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2012 Dinner biggest and best

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012



Our largest event to date in every way has just wrapped 2012 in the most fabulous way.


18 incredible restaurants. 180 stylish, generous and spirited diners. An after party to remember. And most importantly $35,000 raised for an incredible charity.

This 2012 Dinner event showcased many of Perth’s most incredible restaurants and gave our diners culinary experiences they won’t soon forget.


We’d like to extend a huge thank you to all our sponsors; from restaurants, to transport to the luscious wines from our very own Swan Valley region and all the other incredible Perth businesses that made this event so spectacular.


Another twist to the night’s activities were the poised and confident Perth College students who were the ambassadors for the evening and greeted our diners at each restaurant with a welcome note and a reminder of the important cause they were there to support that evening. The girls loved this element as we feel it went deeper in connecting youth to issues that are going on in the world around them and giving them the opportunity to see how a few like-minded individuals can come together to make a difference. 

Perth’s very own Basil Zampilas hosted the after party held at premier new venue Print Hall which saw 200+ diners, VIPs, sponsors and media come together to celebrate the night and hear from our nominated charity SISHA’s Founder, Steve Morrish about how the funds raised will touch the lives of the exploited and abused women and children suffering in Cambodia and across South East Asia. 

Our guest’s generosity as well as that of all our sponsors allowed us to raise an extraordinary $35,000 for SISHA! For this we, and the SISHA team are incredibly humbled and thankful for your time and efforts in making this event a success in every way. 

We loved having you all and we look forward to an even bigger 2013 event with you all. Keep up to date on all the happenings on our Facebook and Twitter pages and CLICK HERE to check out many more photos.


Maurizio Restaurant

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Stepping into Maurizio Restaurant is like visiting the old country. A place where English is the second language. Where “carb” isn’t a four-letter word. Where, after a meal, you’ll be inspired to join the Italian Club next door.

It’s also known for being one of Perth’s premier dining establishments, providing authentic Italian cuisine and a high standard of service, in elegant surrounds, all with a good dose of Italian charm.

Owner Maurizio Di Ciano has received a number of accolades over the years including an Honour Award from the Restaurant and Catering Industry Association of WA for his distinguished service and professionalism to the restaurant and catering industry.

Demanding nothing less from his staff, customers have come to expect the same standard of exceptional service with every visit. This is evident from the strong patronage the restaurant continues to attract.  The man behind the restaurant is often seen drifting from table to table. This is his dining room – and you are his extended family.

Head Chef Lara Pegoraro has been at the helm of the kitchen for the last year and a half. Originally from Veneto, Lara quit her job as a bank manager to focus on her passion for cooking four years ago. To help her is newcomer Giovanni Paolucci, a fellow classmate of Maurizio from their time at the famous culinary institute Villa Santa Maria in the 90s.

On being involved with Dine for Life a second time, Maurizio manager Marco Di Ciano says, “It’s very important to support the community and Dine for Life is a great opportunity for Maurizio Restaurant to do that.”

We’re so happy to have them on board!

Co-Op Dining

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Kiren and Kelli Mainwaring, the brilliant husband and wife team behind Dear Friends Restaurant in Caversham, have opened a new degustation restaurant in East Perth called Co-Op Dining.

But that’s not even the best news.

Are you ready for it? Co-Op Dining has signed on as one of the participating restaurants in our 2012 Dinner!

Like Dear Friends, Co-Op serves 100% gathered or foraged local produce that is prepared in-house for their ever-changing degustation menus. But while Dear Friends’ hyperlocal focus may have tied Kiren’s creative wings to the Swan Valley, at Co-Op his creativity is less loose to fly throughout the state.

“We wanted to create a premier place to promote what we’ve got in WA because, really, we should be proud of it,” Kiren said. “Our produce is used all over the world. Over east at Attica, at French Laundry in California and Per Se in New York.”

There’s pork from Bullsbrook, vegetables from Muchea, marron from Margaret River and wild fennel, garlic and wattle seeds that Kelli and Kiren forage for themselves in the Swan Valley.

“We try to keep the menu as simple and minimal as possible so it’s full of goodness but still presented in fine-dining form,” said Kiren.
And the philosophy seems to have extended to the décor as well, which is elegant and stylish.

Ten lucky Dine for Lifers will be dining at Co-Op on 28 November, and Kelli and Kiren couldn’t be more thrilled about it.

“We are excited to get on board with Dine for Life!  It’s great for us to have the opportunity to be able to contribute to such a good cause.  As small business owners we aren’t in the position to donate directly so to be able to offer our food and service is a privilege,” Kelli told us

It’s a privilege for us, too, to count Co-Op Dining as one of this year’s twenty restaurants!

Lamont’s Bishops House

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

We at Dine for Life are so proud to have Lamont’s Bishops House on board for the upcoming Dinner 2012.

