The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2015-01-04T16:07:47Z Galafrey Wines named next in line to 2014 Royalty of Riesling crown 2015-01-04T16:07:47Z galafrey-wines-named-next-in-line-to-2014-royalty-of-riesling-crown-1 Galafrey Wines’ Kim Tyrer was recently crowned the next in line to the Royalty of Riesling title at a special presentation. The second generation winemaker and Galafrey Wines chief executive said Royalty for Riesling aims to promote and celebrate the Great Southern region in Western Australia as a premium Riesling wine growing area. “We worked hard at Galafrey during 2014 and so it is a great feeling that a small producer like us can do so well,” Ms Tyrer said. As Mt Barker Wine Producers Association (MBWPA) president, Ms Tyrer said it felt a bit strange receiving the award as president but Galafrey had a very successful year which included receiving a gold medal at the 37th Qantas Wine Show, as well as having success at other shows through the year. West Cape Howe Wines took out the 2013 Royalty of Riesling title which was the first event of its kind created MBWPA. Following its inaugural success last year, Royalty of Riesling was extended in 2014 to include vineyards across the Great Southern.  “As far as Great Southern wine producers winning trophies – we don’t mind who wins, as long as it is someone from the district that will help us to promote it,” Ms Tyrer said. Points received by Great Southern wineries for their Riesling during the year entered in the Qantas Wine Show of WA, Royal Melbourne Wine Awards, Perth Royal Wine Show, and International Riesling Challenge are tallied up to determine who has the most awarded Riesling. The victor’s presentation was made at a special ‘wine-downer’ in late November where each producer submits a magnum of their Riesling for all to taste and discuss as the scores are calculated. Ms Tyrer said Royalty of Riesling was a friendly way of competing against each other and the presentation night enabled industry members to learn more about what they were doing in the vineyard. “It really doesn’t matter who wins, the important thing is that we are continually raising the profile of Great Southern wine producers and cements us as the premier Riesling producer in the region,” he said. Ms Tyrer said there had been a lot of interest generated by Royalty of Riesling in 2013 and MBWPA had responded positively to its inaugural success by opening the event up to wineries from around the Great Southern in 2014. “Our aim is to encourage more entries from Great Southern wineries and to continually make the event bigger and better,” she said. ENDS Boutique producer Latasha's Kitchen finalist in national award 2014-09-08T13:12:01Z boutique-producer-latasha-s-kitchen-finalist-in-national-award Latasha Menon the enterprising founder of the boutique label Latasha’s Kitchen is a finalist in the 2014 St.George Banking Group AusMumpreneur Awards. The Western Australian-based businesswoman was selected as one of 10 finalists from more than 300 submissions across Australia in the main judged award category. Presented by the AusMumpreneur Network, the AusMumpreneur Awards recognise the best and brightest in the Australian Mumpreneur industry, acknowledging success in business, product development and innovation, and customer service in both online and bricks and mortar businesses. Ms Menon who juggles family life, motherhood and a successful business said she was overwhelmed to have been selected from such a competitive field of dynamic women. St George Banking Group’s SME head Chris Screen said the awards are designed to recognise the growing number of women who successfully balance motherhood and business. Ms Menon started her food business Latasha's Kitchen at 745 Newcastle Street Leederville in July 2003. What originally began as a cafe studio specialising in home-style regional Indian dishes, eventually and with much encouragement from locals, morphed into an iconic business teaching regional Indian and South-east Asian cooking classes, with a focus on high quality handmade curry pastes, spice blends and condiments. The business has expanded and Latasha’s Kitchen’s delicious bottled products are now stocked at leading WA specialist grocers and farmers markets, as well as being available online so that everyone can enjoy Latasha’s at their home kitchen. "Sharing the art of cooking delicious food with fresh herbs and spices is the inspiration behind Latasha's Kitchen. You're invited to try my huge range of authentic curry pastes, sauces, marinades and condiments and dish up a wondrous choice of authentic dishes," she said. Ms Menon was the celebrity chef at the recent Dowerin Machinery Fields days and is a regular at the Good Food and Wine Show. “I already feel like a winner. I know I wouldn't have made it this far without the support of our retailers and those word-of-mouth ambassadors of spice loving fans,” she said. The winners of the 2014 St George Banking Group AusMumpreneur Awards on Saturday, 11 October in Melbourne during the AusMumpreneur Conference. For more information go to www.latashaskitchen.com.au. BNI Takes the Pulse of Business Worldwide 2014-04-19T14:57:33Z bni-takes-the-pulse-of-business-worldwide Business Network International (BNI®), the world’s largest business networking organisation, has taken the pulse of businesses worldwide to gauge the state of the global business economy. The BNI Business Index created by BNI is conducted twice a year and more the 1000 business people from every populated continent in the world responded for latest survey. The index gauges the economic state of business worldwide based on results of retailers, service companies, and manufacturing companies all around the world. The next survey will be launched in July 2014. According