Club Taree Gourmates is an Internal club of Club Taree; a diverse group of people with a wide range of ages, interests, backgrounds and occupations. They all enjoy the good life: good food, wines and beers from all over the world, and like to meet with other members of our community who share similar interests. In other words, whilst some members of Gourmates ‘Live to Eat’ others just enjoy the opportunity of social interaction in a friendly, welcoming environment.
The Gourmates Club’s mission statement is that “our object is to promote increasing understanding and appreciation of all fine things in food and beverage”. Many of our members are excellent cooks, while others just prefer to eat good and interesting food. We have members who have been involved with food related industries like restaurants, catering and sales, while others just like to have the opportunity to try interesting food and wine, at either restaurants, wineries or in the homes of other Gourmate members.
We have one official function per month, and have a bi-monthly meeting where all members are encouraged to attend and add their input to our function schedule.
As a Taree based group, we are keen to support restaurants and business in the Manning, Great Lakes area, as we are aware that we have wonderful local produce, seafood, meats, small goods and wineries in the district. We also travel further a field in search of interesting food and wine.
We aim to keep the cost of our functions to a price that is affordable to all our membership. Sometimes the cost may only be the price of a plate of food and a bottle of wine to share with our members.
We have a diverse range of functions each year, usually between Friday and Sunday, for brunch, lunch or dinner. We visit restaurants in the Manning Valley, have self catered functions at the homes of members, visit local wineries for lunch and/or jazz etc. Most years we have a gourmet extravaganza cruise on the Manning River – which is a very popular event! We also have several functions each year at Club Taree some of which are supporting the mother club at fundraising dinners for the Cancer Council, Women’s Refuge etc.
New members, either couples or singles, are always given a friendly welcome to our group. The membership to Gourmates is a $10 joining fee, which includes a name badge and $10 per person per year.
As Club Taree Gourmates is an internal club of Club Taree, membership of Club Taree is a prerequisite to membership to Club Taree Gourmates. If anyone would like any further information on Club Taree Gourmates, please do not hesitate to contact any of the following committee members: Bob Webber on 6552 5194, Di Greaves on 0419 440 670, Tony Gates on 6552 4284 or Tamara Whitney on 0421 728 188.