Friday, October 10, 2014

501 Receptions, Footscray

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Have you ever wondered exactly what "a touch of class" could be?

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I have walked past 501 Receptions maybe 1000 times in the years I've lived here, but I've never been inside.  That is...

UNTIL NOW.

Would you like to join me?

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Well, are you?

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The occasion was one of Women of the West's regular "Ladies' Nights".  WOW is two local women who put on great evenings for local lasses, as both a way to let your hair down AND raise money for local not-for-profit organisations.  This night's dosh went to Women's Health West in Barkly St, Footscray, who work promoting women's health and offer services to those experiencing family violence.

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This is very commendable.  But I can't help it - I couldn't stop nerding out about finally being inside the big 501.  It really is a working reception place!

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Our $70 ticket bought us unlimited booze, entertainment and three courses of fine 501 fare.

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Some antipasti (which were fine)...

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...followed by some hoopla...

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...and then the main event!  Sue me, but I thought this was actually pretty yummy!  I'm a sucker for a roast of the day.

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Here we are mid-shimmy.  Really fun, daggy disco dancing with "Cathy's Crazed Institute of Disco".  I loved that 90% of people got up on the dance floor!

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Things were a bit hazy by this point, but loved the cupcakes from Cupcakes by Paolo, and I do love a good Lindor Ball.

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Well done to organisers Michelle and Sarah, who looked amazing in matching lace bodysuits and made putting on a big event look easy.  The night embodied what I love about my fellow women of the west - we're generous, gregarious, and don't take ourselves too seriously.  And as for 501 Receptions - I can honestly say that it does indeed have a touch of class!

Check out Women of the West's Facebook page to stay up to date with future events.  I have just discovered that 501 Receptions has a website, which you can check out right here!  Also, Women of the West have a new event happening soon - deets below.  I'm not associated with these guys - I just like what they're doing!


6 comments:

  1. It sounds like a wonderful event but I think you just lost your foodie cred LOL

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    1. Ha! I make no apologies for being a dag, Curly!

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  2. Oh man, gotta put my hand up here and say I've been to many a wedding reception or dinner dance at the 501. I was a kid though :)

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    1. How funny! When I was at the dinner, when I was in full nerd-out mode about finally being inside, a friend and tablemate said, "Oh, I've been to so many family dinners here!" I was shocked - for years, I had assumed 501 was abandoned!

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  3. ZOMG I had to run back here and comment again because the other day I was thinking about 501 and this song came in to my head, "501... 501..." and then I remembered they had a tv ad!!! All it said was "501... 501". HAR HAR!

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    1. CLASSIC - oh my God, I so want to see that! I tried YouTube but no dice!

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