OVER the past 50 years it has been all about good food, great wine and camaraderie for the members of the Beefsteak and Burgundy Club, who recently celebrated their milestone with a special dinner.
Having started in the Goulburn Valley in 1964, and now joining 250 other clubs around the world, the 57th Beefsteak and Burgundy Club has thrived over the years, with members enjoying food from across Victoria and South Australia and wine from around the world, some trips taking them to the Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Rutherglen in pursuit of great wine.
Former Club Member, Don Phillips said, “I remember my first meeting with the club in the early ‘80s. It was all very formal. The drinks kept coming, but the food was delayed, and delayed and delayed. Our guest speaker was from All Saints Wine in the Rutherglen area. He stood up and said if we didn’t get some food soon he was going to eat the flowers on the table. He then went to sit down and missed his chair. Ha, that was my introduction to this great club.
“The club has a Food Master, who goes to local restaurants to get them to make a signature dish that may be outside the restaurant’s regular menu; it’s more the chef’s signature dish. We then have the group’s Wine Master match the wine with the dish.
“Over the years we’ve tasted some great foods from across regional Victoria.
“Our 50th celebration was a great evening with a lot of past members. We even had a special beer made called ‘The Roger.’
Life Member, Dr Roger Key said, “We’ve enjoyed ourselves over the years.
“Some meals we’ve had have been a disaster but most are definitely ones to remember.
“We have tasted some really top wines from across the world which has broadened our concept of wines.”