Monday, October 24, 2016

How to make Frosé

Broadsheet has tipped Frosé to be the ‘it’ drink for summer and we can see why. It’s exactly what it sounds like – a frozen rosé or slushy of sorts. The team at Cookes Catering & Events whipped ours up in slushy machines, but we’ve also sourced a recipe so you can make them at home this summer.

You’ll need:

-One 750ml bottle of rosé. Our personal fave is the crisp and vibrant 6Ft6 from the Austins & Co Wine Co.     

-A heaped cup of sweet strawberries cut into pieces.

-¼ to 1/2 cup sugar (depends how sweet you like it)

-Juice of 2 lemons

-½ cup water

Also have a container suitable for the freezer on hand, large enough to hold the liquid.

Get making:

-You’ll need to get started at least 6-8 hours before the party starts

-Pour the rosé into a container or baking dish and freeze until almost solid (it won’t completely solidify due to alcohol), at least 6 hours

-Meanwhile, bring sugar and ½ cup water to the boil in a medium saucepan; cook, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves, about 2-3 mins. Add the strawberries, remove from the heat and let them sit in the syrup for at least 30 mins to infuse with flavor. Mush them in a bit and then strain through a fine mesh sieve into a small bowl, cover and chill until cold (about 30 mins), discarding the solids

-Remove the frozen rosé from the freezer and scrape into a blender or bullet. Add lemon juice and strawberry syrup and 1 cup of crushed ice, pulsing until smooth

-Sit back, enjoy and don’t forget to Instagram and tag us!

There are other recipes that are a bit more complicated, but this one did the trick for us.



Melissa Mladin Garden Party

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Last Saturday we threw a Garden Party to launch Melissa Mladin-Lowgren’s whimsical solo show ‘A Tale for Emmy Jean’.

The weather decided not to cooperate but thankfully our guests did! They filled the courtyard and got into Garden Party spirit, enjoying a line-up of summery treats in our cosy little undercover courtyard, dressed with a seriously stunning floral canopy and posies galore by the clever girls at Hi Petal!  

The morning started with Pressed Juices serving feel-good and taste-fantastic refreshments in-store and our friends from CAPI ensured their sparkling water and punchy flavoured mineral waters were on ice all day.

At 2pm we turned up the music and Cookes Catering & Events served delicious Frosés (aka frozen Rosé) adorned with pretty edible flowers whilst Popstic Ice Cream set up a sweet little cart and treated us to three delicious flavours of ice cream and sorbet made with heart – think G&T on a stick, choc mousse and coconut sorbet with nasturtiums. Amaze!

We were fortunate enough to have Sydney artist Melissa Mladin join us for the official launch of her magical 12-piece collection. For those of you who couldn’t join us the works will be exhibited in-store until 4th November and online too. There’s still a selection available, some of which are our faves. Check them out here or drop by the store. 

Everyone who attended the event also went in the draw to win some goodies from the Fenton & Fenton summer collection. And, today we’re announcing the three lucky winners. They can each enjoy a set of beach towels by Mr Fenton, a Sunnylife inflatable and 6 x Fenton & Fenton coasters for summer entertaining. If the weather ever decides to warm up!

Together with Melissa Mladin we would like to thank everyone who braved the conditions and to our wonderful event partners Hi Petal, Capi, Pressed Juices, Popstic Icecreams and Cookes Catering & Events.
We’re in the mood for more afternoons like this as the days get longer and warmer. See some snaps (view them all in the gallery) from the event here and enjoy a recipe to make Frosé at home here.

F&F xx

Say Hello To Summer Entertaining

Friday, October 14, 2016

At Fenton & Fenton we believe sunny days call for the impromptu gathering of friends. Be it a casual intimate affair or fancy garden soiree, we’ve got you covered. From cocktail carts to tablescaping, here’s some of our hottest tips to entertain outdoors.

Get The look....
Rethink Cocktail Hour: Rattan Oval Bar Cart | Original Vintage Cane Armchair
Flower Power: Daggy Designs Cylinder Vase
Comfy Cushion: Outdoor CushionsCalypso Lounger
Move It Out: Woodrow Hourglass Stump | Coral Lounger
Go Green: Outdoor Pots
Shady Days: Basil Bangs Four Seasons Umbrella
The Tablescape: Vintage Concrete Swan | Woodrow Hourglass Stump | Mario Luca Giusti Tumblr
Layer It: Outdoor Rugs | Ibiza Party Chair  
Keep It Relaxed: Siesta Swing with FringingOutdoor Rugs  

Garden Party Inside Secrets

Thursday, October 13, 2016

At Fenton & Fenton we love a good collaboration, particularly when it results in a party. And next Sat 22nd October, we are celebrating everything we love about Summer by throwing a Garden Party in our courtyard and a solo art show by Melissa Mladin instore! You’re all invited. Just make sure you RSVP by clicking here.

