Porteño book launch
Author: Pat Nourse
10:44AM, Nov 12, 2013
It was Navajo collar tips, pointy shoes and seriously coiffed
hair all around as the extended family of Porteño, Sydney's
favourite rockabilly asado hangout, rocked out to celebrate the
launch of Recipes for a Good Time (Murdoch, $59.95, hbk),
the first book from chefs Ben Milgate and Elvis Abrahanowicz. With
people from the music, food, design and publishing worlds
jitterbugging alongside booksellers and the restaurant's regulars
to the beat of Pat Capocci's "Two-Timin' Playboys", it was clear
that the book's title is no idle boast: these guys know how to
throw a party.
The food Finger-lickin' hits from the book, naturally enough - Bodega's signature raw fish on char-grilled bread and the Porteño bar menu's pulled pork buns among them.
The drinks The big favourite of the night was a house special, the neoclassic Banana Old Fashioned.
We loved The book, definitely, and the care all the guests had taken to dress to the nines, but perhaps most memorable was the intensity of sentiment from the well-wishers in the room. Good times for all.