The Stellar Launch Party. Woohoo!

Anyone who knows me will know that I love hosting parties — ANY excuse to indulge in good food! So it was with this noble mission in mind that I planned the Stellar Communications Consultancy launch party last month.

On the balmy morning of 19 July 2014 (Sat), I hosted an intimate group of clients and associates at the Stellar Launch Party. Many have since become good friends and supported my work over the years. Special shout-outs to Bobby from SLP Scotia, Dominique from Rockwell Land Corporation from Manila, Rachel and Jenny from Sweetest Moments (they do amazing wedding and first-month cakes), Jill from Frasers Centrepoint Malls, Jeff from Seven Seas (I write condo brochures for him), Karin from InkEngineers (awesome design house that I’ve been collaborating with for years) and social media guru Walter from Cooler Insights!

Held at the clubhouse at the Reflections at Keppel Bay condominium, we first feasted on a gorgeous view of Sentosa and bobbing yachts berthed at Keppel Marina.

Our littlest guest Emily (aka Ayden's Le French Girlfriend) gets high on the view.
Our littlest guest Emily (aka Ayden’s Le French Girlfriend) gets high on the view.

And then it was time to stuff our faces, for real. As a food critic with 8days mag, I eat more than my fair share of good food and one of my best finds this year is Crosta Pizza Delivery (www.crostapizza.sg). Chef Fernando, who conceptualised and helmed a pizza restaurant chain in Singapore for over a decade, recently started his own pizza delivery business. His pies are hearty, packed with top-notch ingredients imported from Italy (down to the flour and 24-month aged Parma ham) and best of all, are uber affordable. Just $22 for a 12″ pie or grab the current promo of Buy 2 Get 1 free.

Seriously good wood-fired pizza and pastas by a Chef Fernando, who opened Crosta Pizza delivery (tel: 62955505). The former chef at international 5-star hotels helmed a pizza chain in Singapore for over a decade before starting Crosta Pizza. Restaurant quality nosh at half the price!
Seriously good wood-fired pizza and pastas by Chef Fernando from Crosta Pizza Delivery (tel: 62955505).

Another place I like (and have visited again and again) is Salute, a funky coffeeshop at Bukit Merah (Blk 119, Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-40, S151119) that is home to stalls like Stew Kuche, Two Wings, Immanuel French Kitchen and Mian (by The Travelling C.O.W.).

No chap chye png or bak chor mee here. Salute Coffee shop at Bukit Merah dishes up affordably priced atas angmo food like Chef Immanuel's French cuisine, Stew Kuche's German pork knuckles and super juicy chicken wings from Two Wings.
Salute Coffee shop at Bukit Merah dishes up affordably priced atas angmo food like Chef Immanuel’s French cuisine, Stew Küche’s German pork knuckles and super juicy chicken wings from Two Wings.
The Travelling C.O.W.'s gourmet food truck finds a permanent grazing spot at Salute coffeeshop.
The Travelling C.O.W.’s gourmet food truck finds a permanent grazing spot at Salute coffeeshop.

Since I eat (and eat) for a living, I reckon it’d be fun to let my guests pretend to be food critics for a day! To celebrate our launch, Crosta Pizza and Salute Coffeeshop’s Stew Küche, Two Wings, Immanuel French Kitchen and Mian sponsored a selection of their yummiest stuff to tickle our palates, spread over 2 parties — our Brunch Party in the morning and a BBQ Party at night. For dessert, berrygerrybakes served up signature (and hard to find) cakes like her famous Pandan Sugee cake. The Stellar writers then live-blogged our party updates on FaceBook and Instagram throughout the day.

Behold this table of awesomeness.

Crosta’s pizzas, pastas and salads, berrygerrybakes’ Coconut Cake and Sugee Cake, Stew Küche’s German Pork Knuckle, our home-made Bruschetta and chicken wings… Plenty of nosh to get our budding food critics’ tongues and pens busy!

First, we did a little presentation on the Stellar Communications Consultancy website.

A quick peek at what we do on the Stellar Communications Consultancy website.
A quick peek at what we do on the Stellar Communications Consultancy website.

Then our guests were introduced to the Stellar Team. Check out our name cards, designed by our very own Olivia Teng.

name cards
Meet the Stellar Team!
Ayden name card
Guess who has his own namecard too? Ayden Scott Leo is a Junior Critic, don’t play play.

Time to cut our official launch cake, courtesy of Geraldine Wang from berrygerrybakes. Old-fashioned coconut cake that’s moist and fragrant!

A little cake-cutting ceremony with the hubby Alan and son Ayden, courtesy of berrygerrybakes.
Cake-cutting ceremony with the hubby Alan and son Ayden, courtesy of berrygerrybakes.

Or attempt to butcher it, if you’re Ayden.

Ayden: "And THIS is how you should cut cake."
Ayden: “And THIS is how you should cut cake.”

Activity 1: Be a Food Critic for a day

Warning: This will make you very hungry.

Our guests loved the crusty wood-fired pizza and home-made meat balls pasta from Crosta.

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Runny egg on pizza = major love.

 

meatballs pasta
Home-made meatballs and pasta

 

artichoke pizza
Ham, artichoke, fresh mushroom, olives… and plenty of cheese.

The gorgeous Dominique from Rockwell Land Corporation, a luxury property developer in Manila, gave her thumbs-up for Crosta’s Parma Ham salad.

Dominique Rockwell parma ham salad
“It’s very good quality ham,” opined the astute foodie, Dominique.