to BNI Australia director Frederick Marcoux, the statistics gathered from the survey results are intended to keep small business owners, entrepreneurs, and companies, as well as the public, educated and informed as to the changing state of the global business economy and the current business trends that become apparent over time. The survey results from late last year revealed that almost 76 per cent of the respondents felt that business was better today than in 2012. That’s up over 9 per cent from the 2011 survey. This compares to 67.5 per cent of Australian and New Zealand respondents to the survey. In addition, only 6.1 per cent felt that it was declining in the 2013 survey which is down from the 9.6 per cent that said that business was declining in 2011. The most promising news was the hiring trend numbers. The 2013 survey found that 55.3 per cent of the respondents said that they would be or possibly would be, hiring in the 2013 survey compared to an anemic 42.9 per cent in 2011. Of Australian and NZ respondents, 48 per cent were considering hiring in 2013.The three most common reasons cited for growth by the respondents was restructuring, niche marketing, and networking. Networking continued to be a strong business builder as represented by comments such as: “my business depends a lot on referrals and networking” and “my business is flourishing today as a result of my networking efforts both via the internet and face to face.” One respondent claimed that “my business has tripled its income over the past year due largely to my committed involvement to networking”. Restructuring was also a common theme relating to many respondents. Comments such as: “one of the reasons my business keeps growing is that I adapt my offerings to support the goals [of my clients].” Other respondents focused on a niche market. Such as those who said things such as: “last year I became clearer about my target market, strategic partners and taking a hard look at my numbers and what work would be necessary to grow” and “many of my competitors were bought out and closed their doors. I focused on my core business”. Mr Marcoux said the statistics affirmed the importance of networking for business success. “BNI is a business referral organisation whose primary purpose is to assist its members to find and exchange qualified business referrals,” Mr Marcoux said. “BNI provides its members with a professional structure and an ongoing training which enables members to network in a deliberate manner for the sole purpose of generating more business.The way we network in BNI attracts busy, no nonsense successful business people who appreciate the power of business networking.” For more information about BNI Australia please visit http://www.bni.com.au/ Full-bodied wines expected from 2014 Mount Barker vintage 2014-04-10T16:45:12Z full-bodied-wines-expected-from-2014-mount-barker-vintage After near perfect growing conditions, full-flavoured, intense wines are expected from the 2014 Mount Barker wine region vintage. Growing conditions have been ideal with mild temperature without heat spikes, cool night-time temperatures, and low rainfall recorded. Some Mount Barker wineries have finished picking while others are in their final week, according to Mt Barker Wine Producers Association president and Galafrey chief executive officer Kim Tyrer. Yields appear to be mixed across the region, with some producers experiencing lower yields, with others showing yields up between 5-10 per cent. “Galafrey is a dry grown vineyard, so the drier than normal conditions have resulted in lower yields in some varieties, particularly the reds, but the flavours are awesome,” Ms Tyrer said. “We have produced some quality fruit which in turn produces a quality product in which to showcase Mount Barker.” Plantagenet Wines winemaker Cath Oates said it had been an excellent vintage with good settled weather conditions without peaks of high temperatures, and consistently cool nights which had produced high acidity in the fruit. “I am happy with what we have in the tank. Crops looked to be about normal but with smaller berries which have produced good flavours and colour; I expect wines with intense, concentrated flavours,” Ms Oates said. “I am particularly happy with our Riesling which at this stage is very aromatic with strong floral notes. So it will be exciting to see how that progresses.” West Cape Howe Wines winemaker Gavin Berry said it had been a great season for them with rainfall in September coming at a critical time. “The rain in September-October set us up for a good season – it helped our vines establish a good canopy. The analysis looks like we have great fruit flavours coming through, there has been no disease pressure and the fruit has been allowed to ripen in a consistent manner,” Mr Berry said. “We are just finishing picking our reds, but all in all I don’t think we could have asked for a better season.” The Mount Barker wine region is located about three (3) hours south of Perth, and produces around 37% of wine grapes grown in WA making it one of Australia's largest regions. The climate in the region during growing season offers warm and sunny days providing important sunlight availability and excellent fruit ripening conditions, while the cool nights enhance and retain acidity. Producers in the region include: Plantagenet Wines, Arcadia Wines, Galafrey Wines, West Cape Howe Wines, Chatsfield Wines, Clouds Estate Wines, Hawkers Ridge Wines, Gilberts Wines and Cafe, Poachers Ridge Wines, 3 Drops Wines, Windrush Wines and Vineyard Cafe. For more information contact Mount Barker Wine Producers Association president Kim Tyrer on 0418 941 551 or go to www.mountbarkerwine.com.au. BNI ® Initiates Global Celebration of International Networking Week 2014-01-29T03:13:57Z