Barry Iddles moves on from Sorrento

Barry Iddles, 360Q proprietor and owner of Sorrento Catering has handed over the keys to the kitchens and event management at Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club, where he and the team have served members for 12 years.

The Sailing Club’s Committee held a farewell party for Barry and the team on April 30 to say thank you, and to wish him well in his new ventures, including 360Q, the Boon Wurrung Cafe and Tarnuk Room function space at Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria in Cranbourne, and his alpine restaurant Elk at Falls Creek.

Barry said catering for the Sorrento club’s many functions and events over the years had been quite a journey.

“It’s been a wonderful rollercoaster ride, full of twists and turns,” he said.

“With seasons of highs, feeding 4000 people a week in January, to the lows of serving only 50 people a week over winter, we’ve met and served some amazing, incredible people.”

Over the past 12 years, Iddles and the Sorrento Catering team have catered for hundreds of high-quality corporate events and functions, including weddings and special occasions.

“It’s really been a much-loved journey. We’ve been lucky enough to serve some sensational customers, function guests and members as well as brilliant sponsors including KPMG, Mercedes, Talent 2, Ceva, Coastal Living and more,” he said.

“The team has really loved seeing so many happy brides and grooms over the years too, and it really has been our pleasure making their special day one they will never forget.”

Iddles said during his time serving the club, he’d worked with some amazing SSCBC committees and members.

“I’m certainly sad to leave the Sorrento Sailing Couta Boat Club, but it is time the Sorrento Catering team started writing a new chapter with our new business across the bay at 360Q in Queenscliff, the Boon Wurrung Cafe and Tarnuk Room function space at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne and we look forward to seeing you there, or at our fabulous Elk restaurant at Falls Creek during the winter months.”

Former SSCBC treasurer and committee member Graham Cunningham said he and his wife Ann had enjoyed working with Barry and the Sorrento Catering team, who he said have been an integral part of club’s success.

“The SSCBC has been a big part of our lives for nearly 25 years,” Cunningham said in a thank you email to Barry.

“From the first time I interviewed you at Bamboo many years ago it has been fun. You and your team have been such a big part of the success of the new clubhouse,” he wrote.

“With seasons of highs, feeding 4000 people a week in January, to the lows of serving only 50 people a week over winter, we’ve met and served some amazing, incredible people.”

“You have been a big part of our lives for a big amount of that time. From birthday celebrations, to private dinners , employment of children of friends (Jacksons, DeCrespigny) – all adding to the wonderful experience.

“You will be sorely missed, but we realise that life moves on. As they say in the song ‘Thanks for the memories’. Regards and all the best for the future.”

Barry and the Sorrento Catering crew welcome all guests to the new venture at 360Q in Queenscliff, the Boon Wurrung Cafe and Tarnuk Room functions space in the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria in Cranbourne and to Elk restaurant in Falls Creek. Sorrento Catering will continue to cater for functions all over the Mornington and Bellarine Peninsula and Melbourne including weddings, engagement parties, housewarmings and corporate events. Ask for a quote via email: enquiries@sorrentocatering.com.au

Thank you notes for Barry, Cally and the team:
Congratulations on all your hard work at the Sorrento Sailing Club. Your ability to handle functions with the greatest of ease has been so admirable. Thank you for the wonderful effort you put into Lauren and Ralph’s wedding. They still say it’s the best food at a wedding they’ve ever had!!
Thank you for giving Simon the opportunity to do as much work as he did over the holiday period whilst he was studying. We still think if Simon stops practising medicine he will run a hotel, thanks to you!
We wish you much luck for the next stage of your life.
– Bernadette and David Jackson

Thank you for being so warm, friendly and helpful over the years. Only reflected on Anton’s 30th Birthday the other day and how beautifully you organised everything (he is now 37!!) Time for you to put your feet up for a while and take it easy, you have worked so hard at SSCBC but have made our visits for dinner/lunch more enjoyable.
– Pam Batrouney

Thank you both so much for looking after me for the past 11 years. You have done a remarkable job at SSCBC given the constraints of a part time operation. It has been a most pleasurable part of my life. Best wishes for the future for both of you. We will no doubt cross paths from time to time; so it is not goodbye, but rather thank you.
– Bill Davis

All the best to you for the future Cally.
– David and Christina Scott

It won’t be the same without you both, but am sure your next ventures will be very exciting! Best wishes to you both and thank you for the wonderful hospitality over the years!
– Glenda, Jenn and Tom xxx

Thanks for your outstanding service, you will be missed. See you in your new projects in the future.
– Jane and Richard Brearley

Fare thee Well Barry & Cally. Thanks for all the good times. We will miss all those amazing meals, and lovely chats. Best wishes for the future.
– Prue & Philip Harcourt

Dear Cally ,
Thank you for your warm, efficient and very capable service over the last years . You were particularly accommodating with all my grandchildren, nothing ever being too much trouble. I would like to wish you the very best as your life unfolds after SSC, and I do hope you have time to take a well earned rest .
– Rosemary Geer

Thank for all the wonderful occasions you have organised for the Sailing Club and especially my big O birthday party. I will miss you. Best wishes for the next adventure in your futures.
– Jill Fearon

Always a happy and relaxed Sunday evening dinner at the SSC with family. Thank you Cally and Barry. You shall be missed. With thanks and good wishes,
– Janet Gibson

We go back a long way. With your support I arranged a birthday party for Ruth my wife. It was the first function held in the new club house and it was great. We appreciated very much the energy and your professional know-how in providing a high quality catering service for our club often within “a just in time” style of management that is the reality of of club operations. Please accept our good wishes for the future and our sincere thanks.
– Murray and Ruth Homes

Wishing you all the very best and a big Thankyou for looking after the Haysom family so well over the years All the best for your future endeavours.
– Jan Haysom