Bushfire Relief Dinner


Monday 10th Feb, I was invited to Cilantro for dinner to raise money for the Bushfires in East Gippsland. Having been to Cilantro a couple of times now, I knew the food to be good but not long into the night I soon realised that my palate was to experience flavours of intense pleasure that it has never tasted before.

Our Rotary Club consisted of only one table. Myself, Michael, his mother Marney, Peter & Judith, Ian & Helen, Jo, Greg & Linda.
The Menu was mastered by a Chef from India, his name was Ronit & his partner Karen ( also a Chef ). Ronit explained to all the diners that the food was his interpretation of Indian with a flare of Australian with the touch of Ruma ( who is his mum) by whom he was encouraged to learn the love of cooking. Our mouths exploded with flavour, texture & colour. Everyone was excited by the Menu, there were 7 courses, some of the dishes were defined
By the words “ gunpowder “, “ Doris plum sorbet “ & “ chicken lollipops “. We drank Proseco, Red & White wines & an interesting cocktail at the end that reminded me of Bali, consisting of Malibu, mint & soda. One could hear the chatter around the room, words such as amazing, delicious & “ OMG, I’ve never tasted anything like this before “ . Although I didn’t know anyone else on the other tables, I could tell that everyone was having a fabulous night of sharing their love of food & good company. Greg told us that the dinner, Raffle tickets & an donation of service ( for 12months of IT ) from this fellow called Guiseppee, this was to be auctioned off with the first bid starting @ $250, then some guy bought it for $1200 & that was the only bid ! We raised $6, 200 towards the bushfire appeal.
This truly was a great night of amazing food, fantastic company & raising money for a much needed cause. If this is the start of what I am to experience of Mike joining Rotary so early on in our journey, then we are really blessed to be involved in this club.
Warmest Regards, Christine Bury


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