Teamwork secret ingredient

The inaugural Chefs @ The Gallery at the Wollongong City Gallery. Picture: GREG ELLIS

The inaugural Chefs @ The Gallery at the Wollongong City Gallery. Picture: GREG ELLIS

The first Chefs @ The Gallery in support of the Disability Trust has been hailed a great success.

So much so that event founder Glenda Papac, of Illawarra Women in Business, is already planning to do it again in 2015.

The unique dining experience at Wollongong City Gallery featured five teams each preparing a course.

They were the Azarak Experimental Kitchen team featuring Shane Debnam and Martin Papac, of Bella Portofino; Sydney hatted-restaurant Bistrode CBD's Jeremy Strode, Jonathan Thorne and Michael Papac; Chifley Hotel Wollongong's Peter Washbourne; Novotel Northbeach's Sebastiaan Hartmans and Seacliff Functions and Dining's Damien Bedwell.

The event was also supported by TAFE teachers Gabrielle Frawley and Sarah Phillis, TAFE students and artist Kathy Karas.

Go wild for social

Wollongong-based social enterprise Wild Rumpus has entered into a partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) Australia to deliver a four-month training program for emerging and idea-stage ventures called the Social Change 101 Program.

Starting in Wollongong in early 2015 the program will offer training, mentoring and skills development to up to 20 local participants.

Wild Rumpus founders Lizzie Rose and Caitlin Marshall both completed the similar SSE Australia Accelerator Program in Sydney in 2013.

Mentor managers

Illawarra human resources consultancy HR With Ease is launching a "mentors me" program to bring young people in the Illawarra together with small to medium-sized enterprise.

HR With Ease is run by Yvonne Walker who specialises in performance management.

Energy examined

After the success of its 2013 Energy Demand Forum, the University of Wollongong's SMART Infrastructure Facility has partnered Accenture to host a high-profile panel of experts to discuss consumer trends in home energy.

The September 1 event will focus on behaviours and preferences given higher energy costs and more choice.

Festival frolics

The Sydney Film Festival is bringing the Travelling Film Festival to Wollongong from August 29 to August 31.

There will be nine feature and four short films over the weekend at Greater Union Cinemas.

Mind Blank benefit

The annual Illawarra Women in Business Long Lunch and Conference Day is on September 5 at the Chifley Hotel.

Proceeds from the day will go to Mind Blank and speakers include Gloria Jean's Coffees co-founder Peter Irvine and Australian Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry chief executive Yolanda Vega.

Grow your business

Applications are now open for the next free Economic Gardening business support program which starts on September 16.

The structured business support program is free to businesses located in the Shellharbour, Kiama and Wollongong Local Government Areas. Applications close on September 8. Call 4221 6030.

Accountant chat

The Illawarra committee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants is hosting its next monthly regional discussion group at the University of Wollongong Innovation Campus on September 2. It will feature Elizabeth Eastland and her iAccelerate team.

Golden insight

IRIS Research is delivering its economic and marketing insight to the Illawarra at the 2014 IRIS Economic Outlook Luncheon on September 18 at Villa D'Oro.

CommSec economist Savanth Sebastian will share his thoughts on the global and Australian outlook and IRIS chief executive Simon Pomfret will provide a unique perspective on the Illawarra.

Flowers forwarded

As part of an annual commitment to the Cancer Council's Daffodil Day, Fastway Couriers Wollongong and its staff donated time to deliver fresh daffodils.

Franchisee Anthony Hamod said it was a great way to bring the community together.

Upping the quality

IMB and MJ Rowles have signed on as news sponsors of i98FM's Camp Quality Convoy which celebrates its 10th anniversary on November 16.

IMB is the Entertainment Sponsor MJ Rowles the official T-Shirt Sponsor.

Convoy has to date raised more than $4.3 million for Camp Quality.

VC memorabilia

This Friday's Legacy Luncheon at City Diggers with Mark Donaldson VC features memorabilia relating to Gallipoli Victoria Cross recipients.

The memorabilia will be available for auction and includes a replica Victoria Cross Medal and a photograph of each of the nine recipients. During the Gallipoli Campaign only nine Victoria Crosses were awarded to Australian soldiers.

Big on bounce

The Flip Out trampolining craze is coming soon to North Wollongong.

Flip Out is planning to open a new centre in Ralph Black Drive and is presently seeking local franchisees.

Further information on 1300 354 768.

Help for students

A Onesie Party organised by volunteer mentors Zoe Cartwright and Kirbie Storrier has raised more than $800 for a program trying to progress indigenous students through high school at the same rate as non-indigenous students.

The event at Hotel Illawarra was attended by more than 50 people and was in support of the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience initiative.

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