Before Gourmantic was launched two years ago today, it existed in another form. A series of dinner parties for friends were held at home. Mr G took meticulous care of drinks and wines while I created in the kitchen. Conversations centred around travel and food, the people you meet along this journey, exciting culinary discoveries, regional wines and drinks, and restaurants experiences we wanted to share.
These soirées often lasted until 3 am with guests still seated around the dinner table with no desire to leave.
Today, as Gourmantic turns two years old, it is a chance to reflect at those beginning as well as revisit the vision I had when I founded it – a magazine style website celebrating travel and food. 392 articles have been published to date, including 9 from select contributors, and we still stand by our goal to provide quality, experience-based articles that are designed to inspire.
The achievements of the first year are still celebrated today; the highlight being winning first prize in the May Grantourismo Travel Writing Competition in the category of travel and food.
The second year saw Gourmantic become involved in several Sydney events, many of which were through repeat invitation. We have been privileged to attend some of the best functions, parties and launches, and meet people in the food and drink industry. The level of attention and hospitality that has been shown towards us has been both touching and humbling at times. Whether it was a cheeky evening at the Emmilou Tapas Bar New Menu Launch Party, the glamour and bubbles of a Champagne Experience with Champagne Jayne, or a trip back in time at Elizabeth Bay House for the launch of Schweppes Elixir, each experience has been a privilege we both cherish.
Our achievements are also cause for celebration. As our Media page indicates, one of our articles was praised by Monbana Chocolatier in France and subsequently forwarded to their international clients including Chef René Redzepi, whose Noma Restaurant has been twice awarded Top Restaurant of the Year. We have received high accolades in the Emmilou April 2011 newsletter and have been featured on the Greenhouse by Joost website, a project that is currently touring the world.
As Gourmantic enters its third year, our travel plans which did not eventuate due to unexpected reasons will become a reality. They will feature many culinary adventures and fuel my number one passion: writing.
Thank you for your readership, comments, support, emails, friendship, advice, feedback and connections. We look forward to having you with us on our continuing journey.
Corinne and Mr G
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