Posts Tagged ‘cafe’

State of Origin Promo: Get 10% OFF your total bill

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

 

The BIG day is here–State of Origin 2012 finals! To celebrate, we’re offering a 10% discount to all customers who come in our gourmet food store or butcher between 2pm – closing time and say the magic words ‘Steak of Origin’ at the cashier.

 

This promotion is applicable to all our departments–butcher, deli/delicatessen, fruit & vegetable and courtyard cafe. No minimum purchase required. 

 

This promotion is only valid on Wednesday, 4July 2012, from 2pm – CLOSE at Simon’s Gourmet Gallery, Chapel Hill.

See you in store!

 

 

Edit: This promotion is now over

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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!

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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.

 

 

Free Dancing Bean coffee all day, Tuesday 13th March 2012

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

 

New coffee range, same friendly baristas

We are excited to announce that Simon’s Gourmet Gallery’s cafe in Chapel Hill will be introducing a new range of flavours and aromas from Dancing Bean Espresso to our avid coffee drinkers. As we take our coffee as seriously as you do, our passionate baristas will be undergoing additional intensive coffee training over the next few days to add to their existing coffee knowledge. They’ll be learning how to work on our new coffee machines and learn how to handle our new range of premium coffee beans to ensure that they get the best out of each pull.

Why the coffee changeover?

Some people may not have heard of Dancing Bean Espresso (brownie points if you have!) and may wonder why we have decided to switch from our previous coffee supplier Segafredo Zanetti, an international brand, to boutique coffee roaster Dancing Bean Espresso…so here’s our story:

Being a wholly Australian owned company, based in Brisbane, we wanted to share our humble success, which we have enjoyed over the past decade, with other local businesses who take pride in what they do.  We found locally established Dancing Bean coffee to be a perfect fit as we both share a passion for offering premium quality food products to our customers. We felt that we could relate to Dancing Bean as both of our companies had entered the food industry scene in Brisbane around the same time, flourished over the years, hit a few bumps along the way, yet we still feel as passionately about our businesses as we did 10 years ago–keeping it true to its roots.

Getting to know Dancing Bean coffee

Dancing Bean coffee is roasted and blended daily in its boutique roaster in Banyo, on the north side of Brisbane. Dancing Bean coffee was established in 1999 by Robert Mergard, an enthusiastic coffee lover who felt passionate about having control over the blend and the coffee roasting process, handling only the highest graded coffee beans. Dancing Bean has won awards at the 2011/2012 Golden Bean Awards, which attracted over 1,200 entrants from around the world.

In celebration of our new partnership with Dancing Bean coffee, we are hosting a coffee launch this coming Tuesday, 13th March 2012 at Simon’s Gourmet Gallery cafe in Chapel Hill and will be serving up free coffee throughout the day. Don’t be shy, do drop by–we love seeing familiar and new faces at our cafe, and be sure to invite your friends and family. Come meet Rob and our friendly baristas, and enjoy free Dancing Bean coffee throughout the day.

 

Still curious about Dancing Bean coffee? Find out more on their website .

Simon’s Brisbane cafe’s new menu launch promo, Thursday, 16th Feb

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Simon’s Gourmet Gallery’s Brisbane cafe to revamp cafe menu

After much experimenting and sampling going behind Kylie’s Kitchen doors, we’re excited to announce that will be launching our new cafe menu this Thursday, 16th of February 2012, at Simon’s Gourmet Gallery in Chapel Hill, Brisbane.  We will be keeping a handful of our classic favourites and adding a bunch of tasty newbies to our new all-day breakfast and lunch menu.

Here’s a sneak peek at our upcoming cafe menu in this week’s blog post…

Introducing our glorious summer feeds at our Brisbane cafeCrispy Chicken Mango Salad (bottom-left) and Chicken Burger (bottom-right–note the melted garlic butter slowly oozing down the perfectly grilled chicken breast…yum!)

 

Gail absolutely loves the new buttermilk French Toast with Berry Compote and fresh cream–a mix of sweet and sour, perfect for a light breakfast or afternoon tea.

Emma, our Store Manager, couldn’t pick just one for a favourite…

“I love the Rosti Stack for breakfast and the risotto for lunch. Both dishes are super yummy. I love the new textures and flavours they bring to the menu,” says Emma.

Rosti Stack–homemade potato rosti with grilled mushroom and tomato, wilted spinach and our tasty homemade tomato relish.

 

creamy chicken and mushroom risotto

Creamy chicken risotto with Parmesan and rocket

This high and mighty Veggie Stack is bound to convert anti-vegos. Pretty layers of pumpkin, sweet potato, aubergine, capsicum, zucchini, and our homemade white sauce. Served with a side of wedges, sour cream and tomato relish.

 

And for the manly men seeking a big feed, or for the ladies with an amazing appetite, start off your day with our Big Breakfast. Glenn is a big fan of this dish right here:

Big Breakfast–what you see is what you get: scrambled eggs, roasted tomato, generour bacon rashers, homemade sausage and herbed potato rosti, served with a side of our famous homemade relish and Turkish bread.

In celebration of our new menu launch at our Brisbane cafe, we’re having an exclusive introductory offer this week from Thursday till Friday (16th – 17th February 2012)…buy three meals in one sitting and enjoy the fourth meal for free*!

Bringing a party of six or more? Brilliant! Just give us a call to make a booking.

 

*the free meal will be the meal that is of least value in the final bill

Please note: bookings required for a party of six or more people

Simon’s Best Summer Foods

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Summer, a time for lazy picnics, Sunday barbies and lounging on the porch with a tub of ice-cream. To put it simply, a season filled with good excuses to indulge in good food to pair with the good weather.

We asked our team from each department, ‘if you could choose to live off one item for the whole summer in your department, what would it be?’ and compiled their answers into a list of our top summer feeds from each department at Simon’s. Introducing Simon’s best summer foods:

Meat

1. Kebabs and steaks for BBQs (ok, they couldn’t settle on just one…) Kebabs for the kids and the kids at heart, and generous slabs of steaks for the grown ups.

Tasty chicken kebabs by our butchers

 

Fruit & Vegetable

2. Stonefruit and melons

Juicy peaches and nectarines for summer

 

Deli

3. Ice-cream, without a doubt!

Our deli manager, Leanne, loves the coconut & lime flavour spice cream from Spirit House while our other bubbly deli girls are fans of Lick and Ben & Jerry’s!

 

Delicatessen

4. Yoghurt

Creamy, dreamy yoghurt from King Island Dairy (picture above), Barambah yoghurt and Greek yoghurt — we love adding yoghurt to fruit salads and muesli.

 

Café

5. Freshly squeezed juices and smoothies

We reckon there’s nothing  better and healthier on a hot summer’s day than a cold glass of freshly squeezed pineapple & orange juice!

 

Meals To Go

6. Salads

Pumpkin salad — packed and ready to go (we thought it’d just look prettier on a plate for the photo) for picnics, barbies and the beach. Plus, our team member from Kylie’s Kitchen, Dhillon absolutely loves putting the pumpkin salad together.