|Emirates Marquee, Emirates Doncaster Day, Royal Randwick|
|Moet served in the Emirates Marquee|
|Glasses ready for sangria|
|AJC Ambassador and actor Roy Billing|
I later also spotted a stunning Jodi Gordon, the gorgeous Zoe Ventoura, racing royalty Kate Waterhouse and Luke Ricketson chatting to footy boys Chris Walker and Jason Cayless. In between Kirk Pengilly asking me for my race picks, that is.
|Seared sea scallops with fennel and chilli served in shell with |
caper breadcrumb and lemon butter
The freshly shucked Sydney rock oysters with a simple squeeze of lemon or lime were just divine, so I might have been seen chasing them down a few times.
|Cooked king prawns with herb aioli|
|Chilled almond soup with Muscat grapes|
Meanwhile, my stolen half of the fig tart with manchego cheese, honey and toasted walnuts was delightful – crunchy with sweetness all round – though I unfortunately had trouble in locating another half.
|Dill crumbed white anchovy with chilli and oregano salsa|
|Barbeque chicken skewers marinated with paprika and oregano |
with lime citrus yoghurt
|Snapper and red capsicum croquettes with saffron garlic aioli|
|With a sprinkle of salt and parsley|
|Smoked cured beef on almond and queso iberico wafer with |
tomato, fennel and raisin jam
|A flavour bomb|
|Patinack Farm 100th AJC Oaks|
|Miguel Maestre and Alex and Bill from My Kitchen Rules |
cook up a large paella
|Classic Spanish paella|
|Slow-cooked roast smoked paprika lamb shoulder with potato puree|
|Fresh king crab salad with avocado, citrus salad and gazpacho dressing|
|Traditional potato tortilla with artichoke and salad of broad beans, mint, parsley|
and shaved Murcia al Vino lemon dressing
|Coyne Bay barramundi with hot garlic sauce and chilli dressing, quinoa grains|
and sauteed zucchini
|Emirates Doncaster Mile|
|Cinnamon dusted churros with chocolate dipping sauce|
|Spiced dark mousse with honeycomb and strawberry wafers|
|Baked caramel delight with orange caramel syrup|
|Santiago almond and red currant tarts served with lemon cream|
I would have chased down a couple more of these were I not stuffed with food, champagne glass still in hand.
So I thought it was a bit odd that savoury food started coming around again. A menu check shows this as ‘the soak’ – I’m not sure if this is a reference to the weather or some status reading of my liver, but the food came and the people ate.
|Calamari fritos with lime aioli and shoestring fries|
|Veal meatballs with tomato and olive sauce|
|Fiery eyes of the dancer|
|Flamenco dancer’s feet|
However, the general admission and member's stands were equally busy, with all and sundry seeming to enjoy the day despite the wet weather (and the inevitable losing bets).
|Emirates Marquee crowd at Doncaster Day|
Food, booze and shoes attended the Emirates Marquee on Doncaster Day 2011 at Royal Randwick with thanks to PPR.