Meanwhile, I gnawed on Stew Küche’s German Pork Knuckle and Crosta’s pizza.

A pork knuckle in one hand, pizza in the other. And this is how Dominique maintains a svelte figure, and I don’t. Hah.

More goodies for foodies, including our home-made Bruschetta and signature Japanese Soy-ginger-spring onion chicken wings that are a hit at every party.

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My famous Japanese-influenced chicken wings.

berrygerrybakes’ super addictive Pandan Sugee with gula melaka drizzle satisfied our sweet tooth.

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This Pandan Sugee flies off the shelves so quickly, I always have to pre-order it. Mine. All mine.

Our clients Rachel and Jenny from Sweetest Moments brought us baked treats to celebrate our launch! Aww… thanks! Check out these pweety cupcakes.

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Itsy cupcakes from Sweetest Moments in our corporate colours!

Look who got caught with his tongue out!

Ayden cupcake
Ayden our Junior Critic’s verdict for this Sweetest Moment cupcake: “Very yummy. Can I have one more?”

Activity 2: Wefies with our guests + Stamp your own Stellar Note Book

Dominique from Rockwell Land Corporation in Manila, Walter from Cooler Insights, Bobby from SLP Scotia. Walter
Dominique from Rockwell Land Corporation in Manila, Walter from Cooler Insights, Bobby from SLP Scotia.
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Jeff from Seven Seas and his boys. We were going swimming after the party!

 

'Ma Dao Cheng Gong' angbao from Jeff to wish me much prosperity. Such a sweet gesture! Huat ah!
‘Ma Dao Cheng Gong’ angbao from Jeff to wish me much prosperity. Such a sweet gesture! Huat ah!

 

With Frasers Centrepoint Malls' Jill and her two girls, and Karin from InkEngineers.
With Frasers Centrepoint Malls’ Jill and her two girls, and Karin from InkEngineers.
Every guest got to customise their door gift -- a Stellar Communications Consultancy notebook.
Every guest got to customise their door gift — a Stellar Communications Consultancy notebook.

 

My best friends Jouie & Sheryl! We've been pals since we were 13!
My best friends Jouie & Sheryl. We’ve been pals since we were 13!
One more with the hubby and Ayden. Couldn't have done it without them!
One more with the hubby and Ayden. Couldn’t have done it without them!

Activity 3: Ayden’s ‘5-minute Muah Chee’ cooking demonstration

"Add glutinous rice flour, water and oil. Stir and stir. And stir."
“Add glutinous rice flour, water and oil. Stir and stir. And stir.”
"Put in microwave oven for 3.5 minutes. Then get an adult to cut it up into tiny pieces and coat with grated peanuts or black sesame seed."
“Cook in microwave oven on high for 3.5 minutes. Then get an adult to cut it up into tiny pieces and coat with grated peanuts or black sesame seed.”

 

"Then serve it to impressed guests, especially Le French Girlfriend, and watch her turn to mush. A guy who can cook -- sexy!"
“Then serve it to impressed guests, especially Le French Girlfriend, and watch her turn to mush. A guy who can cook — sexy!”

Stellar Launch Part 2: The BBQ Pig-out

The feasting continued at night with family and friends at Reflections’ BBQ pavilion. We never got around to BBQ-ing — we were stuffed to the gills with posh nosh from Salute Coffee shop’s stalls and fresh delivery from Costa Pizza!

Crosta delivered more pizzas for our evening bash.
Crosta delivered more pizzas for our evening bash.
Two Wings' crispy. juicy wings and a shiok chilli sauce. I definitely had more than two! A clear favourite with our guests.
Two Wings’ crispy. juicy wings and a shiok chilli sauce. I definitely had more than two! A clear favourite with our guests.

 

Ooh lala! We get posh with Duck Rillette and Pate on toasted baguette from Immanuel's French Kitchen.
Ooh lala! Very tasty Duck Rillette and Pate on toasted baguette from Immanuel’s French Kitchen added a posh touch to our BBQ party.

 

Ain't these the cutest! Ramen Bites with pointy heads from Main by The Travelling C.O.W., stuffed with oozy cheese and eaten with home-made Mango salsa.
Ain’t these the cutest! Pointy-headed Ramen Bites from Mian by The Travelling C.O.W., stuffed with oozy cheese and eaten with home-made Mango salsa.

We were still in post-World Cup Euphoria so we chomped on more German Pork Knuckles from Stew Küche. #teamgermany! Gut stuff.

Crispy skin, lardy meat and home-made achar for a fusion touch.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how you celebrate a company launch in style — with lots of food and plenty of love. Big hugs to our clients and associates who came to party, and the many, many lovely well wishes we received from those we couldn’t squeeze into our little event! Join us for our next round!

And of course, a huge ‘thank you’ to our food sponsors:

berrygerrybakes:

website: www.berrygerrybakes.com, Tel: 6457-0274 (text message: 9018-6432)

Crosta Pizza Delivery:

Website: www.crostapizza.sg, Tel: 6295-5505

Salute Coffeeshop:

Add: Blk 119, Bukit Merah Lane 1 #01-40, S151119.

Stew Küche: www.facebook.com/stewkuche, Tel: 6276-6445

Two Wings chicken wings: www.facebook.com/twowingssg, Tel: 9667-0368

Immanuel’s French Kitchen: www.facebook.com/immanuelfrenchkitchen, Tel: 69297-3285

Mian by The Travelling C.O.W.: www.thetravevellingcow.com, Tel: 9818-6636

 

Eat, drink, and be merry, you guys!

With burps and love,

The Stellar Team

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