Photos – Dish Catering & Events presents Buffet & Live Music Night (Sydney event)
HOPPER NITE – Memories of Friday Nights @ Spoons Organised by Manjula Fernando owner of “Dish” Restaurant In Glebe, Sydney. Held at Don Moore Community Centre on The 8th. November 2019
The Old Peterites Fund Raiser held on October 5, 2019, was Spectacular in every sense of the word.
For what was advertised by the Old Peterites OBA as their bi-annual “low key fund raiser” (as opposed to their glitzy fund raising event that bookends this event), the guests were treated to the best that Sydney had on offer at any Dinner-Dance.
The Hall was decorated with mood lighting and the table centres with Blue orchids, white flowers and yellow roses matched the Peterite colours.
MC Senani Gunasekera kept the evening moving with hardly any interruption. OBA President Amal Wahab welcomed the guests and reminded all that the Fund Raiser was held for the Scholarship Fund that has been run by the St Peters College OBA of Sydney, NSW, for 11 years.
There was non-stop music from Sydney’s leading dance band Jetfire, DJ Shankster, and Guest Artist – the Reggae maestro Trevin Joseph. The dance floor was always packed with the dancers showing off their dance moves (and some new ones) to the fantastic dance music. The only break came when the floor was cleared for the Peterites to sing the College Anthem – what an emotional rendition that was!
The Food was delicious from Australia’s best Sri Lankan caterer – Manjula Fernando who unveiled his Kothu mobile to complement his chefs’ fresh hoppers.
FABAL Wines Premium Barossa Valley Shiraz and Vineyard Road Moscato blended perfectly with the sumptuous dinner.
Lucky raffle ticket winners received attractive prizes that included Hampers from the famous Barossa Valley Chocolate Company, Exquisite Liquors premium ‘Ceylon Arrack’, fruit baskets from Royce Buultgens, household goods from Sue and Kevin Ruberu and several Premium bottles of Whisky and wine.
To top it all were the funds raised from the auction of the Master Blaster Sanath Jayasuriya’s framed, autographed Bat donated by Senarath Seneviratne. Together with the the sales of the Raffle tickets and the entrance tickets, the total funds raised exceeded the target set by the organisers.
All in all it was a fabulous evening and a “big thank you to all the guests and generous donors for supporting this worthy cause”.
350 guests, friends and well-wishers converged at the Don Moore Community Centre, North Rocks with one thing in common; the love of Sri Lankan food and who better to tantalize their taste buds but renowned Sydney Chef Manjula Fernando. The night represented the unveiling of this dynamic restaurateur’s “ALL IN ONE CURRY MIXES” and the congruous promotion of his tour venture Sri Lankan Travels. https://www.srilankantravels.com.au/about/
Amidst the buzz of heightened conversations and entrees emcee extraordinaire Duke Ramachandran warmly welcomed the attendees and in true Sri Lankan style the night got underway with the traditional lighting of the lamp by distinguished guests. Flanked by legendary Sri Lankan singer Desmond De Silva it was his wife Phyllis who took to the mike and warmly acknowledge Manjula’s dedication to his profession and his selfless service to the community at large. Her words struck a chord with many who applauded heartily. Usually clad in his chef garb and overseeing all culinary matters that goes with being a top notch professional, our master chef was smartly attired in a suit and cut a perfect figure! When he came up to speak and thank everyone for attending, the raptures were galore. So what promoted Manjula to launch this wonderful range of easy to use spice mixes? Well that romantic perception of individual spices tenderly roasted and pulverized in the mortar and pestle does still have its pride of place, especially among the older generation but a product such as this offers the convenience we are all seeking today. Manjula’s extensive experience blending spices is what inspired him with this latest offering to the local community. Based on authentic, family and industry recipes the hand-roasted and ground spices are bound to be a hit in a day and age when we crave quality food with minimal fuss. Through the delicate blending of various spices he wants his customers to enjoy the natural flavours. Proper balance means no need for excessive amounts of salt, sugar and artificial ingredients. These spices are full of anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial compounds and full of antioxidants. Fielding a question from the audience he happily stated these products are proudly manufactured under his endorsement in Sri Lanka.
No Sri Lankan event of this measure is complete without entertainment to compliment the delicious buffet offering of the night. The students of Manjula’s wife Vidusha who runs a dance school impressed the audience with beautiful dance routines in their striking outfits and looks. Maestro Roger Menzies during his preamble gave the audience a taste of what was to come musically with his wide array of song selections. Socialite Walter Seneviratne did not disappoint either with a few old favourites and when Desmond De Silva took to the stage, the audience in turn took to the floor! Having completed over 50 years in the music industry Desmond continues to prove why he is still regarded as one of Sri Lankan’s finest entertainers.