Our feature artist Melissa Mladin will be onsite between 2pm and 5pm and the Frosés and treats are on us! We’re thrilled to introduce you to our summery line up of event partners who will also be joining us throughout the day. Here they share their background story and their go-to tips on how to be party ready as the days get longer and the sun gets warmer.

Melissa Mladin

Come and meet the artists herself! Melissa will be at The Garden Party between 2 and 5pm.

Q. Tell us how you became an artist?
A. I think we’re all born with an artist of sorts in us, and from a young age I have always been creating. I began full time painting more recently as a way to move through mental health challenges and to chase that dream I have long held.

Q. Share your core inspiration behind the show ‘A tale for Emmy Jean’?
A. To inspire young ladies like Emmy Jean and the young ladies still residing within us older ladies too, to create and to explore. It doesn’t need to be hard or technical or correct, simply use materials you have and make marks.

Q. What is Emmy Jean’s fave piece from the body of work?
A. Emmy hasn’t seen the entire collection yet, but I think her favourite will be Ghost Friend Jan, after all that was the piece I was instructed to paint!

Q. Any tips for selecting art as the season’s change?
A. Art should always be chosen because you love it, so change around the smaller ticketed items in the same space to make your pieces work for any season.

Q. Any tips for easy outdoor entertaining this Summer?
A. Simple strings of fairy lights sing magic, as does champagne… a beautiful fresh dessert like a raw macadamia lime cheesecake. Yum!

Find out more about Melissa on her website and follow her beautiful creations on her  Instagram here

Hi Petal!

HiPetal! will be filling our shop gallery and courtyard with beautiful blooms and selling the prettiest summer posies all day long (or at least until they run out).

Q. Tell us how your business came about?
A. Hi Petal was born from my nature loving background growing up on a farm in South Australia and having BIG love for all things colour and styling. Making people feel good with our gorgeous posies is an additional bonus to my business, I love giving and who doesn’t love seeing people happy with blooms!

Q. Where can people normally find you?
A. When I’m not at the flower markets or teaching in a classroom you can find me at our local beach in Elwood - rain, hail or shine - I’m there with our dog!

Q. What are your fave flower combo’s / seasonal faves?
A. My fave flower seasons are Spring and Summer. I love any bold bright combo's with lush foliage and a mix of great flower textures and trailing. Hydrangea, poppies and dahlias are my all-time FAVOURITE blooms.

Q. Any tips for easy outdoor entertaining this Summer?
A. Yes, float your flowers! If you’re hosting an outdoor party this Summer season get any vessel out, pick whatever blooms or herbs you have in your garden and float them! It’s a super sweet touch to styling your tables. Another tip is, bring the picnic rugs out and create a relaxed party vibe station on your lawn. On my wish list is Fenton & Fenton’s Basil Bangs Love Rugs - they’re amazing and look so pretty on lawns.

To check out Hi Petal's daily posies visit the website here- or check them out on Instagram @hipetalposies

Pressed Juices

Pressed Juices will be serving feel-good refreshments and offering nutritional advice instore on the day of the Garden Party between 10am and 1pm (or until they run out of juice)!

Q. Tell us how your business came about?
A. Leo Pegoli, our founder saw a gap in the Australian market for convenient products that were not compromised in quality. Cold pressed juicing was an integral part of Leo’s lifestyle overseas and unable to find the equivalent genuine and authentic cold pressed juice products in Australia, he began The Pressed Juices movement in Melbourne. Our first store opened in February 2013 in Armadale, Victoria. We have now expanded to 20 stores Australia wide and are producing not only cold pressed juices but delicious smoothies, nut based mylks and wholesome raw food.

Q. Where can people normally find you?

A. We have stores Australia wide and also in Hong Kong. Australian stores are in New South Wales, Victoria, Brisbane and Hobart. You can also order juices, smoothies and mylks at our online store. (

Q. What are your nutrition tips for the warmer weather ahead?
A. With the warmer weather approaching it’s a great time to boost your consumption of fruits and vegetables to get you feeling and looking great. Increasing your greens (our Greens 4 is very popular) not only gives you energy but has nutrients including Vitamin C and Silica to improve the look of hair, skin and nails. Hydration is key for spring and summer, consuming natural coconut water and vegetables such as cucumber will hydrate you from the inside out, leaving your skin glowing.

