However, my internet addicted housemate has informed me of a twitter meeting (unfortuantely, I am only just geek enough to understand that). The meetings happen monthly and is aimed at entrepreneurs, but this month's is headed by Paul Mathis of 100 Mile Cafe, Taxi and well, you know the rest.
It's free, you just have to RSVP.
The Dirty Deets:
Who: Paul Mathis
When: 7pm, August 12th, 2008
Where: 100 Mile Cafe @ Melbourne Central
RSVP: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or RSVP through the Facebook event (coming soon)
It all began with the bustling pizzeria he opened at 23. Since then Paul Mathis has been behind a long list of popular Melbourne restaurants including Transport, Taxi, Transit, Upper House and Lower House, Chocolate Buddha, Soulmama and Automatic. After relinquishing Transport Hotel on Federation Square Paul vowed never to serve meat in another one of his restaurants. While commercial realities have impeded the full realisation of that ambition, Soulmama has continued to thrive in St Kilda.
In 2007 he opened 100 Mile Cafe, a concept restaurant in the CBD sourcing 95% of its menu from within a hundred-mile (160 km) radius, with ecologically sustainable dining at its core. About 18 months ago Paul set up a firm that designs eco-buildings, and they are currently working on a compound-style home, supermarket and a commercial building.