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Mice Net : June 2009
sydney & surrounds star city A revitalizes dining scene stAR citY’s seAn’s kitchen has revitalised the sydney dining scene since its grand opening in late 2008 and is now available as part of conference and event packages. fter scouring the globe for inspiration, Star City’s multi-award winning chef and namesake of the restaurant, Sean Connolly (current Sydney Morning Herald Chef of the Year) has brought his passion for the finest produce and clean Mediterranean flavours to this new venture. Sean’s Kitchen has two distinct dining areas - the Tapas Bar, which also includes a casual bar area with rattan chairs and lovely natural light, and a more formal dining room with linen-set tables for lunch and dinner. It is the Tapas Bar which is now available as a catering option for delegates. The décor and features are talking points alone. It’s home to the impressive transparent jamón hanging room and floor-to-ceiling cheese cabinet, where a sumptuous selection of French, Spanish and Australian cheeses are on offer. The Tapas Bar seats up to 100 people and has been designed to accommodate a variety of groups – having an open plan space the ability to be fully private when required. It can be set up for standing room only, intimate tables or large group seating. The benefits of this style of dining allows delegates to mingle within groups rather than sitting in a conventional dining space – ideal for networking. Delegates can enjoy a wide variety of dishes in a short space of time, enhancing the culinary experience. Not to mention the numerous health benefits of Mediterranean cuisine, rich in vitamins, and low-cholesterol enhancing natural ingredients, means delegates will feel energised and refreshed, ready for the sessions ahead of them. Star City has invested $6 million into the creation of Sean’s Kitchen, signaling its ongoing commitment to revitalising the casino. Its owner, Tabcorp Holdings Ltd, recently announced it had received planning approval for the $475 million redevelopment and expansion of the casino. The project scope includes: a new 250-room five-star hotel, 500 new car parking spaces, reorientation of the casino towards Sydney Harbour, up to 30 restaurants and bars, an expanded ballroom, and an expanded and refurbished main gaming floor. Construction is expected to be completed by 2011. 88 mice.net