Thursday, December 27, 2007

Well this has been a crazy year! I plan to post a lot more regularly next year. I am putting Recipe Design as a recurring appointment in my diary next year so that I can stay on top of blogging recipes! On top of all the other great ideas and plans I have for 2008!
So dont forget to pop by from time to time to see what is on the menu! See you next year!
(We are currently holidaying in Port Stephens till the weekend and then back into the swing of things next week.)
Till then; Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

So it has been a while since posts... how manic does life have to get?
I am so glad we are on the countdown to Christmas, I can slow down a little and catch my breath before we start again next year!

I want to share some news that is happening in our little corner of the world...
it seems the only constant in life is change.

In a lot of ways, this has been a tough year for us at The Gourmet Saint and I feel I have let my clients down. Chef Michael took time off to do some yacht work and loved it. In the meantime, I had a hard time replacing him with another chef of his calibre. (I keep saying I want to clone his dna!! There is a good reason why!)
Melbourne was growing steadily and then we were let down with chefs - such gypsy spirits these guys! So Melbourne has been shaky. And I thought I had Brisbane up and running and it is looking wonky too. Hmm, not happy Jan. So for 2008, The Gourmet Saint is going in a different direction.
Our darling Michael is moving to Jurien Bay, where he is now the proud owner of a cafe. He hasn't told us the name of the business yet, but when we hear, we will let you know, so that when you are travelling through you can drop in for some good cookin'! He is also going to be a Daddy next year. Lots of big changes in his life! So, we have decided to close down Perth's operations for now. If we find the demand is too great, I MAY look for another chef. Or I might wait for the chef to find us. Either way, it is proving difficult to find someone as masterful as Chef Mike, so we sadly let him go and Perth can have a sabbatical.
This allows me to concentrate more on the Eastern Seaboard and hopefully offer a better quality service.
Also, The Gourmet Saint is going to change direction by opening up a Hospitality Agency in Wollongong to service Wollongong to Nowra with Hospitality Staff. We find there is a need for it, so feel we are in a position to fill it! I want to keep it small and intimate and if it grows, it grows. Otherwise, I am happy for it to just be a small 'book' and again, able to offer a quality service to our clients by staying local. We hope to be up and running in the first half of 2008. I guess this is where we say - "Watch This Space!"
The Gourmet Saint will be going away for a Christmas Break, so the office will be closed from 20 December 2007 to 7 January 2008.
Mark and I and our Chefs wish all our clients, suppliers and readers a Happy Christmas and hope 2008 will bring you every success and happiness. Enjoy this time with family and friends and stay safe. We thank you for your support and look forward to cooking for you next year! Bon Appetit!