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Activation Restaurant Casual StaffingRestaurant Orana

Orana: Restaurant of the Year in The Good Food Guide 2019.


Restaurant Casual Staffing, Labour Hire


Celebrated Adelaide fine-dining Restaurant Orana temporarily relocated to Sydney's Surry Hills for a month-long residency. Multi-award-winning chef Jock Zonfrillo donated Ten per cent of the profits of this activation to support his Orana Foundation developed to foster the preservation of Indigenous food culture and create commercial opportunities for producers of Indigenous food products.

Here are some of the awards Orana has received for it's unique and cutting edge approach to Indigenous dining experiences.

  • Good Food Guide 2019 - Australian Restaurant of the Year 2019
  • Good Food Guide 2019 - Three Hats
  • Basque Culinary World Prize - 2018 Winner
  • Gourmet Traveller - Australian Restaurant of the Year 2018
  • The Australian Newspaper - Hottest Chef 2018

What we did:

We were contracted with 14 days notice to source, assess and onboard a total pre-opening team of 30 FOH staff. Our team tapped into its extensive network of current and future restaurant skilled crew to deliver our clients expectations for a six-day, lunch and dinner operation at the site of the recently departed Longrain.
To add a sprinkle of challenges, our handpicked team was required to learn a 22-course degustation menu and more than 50 Indigenous Australian ingredients.

For this in particular assignment, we project recruited and activated 20-30 staff per day over the five-week activation, including;

  • Section Waiters
  • Runner / Busser
  • Bartenders
  • Sommeliers

Activation Restaurant Casual Staffing & Event Catering Staff: 

Australian Easter Yearling Sale,  William Inglis & Son Limited Inglis - Since 1867


Casual Event Staffing, Restaurant Casual Staffing, Labour Hire


Labelled as the countries greatest thoroughbred sales complex. William Inglis & Son (Inglis) conduct auctions of thoroughbred racing and breeding stock in Sydney, Melbourne and Scone. 

After 150 years at the iconic Newmarket site at Randwick, the Sydney arm of the company decided to move to Riverside Stables in 2018 in a $140m development adjacent to the Warwick Farm racecourse.

What we did:

In partnership with Bayleaf Catering and during the annual Easter yearling sales, BENCHMARQUE was contracted to deliver high-level restaurant casual staffing & events catering staff in support to honour a series of events including the 150th birthday celebration of Inglis and farewell of the Newmarket complex.

For this in particular assignment, we project recruited and activated 30 staff per day over the two week period, including;

  • Event Waiters
  • Section Waiters
  • Runner / Busser
  • Bartenders
  • Baristas

Client Testimonial:

Sabina, Michelle, Marlowe !

Thank you for selecting the most talented, hardworking team to make the “Final Easter Sale” at Inglis Stables in Randwick one to remember.

Each and everyone made Inglis Fine Dining & Events a huge success.

Sabina, a massive thank you for leading an excellent team, providing seamless service and supporting me throughout all events. You made it so easy!

Seamus Denison | Event Manager  


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