Story and photo by Vivienne Pearson
Change is a part of life in the world of club catering. The Byron Bay Golf Club restaurant is undergoing a change in name from The Deck to Mim’s Kitchen.
Mim Dingle has been cooking at the club since early 2018 and has now stepped up to being head chef and owner. Working with a tight-knit team, her menu offers simple food done well. I enjoyed one of the vegetarian meals: pumpkin and spinach risotto balls with haloumi, guacamole and aioli. I can also see why the crispy fries are so popular and love that the Down Under Burger includes bacon, beetroot, and pineapple.
Mim formalised her existing cooking expertise (including a stint as a musterers’ cook on a rural station) by putting herself through accelerated TAFE training once her three kids reached school age. ‘Food is my life, I love food,’ she says. ‘I’ve wanted to do this since the day I left school, but life got in the way.’ After stints cheffing at the Alstonville Bowling Club and Ballina’s Cherry Street Sports Club, this is Mim’s first business venture. She credits great teachers and head chefs and thanks the Golf Club for their strong support.
Variety is the spice of life for a club caterer. Mim, who has learned more about golf than she ever expected to, caters for golfing events including the recent PGA Legends tournament. ‘There was lots of excitement and buzz,’ Mim says.
She provides brain fuel for those playing Thursday night Trivia, enjoys cooking to music when musicians ranging from solo singers to full bands play, and joins with the club in supporting local groups, like St Finbarr’s school. ‘It’s a golf club but it’s more than that,’ Mim says. ‘It’s here for the whole community.’
The restaurant, with a range of inside dining, undercover and open air decks, is ideal for functions. The view is truly stunning, with diners overlooking the picturesque 4th green and 5th tee, which is located in the middle of a tree-lined lake that is more feature than hazard.
Sundays are smokehouse days, with two to three meats cooked onsite in Traegar smokers offered along with sides. ‘And kids eat free from the kids’ menu with each Traegar plate bought by an adult,’ says Mim.
New signs are coming soon to help you find your way to Mim’s Kitchen.
Mim’s Kitchen, at The Byron Bay Golf Club, 62 Broken Head Road. Wed–Sat 11–2 and 5–8. Sundays 12–8 (Mon and Tues functions only). Ph: 6685 6470.