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Ollie Hartas, the intrepid skipper of Team Southern Cross & ILVE, tells us about living with ILVE on the high seas.

Hi Ollie! How did your involvement with ILVE come about?

I started racing the 18’ skiff unsponsored and running it off my own savings account. After a season-and-a-half, Suzanne Stevens from Winning Appliances successfully got ILVE interested in sponsoring my skiff and we’ve been working together ever since Christmas 2013-2014.

Can you tell us about the kind of boats that you sail on?

The ILVE skiff is called an 18’ skiff and it is the absolute last word in extreme monohull sailing. Back in the 1800s they were workboats that Aussie harbour workers would race on during their lunch break. It grew to be the premier racing spectacle of the country, with races being run every weekend and spectators lining the shores of the entire Harbour with multiple ferries taking out keen punters to bet on the racing.

That sounds like a rather fancy day out.  

These boats are the Formula 1 of sailing, and there is a spectator ferry that follows the racing each week with live commentary. The race is also filmed and broadcast live online.

What happens during a race? Is it super-competitive?

When you get to the top level of any sport, it gets super- competitive. And when the top level of a sport involves big, strong Aussie blokes with egos and muscles bulging, things can get very, VERY competitive!

Are you used to the level of competitiveness now?

I started steering these boats when I was 19 years old and have been racing since, making me the youngest continuing skipper in the class by quite a long way. I am also the smallest of the sailors. This means that during my first season, a lot of the sailors sized me up and thought I was no threat to them… but in one of my first races, I shocked the whole fleet by getting a sixth place!

In the end, everybody in the fleet knows how difficult it is to sail these boats, let alone run one, so there is definitely a level of respect for anyone who stays with the class longer than two seasons, and I’ve steered the 18’ skiff for 3 seasons!

Is everyone pretty friendly with one another when they aren’t racing?

When you’re rigging the boats, everyone is everyone else’s mate and we’re borrowing tools and parts from each other and having a great time – but as soon as we hit the water, it’s game on and we are all in race mode.

What’s your favourite meal?

I have a number of favourite meals but I can narrow it down a little to pasta, chicken thigh on the BBQ, sushi, and anything with bacon!

Do you have a favourite ILVE product?

I love our oven because every time Mum bakes a cake or cooks up some fabulous dish, it always comes out perfect and delicious!

For Team Southern Cross updates and results, visit:

https://www.facebook.com/teamsoutherncross

For more information about ILVE, visit: www.ilve.com.au

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ILVE Announces Noosa International Food and Wine Festival Sponsorship

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As all good foodies know, the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival is coming up quickly, and we’re pleased to announce our involvement once again! For the fifth year in a row, ILVE is proud to be a sponsor of the event, which will run from May 14– 17.

“It is with great pleasure that ILVE Appliances are once again associated with the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival,” said Daniel Bertuccio, Marketing Manager for ILVE.

“With what has become Australia’s premier food, wine and lifestyle event, ILVE contributes to the show by providing its premium cooking appliances for use in the theatre sessions held over the four-day extravaganza along with displaying its latest range of household cooking appliances in the grand marquee.”

“The ILVE brand shares this same infectious passion for food and cooking as the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival, and we’re thrilled to be able to get on-board and partner once again with this internation

Held in gorgeous Noosa, in the Sunshine Coast, the lineup for the festival this year includes events like food trails, degustation dinners, celebrity chef demonstrations and, of course, the final showdown of our Australia’s Best Home Cooked Dish Competition!

With a bunch of celebrity chefs and food bloggers, plenty of wine and world-class food, make sure you don’t miss out on the 2015 Noosa International Food and Wine Festival!

Click here to book tickets to the 2015 Noosa International Food and Wine Festival.

Renovations Celebration

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What better way to show off a renovation than with a celebration? To commemorate our recently refurbished Brisbane Showroom, we invited a select group of local journalists, interior designers and architects for an exclusive walk-through of our new space.

For a special reveal of our Showroom, we asked Brisbane-based media and industry professionals to view the new space, as well as check out our extensive array of ILVE products on display.

As well as showing off our new look, our guests were also treated to a retelling of ILVE’s history as a brand. Queensland’s State Manager, Mark Tebbutt, was on-hand to answer questions with his expert knowledge of all things ILVE, and he certainly didn’t disappoint.

To top off the afternoon, attendees were also treated to a product demonstration in the Showroom’s working kitchen. Our in-house home economist Steve Marsh whipped up lunch in an ILVE oven, serving up a delicious spread of roasted meats, salads, fresh seafood, hearty pasta, sweet desserts and plenty of wine.

The fun had to end sometime though, and to make the afternoon even sweeter, our guests were gifted with ILVE goodie bags, with extensive product information and a DVD featuring recipes by Giovanni Pilu.

With a walk-through this fun, we think we should renovate our showrooms more often!

Melbourne experiences ILVE's Ultimate Degustation

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Wednesday night, 24th July, marked the first of four Ultimate Degustation events taking place in capital cities around Australia over the coming months!

Kicking off in style at our beautiful showroom in Melbourne, guests were treated to a delectable and interactive 6-course degustation all cooked with ILVE Appliances of course, by our resident chef Neecia Pinkster.

Arriving at 6.30pm, guests were greeted with bruschetta, arancini balls and a glass of Prosecco, courtesy of our sponsor Civielle Wines. As the Prosecco started to flow, the chatter soon followed as everyone got better acquainted with each other and our Melbourne Showroom.

