A Night To Remember from SPECTUS
2015 is the 18th year SPECTUS Wines and Spirit Merchants had hosted their Annual Gala Dinner. We speak to Managing Director, George Hadjikyriacos and ask him what makes the event so special?
1. What is the concept behind the SPECTUS Gala Dinner?
First of all it is the anniversary of the formation of the company and we always like to celebrate this occasion. We also like to provide a very memorable experience for our customers and friends of excellent food and wine pairing. It is also a chance to promote the art of fine living, dining and culture.
2. What makes the SPECTUS Gala Dinner so special?
First of all the wine choices. We have many events throughout the year, but the SPECTUS Gala Dinner is our premium event and always incorporates some of the best wines, champagnes and spirits in the world paired with some beautiful food. The atmosphere also plays an important part as we have music, dance and a festive theme – basically, we have a “seriously fun event”.
3. Who comes to the SPECTUS Gala Dinner?
Many different types of people, both customers and friends of SPECTUS, but also new people that will experience the event for the first time. These people love and appreciate good food, fine wines, spirits and also the fine quality of life.
4. How do you choose what wines and spirits will be represented at the SPECTUS Gala Dinner?
It’s a very hard choice, but we try to incorporate some of the most famous and best names when it comes to fine wines, champagnes and spirits so that people can try ones they might never have the chance to. We also choose wines that will complement well and pair with the excellent menu that has been especially prepared for the evening by the Chef.
5. At €125 per person, would you say that this is expensive or value for money?
Not only is it good value for money, it is exceptional value for money as the subsidised price does not even cover the cost for the evening – not just by Cyprus standards, but for anywhere in the world. Something like this, with the food, wines, champagnes and spirits that we will have at the event, should be priced at least two to three times more just to break even. All our events are sponsored by SPECTUS in an effort to help educate the market and promote fine wines and dining.
6. Would it not be better to just spend the money on extra advertising for SPECTUS?
I am afraid not. Advertising can only go so far, but you cannot “advertise” the overall experience you will have at the SPECTUS Gala Dinner because you have to be there to taste the food, experience the drinks and immerse yourself in the whole atmosphere of the evening – it is the overall ambiance of an extremely enjoyable evening.
7. For those wanting to come to the SPECTUS Gala Dinner, what should they do?
The SPECTUS Gala Dinner will be on Saturday, December 5, 2015 and held at the Amathus Hotel in Limassol. You should contact Ms. Angela Christodoulou at the hotel directly on 25832071 for reservations, payable on the evening.
You can see images from previous Gala Dinners HERE
A short biography of George Hadjikyriacou
George Hadjikyriacou was educated at the Chartered Institute of Marketing in London and the University of Wales where he received is Diploma in Marketing and Masters of Business Administration. In 1997 he set up SPECTUS Wines & Sprits and has never looked back. Amongst other things, George is a … Confrere Oenophile, Ambassador Of Scotch Malt Whisky, Jurade De Saint Emilion, Chevalier Du Champagne, Chevalier Du Tastevin, Commandeur D’ Honneur, Master Of Sherry Wine, Master Of Port Wine, Master Of Champagne … and the list goes on. What George doesn’t know about wine, isn’t worth knowing!
Managing Director - SPECTUS Wines & Spirits