Crown Entertainment Limited, an operator of integrated resorts in Macau. It also has a portfolio of other gaming investments which are complementary to its other businesses.

Crown Melbourne
First opened in 1997, Crown Melbourne is a large integrated resort and has a casino, three hotels, function rooms, award winning restaurants and shopping and entertainment facilities. It is a significant driver of tourism within Australia, particularly in Victoria.

Crown Melbourne is home to three hotels being Crown Towers, Crown Metropol Melbourne and Crown Promenade Melbourne and to two luxurious day spas, Isika Day Spa and Crown Spa. There are approximately 1,600 guest rooms across the three hotels, ranging from six-star luxury to premium five-star and quality four-star accommodation. Crown Melbourne has a wide variety of retail, entertainment and food and beverage offerings. There are more than 40 retail outlets and around 70 restaurants, cafes and bars which provide a large and diverse entertainment offering to cater for a significant number of visitors.

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Veuve Clicquot to bring a sexy, spooky Halloween celebration to Crown’s Club 23 Friday 24 October from 7:00pm – 9:00pmVeuve Clicquot to bring a sexy, spooky Halloween celebration to Crown’s Club 23 Friday 24 October from 7:00pm – 9:00pm - 01 September 2014
This Halloween, scary is chic and spooky is sexy with Club 23 and Veuve Clicquot’s ‘Yelloween’ Party. 
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Melbourne, XX September 2014 –This Halloween, scary is chic and spooky is sexy with Club 23 and Veuve Clicquot’s ‘Yelloween’ Party. After the success of last year’s Yelloween event, hosted by the fabulous Jesinta Campbell and attended by the who’s who of Melbourne, Crown’s leading nightlife venue will again be transformed into a Halloween haven on Friday, 24 October. From 7:00pm to 9:00pm, guests will enjoy free flowing Veuve Clicquot champagne and canapés at the hottest Halloween party in town. The evening’s best costumes will go into the draw to win a night in a luxurious Crown Towers’ Veuve Villa, complete with bottles of Veuve Clicquot champagne for the ultimate indulgence.

Club 23 and Veuve Cliquot’s Yelloween
What: The hottest Halloween party in town, Club 23 and Veuve Clicquot’s Yelloween party including free flowing champagne and canapés
Where: Club 23, Level 1, Crown Towers, 8 Whiteman St, Southbank
When: Friday, 24 October
Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Dress Code: Spooky/Sexy.

#Yelloween @Club23 www.club23.com.au

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All the colours of Cuba - A fiesta of rhythm passion and flavour - 18 August 2014

Crown Resorts presents The Colours of Cuba, a four week fiesta of rhythm, passion and flavour launching today.

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Melbourne, Australia, 18 August 2014. Crown Resorts presents The Colours of Cuba, a four week fiesta of rhythm, passion and flavour launching today, Monday 18 August, 2014. The tastes, sounds and sights of Cuba will fill the entire property from casual and premium dining offers, live entertainment and an art exhibition featuring 32 life size images from Havana. Guests visiting Crown during the fiesta will indulge in an authentic Cuban experience capturing all the senses.

Cuba is home to great history and pastimes and Crown Resorts visited Havana to ensure an authentic experience is brought to life here in the heart of Melbourne.

SWITCH ON CUBA
Monday 18th August Crown will come alive with a brilliant series of projections on the exterior of Crown Melbourne and throughout the Atrium. Images taken from Havana will illuminate Southbank and create a scene of Cuba in the Atrium that guests can turn into an interactive photo opportunity.

PREMIUM DINING
Seven days a week guests can enjoy Cuban cocktails ranging from $19 including White Mariposa (National Flower of Cuba), The Fidel Castro, Cuba Colada and Hemingway Daiquiri.

The Waiting Room will also offer Tapas style dishes from $6 - $8 including Fried Plantains, Salsa Fresca, Black Bean and Sweetcorn Tacos, Cuban Pulled Pork Sliders and Croqueta de carne. Classic cocktails at $20 include Daiquiri, Mary Pickford, Cine Cuba Libre and Neuvo Mojito

CASUAL DINING
Guests seeking a more casual dining experience can also indulge in the Cuban experience with Cotta, Margo’s and Jimbo & Rex serving Classic Cuban Sandwich, Paella Gubana, Mojito Chicken, Hemingway’s Salmon, Frita Cubana ranging from $16 - $22. Jackpot, Double Up Bar, Tonic and Lumia will also be shaking up a selection of Cuban cocktails.

BUFFET DINING
A Cuban Buffet offering may be more suitable for some and these will be available in the Conservatory, Kitchen Workshop and Mesh from August 18th.

SUNSET SALSA - Cool Nights, Hot Dancing
Wednesday 20 August, Wednesday 27 August & Wednesday 3 September
Forget winter and soak up all the colour, heat and music of Cuba at Groove Live Bar & Terrace. Arrive early to learn some moves and sip on a Havana Rum cocktail, or stay late for when the party really starts.
7 - 8pm: Learn to dance Cuban style
8 - 10pm: Live entertainment by local Cuban band, Vatos Locos

ROVING ENTERTAINERS
Throughout Level 1 Casino, guests will see roving entertainers in authentic Cuban costume Wednesdays, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Thursdays, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Fridays and Saturdays, 6.00pm – 12.00am
Sundays, 1pm – 6pm

The Colours of Cuba will bring Havana to Crown Melbourne for four weeks.

Come feel the rhythm, passion and flavor. www.crownmelbourne.com.au or 03 9292 8888

Media contacts:

Tina Orr
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e tina@hatchcommunications.com.au

Genevieve Day
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e genevieve@hatchcommunications.com.au 

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Aussie Millions Poker Championship Official Schedule - 01 August 2014
The Official Schedule for Aussie Millions Poker Championship.
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Crown's 2015 Aussie Millions Poker Championship Schedule Announcement - 01 August 2014
Asia-Pacific’s richest and most prestigious poker series will run from Wednesday 14 January to Monday 2 February 2015 at Crown Melbourne Main Event Championship Begins Sunday 25 January 2015.
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