QSWWA Annual Dinner 2018
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The Queen Street and West Woollahra Association Annual Dinner was held on Monday, 16 July at the Hotel Centennial, Woollahra. This was the sixth year that the Association has held the dinner at Hotel Centennial, and the first with the new owners, the Hemmes family owned Merivale. Despite the cold weather and the attraction of a northern hemisphere summer, over 60 members and guests attended the dinner. As can be seen from the photographs below, the evening was a great success, and everyone had a most enjoyable time meeting old friends and making new ones.
A glass of local bubbles in the front bar started the evening, accompanied by a selection of canapes including duck liver skewers, parmesan panisse and crudites. Everyone then moved into the dining room for a delicious meal. Entrees were pate de campagne and green bean and goats cheese salad, accompanied by a very tasty William Fevre Petit Chablis from Burgundy. Main course was a choice of winter warming braised beef cheeks or perfectly cooked barramundi, washed down with a John Duval ‘Entity’ Shiraz from the Barossa Valley. For those who still had room left, desserts were a choice of a very tasty prune tart with Armagnac anglaise, or an equally delicious pistachio cake with milk sorbet, matched with a De Bortoli ‘Noble One’ Botrytis Semillion from the Riverina.
The President, Ken Gresham, spoke briefly on the Association’s activities over the last year and offer thanks to Merivale for hosting the event, to the committee members who organised the dinner, Susie Wilmott and Alan Smith, and to Eric Scott for being the official photographer for the evening.