SCEC has released the menu for its signature Earth Hour event ‘Plates in a Paddock’. The menu promises a mouth watering evening for patrons showcasing some of the best local produce our region has to offer:
Insalata Mista - A variation of the famous caprese salad with mini truss tomatoes and buffalo boccincini
Spezzatino di Manzo - A hearty beef stew served on soft polenta (served with mushrooms for vegetarians)
Torta Tatin di Mela - A classic upside down apple tart
The event will take place at Eumundi Beef, a biodynamic cattle farm on the Eumundi Kenilworth Road, which will also supply the beef that is the centre piece of the main course. Eumundi Beef is managed by Susan Rodgers, a retired bio-chemist who made the switch to farming five years ago. ‘I wanted to supply a product to people who are looking for great food that is produced in an ethical and sustainable way.’ With a lifelong passion for growing things and her background in bio-chemistry caring for the land appears to have come natural to Susan, as testified by the luscious, wast high cover of green on her paddocks.
‘We ensure our cattle graze on the best pastures to maximize the nutrients, flavour and tenderness. Our herd is provided with the best care using low stress cattle management techniques. We allow nature to be our guide for the most humane life for our animals. The end result is the best beef we can produce for your eating satisfaction.’
All tomatoes used on the night are grown by Tony and Mandy of Double Creek Farm in the foot hills of Borumba Dam. Like Susan Tony & Mandy started farming tomatoes and cucumbers five years. They have developed a revolutionary new way of growing their crop in organic soil pots in green houses which allows them to grow an amazingly tasty crop with a single application of a citrus based pest spray the only additional input.
All salads and leafy greens are supplied by Crystal from Crystal Organics in Palmwoods. Crystal recently traded her career working in administration for a large organic food wholesaler for a position on the front line, running her own market garden growing organic vegetables. ‘A friend send me a link to a property in Palmwoods, it had an old Queenslander in need of some TLC and established organic vegetable beds. I had a look and fell in love instantly. The pictures made my soul sing.’ Crystal's property features 60 raised concrete beds, all in various stages of preparation and growth all completely spray free and 100% Australia Certified Organic. The public can visit the garden to browse and pick their own bunch of greens.
The Buffalo Boccincini that will feature in the entrée is produced by Trevor Hart of Cedar Street Cheeserie in Maleny. Cedar Street makes believes that freshness is the key to great cheese. Trevor get his buffalo milk from the Thompson’s farm in Witta Maleny, and the cheeses are started within hours of the buffalo being milked. All cheeses are hand crafted using traditional farmhouse styles to create a beautiful balance of flavour that makes for exceptional fresh cheeses.
SCEC has been working with Mick Dan from Good Harvest in Marcoola in finding local producers and sourcing their produce. ‘We are sourcing as much as 80% of our produce from within a 50 kilometer radius of the venue for the event,’ said SCEC executive officer Wiebe ter Bals. ‘There is no way we could have done this without working in with the established local food network that Good Harvest has brought. This event is about showcasing great local food and farmers as much as it is about raising awareness of the impacts climate change is having on our farming community’.
‘As much as 50% of an individuals carbon footprint is related to our food choices and people can massively reduce this by choosing local organic produce. Local food stores like Good Harvest provide people with an opportunity to make some truly sustainable choices. Eating local strengthens the local community and economy, it offers better flavour, higher nutrients and healthier food and it can reduce a households carbon footprint by as much as turning off the electricity,’ said Ter Bals.
Plates in a Paddock – 3 course dinner in the paddocks of a working cattle farm
1557 Eumundi Kennilworth Road
Sat 28 March 2015, from 5:00 PM
To celebrate Earth Hour
$60 per person (includes meal and a drink on arrival), discounts available for families and tables of eight
For more information contact Ian Edwards
1557 Eumundi Kenilworth Road, Belli Park
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