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Business lunch cruising down the river

LiaIsing over a meal with clients is often the same old thing. How many times do you take clients to the same restaurant and order the same thing because it’s what you have always done?

To throw it all over board and get the most out of the corporate lunch, dinner or networking function climb aboard a chartered boat with a cruise on the swan.

The Karen Sue has just been launched by Leon English and is a 38’vintage vessel that enables intimate mingling, gets rid of awkward dining, and is fully licensed to allow for wine indulging.

Cruising along the Swan River and drinking wine while eating something fantastic – this cruise is one to take the mind away from the office. The boat is comfortable and roomy and has a classy elegance that enables an intimate place to conduct corporate business.

The sturdy boat can carry up to 18 people and the beauty is that the sections of the boat allow for relaxed mingling and creates an intimate, fresh open-air environment.

Mr English, who runs the popular Possum Creek Lodge in the Perth Hills, has restored the 1950s boat back to her former glory.

With enough space for an onboard chef and cruise attendant, Karen Sue provides you with the advantages of restaurant dining in an environment to be envied.

“We tend to take the Swan River for granted, but a gentle cruise like this makes you appreciate not just the boat, but the river and passing scenery. It is an excellent way to entertain clients, friends and family, and visitors to Western Australia can truly appreciate the beauty of the river and the city,” Mr English said.

He said hiring a corporate boat gives you complete ownership for the booked time so wherever you want to go is wherever you choose to. You can design your own cruise around the many different pick-up points along the Swan and can combine cruising and mooring.

Choice is also available for menu selections with a range of what you would expect of a luxury cruise- classy.

Fusion Catering has created several menus to choose from and whether you decide on the lobster or the buffet, the freshly prepared meals are exquisite and add to the style of dining on the Swan.

While heading into the local restaurant may be cheaper than taking a cruise it can never compare to the scenery, fresh air, and style of the Karen Sue. She’s something to think about next time you want to entertain over breakfast, lunch or dinner.

In other cruising experiences, Warren Mead has the Moonlight Lady, which is available for similar events and includes the choice of a drop off at Mead’s at Mosman Bay for some well renowned dining.

The boat not only has the flexibility of menu choice but also has audiovisual equipment with a 42-inch TV, DVD and VCR facilities.

To hire Karen Sue phone Charterwest on 9433 6700 and to inquire about Moonlight Lady phone 9383 4424.

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The newly revamped Oxford Hotel is having a food and wine day in its covered outdoor beer garden on Sunday between 1pm and 4pm.

For $5 a head, patrons can sample the offerings of up to 10 wineries while grazing on delights from the hotel’s kitchen.

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Try a food, wine and art trail this weekend at the Taste of the Valley Festival. Choose between the coach by Black Swan Tours or the Rolls Royce by Ellenbrook Chauffeur Drive. Either way, not being the skipper provides the perfect opportunity to taste the wines of the Swan Valley.

The trail includes a visit to three food and/or wine venues where you receive an entrée meal or dessert and taste some of the valley’s wines.

This weekend is trail number four which takes you to Swanbrook Estate Winery and Café, the Margaret River Chocolate Factory Swan Valley and the Swan Valley Studios to see the pottery of Garry and Jan Zeck.

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