Neecia then directed everyone upstairs to the kitchen to sit around a long table centering upon the kitchen where the action would be happening. As guests pull up to the table, they notice that ILVE aprons are waiting for all of them on their seats. It is at this point that Neecia revealed that everyone will be getting their hands at little dirty this evening – not only eating, but

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also preparing tonight’s 6-courses using all the available ILVE Appliances! That’s when the real fun began.

 

First up on the menu was pizza and one by one the pizzas flew out of the ILVE Pizza oven, every 3 minutes! Pizza was followed by grilled eggplant filled with tomato, bocconcini & basil, tomato soup with grilled prawns, veal scallopini, roman gnocchi, steamed ricotta cheesecake with passion fruit and strawberries and an affogato with a side of cantucci to top it all off!

After a few hours of devouring and preparing a range of delicious Italian dishes new friendships were forged and promises for a reunion made (at a café soon to be opened by one of our guests!), everyone left with full bellies and arms filled with a range of goodies, including a non-stick pan from Scanpan and selection of delicious Italian treats from Casa Italia Gourmet Food & Wines . A delicious success – NEXT UP SYDNEY!

Check out the Facebook event gallery here.

To those people in Sydney, Brisbane and Perth, it”s not too late to enter – click here.

 

 

ILVE Designer Showcase @ Maserati Sydney – Italian style at its finest!

This week, the Maserati showroom played host to a range of VIP guests, including the media and those in the building industry, for an exclusive preview of our 2013 product releases!

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all the way – Sydney’s stunning Maserati Showroom, signature ILVE blue carpet, delicious Italian Solerno cocktail on arrival…

The high end event showcased a stunning new range of cooktops, ovens, dishwashers and wine fridges that, true to ILVE’S promise, have all been handcrafted in Italy with the best quality materials.

The newest product collection on display were our new wine fridges. Available in both built–in and freestanding – sure to become an ILVE classic! (you”ll have to visit a showroom to see online casino these!)

And if the decadence provided by the new products and Maserati masterpieces weren’t enough, guests were treated to a special performance by Italian Opera

singer Donna Cain. Donna delighted guests in her floor length sequined dress with 2 beautiful renditions of Italian opera classics!

Special thank you again to all who attended, our generous event sponsors, and especially to the Maserati team.

Salute!

ILVE’s range of handcrafted Italian kitchen appliances are available from selected retailers and on display at ILVE showrooms nationally.

Noosa International Food and Wine Festival 2012 – FOODIE HEAVEN! – a guest blog

A few weeks ago, with the help of the team at the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival, we were able to giveaway a 3-day double pass to this sensational annual event. As it happened, our lucky winner turned out to be the creator of the new blog, The Nutrition Guru and the Chef, and clearly one of the most foodie obsessed people on the Sunshine Coast!

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This week I was lucky enough to win a pass to attend the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival after entering a competition run by ILVE and this blog – livewithILVE blog. This event is the largest on the Australian foodie calendar, with 26,000 hungry food lovers attending each year so I was absolutely thrilled to be able to live in foodie land for four glorious days.

Held in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, I can think of no better place for an event such as this. The combination of sun, surf, food and wine under the one shining blue sky created an absolute foodie heaven.

Click here to enjoy the full blog…

Special thanks to Tara, and The Noosa International Food & Wine Festival

 

ILVE appliances are available from selected retailers and on

display at ILVE showrooms nationally.

For more information log onto www.ilve.com.au or call 1300 MY ILVE (69 4583).

 

 

Bill's Everyday Asian – an evening at ILVE with Bill Granger

Last night at the ILVE Sydney showroom we were honored to host a special event for our friendly Leichhardt neighbours, Shearer’s Bookshop.

A sold out assembly of 70 passionate cookbook buyers and foodies were in attendance to celebrate the new recipe collection from Sydney favourite Bill Granger, Bill’s Everyday Asian.

Bill Granger has long taken pride in presenting delicious food that is simple, fresh and irresistible to look at. Aside from some everyday kitchen tips such as removing the backbone from a whole chicken and a recommendation for the best mortar and pestle a kitchen can have, Bill bestowed upon the eager listeners his easygoing approach to food and his philosophy to cooking and ingredients, perhaps best summed up in his new book when discussing his Asian pantry…

“For those of you who know me it probably won’t come as a big surprise to learn that I’m not a great believer in using a million ‘essential’ ingredients, even for Asian-style cooking. I’ve been through the phase of wanting to be authentic down to the last detail but, these days, I’m a lot more mellow. If you’re in an ‘obsessive foodie’ phase – which, online casino nbso by the way, there’s nothing wrong with, love every minute when I’m there – then please, be my guest and trawl round your closest Chinatown looking

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Special thanks again to Bill and the super team at Shearer’s Bookshop for making last night happen. If you’re after a signed copy of Bill’s Everyday Asian, drop in and see the crew at Shearer’s or buy online here while stocks last.

Check out some shots from the event, it’s a shame the amazing smells of cooking don’t come across in photos!

To view ILVE’s full selection of premium kitchen appliances visit www.ilve.com.au, visit your nearest showroom or selected retailer.

For your chance to WIN a signed copy of Bill’s Everyday Asian, leave us a comment below and tell us your Asian cooking dream. Be sure to leave your name and an email address. The most creative answer wins! Entries close 5pm EST on Friday October 28. Winner will be notified via email on Monday October 31.

 

 

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