To celebrate the launch of a new partnership with Virgin Australia, Podium Business Events recently hosted The Experience, a three-day extravaganza held in Sydney for 15 lucky event professionals. micenet AUSTRALIA went along to join in the mischief and adventure.

The excitement kicked off on Friday afternoon with decadent espresso martinis at the fashion-forward QT Sydney. After a little networking in the hotel’s prestigious State suite, we moved on to dinner at Gowings Bar & Grill where a sumptuous feast awaited us. In the restaurant’s private dining room we were treated to Yellowfin tuna tartare, wagyu bresaola, succulent scallops and generous hunks of beef. Cocktails in the Gilt Lounge followed and the friendly banter carried through to the next morning when, bright and early and not knowing what to expect, the group gathered for a day of adventure.

Our first stop was in the leafy suburb of Woollahra, in Sydney’s east, where we visited the iconic Victor Churchill boutique butchery – although the word ‘butchery’ doesn’t quite cut it. With its Italian marble floor, sandstone walls and copper finishes, Victor Churchill looks more like a high-end bistro than a butcher’s shop. After wandering through the shopfront, gazing at the charcuterie and small goods display, elegantly organised fridges and dry-ageing room complete with Himalayan salt brick wall, we made our way to the private dining room where we sampled some of the produce, beautifully prepared by the resident chef. Both the shopfront and the dining room can be used for corporate events and hands-on butchery and cooking classes are also available.
After a quick photography course with Oneill Photographics, we explored the surrounding suburb with our smartphones, snapping up shots that captured the essence of the area and sharing them on social media – an interesting activity that showcased how to create and utilise user-generated content.

Then it was onwards to Surry Hills, where renowned chef Luke Mangan showed us around his warehouse, test kitchen and chic new wine bar, mojo. In the vast, industrial-style space we lunched on grilled bread with yoghurt and dukka, a selection of cured meats, fresh prawns and a giant lamington to top it all off.
The afternoon ended at Decorative Events, where Rezilium’s Kamal Sarma gave a master class on resilience and meaningful communication and Mighty Management’s Mick Mazzone, along with Jen Rudland from Decorative Events, demonstrated how a graffiti wall can be used as an interactive design tool. The group was then split into teams and given the task of styling tables around two themes – Emerald India and Kaleidoscope Christmas, which really put our creative genius to the test.

The event wrapped up the following day with a visit to QT Sydney’s luxurious spaQ – the ultimate indulgence and the perfect way to end the weekend. m