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Simon’s Gourmet Gallery Celebrates Ten Years at Chapel Hill

Thursday, June 21st, 2012


Yes—it has been ten years since Simon’s first opened in Chapel Hill as some customers had playfully insisted otherwiseWe celebrated our 10th birthday on the 16th of June in fashion of our passion for food, having an open day of taste tests, bringing in boutique and family-owned food merchants, to add a touch of gourmet into everyone’s Saturday.

Thankfully, the weather was on our side–as it was cloudy and rainy the Saturday before. We started off the day with a fresh fruit platter followed up by biscuits from Mamma Marilena’s kitchen.


Mamma was popular with the crowd with her sweet demeanour and display of enthusiasm for her products. Mamma Marilena herself was in store to generously offer everyone a taste of her biscuits, macaroons and nut bread. She proudly exclaimed her nut bread won Best Bakery Product at Fine Foods Australia 2009. Well done, Mamma!

Over at the deli section, we had a nibble at Brubecks Boutique Foods homemade, preservative-free dips, which got everyone picking at the basil & parmesan, whipped feta & beet and roast vegetable dips—yum!

The butchers added to the festive feast with their favourite party finger food—Italian meatballs, sausage rolls, classic meatballs and sausages—all prepped by the butchers and cooked on the spot but our amazing kitchen crew.

Just as we thought we were about to go into a food coma, Carina, co-founder of Lick ice-cream set up her gourmet Dry Roasted Cinammon ice-cream, a flavour especially created for the cool season, up for a taste test. Some say that Lick’s ice-cream should just lose the ‘ice’ and be called ‘cream’ instead due to its smooth, creamy texture. Here’s a little trivia for you, chatting with Carina on the day, we found out that she started the business with her brother, who is a qualified chef. They even create customised flavours for restaurants to match their menus—how cool is that!


Not to be left behind, the deli put up a beautiful party platter to amp up the festivity. Smoked Dutch beef, ham, prosciutto, three-milk cheese, which was a hit with cheese lovers—a cheese made of goat’s milk, sheep’s milk and cow’s milk), camembert, double smoked chicken, chorizo and plenty more…We spotted a few people coming back for thirds!

Steve from Pukara Estate of the Hunter Valley treated customers to a gourmet selection of flavoured oils and balsamic vinegars—think fig infused balsamic, lemon infused olive oil—with traditional dukkah and Turkish bread.


Just at the entrance/exit of the café, for those people who thought they made it out of the food taste tests maze, there was Debbie from OMG It’s Gluten Free, a family-owned business, who put up pistachio, chocolate and berry cakes up for tasting—and they tasted absolutely divine…you wouldn’t even be able to tell that there wasn’t any gluten in them.

The taste tests open day came to an end at 4pm, with the ballot box full of entries for the *$500 shopping spree at Simon’s. It was a big day for all of us at Simon’s—filled with food and nostalgia. Here’s to another 10 years of building memories together!


Special mention:

Halfway into the day, we had a pleasant surprise…Glenn, owner of Simon’s, pointed out that our first ever customer, Ann Holt, who walked through the doors ten years ago was in store! Intrigued and excited, we rushed up to Ann for a chat.

Picture: Glenn Brown and Ann Holt

We asked Ann what brings her back to Simon’s throughout the years.Her reply:

Oh, the customer service definitely…I get all my gourmet speciality products here…Simon’s has gone from strength to strength…so they must be doing something right all these years.”

We were over the moon to hear such kind and encouraging words. Thanks, Ann! What a privilege it was to meet you on the day.

We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers—whether you have been shopping with us since day one, or newly acquainted over the weekend—from the bottom of our hearts, thank you for all your support.

Congratulations to Simon’s Gourmet Gallery customer, Chris Byrne. Her name was randomly chosen from 100s of customers who participated in our lucky draw on our birthday open day. Chris won a $500 shopping spree at Simon’s Gourmet Gallery.

Thank you to everyone who participated on the day! Stay on top of future competitions and specials by following us on our Simon’s Gourmet Gallery Facebook page.



Simon’s Gourmet Gallery’s 10th Anniversary FREE Taste Test Schedule

Friday, June 15th, 2012


Get your party hats on and bring along your appetite (oh, yes, and your friends and family too!). It’s finally here–Simon’s Gourmet Gallery’s 10th birthday and we’d love for you to celebrate this memorable day with us! 



Date: Saturday, 16 June 2012

Time: 9am – 4pm

Venue: Simon’s Gourmet Gallery, Chapel Hill — 10/620 Moggill Road


All-day—spend a minimum of $20 in a single receipt on the day and be in the running to WIN a $500 shopping spree! Customers are not required to be in the store for the draw. Winners will be announced on Monday, 18 June 2012.

All-day—check-in at ‘Simon’s Gourmet Gallery’ on Facebook and get 10% OFF your purchase on the day! Just show us your status update on your electronic device (smartphone, tablet, iPad, etc.).


9am – 10am

Start the day fresh with our fruit platter put together by our in-house Fruit & Veg Stars

10am – 11.30am

Follow up and get a taste of gourmet dips by Brubecks Dips

10.30am – 11.30am

Mamma Marilena’s in the house! Mamma Marilena nut breads, macaroons and biscuits for all to savour—presented by THE Mamma Marilena herself. Come on down for a chat!

11am – 12.30pm

Our butchers putting up their favourite party food—just in time for lunch!

12.30pm – 1.30pm

Lick ice-cream taster—be tempted by Dry Roasted Cinnamon ice-cream or Coverture Dark Choc ice-cream

1.30 – 3.30pm

Deli taster – tuck into a selection of cold meats, cheeses and antipasto

2pm – 3.30pm

Pukara Estate—taste and learn about a selection of fine oils, relishes, traditional dukkah and more

2pm – 2.30pm

An afternoon of homemade delights—a tasting platter from our in-house chefs

2.30 – 4pm

Sink into the afternoon with some yummy GF cakes and slices by OMG It’s Gluten Free!


*Please note schedule may subject to change without prior notice

We look forward to seeing you in store!

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