Q. Any tips for easy outdoor entertaining this Summer?

A. Our favourite part about the warmer weather is eating and drinking outdoors! A beautifully decorated table always adds a little something. Be creative with a fabulous cheese platter (we like to go beyond the normal cheese and crackers by introducing beautiful stone fruits, nuts and a little dark chocolate). Chilled Rosé is a must and of course colourful fresh juice on hand! At dusk make sure you have a little flicker of light to add to the mood, either fairy lights or some candles.

Find your nearest Pressed Juice on their website and follow their delicious blends on Instagram @pressedjuices

Popstic Ice Cream

There’ll be a sweet pop-up by Popstic Ice Cream in our courtyard serving delicious frozen treats, including their famous G&T heart shaped sorbet on a stick from 2pm.

Q. Tell us how your business came about?
A. Coming from a food service background servicing beautiful restaurants I knew our product resonated strongly with Chefs. This gave us the confidence to enter the retail market. Our aim is to give the everyday person the same opportunity to experience a beautifully crafted product. Something they never quite expected or imagined.

Popstic was the perfect name. Fun at heart, approachable and behind it all, product focused. We make our ice cream in Melbourne supporting local suppliers.

Q. What are your favourite Popstic flavours this summer?
A. Customers trying our sorbets for the first time are now converts. Texturally sorbets are harder to achieve because of the residual sugars, lack of fat and high water content from fruit. We've been able to produce a product which is super clean, creamy, punchy, balanced and refreshing. All the while remaining dairy free and vegan.

Must tries include Mandarin & Cumquat, Coconut with a squeeze of fresh lime juice, Passionfruit and Raspberry Sorbets.

In terms of ice cream...I can't go past Cookies and Cream. We use a French vanilla base with biscuits folded through. Customers love it as well as the Chocolate Mousse ice cream...which we’ll be serving at The Garden Party! The most satisfying part of what we do is having kids and the young at heart coming back to say thank you.

Q. Where can people normally find you?

A. We have a sweet little Ice Cream Bar at Riverland Fed Square, in the old bank vaults of Melbourne. Upstairs we operate a Pop Up ice cream cart at Fed Square near the Visitors Centre. We love doing festivals, foodie events & private functions and we've been so well received by our Melbourne audience and from our interstate and overseas visitors.

Q. Any tips for easy outdoor entertaining this Summer?
A. Keep it simple with beautiful fresh produce, icy cold drinks and a few special details that will make your guests feel welcome. A sparkling drinks tray, a small vase of fresh flowers or delicious food won't be forgotten. You don't have to go big on everything just select one or two heroes that your guests will remember.

We offer Popstics for private parties & events, small and large ice cream carts and bespoke flavours. Handmade alcohol based Popstics are perfect for the season. Think Sauvignon Blanc Passionfruit, Brown Brothers Moscato, Gin and Tonic Sorbet and Watermelon and Mint Granita.

Stick your sweet tooth in here:  @popsticicecream


Our friends at CAPI just love a party and generously support many of our events. A Garden Party wouldn’t be complete without their sparkling water and punchy flavoured mineral waters. CAPI will be on ice all day long.

Q. Tell us how the CAPI business came about?
A. The CAPI brand was born from a simple idea to produce clean, natural carbonated refreshments. In a world full of mass-production, CAPI wanted to defy the norm through its craftsmanship, quality ingredients and outstanding drinks.

Taking on the sourcing and blending responsibilities ourselves we have secured the finest natural extracts and botanicals; working with latitudes, climates, seasonality and exotic locations. Our commitment extends to our blending and manufacturing practices where we don’t use preservatives. By keeping our mixers pure and clean, you have the ability to taste the true profile of the spirit and ultimately can enjoy a better finished drink.

Q. Where can people normally find your drinks?
A. The best place to find our full range is at Dan Murphy’s. A selected range is stocked in Coles and Woolworths, quality provedores and independent grocers in Australia.
You will also find our range stocked in some of the best restaurants and cafés, high end hotels and bars in Australia.

Q.What are your fave flavour combo’s for the warmer weather ahead?
A. During summer you can’t go wrong with a simple gin and tonic. CAPI has you covered with both its Tonic and Dry Tonic, which contains 30% less sugar exemplifying the flavour and hit of gin. All you need is quality gin, ice and either a CAPI Tonic or Dry Tonic. The perfect thing to sip on a spring arvo.

If you’re entertaining we’d definitely recommend a summer jug to keep things light and fresh!
Our Grapefruit, Mint and Watermelon Jug is a guaranteed hit. This entertaining jug plays on the freshness of the watermelon, aroma of mint and the naturally tart taste of CAPI Grapefruit to make a beautifully balanced beverage. Overload your jug with fruit and mint to make sure each guest gets their share of the action.

