Gourmet Liner

Event venue on wheels

Berlin’s start-up community has just welcomed a new member. In front of the Gasometer the fledgling company GL Eventpartner GmbH presented an absolute industry novelty to the events scene in the shape of its Gourmet Liner. For two days more than 100 by-invitation-only guests had an opportunity to sound out the restaurant coach for its prospects of success.

Right on time for the new year, conversion of the former coach was complete, and for a few weeks now the Gourmet Liner has been doing service throughoutGermanyas a mobile event venue. Previously, organisers were usually tied to a fixed venue, but with the Gourmet Liner they can now combine restaurant and transport. Both the catering and ambiance are geared to clients in search of exclusivity and luxury.

The mobile event venue is the brainchild of Managing Director Benjamin Thompson. His vision of creating a means of enabling guests to dine during their journey, regardless of where they currently happen to be, has been realised quite uniquely with the Gourmet Liner. The trained chef and business economist invested a year in realisation of the project, converting the coach himself to his own personal specifications. The young entrepreneur received financial support from the KfW Bank, one ofEurope’s leading development banks.

The key advantage to organisers is that the coach can be used flexibly: either at a set location for a corporate event with catering, as a transfer vehicle serving a three-course menu or in combination with a culinary sightseeing tour. The service provided is determined by the client’s individual wishes.

The centrepiece of the coach is the kitchen in the rear, from which a maximum of 36 guests can be served as required.

Managing Director Benjamin Thompson takes a sanguine view of his business’s future. “Particularly in the events industry, organisers these days are constantly in search of new, unique ideas. We aim to convince our clients of the mobile restaurant format by turning their events with the Gourmet Liner into a highlight,” he says.

The company GL Eventpartner GmbH was founded in 2011 and is registered inBerlin. It is active primarily in the events segment, but additionally provides tourist and catering services. Available for assignments Germany-wide, the Gourmet Liner restaurant-cum-coach works as a mobile venue for functions of all kinds. The company’s core competences include the realisation of innovative event concepts focussed on premium catering offers.