bni-initiates-global-celebration-of-international-networking-week BNI (Business Network International) chapters around Australia will celebrate the key role that networking plays in the development of successful businesses across the world during International Networking Week® on February 3-7, 2014. An initiative of BNI International, International Networking Week®, centres around helping businesses in every part of the world achieve growth and success through effective networking. According to BNI Australia director Frederick Marcoux, representatives from government, business, community, and the public will join together to celebrate during the special week. “The goal of International Networking Week® is to recognise the key role that networking plays in the development and success of businesses across the world,” Mr Marcoux said. “The week presents an opportunity for networking groups, companies, organisations, and individuals across the globe to start 2014 by taking proactive steps to strategically use networking to promote business growth.” International Networking Week 2014 will be observed worldwide through hundreds of events, large and small, in areas such as Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Nigeria, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, the United States, and more.  These celebratory events will feature presentations by respected networking experts, provide participants with powerfully effective networking tips and strategies for achieving long-term business growth, and give attendees plenty of opportunities to network with like-minded business professionals and entrepreneurs. According to Dr. Ivan Misner, the Founder of BNI: “Different countries, different cultures, different races, different religions, different people, different places - we are all united by one thing. We all speak the language of referrals. We all want to do business with people we know and trust. Relationship networking is not only a great way to get business; it's an even better way to do business. I urge people worldwide to utilise International Networking Week to focus on doing something to improve their own networking efforts because there really is no better time than now to start strengthening your business relationships,” he said. “It is also about creating an awareness relating to the process of relationship networking, an approach to doing business based on building long-term successful relationships with other people.” International Networking Week is open to all business professionals, tradespeople, entrepreneurs, students, press representatives, government and council representatives - anyone who would like to know more about how business networking can grow individual businesses and make a powerfully positive impact on the global economic landscape.Click here for a list of global activities and to find an event near you. To find out more about International Networking Week, watch the official 2014 video by clicking here and be sure to visit www.InternationalNetworkingWeek.com. To find out more about BNI Australia, please visit http://www.bni.com.au/ In Australia for 2013, a total of 98,130 referrals were given by BNI members that resulted in a record $256.6 million in closed business. For further comment contact BNI Australia director Frederick Marcoux on 0419 040 015. ENDS Grapes & Gallops Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Mungrup Sprint 2014-01-06T02:50:14Z grapes-amp-gallops-celebrates-30th-anniversary-of-mungrup-sprint On Sunday, January 19, the Mount Barker Co-operative Mt Barker Grapes & Gallops will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Great Southern's richest horse race – the $90,000 Mungrup Sprint. Firmly established as one of the region’s most popular family events, more than 2000 people are expected to enjoy an afternoon of wine, fashion and racing at Frost Park in Mt Barker, Western Australia. Grapes & Gallops is the biggest annual event on the Mount Barker Turf Club's calendar attracting punters from around the Great Southern and Perth. This exciting race day features an 8-race program and includes the Mungrup Stud Sprint over 1300 metres. Grapes & Gallops chairperson Kim Tyrer said the event was a celebration of the region's premium wine, gourmet food, combined with fashion and horse racing. Racegoers will be able to sample wines from nine Mt Barker producers including Arcadia, Galafrey, Gilberts, West Cape Howe, 3 Drops, Plantagenet Wines, Hawkers Ridge and Chatsfield. These wines will also be the perfect accompaniment to a gala three-course luncheon which this year is proudly sponsored by the Shire of Plantagenet. “It is a fantastic family event with the atmosphere of a good old-fashioned country race day,” Ms Tyrer said. A highlight of the day will be the annual fashions on the field with prizes awarded to the best dressed filly and colt. Families will also been catered for with entertainment provided for children. A range of regional produce will be available including strawberries and cream, yabbies, Bratwurst, stuffed spuds, gourmet pizzas, freshly shucked Albany oysters, local honey and fudge. “Get dressed up, find a fabulous hat, come along and try a glass of award-winning wine, some delicious gourmet food and enjoy a great day of country horse racing,” she said. Action on the day starts at noon until 8pm at Frost Park, McDonald Avenue, Mt Barker. Entry is $20 for adults and $10 concession with children under 18 free. While this is a family event it is also a licensed area and children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Mungrup Stud is the State’s biggest thoroughbred stud with a large annual draft of well credentialed yearlings offered at the Magic Millions Sale at Belmont in February. Situated south of Mt Barker, Mungrup