Bait to Plate

Kev Collins

Well known Restauranter and co-owner of Fish D'vine & The Rum Bar in Airlie Beach. When Kev's not working he's out fishing in the amazing food bowl of the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park or in his tinnie in the estuaries crabbing! His blog imparts wisdom, tales and info on all things fishing and food.

White on Whitehaven

I know we live somewhere special. It is why the entire world beats a path to our door. While the Great Barrier Reef is an iconic tourist attraction, it is accessible from many points along the coast.

There is however only 1 Whitehaven Beach, and it is right here, off Airlie Beach. Consistently voted the best beach in Australia and amongst the best in the world our company has a permit to undertake event catering on Whitehaven and we have just completed our biggest night time event. Billed as “White on Whitehaven”, this was a formal high end dinner for members and guests of Abell Point Yacht Club. Guests came in their own yachts, from the humble 30 foot sail boats to glamour 90 foot motor yachts, they just kept coming as the weather gods smiled on us after 3 weeks of rough seas.  

Guests dressed in white with a formal table setting and dined while the tide rose almost to the very edge of the table setting.

Our staff team arrived by barge and turned this deserted stretch of paradise to the ultimate “pop-up” restaurant.

When we debrief after a major event we pick up any little errors or things we will do a little different next time. At this debrief, I am so proud of our staff because there is just nothing that needs to be done differently. From the time the barge hit the beach till we packed up and left it was perfect.

 All the team left back in Airlie at the restaurant and the catering operation did an amazing job on the prep and then had a smashing night at the restaurant as well. It all makes us very proud and a little humbled by what a wonderful group of people we employ and that they love the “outside the square” challenges of turning our “thought bubbles” into magnificent reality.

Let the pictures tell the story and tomorrow, I’m going fishing. The last full moon before the end of the barramundi season and I think I just might know where to find a few!