Camp Quality Supper Club, Melbourne

Camp Quality magazine , June 2011

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I spent an evening working for the Camp Quality charity dinner at various restaurants in Melbourne and wrote a review of the evening for their magazine

The theme called for vintage glamour and glamorous it was as Camp Quality’s annual Supper Club whisked Melbourne back to the days of swing for one classy night in May.
The evening began in 35 of Melbourne’s most exclusive restaurants where tables of 12 settled in for decedent meals created by the city’s top chefs.
Sparkling glasses of Chandon clinked together at Neil Perry’s Rockpool where Louis Vuitton sat down to chilli prawns, the freshest sashimi and grain fed rib eye. Designer bags hung over black leather chairs as laughter and chatter filled the private room.
Over in trendy Fitzroy, Lexus dined at Cutler & Co. The old metal work factory houses offbeat architecture and lent itself to its young and stylish diners.
The table’s host, Warren Stewart, was thoroughly excited by the slow roasted duck pie on the menu and tucked in between sips of refreshing Fiji water.
The ever elegant Vue de monde allowed guests to observe their meals being prepared with a camera in the kitchen and Shannon Bennett even took a moment to join the celebrations. The nine course degustation included monk fish, wagu beef and crab.
Table host and Camp Quality Board Director, John Higgins, said the night meant so much to him.
“I am very enthusiastic about Camp Quality’s cause and the Supper Club event is a fantastic way of helping out the wonderful kids,” he said.
Luke Jacobz, Sara Groen and Jane Allsop were just a few of the big names at Society’s celebrity and media table.
Camp Quality’s Victorian Ambassador, Blair McDonough, said the wonderful thing about the charity is that it helps the whole family.
“After having met some of Camp Quality’s kids I know that the sickest are sometimes the strongest,” he said. “The families of these kids need a lot of support too and that’s exactly what this amazing charity gives them.”
In true Camp Quality style, comedian Dave Thornton couldn’t resist having a laugh saying he couldn’t figure out the fancy cutlery so decided to just eat with his hands.
When praline, caramel and chocolate smeared dessert plates were cleared, guest finished up their Chandon and slipped into stylish Lexus cars where they were chauffeured to a secret destination.
The clock struck 11 and the after party at Silk Road began to come to life.
Guests were met by handsome men dressed in top hat and tails assisting them onto the red carpet where they were feverishly photographed by snapparazzi.
Grander than grand chandeliers gave the illusion of floating crystal above a buzz of guests as they shared dinner party stories and made new friends.
To get in the groove the Pearly Shells 6-piece Swing band, played smooth tunes and stunning Swing Patrol dancers in scarlet flapper dresses added to the elegant and vintage feel of the evening.
Ladies- and some enthusiastic gents- were pampered by Bodyography make-up artists in the Champagne Bar while others eagerly bundled into Vintage Photobooths to capture playful mementos of the night.
Incredible energy ensued as guests danced the night away in a realm of Chinese silk and 16th century European opulence, knowing all along that their good time was benefitting truly deserving children.