Diners in the dark over secretive event

Katrina Kunicki, Alison Perizi and Sandy Burnes are ready for an out-of-this world night out. Picture: GREG ELLIS

Katrina Kunicki, Alison Perizi and Sandy Burnes are ready for an out-of-this world night out. Picture: GREG ELLIS

A new charitable dining concept is adding to the choices for a night out in Wollongong.

Covert Cuisine hosted its first event in June with a movie-themed night at the old Regent Theatre. No-one who booked knew the location until the day.

The next dinner is a Gourmet Galaxy-themed event on September 6, with profits going to Illawarra youth and families in need.

At this stage, those who have booked a seat only know that it will be out of this world and to come wearing something spacey.

Event founder Alison Perizi has arranged for an element of the unexpected again, but the night will feature an edible tribute to all things cosmic when Azarak Experimental Kitchen takes a scientific approach to preparing the menu.

Ms Perizi said Southern Youth and Family Services was the charity partner for the next dinner and any profits made would contribute to the refurbishment of a community kitchen that provides nutritious meals, cooking classes and hospitality training to help local youth and families looking for fresh opportunities.

A self-confessed foodie, her passion is to combine great food made from fresh local produce to deliver a great night out.

Any fund-raising solely comes from the profits made on the night so the more people who support the event the more money goes to a good cause.

"Covert Cuisine dinners showcase the quality and diversity of regional venues, providores and chefs in a wildly creative context," she said.

Local suppliers being showcased at Gourmet Galaxy include HopDog BeerWorks in Nowra and Centennial Vineyards in Bowral, which recently received five stars from the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015 for its 2013 Centennial Reserve Arneis and 2013 Centennial Reserve Pinot Noir.

"People have really embraced the opportunity to frock-up and fork-out for good causes," Ms Perizi said.

Gourmet Galaxy will feature a three-course mystery meal and entertainment.

Further information and tickets are available at covertcuisine.com.au and facebook.com/covertcuisine.

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