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CROWN INDUCTED INTO DONOR HALL OF FAME - 07 September 2012
Crown was inducted into the "Donor Hall of Fame‟  
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Melbourne, Australia, 7 September 2012. Crown was inducted into the "Donor Hall of Fame‟ at last night‟s Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Gala Dinner. Over the past 18 years, Crown has supported the mission of RMHC to help make a difference to the lives of seriously ill children and their families.

The „Donor Hall of Fame‟ is only awarded to companies that are recognised for their extraordinary care and contribution towards the achievements of the RMHC over an extended period of time.

The RMHC Australia Board recognised Crown as a suitable recipient due to the longevity and generosity of Crown‟s support since 1994.

The honourable award was accepted by Ann Peacock, General Manager of Public Relations on behalf of Crown.

“Crown is extremely proud to accept this award from the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Crown holds a long relationship with RMHC and supports the important and valuable work they do for the community. On behalf of Crown we are delighted to be inducted into the „Donor Hall of Fame‟ and will continue to support the mission of RMHC”, says Peacock.

“It is an incredible achievement and a testament to Crown” says, Barb Lukazsewski of RMHC. The Gala Dinner celebrates and recognises volunteers, donors and individuals who also support the work of RMHC.

For more information on Crown please visit www.crownmelbourne.com.au

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Jodi Crocker
Media Relations Manager
Crown Melbourne
T. +61 3 9292 8672
M. +61 403 026 600
E. jodic@crownmelbourne.com.au

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Ann Peacock
General Manager - Public Relations Crown Melbourne
T. +61 3 9292 8607
M. +61 412 334 614
E. annp@crownmelbourne.com.au 

West End Packages Now Available For Group Celebrations - 01 September 2012
Crown’s new destination, The West End, is not only home to some of Melbourne’s hottest restaurants and bars, but now has tailored event packages. 
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Melbourne, Australia, September 2012. Crown’s new destination, The West End, is not only home to some of Melbourne’s hottest restaurants and bars, but now has tailored event packages for corporates seeking to entertain staff on a conference, or guests planning the ultimate celebration.

Guests will begin their evening sipping on the magnificent shrub cocktails at Lumia Bar before dining on canapés from Cotta and mingling with the West End’s trendy crowd to tunes selected by some of the industry’s best DJs.

All venues throughout The West End are available for functions 24/7, with packages starting from $60.00 per person for two hours for a minimum of 15 guests including food and beverages from Cotta and Lumia and are inclusive of a personal West End host to ensure every guest’s need is met.

An element of gaming, including lessons, can also be introduced into any event package, with private tables available upon request.

Since opening in June 2012, The West End has proven itself as the one-stop venue for a rocking night out. The West End encompasses two restaurants – The Merrywell and Cotta, two bars – Lumia and The Common Room, premium and casual gaming, live entertainment and sports streaming from around the globe.

The West End precinct was a two year, over $90 million AUD project that has enhanced 15,000 square metres of the Clarendon Street end of the Crown Entertainment Complex.

To enquire or make a booking, please visit http://www.thewestendatcrown.com.au/group-bookings/

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Melissa Pinder
Media Relations Senior Coordinator Crown Melbourne
T. + 61 3 9292 8610
M. + 61 401 182 281
E. melissap@crownmelbourne.com.au

Tara Bishop
Media Relations Manager
Crown Melbourne
T. +61 3 9292 8673
M. +61 422 003 549
E. tarab@crownmelbourne.com.au 

CROWN PRESENTS FOCUS ON FOOTY - 30 August 2012
Focus on Footy presents an extraordinary and exclusive set of 34 larger than life portraits of people who have contributed in some way to the games greatness.

 
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Melbourne, Australia. August 2012. Focus on Footy presents an extraordinary and exclusive set of 34 larger than life portraits of people who have contributed in some way to the games greatness; from fans, well known Australians, dignitaries, celebrities and officials to legendary AFL players past and present.

