The Catering Department gave the micenet AUSTRALIA team a chance to break away from their desks and catch up over a surprise feast of char-grilled vegetable focaccias, chicken wraps, antipasti platters and salad recently. The Catering Department is the sister of Darlinghurst’s eclectic food haunt, The Food Society. It has serviced events for international companies such as MTV, Napoleon Perdis and Facebook, so obviously micenet was the next big name they wanted to add to their client list. The drop-off catering brings a restaurant-standard spread to your office or event, such as Spanish eggs with speck and fetta for brekkie, warm mini jam donuts for morning tea, pulled pork and lamb kofte for snacks and cold buffet for a more formal lunch.

For more info or to see the menus head to www.thecateringdepartment.com.au

From one of our readers…
I’ve never ever had this happen to me before in my 15 years in the industry but a big thumbs down [for one Melbourne venue]… Two days before the event in a pre-con meeting with the venue, [the] client decided to turn a room from classroom to banquet because it suited the client’s needs. The venue charged them $5000 to bring in a crew to turn the room around. We are talking 23 tables! And the venue was bullish with its antics to negotiate this. It started at $10K and negotiated down to $5K. Time the industry learns you can’t be arrogant in business any longer.

Congratulations to those who participated in our ex-pats feature in this edition (see page 97). These Aussies are doing great things on the international stage and showing others that if you take what is often a leap of faith and get out of your comfort zone there’s a big wide world out there waiting to be explored.

Management professionals will tell you that if something doesn’t fit within your area of expertise you should hire somebody who does. Not only will it save you money but it will give you the required result. If that’s the case then why don’t some organisations that run famils or educationals see the benefit of using somebody who does it for a living? We’re not naming names here, and we know that hotel and venue site inspections are important for professional conference organisers but there are limits to how many should be done on a standard two or four day program. We would suggest that five in one day is enough. There are plenty of other things that are equally important when selecting a destination for a conference program and they don’t all revolve around the venue…

It’s nice to hear about a company that has been flying under the radar for a considerable period of time being recognised for the good work its people are doing, and that’s certainly the case with event and live experience agency DG Global, which recently won the Meeting Of The Year award at the Singapore Experience Awards. From small beginnings DG Global now has offices in Melbourne, Singapore and Perth. On ya guys!