To those who missed out on this eventful night, do not despair. Discover the range of flavours of Manjula’s no fuss, easy to use curry mixes at leading spice shops around Sydney/Melbourne.
A selection of photos attached courtesy Lakshan Sangakkara of framelabs.
Manjula Fernando’s love affair with food began at the age of 19 in Colombo Sri Lanka.
Through hard work and dedication to his craft he went on to win two Gold Medals and 2 Silver Medals in an All Island Food Competition in Sri Lanka. He earned the respect of his peers and has held positions in popular hotels including the Colombo Hilton & holiday resorts in Sri Lanka.
Having moved to Australia Manjula worked as a Chef onboard a Private Yatch owned by Mr. Kerry Packer.
Manjula went on to working alongside some of Sydney’s finest Chefs at the Sir Stamford in Circular Quay in 2005.
Manjula excelled not only as a chef but he also developed a passion to open his own restaurant starting at the Bistro Style Restaurant in Blacktown in 2007. He attracted a following of food lovers which spurred him on as he injected a little Sri Lankan culture into the Western Suburbs. He went on to open the first Sri Lankan style buffet restaurant with live music at Blacktown Bowling Club.
Manjula is a high achiever who wanted to own his own Restaurant & Function Centre. He opened Spoons Restaurant & Function Center in 2010 which became a popular venue for holding functions. He has mastered the art of cooking and the importance of delivering efficient service. Over the years Manjula has developed a style of fusion cooking by creating an exotic blend of traditional Sri Lankan & Modern Western cuisines.
Manjula founded and opened Dish Dining and Events in 2015 in Toongabbie. He has received Gold Accreditation.
It was inevitable that Manjula wanted to introduce Sri Lanka Street Food to Sydney-siders. The evocative & exotic sight and sounds of busy streets in Colombo with small market stalls selling an amazing variety of street food that is mouth wateringly tempting to locals and visitors alike are introduced to you at Dish Street Food Glebe.
CATERING – we have an extensive menu and can be flexible to suit your needs.
SERVICE – We have an experienced team who provide excellent table service in a professional and friendly manner.
EVENT MANAGEMENT – from Cocktail parties to family and large scale events we will consult with you and provide creative themes, décor, entertainment and complete event management.
FULL SERVICE – We provide crockery, cutlery, glassware, table cloths, chair covers & sashes & themed décor.
CORPORATE FUNCTIONS – We have experience in providing catering for corporate functions from finger foods, noodle boxes and buffet style service.
When Chef Manjula Fernando decided to close down DISH Restaurant in Toongabbie to concentrate on his thriving Glebe restaurant, the Sri Lankan community that patronized this cosy and homely eatery quickly went into action; calls, email and sms messages along with whatsapp notifications went rampant to secure table bookings for the final clout of the famous “All you can eat hopper feed”. Large table bookings were made well in advance and the typical “last minute” diners were placed on a waiting list and some, regrettably missed out entirely. It was a sell-out night and the entire restaurant was packed to capacity. Manjula and his very courteous staff lived up to expectation and did not disappoint the loyal diners who converged for this last hurrah.
“A lot of people had been asking me to open in the city,” said Manjula. “Sri Lankans can more easily bring their friends to Glebe. They would tell me there was no proper place to take their friends to try real Sri Lankan food”. With several restaurants already operating in the western suburbs (mostly kaddai style with a couple of exceptions) the restaurant which he opened in Glebe two years ago has proved to be a success with its open-kitchen layout.
It was a sad day in many ways for the faithful diners and staff alike at Toongabbie. Having occupied these premises for 4 years, the ‘last supper’ on May 17th was a fitting way to bring the curtain down with a fine selection of accompaniments for the hopper obsessed patrons!
Maestro guitarist and singer Roger Menzies was in attendance fittingly supported by well-known Sri Lankan personality, the ageless and bouncing with energy Walter Seneviratne and the golden voice of Guy Varley. Well known music personality, Desmond De Silva a diner that night kindly obliged with a cameo appearance and when saxophonist extraordinaire Loxly Attan stepped up to the plate, it was sheer musical delight ; a section of the restaurant quickly transformed into a dance floor to burn off the calories of a delightful dinner.
Sri Lankan Consul General Mr. Lal Wickrematunge graced this occasion and very kindly made a presentation acknowledging the tremendous work Manjula, his wife and staff have rendered towards the Sri Lankan community at large.
We thank the loyal staff at Toongabbie DISH for their services over the years and wish Mangula and his team the best of luck at Glebe – DISH Restaurant is situated at 381 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe, NSW
(Open for Lunch & dinner, closed Tuesdays)