19 August 2010 Photos; Bill Ranken – Story; MiSociety
Asia On Your Doorstep via a very long table
The Great Asian Long Table Lunch to launch ‘Asia on Your Doorstep’ likely saw one of the longest dining tables ever assembled in Sydney. One definite ‘first’ was that the table stretched from one end to the other of the upper level of Sydney’s Capitol Theatre.
One felt a little dwarf like at this stretch limo of a table beneath the magnificent blue domed ceiling and surrounded by the stateliness that is the ‘Capitol’. “But where’s the food coming from?” was the immediate question. Only disappointing factor for us was that we didn’t get a shot of our Chinese Banquet (including a whole suckling pig and Tasmanian lobster tail) being ferried by way of a stream of waiters across busy Pitt Street from the Zilver Restaurant! Fortunately the wine was close at hand with plentiful supplies of course matching De Bortoli wines filling our glasses including a favourite – the 2007 ‘Noble One’
‘Asia On Your Doorstep’ is an initiative designed to promote Sydney’s Chinatown and Haymarket areas and is primarily sponsored by Tourism NSW and the Haymarket Chamber of Commerce. Hotels in the area have also come to the table offering stays from $95 to encourage tourists to ‘linger a little longer in Chinatown’.
The Hon. Jodi McKay, NSW Minister for Tourism, was the guest of honour and happily met the two dancing lions after their death defying (and loud) performance. Radio 2GB’s Glenn Wheeler, decked out in his best Chinese garb, M.C’d and as Australia’s food Matriarch, Margaret Fulton, sat amongst us the lunch almost became a tribute to her achievements.
Celebrity foodie Lyndey Milan and SIFF’s Joanna Savill, Jessie and Terence Chau, chatted along with Zilver Restaurant’s Henry Tang and Westpac’s Jenny West. Fashionista Claudia Chan Shaw with hubby Stewart White, also met up with Graham Kearns, General Manager of Capitol Theatre. Other VIP guests included COS CEO Monica Barone, Haymarket Chamber’s President Brad Chan, City of Sydney Councillors, Phillip Black, Irene Doutney and Robert Kok, Strategy Director Alan Cadogan and Tourism NSW’s Executive Director Lyndel Gray
Another component of the ‘Asia on Your Doorstep’ initiative is a booklet entitled the ‘Foodlovers Guide to Chinatown & Haymarket’ - it’s free so grab a copy from around town.
For more information on Asia on Your Doorstep go to http://www.asiaonyourdoorstep.com/
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