An Eyre Peninsula local, Kris and Brenda have over 30 years working in the hospitality industry, culminating in the purchase of Del Giornos Café in 2004.
During their long careers they have become a widely respected leaders in both the hospitality industry and the wider business community on Eyre Peninsula. They have a very strong commitment, passion and understanding of the seafood and tourism industries.
This leadership and commitment has been recognised by the region’s peak marketing bodies, Eyre Peninsula’s Tourism Target Team, Port Lincoln Chamber of Commerce, Tourism and Regional Development Australia Whyalla & Eyre Peninsula and various seafood industry bodies. Kris is often invited to participate in various committees and assist with community events, including the Port Lincoln Long Lunch.
Commitment to the local community
Kris and Brenda are heavily involved in the local Eyre Peninsula community as active volunteers in the following capacity:
- Vice-chair of the Port Lincoln Chamber of Commerce & Tourism (2006 to 2013);
- Guest lecturer at the Port Lincoln TAFE campus for Commercial Cookery, an opportunity to mentor the students and to find new staff prospects;
- Mentoring at St. Joseph’s school during business week;
- Coach and team manager of the Tasman Football Club, Basketball Club and Cricket Club.
- Member of St. Mary’s netball club and committee.
Commitment to local charity efforts
Kris, Brenda and Del Giorno’s, together with several other businesses coordinate the annual Port Lincoln Long Lunch.
Locals and visitors have a choice of six dining venues around the Port Lincoln area, Del Giorno’s being one. The 2014 event was attended by a great crowd, with people visiting from around the state. At each venue participants were able to enjoy local seafood and produce prepared by the region’s award winning chefs. Involvement in such events is a fantastic way to showcase Del Giorno’s and raise funds for charity.
Kris is also a stalwart of the Relay for Life Cancer fundraiser, offering his barista services and facilities to participants to keep them ‘caffeinated’ during their long night of walking for charity.