Stud is owned and managed by Gray and Jan Williamson whose family has a long history of involvement in racing and breeding industry in WA. The Mount Barker Cooperative Mount Barker Grapes & Gallops event is a joint venture with Mount Barker Turf Club and Mount Barker Wine Producers. Bookings are currently being taken for the luncheon, and table and chairs for the day. Corporate tents are also available. Buses are available between Albany and Mt Barker contact Busy Blue Bus for details on (08) 9846 4757. For more information go to www.grapesandgallops.com. For bookings and enquiries phone 0481 112 559 or email info@grapesandgallops.com Media Enquiries: Grapes & Gallops chairperson Kim Tyrer is available for interview on 0418 941 551. High resolution images are available upon request. Grapes & Gallops - where wine meets equine on January 19, 2014 2013-12-21T16:25:11Z grapes-amp-gallops-where-wine-meets-equine-on-january-19-2014 MORE than 2000 people are again expected to enjoy fabulous wine, fashion and racing at the Mount Barker Cooperative Mt Barker Grapes & Gallops at Frost Park on Sunday, January 19, 2014. Grapes & Gallops is the biggest annual event on the Mount Barker Turf Club's calendar attracting punters from around the Great Southern and Perth. This exciting race day features a 8-race program and includes the Great Southern's richest race, the $90,000 Mungrup Stud Sprint over 1300 metres. Grapes & Gallops chairperson Kim Tyrer said the event was a celebration of the region's premium wine, gourmet food, combined with fashion and horse racing. “It is a fantastic family event with the atmosphere of a good old-fashioned country race day,” Ms Tyrer said. Racegoers will be able to sample wines from nine Mt Barker producers including Arcadia, Galafrey, Gilberts, West Cape Howe, 3 Drops, Plantagenet Wines, Hawkers Ridge and Chatsfield. These wines will also be the perfect accompaniment to a gala three-course luncheon which this year is proudly sponsored by the Shire of Plantagenet. A highlight of the day will be the annual fashions on the field with prizes awarded to the best dressed filly and colt. Families will also been catered for with entertainment provided for children. A range of regional produce will be available including strawberries and cream, yabbies, Bratwurst, stuffed spuds, gourmet pizzas, freshly shucked Albany oysters, local honey and fudge. “Get dressed up, find a fabulous hat, come along and try a glass of award-winning wine, some delicious gourmet food and enjoy a great day of country horse racing,” she said. Action on the day starts at noon until 8pm at Frost Park, McDonald Avenue, Mt Barker. Entry is $20 for adults and $10 concession with children under 18 free. While this is a family event it is also a licensed area and children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Mungrup Stud is the State’s biggest thoroughbred stud with a large annual draft of well credentialed yearlings offered at the Magic Millions Sale at Belmont in February. Situated south of Mt Barker, Mungrup Stud is owned and managed by Gray and Jan Williamson whose family has a long history of involvement in racing and breeding industry in Western Australia. The Mount Barker Cooperative Mount Barker Grapes & Gallops event is a joint venture with Mount Barker Turf Club and Mount Barker Wine Producers. Bookings are currently being taken for the luncheon, and table and chairs for the day. Corporate tents are also available. Buses are available between Albany and Mt Barker contact Busy Blue Bus for details on (08) 9846 4757. For more information go to www.grapesandgallops.com. For bookings and enquiries phone 0481 112 559 or email info@grapesandgallops.com Crowdfunding makes Latasha’s Kitchen cookbook Pozible 2013-12-17T16:36:09Z crowdfunding-makes-latasha-s-kitchen-cookbook-pozible WA-based producer of authentic curry pastes and condiments Latasha’s Kitchen has embraced the innovative crowdfunding platform Pozible to achieve their next business goal – publishing a cookbook. Pozible is a crowdfunding platform and community-building tool for creative projects and ideas that was developed to help people raise funds and realise their aspirations. With a background in marketing, Latasha’s Kitchen founder Latasha Menon said Pozible was the ideal mechanism to help her realise a long-held dream to produce a cookbook. “Over the years, a great number of people have asked me to produce a cookbook, and I feel the time is right to turn this into a reality,” Ms Menon said. “As I have always been guided by my loyal customers, I am asking my supporters to pledge to become involved in the birth of this cookbook through my Pozible Project,” she said. “I have a great range of rewards on offer, from an autographed first edition copy of the cookbook with name acknowledgement, to a special VIP cooking class for 12 people. A number of milestone incentives will also be announced along the way, to surprise and reward our pledgers for their support and involvement.” Ms Menon said other higher value rewards on offer would appeal to businesses and corporates looking to support a locally-based creative endeavour. “By choosing these exclusive options, business owners and their staff will receive autographed copies of the cookbook, public acknowledgement and participation in a private cooking demonstration,” she said. Ms Menon established her reputation over the 10 years she ran her popular café, and held cooking classes from a studio kitchen in Leederville. Ms Menon now manufactures a range of take-home curry pastes, sauces and chutneys and sells through her online store, at specialist grocers and butchers, and community markets such as Kyilla in North Perth, Subiaco, Palmyra and Mandurah. “My vision is that the cookbook will be a keepsake book of