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Sep 172011

Danielle DixonIt’s wonderful having a dinner party in your home and spoiling your friends. But it can be hard to have a drink and a chat while, at the same time, trying to prepare a perfect dinner and dessert.

Danielle Dixon, a top 12 Masterchef contestant, wants to treat you and your friends with a dinner party in your home.

Danielle has kindly donated a dinner party for 6 people to the auction at Afternoon Rock in Carina on Sunday 25th September. It’s just $10 to attend this rock n roll themed fundraisier event for Alzheimer’s Australia.

We met up with Danielle recently and discovered some of the interesting stuff she’s been up to lately.

“Since finishing Masterchef I have been working hard toward becoming a qualified chef and have been working with some of Australia’s best chefs including Neil Perry and Peter Gilmore,” Danielle says.

She has also launched her own business ‘Dinner with Danielle’ – an all inclusive dining experience where guests can select anything from a 3 course menu up to a 9 course degustation menu of dishes designed by Danielle in your home using local produce. Diners not only get a fully catered dinner party but also a private masterclass of one of the dishes.

Whoever comes away with the Dinner Party item at Afternoon Rock gets to choose the “A Little Slice Of Heaven” menu (PDF) or the “A Little Slice Of Home” menu (PDF).

It’s clear Danielle is interested in many issues and causes – from charities, to family, to how we buy, prepare and enjoy food.

“I love to be able to help others as much as I possibly can and I support a number of charities including camp quality and the National Breast Cancer Foundation,” Danielle says.

This year Danielle is providing recipes for the Pink Ribbon Breakfast Campaign.

It was great talking to her about Afternoon Rock as she’s also a fan of the theme.

“I love the Rock and roll style of the 50’s and 60’s,” she said.

“My favourite artists would have to be Roy Orbison and Elvis and Marilyn Monroe is my style icon.

“I love the way women carried themselves in that era! It was all about grace, poise and elegance but there was also time for a whole lot of fun!”

If you weren’t watching Masterchef and want to find out more about Danielle – check out her website, Facebook page and Twitter.

Find out more and book now for Afternoon Rock.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Gen is the Founder of Carindale Connect (started in 2007). She has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Queensland University of Technology and an internship from ABC Online. She's involved in a number of web projects, was the Website Manager for Chamber of Commerce and Industry QLD and the Editor of Wotnews (Australian news aggregator and search engine start-up). She also spent some time as a volunteer Community Correspondent for 612 ABC Brisbane. Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Gen now lives in Carindale. She loves her bicycle (but doesn't do lycra), the environment and art.
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