Sculling for Lunch?
OK, I admit it â€“ Iâ€™m a virgin. Well, a SKAL Lunch virgin at least. Ashamedly after almost eight years on the island, I have never attended a SKAL, or any committee-type organized lunch such as BIWA or Rotary â€“ why I donâ€™t exactly know, but there you have it. So with my chastity belt firmly in place, I headed down to the Laguna Resort and Spa in Nusa Dua for my first entry to this tourism industry group, not really knowing what to expect. And Iâ€™m glad I did! Overcoming my shyness (stop laughing), I noticed some very familiar faces at the luncheons CafÃ© Lagoon destination â€“ Debe Campbell who is back in town for a couple of weeks and looking fab with a trendy new buzz cut, recently pregnant Jo Macfarlane, whose baby is due in April, Andrew Charles, Ruth Zukerman, Malcolm Scott and Rob Kelsall, amongst others, but there were also a ton of faces I have never seen on the island all out to lunch (excuse the pun!). Expertly organized with toasts, raffles, prizes, speeches, international guest welcomes, fun fundraising â€œfinesâ€ dished out by charming Discovery Kartika Plaza GM Urs Klees and swift service for the 100-odd crowd who dined on a three-course menu of Citrus and Virgin Olive Oil-Marinated Lobster Medallions with mango salsa, tomato chutney and chardonnay pearls, a main Duo of Braised Beef Short Rib and Slow Roasted Lamb Rack with a butternut puree, Bedugal valley asparagus, mushroom-stuffed zucchini blossom and a desert buffet to satiate even the biggest sweet tooth. I noshed up, networked and nosed down a few cab-savs all within a superbly timed two-hour lunch schedule which was accomplished almost to the minute! Membership to SKAL is encouraged, with official members enjoying scrummy monthly lunches and special events throughout the year. Iâ€™ll scull to that!Filed under: