Hard work pays off at Cup lunch
WARWICK TAFE students saw all their hard work pay off as they hosted a special Melbourne Cup luncheon yesterday, complete with a fashion parade, raffles and, of course, delicious food.
A total of 140 people booked in to the event held at Warwick TAFE's Horizons Restaurant, which was organised by hospitality and events students for their course assessment.
With the menu serving up smoked salmon, honey glazed ham, pavlova, pecan pie and much more, guests' bellies and consciences were surely pleased, with proceeds from the day going to Guide Dogs Queensland.
Warwick TAFE hospitality and events teacher Rob Hamilton said everything came together really well.
"The students sought out sponsorship and organised the fashion houses for the modelling," he said.
"I think it's a great way to get hands-on experience and get qualified - compared to if they were doing written work or studying online."
Guide Dogs Queensland corporate and community fundraising manager Aileen McGregor-Lowndes said she was impressed by the restaurant experience that the TAFE students offered.
"This is the standard of any restaurant in Brisbane," she said.
"It's a win-win situation for everybody - the students not only get the opportunity to show off the skills they have learnt, but they also learn about a non-profit organisation."
TAFE student Rachel Jones is studying a Certificate III in Events, and said the whole day went off without a hitch.
"We knew what we had to do. Everything went really smoothly," she said.
"It makes you feel really accomplished."
Warwick TAFE's Certificate III in Events students from Assumption College host Melbourne Cup Day annually to give them real-world experience in liaising with suppliers.
Hospitality students, catering operations students, local business sponsors and fashion houses Crossroads and Skehan's Mensland were involved this year.