traditional family-style recipes. The reality is if we do not secure enough pledges the cookbook will not go ahead – which is why I am reaching out to the general public, as well as to my loyal fan base,” she said. Ms Menon has appealed to supporters to sign up to her Pozible Project and then share this news with others. “I am thrilled to take on this journey and hope contributions from fans and the general public will help bring the Latasha’s Kitchen Cookbook, the next chapter of Latasha’s Kitchen story, to life.” To read about how you can support Latasha go to http://www.pozible.com/project/176587. For more information on Latasha’s Kitchen go to www.latashaskitchen.com.au Media Enquiries: Latasha Menon is available for interview on 08 9328 8184 or 0407 442 911. West Cape Howe crowned Royalty of Riesling 2013-11-28T07:47:25Z west-cape-howe-crowned-royalty-of-riesling West Cape Howe Wines can now add a crown to the trophy cabinet after taking out the inaugural Royalty of Riesling title. Royalty of Riesling, the first event of its kind created by Mt Barker Wine Producers Association (MBWPA), aims to celebrate and promote the Riesling variety for which Mt Barker is well known. West Cape Howe winemaker Andrew Siddell accepted the title of 2013 Royalty of Riesling, along with the crown and cape, to round off a successful year for the winery. West Cape Howe Wine’s Riesling won a gold medal at the recent Royal Perth Wine Show, and is the only Western Australian producer to have four wines listed in James Halliday’s Top 100 Wines for 2013. Mt Barker Wine Producers Association president Kim Tyrer congratulated West Cape Howe Wines on taking out the title and said there had been a fantastic response from producers to the initiative. Runner up was Arcadia Wines. “As far as Mt Barker wine producers winning trophies – we don’t mind who wins, as long as it is someone from the district that will help us to promote it!” Ms Tyrer said. Points received by Mt Barker wineries for their Riesling during the year entered in the Qantas Wine Show, Royal Melbourne Wine Show, Perth Royal Wine Show, and International Riesling Challenge were tallied up to determine who had the most awarded Riesling. The presentation was made at a special ‘wine-downer’ where each producer brought along a magnum of their Riesling for all to taste and discuss as the scores were calculated. Sarah Clancy of West Cape Howe Wines said Royalty of Riesling was a friendly way of competing against each other and the presentation night enabled industry members to learn more about what they were doing in the vineyard. “Being able to taste through the ‘Brownlow Medal-like count also made it a fun wine event to celebrate the local wine industry and Riesling,” Ms Clancy said. Ms Tyrer said there had been a lot of interest generated by Royalty of Riesling and MBWPA will go ahead with plans to open up the next year to wineries from around the Great Southern. ENDS Media Enquiries: Mount Barker Wine Producers president Kim Tyrer is available for interview on 0418 941 551. The Mount Barker wine region is located about three (3) hours south of Perth and is generally regards as the most important subregion of the Great Southern. The climate in the region during growing season offers warm and sunny days providing important sunlight availability and excellent fruit ripening conditions, while the cool nights enhance and retain acidity. For more information go to www.mountbarkerwine.com.au Galafrey Wines - Remembering Ian Tyrer – 10 years on 2013-09-10T02:26:14Z galafrey-wines-remembering-ian-tyrer-10-years-on How does a family-owned winery survive the untimely death of an integral member of its team?That was the challenge faced by mother and daughter, Linda and Kim Tyrer, from Galafrey Wines in Mt Barker, Western Australia, when their husband and father, Ian, died of cancer 10 years ago in 2003. At 25 years of age, Kim’s part time job at Galafrey suddenly became full-time and she was thrust into the responsible position of running a vineyard and winery. Ian Tyrer was a pioneer and passionate promoter of the Mt Barker wine region. Today the Galafrey team includes Kim’s husband Nigel Rowe and their three-year-old son Jack. In the years since Ian’s passing, Linda and Kim have maintained a hands-on role ensuring the Galafrey philosophy instilled by Ian of producing high quality fruit and exceptional wines lives on. In addition, they have established a reputation for innovative marketing of their dry grown wines, continued to champion the Mt Barker wine region so-loved by Ian, and won various industry and business awards. Kim recalls it wasn’t easy in the early days and weeks after her father’s death as they were faced with a steep learning curve. “When Dad died people kept asking us what we were going to do with Galafrey and were we going to sell. A lot of the questions centred on Ian’s dominance as the winemaker and how we would move forward without him,” Kim said. In the first five years, Kim and Linda decided not to change too much in the business. But the reality was that Kim could not physically run the business like her father did, so there were some immediate operational changes made. “Over the past five years we have redone our business plan and focused on what we want to do and how we want to do it,” Kim said. “We have realised what is important is the fact our grapes are dry grown, some of the oldest in the region and under family ownership. So we changed our label to reflect this which was something we hadn’t done with dad.” Not only has Linda and Kim battled with their family challenges, the past seven years for the wine industry in Australia have been difficult ones. But in true Tyrer style, Kim and Linda have just got on with it; getting involved in various groups, programs and