Story and Photo by Vivienne Pearson
How do you have a Christmas party when you work alone and face deadlines right up to when you declare the year a wrap?
The perfect solution presented itself this year in my decision to double up research for this story with my freelance festivities. I enjoyed Targa’s Dinner at Dusk and couldn’t be happier.
Behind every freelance creative, there is a supportive partner or friend, and my husband Richard deserved his presence at my end-of-year celebrations thanks to his year-long provision of a supportive ear, an eagle-sharp proofreading eye, and a steadier income than mine.
Last time I wrote about Targa, it was all about their winter warming menu (even more so, now they have installed a fire). This time was the exact opposite, with our meals being a celebration of summer. We sat outside and started with a Spritz; an ‘In the Pink’ for me, with a biting blend of campari and pink cranberry juice, and a Summer Berry for Richard (he highly recommends biting into the frozen Brookies gin-infused strawberry before it melts).
Dinner at Dusk offers two courses for $40 or three for $50; great value for those happy to be seated by 5:30pm and eat within a two-hour window. Dusk diners order from the regular menu, so can choose from the full range of Targa’s delicious Italian dishes.
We went summery for the entrée, choosing grilled Ballina king prawns served with an avocado mojo verde and a colourful tomato salad. The prawns carried a gorgeous hint of smokiness and were huge enough to easily divide in half when our politeness about who was going to get the third one ran thin.
We stuck with the seafood theme for one of our mains, thoroughly enjoying a crab tagliatelle dish with a perfect blend of chilli and garlic. Our other main was gnocchi; the sort that makes you question why you would ever bother with supermarket excuses for this dish. Hand rolled and served with mushroom, sage, toasted pine nuts and truffle oil, these were little pillows’ of delectableness. A side salad of rocket, radicchio and parmesan helped us feel like we were being nice as well as naughty for this Christmas celebration.
As well as debriefing on our current end-of-year busyness and anticipating our upcoming holiday, we used the relaxed ambiance of Targa alfresco dining at sunset to reflect on the year of work that was; deciding that our favourite story for the year (apart from my Echo ones, of course) was for the ABC, about the demise of the Disco Dong.
If you work for yourself, I hope that you enjoy some sort of work celebration. I wish everyone a very happy Christmas and welcoming in of the year 2020.
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Link for online version of story: ABC Disco dong story: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-09-20/byron-bay-disco-dong/11529846