Sydney Qantas Club members will be treated to a prize gourmet pie as part of a new trial that will see the airline hold a series of specialist pop-up dining events in Qantas Clubs across the country. The first will be held in Sydney on September 12th.
Partnering with some of Australia’s best food innovators, the pop-up dining experiences will give Qantas Club members the chance to enjoy signature creations from a cross section of the country’s best chefs and restaurateurs in the comfort of the lounge.
The first trial will be held in partnership with hospitality and entertainment group, Merivale, and give members an exclusive tasting of their latest business venture, Bert’s Pies, a signature creation designed by Alex Woolley, head chef at the three hatted restaurant, est.
The dish was the winner in a competition Merivale held between their chefs to create the ultimate meat pie. The Sydney Qantas Club will be the only site outside select Merivale venues to stock the pie in a special one off tasting event.
Qantas Domestic Executive Manager Customer Experience Samantha Taranto said she hoped that the pop-up dining events would be popular with customers.
“We’re really excited to introduce the pop-up restaurant initiative to our Qantas Club members,” Ms Taranto said.
“Our Clubs provide a great space for members to work, relax and unwind between or before flights. They are also the perfect place for our customers to enjoy good food and wine.
“Qantas has a great reputation for partnering with Australia’s best suppliers and challenging the notion of traditional airline food.
“Pop-up restaurants are just another way Qantas is pushing the boundaries in how they source, prepare and serve food to ensure customers enjoy a quality and unique dining experience while travelling.”
Ms Taranto said following a successful pilot with Merivale, the pop-up dining events are scheduled to appear in other lounges including Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth throughout the year.
“We’re looking forward to holding the next event in one of our other flagship lounges and partnering with more talented chefs including our own Qantas Consulting Chef, Neil Perry.
Qantas Club will be working closely with Qantas epiQure to ensure all meals are matched with the perfect wine, hand selected by the Qantas Wine Panel.