|Hello again dear food lovers,
It's shaping as an interesting year isn't it.
First of all I'd like to congratulate my friend Ronni Khan on her Australia Day honour as Local hero of the year for her work with Ozharvest. She is a dynamo who has got a really simple idea to gather momentum and fly - to make sure that unused food from caterers, restaurants, hotels and cafes is gathered up and distributed to those who need it.
I'm one of the ambassadors for OzHarvest and I've seen what a difference this food can make. Every charity is working on a shoestring and to have good quality food ready to serve to those who need it is a godsend. OzHarvest's yellow refrigerated vans are the means that links the haves with the have-nots and make sure the food arrives in good condition. It takes just a single dollar to put a good meal in front of someone.... And its amazing the effect that food has.
I MC'd a corporate charity function for OzHarvest late last year and was humbled and surprised by the message from a homeless man Ken who spoke on the night about the simple action of being served a meal on plate. He said it helped to give him back some dignity. Rather than a sandwich wrapped in plastic, here was meal, served hot and it was truly savoured. You never think of those small things but they matter when you have so little.
Its wonderful that the subject of homelessness and practical ways of helping people are on the agenda for this year.
Makes you feel like we are on the right path.
Our 5 vans deliver 5,000 meals to over 40 Charities daily. In total we have delivered 4,515,950 meals
Location: Suite 1, 215 Euston Road, Alexandria 2015
Postal address: PO Box 255 Alexandria, 2015
Ph: 9516 3877
Fax: 9516 0587
Become a fan of OzHarvest Sydney on Facebook and Twitter !
A really simple way to contribute is to SMS the word FOOD TO 1991 1121*
Your text helps us to deliver more meals to people in need.
And those beaches....and local characters ...and the music....it was so good to hear my Broome friends the Pigram Brothers on the soundtrack. They have a song about going home to Broome - where the mangoes are ripe and the frangipani is in bloom and their mother's cooking. We filmed their mum Agnes cooking her fish soup and rice on the beach as the sun was setting - the ancient rocks turning orange and purple in the late afternoon light and the sea that extraordinary turquoise colour it gets up there. Here she was cooking the freshest fish in the world with oceans of grandchildren playing around her....what bliss...what a wonderful place....and we will be there soon. I'm dreaming of Broome...click here for more information. And have a look at the latest issue of Gourmet Traveller which features the Pinctada Resort where we will be staying with our host Marilynne Paspaley.
Another jewel of a safari that is filled with wonders...exceptional food from this beautiful area where the vineyards kiss the surf. Our friend, Western Australian chef Don Hancey is ready to show you the delights of this part of Australia with a whole swag of money can't buy experiences. We stay right on the beach at Bunker Bay and go off in search of great local wine and food each day...loads of tastings, visits to private estates and more. Click here and join us.
Here are some reports from last year's Margaret River Travellers:
" It was a fantastic trip. Don was a fantastic guide. All the people we met were so friendly. Robyn Marsden
"I had a wonderful, wonderful time and although I thought it would be good, the trip exceeded all of my expectations. Don was wonderful, ......I'd do it all again tomorrow. Many, many thanks for organising such a terrific holiday." Liz Mellick
"Great trip - Don was irreplaceable - the godfather of the south-west!!! I think that it is very interesting to go to some local producers - fascinating! Once again thanks for a memorable week." Richard Barnett
Italian feast at Ormeggio Restaurant at The Spit. on Saturday 6th March...complete with french bubbles, wine tasting with one of our friends from Wine Selector, cooking demonstration from chef Alessandro Pavoni ...and lunch ...on the waterfront...divine.....
Sri Lankan feast at Flying Fish on Saturday 20th March..complete with French bubbles, wine tasting with one of our friends from Wine Selector, cooking demonstration from chef Peter Kuruvita and exceptional lunch. This will be fun, informative and incredibly delicious!
Italian Food Safari