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Byron at Byron awarded

Byron at Byron awarded

Last week over 600 hoteliers, industry leaders and suppliers gathered at the Sydney Town Hall for the hotel industry’s night of nights, the Hotel and Accommodation Management Awards.

Now in their 11th year, the Awards recognise the Australasian accommodation industry’s brightest stars, from hotels to leaders, staff and programs. Over 2,500 entries were submitted this year and our very own Byron at Byron Resort and Spa took out one of the top awards.

The Byron at Byron shared first place in the “Upper Upscale Hotel” category with Pullman Sydney Olympic Park, winning over established icons such as Grand Hyatt Melbourne. Other first place winners were Park Hyatt Sydney (Luxury Property) and Emirates Wolgan Valley Resort and Spa (Australian Lodge).

“It’s always a thrill to win an award from one’s own industry” said Byron at Byron General Manager Lyn Parché. “This award belongs firmly with our hard working team. These days instead of being judged annually we are judged every day online. It’s a confronting process, however we come through it and I am thrilled that The Byron at Byron has been consistently voted #1 on TripAdvisor for Byron Bay for the past few years”.

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Ben Devlin and Ryan Squires from esquire

Ryan Squires for Byron at Byron Vogue Living Champagne Dinner

Ryan Squires for Byron at Byron Vogue Living Champagne Dinner

The Byron at Byron Resort and Spa is thrilled to announce Ryan Squires, Head Chef and owner of Brisbane’s esquire as Chef for their annual Vogue Living Champagne Dinner, to be held Friday October 11.

Ryan Squires gained experience in some of the world’s best restaurants across Spain, New York and the Napa Valley before settling back in Queensland in 2008. His spirited approach to food results in a playful love affair between diner, Chef and plate.

In Australia he made his name at Urbane, achieved ‘Chef of the Year’ and ‘Restaurant of the Year’ for The Buffalo Club and was named ‘Australia’s Best New Talent’ by Australian Gourmet Traveller in 2010. Oh, and he was a Guest Chef on MasterChef. In 2011 he opened esquire, which has achieved three Chefs Hats for the past two years. Further accolades include Queensland’s ‘Restaurant of the Year’ for the past two years from the Brisbane Times Good Food Guide and ‘Queensland’s Top Restaurant 2012’ from Gourmet Traveller.

“I try to get down to The Byron at Byron at least twice a year” said Ryan. “It’s always one of those places where I feel liberated, where I leave feeling more wholesome. There’s a real connection with Byron for me. To cook for Lyn and John and the team for their Champagne Dinner will be a joy”.

Ryan has crafted an innovative menu to match five of the world’s finest Champagnes. The dinner is supported by the Champagne Bureau as a way of sharing with Australians the versatility of Champagne.

“This will be our sixth Champagne Dinner and it is always a special night” said The Byron at Byron’s General Manager Lyn Parché. “Domain’s Chief Stylist Sue Kropp reinvents our Restaurant for the evening… it is a celebration among friends”. Previous Chefs for the salubrious dinner include Mark Best, Justin North, Warren Turnbull and Philip Johnson.

Vogue Living Champagne Dinner two night package for two:

2 night’s Accommodation in a Deluxe Spa Suite

Full buffet breakfast daily for two adults

Two tickets to the Vogue Living Champagne Dinner

Complimentary daily yoga class

– $1295.00

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Vogue Living Champagne Dinner menu:


Puffed beef tendon, lime and peanut

Beef & kimchi

Mushroom kettles

Agrapart and Fils Terroirs Blanc De Blancs Brut Grand Cru NV


Ike jime trevally and  green mustard

Champagne Ayala Brut Nature NV


Raw smoked scallop, cucumber and dill buttermilk

Bollinger Special Cuvée NV


Calotte, bonito ketchup, horseradish and onion

Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru Brut Tradition NV


Campari, curds and whey

Bollinger Rosé

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Beryl and Peter Judd discuss planting with neighbours Stephanie and Jade Hamlet_Thumb

Planting celebrations at Tallowood Ridge

Planting celebrations at Tallowood Ridge

Tallowood residents, land investors and Council representatives will gather in the community’s childrens’ playground on Friday to celebrate the planting of three new large shade trees.

The Champagne celebration is also in acknowledgement of new plans for community garden beds in some of the reserve area between houses. Led by long term seed savers Peter and Beryl Judd, who relocated to Tallowood Ridge from Dorrigo earlier this year, this resident initiative will see the establishment of centralised garden beds for easy access by neighbours.

“The residents here have a common interest in gardening” said Beryl Judd. “So this is a good starting point to build community, to give Tallowood Ridge a strong heart. We all have an interest in feeding ourselves and looking after future generations. We can share our knowledge, seeds and produce with each other. The children come together here anyway so they can learn. Of course out of all the residents here there will be those that take it up and run with it and those that don’t”.

Following a successful application by Tallowood Ridge owners, the 65 hectare site now allows for only 40% residential development, with 32% of the site offered up to be under the strict 7(b) Environmental Protection zoning.

“We have found that Mullumbimby residents in general are into gardening” said Beryl Judd. “That was clear from the roll up last Sunday at the Living Earth Festival”.

With only three lots remaining in the current Stage Two, Tallowood Ridge is the most popular estate in the region. Land is priced from $243,000 for a 677m² block.

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