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The ‘Authentic Botero Experience’

Marta Fergusson Botero Coffee has become a household name amongst the residents of the Clarence Valley and the region’s many visitors and holiday makers will travel in large numbers to the central River Street, Maclean location, for their holiday coffee fix. Botero is just as much about its people, as it is about its coffee. From the vibrant, friendly front of house staff, to the extremely talented barista’s and behind the scenes coffee roasters; Botero has your coffee experience covered. Who are we missing? There are surely more staff members that make up the Botero Maclean family. In October 2016, Botero opened its doors every Friday and Saturday evening and began offering customers the opportunity to experience the “Authentic Botero Experience” for dinner. This is what head chef, Nathan Earp called it. Could not have said it better myself – such a fitting way to describe how you will feel when dining at Botero. Nathan joined the Botero Maclean family a month after the weekend evening dining began and brings to Botero 19 years experience in the food and beverage industry. Originally hailing from Wollongong and starting his career in the industry at the very young age of 14, Nathan has worn many ‘chef hats’ since then. One of those being as food and beverage manager of Rydges QT in the Nation’s capital. He has also operated his own business and held the role of Sommelier. For those of us non-culinary experts, a Sommelier is a trained and knowledgeable wine professional, normally working in fine dining restaurants, who specialises in all aspects of wine service as well as wine and food pairing. Being able to bring all these attributes, skills and experience to Botero has been paramount to the success of its new dinner menu. Nathan and his staff of four chefs (plus a pastry chef), take pride in sourcing and using local produce. Nathan’s dishes comprise of the freshest seafood from the Clarence Valley (being a Botero favourite), and lamb from the Tweed Valley, all cooked to perfection every time and taking the form of an artistic masterpiece on plating. With Nathan’s Sommelier background and Botero’s extensive wine list, they will match all dishes with the perfect wine, taking the guess work out of one of the most important dining decisions, in order to enjoy the full dining experience. Nathan’s “chef hat” at Botero is one of a leader. “We have a team environment in the kitchen. I collaborate with the other chefs and together we come up with menu ideas”, he proudly shares about his team of chefs. “This is all part of the authentic experience that you get at Botero,” he adds. Nathan has also played an integral part in the success of the launch of Botero’s second location in Brisbane (where he has spent several weeks since January), to now being able to successfully hand over to head chef, Chris. So, whether you are celebrating a special occasion, you are a family looking for an ‘authentic dining experience’ on the weekend that offers a coffee roastery as a backdrop (and even boasts the longest Lego table in the region for the young and young at heart), or whether you just want to enjoy a wine or two with your favourite meal; Botero is the place to be on a Friday and Saturday evening and it’s all thanks to the Fantastic Botero family. Bookings essential by phoning 6645 5541.