• Racquel Cox, Rod Cuddihy and Sarah Griffith

    Racquel Cox, Rod Cuddihy and Sarah Griffith

  • Renee Miller, Kristen Henry and Kimberley Granger

    Renee Miller, Kristen Henry and Kimberley Granger

  • Madelaine Collignon and Matt Liddle

    Madelaine Collignon and Matt Liddle

  • Soju Girl's Foie gras brulee with sweet miso.

    Soju Girl's Foie gras brulee with sweet miso.

  • Tyron Zappia and Soju Girl's Head Chef Derek Brown

    Tyron Zappia and Soju Girl's Head Chef Derek Brown

  • Ivan Slavich, Katarina Slavich and Mark Duggan

    Ivan Slavich, Katarina Slavich and Mark Duggan

  • Richard Palmer and Damon Dennett

    Richard Palmer and Damon Dennett

  • Liz Chen and Kristine Koh

    Liz Chen and Kristine Koh

  • Doug O'Mara and Lisa Kearney

    Doug O'Mara and Lisa Kearney

  • Elissa Northrop and Robert Kennedy

    Elissa Northrop and Robert Kennedy

  • Alice Ryan and Georgie Parry

    Alice Ryan and Georgie Parry

  • Jessica Kennedy, Jessica Wynd, Natasha Priestly and Iveta Bales

    Jessica Kennedy, Jessica Wynd, Natasha Priestly and Iveta Bales

  • Nicole Dimoff and Ayesha Razzaq

    Nicole Dimoff and Ayesha Razzaq

  • Marguerite Tzolkis, Ian Burchell, Melinda Armstrong and Jill Bratkovich

    Marguerite Tzolkis, Ian Burchell, Melinda Armstrong and Jill Bratkovich

Camp Quality Supper Club: Tales of the City

8 May 2014

 

Tales of the City could refer to the eponymous stories by Armistead Maupin of 90’s San Francisco. But Camp Quality I’m sure didn’t have that in mind when they chose it as the theme of their annual fundraising night out in five cities around the country, though tales would be shared, new ones would evolve and many an indulgent pleasure experienced in the Tales of the Cities.

It started for the media group at Soju Girl, one of the ten participating restaurants, and could have ended there with the superb menu planned and explained by Head Chef Derek Brown satisfying even the most discerning of palates with the eclectic fusion of Asian cuisines, deconstruction of familiar favourites and molecular gastronomy for delicious flavour combinations. The fresh oysters with lemonade yuzu granita, the foie gras brulee with sweet miso and the deconstructed yuzu cheesecake, passionfruit sorbet and crunch short crust, just perfect with the overall favourite of the table the black angus grass fed short rib, soy caramel and wombok slaw, a melt in the mouth Soju Girl favourite. But we had another party to go to.

The after party is the grand finale for this event when all the diners are ‘limousined’ to the secret location - it was Old Parliament House - for the chance to let their hair down. One gent with an inclination for anonymity kept his under his wig, but everyone was in fine dancing form and in need of a good workout to work off some of the over indulgence experienced at dinner.

Camp Quality supports kids with cancer, that’s the only tale I really need to tell, and our hostess from Camp Quality, Racquel Cox, was keen to share the stats. The Supper Club is the biggest fundraiser for this kid’s charity that receives no government funding. And their commitment to making the lives of kids with cancer, and their families, a whole lot easier to cope with are looking to expand their services for better integration of recovering kids back into the school system. Worthwhile programs with good results and kids better able to cope with the hard yards of cancer treatment is what Camp Quality is all about.