Why art, food and wine have not culminated in a delectable display of creative expression in Brisbane previously is an utter mystery.

Treasury Brisbane uncovered its Art of the Palate series on Tuesday 27 February, a monthly pairing of paint and cuisine at the casino’s Lab Restaurant and Bar, attracting wine connoisseurs and art aficionados.

The first installment featured local artist Lance Boucaut and his iconic Brisbane streetscapes immortalised in oil paints. Guests were surrounded by his works as they tucked into four courses of seasonal delicacies curated by Sous Chef Anita Green, each paired with a liquid jewel from the Penfolds pack.

Opening the evening at Ryan’s on the Park Bar and Restaurant was an amuse bouche of seared scallop and lemon butter, coupled with a Penfolds Bin 51 Riesling.

Moving into Lab, guests sat down to a sashimi king fish appetiser, with karkalla, finger lime and soy foam. The light, delicate seafood was perfectly matched with the velvety, fruity Penfolds Max’s Chardonnay.

The confit duck leg croquette was a surprise to the palate, a crispy succulent gem of flavour, atop fennel, figs and orange glaze, paired with a full bodied Penfolds Bin 138 Grenache Mataro.

Main came quickly after, a blushing venison with a surprising (but uniquely perfect) combination of vanilla parsnip, hazelnut and espresso jus. The lively notes of the Penfolds Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz complemented the dish, with tastes of dark fruit balancing the richness.

It was then turn for Penfolds Magill Estate and Australian Ambassador Zoe Warrington to introduce the silky red the room had been waiting for – the tasting of the Penfolds Bin 95 Grange Shiraz and the Penfolds St Henri Shiraz.

Arguably the best vintage under the label, the Grange was recently awarded a coveted 100 points by esteemed wine critic Andrew Caillard MW.

In an indulgent finish, dessert paraded to the table – a goat’s cheese mousse, port reduction, apple cider gel, salted almond praline, sour strawberries burlesque, perfectly paired with the deep and complex tones of the Penfolds Grandfather Tawny.

A unique affair of world-famous fine, impeccable eats and arresting art, Art of the Palate did not just take our breath away – it had us gasping for more.

Tickets are now on sale for the Art of the Palate March event, available on the Treasury Brisbane website.

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