More than 80 members of France’s English speaking business organisations braved torrential rain for a trip Down Under – a trip that didn’t take them further than central Paris.
It was the Anglo Apero on Monday, May 30, hosted by Australian Business in Europe, and the venue was Club Oz, the sophisticated new addition to the successful Café Oz themed bars.
Aboriginal paintings lined the walls….kangaroo was on the menu….and a new range of Australian wines flowed. There were even boomerang-shaped pizzas (thanks to ABIE member Andrew Rennie, of Domino’s Pizza) and Aussie-style meat pies to keep the theme going.
The wines came from the McGuigan Black Label Range, and it was the first time these wines had been tasted in continental Europe. The excellent reds, whites and rosés were presented by the company’s European head, Tim Lockwood, who came from Germany especially for the event. Thanks also to Martin Hilhorst, of Southern Cross Beverages, who sponsored the wine with Tim.
ABIE President, Bernard Tabary, had guests laughing during his warm welcome speech as he as riffed wittily on the weather…the cancelled tennis…the May holidays that fell on Sundays…and the ubiquitous strikes!
The evening was generously sponsored by two ABIE members: Transdev, whose Director for Asia-Pacific & Europe, Richard Dujardin, was joined at the microphone by Gregoire Becouze, Etihad Airways Corporate Sales Manager, who donated two ETIAD tickets as the door prize.
The happy winner was lawyer Ray Rushe, a member of Networkirlande, and who is already planning a trip to Bali.
The annual Anglo Apero event is an excellent networking opportunity for members of the various groups; ABIE, The Franco-British Chamber of Commerce, Networkirlande, and the France-Canada Chamber of Commerce.
Networkirlande hosted last year’s whisky tasting, so it will be interesting to see what next year’s host, the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce, will surprise us with.