Sofitel Opens Sydney's Only Hotel Kosher Kitchen For Events
[Thu 15/10/2009 12:50:26]
Sydney’s only hotel kosher kitchen has launched at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth, successfully meeting the event and function needs of the Jewish community under the supervision of respected Rabbi, Aaron Groner of the Kashurit Authority in Sydney.
Sofitel Sydney Wentworth is currently the only hotel kosher kitchen available in Sydney and its surrounds, allowing the observance and creation of kosher cuisine for small through to larger scale events of up to 600 people.
Sofitel Sydney has opened the only
kosher kitchen in a hotel
The kosher kitchen and cuisine is expected to be of particular service to those wishing to celebrate and participate in major events including coming of age celebrations like Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and milestones such as weddings, as well as corporate events requiring kosher cuisine.
Sofitel’s general manager Marc Cherrier says the addition of the kosher kitchen will allow the hotel to more effectively service the needs of Jewish guests and the broader community at large without the assistance of external kosher caterers.
“Sofitel Sydney Wentworth over the years has built a strong and enduring relationship with the local Jewish community, and this new venture will allow us to offer even more choices and competitive pricing for kosher events,” says Cherrier.
“Our investment and time dedicated to this project affirming our commitment to meeting the specific needs of our Jewish guests, after some 30 years of catering to kosher events with the assistance of various external suppliers.
“The hotel has a long history of creating sophisticated kosher menus for events and special occasions, but the new kitchen allows our chefs the freedom to take this to the next level. The team is excited to be delving into a new style of catering that will suit this important niche market which has been loyal to our hotel for several decades.”
Sydney Rabbi Mendel Kastel has confirmed The Jewish House will be among the first to take advantage of the hotel’s new kosher service and facilities, with the charity holding its most important annual fund raising event – featuring entertainment from famous father and son Jimmy Barnes and David Campbell - at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth on the 1st of December.
“We are delighted that a venue the style of Sofitel Sydney Wentworth is embracing our community by providing a high quality kosher service at a competitive price,” said Rabbi Mendel Kastel.
“The Jewish House is pleased to be one of the first kosher events confirmed with Sofitel, and we are very grateful for the hotel’s support.”
Given its new facilities, the hotel has appointed a dedicated kosher expert to assist its already extensive sales and events team with the implementation of its in-house kosher service.
Sofitel welcomes Lisa Klein on board in a newly created consulting role to meet with clients and liaise with the Kosher authority directly to ensure an effortless event for Jewish guests.
An experienced events identity and previous director of her own consultancy, Lisa Klein Entertainment, Klein says, “I am delighted to be working with an expert team the calibre of Sofitel Sydney events department, and am looking forward to creating a bridge between the various parties involved in producing quality kosher events for our Jewish clientele.”
In addition to its kosher suppliers and kitchen facilities, Sofitel Sydney Wentworth offers events guests the choice of a glamorous pillarless ballroom catering for up to 600 guests and 11 function rooms for weddings, corporate and social events and conferencing of all sizes.