Isabelle von Boch: G’day Australia!

It is with great excitement that I announce the schedule for my Winter 2013 Australian Tour.

The Australians have a dining culture that is similar to my German upbringing. They make a big deal of family dining and it is quite common for their meals to last hours. So, I always feel a bit at home when I visit down under. I look forward to seeing all of my old friends and hopefully meet some new ones. Please join me where you can and share your Aussie traditions with me!

 

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WINTER 2013 AUSTRALIAN TOUR

 

Adelaide:

Wednesday 31st July, 1pm – 4pm – The House of Villeroy & Boch, Glenside

Thursday 1st August, 5.30pm – 7.30pm – The House of Villeroy & Boch, Glenside

 

Melbourne:

Friday 2nd August, 12 noon – Villeroy & Boch outlet store, Nunawading

Saturday 3rd August, 11am – Villeroy & Boch outlet store, Nunawading

Sunday 4th August, 11.30am – Myer, Chadstone

 

Sydney:

Thursday 8th August, 11am – The House of Villeroy & Boch, Chatswood

Friday 9th August, 10am – 4pm – The House of Villeroy & Boch, Chatswood

Saturday 10th August, 1pm – Villeroy & Boch outlet store, Birkenhead Point

Sunday 11th August, 1pm – Villeroy & Boch outlet store, Birkenhead Point

Tuesday 13th August, 12 noon – David Jones, Kotara

Wednesday 14th August, 12 noon – David Jones, Castle Hill

Thursday 15th August, 12 noon – David Jones, Bondi

 

Brisbane / Gold Coast:

Friday 16th August, 12 noon – Myer, Brisbane

Saturday 17th August, 11am – Villeroy & Boch outlet store, Harbour Town (Biggera Waters)

Sunday 18th August, 11am – Villeroy & Boch outlet store, Harbour Town (Biggera Waters)

 

SPECIAL OFFER AT ALL EVENTS

Customers will receive a 20 per cent discount on full-priced products. (excludes Lina and Masterpieces).

Consumer enquiries: 1800 252 770 or visit www.villeroy-boch.com

Media enquiries: Emily Kennedy or Kelly-Anne Gee at Write Away Communication + Events,

Ph: 02 9978 1400 or email: emily@writeaway.com.au; kelly@writeaway.com.au

A Special Announcement from Isabelle

Many of you know that I have spent most of this year on the road as the spokesperson for my family’s company Villeroy & Boch. It’s what I love doing. The fans of Villeroy & Boch have always felt like an extended family to me. Each person I meet is special and I always learn something new. Whether it is about family traditions, new recipes or table setting ideas, this journey inspires me greatly.

Thank you for all who help celebrate this amazing season.

Thank you for joining me for an amazing season. Photos provided by Orange Photography.


The first leg of my travels is coming to an end and will pick back up in Fall. However, I know there are so many Villeroy & Boch fans out there that live too far from our event locations to enjoy in the collaboration. That is why I have decided to hold a special event for you on May 25. It’s a 24-Hour Private Sale for Villeroy & Boch brides, collectors and those “in the know”. It’s a hello and thank you to all of our fans out there …who are family to us. For now, the offer is private, you’ll have to visit our USA eshop on May 25 for the secret reveal. (hint: the offer is great and includes some signature pieces)

To my dear Canadian friends, this is the first time I’ve done an online event, so we are limiting it to the USA. I hope it is a huge success and we will be able to extend the offer in the future. Please understand and I do hope to see you in the Fall/Holiday season!

Thank you to all who have come out to share your stories. I celebrate with all of you the joie de vivre of loving the quality people in your life, and making every day special.

Warm Regards,

Isabelle von Boch

 

 

Easter Traditions in Germany

Happy Easter from our family to yours.

 

In many parts of Europe, including Germany, the ‘Osterlamm Kuchen’ (Easter Lamb Cake) is a central part of any Easter table. For Christians, the lamb symbolizes Christ, the ‘Lamb of God’. However, there is a general tradition, not confined to Christians, that Easter is the time of new life and the season’s new lamb, which is just coming onto the market.

Every family in Germany has their own slight variation on this cake. However, I’m (obviously) bias towards our von Boch family recipe that has been handed down from generations past. Traditionally this cake is made with a ‘marble cake’ batter, similar to a pound cake batter. This recipe adds lemon zest for a delightfully fresh flavor. Dusted with confectioner’s sugar and finished off with a simple, yet elegant bow, this cake makes a lovely centerpiece and is enjoyed by children and adults alike.

Happy Easter!

Isabelle von Boch

 

Marble Cake Recipe

Ingredients:

1 3/4 sticks butter, at room temperature

1 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Zest of 1 lemon

4 eggs

2 cups all-purpose flour

Pinch of salt

2 tsp. Baking powder

Confectioner’s sugar to decorate

You will also need a lamb cake mold available at most specialty kitchen stores.

 

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 325F.  Lightly grease and flour the lamb cake mold and set aside.

2. Cream the butter and sugar until light and creamy.  Add the vanilla extract and lemon zest.

3. Add the eggs, one at a time, continuing to blend well after each addition.

4. Sift the flour, salt and baking powder together in a small bowl and slowly incorporate into the creamed butter mass.

5. Transfer the cake batter into the tin, placing the tin on a baking sheet.  Bake on the middle shelf for 40-45 minutes, until a wooden stick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.

6. Allow to cool in the tin for 15 minutes before carefully removing the cake, and cooling it completely on a cooling rack.

7. When completely cool, sift powdered sugar over the top.

8. Decorate with chocolate drops for the eyes and nose.