community initiatives – all with the aim of learning and contributing. “When Kim was chosen for the Grow Zone Program with the Agriculture Department that made a big difference to what we did. It made us make harder decisions, set goals and timeframes - so that gave us focus,” Linda said. “As a result I think we feel more confident about knowing how to do things, and after some challenging times in the industry we know we have a future.” There are many parallels to Ian and Kim with both heavily involved in the community through various organisations, and having a deep commitment to the region. In fact, Linda believes Kim is more driven than her father was. “Kim is obsessive about improving the wine. When she started winemaking Galafrey was getting 90 /91 points and it is now getting 93/ 94 but she wants to get 95 points,” Linda said. As for the future, it certainly looks bright with the family committed to the region. “Hopefully, we will be here for the next 30 years - me and Nigel with Jack. We will be concentrating on making our vineyard more efficient. It’s about being smart about costs of production, and we are looking to replant two blocks which fits with the original plan.” Both women believe they have managed to keep Ian’s memory alive these past 10 years through the winery. “Even though he is not here, his presence is always felt,” Linda said. “The Ian Tyrer story plays an integral part in the marketing of Galafrey Wines – that’s very important to us,” Kim said.  “I think you can tell when wine is made by someone who cares. We have and will continue our passion for Galafrey and the area and that I believe is reflected in our wines.” Galafrey Wines: http://www.galafreywines.com.au/ Exotic flavours in Latasha’s Kitchen products 2013-07-16T14:41:30Z exotic-flavours-in-latasha-s-kitchen-products-1 An exciting range of authentic curry pastes and condiments will be officially launched by Latasha’s Kitchen at the Perth Good Food and Wine Show July 19-21.Latasha's Kitchen will be conducting tastings of all their scrumptious lines at Stand F3 and visitors are invited to register their details to go into a draw to win the complete stack of LK goodies worth $240.After motivating many over the past 10 years through her delectable cafe food, popular cooking classes and selection of hand-made condiments from her store and studio kitchen in Perth, Latasha Menon has created a range of products so everyone can bring her exceptional flavours to their own table.Latasha Menon is the inspiration behind Latasha’s Kitchen, whose uncompromised passion and knowledge of her craft sparked her desire to help others create their own authentic cuisine.“The Latasha’s Kitchen range of products is dedicated to the art of cooking home-style regional dishes using traditional methods and techniques,” Latasha said.“My products reflect the distinctive traditions of food from generations ago from South Asia and South-east Asia,” she said.“Only the freshest and most authentic ingredients are painstakingly sourced to produce my products at the very highest levels of quality. Our range is also incredibly easy and versatile to use.”The first release of Latasha’s Kitchen products include Homestyle Curry Paste, Rendang Terlagi Lagi Paste, Vindaloo Masala Paste, Zingy Tomato Chutney, Green Coriander Sauce and Date and Tamarind Chutney and a second release has extended the range to 15.The Latasha’s Kitchen take-home range of exotic condiments is produced in small batches under the watchful guidance of Latasha.All Latasha’s Kitchen products are made in Australia from local and imported fresh ingredients and premium herbs and spices. Most of the range is gluten and preservative free and does not contain any artificial fillers or flavour enhancers.“I wish you all delicious hours of cooking and sharing of tables with friends and family with my new range,” Latasha said.These products are available now through the Latasha’s Kitchen website www.latashaskitchen.com.au and through specialist grocers, butchers and Farmers Markets.The Perth Good Food and Wine Show is on at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. On track for adventure in Albany, Western Australia 2013-07-16T13:48:53Z on-track-for-adventure-in-albany-western-australia Walking is the best way to see Albany on the South Coast of Western Australia, according to the operators of one of the city’s most innovative tourism ventures – Albany Walking Holidays.After experiencing the delights of a self-guided walking holiday along the Amalfi coast in Italy, Albany locals Cheryl and David Griffiths wondered if their home base offered anything similar.“After discovering this was a niche needing to be filled, we set about walking and putting Albany Walking Holidays together,” Mrs Griffiths said.“As a result, we have designed self-guided walks for the adventurous leisure walker who seeks to immerse themselves in our stunning and unique South Coast environment and enjoy all that the region has to offer,” she said.“Albany Walking Holidays offer a range of self-guided tour packages from one-day walks to seven-day packages. We offer standard, easy and challenging packages and also a selection of accommodation options from budget to 5-star.”Prices include transport (to and from walks), maps, first aid kit, walking notes, and flora and fauna booklets.According to Mrs Griffiths, self-guided walks provide travellers with freedom, flexibility, independence and the ability to set their own pace.“And perhaps best of all, you don’t have to do any of the work to put it together,” she said.“Now you can enjoy all that the region has to offer including our rugged coastline, spectacular panoramas of oceans, islands and mountains, the gentle meandering Kalgan River, giant karris of the Porongurups, our Anzac tradition, pioneers, local Menang history and more.