The Weekend Post - Cairns Eye - - Social Butterfly 2017 - WORDS: GRACYN MARSTERSON

Love wasn’t the only thing in the air at the spe­cial Valen­tine’s Day event at Sup­rimo on the Ma­rina, so was the hunger-in­duc­ing aroma of crispy pork belly risotto.

I will let you in on a lit­tle se­cret, this was my very first Valen­tine’s din­ner, so I didn’t know what to ex­pect. I cer­tainly felt like a queen as I was seated and treated to a glass of cham­pagne, which went down a lit­tle too eas­ily, as I got caught up in the view of the ma­rina and the soft scent of ocean breeze.

I looked at the lovers around me and recog­nised a few well­known lo­cals, in­clud­ing restau­rant owner Michael Hooper who told me he got his love for fresh pro­duce and au­then­tic Ital­ian food from his Nonna. Her recipe book has been in­spi­ra­tion for many au­then­tic Ital­ian dishes.

Love­birds Matthew DiSalvo and Cassie Jashar wore their love story like a badge. Matthew said they met at Gil­li­gans. “I prom­ise I was much more of a gen­tle­man af­ter that,” he said.

“I took her for ice cream and I then asked her out over Face­book. We have been to­gether ever since.”

So I had to ask Mr Hooper whether he likes to cook.

“Hell no,” he said. “That is why I in­vest in ta­lented chefs. The way I see it, their pas­sion is in the kitchen, my pas­sion is out here en­ter­tain­ing and min­gling with the pub­lic.”

Lot’s of love from your valen­tine, the Cairns­eye So­cial But­ter­fly.

Matthew DiSalvo and Cassie Jashar.

Chayse Palmer and Noa Vlasveld.

Ella, Ker­rily, James and Gavin Tin­dall.

Jack Somerville and Sha­hara Hep­worth.

Anna James and Liam Bass­ingth­uaighte.

Natasha Pevs and Kael Whit­nell.

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