Lamont’s is one of those iconic Perth restaurants that like The Heritage, The Trustee and Print Hall, offers fine dining in a beautifually restored heritage building. Lamont’s home is Bishop’s House, a building contructed in the late 1800’s and used as a private home for nearly 100 years before being converted into a multi-level restaurant in late 2010.

Lamont’s not only continues to be one of the city’s best restauants, but also has some undergone some exciting changes. As of Monday, Bishops House has a new bar on the balcony overlooking the heritage listed gardens at Bishops See. Lamont’s Manager Matthew Schwind told us “The new bar concept is in addition to our current level of service. [It’s] a relaxed area to enjoy a drink and a nibble, or simply a low casual atmosphere for a gathering after work.”

The Dinner 2012 will mark the restaurant’s second Dine for Life event.

“Lamont’s Bishops House was fortunate enough to be involved with Dine For Life on our opening night in December three years ago, and we have enjoyed being part of it ever since. What a great way to give back to our community and to share our passion for dining with other likeminded guests,” said Schwind. “To be included in this event along with our peers is a privilege.”

In other exciting news for Lamont’s, Corin Lamont was announced as the Icon of the Swan Valley at the recent 2012 Swan Valley Wine Show Dinner. Lamont’s wine has also been recognised of late. Its 2012 Riesling won the trophy for Best Table Wine (Grown Outside the Greater Perth Zone) and also won a gold medal at the Perth Royal Wine Show!

1907 Back for Third Dine for Life Dinner

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Interacting with restaurants is one of the best parts of organising a Dine for Life event. Their dedication to improving Perth’s dining scene and giving back to the wider community is downright infectious. And boy, do their offices smell delicious!

So when it came time to lay down the plans for the 2012 dinner (happening 28 November), one of our first calls was to a restaurant that never ceases to inspire us: 1907 Restaurant.

This fine dining restaurant’s classic style and elegance carries over into every aspect of the restaurant experience. The service, headed by restaurant manager Harold Faizal, is refined, attentive and top class. The menu, with a strong emphasis on fresh, seasonal, quality ingredients is creative, international and delivered to perfection.

Driving the kitchen is Indian-born head chef Alan Desouza, who came to 1907 after a successful international career spent in 5-Star hotels and Michelin-starred restaurants around the world, including Gordon Ramsay’s much-celebrated Maze Restaurant in London.

The hard work has paid off. 1907 Restaurant was recently awarded a ‘star’ in the 2012 West Australian Good Food Guide and earlier this year won Best Fine Dining Restaurant in the 2012 Restaurant and Catering Awards for Excellence. The foodie blogosphere has gone wild for the restaurant’s state-of-the-art cheese trolley and cocktail-making courses.

This is 1907’s third Dine for Life dinner and Harold Faizal told us how thrilled he and the 1907 team is to participate.

“It is always good to give something back to the community; not just nationally but also internationally,” said Faizal. “Events like these bring restaurateurs, chefs and the industry as a whole back down to earth.”

As in previous years, Dine for Life diners will be treated to a WA-inspired seasonal menu, showing off the best of what the restaurant’s Toodyay farm, local producers, and chef Alan Desouza has to offer.

“This year our chef Desouza will be debuting some new dishes, incorporating new cooking techniques on the evening of Dine for Life. We are very excited to unveil these and get feedback from the diners,” Faizal told us.

Judging from past Dine for Life dinners, 1907 can expect the feedback to be very good indeed.

Dinner 2012 is here!

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

Are you ready? Dine for Life’s 2012 Dinner event is locked and loaded and ready to bring out the gastronome in all of us.

Wednesday 28 November is the date you need to pen into your social calendars.

We have some of the finest restaurants creating sumptuous meals for our guests that will be paired to perfection from a selection of wines from our own Swan Valley Region.

This event is going to be our biggest yet. 20 fantastic restaurants and 200 guests dining simultaneously for a cause and in true Dine for Life style you will once again celebrate this event with all involved at the secret after party, which will be revealed to you on the night.

The cause for celebration and the reason for holding this event is of course all about supporting a charity that is creating change in our world. This year we have selected SISHA, a Cambodian based Australian charity that is working tirelessly to rescue and change the lives of human trafficking victims in Cambodia and South East Asia.

Get your tickets now and don’t miss out on what is set to be the best social and philanthropic event of 2012.

Join us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with all the latest news leading up to the event.


2012 here we come

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

And so it begins again…the exciting, intense, stressful, educational and inspiring process of planning a new Dine for Life event! We’ve assembled our AHHmazing team, some you already know and a few new faces added to the mix to really create a completely new event for you all to enjoy once again.

We have set a date and will be announcing it shortly. What we can tell you is that it will be held in November. We will also announce the charity we’re supporting with this event, another amazing organization working hard to create equality and justice within our global community.

We’ll be tinkering with our website too so keep checking in for new developments and don’t forget to add us on Twitter and Facebook for all the up to date info, sneak peaks into the making of and updates on all the wonderful sponsors coming on board for the 2012 event.

Look forward to seeing you all again!