Join Brisbane chef Mark Maric for a culinary tour of Croatia in 2014.

Alice Lindley

Alice Lindley

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Years of late nights and hard work have finally seen the dreams of Brisbane chef, Mark Maric come to fruition. As of next year, Mark will be guiding culinary tours of Croatia, under the name of ‘Taste Croatia Tours’.

Celebrations for beginning of the new venture were held on Monday night at the London Porterhouse in Teneriffe, where Maric holds the position of Executive Chef. With the support of owner Noel McVeigh, Maric created a Croatian-style feast for a small group of media, friends and family, hosted by the lovely Dominique Rizzo.

The dinner was a delightful four-course affair, with each dish taking inspiration from Mark’s childhood memories of visiting relatives in Croatia. First up was a tasting plate featuring a mix of produce from the different regions of the country, including salamis, octopus, olives and cheese. Following was a Croatian version of a hearty seafood bisque, and ‘Pork from my Grandmother’s Kitchen’ – a plate showcasing five methods of preparing pork. To finish, Mark recreated a childhood favourite of crepes with ricotta. Each course was matched with a Croatian wine, introduced by Natko from Dalmatino Vino (Australia’s major importer of Croatian wines), who traveled from Melbourne for the event.

If you are interested in a culinary tour of Croatia, visit the website:, for more information. The first tour kicks off in April next year, with limited places. If Monday’s event and Mark’s enthusiasm are anything to go by, the lucky people heading on this tour are in for a real treat.