Event: Crown’s FOCUS ON FOOTY Exhibition

Date: TODAY Thursday 30 August 2012

Location: Level 1, Crown Metropol – Mr Hive Kitchen and Bar

Parking: Complimentary valet at Crown Metropol

Guests attending: AFL and NRL names with their portraits

  Shane Crawford

MELBOURNE STORM PLAYERS

  Justin O’Neill

  Ryan Hinchcliffe

  Kevin Proctor

  Cameron Smith

  Megan Cullen – exhibition photographer

  Christian Wagstaff and Keith Courtney - Curators

Timings: 
10:50am Media arrive
11:00am Players and guests arrive
Midday Photo opportunities

Morning tea served Midday Media Call concludes

About: On display until Sunday 7 October, footy fans can see Shane Crawford, Eddie McGuire, Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Nathan Buckley, Molly Meldrum, Kevin Sheedy, Ron Barassi, James Hird, Sam Newman and Jimmy Bartel in this revealing tribute to football.
Stationed throughout Crown’s glittering Level One Retail precinct at Crown Metropol, this state of the art presentation of Focus on Footy is a radical departure from a normal exhibition providing visitors with an exciting visual experience unlike anything ever seen.

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For further information regarding this news and pictorial alert please contact;

Jodi Crocker
Media Relations Manager
Crown Melbourne Limited
Telephone: +61 3 9292 8672
Mobile: +61 403 026 600
Email: jodic@crownmelbourne.com.au

Ann Peacock
General Manager - Public Relations Crown Melbourne Limited
Telephone: +61 3 9292 8607
Mobile: +61 412 334 614
Email: annp@crownmelbourne.com.au 

HOT AUGUST NIGHT AT THE PALMS AT CROWN A RECREATION OF ONE OF THE GREATEST LIVE ALBUMS OF ALL TIME - 01 August 2012
Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the legendary recording “Hot August Night”, PETER BYRNE brings Neil Diamond„s classics together with the The Australian Pops Orchestra for one night only at The Palms at Crown. 
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Melbourne, Australia. August 2012. Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the legendary recording “Hot August Night”, PETER BYRNE brings Neil Diamond„s classics together with the The Australian Pops Orchestra for one night only at The Palms at Crown.

It is 40 years since Neil Diamond stepped on stage at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles with a symphony orchestra and recorded what is still known today as one of the greatest live albums of all time. Now that album will be re-created in its original format in a national tour by Peter Byrne and The Australian Pops Orchestra.

Featuring classic songs Crunchy Granola Suite, Cherry Cherry, Sweet Caroline and I am I said... Guests will experience the same spontaneous display of energy and sensuality of Neil Diamond via the superb talents of Peter Byrne.

Peter‟s capacity to recreate Neil Diamond to an impeccable standard has meant that Neil himself has endorsed Byrne‟s tribute on many occasions.

"....the day I see a better Diamond, will be the day the man himself appears on stage... “

Adrian Revere...The Mercury

"Thanks for the great tribute." Neil Diamond

Peter is a consummate performer, at home in an intimate setting, playing guitar and singing from his wide repertoire of songs, or performing with a 30-piece symphony orchestra for a huge audience. This show is not to be missed.

For further information or media access for filming and photography please contact:

What:

Hot August Night – Tribute by Peter Byrne

Where:

The Palms at Crown

When:

Saturday 1 September 2012 – doors open 7:15pm

Admission:

$79 pp www.ticketek.com.au

Details:

www.crownmelbourne.com.au

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Jodi Crocker
Media Relations Manager Crown Entertainment Complex 03 9292 8672 / 0403 026 600 jodic@crownmelbourne.com.au

Ann Peacock
General Manager – Public Relations Crown Entertainment Complex
03 9292 8607 / 0412 334 614 annp@crownmelbourne.com.au 

Crown Re-launches Conservatory, where the Restaurant’s Kitchen Takes Centre Stage - 01 July 2012
Crown Melbourne is pleased to re-launch its premium buffet restaurant, Conservatory. 
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Melbourne, Australia, July 2012...Crown Melbourne is pleased to re-launch its premium buffet restaurant, Conservatory. Located on level one of Crown Towers, the luxurious restaurant is at once welcoming, inviting and features expansive views of Melbourne’s Yarra River.

