Larry Emdur, Jessica Mayboy and Simon McGrath

Love was in the air for Valentine’s Day last night as Accor hosted an exclusive Client Recognition Dinner at Novotel St Kilda, following the AIME Welcome Event.

Featuring a gourmet menu designed by the group’s leading chefs and entertainment by number one R&B artist Jessica Mauboy, the night was a celebration to mark Accor’s 20 years in Australia and showcase Accor’s expertise in hosting outstanding events.

Guests were transferred to the event in style via stretch limousines, with a red carpet arrival signifying the VIP treatment that marked the importance of the occasion.

Television personality Larry Emdur was a gracious MC while the Novotel’s restaurant was beautifully decorated, with tables themed around the different Accor brands.

With chefs from different hotels competing to present their signature menus, the dishes were presented platter-style to encourage diners to interact and try as many flavours as possible.

The menu, which showcased the finest Victorian produce included Heathcote poached Yabbie tails with candied Manzanilla olives and confit tomatoes; and Mt Leura lamb infused with lemon myrtle and Murray River salt flakes.

Australian Idol finalist and ARIA-winner Mauboy thrilled the guests with an acoustic before guests were invited into a specially designed ‘dessert room’ to finish the magical evening on a sweet note.

Accor Vice President Australia, Simon McGrath, said he was delighted to recognise the key Business Event partners who attended the dinner.

“This is a very special year for Accor, marking our 20th year of operation in Australia and we couldn’t have done it without the support of you, our key clients,” he said.