The Ballarat Food network celebrates food adventures in our region, when Ryan Pearce from Federation University's Commercial Cookery department contacted us to be involved in the events he is undertaking with his third year students/chef's we happily came along to see just what the next generation of Ballarat regional chefs are creating.
Third year apprentices at Federation University are entering the Traditional Thai Arena. After completing authentic Thai 101 with their Master, Ryan Pearce, the chefs are preparing to serve the public a sumptious array of traditional Thai cuisine. Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th of August Traditional Thai Dinner will be served at Prospects Restaurant at Federation University.
This Wednesday 23rd July, Prospects Restaurant at Federation University will be serving a menu based on the awesome theme of French Bistro.
As you know I am partial to a local wine, perhaps the most indulgent part of my day is a little G & T with my gorgeous partner Michael after work. I like to mix it up a little, sometimes in the summer I add a little lychee juice and I’ve been known to muddle up some kaffir lime leaves or a little zip of flavoured ice cubes.
Which Brings me to the point.I can’t wait to add a dash of Glenda’s local infusions, Glenda Maes who coincidently is an amazing branch in our local food tree with her many achievements in the food industry, is about to launch The Pomegranate Tree, cordials for the mature palate.
I have been following the progress of The Creswick market for some time. I am told the market has been in existence for eleven or so years and as of late it has truly blossomed into a great way to start your weekend.
Winter has arrived and it's the perfect time to indulge in hearty local winter fare. Ballarat Food was invited to a special preview dinner at The Bunch of Grapes Hotel to sample one of chef Jordan Green's new winter menu dishes, paella.
The 'Buncha' as it's known to locals is a hotel situated on the corner of Pleasant and South Streets in Ballarat. Although it is quite close to where I live I had never made the trip to try their fare. A couple of years ago the fabulous old hotel which was built in 1906 underwent some major renovations and there was a bit of a buzz around town about it, as there often is in this town when a hotel gets a make over.
The Taste of the Region Festival was held last Saturday 5th of April as a part of the Rural Lifestyle Expo held at the Ballarat showgrounds. After quite a dark and wet week the weather in Ballarat was spectacular for the event. We had been working hard behind the scenes to ensure the day was filled with tasty offerings and foodie entertainment from the Ballarat region and our local Ballarat Food network did not disappoint.
Calling all great home cooks – My Kitchen Rules wants you!
Applications are now open for the next generation of passionate home cooks to show off their stuff on Channel Seven’s hit show, My Kitchen Rules.
Last Friday night the people of Ballarat stepped out to sample some great Ballarat food and music at the Mueseum of Democracy at Eureka. As the afternoon grew darker and the misty rain and chill settled in we were a wee bit worried the locals might opt to stay home rather than step out to the Tasters event.
We have been invited to be a part of the Backyard Tasters at Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka on Friday 21st March 5:30-8:30pm. To celebrate this wonderful event of local entertainment and produce at M.A.D.E. set in the picturesque Eureka gardens, we are creating regional plates for two, which can be purchased at the event for $20 per plate. A scrumptious selection of some of the best quality produce in our region from Goldfields Farmhouse Cheese, Country Style Smallgoods, Saltbush Kitchen, Damien Jones, Spring Creek Organics, Prickleberry Sourdough and Phoenix Olive Oil. Gluten free and vegetarian versions will also be available.
In 2013 the Ballarat food scene certainly heated up. What a wonderful selection of fine places we have here in Ballarat and surrounding regions, with another six or so venues opening up early in 2014 we certainly are on a culinary journey and I look forward to adding many food adventures to your to do lists in 2014.
The Restaurant of the year is of course Catfish Thai. We waited till late in September, nearly a whole year without Damian Jones in the mix. I’m glad it took so long as this restaurant is blowing people away all over Australia, not just us locals. A few weeks ago I spoke to the former hostess of Melbourne’s Longrain, the first thing she asked me was, ”What’s this new Thai place in Ballarat everybody is talking about?"