It’s a view that is matched only by Conservatory’s extraordinary offering that showcases the best locally sourced produce, an abundance of fresh seafood including sushi and sashimi, dim sum, noodles, pastas, mouth-watering roasts and traditional Indian dishes made in the open kitchen’s tandoor oven.

Lead by Conservatory’s Chef de Cuisine, Joanne Bainbridge, the restaurant’s chefs work from an open kitchen that enables interaction between chefs and guests. Guests can watch chefs cook, see their choice of piping hot naan made right before their eyes or order a roast just the way they like it. Seafood lovers will rejoice at the number of oysters on offer, cheese buffs are catered for too, while salad aficionados will marvel at one of the city’s most impressive salad bars.

The dessert station is arguably Melbourne’s best. It’s brimming with freshly baked cakes, molten chocolate fountains, mousses, mini trifles, miniature tarts, petit fours, chocolates, sweets, candies, ice cream and even a frozen teppan that’s used to mix ice cream with an assortment of chocolates, sweets and fruit to create a made-to-order frozen treat for children and adults alike.

Conservatory’s dedicated pastry chefs are on hand to prepare servings of frozen teppan ice cream, slice cakes and thread fruit skewers to order.

Why open kitchen-style dining? For buffet devotees, diners cite many reasons for opting to dine this way. Explanations vary from seeing what there is to eat, knowing how much a meal costs in advance, setting the pace of either a leisurely or quick meal, being able to try dozens of dishes over the course of a meal and even being able to have second servings of favourite dishes.

“Conservatory is truly innovative and new. It’s unlike anywhere else in Melbourne. Crown has made a multi-million dollar investment to ensure that Conservatory is absolutely the best it can be, from the custom-made theatre-style kitchen to a commitment to use only the best possible ingredients,” said Crown Melbourne’s Executive General Manager, Food & Beverage, Nicolas Kurban.

“We have a dozen chefs working during each meal service. What’s more is that new dishes are constantly being placed on the buffet throughout each meal. This not only keeps things interesting for our guests, it keeps it exciting for our chefs too,” adds Kurban.

Conservatory’s Chef de Cuisine, Joanne Bainbridge has over two decades worth of experience and has developed menus that will appeal to hotel guests, large groups, families, fussy eaters and gourmands alike.

From Monday until Thursday at lunch and dinner and on Sunday nights, Conservatory has a daily dish that is served to guests at their table. Sample dishes include freshly fried beer battered fish, Cuban pulled pork sliders with mango, lime and tequila salsa and salt and pepper school prawns with harissa. It’s just another example of how Conservatory differentiates itself from traditional buffet-dining.

Breakfast

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Conservatory’s breakfast menu re-enforces the adage that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Fresh-out-of-the-oven croissants are served to guests at their table while the buffet is laden with everything from the freshest seasonal fruit, cold meats, cheeses, freshly baked pastries including house-made coconut cherry loaf, daily fruit compotes such as rhubarb with hibiscus, smoothies, French toast, waffles, pancakes and eggs made to order plus soft-boiled eggs with toasted soldiers, Shakshuka eggs and egg cocotte with smoked salmon, caperberries or wild mushroom, thyme and caramelised onion. Traditional Japanese and Chinese dishes are also on offer.

Conservatory’s breakfast is not limited to guests of Crown Towers and is open to the public every day. Breakfast is available 6.30am – 10.30am Monday until Friday and 7.30am until 10.30am on weekends.

Breakfast is $29.50 for Continental and $39.50 for an extensive hot breakfast.

