Thought about a Valentine’s Day gift yet?
Here’s what $99 will get you:
A dozen long stemmed roses, which will last maybe a week.
A gift certificate for a day spa, which will last maybe an hour.
A bottle of vintage Veuve Clicquot, which will last maybe 30 minutes.
You could spend $99 on a (specially discounted) Silver membership to the Connoisseur Club and get 12 months of unlimited discounts and special offers from restaurants and pubs all over Australia, not to mention great discounts on cases of wine, tours and trips, classes and courses, adventure activities from Adrenalin (hot air ballooning or racetrack drive days, anyone?), boutique accommodation, day spas, golf courses, and tourist attractions.
I’ve teamed up with Andrew Stuart (we met and bonded over a really good bottle of wine), who is not only a great bloke but also the Managing Director of the Connoisseur Club, which has been going for 30 years.
The Entertainment book it ain’t – no tacky vouchers and restaurant staff rolling their eyes when you whip that plastic card out on Monday – Thursday, this is a membership that lets you keep going back to the same restaurant time after time, whenever you like, and you keep getting a discount (like 1 main meal for free when one other main is purchased), EVERY SINGLE TIME.
With over 20,000 members, you’ll be in good company. The best kind of company. The kind that saves a shedload of cash whilst supporting their favourite venues, wineries, activities and attractions, and helps people discover new places to eat,drink and visit.
Coombe Farm Wines Celllar Door (above) is just one of the places that you can visit and use your Connoisseur Club card at.
My Valentine’s day gift to all my food lovers is a 50% discount off the normal rate of $198.
Check out the site here, to get the full list of benefits and offers. You can’t search the venues themselves without being a member, but here’s a sneak peak of some of the participating venues Melbourne , Sydney & Queensland, with a host of new venues being signed up in 2015
Terre – Mornington Peninsula (ex Royal Mail)
Levantine Hill Estate (soon to be home to Ezard)
NSW – All Hat winners
Pilu at Freshwater
Vanitas – Palazzo Vesace
Salt Grill – Luke Mangan
Simply go HERE and enter the promotional code: gastronomel to get your card (specify the name of your recipient on the card but put your address if it’s a gift) and the good folk at the Connoisseur Club will despatch your membership pack within 24 hours.
Cutoff date for orders is Tuesday 10th February so get on it!
Bon appétit, lovers!