“I believe in relationships,” said Christopher Drivas, managing director of the Dockside Group, to a gathering of high profile industry guests at the first in a series of the Group’s innnovative ‘Our Kitchen Table’ dinners.
Held at L’Aqua, at Cockle Bay on Tuesday, the series of six themed dinners taking place during February and March, will involve a small group of no more than 16 – 20 industry personalities.
“The objective,” Drivas explained, “is to encourage everyone to network amongst each other to gain new contacts, and work together.
“Each confirmed guest receives the full guest list of attendees before they arrive on the night, so they know who is coming.”
The first dinner all about ‘Growth’ and growing relationships was set on a single long table decorated with candles and potted baby herbs and chilli plants.
There was entertainment by the Daisy Orbs and a sole guitarist/singer.
Executive chefs who presided at either end of the table talked of how herbs add flavour and excitement to a dish, then carved and served the main course of lamb and salmon.
Gifts of the plants and a jar of fresh basil/tomato pesto made by the Dockside chefs, were given to the guests at the end of the evening.
Other dinners in the series include – Nurture and Nature, The Grapevine, Embrace, Body and Soul and Recharge and Renew.
MEANWHILE enjoying her first day on the job was Beverley Parker, the Dockside Group’s new director of sales & marketing, and whilst it may have been a few years since she trod the boards at the SCEC, she had indeed ‘crossed over’ from that side of Darling Harbour to the dinners venue at L’Aqua!
Pictured above is the Dockside team, from left: Tracy Knight, Beverly Parker, Christopher Drivas, Sandra Swan, Collum Dearman & Tina Eggers.