All you need is:
-12 Watermelon wedges
-8 Slices of fresh lime
-12 Mint leaves
-2 CAPI Grapefruit sodas (250ml)
-1 CAPI Mineral Water (250ml)

-Place watermelon, mint and lime in a jug and muddle.Half fill with block ice.
-Fill with 2 CAPI Grapefruit Sodas.
-Fill the rest of the jug with ice.
-Top with CAPI Mineral Water.
-Garnish your serving vessels with watermelon and mint.

Q: Any tips for easy outdoor entertaining this Summer?
A: Here at CAPI we believe in the simple pleasures in life. Summer is all about family, friends and relaxation.  In terms of drinks, CAPI has done all the hard work for you. All you need is quality spirits, garnishes, ice and CAPI mixers to make bar-grade drinks that your guests will be impressed with.

Follow Capi on Instagram @capisparkling and Facebook here


A Sneak Peak | Peace of Art 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016

97 Australian Artists come together to help children living in poverty receive a quality education

Fenton & Fenton is back again this year with Peace of Art – a celebration of Australian art, with 100% of proceeds benefiting ‘School’s-A-Gift’.
Art lovers looking to add to your collection or take the plunge with your very first purchase, get ready for an Art Event that you won’t want to miss.

Fenton & Fenton is proudly hosting ‘Peace of Art’ 2016 – a biennial online art auction showcasing the works of 97 of Australia’s most coveted and emerging artists, donating the entire proceeds to ‘School’s-A-Gift’ – an Australian not-for-profit organisation that helps children living in poverty by working towards building schools in remote parts of Ethiopia.

In 2014 Peace of Art raised just over $100,000 for ‘School’s-A-Gift’. The funds have since been used to construct a new secondary school in a remote region where previously no secondary schools have existed.

Founder of School’s a Gift, Georgina Fenton, along with the help of her sister Lucy, tells us that so far the charity has managed to enable over 1,500 children access a secondary education, with at least half of them being girls. This year we aim to surpass the figure raised from the last event which will enable School’s A Gift to continue their work in improving the livelihoods of children living in rural Ethiopia.

We are super excited and grateful to announce and introduce you to our line-up of Australian artists for Peace of Art 2016. Without them this project would not be possible.

For now, enjoy a flashback to Peace of Art 2014.

So, if you are in the market for a new piece of art and would like to support students in less advantaged parts of the world, register your interest in participating in our online auction when it goes live in November here.

And, make sure you RSVP to our gala night and wrap party on 24th November.

Register your interest to attend the gala event and to be notified when the auction goes live.

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Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Fenton & Fenton is in the mood for Summer and celebrating with a Garden Party and whimsical solo art show – ‘A Tale for Emmy Jean’ by talented Sydney visual artist and storyteller Melissa Mladin-Lowgren of Kishikaa.

Held on Saturday 22nd October in store and extending to our courtyard garden at 471 High Street, Prahran; the exhibition will take you on a whimsical journey through summer, with flowers-a-bloom, music, giveaways and line up of complimentary, fun refreshments all day.

Melissa brings her search for beauty and grace to the canvas via delicate veils of ethereal colour, intended to feed all the senses. This body of work has been imaginatively created with a mixed medium of materials including oil paint (applied via brush, knife and fingers), oil wax sticks, pencils, pantone markers and biro. Painted for her 13 year-old niece to inspire her to dream, imagine, play, dance and create; it's intended to encourage her and others to pick up their pencils, their textas, their paints and to explore one’s imagination and just create.

The work itself is magical, almost fairytale like which is the inspiration for our studio and courtyard transformation preluding Summer. To celebrate both the Fenton & Fenton Summer Collection and Melissa Mladin’s imaginative journey, we will be hosting a Summer Garden Party in true Fenton & Fenton style.

Garden Party runs all day Sat 22nd October. Come along and enjoy a line-up of summery treats and everything we love about Summer, including:

Feel-good refreshments and nutritional advice for the new season by Pressed Juices between 10am and 1pm.
Chilled glasses of the ‘it’ drink for Summer - Frosé (aka frozen Rosé) between 2pm and 5pm.

A sweet pop-up by Popstic Ice Cream in our courtyard serving delicious frozen treats, including their famous G&T heart shaped sorbet on a stick.
A colourful pop-up of the prettiest summer posies and a Garden Party install by event planner and flower enthusiast Hi Petal!
Soulful tunes to get you in the mood for Summer.
Giveaways and lucky door prizes throughout the day.

All RSVP’s and attendees go in the draw to win a Summer Prize Pack of our favourite pieces for Summer living and entertaining. 

Click here to RSVP

The exhibition will run from 22nd October until 4th November. The Garden Party will run between 10am and 5pm Saturday 22ndOctober.

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