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Le Petit Gâteau Patisserie Birthday Cakes
A cake from Le Petit Gâteau is the perfect way to celebrate a birthday, whether you're one or 101 like RACV Club Member Helen Lamont.
Club Member Helen Lamont has celebrated enough birthdays to know that a party isn’t complete without a delicious cake.
For her 101st birthday lunch at City Club in May, the pièce de resistance will be a Black Forest cake from Le Petit Gâteau, with irresistible layers of chocolate sponge and vanilla mousse with cherries enveloped in a dark chocolate mousse and topped with Chantilly cream shaped like pebbles.
As she cuts the cake, Helen will be making a few wishes.
“I’m hoping my good health continues so that I will be able to join my friends in some of the many activities available in the Club,” she says. “I am surprised to have reached 101 years of age. Time goes very quickly as you get older.”
Helen says it is wonderful to celebrate her birthday with family and friends after her 100th birthday celebrations at City Club were cancelled last year due to the COVID-19 lockdown. She did, however, receive a letter from the Queen when she turned 100 on 23rd May last year.
“It included a lovely photo of the Queen and was signed Elizabeth R,” Helen says.
This year, about 25 members from the Club’s Solo Group will attend her luncheon. “After last year’s disappointment on having to cancel the celebrations, I am hoping all goes well this year,” Helen says.
“Solo takes your mind off things. We play and have a laugh and you make lovely friends,” says Helen.
“In fact, if you can’t play, we have Members who are willing to teach you. We would love some younger Members to learn solo with us; we have a lot of fun.”
In her younger years, towards the end of the Great Depression, Helen studied shorthand and typing at night school and got a job as a telephonist in Melbourne. “I worked full time from 9am to 6pm and was paid $1.50 for the week!” Helen says. On Friday nights she would go to the theatre with a friend.
“I had one dress with frills for going out and I came to love musical comedy,” she says.
These days it’s family and friends who keep her youthful. “I’ve got one granddaughter and four grandsons, and once a year I take them to have lunch in the Members’ Dining Room at City Club; it’s a tradition.”
Her advice for a long and happy life? “You have to work for yourself, and you have to be nice to people on the way up; you might need their help on the way down.”
Different ways to celebrate special occasions at the Club
Club Members can also order a birthday cake when they make a dining reservation either online, by phone or by email. Birthday cake orders, including Club cake vouchers, require a minimum of 72 hours’ notice by phone. Call Restaurant Reservations at the City Club on (03) 9944 8888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To book your dining reservation online for Members’ Dining Room, click here. For Bistro, click here. Wine Bar on Level 1 is the perfect venue for intimate events and celebrations. To find out more or to book, click here.
To make an event enquiry, please email email@example.com or call 1300 139 059.
View the Club Events page for the latest information about what’s on at the Club.