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.

Dinner at the airport but not airline catering

The runway dinner for 190 guests on Saturday night was a stunning success of both logistics and content and reminds me of what a great team we have in our company. Within the space of the last plane landing on the runway we had just 2 hours to set up the marquees, tables, chairs and table settings, and, at the same time the cocktail bar and mobile kitchen and the first guests arrived at 6pm and dinner was served at 6.30. A six course table banquet. The food looked sensational but you will have to take my word for it because once the buttons was pressed I was too busy cooking, plating and bossing everyone around to take photos. It is a great thrill to have it all go so well and even nicer knowing we have a crew capable of doing these off-site events and willing to do the hard yards cleaning up after it is over. Not sure how this went because the clean-up team were on a day off today after no doubt working well into the early hours of Sunday morning and I am sure they saw the sun rise while still finishing off. Collectively the crew fed over 1500 guests on Saturday. 190 at the runway dinner, 80 at a wedding at Waterline, 400 in the restaurant and 900 with the cruise boats. That’s a lot of food, a lot of dishes to wash and I also know it is a lot of happy customers. I went home at about 10, and then got up at 2am and went to the reef fishing….just to make sure there was a bit of “bait” to go with this “plate”, and Coral Trout are “on the chew”.