Brisbane’s The Tivoli has inked a new collaboration with City Winery.

The iconic live music venue has announced the urban winery and restaurant as its exclusive hospitality partner.

City Winery’s culinary team, led by Executive Chef Travis Crane, will plate up local and seasonal produce prepared on-site in The Tivoli’s commercial kitchen.

The new bar menu will feature small dishes including smoked pumpkin and ricotta doughnuts and pickled sardines on buckwheat crumpets with relish. The launch menu also includes crispy octopus with spiced carrot ketchup; a share plate of slow-cooked beef rib with house made flatbread, pickles and beetroot hummus; a rotating selection of Australian cheeses; and a dessert of fried apple pie with cultured cream.

Artisan, small-batch, handmade Gerler wines produced by winemaker David Cush for City Winery, will form the base of the drinks menu.

Catering to corporate and private events, the food and beverage offering will complement The Tivoli’s roster of live entertainment, including music, comedy and cabaret.

The partnership comes on the back of COVID-19’s impact on the entertainment and hospitality industry’s, with both venues diversifying their business models over the last few months.

For The Tivoli, that’s meant a renewed focus on dining — a nod to the venues past as a theatre restaurant — after the success of private dining experience Commune, which was created in response to COVID-19 restrictions.

The City Winery partnership will double The Tivoli’s private events and functions capacity going into the festive season.

“This exciting partnership with City Winery allows us to delve deeper into curating beautiful bespoke experiences for guests,” says The Tivoli’s Creative Director Dave Sleswick.

“Our ability to serve a curated, seasonal menu with a premium wine list lifts the bar on what’s possible within a live music setting and allows us to think creatively about the performance and dining experiences we can offer.

“We’ve already got a few interesting plans in the pipeline that marry great food with knock- out performances and will announce the first of several intimate events and original experiences very soon.”

City Winery co-founder Adam Penberthy says the partnership will provide the team with access to a second production kitchen.

“We see this partnership as an invitation to create elevated food and beverage experiences that complement The Tivoli’s rich arts and cultural offerings,” says Penberthy.

The Tivoli is set to host Brisbane Festival performances from 4 September, with guests to be among the first to experience the new menu and wine list.

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