Peppers Noosa dished out the goods recently as they welcomed the brand to the sunny region.
Local chef Matt Golinksi teamed with Peppers chef Michael Jenkins and Shane Bailey from Noosa Boathouse to celebrate the beginning of an era, where tourism industry identities, meeting and event planners, wholesalers, OTAs and corporate clients were treated to a local produce-led menu.
The meals included spanner crab, Mooloolaba prawns, Gympie beef, Kenilworth yoghurt and Cooloola berries complemented by Vasse Felix wines.
Peppers took over management of the resort – formerly part of the Outrigger group – in July and GM Steve McPharlin has a firm focus on changes to View Restaurant’s food and beverage offerings.
“Locals and guests can look forward to a new menu launching late September that combines modern Australian with Japanese and Asian influences,” McPharlin said.
“There will be changes to View Restaurant’s décor over the coming months and a new bar set up that will take full advantage of the panoramic views over Laguna Bay.”
The lunch took place on the terrace of View Restaurant – a multi-purpose space accommodating around 100 guests and used for special occasions or weddings – themed in a garden style setting with trestle tables and native flower centre pieces by First Class Functions.
The terrace complements the resort’s conference facilities which hold a capacity of 350 delegates or 500 cocktail style – the largest in Noosa.
The Peppers brand has enjoyed a long association with all things gourmet with retreats and resorts in some of Australia and New Zealand’s finest food and wine regions. Noosa now joins destinations such as the Hunter Valley, Daylesford, Mornington Peninsular, the Tweed Coast, Martinborough, Queenstown and Palm Cove where Peppers properties are part of the foodie landscape.
Local food identity Matt Golinski said, “Food and wine is such an intrinsic part of the experience in Noosa and it’s great to have a brand like Peppers here that are so passionate about being involved in local initiatives and creating a great experience for visitors to the region.”
Peppers Noosa was one of four former Outrigger properties to join the Mantra Group network – the others being located on the Tweed Coast, Surfers Paradise and Airlie Beach all under the Mantra hotel brand.
Mantra Group’s director of acquisitions Michael Moret-Lalli said Noosa is ripe and ready for the brand to bring the region to life.
“Noosa is a high end destination and we had been looking for an opportunity to bring our premium brand, Peppers, to the region. The resort presented as a remarkable opportunity to do this with quality room product and on-site facilities; and a unique setting in keeping with its natural surroundings,” he said.
Mantra Group now has two resorts in Noosa – the other being Mantra French Quarter – and seven resorts across the Sunshine Coast demonstrating the Group’s ongoing investment in the region.
With the Sunshine Coast’s consistent popularity with domestic travellers and current resurgence from the US and UK markets Peppers well positioned to capitalise on these opportunities.