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Catering queen dishes up joy at Halcyon Glades

13 February 2018 | by Halcyon

It really is Fri-YAY at Halcyon Glades when the community’s catering queen, Mary Anne Messer, serves up dinner for between 60 and 90 of her fellow home owners.

As the social group’s kitchen co-ordinator, Mary Anne plans and prepares scrumptious two-course dinners every second Friday night in the community’s spectacular Long House Recreation Club.

Assisted by the club’s fully equipped commercial kitchen and a band of helpers, Mary Anne whips up dozens of delicious meals - for a value-packed $10 a head - as home owners gather for Happy Hour.

With menu items ranging from pork roast and spaghetti bolognaise to gourmet hamburgers and salads, Mary Anne’s culinary repertoire is virtually endless thanks to hospitality running through her veins.

“I worked in catering at the Queensland Performing Arts Complex for 10 years and I also worked for Pizza Hut,” Mary Anne said.

“My family had a café in Rockhampton and then a grill bar at the Doomben races where I worked from the age of 13.

“And my grandparents had hotels, so you could say it’s in the blood.”

Every second week, Mary Anne finalises the menu on a Monday, confirms the number of diners by Wednesday, then sources all ingredients before getting stuck into meal preparation on Friday.

She’s so busy that she never gets a chance to sit down and enjoy the meal – not that it worries her.

“I love catering, but I don’t like food that much,” she said.

“I’ve got very plain tastes and I’m happy with a toasted sandwich or a grilled steak.”

And on those Friday nights when she takes a well-deserved break from the kitchen, Mary Anne organises takeaway meals to be delivered or other Glades’ interest groups run a community barbecue dinner.

Mary Anne also caters for morning and afternoon teas at the club and for Halcyon’s regular sales functions within the community.

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