CORPORATE EVENTS: Tom Quinn Community Cafe chef Sam Little has the ability to cater for corporate events with beautiful gardens and ample seating for functions.
CORPORATE EVENTS: Tom Quinn Community Cafe chef Sam Little has the ability to cater for corporate events with beautiful gardens and ample seating for functions. Max Fleet

Centre serves up a winning venue

TQ's GARDEN Cafe at The Salvation Army Tom Quinn Community Centre served its first customers in 2010.

Today it is a full-time training cafe which serves up to 40 at any one time, and offers a menu to match any CBD eatery.

Even better, it takes ingredients straight from the lush community gardens that surround it and prepares them in a full commercial kitchen.

"We welcome visitors here every day for coffee and cake or a full lunch, and we have been holding fully catered functions and events for Rotary and other business groups for some time now," said TQCC Community Services Manager Tom Osborne.

"We have an excellent catering team and pride ourselves on delivering professional service with a great attitude," he said.

The training is so good at the Centre that it has provided staff for events including the Wide Bay Australia International Air Show and the Melbourne Cup corporate tents at Bundaberg Race Club.

Now TQ's is throwing open its doors to business, inviting bookings for corporate, team-building or group meetings.

"We can cater for 40 seated, with table service, or twice that for buffet service," said Mr Osbourne.

"Most importantly, the monies raised go towards the Centre's programs and services which help people right here in our community."

The Centre's programs and services support families and individuals, disadvantaged youth, jobless of all ages, people with disabilities and mental illness, and also runs the Bundaberg Youth Refuge for 16-24 year olds and the Family Stores in Bundaberg and Childers.

The Centre also provides welfare services for people in need.

At the heart of the catering services is chef Sam Little, who makes sure the operations run smoothly.

"Sam has been a great addition and delivers high standards across our catering operations - plus he's a great guy," said Mr Osborne.