2010 President’s Cup Dinner – Tasmanian Club – Saturday 21 August

The 2010 President’s Cup dinner was a memorable evening for many reasons. The company was of course outstanding with 45 Hobart members and partners joining the party of 15 from Melbourne who had travelled to Hobart for the President’s Cup weekend.

The occasion also marked the Hobart celebration of the awarding of Honorary Life Membership of the Club to Andrew Kemp, and of course that night witnessed the count in the 2010 Federal Election.

The dining was just fine. Biz and Ian Ritchard selected a great menu of – Woodbridge apple smoked Ocean Trout with beetroot jelly, crisp wafers and fresh horseradish dressing or Seared Quail Sichuan peppered and served with house plum sauce for Entree – Mains were – Midlands Lamb fillets marinated in fresh herbs, garlic and spice, flame grilled pink and served with redcurrant and cabernet sauce or Fresh local market fish, served wrapped in pancetta, oven roasted and accompanied by fried caper, tartare and lemon – followed by – Lemon and lime tart with Scorched meringue or ‘St Emilon au chocolat’ – Rich, dark chocolate sandwiched between Amaretto liqueur crust – for desert.

The wines they selected for the evening were Jansz Cuvee (Tas, Vic.), Tasmanian Club Riesling (Sorell Tas.) 2006, Josef Chromy Sauvignon Blanc (Relbia, Tas.) 2008, Meadowbank Pinot Noir (Derwent Valley, Tas.) 2005, and Holm Oak Cabernet Sauvignon (Tamar Valley, Tas.) 2007.

Those with a Federal election addiction were also catered for, with a wide screen TV available in a separate room, so that the results could be discretely monitored during the course of the evening.

But the evening was made special thanks to the numerous past Presidents in attendance . Throughout the evening they related their worst presidential moments (see separate post) and even a President elevated to Patron, Andrew Kemp, was able to relate a more than challenging moment.

The highlight of the evening was the celebration of Andrew Kemp becoming an Honorary Life member of the Hobart Club. (see separate post) A member (and still playing member) of the Club since 1961, Andrew Kemp has been an outstanding member of the Club in all capacities and he was affectionately and resoundingly applauded for his contribution to the Hobart Club and to the game of real tennis.

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