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Mary's Dinner Club Stories - A New Chapter As MDC Goes Bistro

art bistro agoraThe last week and weekend did not see a dinner club, but were still filled with food thoughts – lots of them, in many new shapes and forms, mainly of logistical nature. Mary’s Dinner Club’s move to its new ‘playground’ Art Bistro Agora which will open in the center of Limassol in July requires lots of thinking and planning.

Starting a new business is an exciting venture - at times also overwhelming, but exciting at all times. With the growing success of my small and informal dinners and the truly amazing expansion of my network I had been thinking for a while that I ‘should do something’. I had just never considered running a restaurant until my current business partner Ajit Bubber approached me to ask if I’d like to manage a restaurant he was planning to take over.

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Mary's Dinner Club Stories - Memory Lane & Future Plans

art bistro agoraNot hosting dinner clubs during the month of June is giving me the opportunity to go over past events, pictures, recipes in preparation for our new venture in July. During the past 150 events in the last 3 years we’ve not only covered cuisines of the entire globe but also been lucky to have some amazing guest speakers and performers who have made our dining experience even more exciting.

Often the menu was planned to compliment their talk. The fact that many of them attracted guests with similar interests made the experience even more rewarding with innumerable new friendships being formed over mutual interests, believes and passions.

The list is long, and I have liaised with many more wonderful people whom I’ve had the honor of connecting with through this amazing network. Here a list by category of those who have spoken/ held workshops at/with Mary’s (sincerely hoping not to have overlooked anyone).

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Mary's Dinner Club - Delicious Recollections of 150 Dinners

cyprus blog Last Saturday was not spent cooking my food, but poring over its origins, trying to remember what made me choose it, where I found it, who or what inspired me to make it and wondering what made certain dishes so popular...

And since I am planning to offer my food on a different/more frequent basis very soon I went through all the favourites. First you’ll remember the most frequently prepared ones of course - for some of them I know they are a sure-fire success - every time. There not being any leftovers whatsoever even though I always calculate for a few extra is usually a dead giveaway.

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Mary's Dinner Club - No. 150, Swedish Dinner and The Big Suprise

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Saturday’s Swedish evening was another milestone at Mary’s – event # 150! A fun and very interactive and educational event! Guests were given welcome drinks AND little pieces of paper to answer quiz questions at their arrival.

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Mary's Dinner Club Stories - Our Future Selves, Changes at Mary's

mary anglebergerNot surprisingly this Saturday’s event - our ‘Come as who you’ll be in 2020 Party’ at Hotel Londa - has turned out the biggest and most successful event in the 3-year history of Mary’s Dinner Clubs.

It is very humbling to witness the positive impact this evening has made! The whole scope of dinner clubs and the extent of its potential for being an island wide platform for really constructive and powerful networking became even more evident this Saturday than during any other previous event.

Dinner Clubs are always uplifting and positive occasions and bring about fantastic connections and friendships, but when open-minded, innovative people meet and are told to ‘dream big’, the dimensions change. The group energy, the mutual encouragement, the exchange that followed were absolutely awe-inspiring.

We enjoyed a welcome reception in the airy lobby of Hotel Londa where we were all able to admire each other’s glamorous outfits. After a group photo of 35 stunning looking guests we walked the red carpet into 2020, surrounded by photographers.

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Mary's Dinner Club Stories - Traditional Chinese Medicine

mary anglbergerAnd Saturday featured yet another insightful and totally ‘different’ evening bringing together a fantastic mix of health/nutrition conscious people over truly exotic food.

The title ‘Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine – the healing powers of common foods’ immediately drew great interest and the event was soon fully booked.

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Mary's Dinner Club Stories - The Bread Museum

bread museumLast Sunday’s bread baking event at the Plumisto Psomi bread museum with owner/founder Dorita Voskaridou had yet again a totally new, absolutely magical feel to it. And I figured out why - that place is so cozy and friendly with its light flooded rooms and its simple, practical style, one feels right at home. An especially enchanting feeling considering one is in a museum - albeit a museum filled with the warm, earthy energy of decorated bread covering the entire history of bread in Cyprus.

I had decided that it being a late Sunday morning, it would be the perfect time to welcome guests with a glass of sparkling wine which always gives such a festive party kind of touch to things.

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Mary's Dinner Club Stories - Blogging & Indonesian Dinner

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This Saturday’s event 'Guide to Promoting Your Blog' A presentation by Sarah Fenwick from Cyprus Newsreport followed by an Indonesian meal was yet another occasion that had me marveling at the incredible energy that is created when 15 open-minded, innovative people that have mostly never met before are put into one room - magic!

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