“In winter you can view the whales as they come to birth in our waters, and in spring be delighted by the vibrant display of our unique wildflowers. Added to this you can enjoy our cafes, shops, tourist attractions and local history.“You will experience a wide variety of terrains on our 10-18km walks from rugged bush tracks and coastal trails, sandy beaches to paved walking pathways.“We can find a walking package that suits you. Customisation of your walking package is available to suit your interests and walking fitness. If you are a local or have your accommodation already organised, contact us for a package price not including accommodation.” Western Australia’s newest Business Networking Team 2013-06-18T05:48:29Z western-australia-s-newest-business-networking-team The face of business networking in Western Australia is set to change with the establishment of Business Network International (BNI®) Team WA.BNI is a business referral organisation whose primary purpose is to assist its members to find and exchange qualified business referrals. There are currently 25 BNI chapters in the State with more than 600 member businesses.Frederick Marcoux, the Director of Asian and Australian Affairs for BNI ’s Global operations and the owner of BNI Australia, announced that the leaders of BNI Team WA will be BNI Executive Directors John Williamson and Mark Graber.Mr Marcoux said Mr Williamson will oversee the development of BNI in the South West and south of Perth, and Mr Graber will oversee the development of Regional WA and BNI operations north of Perth.Mr Graber is the instructional design expert behind www.BNIlearning.com.au and was previously a lecturer at Curtin Business School. Previous to taking on this position, Mr Graber was a member of BNI for 9 years, and was the Director of National Learning Operations for BNI in Australia. Mr Williamson has 25 years experience in business ownership, human resources management and labour relations and holds a number of prestigious BNI International Chapter Hall of Fame Awards. Before taking on this role, Mr Williamson was an Executive Director of BNI in South Africa.BNI Team WA will also be supported by a team of BNI Directors and Ambassadors, as well as the Director of Franchise Development for Western Australia - 12 times best-selling author and the #1 BNI Executive Director in the world – Ms Hazel Walker.“This strategic move is all about WA leading the nation in terms of business earned by the members of BNI in Australia,” Mr Marcoux said.“At the moment, BNI members in WA are making $25 million per annum. That a great start - the goal is to increase that to more than $100 million within two years and to more than $300 million within five years," he said.“This is an exciting development for BNI in Western Australia. I think it will change the face of business networking in this State."According to Mr Marcoux, Mr Graber and Mr Williamson will be responsible for rolling out world’s best BNI practices to Chapters in WA.“BNI’s proven track record means that rolling out this approach will multiply the income of members in WA through BNI by four to five times,” he said.BNI provides its members with a professional structure that enables members to network in a deliberate manner for the sole purpose of generating more business."The way we network in BNI attracts busy, no nonsense and successful business people who appreciate the power of relationships and business networking,” Mr Marcoux said.“The philosophy underpinning BNI is 'Givers Gain®' and members are empowered by the understanding that by giving to others they will receive considerably more in return business. This in effect is what we mean by 'Changing the Way the World does Business™'." Cost pressures force strategic rethink for independent retailers 2013-06-18T02:46:39Z cost-pressures-force-strategic-rethink-for-independent-retailers Having dished up some of the best curries in Perth, Western Australia, the hugely popular café and kitchen store Latasha’s Kitchen in Leederville, Western Australia, closed its doors to customers last month.Latasha’s Kitchen joins a slew of recent closures of independent retailers in Leederville and Mt Lawley.According to business owner Latasha Menon, a massive hike in rent as a result of property development and weekend labour cost pressures forced a strategic rethink of her business model.For 10 years Ms Menon motivated many through her café food, popular cooking classes and selection of hand-made curry pastes and condiments made from her kitchen. As her lease was drawing to an end, Ms Menon felt it was a time to reassess the future.“The rise in rent, labour cost pressures and changes in the local demographics influenced my decision to take a change in course,” Ms Menon said.“We operated a pantry of gift items and the surge and attractiveness of the online industry made us rethink that aspect of the business,” Ms Menon said.“We were not licensed and thus our income was predominantly on food, cooking classes and our curry pastes and condiments. However, the café/studio kitchen was not the ideal place for us to use as a manufacturing outlet,” she said.“There was also the added pressure of our drink culture which is somewhat pervasive in Leederville, and other nights spots in Perth, which made it difficult for us to stay open till late as our customers tended to avoid trouble spots, especially those with young families.”After extensive research and development, Ms Menon was unable to find the perfect commercial kitchen to partner in WA. She now manufactures a range of take-home curry pastes, sauces and chutneys in NSW and travels there to cook her products personally with a team of professionals ready to help her make it to her exacting standards without any compromise to her unique formulations.These hand-made products are now being sold at local Farmers Markets, selected retailers and through her online store. Thus firmly closing the door on bricks and mortar as a sales model.With her background in marketing, Latasha came up with a plan to transition her business from bricks and mortar to the manufacture of products for online, wholesale, and at specialist stores.