Encanta Echo                    February 2021
Welcome to the first edition of the Encanta Echo for 2021. I hope for all of you the festive season provided an opportunity for you to reconnect with loved ones and reflect on the year that was 2020.
 
Over the past few days as I see our home state of Western Australia fighting two major emergencies, the lockdown and bushfires, it reminds me to look at perspective. With the devastation of over 70 homes lost, my heart goes out to those families that have been affected and our thoughts and prayers are with them and the frontline fighting these relentless fires. I have always had the analogy that no matter how tough you may be doing it, there is always someone worse off that needs your support. As such Encanta has made a donation to the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund and I encourage you all to donate to this fund, no matter the amount,  to directly assist victims of these bushfires. You can donate here.
 
COVID-19 cases in Perth and Melbourne still cause uncertainty, however resilience and flexibility to changing situations is the key to being able to continue to keep persevering and getting on with the job. There are many advocates out there fighting for the business events sector’s voice to be heard, for a unified approach to border management and the definition of hotspots but most importantly trying to ensure the survival of many small businesses in our sector. For many of our readers, conferences are the livelihood for your association and I understand that the financial implications are immense, but there are suppliers out there including venues that are keen to see the return of business events whether it be face to face, virtual or a hybrid option, and it is important to share your concerns and fears and look to establish a potential outcome that is a win win for all parties involved. People are craving the need to reconnect, and the safe practices that the industry is putting into operation will ensure that attendees are safe and protected at all times.
 
Our Encanta team enjoyed a well deserved break over December and January and we are feeling invigorated for 2021. The Perth team are settling into our new premises on Beaufort St as part of the Inglenook precinct and loving the array of food and more importantly coffee options in close proximity. The local wine store – Commune, just down the road, is a new favourite for Jade and I as we enjoy a Friday afternoon wine tasting and exercising the credit card with a few purchases for the weekend! For our east coast team 11 January marked the return to the office after almost 10 months of working from home, and for the opportunity for the team to finally meet in person our latest team member Simone. I am looking forward to the opportunity to hop on a plane and reconnect with our east coast team and for planning some of the events on the Encanta schedule for later in the year.
 
Enjoy our latest edition and be sure to stay connected and safe.
 
xRenee
Conference Calendar
And so begins the Encanta 2021 Conference Calendar with our February event up first.
15 - 18 February 2021: RANZCOG Virtual ASM
Community Highlight
Melbourne's first luxury lifestyle hotel, W Melbourne, opens its doors this week!
 
Last month our Melbourne team did an insider tour of their event spaces and cannot wait to host events there in the near future.

Click here for more information. 
Staff Sidelines  
They say 'If you want something done ask a busy person' and we all know the event life is BUSY, so we are not surprised to hear about the sideline tasks some of our staff have been getting up to recently!
Faith's @vito.venture

After the first round of Melbourne lockdown last year Faith concluded there had to be more to 2020 than playing pool and making cocktails with her boyfriend each weekend. So as the second round of lockdown commenced so too did her excel sheet with a budget and process to convert a 2005 Mercedes Vito Van into a campervan. After 2 months of research their van landed in her boyfriend's parents' front yard where the conversion started. Within three months, Faith's plans with zero dimensions were transformed into a tiny home on wheels ready for their venture - a road trip along the Great Ocean Road in January. 
Diana's cook up 

Last year during our COVID lockdown in Perth I came across the Nordic Ware cake tins on the Williams-Sonoma website and wanted to make cakes using these pans. I purchased my first two pans and could not wait to make the perfect Bundt cake.
 
My first attempt was an epic fail, everything stuck to the tin…so disappointed. My second attempt was another fail, this time the cake came out in three pieces...getting better, given it came out in less pieces. Frustrated, I was determined to get a cake out in one piece, so I turned to Alexa, not really, I Googled. Eventually, I found a baking spray from Kitchen Warehouse which worked a miracle and since then my cakes have fallen out of the tin without leaving a crumb behind.
 
I have included some pictures of my cake tins, along with a picture of a marble cake I made and a lemon cake which is so tasty.

View my recipe below! 
 
Recipe of the Month 
If you're amazed by Diana's bundts above and would like to have a go yourself, you can see her recipe below! 
Ingredients
2 ½ cups plain flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup olive oil
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 lemon zested and juice
1 cup Greek yogurt (non-fat works)
 
Honey Lemon Glaze
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 ½ cups powdered sugar
 
Instructions
  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  • Grease a Bundt cake pan with cooking spray and set aside. 
  • Mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl; set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the olive oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla, lemon juice and zest until well combined. Add in the yogurt and flour and mix until well combined.
  • Pour the batter into to prepared Bundt pan and bake for 55-60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool the cake on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely.
  • To make the glaze, whisk together the honey, lemon juice, milk, and zest until well combined. Add in the powdered sugar and mix to combine. Drizzle over the cooled cake.
 
Notes
This cake is great to make ahead and tastes even better the next day. Store covered at room temperature for up to three days or refrigerate for up to a week. 
That's all from us - cheers!
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