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Jane Mitchell and Alan Greig at Leonards MillAlthough its foundations were laid in 1849, Fleurieu Peninsula restaurant Leonards Mill has reached the finals of the 2011 Savour Australia Awards for Excellence in its first year under new management.

The winner of this prestigious Maitre ‘D Award (Customer Service) will be announced tonight at the Adelaide Convention Centre, during a gala dinner for members of the South Australian restaurant industry.  The Savour Australia Awards for Excellence are held annually by peak industry body Restaurant & Catering SA.

The anonymous nomination is a great accolade for sea change couple, Alan Greig and Jane Mitchell, who re-opened the doors of Leonards Mill in December last year after giving the 162-year-old structure a serious facelift.

Alan is an IT entrepreneur who has ran some of SA’s most successful software companies, including Prophecy International and Empower. Jane has an extensive background in management and professional development.

The pair purchased the historic Leonards Mill restaurant and function centre on the Fleurieu Peninsula and refurbished it before the launch last Christmas. The two-storey stone building dates back to 1849, just 13 years after the colony of South Australia was founded.

Two leading Adelaide relationship therapists, Giusi Silvestri and Gordon Wagner, this week team up to deliver an innovative program in which couples can learn about the Psychology of Love.

As trained and experienced relationship experts, Giusi and Gordon will share insights, successful strategies and practical steps they have learned from helping thousands of South Australian couples enhance or regain love in their relationships.

Giusi and Gordon have blended the benefits of their decades of clinical experience to design this three-hour workshop for couples.  It is described as “a powerful experience for participants offering the possibility of more balanced love, a deeper understanding of each other’s needs and a greater sense of fulfillment”.

Quercy Chateau June 2011With Bastille Day looming, French getaway travel specialist Slow Tours reveals it is already planning travel schedules for 2012, with news that its September-October trips are almost booked out already.

Run by former IT entrepreneur Carol Haslam, Slow Tours is set up for travellers who want to take time to smell the roses and sample local cuisine as they travel through regional areas of France.

Carol said she was getting 2012 tour planning under way as September/October tours were almost booked out. “If you have a group of six or eight people which wants to visit a special region, write to us now, so we can make our plans with your dates in mind,” she said.

“The reason people sign up for our trips is because we’re not a travel agency. We organise authentic French holidays where you can truly immerse yourself in the sights, tastes and culture of quaint local villages.”

Already this year, Slow Tours has taken two trips to the Bordeaux region. One even included five days of Reunion Island, en route from Australia to France, travelling by French airline Air Austral.

AlltradersSpecialist software development company Alltraders tomorrow pays homage to its website design origins by hosting the July user group meeting in Adelaide for the Joomla! open source content management system.

Now in version 1.6, Joomla is a free, open-source content management system (CMS) and application framework that powers 2.7 per cent of the World Wide Web. Backed by a vibrant volunteer community, Joomla offers user-friendly features and plenty of power to meet complex website needs.

Although its software team now develops a broad range of online applications for enterprises in Australia and overseas, Alltraders continues to offer web and print services from its Adelaide office.