Lunch
Lunch, including a coffee or tea, is $48.00 per person, Monday until Friday and $61.00 per person on Saturdays.

Dinner
Dinner is $74.50 Sunday until Thursday, $98.00 on Friday and $92.00 on Saturdays.

There are two dinner sittings available on Friday and Saturday evenings, 5.30pm – 8pm and 8.30pm until 11pm.

Friday Night Seafood Buffets

Every Friday night, Conservatory features crayfish, chilled Queensland spanner and blue swimmer crab, prawns, Coffin Bay and St Helen’s oysters, Moreton Bay bugs, Hervey Bay scallops, sushi and sashimi.

$98.00 per person includes seafood buffet as well as dim sum, noodles, Indian curries, Western and European dishes and dessert buffet.

Sunday Brunch

Sunday Brunch is a sophisticated occasion celebrated around the world. Every Sunday Conservatory showcases a decadent brunch including antipasto, dishes from the hot grill, salads, cheese and dessert from 11.30am until 3pm for $75.00 per person.

Conservatory also includes an intimate bar and offers Afternoon Tea served in the Conservatory’s lounge area, overlooking Crown’s famous black marble atrium.

Children between the ages of 4 and 11 are able to dine for half of adult prices at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Design

Boasting a breath-taking design by leading Sydney-based architect and interior designer, Blainey North, Conservatory makes guests feel like they have been instantly transported to London, Shanghai or New York during an era when craftsmanship and materials were revered and buildings and interiors were designed to endure and built to last.

There are four distinct areas in which to dine at the 190 seat Conservatory, including a small collection of tables assembled close to the antipasto, seafood, salad and cheese selections, an intimate area near the bar and two larger dining areas. White marble floors, bespoke chandeliers, a distinctive woven timber ceiling, custom-made carpets, generous chairs and tables, solid, locally made steel screens and dramatic reflective surfaces combine to create a lavish and engaging space in which to dine.

The restaurant is flanked at either end with floor to ceiling mirrors, which teamed with double-height windows overlooking the Yarra River create a natural light-filled and spacious environment.

Conservatory predominantly features a palette of green and stark white. In the open-plan kitchen custom-made spice jars hang on walls and hundreds of red mosaic tiles inspired by Victorian fenestration are used to theatrical effect.

“Conservatory is reminiscent of English conservatories and references Georgian grandeur and Art Deco detailing. By employing traditional craftsmanship techniques, such as the marble panel detailing used on the restaurant’s pillars, we’ve aimed to create a sense of timeless permanence and make guests feel comfortable,” comments interior designer, Blainey North.

“By adopting century-old techniques set in a modern context, such as the use of traditional fluted details on the bar or the restaurant’s solid metal screens, along with the repetitive use of a soft arch formation, it’s a true mix of French-Deco industria and old world decadence. I’m particularly fond of the chairs, they’re largely influenced by luxury sports cars and feature Armani Casa fabric in red, gold or green with white leather perforated with tiny pin dots,” says North.

“It’s the first time we’ve experimented with translating a graphic form and making it into a repetitive architectural detail. The inter-secting arch motif features on everything from the chandeliers to the chairs, tables and wall hangings,” adds North.

Pairing an exquisite setting with an inventive and new approach to traditional buffets, Conservatory is destined to set a new benchmark in buffet-style dining.

Bookings can be made by:

Phone +61 3 9292 5777
Web crownmelbourne.com.au/restaurants/reservation/1138

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For further information or to obtain high resolution images, please contact:

Tara Bishop
Media Relations Manager
Crown Entertainment Complex
T +61 3 9292 8673
M +61 422 003 549
E tarab@crownmelbourne.com.au

Melissa Pinder
Media Relations Senior Coordinator Crown Entertainment Complex
T +61 3 9292 8610
M +61 401 182 281
E melissap@crownmelbourne.com.au 

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