“I did a lot of research into how I wanted my products to be manufactured. I had to find a company that would adhere to my exacting standards because I wanted only the freshest and most authentic ingredients for my products,” Ms Menon said.“Importantly, I wanted to be sure that my products were going to be gluten free, 100 per cent pure and natural with no preservatives, fillers or flavour enhancers. I believe in making my products just as if they are made at home. I was not interested in opening my own factory and facing the same issues I faced in having a restaurant such as electricity costs rise, staff shortages, wage hikes, equipment breakdown etc.With a commercial kitchen in place, Latasha’s Kitchen take-home products are being produced in small batches bimonthly by Ms Menon. Initially, six products were launched but this has already been increased to 15.According to Ms Menon, the most difficult aspect of changing her business model has been the loss of regular contact with her customers and having to explain why she manufactures in Sydney.“However, with most customers, they’re happy with a local producer manufacturing in Australia,” she said.As Ms Menon is now holding in-store cooking demonstrations, she is still in contact with familiar faces, as well as introducing her cuisine to a whole new generation.“This provides me with an opportunity to explain the reasons behind my decisions. WA doesn’t have the kind of contract manufacturing scene for small manufacturers like me who make high quality spice blends,” she said.“Most of my blends contain between 20-35 ingredients! Most of which are herbs and spices which are hand roasted, before grinding and blending.”At these demonstrations Ms Menon takes every opportunity to explain why the manufacturing is not done in WA anymore.“I am one of the lucky ones who have managed to combine their passion with a business, and I don’t take this lightly. It has been a huge learning curve but already we are finding success. Taking this step has definitely been a positive one – we feel confident we can grow our business in this new direction,” she said.For more information go to www.latashaskitchen.com.au Chimes Spa Retreat has Western Australia’s only Hamam 2013-03-18T06:01:58Z chimes-spa-retreat-has-western-australia-s-only-hamam Western Australia’s first Hamam (Turkish bath) is exclusive to Denmark’s boutique lodge Chimes Spa Retreat. Denmark is located on the South Coast of Western Australia, 414km south-east of Perth, and is where towering tall trees meet the ocean. Denmark has natural attractions galore, along with wineries, art studios, and more, making it the perfect setting for a relaxing getaway. According to Michelle Randle of Chimes Spa Retreat, South Coast residents and tourists alike love the addition of the Hamam to their day spa service. “The universal appeal of the authentic luxurious treatment of the Hamam is the sense of community, social networking, friendship and relaxation that it creates – and the fact you can enjoy the three baths - the cold plunge, the warm bath and the hot spa,” Mrs Randle said. Throughout history ancient civilizations have praised the virtues of daily bathing, not only for the therapeutic and wellness benefits associated with it, but also for its cultural and social aspects. “After identifying the Hamam as an emerging day spa trend in the United States, we decided to take advantage of the fact our two Balinese therapists had experience in working in a Turkish Hamam,” Mrs Randle said. “So we built Australia's second Hamam - the other one is in Sydney, and I believe Chimes has the only two trained Hamam therapists in Australia.” A large communal treatment room has been created at Chimes Day Spa, which provides services in its own right, and also creates a place for clients between treatments. Mrs Randle said the Hamam was a fantastic addition to Chimes Day Spa’s already extensive list of treatments. For bookings phone+61 (0)8 9848 2255; open 7 days 8am-6.30pm. Visit www.chimes.com.au or email stay@chimes.com.au Hamam treatment detail. Hamam treatment: The treatment is performed in the Hamam lying on the heated (40 degree) stone table, in a modern steamy, humid environment. Its purpose is to cleanse, relax and purify the body and skin. Starting off, the body's temperature is increased with a warm body soak using traditional copper Tas pans to detoxify the body and prepare the skin for exfoliation with the traditional Kessa mitt. The exfoliation will help renew the skin and leave it feeling silky and smooth. The body is then rinsed again. Your therapist then uses a conditioning olive based soap rubbed into a Torba and when combined with air, creates a cloud of frothy bubbles to wrap the body in. Once the body is lathered the therapist massages the soap bubbles into the skin. The massage is quite rough, especially for the men, and really cleanses the new skin layers as well as providing some degree of stretching and kneading of those tired muscles. To complete the treatment, the client is rinsed off under the Vichy shower on the ‘thinking’ rock. That ends the treatment but the client is encouraged to stay and enjoy the cold plunge, the warm soak or hot bath or pour water over themselves from the cold fountain (traditional). For more information contact Michelle Randle at Chimes Spa Retreat on +61 (0)8 9848 2255 or email stay@chimes.com.au ENDS